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Relay for Life of New Port Richey movie night

New Port Richey, Florida -- On Friday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m., The Relay For Life of New Port Richey is happening at Gulf High School.

The location is at 5355 School Rd in New Port Richey. The event is free and they are presenting a double feature on the Gulf High School football field with "The Grinch" and "The Polar Express."

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. There are some rules -- no coolers, please. Santa will be there with milk and cookies for the kids. Relay teams will have a variety of foods, snacks, and refreshments available for purchase.

Santa arrives in Port Richey

Santa arrives in Port Richey

Port Richey, Florida -- It's official. Santa arrives this week at Gulf View Square located at 9409 U.S. Highway 19 in Port Richey.

And the event is free!

My volunteer vacation

My volunteer vacation

By Joanne Shuttleworth, Guelph Mercury reporter and Habitat for Humanity volunteer
This summer, I took off eight consecutive Wednesdays and spent those days at 439 York Road here in Guelph, Ontario, building a home through Habitat Wellington County’s Women Build. While I can’t say building a house is as relaxing as floating on a lake, it’s been rejuvenating nonetheless.

County Christmas at Pioneer Museum

County Christmas at Pioneer Museum

Dade City, Florida -- The Pioneer Florida Museum and Village is hosting a Country Christmas Open House Saturday, Dec. 3.

The event is free and runs from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

The Pioneer Florida Museum and Village is decorated for the holidays and will server cookies and punch and offer barrel rides and hayrides.

Kids can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Woodland Elementary Chorus will provide seasonal music.

Although the event is free, volunteers will be collecting new, unwrapped toys to give to Dade City Charities.

Why Habitat for Humanity is needed

Why Habitat for Humanity is needed

The world is experiencing a global housing crisis. About 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing and 100 million are homeless, according to the United Nations.(1) These people are increasingly urban residents, and every week more than a million people are born in, or move to, cities in the developing world.(2) Today, a billion people―32 percent of the global urban population―live in urban slums. If no serious action is taken, the United Nations reports that the number of slum dwellers worldwide will increase over the next 30 years to nearly 2 billion.(3)

Symphony in Lights Tree Lighting Celebration

Symphony in Lights Tree Lighting Celebration

Tampa’s newest holiday tradition!

Over 250,000 lights, 47 miles of wire, 2000 watts of sound, and 10 tons of holiday décor all dancing in concert to the music.

Center Court transforms into a Winter Wonderland of snow flurries as crowds are mesmerized by this incredible display of light, sound and snow. The celebration kicked off on Nov.19 with the 4th Annual Tree Lighting Extravaganza.

Shows and snow nightly on the hour 6 - 9 p.m. from Nov 19 to Dec 31. 

Poverty housing affects everyone

Poverty housing affects everyone

By Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, as it relates to local Habitat work in Pasco:

Recently, I was given the honor of delivering the 12th annual John T. Dunlop Lecture at Harvard University. The lecture is sponsored by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. My purpose was to either persuade or remind the business leaders, students, academics, policy makers and others who were gathered that access to affordable housing is a vitally important issue that requires action from all sectors of society. I wanted them to join me in the belief that people of widely varying incomes can be successful homeowners, and I hoped we might leave as better advocates with a renewed sense of urgency for tackling difficult challenges.

My talk focused on three myths that I often hear about affordable housing: