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Don't miss: 13th Annual Friendly KIAFEST and Main Street Blast

Don't miss: 13th Annual Friendly KIAFEST and Main Street Blast

New Port Richey, FL - Friendly KIAFEST & Main Street Blast is bringing the celebration downtown to Sims Park, New Port Richey on June 24 and June 25. All the excitement and fun could not be contained into one day so the celebration kicks off Friday Night with the Friendly KiaFest Concert Series presenting Slippery When Wet - The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Band.

The downtown event will be a celebration to remember! It will feature Live Music, Great Festival Food, Budweiser Beer Garden, Kids Activities, Arts & Crafts in the Park, River Boat Tours along the Cotee River, and the 10th Annual Miss Firecracker Contest. The Main Street skies will light up on Saturday night with a spectacular fireworks display over Orange Lake in New Port Richey.

The event is a free and welcomes the entire community to come join in on the fun and festivities. All proceeds benefit the Greater New Port Richey Main Street program dedicated to historic preservation and revitalization of the downtown. Live Music kicks off friday night with live Music performances by Jimmy James and “That 70’s Band” bringing the best rock of the 70’s. Followed by Slippery When Wet - A Bon Jovi Tribute band with the musical ability, showmanship and dedication to create the ultimate Bon Jovi live experience which simply cannot be outdone.

Kids' Summer Reading Club presents "Safari Expedition"

Kids' Summer Reading Club presents "Safari Expedition"

Dade City, Florida -- Explorers wanted!  Kids in grades K-5 are invited to "Safari Expedition" at the Hugh Embry Library with Miss Lyn. Have fun exploring Africa with crafts and games!

You can even register for ONE WORLD, MANY STORIES, the 2011 Summer Reading Club, while you're visiting the library. It's easy - jst stop at the information desk or check out the library's website.

Who: Kids (Grades K-5)
What: Kids' Summer Reading Program: "Safari Expedition" with Miss Lyn
When: Thursday, June 23, 2011
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Where: Hugh Embry Branch Library
Questions? Call 352-567-3576

Teens' Summer Reading Club: "Native American Dreams"

Teens' Summer Reading Club: "Native American Dreams"

Teens, you can create your own dreamcatcher, based on Ojibwe (Chippewa) traditions at the next installment of Hugh Embry Library's Teens' Summer Reading Club -- "Native American Dreams".

Supplies are provided courtesy our generous Friends of Hugh Embry Library.

Who: Teens (Grades 6-12)
What: Teens' Summer Reading Program: "Native American Dreams"
When: Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Where: Hugh Embry Branch Library
Questions? Call 352-567-3576

Don't miss: 'Tales of India' storytime at Hugh Embry

Don't miss: 'Tales of India' storytime at Hugh Embry

Dade City, Florida -- Children ages 1-5 with parent/guardian are invited to a special Storytimes program presented by storyteller Katie Adams:  "Tales of India" ! While you're here, be sure to register your little ones for the Summer Reading Club, READ TO ME, and keep a simple list of the books you have read to your child.

If you read even one book to your child each night, in about 3 weeks you'll have the 20 books needed to be invited to the special party in early August!

All library programs are supported by our generous Friends of Hugh Embry Library. More details on the program are below:

See "Kung Fu Panda" for free

See "Kung Fu Panda" for free

Land O' Lakes, FL - Parents, if you're looking for something fun to do with the kids tonight, the Land O' Lakes Community Center is showing "Kung Fu Panda" on its big outdoor screen - and it's free.

The free movie event starts right after sunset, at 8 p.m.  Snacks are available and pizza slices are $2.

The weather forecast for the free movie event will be warm and humid.  Expect 83 degrees with clear skies and northwest winds 5-10 mph.

Land O' Lakes Community Center is located at 5401 and O Lakes Boulevard. 

Pasco County celebrates newly reunited families

Pasco County celebrates newly reunited families

Dade City, Florida – To honor Pasco parents who successfully completed tasks necessary to be reunited with their children, Eckerd Community Alternatives and its partners are sponsoring the second annual family reunification event called “Reunited:  a Celebration of Families.” The event will be held on Thursday, May 12 from 12 - 2 p.m. at the Dade City Courthouse, Courtroom D, 38053 Live Oak Avenue, Dade City.   

A special program will feature Unified Family Court Judges Lynn Tepper and William Webb along with parents who will share their stories of resiliency, triumph and hope, as they worked hard to complete the tasks necessary to be reunified with their children. Families in attendance will be honored with special awards and will be treated to complimentary family portraits, children’s activities and refreshments.

In 2010, more than 9,100 Florida children were reunited with their parents after being temporarily placed in foster homes or with relatives, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families. In Pasco County alone, more than 270 children were safely returned to their parents’ homes last year.

Pro-bono service helps local family fight foreclosure and win

Pro-bono service helps local family fight foreclosure and win

After many agonizing months facing foreclosure in Florida, the Port Richey family who won free legal services in Avvo’s Save My House contest last year, can finally stop worrying: their home has been saved.

Avvo, which offers free ratings and profiles for 90 percent of licensed doctors and lawyers in the U.S., paired the Gillispie family with Attorney Ian Leavengood of Leavengood & Nash, a St. Petersburg firm focused on consumer law.    

“Like so many cases we see in Florida, the Gillispie family was caught in the middle of a complicated system. Homeowners have legal options to fight a foreclosure notice, but doing so on their own – specifically dealing with mortgage companies, bank procedures and the courts – is extremely difficult,” said Leavengood.