Pasco County Extension
Calendar of Events

NOTE:  Extension programs can provide reasonable accommodation with advance notice.  Pre-registration is not required of most of our programs, but contact Extension to be certain and to assist us with planning.
Phones: 
352-518-0156; 727-847-2411; 813-996-2411; 
1-800-368-2411 and ask for the Extension office.

Extension programs are open to all persons regardless of age, race, color, sex, disability, religion, or national origin.  Pasco Cooperative Extension is a joint effort between the USDA, the University of Florida, and the Board of County Commissioners.

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July 2017

7/8/17 (Saturday)
10:00am-11:00am

The Lives of Butterflies: For Kids
KIDS: Come learn the exciting life cycle of butterflies. Hear how they get their wing color, what they eat, etc. This FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension class will explain many facts that you probably didnt know about our beautiful friends.
Adults, you are welcome also!
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Zephyrhills Library
5347 8th Street
Zephyrhills, FL 33542

Eventbrite - 7-8-17  The Lives of Butterflies:  For Kids

7/11/17 (Tuesday)
11:00AM-12:00PM

What's On Your Plate? Nutrition for Older Adults
Learn all about MyPlate and the five food groups in this fun, interactive nutrition presentation by UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension. Healthy eating is an important aspect of aging, and this lesson focuses on the special nutritional needs that older adults have, while emphasizing choosing a variety of foods and practicing food safety. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served. Each participant will receive a free giveaway.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Hugh Embry Library
14215 4th Street
Dade City, FL 33523

Eventbrite - 7-11-17 What's On Your Plate? Nutrition for Older Adults

7/13/17 (Thursday)
2:00PM-3:00PM

Butterflies & Bugs
Butterflies are not just another pretty creature. Hear a local botanist discuss the importance of these insects to your gardens success. He will also be talking about the importance of bugs in our gardens, at this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension semianr. Come and learn about these fascinating and diverse groups of organisms. Basic identification and ecology willl be explored in this introduction class.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Centennial Park Branch Library
5740 Moog Road
Holiday, FL 34690

Eventbrite - 7-13-17  Butterflies & Bugs

7/14/17 (Friday)
2:00PM-3:00PM

Money Management and Resume Building for Teens
Teens will learn basic money management in this lesson as well as tips for creating a resume that stands out to job recruiters and colleges.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

New River Library
34043 State Road 54
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

Eventbrite - 7-14-17 Money Management and Resume Building for Teens

7/18/17 (Tuesday)
11:00AM-12:00PM

Why is Vitamin D and Calcium so Important?
Learn about the importance of getting enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet in this fun, interactive nutrition lesson for adults of all ages. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served. Each participant will receive a free giveaway item.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Hugh Embry Library
14215 4th Street
Dade City, FL 33523

Eventbrite - 7-18-17 Why is Vitamin D and Calcium so Important?

7/18/17 (Tuesday)
2:00pm-3:30pm

Lawn Care Made Easy
Caring for a lawn is not difficult; Once you discover the proper fertilization techniques, water requirements and the cultural care your lawn needs in Florida. Come learn how at this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

New River Branch Library
34043 State Road 54
Zephyrhills Florida

Eventbrite - 7-18-17  Lawn Care Made Easy

7/25/17 (Tuesday)
5:00PM-6:30PM

Air Potato Management Workshop
An air potato and invasive management workshop will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office in Dade City, Florida from 5:00-6:30 PM. This particular workshop has been designed for home and property owners seeking information on control of the invasive air potato plant. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences will provide air potato beetles as door prizes. Air potato beetles are an exceptionally effective method of control for the air potato plant without harm to other species. Note: We cannot guarantee everyone will receive air potato beetles. In the event more participants register than beetles are available, they will be given away as door prizes selected at random. Register and pay now on Eventbrite. The program costs $15.00/person. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for admission. Please bring your paid ticket for admission.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office
36702 State Road 52
Dade City, FL 33525

Eventbrite - 7-25-17 Air Potato Management Workshop

7/25/17 (Tuesday)
11:00AM-12:00PM

Strategies for Creating Healthy Snacks and Meals: Nutrition for Older Adults
This presentation by UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension will inspire you to create easy nutritious snacks and meals to help you eat healthier. Topics discussed will be healthy snacks, no cook meals, cooking for one, and each participant will receive recipe cards and nutrition information to take home. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served. Each participant will receive a free giveaway item.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Hugh Embry Library
14215 4th Street
Dade City, FL 33523

Eventbrite - 7-25-17 Strategies for Creating Healthy Snacks and Meals: Nutrition for Older Adults

7/29/17 (Saturday)
11:00AM-12:00PM

Amaryllis
Roll up your sleeves and come join us for "Family Day" at the library. We will be demonstrating how to properly pot amaryllis bulbs and answer any questions. Master Gardeners will be talking in depth about these lovely flowers and how to care for them. Bring the kids to this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Centennial Park Branch Library
5740 Moog Road
Holiday, FL 34690

Eventbrite - 9-2-17  Amaryllis

 

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August 2017

8/5/17 (Saturday)
9:00AM-11:00AM

Fall is for Planting
Did you know that roots grow well all winter when the top of the plant is not! This makes fall the prefect time to plant the "right plant in the right place" in your landscape. Come to this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar and learn more about fall planting!
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Clayton Hall at Pasco County Fairgrounds
UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office
36702 State Road 52
Dade City, FL 33525
Eventbrite - 8-5-17       Fall is for Planting

8/12/17 (Saturday)
12:00PM-2:00PM

Hydroponics for the Homeowner
This intro to hydroponics workshop is for homeowners looking to grow leafy crops. The basics will be covered in an informational and DIY demonstration workshop starting at 12:00 at the Land O' Lakes Community Center. Sorry no refunds. You must bring your paid ticket as proof of purchase.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Land O' Lakes Community Center
5401 Land O' Lakes Boulevard
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639
Eventbrite - Hydroponics for the Homeowner

8/12/17 (Saturday)
10:00AM-11:00AM

Succulents
We will cover the care and propagation of succulents - and not just cactus! This seminar will discuss an array of succulents that can be grown inside and outside the home in central Florida. If you think that succulents are just cacti, then you may be happy to learn that there are many varieties out there. The selecting, planting, and care of succulents will be discussed, along with demonstrations. There will also be free cuttings that be taken home and grown!. Come to our FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar and learn all about succulents in Central Florida.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Zephyrhills Library
5347 8th Street
Zephyrhills, FL 33542
Eventbrite - 8-12-17  Succulents

8/22/17 (Tuesday)
2:00PM-3:30PM

Shade Gardening
Have a shady spot where nothing seems to grow? Find out why Master Gardeners say "right plant...right place", at this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar, where a Master Gardener will detail plants that love the shade!
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

New River Library
34043 State Road 54
Wesley Chapel Florida
Eventbrite - 8-22-17  Shade Gardening

 

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September 2017

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9/5/17 (Tuesday)
6:30PM-7:30PM

BEGONIAS #101
Learn about the various types of begonias to include, how to plant, propagate and care for these beautiful plants, at this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Hudson Library
8012 Library Road
Hudson, Florida
Eventbrite - 9-5-17  BEGONIAS #101

9/5/17 (Tuesday)
6:30PM-7:30PM

Water Gardening
Come and learn the easiest way to create a water garden from one of our experienced Master Gardeners. They will explain how to avoid the two major set backs of water gardening: algae growth and leaks. This FREE University of Florida/ IFAS Pasco Extension seminar will cover how to actually build your pond and what materials are needed.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Land O Lakes Branch Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O Lakes, FL
Eventbrite - 9-5-17   Water Gardening

9/9/17 (Saturday)
10:00AM-11:00AM

Plants for Winter Color
Winter can have color! Come to learn how at this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar. Learn how to select plants that will add sparkle and splash to your yard.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Zephyrhills Library
5347 8th Street
Zephyrhills, FL 33542
Eventbrite - 9-9-17  Plants for Winter Color

9/9/17 (Saturday)
9:00AM-10:30AM

Creating a Hummingbird Haven
Learn from an accomplished hummingbird lover and birder how to attract these unique birds to your yard, including species that rarely make Florida their home. This seminar will highlight the best plants, trees and shrubs, as well as where to locate them in your yard to encourage hummingbirds to visit. The importance of feeders, water features, and insects for food will also be discussed to help you create the perfect hummingbird home at this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Land O' Lakes Community Center
5401 Land O' Lakes Boulevard
FL 34639
Eventbrite - 9-9-17  Creating a Hummingbird Haven

9/11/17 (Monday)
5:00PM - 6:30PM

Using Wasps to Control Citrus Greening at Home
The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is responsible for the severe decline in commercial and dooryard citrus production in Florida. This insect spreads the bacterium that causes citrus greening or huanglongbing. At this UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar, Dr. Whitney Elmore will detail the use of a parasitic wasp, Tamarixia radiate, to combat the psyllid in areas where pesticides are not being sprayed for control. The wasp has been found to help control the psyllid, and its use as a biological control is a major step forward in the fight against citrus greening. Releasing these wasps is safe (it only parasitizes the ACP) and it’s effective in neighborhoods to help protect dooryard citrus and limit spread to neighboring commercial groves. Vials of the live wasps will be given away as door prizes (not everyone is guaranteed a vial) for immediate release by the homeowner.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Land O' Lakes Community Center
5401 Land O' Lakes Boulevard
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639
Eventbrite - Using Wasps to Control Citrus Greening at Home

9/14/17 (Thursday)
2:00PM-3:00PM

Composting Workshop
Come to this UF/IFAS Pasco Extension workshop and learn the do's and dont's of composting for Florida flowers and vegetables. Composting helps recycle nutrients into plants and add crucial organic matter to your soil The fee includes workshop instruction and one composting bin. PASCO COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY. NO REFUNDS. Registration is required.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Centennial Park Branch Library 5740 Moog Road Holiday, FL 34690
Eventbrite - 9-14-17  Composting Workshop

9/16/17 (Saturday)
8:30AM-5:00PM

The Tampa Bay Small Farm and Cottage Food Conference
Interested in Farming in the Tampa Bay Area? The Tampa Bay Small Farm and Cottage Food Conference will offer practical educational sessions taught by farmers, Extension, and industry representatives. The goal is to provide attendees with information they can immediately apply to improve their small and/or beginning agriculture operations, as well as information on emerging markets. The sessions will cover topics such as Fruit and Vegetable Production, Livestock, Legal/Regulatory Considerations, Marketing, Hydroponics, Aquaculture, and Cottage Food Laws. This event is a collaboration of UF/IFAS Extension, Hillsborough and Pasco Counties, the Entrepreneur Collaborative Center and the Hillsborough County Economic Development Department

If you have any questions, please contact:

Francisco Rivera
Small Farms/Alternative Enterprises Extension Agent
UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension
(813) 744-5519 Ext. 54119
RiveraFr@HillsboroughCounty.org


UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County
5339 County Road 579
Seffner, FL 33584

9/19/17 (Tuesday)
2:00PM-3:30PM

Selection and Management of Crepe Myrtles
Crepe Myrtles are a popular small tree for home landscapers because of their prolific summer flowers, heat tolerance and drought resistance. This seminar will discuss how to select and care for these versitile trees, to include how to properly prune them. Come to this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar and learn how to prevent "crepe murder"!
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

New River Library
34043 State Road 54
Wesley Chapel Florida
Eventbrite - 9-19-17  Selection and Management of Crepe Myrtles

 

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October 2017

10/3/17 (Tuesday)
6:30PM-7:40PM

Using Unique Growing Practices to Add Edibles to Your Landscape
Dragonfly Ranch has been teaching natural gardening and unconventional growing practices for decades. Come to this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar and learn about using hugelkultur, permaculture and other sustainable and unconventional growing practices to add edibles to your landscape. Learn how to grow an edible yard and landscaping within HOA guidelines and codes, while helping birds, bees and the environment in the process. This class is for everyone: from apartment dwellers to those with modest yards to those with large gardens or acreage. Bring photos of your yard or growing areas for discussion at the end of the class. Free plants and seeds to for anyone that attends!
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Hudson Library
8012 Library Rd (off Fivay Road)
Hudson, FL 34667
Eventbrite - 10-3-17  Using Unique Growing Practices to Add Edibles to Your Landscape

10/3/17 (Tuesday)
6:30PM-7:30PM

Right Plant....Right Place
Native plants are a great option for landscaping as long as you put the right plant in the right place. Come to this FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar to learn which natives to plant and where to plant them for optimal plant health.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Land O Lakes Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O Lakes, Florida
Eventbrite - 10-3-17    Right Plant....Right Place

10/7/17 (Saturday)
9:00AM-3:00PM

GARDENING 365 - Pasco Master Gardener Festival
SAVE THE DATE: Gardening 365, Pasco Master Gardener Horticultural festival. San Antonio City Park, 12200 Main Street, San Antonio, FL 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (rain or shine) FREE Parking Gardening products galore from all your favorite plant nurseries in the Central Florida area. They will be selling tools, plants, anything and everything garden related. Over 100 vendors are expected! UF/IFAS Pasco Extension and Master Gardeners will be offering educational seminars throughout the day along with many area non-profit organizations. Events for all family members!
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

San Antonio City Park
12200 Main Street
San Antonio, Florida 33576
Eventbrite - 10-7-17  GARDENING 365 -  Pasco Master Gardener Festival

10/12/17 (Thursday)
2:00PM-3:30PM

A Rose by Any Other Name
Certified Rosarian, Chef Vince Blancato will share the best methods for growing and maintaining roses in Central Florida. His specialtly is growing pesticide free roses for culinary purposes. Come to this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar. There will be tasting samples!
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Centennial Park Branch Library
5740 Moog Road
Holiday, FL 34690
Eventbrite - 10-12-17  A Rose by Any Other Name

10/14/17 (Saturday)
10:00AM-11:00AM

Lawn Care Made Easy
Caring for a lawn is not difficult. Once you discover the proper fertilization techniques, water requirements and cultural care your lawn needs in Florida. Come learn how, at this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Zephyrhills Library
5347 8th Street
Zephyrhills, FL 33542
Eventbrite - 10-14-17   Lawn Care Made Easy

10/14/17 (Saturday)
9:00AM-10:30AM

Blueberries & Blackberries
Are you considering growing blueberries or blackberries? Then come to join us an hear a professional grower tell us how to grow succulent berriew successfully in Florida. This UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar is FREE.. Come join us.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Land O' Lakes Community Center
5401 Land O' Lakes Boulevard
US Highway 41
Land 'O Lakes, FL 34639
Eventbrite - 10-14-17  Blueberries & Blackberries

10/17/17 (Tuesday)
2:00PM-3:30PM

Spiders, Creepy Crawlies
Dr. Whitney Elmore, UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Director & Urban Horticulture Agent will take you on a journey through the creepy crawlies that lurk in your area. From venonoous spiders and snakes to stinging insects. Learn how to spot these critters around your yard and house. We will see you there at this FREE University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

New River Branch Library
34043 State Road 54
Zephyrhills Florida
Eventbrite - 10-17-17  Spiders, Creepy Crawlies

 

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November 2017

11/4/17 (Saturday)
9:00AM-10:30AM

Growing and Cooking With Your Own Herbs
Want to learn how to grow and prepare your own herbs for cooking? Come to this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar and learn how. A Certified Master Gardener will explain the herbs and how to grow them easily. We will also have our Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, Shari Bresin explain how to use the herbs in various dishes your family is sure to enjoy. A taste testing demonstration will also be held, so be sure to register. Come and enjoy these goodies!
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Clayton Hall
Pasco County Extension Office, 36702 State Road 52
Dade City, Florida 33525
Eventbrite - 11-4-17  Growing and Cooking With Your Own Herbs

11/7/17 (Tuesday)
6:30PM-7:30PM

Tree Care & Pruning
Gain an understanding of pruning techniques that lead to healthier and stronger trees. Industry pruning standards and local regulations will be explained at this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Hudson Library
8012 Library Rd
Off Fivay Rd.
Hudson, FL 34667
Eventbrite - 10-7-17  GARDENING 365 -  Pasco Master Gardener Festival

11/7/17 (Tuesday)
6:30PM-7:30PM

Caring for Holiday Plants
Ever wonder what do with those wonderful holiday plants. We will explore ways to take care of and prolong the life of poinsettias, christmas cactus, amarilis and more, so they will be enjoyed for a longer time. Come to this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar and learn how.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Land O Lakes Branch Library
2818 Collier Parkway
Land O Lakes, FL
Eventbrite - 11-7-17  Caring for Holiday Plants

11/9/17 (Thursday)
2:00PM-3:00PM

Growing Mushrooms at Home
Let the fun(gus) begin!!! Join Dr. Whitney Elmore, UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Director & Horticulture Agent at a seminar on small scale mushroom farming. Topics include mushroom cultivation and species selection. Register for this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Centennial Park Branch Library
5740 Moog Road
Holiday, FL 34690
Eventbrite - 11-9-17   Growing Mushrooms at Home

 

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December 2017

12/5/17 (Monday)
6:30PM-7:30PM

Easy to Grow Native Plants and Their Pollinators
Come and experience great reasons to choose Florida native plants for your garden at this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar.
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Hudson Library
8012 Library Rd (off Fivay Road)
Hudson, FL 34667
Eventbrite - 12-5-17       Easy to Grow Native Plants and Their Pollinators

12/9/17 (Saturday)
9:00AM-10:30AM

Rain Harvesting Workshop
We will be discussing water conservation both indoors and outdoors. The workshop is hands on . Participants will make a rainbarrel. Pre-registration/payment is required. Limit one barrel per household. No payments will be accepted at the door. No refunds available
For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

Land O' Lakes Community Center
5401 Land O' Lakes Boulevard
US Highway 41
Land 'O Lakes, FL 34639
Eventbrite - 12-9-17  Rain Harvesting Workshop

12/12/17 (Tuesday)
8:30AM-5:00PM

Green Industry Best Managment Practices (GI-BMP) Class
The GI-BMPs are science based educational programs for Green Industry works (lawn care and landscape maintenance professionals). Brought to you by UF/IFAS Florida Friendly Landscaping (TM) program. The GI-BMP teaches environmentally safe landscaping practices that help conserve and protect Florida's ground and surface waters.

  • Only Pasco Government and Pasco School District employees are eligible for a rate of $15.00. The employees must obtain the signature of their immediate supervisor on the pre-paid ticket and present it at the door for admission at this price.
  • All other attendees will have a charge of $30.00. You must present a photo ID with the pre-paid ticket for admission. No exceptions.
  • All ticket prices include a lunch (sandwich, chips & drink).
  • NOTE: Those registering as Pasco Government and Pasco School District employees will be cross-referenced with a list of approved/paid employees to attend at this government rate.
  • Non Pasco County Master Gardeners will need to show proof of current certification.

  • Pre-registration and pre-payment are required through Eventbrite. UF/IFAS Pasco Extension does not offer refunds once tickets are purchases. to come. Come learn how at this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar
    For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

    Clayton Hall
    Pasco County Extension Office, 36702 State Road 52
    Dade City, Florida 33525
    Eventbrite - 12-12-17   Green Industry Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) Class

    12/14/17 (Thursday)
    2:00PM-3:00PM

    Caring for Holiday Plants
    Ever wonder what to do with those wonderful holiday plants that your gifted? This seminar will explore ways to take care of and prolong the life of poinsettias, christmas cactus, amarillis and more, so they can be enjoyed for many months or even years to come. Come learn how at this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar
    For more information, call the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension Office at 352-518-0156.

    Centennial Park Branch Library
    5740 Moog Road
    Holiday, FL 34690
    Eventbrite - 12-9-17       Caring for Holiday Plants