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Director y of Hometown Professionals Air Conditioning Best Services A/C McWilliams A/C Attorneys- Personal Injury Kantaras & Andrepoulos Attorneys-Business Law Monticello Law Firm

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Auto Sales-New & Used Any Car USA


Bakery Sugardarlings Cones & Cupcakes


Boutique Turtle’s Nest


Fishing Charter Viking Gulfstar


Florist Flowers By Jenny


Grout Repair Grout Rhino Hair Salon Aqua Terra Salon & Spa Cabelo Salon Inc. Salon Tre Hurricane Protection Home Safety Solutions Jewelry DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry Marketing Product Network Topaz Marketing Group

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Business Groups Rooters Club Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce Trinity Business Association Vendor Divas West Pasco Chamber of Commerce Working Women of Tampa Bay

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Massage Therapy Massage Therapy Center Mind & Body Defy Aging, Inc.

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Nail Salon Amber Nails


Carpet Cleaning Complete Care Systems


Nightclub Karl Reef

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Non-Profit Organizations SPCA The Katelyn Foundation Pasco Pediatric Foundation

Dentists David W. Dempsey, D.D.S Dentists-Orthodontics Smiles by Graff, Family Entertainment Jungle Bounce Congo River Golf Fashion UltrueImage, Joanne L. Cicora


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Pet Euthanasia Gentle Pet Passings Pet Grooming Paw Wash Plus Physicians-Chiropractic Unger Chiropractic Clinic



Physicians-Internal Medicine Dr. Halima Gafhoor


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Real Estate Florida Luxury Realty


Restaurants Ali Gators Florida Grill & Bar Cricketers 54 Dimitri’s On the Water Niko’s Place The Stadium Restaurant Zen Forrest

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Storage Seven Springs Self Storage Southern Self Storage

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Tile Contractor Trinity Tile & Stone


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A Hometown Story

A Taste of Sweet Success at Sugardarlings Cones and Cupcakes


essica Beebe, owner and baker at Sugardarlings Cones and Cupcakes, has been serving up the sweet stuff since February of 2010. She initially opened with the idea of an affordable neighborhood ice cream shop that caters to the budget of the average family. The cupcakes were intended to be a side item, or an alternative to ice cream. But luck was on her side when she chose to open her shop the week of Valentine’s Day. Jess sold over 300 cupcakes her first week in business baking them in a toaster oven! With such overwhelming demand for her cupcakes, Jess upgraded to a baking oven and now offers between 15-20 different varieties of cupcakes every day, baking fresh ones throughout the day just to keep up with demand. Sugardarlings Award Winning Peanut Butter Smores was just recently honored "The Best Cupcake" in St.Pete, locally Sugardarlings was voted Best Desert, Best Kept Secret and Best Bakery in the Suncoast. That is what we call SWEET SUCCESS!! Jessica worked for The Innisbrook Golf Resort in Tarpon Springs Florida for over 13 years; Jess was versatile in many of the daily resort operation but primarily focused on Food & Beverage which was her passion. Jessica mentioned that she never thought the demand of her sweet treats would require her to bake full time and say goodbye to a job she was so loyal to. Word of mouth and a Facebook page has spread the news, as well as the popularity of such TV shows as DC cupcakes on TLC and Cupcake Wars on Food Network. Jess is serving customers from as far away as Miami! One of her regular customers is a pregnant woman who craves these delicious cupcakes so much she sends her husband in every day to get the flavor she has her heart set on that day! Jess has made cupcakes for weddings, baby showers, luncheons and birthday parties, including a very sweet Sweet 16!

Sugardarlings can even accommodate large school and church orders. Jess makes many tasty flavors, but one specialty item sure to get a laugh from customers caught by surprise is her Savory Cupcakes like Sweet Corn & Pulled Pork or her Yummy Chicken & Waffles, or give the popular maple bacon a try. Some more conventional favorites include chocolate/chocolate, red velvet, chocolate/peanut butter, and cappuccino, but the menu changes daily so come by often. Every day is kid’s day though because Jess loves to loan them an apron and let them decorate their own cupcakes. The adults can sit at a table and eat their ice cream or cupcakes with a cup of coffee while the kids color, draw on the chalkboard, or admire the “wall art” contributed by the students of area schools. Sugardarlings’ fun, family atmosphere is important to Jess. Even the name of her business comes from a sweet family tradition starting when her Grandmother would tell the grand-children to “come over here darling and get some sugar”. Jess’s mother reminded her of Grandma’s saying and Jess began calling her own children “sugardarlings”. So when a road trip up the East Coast and many stops at Hershey’s Ice Cream inspired Jess to open an ice cream shop, what else could she possibly name it? So with such sweet success, what could Sugardarlings Cones and Cupcakes be planning next? Well, Jess will soon have Sugardarlings t-shirts in her store, and will be baking fresh cupcakes to be offered in boutiques in Clearwater and Safety Harbor (exact locations to be announced soon). Anyone wanting to sell Sugardarlings fresh delicious cupcakes in their boutique, deli, coffee shop, book store, or retail store can give Jess a call at 727-376-2253, or come by and taste test some of her creations at 8511 Old County Road 54 New Port Richey and New Location Open Mid September In Palm Harbor/East Lake Area. Sugardarlings Cones and Cupcakes is open from 12:00pm-9:00pm Mon-Sat and can be reached by email at





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Reasons to SHOP, EAT and HAVE FUN Locally IT’s YOUR HOME!

To strengthen local economy: Studies have shown that buying from an independent, locally owned business, significantly raises the number of times your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms—continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

Keep your community unique: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun—all of it makes our community home.

Increase jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally in the United Sates of America.

Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in the community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.

Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character. Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This means contributing less to greenhouse gas emissions, sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution. Support community groups: Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.

Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.

Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community. Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices. Sustain South Sound, Washington, USA



elebrate Home! I am excited to celebrate a successful year of spotlighting the heartbeat of our hometowns – our local businesses, the “Hometown Professionals” throughout our communities. It is with great joy that we are able to bring them into your hearts and homes. Each business and shop brings something unique and special to the streets of our towns. The cover photo brings you a glimpse of our celebration, as the team of IT’S YOUR HOME enjoys delicious cupcakes from Sugardarlings Cone and Cupcakes while shopping at The Turtle’s Nest in Trinity. I am proud that members of our team are very involved in the community, and I have witnessed firsthand how our residents and businesses rally together to not only support each other, but those in need. Our community is home to so many local businesses and organizations offering services, financial generosity and countless volunteer hours to support the numerous events orchestrated to help those less fortunate. If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know. On behalf the entire team, I offer a special thanks to our business sponsors, as well as our readers. Without all of you, we would not be embarking on another year of IT’S YOUR HOME! Our passion continues into this, our second year, as we encourage residents to shop, dine, support and enjoy all our local businesses have to offer! Connect with us to be included in upcoming events, discounts and coupons. Look for IT’S YOUR HOME on Facebook and YourHomeTrinity on Twitter. While you are online, check out our digital edition at www. Please browse and share with your family, friends, and neighbors! Cover: Our Team - Sandra Testo-Michaud, Barbara Marville Kelly, Debbie Dawson, Kristin Vogt-Wilson Joanne L. Cicora, Papande Newman (standing), Debra Taylor (front), Rich Scherch & Len Wasnock (not present)

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olar energy through a window is transferred or transmitted by infrared waves. Radiant energy is converted to heat when it strikes people or objects. If you block the transfer of this energy you keep it from turning into heat because it never strikes an object. Window film interrupts the transfer of this energy by reflecting the energy back. Transmission is basically the percentage of Solar energy (UV + Visible Light + Near Infrared) that can passes through a window. Reflection is the ratio of solar energy reflected back to the source, expressed as a percentage. Absorption is the percentage of solar energy absorbed to that of the total solar energy. With solar window film installed on the inside of a window, the proportions are changed dramatically, with reflected energy and absorption increasing. This corresponds to a reduction in solar heat transmitted inside the room or the automobile. The properties of the window film dramatically influence how and in what way transmission, reflection and absorption change.


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“We don’t cut corners, We clean them!” Their name says it all. Complete Care. That’s what Joe & Tricia Staltare want for their customers. It’s their vision to make sure each customer is completely satisfied with the cleaning service they receive. The Staltares successfully owned East Coast Cleaning in Long Island, NY for 12 years before moving to Trinity and opening Complete Care Systems two years ago. “We put the customer first. What you are quoted is what you pay. We never sell you a service that you don’t need,” Tricia explains. Complete Care Systems offers a low-moisture, deep carpet cleaning service, along with tile & grout cleaning, pressure washing, and brick paver sealing. The Staltares are active members of Generations Church, and are involved in various community fundraisers. This year they offered a scholarship to a Mitchell High School Senior, which they intend to continue each year going forward.

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3M window films, one of their most popular products, designed to reduce the harmful effects of the sun, providing solutions for problems such as glare, faded furnishings, room comfort, and energy savings. All these benefits are combined into one product, with a warranty backed by one of the world's most respected companies. Because the window film products provide energy savings, your investment helps pay for itself. Hurricane season is upon us. When the meteorologist forecasts a spaghetti model of a storm’s potential for impacting our area, rest assured, Home Safety Solutions has what it takes to protect you and your family from the devastating effects of Mother Nature! To find out more about the products offered call 813-814-2236, or to view the video demonstration featuring Simonton Windows, please visit

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aving served West Tampa Bay for more than 30 years, McWilliams & Son, Inc., is the air conditioning contractor who is “Keeping You Cool” in Pasco, Pinellas, Hernando, Citrus and Hillsborough counties. The McWilliams team is dedicated to providing quality attention, quality work and quality time to each and every customer as the #1 trusted contractor when it comes to air conditioning, heating, ventilation and commercial refrigeration. With a variety of services and products from which to choose, the experts at McWilliams and Son, Inc., can customize a solution that is perfect for you and your family. Neglect and poor maintenance of your air conditioning system can cost you thousands of dollars each year in lost energy. In this day and age, it pays to have a specialist on your side to prevent unnecessary costs. Gil McWilliams and his team can keep you cool while keeping your energy costs low. “We are constantly learning and training to know everything


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Decorate a room efficiently by following these rules By Ann Alderson, Home Staging Expert


f you're going to decorate a room yourself and don't know where to start, check out these tips for making over a room as systematically as possible. (Note: this is for people who have already picked out their color scheme, furniture, fabrics, etc.) Line Up the Pros Make sure you have a skilled electrician, painter, and whatever other pro you might need on hand. You want to make sure you have the best person for the job and that rarely happens when you randomly choose. Do the Floors First Always deal with the floors first. Staining or sanding a floor, or even taking up and putting down carpet will cause at least a little damage to the walls. Limit the number of touch ups you have to do by waiting to paint until after the floors are done. Install Cabinets Before Painting If you're doing a kitchen or bathroom you'll also want to hang cabinets before painting. Once this is done you can paint the entire room. It's best to do all the painting at once so start with the trim and then tackle the walls (starting at the top and working your way down).

Hang Fixtures Once the entire room is painted you can hang the light fixtures (such as chandeliers and sconces). It's best to do this before anything else goes in the room so that nothing will get in the

way (such as drapery fabric). Once all the lighting has been installed you can install the window treatments. Arrange Furniture It's always best to have an arrangements planned before bringing the furniture in, but if you find it doesn't work as well as you had hoped don't be afraid to move things around and play with the furniture placement. Bring In Accessories Artwork, lamps, decorative objects like candlesticks, books, and pillows are all important elements. They're what truly make a room personal, so have fun with this and use these items to show your personality and celebrate your home! Selling a home requires preparation, and, in today's market, a reality check. Ann Alderson breaks the process down into manageable steps and offers expert home staging tips and techniques.


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new school year can mean lots of new artwork to display around your home. And while the fridge is nice, it’s fun to create a space that’s a bit more special. Here’s a simple idea from Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss: Purchase inexpensive frames from the dollar or thrift store, and paint them to match the décor of the room or rooms in which you would like to display your child’s art work. Hang the empty frames where you choose, then place a binder clip on a tack for ease of rotating your art gallery! Another suggestion: use a plain or painted corkboard as a replacement for the back of the frame and use push pins to display work.

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Understanding Capital Gains in Real Estate When you sell a stock, you owe taxes on your gain — the difference between what you paid for the stock and what you sold it for. The same holds true when selling a home (or a second home), but there are some special considerations.

3. Your home’s adjusted cost basis: _______________________

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4. Your capital gain: _______________________

In real estate, capital gains are based not on what you paid for the home, but on its adjusted cost basis. To calculate, follow these steps:

Subtract the adjusted cost basis from the amount your home sells for to get your capital gain.

1. Purchase price: _______________________ The purchase price of the home is the sale price, not the amount of money you actually contributed at closing.

The total of your purchase price and adjustments is the adjusted cost basis of your home.

A Special Real Estate Exemption for Capital Gains Since 1997, up to $250,000 in capital gains ($500,000 for a married couple) on the sale of a home is exempt from taxation if you meet the following criteria:

2. Total adjustments: _______________________

• You have lived in the home as your principal residence for two out of the last five years.

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• You have not sold or exchanged another home during the two years preceding the sale.

• Cost of the purchase — including transfer fees, attorney fees, and inspections, but not points you paid on your mortgage. • Cost of sale — including inspections, attorney fees, real estate commission, and money you spent to fix up your home just prior to sale. • Cost of improvements — including room additions, deck, etc. Note here that improvements do not include repairing or replacing something already there, such as putting on a new roof or buying a new furnace.

• You meet what the IRS calls “unforeseen circumstances,” such as job loss, divorce, or family medical emergency.

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Reprinted from REALTOR® magazine ( with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.


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he great Rei Kawakubo said this about “Fashion” in the September issue of the WSJ Magazine; “Fashion is something you attach to yourself, put on, and through that interaction the meaning of it is born.” This is so important when it comes to defining your own individual style; especially for teenagers in school. Helping our children feel comfortable in their own skin is monumental to their development. Does it mean that you have to dress them in expensive clothes? Absolutely not. It means helping them express themselves and what it is they want to say to the world when they walk out the door in the morning. Just like us as adults, when we feel great about how we look in a new outfit in the mirror, it’s reflected in our walk. It’s seen by others in our confident smile and body language. Giving this feeling to our children sets them up for success! We want them to be kind, compassionate, giving, loving, funny, brilliant, creative, and the list goes on. But when we give them the skin on the outside to match how they feel and want to express themselves from the inside, then a positive connection is born. We can do this by asking our

teens what it is they really want to convey to others. Particularly when it comes to their clothing. Are they looking to show that they are neat, clean, poised and polished? Or are they wanting sassy, fun, trendy and to stand out a little? Maybe they are the kind that wants to give off that relaxed, low maintenance, easy going approach. And some even want to let everyone know that they need attention, help, and support. Start by looking at where they are now and how they dress. Then ask them! “If you could start over today, and money wasn’t an object—how would dress? What would be the message you want others to receive?” Then you go from there. Each person has a silent voice that wants to be heard without even speaking. Your body language and what you wear is that voice.

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experience? Examine and assess exactly how it makes you “feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel”. The answer will come to you whether to hang on to it or not!

This energy is powerful flowing in and around our homes and workplace, and can affect our lives and sense of well-being. This concept originated many centuries ago in ancient civilizations, including China. The belief and concept is that energy can flow or stagnate based on the shape and form of our environment, and how harmonious or chaotic our environment is on any given day.

According to the Black Sect, and many various Feng Shui practices, there are eight areas in our home in the simplest form, such as Career, Fame, Wealth, Family, Knowledge, Partnership, Children, and Helpful People. These are all areas that can be improved by implementing simple little cures, that have a tremendous affect on our surroundings, and how we feeeeeeeeeeeeel in them. It does not have to be complicated.

As we invest in improving our lives through personal growth and development, it is absolutely critical that we look at our homes, as well. Our homes are not just dwellings to provide shelter, but can also be the “oasis” in which we look forward to waking up and within which we taking refuge. This environment reflects who we are, with a flow of energy that is welcoming, peaceful, harmonious, comfortable, and loving through sight, sound, and serenity. As a Professional Certified Feng Shui Practitioner, it has been extremely fascinating to facilitate the “cures” accompanied by a “houseblessing”. House-blessings with prayer can invoke various manifestations, whether it is for the improvement in a love relationship, a better career, improved health and more. Simply clearing clutter is the first recommendation for everyone, in every home and workplace. PERIOD!!!!! A cluttered home/equals a cluttered mind. Have you ever noticed when you clean your office or your desk how much better you feel? It really works! Storing stuff under the bed is a big NO, NO! Remove it immediately! Take time to sort through it and discard it if it’s not needed. Get rid of stuff that you don’t absolutely love. Stuff from a former life

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OW!….A new school year has begun! It’s always exciting getting started with the school year, but as you prepare your child for his or her time in the classroom, remember, there is more to getting ready for school than just buying supplies. Accidents can be prevented if parents are on the lookout for potential hazards. To help your keep your kids free from harm, here are some safety tips from SAFE KIDS, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. As children are returning to school, many of them will be spending time home alone after school until their parents get home from work.

What Parents Can Do to Keep Kids Safe at Home: • It's a good idea to have them call you at work to check in when they get home! • Discuss if they are ready to use the oven, stove or microwave and if they understand how to be fire safe. • Posting an emergency phone list where children can see it. Include 9-1-1, parent's work and cell numbers and the numbers for anyone else who is close and trusted such as a neighbor or friend. • Identify neighbors whose home your child can go to in case of an Education is not emergency that requires them to leave home. Let the neighbor know the preparation for life; child is home alone and may call if needed. education is life itself. • Practice emergency plans with your kids so they know what to do in the event of fire, injury, or other emergencies. Write the plan down ~John Dewey and make sure the child knows where it is. • Make sure the first aid kit is stocked and stored where your children can find it; keep it out of reach of young children. Red Cross babysitter training can enhance their safety skills. • Let children know where the flashlights are. Make sure that the batteries are fresh, and that the child knows how to use them. • Remove or safely store in locked areas dangerous items like guns, ammunition, knives, hand tools, power tools, razor blades, scissors, and other objects that can cause injury. • Make sure potential poisons like detergents, polishes, pesticides, care-care fluids, lighter fluid and lamp oils are stored in locked cabinets or out of the reach of children. • Make sure medicine is kept in a locked storage place or out of the reach of children. • Make sure at least one approved smoke alarm is installed and operating on each level of the home. •Limit the time the child spends in front of the television or computer. Activate parental controls. Use programs that limit the sites children can visit, restrict chat sites and allow parents to monitor online activity. • Never schedule appointments for service representatives, such as a TV cable installer, without an adult being present.



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Many cats are independent and love to roam outside. Unfortunately this can be dangerous for even the most self sufficient cat, as well as their families. Diseases such as ringworm, scabies, cat scratch fever and rabies are in the environment and can be transmitted to humans. Also free roaming cats may come in contact with the Feline Leukemia Virus and the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus which can be life threatening to cats. Fleas, ticks, hookworms and roundworms are parasites that may be brought into the home from outside. Outside predators such as dogs, coyotes, snakes, other cats and even hawks, as well as cars, make life dangerous for your outside kitty.

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Pet lovers are guardians to nearly 100 million dogs and cats in the United States, and spend about $35 billion on their furry friends each year. (Source: American Pet Product Manufacturer Association) Studies show that people with pets live longer, have less stress, and fewer health problems. (Source: American Pet Product Manufacturers Association Popular name for pooches. Other popular dog names in the U.S. are Jake, Buddy, Maggie, Molly, and Bear. (Source: A cat will almost never meow at another cat, because cats only meow to get our attention. (Source:

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Chamber President, Sue Thomas, invites business owners and managers to attend the “Coffee with Class” networking breakfasts the first and third Wednesdays, from 8:30AM-10:00AM, at Rusty Bellies Restaurant located at the West end of the World Famous Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. The Chamber office and Art Gallery is open seven days a week for visitor information, and they look forward to your visit!

Upcoming Events Sept 15: Sunset Beach Concert. 7pm with Roadhouse Band. Free. 942-5628 or Sept 24-25: Plant & Garden Festival. Sat., 10am-5pm, Sun., 10am4pm, on the Sponge Docks. 776-7261 Sept 25: Lauren Grame “A Woman’s Life & Love.” [$16/$14 Members] 2pm, Heritage Museum. 942-5605 or Sept 30: Singing Tree: Folk Music with a Classical Twist. [$16/$14 Members], 8pm, Cultural Center. 942-5605 Oct 1: Battle of the Garage Bands Noon-10pm, Lake Tarpon Resort. 937-6109 Oct 1: Night in the Islands 6pm-11pm, on the Sponge Docks, Free. Live music by The Islanders. 942-5605 Oct 1: Celebration of Life Service under the Old Oak Tree. Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 3pm. 942-5002 Oct 6: Rising Stars with Maria Zouves. [$16/$14 Members], 7:30pm, Performing Arts Center. 942-5605 Oct 7: Singer-Songwriter Mike Jurgensen & 2PM [$16/$14 Members], 8pm, Cultural Center. 942-5605 Oct 8-9: Arts & Crafts Festival Historic Downtown, 10am-5pm. Free. 937-6109

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The Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce is located in the Artists’ Faire Fine Arts & Gifts Gallery in Historic Downtown Tarpon Springs.

Sept 17 - 11am-3pm Taste of Trinity 3 and Business Expo Seven Springs Middle School 2441 Little Road, New Port Richey Food Tasting, Family Fun General Admission: $5 per person Family Four Pack: $15 All proceeds go to Seven Springs Middle School PTSO. 727-645-2078, e-mail:, or visit Sept 24 - 6pm-12am Trinity Rotary presents Hot Night in Havana Heritage Springs Country Club 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity 34655 Tickets: $125 727-243-3578 Oct 3 - 5pm-8pm TBA 2011 Community Expo FREE Event Fox Hollow Golf Club 10050 Robert Trent Jones Pkwy, Trinity, FL 34655 Oct 7 - 6pm-9pm Catches For Critters Catches Waterfront Grille 7811 Bayview St, Port Richey Proceeds benefit SPCA Suncoast 727-359-9518 Oct 7 - 1:00 Shotgun Start N. Suncoast Chiropractic Society Golf Tournament $75 per golfer/$250 per foursome Beacon Woods Golf Club 727-410-8438 Cotee River Bike Fest, Downtown New Port Richey Oct 7 - 5pm-10pm, Oct 8 - 9am-10pm, Oct 9 - 9am-4pm Oct 22 - 10am-2pm Unger's 2nd Annual Fall Festival FREE Event Downtown Longleaf Contact 727-264-8888

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