NEW PORT RICHEY — “Silent no more” will serve as the motto for local observances of domestic violence awareness month in October.
The Salvation Army domestic violence shelter plans a candlelight vigil 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, on the steps of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, 8700 Citizen Drive.
Survivors of domestic violence will tell inspirational stories about how they finally escaped their tormentors, according to Lynn Needs, the director of the shelter.
Candles will be lit to remember those victims who died from violence.
Later, on Saturday, Oct. 19, a concert will benefit the local DV shelter.
The Alliance for the Cause concert will feature performers Reckless Mercy, Charlie Stamas, the skywire project and 3 Cats and a Hat.
The show will take place 2-6 p.m. at the Concourse, 15325 Alric Pottberg Road, along S.R. 52 about a quarter mile west of Suncoast Parkway.
Admission and parking are free.
Clowns will entertain children. The basketball team from Pasco-Hernando Community College will put on a demonstration. Face painting and a bouncy house are part of other children activities.
The Sheriff’s Mounted Posse is scheduled to make an appearance, along with McGruff the Crime Dog.
Potential vendors and sponsors can get more information by calling Maria Matheus at (727) 815-8539.