Peace Week returns to PHSC campuses

Peace Week 2019 will be Sept. 30-Oct. 4
Building sand mandalas will be offered each day throughout Peace Week at Pasco-Hernando State College's Porter Campus. Jones, Octavio  |  Tampa Bay Times
Building sand mandalas will be offered each day throughout Peace Week at Pasco-Hernando State College's Porter Campus. Jones, Octavio | Tampa Bay Times
Published September 22

Pasco-Hernando Stage College will celebrate Peace Week Sept. 30-Oct. 4 on all campuses. Each campus will host a Peace Festival that will include tie-dying, food and crafts, as well as College clubs and organizations. The festival will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following days:

• Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. Monday will feature local artists Evie Harper and Mason Gehring, and a drum circle by Giving Tree Music. Tuesday will feature artists Mary Petricone, Calan Ree and Rhonda Hancock.

• Sept. 30 and Oct. 3 at the West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Monday’s fest will feature local artists Rhonda Hancock, Calan Ree and Mary Petricone. Thursday’s fest will feature artists Evie Harper and Mason Gehring, and a drum circle by Giving Tree Music.

• Oct. 1 and 2 at the Porter Campus, 2727 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Tuesday will feature artists Evie Harper and Mason Gehring, and a drum circle by Giving Tree Music. Wednesday will feature local artists Rhonda Hancock, Lynne Simone and Mary Petricone.

• Oct. 2 and 3 at the North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville. Wednesday will feature local artists Mason Gehrig and Chelsea Fallon; and Thursday will feature local artists Rhonda Hancock and Karen Heidler, as well as a drum circle.

• Oct. 2 and 3 at the East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City. Wednesday will feature local artists Evie Harper, Karen Heidler and a drum circle; Thursday will feature artists Mary Petricone, Lynne Simone and Chelsea Fallon.

Another highlight of Peace Week includes prayers and meditation, as well as mandala building, that begins at 9:30 a.m. each day (Sept. 30-Oct. 4) at the Porter Campus, led by Drupon Thinley Nyingpo. Mandalas are constructed from sand and are unique to Tibetan Buddhism. They are believed to purify and heal by transmitting positive energies to the environment and the people who view them. There will be other Tibetan events at the campus, such as a modern Tibetan calligraphy workshop at 2:10 p.m. Oct. 3.

For a full list of events and lectures for each campus, visit the website at peaceweek.phsc.edu/home.


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