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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Nov. 4

By Phyllis Day

Music

Four days and nights of music: The annual Riverhawk Music Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 and continues through Nov. 12 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake near the Hernando/Pasco county line. The festival will feature more than 25 nationally touring bands playing on four stages. RV water and electric sites as well as primitive camping available. Adult daily tickets: $15 to $35 in advance; $25 to $50 at the gate; various weekend passes available. Youth ages 14 to 17 daily tickets are $10; youth weekend tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the gate. Children 13 and younger admitted free. Camping available. Call (863) 984-8445 or visit riverhawkmusic.com.

Salute to Veterans: The Florida Brass Drum and Bugle Corps will perform from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Pasco-Hernando State College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The tribute to veterans will include music and color guard presentations honoring all military branches. Tickets are $10; $5 for military veterans. Call (727) 816-3707 or visit phsc.edu/salute-veterans.

Jazz swingin’: Bob Springer and the Swingin’ Dixies will perform some jazz and big band standards from 3 to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. The show is free. Call (727) 861-3040.

Concert in the Park: Jeni Hankins will perform at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey, near the newly renamed Dr. Frederick A. Grassin Bridge. Hankins will present songs and stories inspired by the hills and hollows of the Appalachian Mountains. The free concert is hosted by the New Port Richey Public Library. In case of rain, the concert will be at the library on Main Street. Call (727) 853-1279.

‘Divas Through the Decades’: A musical tribute to some of the most influential female vocalists will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Songs from the 1940s to today. Doors open at 6 p.m. $20; season tickets available. (352) 610-4901.

Festivals

Opa!: The 33rd annual Greek American Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 5, at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 9426 Little Road, New Port Richey. It will feature authentic Greek cuisine, including pastries and treats, barbecue, fair food and beer, with music, dancing and carnival rides, crafts and vendors. Free parking and admission. Call (727) 868-5911 or visit greekamericanfestival.com.

By the light of the moon: A Full Moon Hoedown will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 4 at Beaumont Ranch, 19765 State Road 52, Land O’Lakes. Dance to live music; also includes a mud wrestling ring, moonlit horseback rides, hayrides and pony rides. Barbecue dinners available. Admission is free. A trail ride is available for $55 ($20 for those who bring their own horse; $2 for pony rides and $5 to mud wrestle. Call (727) 433-5865.

Jammin’ with crustaceans: The 10th annual Stone Crab Jam will be from noon to 10 p.m. Nov. 4 along W Citrus Avenue in downtown Crystal River. Parking will be at the Crystal River Mall, with shuttles available for $2. The street festival will include six live bands, artists, vendors, local cuisine, stone crab claws, wine and beer. General admission tickets are $10; children ages 11 and younger are free. Visit stonecrabjam.com

Sweet autumn fun: The annual Sweetfields Farm Fall Festival wraps up this weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5 at 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. The annual event typically features a corn maze, but this year’s maze was destroyed by Hurricane Irma. The festival includes hayrides, a hay maze, a hay play area, farm animals, pig racing, a pitcher pump duck race, a spider maze, a tree house, a storyteller, tumble weed rolls, crafts and a U-pick area. Admission is $9.50; $5 for ages 3 to 11, and free for ages 2 and younger. Call (352) 279-0977 or visit sweetfieldsfarm.com.

A-mazing adventure: This is the last weekend to visit the annual Harvest Moon Corn Maze, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5 at Harvest Moon Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. There are more than 3 miles of twists and turns, along with a petting farm, Maize-O-Poly, a 70-foot jumping pillow, a cow train ride, pumpkin bowling, games and a pumpkin patch. Admission is $11.95; free for ages 2 and younger. Call toll-free 1-800-373-4811 or visit harvestmoonfl.com.

Family

Kids come first: The 10th annual Kids First Family Fun Day will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. The event combines old-fashioned family activities with a health and wellness fair and first responder interaction. Activities will include a bicycle helmet giveaway (first 160 kids), fire hose shooting, a K-9 demonstration, a martial arts demonstration, touch-a-truck and games with the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Rolling Thunder and Thunder Bug. Admission is free; $2 for bounce houses. (727) 967-7509. pascokidsfirst.org.

Touching allowed: A touch-a-truck event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at Starkey Ranch District Park, 11880 Lake Blanche Drive, Odessa. Kids of all ages can get hands-on experience with more than 100 vehicles, including military, police, fire and construction. The Kids Zone will include inflatables, carnival games, face painting and other activities. Admission is free; parking $5. Call (813) 925-9777.

Celebrating autumn: A Harvest Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. The event, which is free, will feature arts and crafts, retail, community and other vendors. Call (615) 440-2044.

Is it a bird?: Club 40 Pylon ‘Nostalgia’ R/C Air Races will bebin at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Hernadno Aero Modelers field off the Cemex entrance road at 16301 Ponce de Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville. Radio-controlled pylon racing is an adrenaline rush. During each race, four pilots race head to head, jockeying for position to complete 10 laps around two pylons set 600 feet apart. Spectators should bring a chair. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is $3 or $5 per carload. Call (813) 843-4030.

Revving engines: A car show and flea market will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 8014 State Road 52, Hudson. Car registration begins at 8 a.m. Thee will be food for sale. Proceeds will benefit local charities. To register a car in the show, call Don at (727) 514-0500. Spectator admission is free; $20 to register a car.

All aboard: The West Pasco Model Railroad Association has moved and invites area residents to its Model Railroad Open House from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at its new facility at 4051 Madison St., New Port Richey. Come see the DCC HO layout, which features long mainlines and a new section currently under construction. It features a new yard and industrial switching areas for operations. HO and N-scale trains will be running. Call (727) 534-3124.

On Stage

How lovely: Alan Ayckbourn’s acclaimed sex comedy, How the Other Half Loves, wraps up this weekend at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Shows are at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4, with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 5. Set in the swinging 1960s, the show tells the story of three couples, suspicious of a secret love affair, which has everyone misconstruing who is messing around with whom. Tickets are $18 cash or $20.07 with a credit card. Call (727) 842-6777 or go to richeysuncoasttheatre.com.

Here come the brides: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers continues with shows through Nov. 12 at the Show Palace Dinner Theater, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Based on the original 1954 MGM film, the show tells the story of Millie, a young bride living in the 1850s Oregon wilderness, whose husband’s six unruly brothers kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides. Tickets for dinner and show are $50.50, plus tax and tip; show only, group, and youth tickets available. Call (727) 863-7949.

Timeless tale of love: Broadway’s longest-running musical, The Fantasticks, opens this week at Dreamhouse Theatre, 1840 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz. The show debuted in 1960 and includes music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and one Thursday, Nov. 3 to 11; at 3 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 5 and 12; and at 7 p.m. Nov. 12. Tickets are $23. Call (813) 997-7146 or visit dreamhousetheatre.com.

Laugh it up: Comedian Rick Starr will be featured in a show presented by Brookridge AllStars Entertainment on Nov. 6. 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. $10 at the door. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 597-1357.

Art events

Brooksville art reception: The Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall will host a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the gallery, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The exhibit, "Historic Views and Holiday Magic," will be on display through Jan. 20. The reception will feature music by Ben Meeks, and guests can enjoy refreshments and meet some of the artists. The gallery includes poetry on display from Juost Poets, works from the Nature Coast Art League and phtoography from the Spring Hill Camera Club. There is also pottery jewelry and woodworking in the two new display cases that were obtained with a grant from the Hernando County Fine Arts Council. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call (352) 540-3810.

Frida: Teacher’s Discovery Traveling Exhibit — Murals: Continues through Dec. 12 at Pasco-Hernando State College’s Rao Musunuru M.D. Art Gallery, West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Art gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays. Exhibits are free and open to the public. Call 727-816-3231 or visit phsc.edu/gallery.