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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties for Dec. 8

By Phyllis Day


Taco and Beer Festival: The family-friendly event will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. It will include food trucks, vendors and live entertainment. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Featured bands include Southern Rumble, Actual Bank Robbers and Bob Hope Band. Bring a chair or blanket. No outside food or drink permitted. Event benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 1 to 7 p.m. Free admission. (352) 754-4031.

Wine Festival: Celebrate Florida Estate Winery’s 16th birthday with a birthday party and festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at 25241 State Road 52, Land O’Lakes. Browse the vendors with handmade items, unique gifts and food for sale, enjoy entertainment, door prizes and meet the winemaker to learn how wines are crafted, with tastings available. There will also be birthday cake, cheese and crackers, olives and door prizes. Well-behaved, leashed pets welcome. Free admission. Call (813) 996-2113.


Sunday’s Soulful Supper Dinner Show: Derrick Williams and the Gospel Voice Band will perform traditional and contemporary gospel music fused with jazz, R&B, rock and soul from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at Dulcet Restaurant and Lounge, 6220 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. The show will include a guest performance by Jordan Denise Williams. With Pastor Joseph Kelleher as MC. Includes a dinner buffet. Tickets are $35. Call toll-free 1-866-337-5439.

Florida Jazz Express: The 17-piece band will play an assortment of classic and modern big band music starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 14 at Dockside Grille, 5015 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. There is no charge for admission. Call (516) 480-8587.

On stage

HypnoClyde: The comedy hypnotist will perform two show, at 5 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at Zephyrhills Lions Club, 5827 Dean Dairy Road, Zephyrhills. Proceeds support youth scholarships. Parking is limited and carpooling is recommended. Tickets available at the Lions Club, as well as Valentino’s Jewelry, T. Sommers Accounting, Main Street Zephyrhills or the Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call (813) 997-7194.

Curtain call

Stage West Community Playhouse 2018- 2019 season: Stage West has announced the shows for the 2018-19 season. Musicals will include Into the Woods, Annie and Beauty and the Beast. Plays include The Underpants, Of Mice and Men, Steel Magnolias and Noises Off. Those interested in directing one of the shows are encouraged to submit their theater resumes to the Board of Directors by emailing to [email protected] or mailing to Stage West Community Playhouse, Attention Board of Directors, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34606. They are also seeking individuals interested in stage managing, working tech or backstage. Visit

Art events

Odessa Artisan Fair: Enjoy live music, food and drone races while you shop for items handcrafted by area artists from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Free Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists, 18412 Burrell Road, Odessa. Admission is free. Call (813) 792-1622.

Historic Views and Holiday Magic: The exhibit is on display through Jan. 20 at Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The gallery includes poetry on display from Just Poets, works from the Nature Coast Art League and photography from the Spring Hill Camera Club. There is also pottery jewelry and woodworking in the two new display cases that were obtained from a grant from The Hernando County 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. For information, call 727-816-3231 or visit

Other events

Celebrating U.S. Navy SEALs: A two-day event is planned with Capt. Norman Olson, a retired Navy SEAL commander and founding member of the Navy Leapfrogs, and author of Air Capabilities of the U.S. Navy SEALs, a book that salutes the works of the SEALs. The first event will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at Evans Prairie Country Club, 1825 Evans Prairie Trail, Zephyrhills. Capt. Olson and men of the Naval Special Warfare who contributed to his book will present a question and answer session with historic photos and memorabilia. The second event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 10 at Skydive City, 4241 Sky Dive Lane, Zephyrhills. The Phantom Airborne Brigade and the United States Special Operations Command Parachute Team (Para-Commandos) will present jump demonstrations. There is no cost to attend. For details, call (917) 596-8011.

Stargazing in the Park: Join the Pasco Astronomers group from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9 at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. The group will provide telescopes for viewing, or bring your own. Call (727) 255-3083.