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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting March 9

By Phyllis Day

Festivals

Zephyrhills Founder’s Day Parade and Heritage Festival: The 108th Founders Day celebration will include a parade along Main Street, starting at 10 a.m. March 11, in downtown Zephyrhills. The annual event is hosted by Main Street Zephyrhills. This year’s theme is "Moonshine, Turpentine and Timber." There will be entertainment throughout the day, as well as food and merchandise vendors. Call (813) 780-1414. mainstreetzephyrhills.org.

Friday Night Live: Brooksville Main Street hosts this monthly event that includes live bands performing, food trucks and a full bar. This week’s event will be from 5 to 10 p.m. March 9 at Hernando Park, 205 E. Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Featuring Actual Bank Robbers performing at 6 p.m., and Paradigm Party Band at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Storybook Forest: The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties hosts this annual event in celebration of Children’s Week and Early Childhood Literacy. It will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 10 at Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. Featuring a variety of children’s entertainment, activities, crafts, music and complimentary food. With a variety of storybook friends visiting and interactive displays based on children’s books. Children will learn about the story and create a related make-and-take project at each display. No on-site parking. Shuttle pick-up at Crews Lake Middle School. Free. Call (727) 233-8291. phelc.org.

Music

Swing into Spring: Enjoy a nostalgic afternoon when the Hernando Jazz Society presents ‘Swing Into Spring’ at 2 p.m. March 11 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. A cash bar and buffet is available for a cost, provided by the Sioux City Grill. Admission is free for HJS members; non-members pay $10 each or $15 per couple. Wellington at Seven Hills clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 799-9690.

On stage

Spotlight on Talent: There will be 65 acts competing March 10 at the Center for the Arts Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel. Includes students throughout Pasco County competing to win more than $4,000 in trophies, ribbons and cash prizes. The first show is Act 1, which begins at noon, and include younger students; older students will complete in Act 2, which starts at 7 p.m. Tickets per show are $12 adults ($20 for both shows), $6 students ($10 for both shows), free for children 4 and younger. Call (352) 567-1720. heritagearts.org.

Dancing With Our Stars: Local community personalities, leaders and celebrities compete at this fundraiser for the Benedictine Sister of Florida and their ministries. 5:30 p.m. $50. Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club, 10641 Old Tampa Bay Drive, San Antonio. (352) 588-8320. tbgolfclub.com.

Silver Follies Revue: The group of women, ages 60 and older, will perform the annual extravaganza at 2 p.m. March 11 at Heritage Springs Golf and Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Tickets are $10. Call (727) 857-3293 or (727) 505-7152.

Twelve Angry Men: The show will be at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. Sundays, March 9-18, at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church Father Thomas Earner Parish Center, 8320 Old County Road 54, New Port Richey. Based on the Emmy Award-winning television movie by Reginal Rose, the show is centered on a sequestered jury, deciding the fate of an inner-city teen charged with murder. Tickets are $15. Contact Steve Wolfe at (614) 843-5193 or [email protected]

Rock of Ages: The show continues through March 18 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Set in the 1980s era of hair bands, the play takes place in the Bourbon Room, once the hottest joint on the strip. Working as a busboy is aspiring rocker Drew, who falls for Sherrie, an aspiring actress who gets hired as a waitress. The show features a slew of ‘80s hits from Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi, Styx, Journey and other bands. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. March 9, 10 and 16, and 2 p.m. March 11, 17 and 18. Tickets are $19-$25. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113 or visit stagewestfl.com.

Unexpected Songs: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rodgers & Hammerstein: Shows continue through April 1 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. The show includes a full plate of show tunes, from The Sound of Music to Phantom of the Opera. Dinner and show, $50.50, plus tax and tip; show only, group and youth tickets available. Call (727) 863-7949 or visit showpalace.net.

Hobbies

Stargazing in the Park: Join the Pasco Astronomers group from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 10 at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. Visitors can bring their own telescopes or borrow one from the Astronomers Group. Call (727) 255-3083.

Art events

‘Color Explosion’ reception and awards: The reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. March 9 at West Pasco Art Guild and Gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. The exhibit will be on display through March 31. Free. Call (727) 271-1914. westpascoartguildandgallery.org.

Zephyrhills Art Club’s 2018 Fine Arts Show and Sale: The show will be from 1 to 6 p.m. March 11 at Zephyrhills Elks Lodge 2731, 6851 Wire Road, Zephyrhills. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Call (813) 782-4604.

2018 Kids N Art: The exhibit is on display through March 24 at the Pasco Fine Arts Center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. Featuring works from a competition for Pasco students in kindergarten through fifth-grade. Call (727) 845-7322.

‘Environmental Events’ Exhibit: Presented by artist Anne Bowen, the exhibit continues through April 11 at Pasco-Hernando State College Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Bowen’s works provide an artistic view of the planet and its environment, inspiring viewers to contemplate how Americans can lead efforts to protect and sustain the planet for future generations. Free. Call (727) 816-3231. phsc.edu.

Look ahead

Richey Community Orchestra presents "Big Apple Adventure": The show, which will be March 18 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey, will feature noted singers Dee Etta Rowe and Jimmy Ferraro. Cocktails are at 1 p.m., with dinner at 1:30 and show time at 3 p.m. Tickets are $40; advanced reservations required. Call (727) 919-3866 or visit richeycommunityorchestra.com.