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Festivals from films to folklife abound

The short film Birdy by Agnieszka Woznicka, an animation artist from Poland. It’s about a bird without wings which struggles to realize its dreams, despite its handicaps. It will be one of several films shown at the first Thomas Meighan Film Festival in New Port Richey.

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The short film Birdy by Agnieszka Woznicka, an animation artist from Poland. It’s about a bird without wings which struggles to realize its dreams, despite its handicaps. It will be one of several films shown at the first Thomas Meighan Film Festival in New Port Richey.

• Thomas Meighan Film Festival, featuring six short independent films including the animated Birdy, 8 p.m. Saturday at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Tickets are $5 at the door or online at www.thomasmeighanproject.com (service fee for online purchase).

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• The 23rd annual Pasco Bug Jam, the second largest Volkswagen car show in the United States, will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children under 10; everyone should bring a can of food for Suncoast Harvest Food Bank. Pre-party is Saturday at Beef O'Brady's, 14136 Seventh St., Dade City. Call (352) 567-6678 or visit www.pascobugjam.com.

• The Zephyrhills Fall Auto Fest runs through Sunday at Festival Park, U.S. 301. Classic auto show and auction, swap meet, racing, camping and more. Entrance fee is $10 today and Saturday and $5 Sunday. Children 12 and under are free. Multiple day discounts are available. Call (813) 258-6726.

• Corn maze at Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, just east of Masaryktown, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Walk through a 5-acre corn labyrinth in search of clues to find the exit, plus other family-friendly activities. Admission (cash only) is $8.50 for ages 12 and older; $4.50 for ages 3 to 11, and free for children 2 and younger. Call (352) 279-0977.

Pasco Ecofest, a family friendly fall weekend features activities for nature lovers Nov. 18, 19 and 20 at locations throughout Pasco County. Outdoor events include kayaking, bird-watching, hiking, airboat and riverboat rides, horseback riding and a geo-caching challenge. Indoor events include a wildlife art show and live entertainment. For information, visit pascoecofest.com or call (727) 375-8986.

• The Gulf Coast Folklife Festival will be from noon to 10 p.m. Nov. 19 along Lemon Street in Tarpon Springs. This free event will feature music and dance performances and booths featuring traditional textiles, instruments, Junkanoo costumes and other arts. The evening ends with a street dance to Middle Eastern, Cuban and Haitian music.

Festivals from films to folklife abound 11/10/11 [Last modified: Thursday, November 10, 2011 5:14pm]

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