NEW PORT RICHEY
Main Street Holidays will start Saturday
New Port Richey Main Street "Main Street Holidays" starts Saturday in Sims Park with choral entertainment by 13 Pasco County elementary and middle school students and a students' art show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Riverlights Boat Parade will be at 6 p.m. from the Crab Shack near the U.S. 19 bridge, south to the Sims Park near the Main Street bridge. Winners will be announced after the parade, and the Gotta Dance dance troupe will entertain on the Sims Park stage. The festivities continue Dec. 12, 13 and 14 with a carnival, free movies in the park, arts and crafts, kids' activities, breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, river boat tours, pony rides, kayak and canoe rentals and photos. The lighted Holiday Street Parade will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 13.
Pioneer Museum holds open house
For a holiday celebration without the modern hype, check out the Country Christmas Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Pioneer Florida Museum. Volunteers will be on hand to make the museum's signature treat, sugar cane syrup. There also will be live music, arts and crafts and visits with Santa Claus. There is no admission fee, but please bring a new toy for a charity toy drive. The museum is at 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, off U.S. 301 north of Dade City. Call (352) 567-0262 or visit www. pioneerfloridamuseum.org.
Pedal off pounds at Reindeer Ride
Looking to fend off those holiday pounds? Check out Rudolph's Reindeer Ride on the Suncoast Trail, a bike-only event slated for Dec. 13. The 25-mile trek begins at Suncoast Trailside Bicycles in the Super Target plaza on State Road 54, with a turnaround at Crews Lake Park. Appetizers will be served at the beginning and dessert and drinks after. Riders must register. For information, contact Steve Diaz at (352) 754-4057 or e-mail stevend @co.hernando.fl.us.