'Spelling Bee': The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee runs through Sunday at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. This one-act musical comedy centers around a middle school spelling bee where six quirky adolescents vie for the championship. The spelling bee is run by three equally quirky grownups. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113.
Dance the merengue: The Latin-American Civic and Cultural Association celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Suncoast Dance Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. DJ Willie Matos will entertain. Bring instruments such as maracas, guiros and guitars. The club will be frying bacalaitos (cod fritters). Guests are asked to bring a traditional dessert. Ethnic items are welcome, such as art or books, to be displayed. Tickets are $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Call Irma, (352) 666-6848, or Carmen, (352) 263-5066, or email [email protected]
Faculty and staff artwork: The third annual exhibit of artwork by the Pasco-Hernando Community College faculty and staff concludes Tuesday in the art gallery at the Alric Pottberg Library on the Pasco-Hernando Community College West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free. Call (727) 816-3231.
Party down in Margaritaville: The Night in the Tropics street festival is 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday throughout downtown New Port Richey. The event features the Margaritaville stage and the Havana stage with live music, a classic car cruise-in, vendors selling tropical arts and crafts, food and a beer garden. For information, call (727) 847-8066 or visit nprmainstreet.com.
Doo-wop: The Spring Hill Community Association presents the final concert in its Summer Cabaret Series from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. The concert will feature Lil Deuce Coupe, which will perform a variety of music from doo-wop to disco. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $12 per person. For information or to reserve tickets, call (352) 666-4746.
Beauty contest: The Miss Hernando and Miss Pasco Pageant is Aug. 18 at the Quality Inn, 5316 U.S. 19 N, New Port Richey. The pageant will incorporate both the Hernando and Pasco titles and is the official preliminary to Miss Florida U.S. International, Miss Florida Teen American Beauty, Little Miss, Junior Miss and Mrs. American Beauty. Divisions are for infants through married women. Entry fees start at $80. Call (352) 256-9959 or send email to famemodel [email protected]
Dinner and murder: A murder-mystery dinner, The Chicago Caper, will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. The show is set in a speakeasy in 1928 Chicago, where notorious gangster "Hal" Capone has disappeared. The crime lord's disappearance is only part of the mystery when murder is discovered. Tickets are $20 for yacht club members and $25 for guests and nonmembers. A dinner of stuffed shells is included. For tickets, call (813) 610-8511.
A "Rock the Block" summer party is 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Rookies Sports Bar and Grill, 3095 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. This free outdoor event features bands including Clenchfist, A(k)new, Rise of Athera and Burning Fair Verona. The event will also include DJ Producer X. For information, call Rookies at (352) 593-4114.