Hernando and Pasco news briefs

News and notes from Pasco and Hernando counties
Published December 16 2018

Hernando County


Hog hunt registration opens

The Southwest Florida Water Management District opened its Phase 2 hog hunt registration for a series of hunts on District lands throughout the year to help reduce the feral hog population.

Phase 2 will include six hunts in January and February. Permits are transferable.

The single top producer on each hunt of Phase 2 will go on the District’s “top producer” list and be contacted between March and October to take part in feral hog management hunts on an as-needed basis, free of charge.

Feral hogs, which are not native to Florida, can cause damage with their broad snouts and can leave an area looking like a plowed field. They also prey on native wildlife, compete with native species for food and transmit diseases to other wildlife, livestock and humans. Additionally, hogs may facilitate the spread of exotic plant species by transporting seeds and/or providing germination sites through rooting.

For further details, visit the website at WaterMatters.org/HogHunts.


Audubon to offer birding class

The Hernando Audubon Society will offer Beginning Birding at 8 a.m. Dec. 28 at Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville.

Participants will learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. There will be binoculars and bird books available for use.

There is no cost. For information, text to Linda at (352) 428-2629 or email to lindalark85@gmail.com. For details, visit hernandoaudubon.org.

Croom Zoom registration underway

The Croom Zoom 100K/50K/25K will be Jan. 5 at Withlacoochee State Forest/Croom Park, 26416 Croom Road. The 100K and 50K races start at 6 a.m., and the 25K starts at 7 a.m.

The trail includes 10-mile loops on the Croom Hiking Trail, and all runners have a small starter loop.

Runners receive custom T-shirts and are treated to a post-race party. Amenities include aid and water stations and showers. Finisher awards are given to all 100K and 50K finishers, and top finisher awards are given for the 25K. Special awards are given to the overall male, female, master male and master female.

Entry fees for those who register by Jan. 3 is $45 for the 24K, $65 for the 50K and $85 for the 100K; those who register on race day pay an additional $10.

The event is limited to 250 entrants. Packet pickup will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 4. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Withlacoochee State Forest.

For further details, visit croomzoom.com, call (813) 232-5200 or email to fools@tamparaces.com.

Fairgrounds host train and hobby show

Regal Railways will have a Toy Train, Collectible and Hobby Show and Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St.

Vendors will be on hand selling various model trains, collectibles and die-cast cars. There also will be a running train layout.

Admission is $5; children 12 and younger admitted free.

Vendors are welcome to participate; for details, call Joe at (727) 244-1341 or visit regalrailways.com.

Habitat hosts charity golf tourney

Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County will host its second annual Charity Golf Tournament Jan. 12 at World Woods Golf Club, 17590 Ponce de Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville. Registration will begin at 7 a.m., and tee-off will be at 9 a.m.

Golfers, sponsors and vendors are welcome. The entry fee for golfers is $80 per player, which includes golf, a continental breakfast and a buffet lunch. Registration will be open for the first 32 teams or until Jan. 4. Individual players are welcome and will be placed on a team. Checks can be made payable to Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County.

Sponsorship levels vary from $100 to $2,500. Vendors and exhibitors pay $75. For details and online registration, visit habitathernando.org or call (352) 754-1159.

Line dance social set for Jan. 12

A Brookridge Good Times Line Dance Social will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St.

A DJ will play a mix of beginner to intermediate dances. No lessons are provided, but there will be instructors on hand to assist, if needed.

Admission is $5. Guests may bring their own beverage, snacks and ice. No open-back sandals allowed. For information, call (352) 397-6088.

Art in the Park named top festival

The Hernando County Fine Arts Council announced that Art in the Park was named to the Southeast Tourism Society's top 20 festivals and events for the month of March 2019.

Events receiving the travel industry organization's recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000. The Southeast Tourism Society is a nonprofit organization based in Atlanta and promotes tourism to and within 12 southeastern U.S. states.

Art in the Park will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 and 10 at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane. It will include a juried art show with more than 160 fine arts and craft exhibitors, as well as live entertainment. The highlight will be a "Pops in the Park" performance by the Hernando Symphony Orchestra at 1 p.m. March 9. There will be a food court, a student art show and a kids' zone.

Admission is free; a suggested $5 parking donation is asked to help support the arts in Hernando County. For further information, call Jan Knowles at (352) 279-5182.


Pasco County


Chair-ity Fest postponed until April

The CARES Beach Chair-ity Festival and Auction has been postponed. It will be from 10 a.m. to dusk April 13 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 14 at SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway.

The festival will include food vendors, beach games, bands, crafts, draft beer and games. Saturday's highlights include a volleyball tournament and fireworks at dusk. The auction will be on Sunday, and will include sponsors’ one-of-a-kind painted Adirondack chairs, which will be judged and auctioned to the highest bidders.

Admission is free; parking is $5. Proceeds will benefit CARES, a nonprofit agency that helps seniors, caregivers and families in Pasco County. For information, contact Brenda Martyniak at bmartyniak@caresfl.org or (727) 992-2249.

New Port Richey

Shows pay tribute to Tom Jones and Elton John

The following concerts are scheduled as part of the 2018-2019 Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation's performing arts season. All concerts are held at the PHSC Performing Arts Center on the main campus, 10230 Ridge Road.

• 2 p.m. Jan. 25, Tom Jones Tribute, featuring Lou Nelson performing Tom Jones hits from the 1960s through '90s.

• 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 22, Elton John Tribute, featuring Rus Anderson recreating the magic and persona of a young Elton John.

Tickets are $30-$35. Contact the ticket office at tickets@phsc.edu or by calling (727) 816-3707.

Hospice to host legacy stroll

Gulfside Hospice will host the 2019 Hospice Legacy Stroll at 10 a.m. Feb. 2 at Sims Park, 5547 Main St.

The fundraiser will feature a remembrance ceremony, followed by a memorial walk through the park, with activity stations and vendors along the way. Special awards will be given to the top fundraising teams.

Teams can start registering and building their own shareable fundraising websites at hospicelegacystroll.org. Registration is $25 for adults, $15 for students. Those who register by Jan. 15 will receive an event T-shirt. Sponsor and vendor opportunities also are available.

For details or to register, visit the website or contact Leesa Fryer at (727) 845-5707 or leesa.fryer@ghppc.org.

Port Richey

Roller derby hosts open house

Revolution Roller Derby, a mixed-gender, flat-track roller derby league, will host an open house from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 7 at SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St.

No skating experience is necessary. Volunteers and non-skating officials are needed.

For information, email info@revolutionrollerderby.com or visit revolutionrollerderby.com.

Shady Hills

Annual Storybook event set for March 2

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando counties will host the annual Storybook Forest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 2 at Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive. There will be no on-site parking; free shuttle service will be provided from Crews Lake Middle School, 15144 Shady Hills Road.

The event is to support early literacy and rediscovering the magic of reading. Children can walk through the forest where stories come alive. There will be a variety of children’s entertainment, activities, crafts, music and complimentary food. Visitors can meet Daniel Tiger and other storybook friends.

To learn more and how to get involved, contact the Early Learning Coalition at (727) 233-8291. The office is located at 15506 County Line Road, Spring Hill.

Contact Phyllis Day at pday@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.