Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Nov. 24

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Festivals

Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival: The festival continues Nov. 24 and 25 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. Featuring a variety of bluegrass groups, such as Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Town Mountain, Danny Paisley & Southern Grass, the Band Kelley, Back Porch String Band and Bits of Grass. Musical entertainment continues from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. Daily tickets are $35 each, $5 daily for ages 10-16. Overnight camping available. Call (828) 265-9929. sertomayouthranch.com.

Fall Family Festival: The event will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Nov. 24 at Lakewood Retreat, 25458 Dan Brown Hill Road, Brooksville. It will include a huge bonfire, hay rides, numerous games and activities, open fire popcorn, símores and music. Food will be available for purchase. The cost is $4 per person, $12 per family. Call (352) 796-4097.

Holiday

Celebration of Lights: Enjoy a one-mile drive-through light display from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14, 15 and 26 at the Concourse, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. The drive features holiday music and interactive games for kids, and leads to Jingle Bell Junction, where visitors can meet Santa and enjoy seasonal snacks. The cost is $10 car load. Call (727) 233-2968 or visit celebrationoflights.net.

Symphony in Lights: The Shops at Wiregrass continues its annual holiday light show from 6 to 9 p.m. daily through Dec. 31 in the center court at 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. The show features a 55-foot tree with more than 250,000 LED lights choreographed to holiday favorites by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Call (813) 994-2242 or visit theshopsatwiregrass.com.

A Saint Leo Christmas: The annual student and faculty holiday concert, presented by the Saint Leo University School of Arts and Sciences, will be at 4 and again at 7 p.m. Nov. 30, and at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo. The performances will be in the Black Box Theatre in Benedictine Hall on the west end of campus (the hall has its own entrance for cars and parking lot from SR 52). The afternoon performances do not require tickets; seating is first-come, first-served. Evening shows require tickets for seating. To reserve tickets in advance, email to [email protected] Free. (352) 588-8401.

Christmas Delight: The Suncoast Bronze Ringers will perform a holiday concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 26 at First United Methodist Church, 501 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs; and again on Dec. 11 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 7831 Gulf Highlands Drive, Port Richey. The handbell ensemble, under the direction of Pat Deighton, will perform classic Christmas carols, contemporary tunes and some new holiday music. Admission is free. Call (352) 232-1622.

Music

Songs from Africa: A concert featuring the African Childrenís Choir will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at Trinity Presbyterian Church of Seven Springs, 4651 Little Road, New Port Richey. The program will feature well-loved childrenís songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. The choir has performed alongside artists such as Paul McCartney, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Mary Lennox, Michael W. Smith and others. The African Childrenís Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africaís most vulnerable children. The concert is free; donations are appreciated. Call (727) 372-7203. Visit africanchildrenschoir.com.

Rising country star: Known for his No. 1 singles Kiss You in the Morning and Think a Little Less off his debut self-titled album, country singer Michael Ray will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Stockyard, 1910 U.S. 19 N, Holiday. Devin Dawson opens. Tickets are $20-$50. Call (727) 939-9491 or visit stockyardlive.com/event/michael-ray.

Music from Vegas stars: Singer/impressionist Jimmy Mazz presents "Break Out the Jingle Bells" at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. The entertainer will perform holiday hits from the legends of Las Vegas. Tickets are $21. Call (727) 842-6777 or visit richeysuncoasttheatre.com.

Music From the Heart: High Point Neighbors Helping Neighbors will host a concert at 6 p.m. Nov. 25 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. The concert features singers Clay Kirk, Danielle Pacifico, Bill Creel and Mickey B. Admission is free. Call (352) 596-2397.

Curtain Call

Rock of Ages: Auditions will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Those auditioning should come prepared with an up-tempo song and be prepared for basic movement and cold readings from the script. The director is Andi Garner. Rock of Ages will be presented March 8-18 at Stage West. Email to [email protected]

On Stage

The Living Nativity: The Hernando High School Drama Department will present playwright Karen Jonesí Christmas comedy, The Living Nativity, at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the HHS Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Itís Christmas Eve, but the members of Fairlawn Church of the Good Shepherd have found themselves in the town jail. It all starts when the small country church decides to put on a "living" nativity for the community, and chaos ensues when one of the members decides to convert his mule into a camel. Admission is $5 in advance, $7 at the door; free for county school employees who show ID at the door. Call (352) 797-7015, ext. 297.

Art events

Historic Views and Holiday Magic: The exhibit is on display through Jan. 20 at Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The gallery includes poetry on display from Just Poets, works from the Nature Coast Art League and photography from the Spring Hill Camera Club. There is also pottery, jewelry and woodworking in the two new display cases that were obtained with a grant from The Hernando County Arts Council. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call (352) 540-3810.

Frida: Teacherís Discovery Traveling Exhibit ó Murals: Continues through Dec. 12 at Pasco-Hernando State Collegeís Rao Musunuru M.D. Art Gallery, West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Art gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays. Exhibits are free and open to the public. For information, call 727-816-3231 or visit phsc.edu/gallery.

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