Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Feb. 9

Published February 6

Music

The Legendary Blue Notes: Celebrate Valentine’s Day early at a free concert with The Legendary Blue Notes, with Bernard Fullen Jr., from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. The Grammy-nominated American R&B/soul vocal group had many hit songs in 1970s, including If You Don’t Know Me By Now and The Love I Lost. Call (727) 841-4560.

Billy Kemp Concert: The multi-instrumentalist maker of original music and songs will perform at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Kemp performs a blend of country, folk and blues. Free. Call (727) 861-3040.

Festivals

Florida Ranch Days 2018: The annual event will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at Little Everglades Ranch, 17951 Hamilton Road, Dade City. Includes musical entertainment on two stages, with performers such as Thomas Wynn and the Believers, Eli Mosley and the Florida Mountain Boys and others. There also will be strolling performers, birds of prey shows and reptile shows, as well as tram tours, amphibious vehicle rides and swamp buggy rides. There will be arts and craft vendors, food trucks and children’s activities (petting farm, face painting, arts and crafts, petting farm and more). Bring blankets and lawn chairs as seating is limited. No pets, coolers, tailgating or outside food and beverages. Free admission; $10 parking ($25 for RVs and buses). Call (352) 521-3661. lerevents.com.

Family

Benefit Circus: Catch one of several shows Feb. 9 and 10 at All Sports Arena, 7716 Rutillio Court, New Port Richey. Shows are at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday. The circus includes choreographed contortion acts, aerial acumen, live musical interludes, magic and illusions, sword balancing, a great escape, comic clowns and motorcycle insanity. Tickets are $15, adults, which includes two children’s admission. For each ticket sale, $1 will go to The MUCH Foundation, a Tampa-based charity that helps children and families with superhero and character visits. Call (727) 845-7808.

Moon Lake ‘Touch the Sheriff’ event: Manna-Mission, Inc., a nondenominational mission, will host this family event from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 on a 10-acre site at 12853 Midvale Ave. in the Moon Lake area. The event will feature the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, SWAT, helicopter and more. Children will be able to speak with the sheriff and members of the Sheriff’s Office one-on-one. There will be a barbecue and other events. For information, call Pastor Lad Dubovsky at (727) 505-4880.

Demolition Derby: The event will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Gates open at 3 p.m. The competition begins with national eliminations, followed by a local demolition event. The national event will feature approximately 20 two-man teams competing for a $5,000 prize. In the local event, a $750 prize will be awarded in the small car category, and a $750 prize will be awarded in the large car category. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 kids; pit passes are $15. Call (352) 585-9775.

On stage

She Loves Me: Set in the 1930s, this romantic comedy tells the tale of Amalia and Georg, two coworkers at a Hungarian perfume shop. Written by Joe Masteroff, with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock. 8 p.m. $23. Dreamhouse Theatre, 1840 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz. (813) 997-7146. dreamhousetheatre.com.

Hobbies

Stargazing at Wilderness Park: Local astronomers will host this stargazing event from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10 at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Blvd., New Port Richey. Bring a telescope or use one of the club’s. There is no cost to participate. Call Jack at (727) 255-3083.

Art events

Pasco Fine Arts’ Art Annual Reception and Awards: This is the council’s largest competition of the year and features works in all mediums. It will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Pasco Fine Arts Center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. Awards will be given in two categories, professional and non-professional. The exhibit continues through Feb. 23. Free admission. Call (727) 845-7322. pascoarts.org.

‘For the Birds’ Art Show: The West Pasco Art Guild opens the exhibit with an English Tea reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at the West Pasco Art Guild and Gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. The exhibit will remain on display through the end of February. The event is free. Call (727) 841-7732. westpascoartguildandgallery.org.

‘Animals, Animals, Animals’: The exhibit continues through March 3 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 201 E. Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. The exhibit features a variety of animals, including insects and reptiles, in fun, serious, cartoon or scenic pictures in all mediums. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All artwork in the gallery is for sale. Call (352) 540-3810.

Studio: The Studio exhibit, which offers a glimpse into artist Myron Hansen’s studio, is on display through Feb. 21 at Pasco-Hernando State College Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 816-3231. phsc.edu.

Look ahead

John Timpanelli — He’s Back!: The entertainer returns after a long hiatus to present "Songs from my Heart". Dinner at 3 p.m., show at 4 p.m. Feb. 25, at the Columbian Event Center, 5850 K of C Drive, Port Richey. Tickets $17 for show, $29 for dinner and show. Call (727) 457-4899 or (727) 597-0948.

Florida Bluegrass Classic: Feb. 20-25 at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. Daily tickets prices are: $25-$30 three-day weekend tickets are $70. Visit evansmediasource.com or call (904) 886-8378.

Hernando Symphony Orchestra’s Spectrum Concert: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 and 24, 2 p.m. Feb. 25, at Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville. Tickets $18 adults, $5 for students in K-12. Middle school-age children are admitted free at the Feb. 23 concert, with paying adult. Call (352) 515-6993.

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