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Beer tasting event, jewelry workshop among activities on tap

Family fun

Preschool Palooza: The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties hosts a concert for preschool children at 3 p.m. Saturday at Locomo Skate/Dance/Party, 10451 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Performer Tommy Girvin, also known as Mr. Tommy, was Eddie Money Band's lead guitarist for more than 25 years. He will conduct sing-alongs and tell stories during his interactive program. The cost is $4. For tickets, contact Bev Doucet at or stop by one of the four Early Learning Coalition centers in Pasco or Hernando. (727) 233-8291;

Bicycle decorating: Goin' Postal and Hut No. 8 host a free bike decoration and safety fun event from 10 to 11 a.m. today, Aug. 7, at Zephyr Park, 4941 Fourth St., Zephyrhills. All ages are welcome and supplies will be provided at no cost. Children must be accompanied by parents. Guests should park in the nearby municipal lots next to Alice Hall, Waterplay and Plum Street. Snow cones and pizza will be available for $1 each. (813) 782-1500, ext. 104.

Our picks

Bevy of beers: The Land O'Lakes chapter of AARP hosts the beer tasting event Cheers for Beers from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today, Aug. 7, at Cigar City Brew Pub, 15491 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. The beer tasting will be educational and will feature a variety of different craft beers and hors d'oeuvres. $20 per person, plus tax and tip. $15 for anyone over 50 who joins AARP at the event. Sign up in advance with Phyllis at or George at or (813) 996-6100.

Cinematic opera: The Centennial Opera Group presents a free video screening of Leo Delibe's opera Lakme at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. (727) 842-4469.

Calling all writers and photographers: The Friends of the Pasco County Library System are hosting a photo and essay contest ending at 6 p.m. Oct. 15. Pasco residents, both kids and adults, are invited to take photographs and/or write essays that capture what life is like in Pasco County today. Winning essays and photos will be placed into a time capsule scheduled to be opened at the county's bicentennial in 2087. Prizes are awarded for first and second place in several age groups. Submit entries and contact information to with "VIVA Contest" in the subject line. Photos must be in JPEG format; essays must be in DOC or PDF files. For a complete list of rules, visit

Art and theater

Wearable art: The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery (formerly the Progress Energy Art Gallery) hosts a jewelry workshop with Deb Peisner from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd. The class includes image transfer; using the jeweler's saw; filing, sanding and texturing; and decorative findings for jewelry components. 18-gauge copper and brass will be provided. $30. (727) 848-6500.

I'm gonna live forever: A teen production of Fame — The Musical wraps up this weekend on the Forum Stage at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. The production brings to life the students at the High School of Performing Arts. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10. (352) 683-5113;

Drag show: The Evolution of Drag—Drag Through the Decades is a multimedia drag extravaganza that takes the audience on a tour of all that is female impersonation. The show features 10 drag performers, celebrity impersonations, costumes and lots of hair and makeup. $25 plus tax. Light menu and cash bar available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. (727) 863-7949.

Ringling road trip: The Cypress Hammock Questers sponsors a bus trip from CARES Elfers Center, 4136 Barker Drive, to the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota on Aug. 19. The bus leaves CARES at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to return before 5 p.m. Lunch will be at Der Dutchman Restaurant, which serves Amish food. $15 for bus trip; free museum admission. Reservations are required by Saturday. (727) 264-8076.

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