Black History Month will be focus of events
Several lectures and exhibits will be presented this month in honor of Black History Month. The offerings include the following:
• "The Long and Perilous Journey of Florida's Black Seminoles," a presentation at 1 p.m. Feb. 16 by Dan Callaghan at the West Pasco Historical Society museum at 6431 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey. The society will also have Black History Month displays in the museum. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call for a special tour. For details, call (727) 372-1742.
• "Tales from the Land of Gullah" will be presented at each campus of Pasco-Hernando Community College. The presentations by Anita Singleton use fables, songs and stories to pay tribute to the first African slaves who landed on the sea islands of South Carolina. Presentations will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 20 in Room C-205C, west campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey; 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in Room E-130, east campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City; 10 a.m. Feb. 21 in Room B-104, north campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville; and 1 p.m. Feb. 21 in Room B-105, Spring Hill campus, 450 Beverly Court. For more information, call (727) 816-3192.
• "A Night at the Apollo," a children's talent show hosted by the African American Club of Pasco, will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at the club, 6105 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. Prizes will be offered to children chosen by the audience (as the Apollo Theater does in Harlem). The cash prizes have been donated by club members. Club members will share anecdotes and history between performances. The show is $5 for adults; $2 for children. For more information, call (727) 495-3206.
NEW PORT RICHEY
High school to hold curriculum fair
The River Ridge High School Curriculum Fair will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 11646 Town Center Road. This event is for current and prospective students ages 11 to 17 and their parents. The event will include an Enterprise Success Simulation, with educational games to help students develop a "plan of action" for success and select appropriate courses while learning about opportunities available to them. The Enterprise Success Simulation is presented by Future Business Leaders of America students. For more information, call the school at (727) 774-7000.
Art gallery to host poetry contest
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Progress Energy Art Gallery is hosting its 6th annual poetry contest. Cash prizes and gallery memberships will be awarded. All winners will receive a signed certificate, and the winning poems will be published on the gallery's website. The first-place poem will be framed and placed on the Poet's Wall in the gallery alongside prior winning poems. The entry fee is $3 per poem, or two poems for $5. There's no limit on the number of entries. Entries are due April 13. To see the entry guidelines or fill out an entry form, visit nprgallery.com or stop by the gallery, 6231 Gallery Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 848-6500.