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Fun things to do in Pasco, Oct. 3 and ahead

Monks create a mandala at Pasco-Hernando Community College as part of Peace Week, which returns Monday.


Monks create a mandala at Pasco-Hernando Community College as part of Peace Week, which returns Monday.

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Wine walk: Stroll among the shops and enjoy wine samplings, hors d'oeuvres and live music on four stages from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Proceeds benefit the Jason Ackerman Foundation, which provides scholarships to youths who have survived tragedy and are thriving. Tickets are $15 and are available in center court. Price includes a choice of a souvenir wine glass or wine tumbler. Must be 21 or older. (813) 994-4010;

Furry friends and fun: Pasco Pet Fest features vendors, adoptable pets, a wine tasting, live music, food and raffle prizes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Florida Estates Winery, 25241 State Road 52, Land O'Lakes. (727) 845-1200;

Celebrate peace: Pasco-Hernando Community College's sixth annual Peace Week begins Monday and continues through Oct. 11. Activities include mandala creations, panel and film discussions, lunch with monks, meditation and more. An opening vigil featuring Lorri Hafer, lead vocalist of the Hillside Singers, who performed I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing, is at 7 p.m. at PHCC's west campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. For a full list of events and locations, visit

Stretch out: The city of New Port Richey's Cultural Affairs Committee hosts the free guided Yoga Happy Hour at a new location in Sims Park, 6341 Bank St. The yoga hour will be led by Faith Bevan, founder of Flow Yoga. Bring yoga mats, blankets, blocks and water to the class at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. All levels of experience are welcome. (727) 967-6726;

A-MAZing fun: The 5.5-acre corn maze is open at Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. Also featuring a hay maze, farm animals, pig races, storytelling, tree fort, swings, crafts, playground, scavenger hunts, pumpkin roll challenges and other games, all included with admission. Vendors will be on hand with food, kettle corn, fresh-pressed apple cider and lemonade. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 3. Admission is $8.50; $4.50 for ages 3-11, free for children 2 and younger, plus tax. Call (352) 279-0977 or visit

Film lovers

Friday flix: New Port Richey Public Library's free film series continues with the film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five at 8 p.m. Friday at 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 853-1279 or

Movie on the beach: Get into the spirit of Halloween with a viewing of Rocky Horror Picture Show at 9 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Beach, 1800 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs. Gates open at 8 p.m. There will be community gift certificate giveaways before the movie. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Those under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Presale tickets are available for $5 at the Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave., Tarpon Springs or by phone at (727) 942-5628.

Theater buffs

Superstars: Pasco-Hernando Community College hosts Hernando/Pasco Has Talent. Up to 100 solo, duet and group acts of all ages sing, dance, perform standup and entertain to win one of 15 spots in the finale. The public is invited to watch auditions at 9 a.m. Saturday at the West Campus Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. $5 admission. The grand finale will be Oct. 19. (727) 816-3435;

Take in a play: Picking up Sticks, a fast-paced, funny play about family, loss, love and commitment follows a detective on his search for a 4-year-old girl. The Gypsy Stage Repertory performs the play at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St. Suggested donation of $10. (727) 853-1279;

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