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Pasco County Things to Do for the weekend of July 18

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An Evening with the Authors: The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery's authors featured this month are Suzanne Abbott and Robert Licciardello. Both will present their work from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd. Abbott, author of Confessions of a Reiki Healer, is a behavioral health nurse practitioner with a master's degree in psychiatric and mental health nursing from Yale University. Licciardello, whose book is called Coping with Illness Through Attitude and Faith, moved to Florida from New Jersey in 1980 and worked as a real estate and mortgage broker. He owned and operated businesses in Florida until he had to retire due to illness. To reserve a seat, call (727) 848-6500.

Summer fun: The New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department hosts "Summertime in the City" from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Sims Park, at Grand Boulevard and Bank Street downtown. For $5, wristbands allow unlimited access to water slides, carnival-style games and a dunk tank. The event also features a DJ spinning music, food vendors and drawings for prizes. At 8:30 p.m., stay for a free showing of the movie Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Bring chairs or a blanket to sit on. For information, call Mike Speidel at (727) 841-4560 or email

Art events

Pasco pottery in St. Pete: Art by Jack Boyle of San Antonio Pottery is on display among work by other artists from 10 a.m. to 5 p. m. Saturday and Sunday at the 26th Annual Cool Art Show at the St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N. Admission and parking are free. For information, visit or online.

Digital photography workshop: The second in a series of workshops devoted to teaching basic and intermediate photography for digital camera users is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd. The workshop, taught by Jim Smetson, a local camera expert and owner of the Pasco Camera Exchange, is for owners of digital "point and shoot" cameras who have taken photos with which they are unhappy. Attendees should bring a .jpg file of a picture on a flash drive so Smetson can project it onto a screen and analyze it. He will identify mistakes and teach attendees how not to make them again. The cost is $20 per person. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended. Call (727) 848-6500 or email

Art exhibition: The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery's annual Member Artists' Exhibition is on display through July 26 at the gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For information, call (727) 848-6500 or email

On stage

The hills are alive: As part of the Tarpon Springs Summer Performing Arts Festival, see Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine Street. $24, $22 for members and students. For information, call (727) 942-5605 or visit online.

Operetta of glass slippers: The Tarpon Operetta Company for Children performs a folk tune operetta version of Cinderella at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 South Pinellas Ave. The operetta company provides an acting, singing and theater experience for children 6 to 13 years old. $10, or $5 for children and members. For information, call (727) 942-5605 or visit online.

On screen

Friday Flix: New Port Richey Library Friday Flix presents a month of magical realism on screen at 6 p.m. Fridays through July 25 at the library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. Today's film is Love in the Time of Cholera (2007), directed by Mike Newell. For information, call (727) 853-1279 or visit online.

Cinema Saturday: See a film newly released to DVD at 2 p.m. July 26 at the Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E. Lemon St. Seating is limited to the first 80 people. For the movie title or more information, call (727) 943-4922 or email

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