Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Pasco Events for Nov. 4-10

4 Friday

Book bazaar: Browse or buy used books, audio and video media, magazines and related materials. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. Continues 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. (352) 567-3576.

Fall Fest 2016: Two weekends of entertainment, food, games and carnival rides. The festival continues through Nov. 13. 5 p.m. to midnight Fridays, noon to midnight Saturdays and 1 to 10 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Carnival rides $1 each, 12 for $10, 24 for $20 or all-day rider wristbands $25. Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. (727) 741-1922. ladyqueenofpeace.org.

5 Saturday

Connerton Challenge: This event features a 10K, 5K and kids fun run on an asphalt course. Includes T-shirt, post-race party and raffles. Benefits Operation Helping Hand of Tampa. 7:30 a.m. $5 to $30. Club Connerton, 21100 Fountain Garden Way, Land O'Lakes. raceroster.com.

Rocky Rooster Clean Up: 8 a.m. to noon, Veterans Park, Third Avenue, Zephyrhills. ZephyrhillsChamber.org.

'Florida Wildflowers': Discover the beautiful world of native wildflowers during this Pasco County Extension Service seminar. 9 to 10 a.m. Free, but registration required. Clayton Hall, Pasco County Extension Service, 36702 State Road 52 (at Pasco County Fairgrounds), Dade City. (352) 518-0156. pasco.ifas.ufl.edu/events_calendar.shtml.

Holiday craft fair: Vendors, holiday items and bake sale. Proceeds will help purchase a new church sign. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hope Lutheran Church, 12321 Canton Ave., Hudson. (727) 863-6446.

Veterans parade: 10 a.m. Downtown, 5th Avenue, Zephryhills. ZephyrhillsChamber.org.

Z Health Fall Festival: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Zephyr Park, 38116 5th Ave., Zephyrhills. ZephyrhillsChamber.org.

Senior Empowerment Day: Registration and vendor booths will be open prior to the event (9:30 to 10 a.m.). Topics will include: cancer prevention and new treatments, senior fraud prevention, navigating the health care system and the Medicare Part B drug program. Lunch will be provided. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free, but reservations required. Villas at Sunset Bay, 7423 Kauai Loop, New Port Richey. (727) 376-6814.

Dade City Garden Club Hibiscus Circle Plant Sale: Includes a variety of plants for sale. The sale is part of the Market Place, which supports the Dade City Youth Council, on the first Saturday of each month. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hibiscus Park, 7th Street and Bougainvillea Avenue, Dade City. (352) 668-3261.

Kids First Family Fun Day: Featuring a Trails and Tails Fitness Walk around Orange Lake, a bicycle helmet fitting and giveaway by the Pasco Safe Kids Coalition (to the first 200 kids), and a Touch-a-Truck activity with a school bus, dump truck, tractor and ATV. The New Port Richey Police Department will have a K-9 demonstration, and there will be shooting from the fire hose on a New Port Richey Fire Department truck. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission; $2 for bounce houses. Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 967-7509. pascokidsfirst.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters orientation/training: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay has more than 50 children in Pasco County on its waiting list for a big brother or big sister. Adult mentors are needed and may choose among several programs. 5:30 to 7 p.m. New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey. (813) 997-6881.

Movie in the Park: There will be a screening of the movie Pan. 7 p.m. Free. Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 841- 4560. citynpr.org.

6 Sunday

Hearts for Hospice: Formerly known as the Hike for Hospice, this event includes a 5K run/walk and a 1-mile fun run. Benefits the care and bereavement programs at Gulfside Hospice. 8:45 a.m. $25; $15 for students ages 11 through college, and $10 for ages 10 and younger. Rasmussen College, 18600 Fernview St., Land O'Lakes. (727) 845-5707.

Holiday Art Show and International Bake Sale: Local artists will display and sell original works of art, featuring holiday themes. 2 to 5 p.m. Free admission. Beacon Woods East Clubhouse, 8421 Clayton Blvd., Hudson. (727) 861-1666.

7 Monday

Hearing clinics: Includes earwax checks, earwax removal, hearing screenings, and cleaning and servicing of hearing aids. Participants who wear hearing aids will receive one free package of batteries. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free. CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 863-6868. caresfl.org.

'A Matter of Balance' workshop: This is the first session of a program designed to help older adults learn methods to reduce falling and the fear of falling. Classes continue on Mondays and Wednesdays for eight weeks. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free, but reservations required. Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. (727) 514-4770.

10 Thursday

Country Jam: 2 to 4:30 p.m. $3, includes desserts and ice cream. Free for musicians. CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 863-6868. caresfl.org.

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