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Art awards: The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery (formerly the Progress Energy Art Gallery) hosts the Third Annual People's Choice Award Ceremony from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Votes were collected during the first month of the Seventh Annual Artist Member's Exhibit, which includes selections from local artists who chose artwork that best represents them. Meet the artists personally and enjoy refreshments provided by Cocktails Bar and Sweetbay Supermarket of New Port Richey. There will be music by John Hughes. The exhibit runs until July 27. (727) 848-6500 or

Battle of the brains: Assemble a team of one to five players and compete for prizes at Beach Bum Trivia at 8 p.m. Sunday at Aqua Bar and Lounge, 1365 Kass Circle, Spring Hill, or at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sam's Beach Bar, 6325 Clark St., Hudson. Arrive early to register a team before the competition. $5 per contestant. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit those afflicted with Ulcerative Colitis. (352) 683-1692.

Quilts with history: The Heritage Museum's annual Quilt Exhibit continues through the end of July at the Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. More than 30 quilts are on site. The museum is open from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The cost for a tour is $5, $2 for ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Call (352) 688-6504 or visit hernando

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Jewelry class: The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery (formerly the Progress Energy Art Gallery) hosts Wire Art Ribbon with Deb Peisner from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 11 at the gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Participants learn to forge, twist, texture and wrap wire into wearable art. Included in the class fee is 20- and 24-gauge half hard copper wire; sterling wire in 20- to 24-gauge can be purchased for $8 to $15. Bring small pairs of unique beads that have at least a 20-gauge opening. Beads will be provided for those who need them. RSVP and/or pre-pay by Saturday to reserve a seat. $30 per person. (727) 848-6500 or

Cooking class: Community cooks teach the cuisine of the Greek islands and Latin America noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Safford House, 23 Parkin Court, Tarpon Springs. This Saturday's cuisine is Mexican food. Cielito Lindo Restaurant's Monica Aguirre teaches how to make tortillas, enchiladas and salsa. Participants enjoy a meal together after class. $20 per class; $18 for members and students. Price includes all materials. Space is limited. Call (727) 942-5605 to register.

Greek music: Leonidas Zafiris and Elias Poulos teach participants how to play the Greek Bouzouki. Adults learn from 2 to 2:55 p.m and youths learn from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Safford House, 23 Parkin Court, Tarpon Springs. Students should bring their own instruments. $5 at the door. (727) 942-5605 or

Book talk: Times investigative reporter Craig Pittman talks about his book Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs. $17; $15 for members and students. Price includes talk, gourmet boxed lunch, and soft drink. (727) 942-5605 or

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