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Taylor Hicks live, art receptions and other Things to Do on the North Suncoast

On stage

A musical comedy parody: The Drowsy Chaperone runs weekends through March 20 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Shows are at 8 p.m., except Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For cost or other information, call (727) 842-6777 or visit

Art events

Get artsy: The Pasco Fine Arts Council, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey, will start its Members Only Show with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. The exhibition will be on display through March 18. Admission is free; donations are accepted. For information, call (727) 845-7322 or visit

Celebrate with the artists: The Sunshine and Shadows art reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. March 11 at the West Pasco Art Guild, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Mayor Rob Marlowe will present the Mayor's Choice Award to an artist. For information, call (727) 841-7732 or (727) 686-8585. Visit

Some art and some sweets: The Beacon Woods East Art Club/Class will host an art show and bake sale from 2 to 5 p.m. March 13 at the Beacon Woods East Clubhouse, 8421 Clayton Blvd. The event will include a display of acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastel and charcoal art, featuring landscapes, portraits, seascapes, animals, flowers and contemporary images by local artists. The artists will be available to meet guests. Admission is free. Bake sale proceeds will be donated to a local charity, and a portion of the proceeds from art sales will be donated, too. Complimentary wine and cheese will be served. For information, call (727) 861-1666.

Art exhibit: "Suggs, Swepson and Mack: A Collaboration Exhibition of Photography, Sculpture and Ceramics" is on display through March 23 in the Rao Musunuru M.D. Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College's West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. For information, call (727) 816-3231.

Art on display: Art by Roland Descombes is on display at Bug's Splatter Gallery, 5718 Sixth St., Zephryhills, through April 23. Regular gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month. For information, call (217) 341-0274 or send email to

Musically inclined

A benefit concert: Neighbors Helping Neighbors, an Orange Blossom Showcase variety show, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. The event will benefit High Point's resident emergency fund. Clay Kirk will serve as master of ceremonies. Volunteer performers will include Kirk, Murilene Cronk, the duet of Cassidy Kinsman and Kelby Cornman as Southern Sass, and Brittanie Powell. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the High Point office. For information, call Sheila Kirk at (352) 597-9887.

Get your jazz on: The High Point Concordia Chorus will host a performance by the Hudson Middle School Jazz Band at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. Tickets are $4; proceeds will be donated to the band. For information, call Gini at (352) 592-2147.

Motown and more: Brookridge Entertainment will present a performance by Marcus Terell and the Serenades during a show called "Back to Reality" at 7 p.m. March 10 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. The show will pay tribute to Motown, classic rock and soul. Tickets are $20 at the door. For information, call (352) 610-4901.

A music fest: Taylor Hicks, the winner on Season 5 of the American Idol television show, will kick off the Spring Music Festival and Expo at 6:30 p.m. March 11 at the private park at Fraternal Order of Police Pasco Lodge 29, 21735 YMCA Camp Road, Land O'Lakes. The festival will run from 6 to 11 p.m. March 11 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 12 and will feature live music, a business expo and food trucks, plus drinks. Tickets to see Taylor Hicks are $25, or $40 for preferred seating. Admission to the festival is free March 12. The cost to park either day is $5. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. For information, visit

For the family

On the big screen: The Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd., and the Heritage Park Foundation will host its monthly movie in the park at 7 p.m. Friday. This month's movie is Ice Age. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Admission is free. For information, call (813) 929-1229.

Right out of storybooks: The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties will host its annual Storybook Forest, in celebration of Children's Week and Early Childhood Literacy, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. The event will feature a variety of children's entertainment, activities, crafts, music and complimentary food. Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, Elmo, Curious George, the Cat in the Hat and other storybook characters. Children can browse interactive displays based on children's books and participate in make-and-take projects at each display. There will be no parking on site. Attendees must park at Crews Lake Middle School, 15144 Shady Hills Road, Spring Hill, and a shuttle will transport them to the park. Free. For information, call (727) 233-8291 or visit

Magical laughter: Merlin's Theater, 7148 Congress St., New Port Richey, will present performances by Geoff Williams, a comedic magician, at 8 p.m. March 11 and 12. Williams is a three-time winner of the Magician of the Year title, bestowed by the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and wrote more than a dozen Top 10 lists for The Late Show with David Letterman. Advance general admission tickets are $17.50 for adults, $15.50 for children and $60 for a family pack (two adults, three children). VIP reserved seating tickets are $22.50 for adults, $17.50 for children and $85 for a family pack. All tickets are $5 extra on the day of the show. For tickets or information, call (727) 748-8800 or visit

Other fun

So many strawberries: The 2016 Floral City Strawberry Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Floral Park, 9530 S Parkside Ave., Floral City. Admission is $4 per adult; free for children ages 12 and younger. Park on site or at the Citrus County Auditorium, 3610 S Florida Ave., Inverness. Shuttle buses will run from the auditorium both days for $1 per round trip. Children 12 and younger ride the bus for free. A shuttle van pickup also will be available from downtown Floral City, behind the Floral City library. For information, call (352) 795-3149 or visit

Get your Greek on: St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 9426 Little Road, New Port Richey, will celebrate the 68th anniversary of the liberation of the Dodecanese Islands and their reunification with Greece at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The event will include a Greek School presentation, live Greek music and dinner. The cost is $30, or free for children under 6. For information and reservations, call (727) 868-5911.

Mini models: The Suncoast Center for Fine Scale Modeling in the West Pasco Industrial Park, 2645 Success Drive, Odessa, showcases mini model trains from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the third Saturday of each month through May. The museum features four scratch-built operating train layouts, military models, turn-of-the-century buildings and several doll house exhibits. Admission is $7 for adults and children 12 and under are free. For information, call (352) 585-2662 or visit fine­

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