Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Events

Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting March 10

Festivals

Music, cars and beer: The Land O'Lakes Music Festival will be from noon to 8 p.m. March 11 at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. The music lineup includes Tim Serdynski, the Higgins Brothers, City Groove featuring saxophonist Marlon Boone, Stonegrey, Shalyah Fearing and Soul Circus Cowboys. Among the features will be the Al and Ida Silver Memorial Car Show, with registration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; prizes awarded to the top 30 cars. The festival will also include vendors, children's activities, and beer, wine and food sales. No coolers or pets allowed. Advance tickets are $10 for general admission and $25 for preferred seating ($15 and $30 at the door). Visit eventbrite.com/e/land-o-lakes-music-fest-tickets-29743722274 or call (813) 909-2722.

Zephyrhills Founders Day Celebration: The city's 107th Founders Day Celebration will include a parade along Main Street starting at 10 a.m. March 11; this year's theme is classic board games. There will be entertainment throughout the day, as well as food and merchandise vendors. Presented by Main Street Zephyrhills. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Downtown Zephyrhills, Fifth Avenue. (813) 780-1414. mszi.org.

Made in the USA: A two-day Semper Fi Art and Craft Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 11 and 12 at Marine Corps League Detachment 567, 7241 Baillie Drive, New Port Richey. The weekend will include art, music and food, showcasing arts and crafts produced in the United States. This is a pet-friendly event. Admission is free. Call (727) 322-5217 or visit SIKpromotions.com.

Taste the 'chowdah': A New England Day celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12 at the CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. The event will feature regional food, arts and craft vendors, and outdoor entertainment. Food will be available for purchase, including New England clam chowder, clam cakes, Fenway franks with split-top buns, baked beans with brown bread, soft drinks and desserts. There will be state displays from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island. No coolers allowed. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Free admission. Call (727) 863-6868.

Music

Jubilation: A Gospel Jubilee Celebration, featuring music by Marie Petrillo, Clay Kirk, LeeAnn Purvis and Steve Hall, and Brittanie Powell, will be at 7 p.m. March 11 at High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. Tickets are $7, with funds to benefit the High Point Meals for Shut-ins program. For information, call (352) 597-9887.

Sounds of the season: The Hernando Jazz Society will present "Swing Into Spring," featuring Mark Holley, from 2 to 5 p.m. March 12 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. Enjoy a nostalgic afternoon listening to tunes such as It Might As Well Be Spring, Spring is Here and other favorites from the big band era and beyond. Admission is free for society members; nonmembers pay $10 each or $15 per couple. A cash bar and buffet will be available. Call (352) 799-9690.

On stage

You should be dancing: Saturday Night Fever continues with matinees and evening performances through April 2 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Based on the hit movie from the 1970s, the show is a coming-of-age disco fantasy that features dazzling choreography and hits from the Bee Gees. Tickets for dinner and show are $49.50, $24.95 for children ages 5-12, plus tax and tip. Show only is $38.45, $19.95 for children, plus tax and tip. Group rates available. Call (727) 863-7949 or visit showpalace.net.

Art events

'The Way We Worked' Smithsonian exhibition: The traveling exhibit continues through March 18 at the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Regular admission prices are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for students ages 6 to 18 (and college students with ID) and free for ages 5 and younger. Call (352) 567-0262 or visit pioneerfloridamuseum.org.

'Eclipse' exhibit: The exhibit is on display through April 19 in the Rao Musunuru M.D. Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. It features the works of award-winning Florida artist Margaret Schnebly Hodge, who explores the interplay of line, mark and color as conversation, as sound and as metaphors for the underlying energy and elements of all things physical and perceived. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays. There is no cost to attend. Call (727) 816-3231 or visit phsc.edu.

Other happenings

Spotlight on Talent: One hundred forty contestants — students from Pasco County — will compete to win more than $4,000 in trophies, ribbons and cash prizes. Performances will include all styles of piano and vocal music, dance, a trumpet solo and even a "bubble" act. The first show is Act 1, which begins at noon and will include younger students; the older students will complete in Act 2, which starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 per show for adults ($20 for both shows) and $6 for students ($10 for both shows); free for children ages 4 and younger. Center for the Arts Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel. (352) 567-1720. heritagearts.org.

Glimpse at the Roaring '20s: Tip your hat to the 1920s when Friends of the Hacienda hosts Spring Time at the Hacienda from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 11 at the Hacienda Hotel, 5621 Main St., New Port Richey. There will be hotel tours, an antique car show, an antique golf display, a period clothing display, Roaring '20s music and guest historians. Visitors will have a chance to see the progress in the ongoing restoration of the historic landmark, which first welcomed guests in 1927. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Call (813) 468-8825 or (727) 457-3982.

Sampling chili: A chili cook-off benefit for People Helping People will be from noon to 4 p.m. March 11 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. Visitors can sample different varieties of chili and vote for their favorites; the winner of the cook-off will get $100. Admission is $5, which includes five free sample tickets. Additional sample tickets may be purchased at $20 for 25 tickets. For information, call (352) 686-4466.

Look ahead

'Til death do us part: Jimmy Ferraro will present My Big Fat Italian Wedding Murder, a comical and interactive murder-mystery dinner theater, at 6 p.m. March 18 and at 1:30 p.m. March 19 at Colorama Music Performance Club, 9302 Denton Ave., Hudson. Murder is on the menu when guests attend the wedding reception of Angelica Pasquale and Francesco Giavanni. The event will include an Italian dinner buffet, singing and dancing. Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $42, plus tax. Call (727) 863-7539.

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