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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting March 17

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Music

One of these nights: Alter Eagles — The Ultimate Eagles Performance will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. March 18 at the Pasco-Hernando State College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The Eagles tribute band's program will include classic rock hits such as Hotel California, Desperado and Witchy Woman. Tickets are $25 to $30. Call (727) 816-3707. phsc.edu.

A day of music: The annual Paulie Palooza Music Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 18 at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 5200 Airport Road, Zephyrhills. The event will feature bands throughout the day, as well as a silent auction and drawings. Food will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Proceeds will go toward hospice patient care in Pasco County through Gulfside Hospice. The event was spearheaded by local resident Paul Correia, whose father received Gulfside's services. Admission is $5. Call (727) 845-5707. facebook.com/GHPPC.

Turn back the clock: The Richey Community Orchestra will present its "Rock Around the Clock" dinner concert March 19 at Sparton Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. A cash bar will be available starting at 1 p.m., with dinner served at 1:30 p.m. (roast beef or chicken). The concert will begin at 3 p.m., featuring music that will take guests back to the 1950s. Joining the orchestra will be special guest Paul Wilson, who starred in the movies Big Stone Gap and Shooting the Prodigal and the rock band the Wilson Van. He will pay tribute to Elvis Presley, with songs such as Jailhouse Rock, Love Me Tender, It's Now or Never and Hound Dog. He also will sing other hits from the '50s. Tickets are $40; reservations required. Call (727) 919-3866. richeycommunityorchestra.com.

Hobbies

Stargazing in the Park: Join the Pasco Astronomers from 8 to 10 p.m. March 18 at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. The club will provide telescopes for viewing, or bring your own. Call (727) 255-3083.

Coin and Stamp Expo: The Coin Club of Pasco County will host its expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 18 at New Lakes in Regency Park, 8330 Civic Drive, New Port Richey. Coins, currency, bullion and jewelry will be bought, sold and appraised. Free admission and parking. Call (727) 534-7597.

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, such as Stayin' Alive, How Deep is Your Love and More than a Woman. 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 children, plus tax and tip. Group rates available. Call (727) 863-7949 or visit showpalace.net.

Runaway groom: The Broadway musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It wraps up March 19 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. The show features music by George and Ira Gershwin. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18 cash, $20.07 credit card; reserved seating. Call (727) 842-6777.

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

Art events

Fine art show and sale: The Zephyrhills Art Club will host its annual art show from 1 to 5 p.m. March 18 and 19 at the Elks Lodge 2731, 6851 Wire Road, Zephyrhills. This is a juried exhibition of artwork. Admission is free. Art ranges in price from $35 up. (813) 782-2723.

'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

For the dogs: Dogs and their owners are invited to Dogs Day in Dade City from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 18 at Agnes Lamb Park at Meridian Avenue and 9th Street, Dade City. Activities will include a dog wagon parade at 10 a.m., a dog costume contest at 11 a.m., a K-9 challenge at noon, Canine Got Talent at 12:30 p.m. and an ice cream/yogurt-eating contest at 1:30 p.m. There will be other events and information available. All dogs must be on a leash. Admission is free. Call (352) 521-5858 or visit dogsdayindadecity.com.

Wet and wild: Weeki Wachee Springs State Park continues its Spring Break celebration. The Buccaneer Bay water park is open daily through March 19, then on weekends through May 26 at 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. The water park offers slides, a kiddie pool and a lazy river. Also, at the Weeki Wachee attraction, there will be special performances by the Legendary Sirens on March 18 and 19, featuring retired mermaids from the 1950s to the 1970s. There are several performances each day. The attraction is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission to Buccaneer Bay is included with regular park admission — $13 for adults, $8 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Call (352) 592-5656 or visit floridastateparks.org/weekiwachee.

For foodies: Taste of New Tampa and Wesley Chapel will be from noon to 4 p.m. March 18 at Florida Hospital Center Ice, 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Wesley Chapel. The event will feature tastes of signature dishes and menu favorites from more than 50 restaurants, cafes and shops, with cooking demonstrations by Food Network celebrity chef George Stella at 1 and 3 p.m., and Culinary Institute of America-trained chef Peter Gambacorta demonstrating low-carb recipes. There will be also be kids hockey and figure skating exhibitions. The cost is $25 for 25 tickets (suitable for one guest), $50 for 50 tickets (suitable for two guests) and $100 for a 100-ticket family package. (813) 955-1273. tasteofnewtampa.org.

Homosassa Heritage Day: Learn about the history of Homosassa Springs and share stories from the early days of the attraction from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 18 at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. Included with park admission — $13, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Call (352) 628-5343. floridastateparks.org/homosassasprings/default.cfm.

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