Saturday, December 16, 2017
Events

Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Oct. 6

Festivals

Wine and brew: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host Hernando Untapped from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 6 at American Aviation, 17076 Helicopter Drive, south of Brooksville. The annual craft beer and wine festival is for adults 21 and older only. Guests can sample beer and wine while listening to music by LostnFound and Soul Circus Cowboys. There will be food truck vendors. VIP tickets include one-hour-early admission, a complimentary tasting glass and other perks. General admission, $35; designated driver, $10; VIP, $60. Call (352) 796-0697 or visit hernandochamber.com.

Taking it to the streets: The 2017 New Port Richey Cyclovia will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 7 along Grand Boulevard, from Montana Avenue to Louisiana Avenue. The road will be closed to vehicular traffic, including golf carts, to allow people to bike, skate, scooter, walk, dance or just chat with neighbors and friends. There will be several activities, including obstacle courses, fix-a-flat instructions, helmets adjustments, painting rocks and jump-roping. Also, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be an open house at Grand Gardens. Call (727) 853-1038.

For the dogs: The annual Pasco Pet Fest will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at Florida Estates Winery, 25241 State Road 52, Land O'Lakes. Visitors can bring their leashed pets and browse the vendors and enjoy live entertainment. There will be food for sale, wine tasting, and pets available for adoption. The festival is hosted by Doggie Cakes, with proceeds to benefit Florida Skunk Rescue. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission; food, beverages and wine tasting extra. (727) 845-1200. floridaestateswines.com.

Family night out: The annual Hernando County Sheriff's National Night Out will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 in the parking lot at Target, 3101 Aerial Way, east of Spring Hill. The event includes free food, activities, games, entertainment, samples, demonstrations, giveaways and information from more than 60 agencies, businesses and organizations.

Harvest Moon Corn Maze: The 5-acre corn maze will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 5 at Harvest Moon Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. Features more than 3 miles of twists and turns along with a petting farm, Maize-O-Poly, 70-foot jumping pillow, cow train ride, pumpkin bowling, games and pumpkin patch. Admission is $11.95; free for ages 2 and younger. Call toll-free 1-800-373-4811 or visit harvestmoonfl.com.

Hobbies

Gardening 365: More than 100 vendors and nurseries will participate in the Pasco Horticulture Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at San Antonio City Park, 12200 Main St., San Antonio. There will be gardening products, plants, tools and supplies for sale, as well as seminars throughout the day on gardening topics; a birds of prey exhibit with owls and hawks, a bat exhibit and a live beehive display; kids activities; food vendors, and pets for adoption. Rain or shine. Hosted by the Pasco County Master Gardeners. Admission is free. Call (352) 518-0156 or visit pasco.ifas.ufl.edu/events_calendar.shtml.

Music

Ladies of harmony: Thursday Musicale will kick off its 70th season with a concert at 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. The concert will include a performance by the steel drum band from Seven Springs Middle School. The women's chorus starts its new season with a new director, Joanne Florin, and a new accompanist, Cliff Longcoy. The season also includes a new day for the monthly concerts, which are now on the first Sunday of each month through April. There is no cost to attend, but a $5 donation is requested to benefit the group's scholarship program. Call (727) 415-7085 or (727) 861-7684.

Sing us a song: A free concert featuring the Turnstiles — The Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Band will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. Bring the family, chairs and blankets. Food will be available from local merchants. No pets allowed. Call (727) 841-4560.

Rockin' and rollin': The Atlantic City Boys will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Brookridge clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. The four lead singers will perform rock 'n' roll harmonies of the 1960s. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (352) 610-4901.

'That's What Friends Are For': The benefit concert for local entertainer John Timpanelli, which was postponed due to Hurricane Irma, will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. The show will feature a variety of performers, such as Johnny Petillo, Stan Prinston and Leesah Stiles. Hors d'oeuvres will be included and there will also be a silent auction and cash bar. Funds raised will benefit Timpanelli, who has been in show business for more than 40 years. He has myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease; a surgery in April left his vocal cord paralyzed and he continues to receive treatment. Timpanelli and his wife have two young children. Tickets are $30 and reservations are needed at least three days in advance. Call (727) 597-0948.

Halloween

It's a scream: The annual Halloween event Scream-A-Geddon continues through Nov. 4 at 27839 Saint Joe Road, west of Dade City. The event is open from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Featuring a number of haunted attractions spread across 60 acres, with themes that range from an infectious disease epidemic to a sinister prison riot, as well as a cursed hayride, carnival games, terrifying challenges and concessions. Tickets start at $19.95. Call (813) 452-5412 or visit screamageddon.com.

Haunting tour: Fantasy Escapes will offer a Fantasy Hallow Haunt Tour throughout October at 7136 State Road 54, New Port Richey, with haunted house tours every 15 minutes from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There will be a costume contest, with winners receiving four free tickets for an escape room experience. The cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. Call (727) 312-3280 or visit fantasyescapesfl.com.

Art events

It's a jungle: A reception for the Pasco Fine Arts Council's "Zooper Art Exhibit" will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. The exhibit continues through Nov. 3 and includes artwork in a variety of mediums with a theme of wild or zoo animals. Visit the website at pascoarts.org or call the center at (727) 845-7322.

Where the wild things are: The West Pasco Art Guild will accept paintings for its "Animal House" show from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 9 at the gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. A reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 13; admission is free, and refreshments will be served. Call (727) 842-7732 or visit westpascoartguildandgallery.org.

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