What's cookin': Chef Jon Dalomba teaches a cooking class at 5 p.m. Friday at CARES Musunuru Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. The menu is designed for beginner and intermediate cooks who would like to entertain with impressive but easily prepared selections. Attendees will assist in preparing a red pear pizza appetizer, rolled and grilled tenderloin beef, dirty rice, vegetable and dessert. The class is followed by a dinner of the food that was prepared. Registration required. $35. (727) 863-6868.
Get comical: Auditions for the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center's production of the comic opera HMS Pinafore will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane. Show dates are Nov. 15-17. There are several principal roles for adults and a large chorus of children and adults. Those who are interested in auditioning for a specific principal role should bring a prepared song. All ages and levels of experience are welcome to audition. (813) 334-3747.
Tropical fun: The 14th Annual Night in the Tropics event is from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday on Main St. in downtown New Port Richey. The Key West-style street party features the Sunset Corvette Classic and Customized Car Cruise-In, a scavenger hunt for a chance to win prizes worth more than $300, a performance by professional dance troupe Shazadi and Jewels of the Desert, and local food trucks. Live music includes opening acoustic rock act Gypsy Star Band, followed by Jimmy Buffet tribute band Jason Webb and the Caribbean Chillers. (727) 842-8066; nprmainstreet.com.
Art and music
Music to your ears: Singer, comic and impressionist John Timpanelli performs in From Buble to Broadway and Beyond from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Hernando Beach Club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd., Hernando Beach. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non-members, including dessert and coffee or soft drink. Cash bar is available. Call or email for reservations. (585) 247-3294; [email protected]
Art in the city: City Art Gallery's new exhibit includes works by artists Kim Dewitt Paff, Lee Broede, Andy Fotopoulos and Albert Juliano, presented by Abrams Art Gallery owner Richard Melton. Also on display are ship models by Suncoast Ship Model Society, photographs by the Spring Hill Camera Club, handmade quilts by the Hernando Quilters Guild, a new selection of poetry by members of Just Poets and arrangements by the Brooksville Garden Club. The exhibit continues through Nov. 1 at the gallery, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 263-4923; (352) 540-3810.
Twice the art: St. Petersburg College's Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, hosts two exhibitions through Sept. 15. Lin Carte: A Tribute remembers well-known Tampa Bay area art therapist Lin Carte-Anderson, best known for her Serene Women prints series. Metropolis of Kotopoulis is a retrospective of Dino Kotopoulis' two- and three-dimensional creations since moving to the Tampa Bay area in the 1980s. (727) 712-5762 or spcollege.edu/central/museum.
Represent Pasco: The Florida Association of Counties hosts a photo contest for its 2014 calendar. The theme is "Beautiful Roads and Trails." The deadline is Sept. 2. Submit .jpg files at high-quality compression size. Minimum of 2,000 pixels; 3,000 pixels preferred. 8x10 prints and 35mm slides will be accepted, but digital submission is preferred. To submit, visit flcounties.wufoo.com/forms/q7x0q1.