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Things to do in Pasco for Jan. 8, beyond

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Art reception: An open house wine and cheese reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd. The reception features music by saxophonist John Hughes and pastel demonstrations. The reception marks the start of the gallery's "Peace and Quiet" exhibit. The featured group of artists is the Pastel Society of Tampa Bay. Also on display is student artwork from the Harry Schwettman Education Center in New Port Richey. The exhibition is through Feb. 1. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. (727) 848-6500.

Another art reception: An opening reception for the exhibit "Music of My Life," featuring art by Marty Balin, is from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 16 in Pasco-Hernando Community College's Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, at PHCC's West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The art is on display through Feb. 20. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday. (727) 816-3231.

Musically inclined

Gospel music: The Sunshine State Quartet, a Southern gospel group, performs at 6 p.m. Saturday at Christian Church of Holiday, 5724 State Road 54, New Port Richey. A free will offering will be collected to benefit homeless children. (727) 815-8940.

'A Musical Excursion': Musicians Theresa Villani and Anne Marie Scotto perform at 6 p.m. Thursday at the New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St. (727) 853-1279 or

Blast from the past: Shirley Alston Reeves, former lead singer of the '60s band the Shirelles, performs at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. $35. (727) 863-7949 or

Big-band sounds: The 42nd Street Big Band performs a "Fabulous '50s: The Legends Live On" show at 2 p.m. Jan. 15 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. $12. (727) 842-6777.

Looking ahead

Luck be a lady tonight: The five-time Tony Award-winning show Guys and Dolls features unforgettable characters and a colorful panorama of Times Square and its denizens circa 1950. The show runs from Jan. 16 to Feb. 23 at Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Cocktails start at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m. Fridays, 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays. $49.50 for dinner and show; $38.45 show only; ages 11 and younger, $24.95 and $19.95, plus tax and tip. (727) 863-7949 or

Food, music and fun: Drive or fly in to the annual Pigs in Z-Hills Barbecue and Blues Fest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 39450 South Ave. Enjoy barbecue, live blues music, a car and motorcycle show, aviation displays, a museum of military history, a swine terrace, vendors, a business expo and a kids' zone. Bring lawn chairs. No pets. (813) 782-1913 or

Art, art, art: The Suncoast Arts Fest is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 18 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. The fest is an "art experience" to feature more than 130 juried visual artists and crafters, plus live music. (727) 375-8986 or

An evening with the author: L.L. Dahl-Jensen, a local novelist, discusses her new book Rita, Rita from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd. (727) 848-6500.

Gospel trio: Greater Vision, an award-winning gospel trio, performs at 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at First Christian Church, 6040 Eighth St., Zephyrhills. Doors open at 2 p.m. A love offering will be collected for the group. (813) 782-1071.

The Best of Broadway: The Ditchfield Family Singers perform a multimedia Broadway music concert at 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Combining singing and storytelling, the Ditchfields perform excerpts from popular musicals including The Music Man, The Sound of Music, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. Tickets are $15. (727) 774-7382.

Things to do in Pasco for Jan. 8, beyond 01/06/14 [Last modified: Monday, January 6, 2014 5:59pm]
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