Sunday, November 18, 2018


Michele Miller, Times staff writer

Michele Miller, Times staff writer

Michele Miller is a Tampa Bay Times writer in Pasco County. Miller coordinates and provides stories and photographs for Pasco entertainment features as well as the Top of the Class education feature.

Victoria Riggs will be a guest soloist as the Richey Community Orchestra opens their season on Nov. 18 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge in New Port Richey

Richey Community Orchestra season opener and other local music offerings

The Richey Community Orchestra opens their 2018-2019 season with the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, plus more local musical offerings coming up.
Published: 11/12/18
The 1980s band Night Ranger will be a headliner at the inaugural Freedom Fest Florida

Inaugural Freedom Fest Florida draws national music acts to Hernando while celebrating veterans

The inaugural Freedom Fest Florida, held Nov. 10-11 in Brooksville, gives locals the opportunity to honor the country's veterans and see some national acts in a close-to-home venue.
Updated one month ago
Students in the adult Exceptional Student Education program at J.W. Mitchell High have been participating in a classroom recycling project at the New Port Richey school. Here, Jessica Brown (center) sorts through a a barrel of recyclables with instructional assistants Deb Plotkin (left) and Robert Grimm (right)

Mitchell High classroom recycling project builds skills and options for students with special needs

Each morning, students in the Exceptional Education program at J.W. Mitchell High canvas the school, sorting and collecting recyclables.
Updated one month ago
River Ridge High students Cody Farkas and Theresa Smith are cast members in the drama production of

School notes for Oct. 26

Pasco school calendar, briefs and events
Updated one month ago
MICHELE MILLER |  TIMESLocal artist, Karen Jaenichen, puts some colorful touches on an Adrirondack Chair that will be auctioned off for CARES, a local non-profit that provides services for seniors. Jaenichen is a local artist, and is the organizer of a chair Paint Off  on Oct. 27 at the West Pasco Art Guild in New Port Richey.

Paint-Off challenge and chair auction raises money for CARES

It's an eclectic offering of Adirondack chairs, as local artists participate in the second annual Paint Off for CARES.
Updated one month ago
Eileen Ceder,  aka

Vagabond spirit guides seamstress on the biker festival circuit

Eileen Ceder, aka "The Slipper Lady," is a snowbird traveling the motorcycle festival circuit. A moccasin maker who also sells fabric patches, she can sew them on right then and there.
Updated one month ago
The Cotee River Bike Fest will be held Oct. 12-14 in downtown New Port Richey  MICHELE MILLER |  Times file

Cotee River Bike Fest rolls into New Port Richey

Motorcycle gathering has drawn tens of thousands in recent years.
Updated one month ago
J.P. Soars and the Red Hots are among the bands that will perform at the fifth-annual Camping With the Blues, Oct. 19-21 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville.

'Camping With the Blues' returns to Sertoma Youth Ranch

Weekend event returns to Hernando County.
Updated one month ago
Denise Johnson, 59, is founder of Pasco Pride and the catalyst for the inaugural Pasco Pride Festival set for Saturday in Sims Park in downtown New Port Richey.  MICHELE MILLER | Times

Pasco Pride hosts inaugural festival in downtown New Port Richey

NEW PORT RICHEY — Just a couple of weeks before the launch of the first Pride Festival in Pasco County, Denise Johnson sat in the sweltering heat, admiring the view from the stage overlooking Sims Park."This is just a gorgeous venue...
Updated: 2 months ago

Tickets on sale for Richey Community Orchesta season

Music is in the offing as tickets go on sale Oct. 1 for the 2018-2019 season of the Richey Community Orchestra. The non-profit orchestra, under the direction of Stephen P. Brown, features a multi-generational group of 50 professional and amateur...
Updated: 2 months ago