NEW PORT RICHEY — Ten years ago, when John and Nancy Caposey decided to open a family restaurant, they faced a predictable hurdle.
"We were penniless," said Nancy, 45. "We went to six different banks and they all turned us down."
But the owners of the diner they were eyeing supported the couple's goal. So they tried another way. The Small Business Administration agreed to assist the Caposeys in acquiring a loan from a private investor. Plus they "sold the house, scrimped and saved, borrowed a little from my sister," said John, 52....
A chance to dodge stampeding bulls used to require a flight to Spain. But thrill seekers who can't afford a trip to Pamplona for the running of the bulls, get excited: You can risk life and limb in Dade City instead.
On Saturday, the inaugural Great Bull Run takes over the horse track at Little Everglades Ranch, where in six runs, humans and bulls will intermingle.
"It's exhilarating when you're done with it" — assuming you haven't been gored, said Rob Dickens, chief operating officer for the Great Bull Run....
Curious George Bike Day is from 9 a.m. to noon March 1 at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. The day is designed for 3- to 6-year-old children and their families. The children are encouraged to bring their tricycles, bicycles or Big Wheels to ride at the park with Curious George. Free bicycle helmets will be distributed while quantities last. The day also includes stories, refreshments, healthy smoothie demonstrations, photo opps, free books, inflatable games and entertainment. Free. For information, call (727) 861-3033....
The 67th Annual Pasco County Fair returns next week with revitalized old favorites, additions and a happy anniversary.
"I'm most excited about celebrating our 10th year with our Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo," said LeAnne John, fair board president. The rodeo is a fair staple along with the kickoff parade and the celebrity milk-off — in which local celebrities like Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley and Times staff writer Gail Diederich will, according to John, "battle it out to see who the best milker is."...
In pictures pinned to a corkboard in Lisa Kraus' sewing room, her son Matthew beams.
Nearby, Lisa crosses the carpet, flecked with scraps of the fabric she uses to create bow ties like the ones Matthew used to wear.
At the sewing machine, she cuts and traces, sews and presses. A bow tie takes about an hour to make. Then she packs it for shipping and picks out fabric for the next one....
ZEPHYRHILLS — There are twelve tables, three servers and one chef at Mayoor. The small Indian restaurant has been open since November, and its staff has a big goal: to introduce the community to Indian food and culture.
"The culture is very diverse, with influences from all around the world," said Jithin Sajan, 21.
Sajan, the restaurant owner's son, lives in Brandon, majors in mechanical engineering at the University of South Florida and helps his father manage Mayoor....
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. Friday at the Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd. (727) 848-6500.
Friday Flix: Film lovers gather at 8 p.m. Fridays for a movie at the New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St. Some refreshments are provided and attendees are invited to bring more of their own. This week's film is Lion in Winter. (727) 853-1279....
Local venues have schedules packed with performances by musicians with big names and big sounds. The artists' repertoires range in style from Celtic rock to jazz and swing. Music fans, mark your calendars:
Jazz and swing: Rhythm Kings Dance Orchestra performs from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane. Show up at 6 for a free dance lesson (no partner required). The Rhythm Kings play jazz, swing and big-band hits of the '20s, '30s and '40s. Tickets are $12, or $10 for members and students. (727) 942-5605 or tarponarts.org....
PORT RICHEY — When Wendy Zak's candle and soap shop outgrew a USA Flea Market table, she rented half a booth. Then she took it over.
When the shop outgrew the booth, Zak rented two. But even in a double booth, "we were running out of room." Gulf View Square mall noticed. So Zak met with a leasing agent and signed a lease on Oct. 28, emptied the double booth by Oct. 31 and opened the shop at the mall Nov. 9. It's called Wilma....
HUDSON — Nick France calls himself a "strong Catholic," and his commitment to the church is apparent.
"I've been a lector, a Eucharistic minister, a catechist," he said. He was a grand knight in the Knights of Columbus, started a chapter of Columbian Squires — a Knights group for Catholic young men — and played guitar in a church band.
Last month, with his family's help, France, a graphic designer, launched a business he can add to his list of ministries: a Catholic T-shirt company called MyCatholicTshirt.com....
12/30/13 Visual Arts
The new director of the Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery says the "treasure trove" could turn the district into a cultural hub. But first, she said, it needs a new look.
"The gallery is 10 years old and has been in need of refreshening and updating," said director Bonnie Bratby-Carey, 70. This week, she said it's "all hands on deck" to renovate the gallery before the new look is unveiled when the next exhibition opens Jan. 10. ...
ZEPHYRHILLS — With a foil comb and a color brush, Felicia Richards revived a customer's hair and brightened her day.
The chance to do both for patrons of BeautyRadio.com Salon is why Richards loves her job. The salon, which moved earlier this month from its original location on Fifth Avenue to Gall Boulevard, is the fruition of a passion she discovered as a kid.
"I loved hair my whole life," said Richards, 27, who has always experimented with colors and styles. ...
The Kilian Grey New Port Richey Relay for Life team hosts a family-friendly "9 Pin No Tap Bowling Extravaganza" at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at Lane-Glo Bowl, 8631 Old County Road 54 in New Port Richey.
Teams and individuals are invited to participate in the event, which is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The cost to participate is $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under, and includes three games, shoe rental, snacks and a door prize entry....
ODESSA — In the taproom at Big Storm Brewery, vintage bulbs hang above the bar and the beer in your mug was made in the brew house you can see from your seat.
This, said co-owner Mike Bishop, is a big change from what visitors saw when he and Clay Yarn started the business last year: "a few little pots and a couple tiny tanks."
In 2012, Big Storm's goal was to produce 1,000 barrels of beer a year. Now, the growing brewery is "on track for about 3,500."...
TRINITY — I hid in a corner of the art studio, hovered in a cloud of rising vapor, pouting while fiddling with my phone.
This — publicly using a nebulizer to inhale albuterol, a drug that opens up my seasonally uncooperative lungs — was not how I hoped to start my first class at Painting with a Twist. My cough was unrelenting, along with my stress level.
While my carefree classmates put on smocks and sipped the wine they brought (You can bring snacks, too!), I dwelled on my unending to-do list and my health. Then I picked up a brush and with each brush stroke understood more why this place is so popular....