02/26/15 Human Interest
Terri Hesse keeps the photo handy, ready to show to anyone with just a few finger swipes to her cell phone.
"Does that look like skin cancer to you?" she asks, holding up the selfie she snapped of the small, pink and white spot that showed up on her backside a couple of years ago.
To the average person, probably not.
It resembled a blister, Hesse thought, the kind that tear up your heels when you're breaking in a new pair of shoes....
• March 13: End of third grading quarter
• March 16-20: Spring break
• March 23: Teacher planning day. No school for students.
• March 30: Report cards are issued.
• Pasco County eSchool student photography will be exhibited during March at the Downtown New Port Richey Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd. An opening reception, which will include the work of various artists participating in the exhibit, "The Feminine Mystique," and featured artist Edith Huber, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. March 6. For information, call (727) 848-6500 or go to nprgallery.com....
• Student artwork from the VSA State Organization on Arts and Disabilities will be on display through Feb. 28 at the Downtown New Port Richey Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd. For information, call (727) 848-6500 or go to nprgallery.com.
Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. (727) 774-7381
• Mitchell High band pre-music performance assessment concert, 7 p.m. Feb. 25....
02/18/15 Music & Concerts
Northern folks might be lamenting all the snow they've received, but trees are budding, flowers are blooming and festival time is in high gear in the Sunshine State.
The Pasco Music Festival might just be the ticket — and an inexpensive one at that — for those looking to spend a day taking in an eclectic mix of rock, blues and country, all while giving a boost to local nonprofits....
• Progress reports will be distributed Friday.
• Monday is Presidents Day, no school.
• Student artwork from the VSA State Organization on Arts and Disabilities will be on display through Feb. 28 at the Downtown New Port Richey Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd. For information, call (727) 848-6500 or go to nprgallery.com....
NEW PORT RICHEY — Alex Walker was about 12 years old when he made his mind up.
He was going fly planes, and that was that.
He was just that kind of kid, said his mom, Julie Walker.
"He set high standards, and when he wanted something, he went after it. No one had to follow up on that."
"He knew what he wanted to do, and he set logical achievable steps to making that happen," said his dad, Todd Walker....
DADE CITY — "Country Roots and Cowboy Boots" is the theme for the 68th annual Pasco County Fair, which kicks off at 1 p.m. Monday with a rousing parade featuring floats and marching bands.
The fair runs through Feb. 22 at the county fairgrounds on State Road 52 on the west side of Dade City.
The annual event got its official start in 1947 and continues to celebrate the area's resources, along with plant, animal and art exhibitions; contests and pageantry; the thrill of midway rides; the wafting aroma of fried dough; and a variety of entertainment each day that's meant to tickle most anyone's fancy....
HUDSON — The dust had barely settled on the Friday night accolades, but it was back to business Monday morning for Hudson High School language arts teacher Beth Hess.
On the lesson plan was some necessary instruction about the upcoming Florida Standards assessment test that students will be taking for the first time in March. Time was slotted for dissecting sentences, meant to strengthen students' writing skills. And there would be some deep delving into a couple of novels — Anthem for the sophomores and To Kill a Mockingbird for the freshmen....
• Feb. 13: Progress reports
• Feb 16: Presidents Day, no school.
• Student artwork from the VSA State Organization on Arts and Disabilities will be on display at the Downtown New Port Richey Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd. An opening reception will be at 6 p.m. Friday. Also on display will be the work of various artists in the "Romantic Notions" exhibit and the work of featured artist, jacabo. For information, call (727) 848-6500 or go to nprgallery.com....
DADE CITY — From stone crabs to frog legs, from oranges to strawberries and blueberries, Florida's festival calendar offers a bounty of foodie celebrations meant to appeal to the conventional or the eccentric palate.
With the end of January comes the Kumquat Festival, a quirky kind of old-Florida celebration traditionally held the last Saturday of the month in downtown Dade City.
The kumquat, which looks like a miniature orange and originally hails from Asia, can be popped into the mouth as a snack, peel and all, or folded into recipes of all sorts....
Feb. 13: Progress reports
Feb. 16: Presidents Day, no school.
• Read to Your Bright and Beautiful Furry Friends, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. Story time with therapy dogs for students in grades K-5. For a full calendar of events happening at all Pasco County library branches, go to pascolibraries.org. For information about events at the New Port Richey Public Library, go to nprlibrary.org....
Beating everyone else across the finish line is the goal of a BMX racer. But for 14-year-old Alejandro Chica, there's nothing quite like the rush of adrenaline that begins to well at the starting gate. Alejandro was just 8 when he caught the fever in his birthplace of Medellín, Colombia. Bicycle motocross is practically a rite of passage for youngsters growing up in the country's second-largest city, where springtime is a mainstay and the rugged dirt tracks have a way of building champions....
Jan 29: Adult Education graduation.
Feb. 13: Progress reports
Feb. 16: Presidents Day, no school.
• The artwork of students from Millennium Academy will be featured through Jan. 31 at the Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd. For information, call (727) 848-6500 or go to nprgallery.com....
01/21/15 Music & Concerts
It's mid January, and some of the snowbirds in the Hernando Harmonizers are still making their way south. But come Saturday, there should be about 40 gents perched on the risers at Springstead Theatre, crooning away in four-part harmony for the group's 13th annual Barbershop Extravaganza.
A new director, Jacki Scott, will be leading the Harmonizers through renditions of songs from Broadway musicals such as Oklahoma!, The Music Man and Les Miserables. The Springstead High chorus will also take the stage for a turn. Highlighting the show will be Boardwalk, an award-winning quartet out of Atlanta that is known for its folk-influenced renditions, melding the barbershop sound with some instrumentation....
WESLEY CHAPEL — There was a lot of buzz under the covered shelter at Wesley Chapel Elementary School last week as hoards of students took turns playing games and chatting it up with local business people.
Despite the din, Logan Pomerenke, 9, was getting valuable information from those who had come out for the day to give insight on their professions and the role they play in building a thriving community....