Thursday: End of third quarter.
Friday: Teacher planning day. No school for students.
March 17-21: Spring break.
March 31: Report cards.
• Throughout March, the Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., will feature an extensive photography exhibition from the Pasco eSchool, a virtual classroom, with students enrolled from all over Pasco County. For information, call (727) 848-6500 or email email@example.com....
03/04/14 Visual Arts
Robert Sutherland can't pinpoint where the idea came from. As sometimes happens with art, spin painting was one of those happy accidents, born from a thought to make use of paint left on his palette after finishing a commissioned piece, and the notion that a change of perspective could sprout creativity.
Sutherland is a commercially trained artist whose media include oils, casein, pastels, oil pastels, watercolor, pencil and pen and ink. He wasn't looking to paint anything in particular when he brushed fresh strokes of leftover paint on a blank canvas. On a whim, he turned the canvas on its side and to his delight, discovered the serendipitous image of a child looking at his foot. ...
The children's eyes are full of wonder as the school bus pulls up to be greeted by Corp. Creg Bell, a.k.a. "the sheriff" of a pint-sized village called Safety Town.
"Good morning!" Bell says in a booming voice, only to be met with a tepid response from the kindergartners from Schrader Elementary who are busy taking it all in through the bus windows.
"Oh, are we sleepy?" Bell asks. "Now let's try that again."...
Birding is a big deal here in Florida, especially this time of year when migratory species are heading north over the Atlantic flyway. That makes for perfect timing for the second-annual Nature Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival to be held March 20-23 at a variety of natural sites and parks in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.
Among those that may be making an appearance are burrowing owls, red-cockaded woodpeckers, Bachman's sparrows, wood storks, Limpkins, swallow-tailed kites, black rails and Florida scrub jays....
02/24/14 Music & Concerts
WESLEY CHAPEL — The Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble started out as a small band with a bigger dream. In 2007 it was just a handful of musicians practicing in a meeting room at a car dealership.
An open-door policy along with a mission statement to help foster the local arts has helped add to the numbers along with a bigger place to rehearse in the band room at Weightman Middle School.
"The last concert we had 40 people on the stage," said founding member Glenn Weatherly. "This is a real community band. We have musicians ranging in age from a 14 to 86."...
02/21/14 Human Interest
Ten-year-old Justin Gaudineer has a thing for sports. The slight kid with a polite nature does them all, in a very big way — football, soccer, hockey, lacrosse and his favorite, little league baseball. "We don't let anything hold Justin back," said mom Robyn Gaudineer, noting her son's newfound knack for snow skiing during a family trip to North Carolina.
So when she and her husband, Jon, told Justin they were all going to a college basketball game, it wasn't all that out of the ordinary....
Tuesday and Wednesday: FCAT 2.0 writing.
• The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery "Hand 'n Hand" student exhibit is on display through February at the gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd. This exhibit features artwork of students from Connerton Elementary, J.W. Mitchell High and the Wiregrass High Gallery. For information, call (727) 848-6500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org....
NEW PORT RICHEY
Bottle caps and newspapers. Soda cans and plastic bottles. Tiny toys and a pair of Converse sneakers.
These are just some of the materials that went into making works of art on display at the Pasco County Government Center.
High school students from throughout the county rustled through their trash for the annual Pasco Art of Recycling Contest. Sponsored by Pasco County Schools, Pasco County Recycling and the Pasco Arts Council, the contest originated 18 years ago as a way to promote the importance of recycling and environmental awareness through the works of emerging artists. ...
DADE CITY — Alligators wrestling burly men, busting broncos, a baby pageant and pigs racing down the stretch.
Cotton candy, midway rides, livestock shows, magic tricks and strolling musicians.
There's all that and more as the Pasco County Fair continues through Sunday, offering a full schedule of activities and events for weekday and weekend revelers.
Daily offerings include multiple showings of Robinson's Racing Pigs & Paddling Porkers, Sea Lion Splash seal show, Kachunga & the Alligator Show and local entertainment courtesy of the Collura Family Theatre....
HUDSON — They love singing barbershop for the pureness of it — an intertwining of voices sans frills. Just a blow of the pitch pipe at rehearsal and they're off, warming into four-part harmony with a moving rendition of What a Wonderful World before launching into peppier tunes such as Kicking It Up a Notch and Sweet Georgia Brown.
There's some fun choreography but no piano to back them up. No showboating either. When it comes to being a part of the Suncoast Harmony Chorus, it's all about the blend. ...
Monday is Presidents Day, no school.
Feb. 25-26: FCAT 2.0 writing.
• February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and once again Hudson High is inviting students, parents and community members to their Valentine's Anytime event starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the school, 14410 Cobra Way, Hudson. Guest speakers are Audrey Mabrey, who will share her personal story, and Melissa Dohme, who works with Mabrey in the domestic violence division of Hands Across the Bay. There will also be singers, a skit and awareness information....
NEW PORT RICHEY
It was all hustle and bustle with not a moment or an inch to spare in the Commercial Foods kitchen at Marchman Technical Education Center. Fifteen students donning chef's whites were racing the clock as they gathered eggs, flour and the like to prepare an assortment of baked goods — pies, rolls, spritz cookies and a decorated cake — in three hours' time under the watchful eyes of four professional judges....
Feb. 17: President's Day, no school.
Feb. 25-26: FCAT 2.0 writing.
• Applications are being accepted for the 31st Heritage Arts Spotlight on Talent competition for youngsters up to 18 years of age. The regional performing arts competition awards $3,000 in trophies, ribbons and cash prizes to winners in various age categories and a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior. Deadline to enter is Thursday. Auditions are March 1. Final show is March 29 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel. Tickets for adults are $12, or both shows for $20. Student tickets (through high school) are $6, both shows for $10 (under 5 is free). For application and information go to heritagearts.org/. Community sponsors are needed. Call (352) 567-1720....
02/03/14 Music & Concerts
WESLEY CHAPEL — As director for the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, Patrick McDermott is always looking for new acts to broaden the horizons of local students as well as members of the public who are interested in music. So when he got a call from a friend in New Jersey telling him to check out a couple of 20-something, saxophone-playing identical twins, he followed up.
McDermott, who has a long-held fondness for jazz, liked what he heard and ended up booking the the Anderson Brothers for a daytime student workshop/performance and an evening public performance Monday at the Wesley Chapel venue....
01/31/14 Human Interest
Virginia Turner had been expecting the call, but thought it would be a couple of days before her guests showed up at the U-Turn Ranch she runs with her husband, Timothy. The temperature was dropping, there was no working heat in the house and the Turners had hoped to offer better accommodations.
But there on the other end of the phone was Meaghan Jameson, announcing that she and her beau, Dan Kenny, were on their way, ready to put in a day's work at the Pensacola ranch. ...