HUDSON — If crabs are your thing, you're in luck this weekend.
The SunWest Park Crab and Shrimp Festival kicks off Saturday with two days of live music, carnival rides, craft vendors, seafood and culinary offerings at the spring-fed water park in northwest Pasco County.
Add to that the thrill of watching hermit crabs toting their painted shells to the finish line.
A little bit of new and much improved is the motto for the second annual event, which admittedly got off to a rocky start in 2016....
DADE CITY — A celebrity milk-off and the Axe Women Loggers of Maine. Racing pigs and a Barnyard Revue. Whirling midway rides and the wafting aromas of fried dough, corn dogs and freshly baled hay.
The 70th annual Pasco County Fair kicks off Monday for a seven-day run, and organizers have been switching things up with hopes to entice visitors.
"It's been 70 years of homespun fun. We're trying to make it exciting and new for everyone," said fair general manager Clark Converse. ...
SAN ANTONIO— It was a good, long run — 50 years. But times change. People move on. Traditions fall by the wayside.
So it goes with San Antonio's annual Rattlesnake Festival and Run.
Last week, the Rotary Club of San Antonio announced it had decided to discontinue the festival, a mainstay since 1967. That's when Jaycee Club members Gerald McLeod and Willie Post came up with the idea of rounding up rattlesnakes and gopher tortoises as a way to entertain, educate and raise a little money for local causes....
DADE CITY — Little Everglades Ranch will fling open its gates this weekend, and everyone is invited to come and check out the place.
Florida Ranch Days, a celebratory open house of sorts, will be Saturday and Sunday at the 2,050-acre working ranch. The event will feature more than 20 bands, educational snake and birds of prey shows, a high-wire act, tours, a swamp buggy obstacle course ride, crafts, kids activities and plenty of food and drink....
Tuesday is clinic day at Pasco High School, and that means Margaret Polk is likely to be interrupted.
She is more than happy to chat about her job and the news that the Florida Association of School Nurses recently named her Florida's 2017 School Nurse of the Year.
But the kids come first.
"We might have to stop because students will be coming in for their sports physicals," Polk warns....
NEW PORT RICHEY — Veterans Day likely will be the same as most other workdays for Darrell Barnes. That's okay with him. He loves his job.
Barnes, 49, is a veterans employment consultant for the Boley Centers' Veterans Integration Assistance Program. He's part of a core group, working out of an office tucked in a strip mall at Trouble Creek Road and Grand Boulevard, along with veterans — Paul Kendrick (Marines) and Lee Browder (Air Force)....
WESLEY CHAPEL — John Schneider is a man of many roles. Some might know him as Bo Duke on the television series The Dukes of Hazzard, Superman's adoptive dad on Smallville or currently as Jim Cryer on Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots. He's also a country singer and songwriter and touts a long-held passion for independent filmmaking.
Now Schneider is promoting the works of other indie filmmakers through a traveling film festival....
HOLIDAY — For students working their way toward a career, hands-on experiences can be every bit as important as opening a textbook or taking a test. So when it comes time for school health screenings, students enrolled in academies of health at local high schools get some exposure to the real world while helping to accomplish what can be a daunting task.
As sixth-graders poured into Paul R. Smith Middle School's media center on Oct. 11, Health Academy students from Anclote High stood at assigned posts, dressed in navy blue scrubs. Their task: to record each student's height and weight, conduct initial vision screenings and help with hearing screenings alongside volunteers from the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation....
SAN ANTONIO — Up North, October heralds the start of cooler temperatures, changing leaves and apple-picking season.
Here in Florida, it's time to celebrate venomous reptiles.
As tradition would have it, the San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival & Run kicks off Saturday at City Park and continues Sunday. It's the 50th year for the festival, which takes an educational and altruistic approach to celebrating the much-feared snake. Last year, 5,000 to 6,000 people attended, according to festival chairwoman Betty Burke....
10/12/16 Human Interest
LUTZ — Dreamhouse Theatre continues its 2016 season with the on-going production of Little Shop of Horrors today at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The show also will be performed on upcoming weekends through Oct. 30 at the theatre at 1840 Oak Grove Boulevard, just off busy State Road 54. The black box theater seats 111 in a space that once housed the Arthur Rutenberg Design Center.
Artistic Bryan D'Onofrio, 47, and his wife, Darci, 46, teamed with Chris and Melissa Van Schaik, another couple they met at Victorious Life Church in Wesley Chapel to help start the theatre....
NEW PORT RICHEY
Allison Segard may be the new kid in town, but she is already catching some attention at her new school.
Segard, a senior in the International Baccalaureate program at Gulf High School, was recently awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross. The award recognizes her achievements in academics, leadership and service to the school, community and nation while attending her former school, Franklin High in Franklin, Tenn. It is one of the top recognitions awarded to Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets in the nation....
NEW PORT RICHEY — If you haven't heard the roar, you will. Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from near and far will be sweeping in Friday through Sunday for the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce's annual Cotee River Bike Fest in downtown New Port Richey.
"This is the 12th annual, and the event is growing every year," said Chip Wichmanowski, president of the West Pasco Chamber. "If the weather cooperates, we expect to have 35,000 to 40,000 in attendance."...
SAN ANTONIO — The parking lot was buzzing with anticipation as students gathered last week at St. Anthony Catholic School to honor local first responders.
Pasco sheriff's Deputy Jim Cloversettle and Sgt. Arthur Morrison, who patrol the local area regularly, stood at attention, smiling broadly during the brief celebration that was sandwiched between lunch recess and afternoon lessons....
09/26/16 Music & Concerts
NEW PORT RICHEY — Tickets go on sale Saturday for the Richey Community Orchestra's 2016-17 season, which will open with a "Great American Songbook" concert Nov. 13 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge. The 50-piece orchestra will perform six concerts, including two dinner shows at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey.
"Expect a lighthearted and fun season," executive director Denise Isaacson said, adding that all but one concert will feature performances by multiple guest soloists. "We are really jamming a lot of entertainment into every show. It's a lot of bang for the buck."...
09/23/16 Music & Concerts
NEW PORT RICHEY
The morning sun streamed through stained-glass windows as James Urbanski sat on a tall stool and led a group of about 25 female singers through a medley of Disney classics in the empty sanctuary of Trinity Presbyterian Church of Seven Springs.
One line at a time, Urbanski gently prodded members of the Thursday Musicale into an enthusiastic delivery of Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song) from Cinderella, as his wife, Ruth, played accompaniment on the piano....