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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counites


Repticon New Port Richey Reptile & Exotic Animal Show: The reptile event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at All Sports Arena, 7716 Rutillio Court Port Richey, FL 34653, New Port Richey. With vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise, as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Tickets are $10, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for ages 4 and younger. Visit the website for special offers on 2-day and VIP tickets. Call (863) 268-4273 or visit


Hernando Jazz Society Holiday Celebration: Enjoy an afternoon of seasonal music and dancing at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. An optional buffet and cash bar is available. Members free; nonmembers pay $10 each, $15 per couple. Call (352) 799-9690.

An Afternoon of Chopin: Arthur Greene presents "An Afternoon of Chopin: Rarities and Favorites" at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Free. Call (727) 861-3040.

Everly Brothers Tribute Duo: The Wellington Tuesday Golf League offers this show featuring singer-songwriters Sean Altman and Jack Skuller. It will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Ave., Spring Hill. Dancing music follows the show. An optional dinner will be available from the Wellington Bar and Grill. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the clubhouse or by calling Chuck Kirst at (352) 688-9146.

Hungrytown: The folk duo Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson return to perform a free concert at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. Call. (727) 853-1279.

Savants of Soul: The jazz/soul concert, which is part of the Music at the Museum Concert Series, will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, One Courthouse Square, Inverness. The Savants of Soul is a group of nine. The cost is $25 per person, which includes appetizers and cash bar. Call (352) 341-6428.


Tampa Bay Tour de Clay: San Antonio Pottery, 11903 Curley Road, San Antonio, is once again participating in this annual event, which will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8. It is a self-guided tour of pottery studios throughout the Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties, and includes kiln openings, exhibitions and pottery available for purchase. For a complete list of participating studios and a map, go to Call San Antonio Pottery at (352) 588-4228.

West Hernando Central Model Railroad Open House: The open house will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at 4042 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. It includes a model railroad show and swap meet, as well as modeling demonstrations. Refreshments available. Admission is free. Call (352) 684-2484.

On Stage

Annie: The story of the infamous red-headed orphan comes to life with the musical production of Annie, which continues with weekend performances through Dec. 9 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m., with matinees starting at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25, with discounted group and student tickets available. Visit the website at or call the box office at (352) 683-5113.

Art events

Holiday Spirit exhibit reception: The reception will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Uptown Art Gallery/Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. There will be a book signing with Emilio "Sonny" Vergara, a nature photographer who published a book, Florida, depicting its natural state. Entertainment will be provided by the Hernando Youth Orchestra. Refreshments provided by Cemex. There will be a display of works by local artists, as well as Just Poets. Works in the gallery will be for sale. The exhibit continues through Jan. 12. Free. Call (207) 809-9066.

Holiday Celebrations Boutique: The show and sale continues 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 20 at the West Pasco Art Guild and Gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. The show features paintings, jewelry and crafts, as well as other original items. Call (727) 841-7732.

Art with Needle and Thread: The exhibit of work from the Gulfview chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America is on display through Dec. 12 at Pasco-Hernando State College Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 816-3231.


Other Hernando County events

8 Saturday

3-D Archery: Bring a bow and join in on this opportunity to shoot a 15 lane 3-D archery course sponsored by Drawn By Grace. 9 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. $10, $5 ages 13-16, 12 and younger free; $25 family maximum. (352) 754-6722.

First-Time Homebuyers Class: The class, provided by the Hernando County Housing Authority in partnership with Solita's House, is open to the public. Free, but registration required. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arc Nature Coast Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4160, ext. 3.

Spring Lake Museum and History Center: The center offers historic artifacts and photos, local family histories and photos, school and lake histories. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Spring Lake Museum and History Center, 4184 Spring Lake Highway, Brooksville. Free. (352) 796-4704.

9 Sunday

Brooksville Farmers' Market: Presented by the Hernando County Growers Association, local farmers and agricultural producers offer fresh produce, meats, poultry and cottage foods as well as prepared foods, desserts, arts and crafts. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Brooksville Farmers' Market, 615 Old Hospital Drive, Brooksville. (727) 422-3360.

10 Monday

Nature Coast Botanical Gardens and Plant Nursery: Plants are grown and sold at budget-friendly prices at the nursery, which is open from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday and Monday. The adjacent botanical garden is open daily from dawn to dusk. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933.

12 Wednesday

Master Gardener Nursery: Spruce up a landscape or garden space — find a large selection of Florida native and Florida-friendly plants, all from healthy stock at budget prices at the nursery open 9 a.m. to noon each Wednesday and Saturday, weather permitting. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

Deck the Howls Book Buddies: Holiday edition of the shelter's Book Buddies program. With hot cocoa, cookies, crafting, reading to the animals and photos with Santa ($5 fee for photo). Crafts are best suited for children 5 and older. Space is limited. Donations are asked from all participants; check the wish list on the website. 4 to 6 p.m.. Humane Society of the Nature Coast, 7200 Mobley Road, Brooksville. (352) 796-2711.

Painting with Artful Possibilities: Paint a Christmas canvas. No experience necessary. Sign up by Dec. 11 to reserve a seat. 1 to 3 p.m. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. $30 for Y members, $35 for nommembers. (352) 688-9622.

When Bad Landscapes Happen to Good People: Discover the most common mistakes and how to learn from them to create a beautiful and sustainable landscape. No registration necessary. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 540-6230.

13 Thursday

Conscious Nutrition: You Need to Know: Presented by Dr. Maria Scunziano-Singh. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Access Health Care, 5350 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. Free. (352) 688-8116, ext. 4344.


Other Pasco County events

7 Friday

Dinner at Our Lady Queen of Peace: A roast beef dinner will be served, with potatoes, veggies, rolls, dessert and drinks. Reservations required. Take out available. 5 to 7 p.m. Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. $10 adults, $9 for children. (727) 849-7521.

Pasco County All-Star Football Game: All Pasco County public high schools have drafted their best few senior players to represent the All-Star teams for this final game of the 2018 season. Featuring the Best of the East vs. the Best of the West. Rosters are available at 7 p.m. Sunlake High School, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., Land O' Lakes. $10 (813) 784-4410.

Winter Book Sale: Hosted by the Friends of the Library. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Free. Free admission. (727) 861-3040.

Let it SNO! (Shoppers Night Out): Parents can drop off their elementary-aged children at the library for crafts, activities and a performance, so they can enjoy an evening of holiday shopping. Advanced sign-up required. 5:30-9:30 p.m.. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 853-1267.

8 Saturday

Flapjack 5K and 1 Mile Run: The 25th-annual event is hosted by the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce. There will be vendors, games and a visit from Santa. Sign up on 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults $25, students $17; 1-mile fun run $15. Club Connerton, 21100 Fountain Garden Way, Land O' Lakes. (813) 909-2722.

San Antonio Farmers Market: Sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Antonio, the event will include local vendors selling jams and jellies, wine, honey, produce, plants, home decor, jewelry and more. The event theme is Christmas. Sarah and Rick will provide musical entertainment. Hot dogs will be available. There will be a kids table with free activities. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. San Antonio City Park, 12200 Main St., San Antonio. Free. Free. (352) 437-5161.

9 Sunday

Holiday Gift Workshop: Learn to make room sprays, body scrubs and roller bottles to help with energy, headaches and more. 7-9 p.m. The class is free; 'make and take' items vary $10-$20. Gateway Studio, 5740 Missouri Ave., New Port Richey. (727) 277-1449.

10 Monday

'Big' Orientation & Training: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay will All it takes is 4-8 hours a month, depending on the program, with a focus on being consistent and spending one-to-one quality time with your Little. Let's clear a path to a child's biggest possible future. The first step is to attend a Big Orientation & Training session where you'll learn about our programs, commitments, expectations and our kids. Get more details about volunteering at 5:30-7 p.m. WellCare, 5113 US Highway 19, New Port Richey. Free. (813) 997-6881.

Stressless Holiday Entertaining: Join Chef Warren as he offers tips on preparing a variety of hors d'oeuvres and small plates that are fast, simple and inexpensive to make. This presentation includes a cooking demonstration and tasting. Funded by the Friends of the Lutz Branch Library. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lutz Branch Library, 101 Lutz-Lake Fern Rd., Lutz.

12 Wednesday

Warning Signs of Heart Disease: Interventional Cardiologist Laura Mosher, MD, will discuss the importance of knowing your numbers and the warning signs of heart disease. Call or go online to register. 10 a.m. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 953-6877.

Pasco Alliance for Substance Abuse Annual Brunch: The coalition hosts the brunch each year to celebrate the successes of the community. The emcee is Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano. 10 a.m. to noon. Verizon Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. Free, but reservations required. (813) 502-9474.

Winter Landscape Studio Art Class: Use acrylics to paint a beautiful winter landscape featuring scrub pine trees. No experience needed. Taught by a local artist. Seating limited; call to register. 2 p.m. New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 853-1279.

Bariatric Seminar: Dr. Naga Thatimatla will discuss who can be a candidate for weight loss surgery, how it is performed, recovery time, keeping the weight off and expectations. Dr. Thatimatla performs both the vertical sleeve gastrectomy and revision surgery. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 2600 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Free. (833) 300-2371.

13 Thursday

Container Gardening: Don't have a large garden space? Learn how to grow colorful flowers, or herbs and vegetables in a container in Extension Service seminar. Register at 2 to 3 p.m. Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. Free. (352) 518-0156.

Holiday Gift Workshop: Learn to make room sprays, body scrubs and roller bottles to help with energy, headaches and more. 7 to 9 p.m. The class is free; 'make and take' items vary $10-$20. Gateway Studio, 5740 Missouri Ave., New Port Richey. (727) 277-1449.

Contact Phyllis Day at or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.