1. Hernando

Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties

On stage

Judah Ben-Hur the Musical: The musical about Rome's great character comes to life. The show is produced and performed by Youth With a Mission of Tampa Bay and will be presented at four locations: 7 p.m. July 26 at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville; 6 p.m. July 28 at Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 22319 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville; 7 p.m. July 29 at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 13171 Tara St., Spring Hill; and 6 p.m. July 31 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. The show is directed by Ellen Sanborn. Tickets are $15 at door; $5 for ages 13 and younger when purchased with an adult ticket. Visit the website at


Crystal River Scallop Festival: Scallops are on the menu and more at this two-day festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 27 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 28 at Kings Bay Park, 268 NW Third St., Crystal River. There will be food trucks, a kids scallop scavenger hunt, water balloon toss, karaoke contest, a 32-foot rock climbing wall, inflatables, live music by 14 North and Tantric, a scallop cook-off and the Miss/Mr. Kings Bay Pageant. Admission is $5, 12 and younger free. Call (352) 875-6499.


John Timpanelli and Friends: This musical variety show of singing, comedy and impression will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 30 at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. Suggested $5 donation. Call (727) 597-0948.

Art events

Un-Common-ly Artsy: The Historic Downtown Brooksville Arts Market: The outdoor arts market will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in downtown Brooksville. The monthly event is held on the fourth Saturday of each month and includes live art, exhibitor market, live music, food and hands-on art activities. Vendors welcome; $15 for a 10 x 10 space (nonprofits are half price). Admission is free. Call (352) 540-6476 or visit

Great Americans Alzheimer's Awareness Photo Exhibit: The exhibit is on display through Aug. 23 at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. The exhibit features large framed portraits of 24 famous American artists, musicians, athletes, actors, politicians and authors who have had Alzheimer's disease or some other form of dementia. Its purpose is to deliver the message that no one is immune to dementia, which now affects more than 6 million Americans and their families. The traveling exhibit is an educational initiative of the Alzheimer's Family Organization, a nonprofit charity that provides services and support for caregivers of individuals with dementia in eight west-central Florida counties, including Hernando County. Call the library at (352) 754-4043. Contact AFO at (352) 616-0170 or

'It's a Zoo' exhibit: The exhibit is open through Sept. 7 at the Uptown Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 205 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The artwork in the gallery is for sale. Call (352) 540-3810 or (207) 809-9066.

Summertime Fun: The exhibit continues through Sept. 19 at the West Pasco Art Guild, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Call (727) 841-7732.

Pasco-Hernando State College 10th-Annual Faculty and Staff Summer Art Show: Discover hidden talents of college faculty and staff in this annual exhibit featuring a variety of artistic mediums. The exhibit continues through July 31 at the Rao Musunuru, MD, Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 816-3231.


Other Hernando events

26 Friday

Free Frisbee Golf at Brooksville Quarry: Learn to play disc golf on this 9-basket course. All high school and middle school kids are invited to learn, along with their families. For details, call the number provided or email Free. 9 a.m. to noon. Brooksville Quarry Golf Course, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 540-3830.

Family Night: This evening event run by Not-A-Clue Adventures allows families to explore archery, wildlife and more while sharing an outdoor dinner. Register through $15 per person. 6:30 p.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

27 Saturday

Nature Coast Botanical Garden Nursery Plant Sale: The botanical gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk. On Saturdays and Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon, find a sale of plants grown at the gardens with budget-friendly prices. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933.

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

Craft Supply Sale: The one-day sale will include items for all kinds of crafters — from scrapbookers to needle crafts. There will also be drawer and shelf units available. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tri-County Community Center, 28444 Forbes St., Nobleton. (352) 587-4818.

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

31 Wednesday

Water — Understanding its Trails and Trials: The City of Brooksville Public Works hosts this program, which includes a 30-minute presentation, "Save Our Planets," an awareness of water management, conservation and protection of water resources. There will be a 15-minute video presentation, "Jonathan Bird's Blue World," which takes viewers on an underwater adventure through a series of complicated and dangerous caves and caverns in Ichetucknee Springs, Florida. Questions and discussion will follow. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. There is no cost, but please RSVP. Contact Jon Dowler at Public Works, or (352) 540-3860. Free. Noon. Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 540-3810.


Other Pasco events

27 Saturday

About Boating Safely: This is the Florida state-mandated class. Successful completion earns the Florida Boating Safety education card. Advanced registration is appreciated. $40; $20 for additional family members. 8 a.m. Hudson Flotilla U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Center, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 697-8013.

28 Sunday

Margaritaville Party: Break out your tropical shirts and straw hats to join the West Pasco Democrats for a Margaritaville-themed party with complimentary mimosas, games and your choice of sweet and sour chicken or eggplant parmesan. $35. 2 p.m. Summertree Recreation Facility, 12005 Paradise Pointe Way, New Port Richey. (727) 484-6741.

29 Monday

Community Tile Painting: This special community ceramic tile painting program is held each Monday through Aug. 5. Paint a ceramic tile with a favorite book cover, or anything related to books. One tile per person, as materials are limited. Paints and materials will be set up for participants to use. Tiles can be hung at the library or taken home. All ages welcome. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

30 Tuesday

A Matter of Balance: Seniors who are concerned about falling can improve their balance, flexibility and strength. Free (registration required). 10:30 a.m. Sunshine Christian Homes, 5350 Whipoorwill Drive, Holiday. (727) 777-2149.

Tuesday Tutorial: The topic is American Cancer Society - Fighting Cancer From Every Angle, presented by Stephanie McLean, health systems manager for the American Cancer Society. A complimentary lunch will be served. Free. 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Rao Musunuru, M.D., Conference Center, 14100 Yosemite Drive, Hudson. (727) 869-5498.

Let's Walk Florida Kickoff Event: Pasco County Cooperative Extension hosts this kickoff event for a 12-week program designed to encourage a lifelong walking habit. Following the kickoff, walkers can choose from health, fitness and performance tracks, and work toward goals at their own time and pace and reporting results to the Extension Office. Registration and reservations are required by July 28 at The first 50 registrants will receive a pedometer and water bottle. Teams and individuals welcome. $10 per person; all ages welcome. 5:30 p.m. Land O' Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes. (352) 518-0156.

'Improving Your Beef Cattle' Seminar: Cattle owners will learn to use performance data, including expected progeny differences and indexes, as well as physical traits to choose bulls and replacement heifers for their herds. To register, visit Free. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Clayton Hall at Pasco County Extension Service, 36702 State Road 52 (at Pasco County Fairgrounds, Dade City. (352) 518-0156.

31 Wednesday

Making a Fairy Garden: Make a fairy garden using succulents to take home. Provided by the Pasco County Extension Service. Preregistration and prepayment required. Visit $25. 9 a.m. One Stop Shop (formerly Stallings), 15029 14th Street, Dade City. (352) 518-0156.

Port Richey "Meet Your Neighbor": The Port Richey Citizen's Advisory Committee hosts this gathering for Port Richey residents and business owners. City employees will be in attendance. The restaurant has a full bar and menu for those interested in having dinner. Free. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Alex's Restaurant, 7845 Grand Blvd., Port Richey. (727) 215-7034.

1 Thursday

Health and Wellness Fair: Includes complimentary educational workshops, health screenings, tips for aging well, resources for those 55 and older, exhibits, activities, demonstrations and prizes. There will be screenings for hearing and memory. There also will be a virtual dementia tour, as well as raffle drawings and giveaways. Presentations include Nutrition and Healthy Aging at 9:30 a.m. and noon; Meditation: Benefits and Techniques at 10 a.m.; and 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's at 11 a.m. Free. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Keystone Place at Terra Bella, 2200 Livingston Road, Land O' Lakes. (813) 388-2121.

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