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Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Aug. 16

Published Aug. 16


Spirit of Woodstock: This summer festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with three days of music, children's activities, contests, vendors and more. Camping is optional. The fest is from 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 16, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 17 and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake (on the Hernando/Pasco county line). Tickets vary $10-$90 for one- to three-day passes. Call (941) 758-7585 or visit

Brooksville Blues-In Cruise-In: Brooksville Main Street and Hernando County Growers' Association will host this monthly event from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 17 in front of the historic Hernando County Courthouse, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Live music provided by Blue Z Band on the courthouse steps. The car show is coordinated by AK Customz, Inc. Downtown restaurants will be open. Vendor spaces are available (merchandise only, no food or drink). Vendors can register at To verify a vendor spot is available, text Angela at (352) 584-5773. Free admission, $10 car show entry, $15 vendor spaces.

On stage

Guys and Dolls Jr.: The show continues this weekend at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16, and 2 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18. Set in Damon Runyon's New York City, Guys and Dolls Jr. follows gambler Nathan Detroit as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town. Tickets are $15. Visit or call the box office at (352) 683-5113.

Curtain call

Richey Suncoast Theatre Dance Project: Auditions will be at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Open to ages 11 through adult, all styles of dance. Prepare a 1-minute solo; those auditioning will be asked to learn short dance combinations in tap, hip hop and ballet. Pointe work is preferred, but not necessary. Wear appropriate dance clothes and bring all dance shoes available. Those selected will work with a group of choreographers, including 2017 Best of the Bay Choreographer Melissa Smith, and perform in the RST Dance Project show. Rehearsals will be on Saturdays and some Sundays. Show dates are Nov. 22-23 (dress rehearsal on Nov. 21). Call (727) 842-6777.

Art events

The Masterpiece: The exhibit showcases mixed-media artwork by students of the Red Apple School, a nonprofit organization that provides meaningful daytime activities to adults with disabilities. An opening reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Rao Musunuru, MD, Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 9. Admission is free. Call (727) 816-3231.

"What My Eyes Have Seen" 2019 Community Art Show: The community is invited to stop by and vote for their favorite works through Aug. 16 at the City Hall Art Gallery at New Port Richey City Hall, 5919 Main St., New Port Richey. Voting slips will be available. An artist reception will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 20, where the top five vote-getters will be announced and will receive their "People's Choice" ribbon. One artist will be bestowed the 2019 Mayor's Choice Award medal. For information, contact Judy Meyers at the city manager's office at (727) 853-1021 or

Woodstock 50th Anniversary Exhibit: Gateway Gallery and Emporium celebrates the summer of love with its Woodstock exhibit held throughout August at the gallery, 6216 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

'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.

Look ahead

Carrie: The Stephen King classic comes to life on stage Sept. 5-15 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Tickets are $20; season tickets available. Call (727) 842-6777 or visit

Call to artists: Pasco Fine Arts Center's 3-D Art Competition and Exhibition Show will be Jan. 7, and will include all forms of three-dimensional art. The center is at 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. Entry forms are available at or call (727) 845-7322.


Other Hernando events

16 Friday

Clear the Shelters: Hundreds of shelters across the country are hosting Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive to help find loving homes for animals in need. Stop by Animal Services, which is full to capacity, and consider saving a pet. All adoption fees are $10, Aug. 13-17. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Hernando County Animal Services, 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 796-5062.

"Wine Down Your Summer" Event: Oak Hill Hospital hosts this event to benefit the American Heart Association. There will be a cheese/cracker and fruit display by the Food and Nutritional Services team at Oak Hill Hospital, as well as refreshments available for sale through Pig Daddy's BBQ Food Truck. Masaryk Winery will donate 20 percent of its sales from the event to the AHA. 6 to 9 p.m. Masaryk Winery, 19121 Phillips Road, Masaryktown. (352) 597-6020.

17 Saturday

Ernie Chatman 5K: This race replaces the Red Mule Runners Labor Day 5K. Awards will be given for age groups and door prizes awarded. The cost is $15 students 18 and younger, $25 all others; the cost on race day is $30. Walk-up registration begins at 6:30 a.m. on race day. Sign up at or 8 a.m. McKethan Lake Park, 15109 N Broad St., Brooksville.

Firearms Safety Class: This is an introductory orientation class for new shooters. All materials and equipment needed for the class and live-fire training is provided to students, including the use of a .22 caliber firearm, ammo, earplugs and eye protection. Pre-register @ 352-597-9931 for class. Pre-registration required 9 a.m. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, Brooksville. (352) 597-9931.

Nature Coast Botanical Garden Plant 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.

First-Time Homebuyer's Class: The Hernando County Housing Authority, in partnership with Solita's House, provides this free class on the third Saturday of the month (second Saturday in December). Registration is required. Visit to register. Those having difficulty registering can contact Kim Murphy at Free. 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.

Paw Warriors "Clear the Shelters": All adoptions fees have been reduced in this pet adoption event. There will be cats and kittens available for adoption and free samples of products. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Paw Warriors Rescue, 355 Spring Time St., Spring Hill. (352) 403-9633 or (727) 858-6943.

Hawaiian Dance: The Latin American Civic and Cultural Association hosts this dance, which includes music by DJ El Indio. Bring your own beverages (small coolers permitted); ice provided. $10 per person. 8 p.m. Saturday. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 277-2915.

21 Wednesday

Tools to Quit Smoking Program: The single-session program provides the tools needed to help you quit tobacco, including how to prepare a plan that works for you, specific ways to deal with cravings, what physical and emotional symptoms to expect and how to cope with them effectively. Also, four weeks of free patches, gum or lozenges is provided while supplies last. The program is sponsored by Tobacco Free Florida. Space is limited; registration is required. Call 813-929-1000 to register. Free. 5 to 7 p.m. Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

22 Thursday

Premier Community HealthCare Lunch-and-Learn/Ribbon Cutting: Premier Community HealthCare will debut a new mobile dental program. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will immediately follow the lunch-and-learn. The 40-foot mobile unit is Premiere's newest initiative to reach underserved patients in Hernando and Pasco counties. Premier Community HealthCare Group is a nonprofit organization. Free. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Hernando County School Board offices, 919 N Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 797-7001.


Other Pasco events

16 Friday

Friends of the Library Book Sale: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. (727) 834-3331.

17 Saturday

Vendor and Craft Market: More than 45 vendors selling art and craft items, along with music, food and health screenings. Free. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Anne Byzantine Catholic Church, 7120 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. (727) 810-3545.

Talk and Tour: Natural Burial: Heartwood's manager, Diana Sayegh, will give a discussion on green burials and lead a short guided tour. No closed-toe shoes. There is no selling at this event. Refreshments provided. Visit to RSVP. 10 a.m. Heartwood Preserve, 4100 Starkey Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 376-5111.

Clear the Shelters: Pasco County Animal Services is teaming up with shelters across the country in this nationwide pet adoption drive. Adoption fees will be waived. All adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip and vaccinations. Those adopting will be required to purchase county licensing for their new pets. Noon to 6:30 p.m. Pasco County Animal Services, 19640 Dogpatch Lane, Land O' Lakes. (813) 929-1212.

Ladies Night Fundraiser: A Las Vegas style Magic Mike show to benefit the American Legion. $24.95. 7 p.m. American Legion Post 335, 11421 Osceola Drive, New Port Richey. (727) 868-3445.

18 Sunday

Polish American Social Club Dinner Dance: The dinner choice is pork loin or chicken parmesan. Music provided by Dave Massatto. A cash bar is available. $12 members, $13 nonmembers. Noon to 5 p.m. Polish American Social Club of Pasco County, 7615 New Jersey Ave, Hudson. (727) 372-0509.

20 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 "What You Need to Know About Sepsis," presented by Shaival Thakore, MD, Hospitalist Medical Director, and Adam Lazarus, MD, Emergency Medical Director for the Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Registration and complimentary lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., tutorial starts at noon. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Free. Rao Musunuru, M.D. Conference Center, 14100 Yosemite Drive, Hudson. (727) 869-5498.

Things that Go Ouch in the Garden: This class, provided by the Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service, will discuss the critters hiding in the garden, what to look for and what to avoid. Free. 2 p.m. New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. (352) 518-0156.

21 Wednesday

Car Seat Inspection: Inspections will be provided at 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and noon. Provided by Pediatric Associates of Tampa Bay. Free. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. (727) 953-6877.

Wellness Seminar: The seminar topic is "Own It! Take Charge of Your Health." Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Barrie McCrimmon will discuss the importance of the wellness visit and how to make the most of your appointment. Reservations required. Free. 11 a.m. Wednesday. AdventHealth Dade City, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City. (833) 300-2371.


Photography Basics: Teens and adults 16 and older can join this basic digital photography class. It is for those not comfortable with a camera, or those who shoot in auto mode and wants to learn manual. It will include a brief history of photography, the components of a camera and a mini photo challenge to practice what was taught. Participants are encouraged to use a DSLR camera, but point-and-shoot and phone cameras are acceptable. Free. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

Swing Dance: Get ready to swing to live music by the Florida Big Band. No cover (food/drink additional). 7 p.m. Dulcet Restaurant and Lounge, 6220 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 434-8327.

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


  1. Glenn Woods, 62, shapes a decorative bottle made with a blend of porcelain clays at Pottery Boys Clay Studios on Nov. 18  in Palm Harbor. Woods and his partner, Keith Herbrand, 56, have created dozens of pieces, including holiday decorations, vases, coffee cups, bowls and platters for the Tour de Clay, a progressive tour of five pottery studios in the Tampa Bay area featuring the work of 33 artists from near and far. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  TImes
    The annual effort supports working artists and benefits charity.
  2. Earlier today• Hillsborough
    Lynn Cristina is a Wesley Chapel momma with two girls and works full time as a marketing manager. Courtesy of Lynn Cristina
    After getting totally sucked into the commercialization of Santa and his Elves, I did something about it.
  3. One way to research options is through Medicare's online Plan Finder, available at THOMAS TOBIN  |  Tampa Bay Times
    For those who haven’t reviewed coverage for 2020, there is still time.
  4. Hernando County Government Center    Times (2018)
    The Hernando County Commission will have final say. Neighbors say they don’t want the traffic and interruption in their community.
  5. Hernando County community news Tara McCarty
  6. CAPTION: (09/14/2006, Largo, FL) Photo #3.
Students participating in the Plein Air Painting class at Heritage Village in Largo were asked to bring their own supplies including paint brushes.

(Times Photo by Thomas Whisenand)

A Plein Air painting class conducted by local painter Robin Popp at Heritage Village in Largo. Times (2006)
  7. The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for For Each 1 Reach 1. Cutting the ribbon is Lynette Mackey. This was taken in 2013 at her original location. SUBMITTED PHOTO  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Lynette Mackey says her students need her program and the faith she has in them.
  8. The intersection at Seminole Boulevard and East and West Bay Drive forbids drivers from turning right, even on a green light. FDOT
    The intersection at Seminole Boulevard and the East/West Bay Drive is the only one in the district where drivers are restricted on green-light turns.
  9. Trixie, Abby, Greta and Butterbeans are available for adoption at Tampa Bay area shelters. Times
    Tampa Bay area shelter pets are looking for permanent homes.
  10. Hernando County Government Center    Times (2018)
    Two months into the fiscal year — with the fruits of a 14 percent tax rate hike —Hernando County is making financial progress.