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Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting June 28


Catians comic book signing: Writer Cortney Cameron will be at US 41 Books to discuss and sign the first issue of her new indie comic series, Catians: Resurrection. Light refreshments and Catians-themed door prizes will be available. Learn more at Free. 10 a.m. Saturday. US 41 Books, 17244 U.S. 41, Spring Hill. (510) 736-5277.

On stage

The Gin Game: Special presentation of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, a dramatic comedy by D.L. Coburn. This tragi-comedy tells the story of two lonely souls abandoned by life who meet, bond and share experiences over a card game at a retirement home. $10. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-5113.

Art events

Florida Highwaymen Art Show: Curtis Arnett, Issac Knight, R.L. Lewis, Al Black, Dorthea Hair and the artwork of Mary Ann Carroll presented by her daughter, Kandie, will be featured during the show, which will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29 and 30 at Paint the Town Citrus, 1801 NW U.S. 19, Crystal River. This will be a display of original artwork, prints, and books. Have a chance to own a piece of Florida history and meet these world famous artists. Free entry. Call (352) 601-1344.

'A Summer Road Trip': The exhibit continues through July 13 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 205 Howell Ave., Brooksville. 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.

PHSC 10th-Annual Faculty and Staff Summer Art Show: Discover hidden talents of PHSC 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

29 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.

Third Annual Hoopla at Richloam General Store: Celebrate the store's 97 years with the unveiling of the historic marker for Richloam. There will be live music, water slide, bounce house , hamburgers and hotdogs. There will be a Richloam Museum gun raffle. Free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Richloam General Store, 38219 Richloam Clay Sink Road, Webster.

4 Thursday

Legendary Sirens Perform: This nostalgic show will take you back to the early years of Weeki Wachee Springs by the ladies who created the magic. The former mermaid show includes performers representing the decades from the '40s to the '70s. Park admission: $13; $8 for ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and younger. Noon. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656.


Other Pasco events

28 Friday

Friends of the Library Book Sale: Visit this sale of gently-used book donations. All proceeds will support library programs. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

29 Saturday

Free MOVE Youth Bowling Academy: Free bowling lessons for children in grades K-12 in Pin Chasers' MOVE Youth Bowling Academy, June 1 through July 20 at all Pin Chasers locations. Free for youth in grades K-12. 9 to 11 a.m. Pin Chasers, 6816 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. (813) 879-1339.

Hot Summer Party: Slather on the sunscreen, put on a bathing suit and head over to the library for a party featuring a big water slide, water sprinklers, a DJ, balloon animals, cotton candy, popsicles and more. All ages are welcome. Free. 10 a.m. to noon. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

1 Monday

Used Shoe Drive for Pet Food Assistance Program: Raffle Rescue Inc. is collecting gently-used shoes. All proceeds will go toward buying pet food for our the pet pantry. Raffle Rescue, a nonprofit organization, currently serves Pasco, Hernando and Hillsborough counties. 9 a.m. Raffle Rescue Inc. Pet Food Assistance Program, 7206 State Road 54, Building B, New Port Richey. (352) 364-7503.

CPAP/BI PAP Clinic: CPAP and BI PAP are both non-invasive forms of therapy for patients with sleep apnea. The screenings are provided every Monday in the Sleep Disorders Center. Free. 1 p.m. Monday. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. (727) 953-6877.

Read with Charlie at Land O' Lakes Branch Library: Join the library reading dog, Charlie. Reading dogs help children develop the skills they need to read in a relaxed environment. Free. 2 p.m. Monday, 2 p.m. Thursday. Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

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.

2 Tuesday

Mission Gardeners: Florida University Extension program educators teach about container gardening, raised beds and fall vegetables. Free. 9 a.m. Joining Hands Community Mission, 4204 Thys Road, New Port Richey. (727) 264-1288.

3 Wednesday

Summer Reading - Zephyrhills Fire Department: This will be a fun and exciting program from the Zephyrhills Fire Department. For children (and their caregivers) in grades K-5. Free. 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., Zephyrhills.

Ask A Master Gardener: Pasco County Master Gardeners will answer questions. For those with ailing plants, bring a sample for an on-the-spot diagnosis. Free. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (352) 518-0156.

Making a Terra Cotta Bird Bath: Pasco County Extension seminar on how to make and use a terra cotta bird bath to attract butterflies. Free. 6 p.m. Hudson Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (352) 518-0156.

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