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Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting June 7

Hobbies/Special interests

Doggy Palooza: Dogs and their owners are invited to the Doggy Palooza from noon to 5 p.m. June 7 at BeckyJack's Food Shack, 8070 Cortez Blvd., Weeki Wachee. There will be multiple vendors with a variety of dog-friendly products. There will be a raffle to benefit a local animal shelter. BeckyJack's will be introducing a new dog-friendly menu so diners and their pups can enjoy lunch together. All dogs are required to be on a leash.

Coin and Stamp Expo: Coins, currency, bullion and jewelry bought, sold and appraised at this event with hourly door prizes. Free. 9 a.m. Saturday. Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 534-7597.

Revolution Roller Derby: The women's team, the Valkyries, come up against the Swan City Roller Derby at 5:45 p.m. June 9 at SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey. Benefits Hands of the Goddess-Florida, a nonprofit organization that assists the homeless and at-risk in the community. There will be a tailgate party, and refreshments available in the cafe. Admission is $10 advance, $12 at the door. Call (727) 280-7981 or visit

On stage

The Moogician: Comedian Todd Charles' high-energy "Moogician" act will be presented at three locations: 2 to 3 p.m. June 12 at Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday; 2 to 4 p.m. June 13 at the South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday; and 11 a.m. to noon June 14 at Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. The show, geared for children in kindergarten through third grade, combines magic, music and comedy. Children can watch milk disappear, cheese balls multiply and Todd spin a cow around his head. The free program is part of the Pasco County Public Library Cooperative's Summer Reading Program. For details, call (727) 861-3020.

Curtain call

Live Oak Theatre Open Auditions: Auditions for all 2019-2020 season productions will be held at 6 p.m. June 13 at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Prepare 16 bars from a song that shows their strengths and vocal range. Also, a less-than 2-minute monologue is recommended, but not required. Cold readings will be used only for call backs. Children and teens with no Live Oak experience must complete the theatre's two-day orientation program (held June 6 and 11). For details about the orientation program, email to or call (352) 593-0027. Visit

Art events

Community Tile Painting: The community ceramic tile painting program is offered every Monday through Aug. 5 at the Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. Paint a ceramic tile with your 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. Call (813) 929-1214.

'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.

Look ahead

HippieFest 2019: Now in its third year, the three-day fest will be noon June 14 through 6 p.m. June 16 at The Farm, 19234 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Features music on two stages, and will include original music, as well as music from the 1950s, '60s and '70s. There will be vendors on site. Musicians performing on stage receive free admission, as well as children 12 and younger. Pets on leashes welcome. Overnight parking/camping is $10. Admission is $5 Friday and Sunday, $10 Saturday; $15 for all three days. Visit

Friday Night Live: 5 to 10 p.m. June 14 at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Featuring live music with Stone Buckle at 5 p.m. and Stereo FM at 7 p.m. There will be food trucks, games in the park, a vendor market and full bar available. Admission is free. Call (352) 540-6409.

OPA Palooza: The third-annual Greek festival will be from noon to 10 p.m. June 14, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 15 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 16 at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, 20 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Featuring live Greek music by Ellada, belly dancing, food, pastries and spirits. Admission is free. The event is pet- and child-friendly. Call (727) 322-5217. Visit


Other Hernando events

7 Friday

Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. CPR for Mental Health. Free. 8 a.m. Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. (352) 596-8000.

Big Bug Hunt: This program is for all ages. Dr. William Lester from the Hernando extension office will lead a short hike to locate a variety of insects in the natural area at Chinsegut. Learn insect families and which is a good bug or bad bug. Free. 10 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

8 Saturday

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

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. Free. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933.

3-D Archery Weekend: The course is 15 lanes with 3-D target variety. Sight in your bow on the range. There is a fee (call for details) to help the center maintain equipment. Drawn By Grace archers will provide lunch following the shoot. The program will be three to four hours. 9 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

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

10 Monday

PHSC When I'm the Boss Camp: Participants in this four-day camp learn how to take creative photos on their personal digital camera through use of basic terminology and camera functions. Students must bring their own digital camera to this camp. Visit, $100, includes a camp T-shirt. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. (855) 669-7472.

11 Tuesday

'For Your Health' Community Education Series: The topic is 'Managing Diabetes: Focus On Your Feet," presented by Dr. Dolfi Herscovici Jr., a fellowship-trained foot and ankle specialist. Those who live with diabetes know that the smallest issue — even a blister — can lead to big problems, such as a foot infection. Dr. Herscovici will discuss the causes of these issues as well as how to protect your feet. A complimentary meal will be served. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Free. 5:30 p.m. Oak Hill Hospital's Graduate Medical Education Building, 11307 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-6333.

12 Wednesday

Some Like it Hot — Annuals for Central Florida: The class is presented by Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator Lilly Browning, who will discuss which blooms thrive in our hot, humid and sun-drenched summers, and how to keep them looking good throughout the season. No registration needed. Free. 10:30 a.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6230.

13 Thursday

Fabulous Frog Brunch: Meet a variety of native and non-native Florida frogs and enjoy frog-themed treats in the beautiful and scenic Chinsegut Conservation Center. Program offered by Not-A-Clue Adventures, For ages 10 and older; Advance registration required at (Nature Brunches). $12 per person. 10 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.


Other Pasco events

7 Friday

New Port Richey Plant Sale: This one-day sale will have begonias, cactus and succulents, staghorn ferns and a variety of other perennials. Plant prices start at $2. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 10271 Casey Drive, New Port Richey. (404) 402-5065.

Dinner at Queen of Peace: A roast pork dinner will be served, to include mashed potatoes, veggies, applesauce, roll, dessert and drinks. $10 adults, $9 children; take out available. 5 p.m. Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. (727) 849-7521.

8 Saturday

Baby Storytime: A lap-sit program to instill the love of reading in children. Free. 8:30 a.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Land O' Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

9 Sunday

Sunday in the City: Walk, bike and golf cart yourself to downtown New Port Richey for a day of sales, food and drink specials, live music and various activities. Free (fee for some activities). Downtown New Port Richey, Main and Grand, New Port Richey. (727) 385-5375.

10 Monday

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.

Hugh Embry Shutterbugs: Share photographs, discuss photography tips, plan outings and projects. Open to anyone with a camera, whether it be a phone camera, point-and-shoot or an SLR. Free. 3 p.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

Vacation Bible School "Roar": This evening program will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. June 10-14, with closing ceremony at 7:30 p.m. June 14. For children ages 3 through fifth grade (completed fifth grade). Free. Zephyr Christian Church, 5940 Dogwood St., Zephyrhills. (813) 782-8893.

11 Tuesday

Florida Orchestra Instrument Petting Zoo: Presented by the North Suncoast Associates volunteers, the "petting zoo" offers young children and their families an opportunity to see, touch, hear and play the instruments of the orchestra. Free. 10 a.m. at Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City; call 352-567-3576. Also at 1:30 p.m. at New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel; call 813-788-6375.

12 Wednesday

Dr. Seuss's Silly Science Party: Run, roll or ride into some great experiments based on Dr. Seuss's best books. Includes hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math stations presented by Tanci Mishler. For elementary-age children (and their caregivers). Free. 10:30 a.m. Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., Zephyrhills. (813) 780-0064.

13 Thursday

Learning Adventures: Hop and Bop: Children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers are invited to sing and dance at this early learning program that focuses on the use of music to learn sounds in words and social interaction. The theme is Beach/Oceans. Free. 10 a.m. Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., Zephyrhills. (813) 780-0064.

Beginner Quilting Class: Quilters and those wanting to learn quilting are welcome. The first class is free. Noon. CARES, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 271-4668.

AdventHealth hosts free Bingo: A few games of bingo will be played. Dessert and coffee will be served and an informative health presentation will be given. Reservations required. Free. 2 p.m. AdventHealth Dade City, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City. (833) 300-2371.

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