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A beach party, an 'Okra Occasion' and other Things to Do on the North Suncoast

On stage

'A Walk Down Broadway': John Timpanelli and the Tin Pan Alley Players will perform excerpts of Broadway shows such as Chicago, Gypsy and South Pacific at 2 p.m. Sunday at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door, and include dessert and coffee. For information, call (352) 686-7034.

Musically inclined

This band's got talent: Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, runners-up on the television show America's Got Talent, will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Hudson, 13123 U.S. 19. An indoor picnic at 5:30 p.m. will precede the show. Both the food and the concert are free. An offering will be collected. For information, call Darrell Day at (727) 868-6178 or email

'Liberace' live in concert: Tickets are available to see Martin Preston perform as Liberace at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and at 2 p.m. Aug. 28 at Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre, 5732 Main St., New Port Richey. $25. For information, call (727) 409-0293.

Dine with the choir: Hope Children's Home Choir of Tampa will sing and share testimony at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 at Bible Baptist Church, 6628 Cecelia Drive, New Port Richey. Since 1968, Hope Children's Home has cared for more than 5,000 abandoned, abused, neglected and orphaned children. The event will include a potluck dinner with the choir. Free. For information, call (727) 848-7778 or visit

For the family

A back-to-school splash: The New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department will host its Back to School Splash Party from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today at the Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St. The party will include swimming and music, and food from Chick-fil-A will be sold. Admission is $5. For information, contact Chris Bornfleth at (727) 841-4560 or

A beachy benefit: A Beach Bash to benefit the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida's Children's Hearing Help Fund will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at SunWest Park, 16540 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. The party will feature swimming and other fun for kids, plus raffles, door prizes, food vendors, water sports, music and gift baskets. Admission is $20 per car. Alcoholic beverages will not be permitted. Advance tickets are available at George's Wholesale Tires, 8230 U.S. 19, Port Richey, or by phone at (727) 817-0905. Ask for Carol or Shawna.

Other fun

Get your okra on: The New Port Richey Environmental Committee will host an "Okra Occasion," billed as "less than a festival but more than an ordinary day," at 6 p.m. Monday at the New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St. Friendship Farms and Fare and other growers will present samples of food plus lectures, recipes and a film, each featuring an often overlooked Florida vegetable: okra. For information, call Dell deChant at (727) 849-1626.

Wine, wine, wine: A wine festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 29 at Florida Estates Winery, 25241 State Road 52, Land O'Lakes. The event will include live entertainment and gifts to browse or buy, plus the opportunity to sample the winery's wines and meet its wine maker. Pets are welcome. Parking and admission are free. The cost is $3.50 to participate in the wine tasting. Call (813) 996 2113.

Texas hold 'em: Texas hold 'em tournaments start at 6 p.m. Saturdays at Market off Main, 6241 Lincoln St., New Port Richey. Play, or learn to play, for free. Food and beverages are sold. For information, call (727) 849-4940.