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Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Sept. 6

Pasco and Hernando community events
Paul Wade stars as Rick Steadman, the awkward and inappropriate house guest in The Nerd, which will be performed weekends through Sept. 15 at Stage West Community Playhouse. Courtesy of Carol Ballard [Carol Ballard]
Published Sep. 5

For a cause

Stand Up Comedy Night: An evening of comedy featuring Tampa comedians Danny Bevins and Rahn Hortman will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, raffles, balloon pops, a 50-50 drawing and silent auction. All proceeds will go toward CHAMP 1 Research Foundation, which is committed to research for a cure and finding treatments for children the rare genetic disorder. This is an adult show. Tickets are $50 per person and must be purchased in advance. Call Debbie Dunsmore at (352) 585-7079 or Jeff D’Angelo at (813) 600-7950. champ1foundation.org

‘Catch the Buzz’ Spelling Bee: The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce hosts the 17th-annual Ambassador’s Spelling Bee, an adult-only event, from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Event Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. Team registration (set up) and cocktail hour will begin at 5 p.m. The event is to benefit Take Stock in Children and the Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors create a team of four spellers who work together to spell words from the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee list. All teams are encouraged to dress up and decorate their tables. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, top spirited team and the best team theme. Bribes are available to purchase during the first two rounds to keep the team spelling. Appetizers will be served, and a cash bar will be available. Sponsorships are $250-$1,500; spectators pay $10 each. Call (727) 842-7651 or email charlotte@greaterpasco.com.

On stage

The Nerd: Larry Shue’s play tells the story of Willum Cubbert, whose life is thrown into a tizzy when he becomes host to an unexpected house guest who is awkward and inappropriate. Shows continue through Sept. 15 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5-7 and Sept. 13-14, with matinees on Sept. 8, 14 and 15. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 students. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113. stagewestflorida.com

Carrie: Everyone knows the Stephen King movie and its iconic gym sequence. Enjoy the stage version of the famous film (and book), and watch picked-on Carrie get the best of the bullies. Shows continue through Sept. 15 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20; season tickets available. Call (727) 842-6777. richeysuncoasttheatre.com

Always ... Patsy Cline: More than a tribute to the legendary country singer, the show is based on the true story of Cline’s friendship with a fan and features 27 songs, including the unforgettable hits Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight. Evening shows and matinees are held from Sept. 7 through Oct. 27 at the Show Palace Dinner Theater, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Tickets are $29-$59. Visit showpalace.net, call (727) 863-7949 or email to info@ShowPalaceDinnerTheatre.com.

Music

Big Band Bash: The Hernando Jazz Society opens its 2019-20 season from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. Featuring music performed by the Hernando Jazz All Stars. Admission is $10 single, $15 couple; or get season tickets for $50. An optional buffet meal will be available for a separate fee. Call (352) 799-9690.

Oh Jonah: The Benedictine Sisters of Florida host this special concert at 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at Holy Name Monastery, 12138 Wichers Road, St. Leo. Presented by First Presbyterian Church of Dade City. A reception will follow. Free. Call (352) 588-8320.

Evening of Music with the Hollingsworth Trio: The chamber music concert will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo. Featuring Michael Sedloff on cello, Mark Thielen on violin and Matthew Corl on piano. Sponsored by the Saint Leo University College of Arts and Sciences, with support from area resident Richard Behnke. No reservations required. Free. Call (352) 588-8401.

Strange Ranger: The Philadelphia-based Indie rock/post punk band will perform from 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 10 at Ordinance One, 5738 Main St., New Port Richey. Also performing is Taylor Reed and the Rectifiers. There is no cover charge. Visit facebook.com/Ordinanceonebeer for event details.

Art events

Exhibit reception: Gateway Gallery will host a member exhibit reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6 at the gallery, 6216 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. The exhibit features the works of John McKitrick, whose paintings will be on display in the gallery through the end of October. Light refreshments will be served, and live music provided by John Hughes. Gateway Gallery and Emporium is a nonprofit organization. There is no cost to attend, but donations will be appreciated. Call (727) 815-1222.

New exhibit opens: The “It’s a Zoo” exhibit closes Sept. 6 and “Spectacular Color” opens Sept. 7 at the Uptown Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 205 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 9. A reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 13. The artwork in the gallery is for sale. Call (352) 540-3810 or (207) 809-9066.

Moments in Time: The Pasco Fine Arts Council has partnered with Avalon Park West to offer an arts center in eastern Pasco County. The first exhibit, “Moments in Time,” will open Sept. 10 at the new Avalon Park Gallery, 33613 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. The exhibit features works by award-winning artist Suzanne Natzke. An artist reception is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27, and will include live music, wine and food. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 21. Visit pascoarts.org or avalonparkwest.com; call the Pasco Fine Arts Council at (727) 845-7322.

The Masterpiece: This is a showcase of mixed-media artwork by students of the Red Apple School, a nonprofit organization that provides daytime activities to adults with disabilities. The exhibit continues through Oct. 9 at the Rao Musunuru, MD, Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Admission is free. Call (727) 816-3231.

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

Friday Night Live: 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 13, Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave, Brooksville. Free. (352) 540-6409.

Magic Show: Featuring Elliott Smith, comedy magician. Two shows: 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. This is a benefit for People Helping People of Hernando County. Tickets are $15 for ages 13 and older, $5 for children 12 and younger, and $25 for a family of two adults and two children. Call (352) 686-4466 or (352) 279-0080. phphernando.org

Cheaper by the Dozen: Weekends Sept. 13-29, Carol & Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Season tickets are $80 (five shows); individual tickets are $20 adults, $5 ages 13 and younger (with paid adult). Visit liveoaktheatre.org or call(352) 593-0027.


Other Hernando events

6 Friday

Fall Blooming Natives: Master Gardener Rita Grant will introduce a variety of fall blooming natives to brighten the landscape. No registration required. Free. 10 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. outreach.myfwc.com

Friday Night Done Right — Flag Football Tournament: All Hernando County youth are welcome to participate in high school and middle school competitions. Prizes given to winners. There will be giveaways and snacks. Free. 7 p.m. YMCA (Hernando County Branch), 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 596-8000.

Night Hike: Teens and adults 16 and older are welcome to attend this evening wildlife viewing experience to look for birds, bats, butterflies and other wildlife as the sun sets and the moon rises. Personal flashlights and flash photography prohibited. Free. 7:30 p.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. outreach.myfwc.com

7 Saturday

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. naturecoastgardens.com

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. ifas.ufl.edu

Beginners Archery: Learn the basics of target archery using compound bows from skilled instructors. This program is for ages 12 and older. Advanced registration is required. All equipment is provided by Chinsegut Conservation Center. Register at (352) 754-6722 or online at MyFWC.com/Chinsegut. 10 a.m. Saturday. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

‘A Night in the Tropics’ Dance: Johnny Lobo will entertain with his tropical island tunes played on three keyboards. The evening will include dance music from the 1950s to ‘80s. Casual dress. Coffee and ice provided. $7. 7 p.m. Saturday. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. (352) 616-0242.

9 Monday

Wreaths Across America Baked Ziti Dinner: Entertainment and music provided by Cliff Ritchie. Funds raised will benefit the purchase of wreaths to put on veteran’s graves as part of the Wreath Across America effort. All tickets must be purchased in advance. $10; available at the post or call. 5 p.m. VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 610-9672.

11 Wednesday

9/11 Memorial Service: Viewing of the 9/11 Memorial built by VFW members and a service honoring those who were lost in the terrorist attacks. Free. 8:30 a.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars, 14736 Edward R Noll Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0398.

Invasive Plant Removal at Big Pine: Volunteers will be removing showy rattlebox, an invasive plant, from Big Pine Wildlife Environmental Area, north of Brooksville. The showy rattlebox is an invasive plant. It will be removed by hand. All ages are welcome to get involved. 9 a.m. Wednesday. Big Pine Tract of Chinsegut WEA, 12060 Old Crystal River Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. outreach.myfwc.com


Other Pasco events

6 Friday

Signing for Every Day Living: This is the first of a five-week course for anyone interested in learning basic sign language. Open to all ages and abilities, as well as to those experiencing hearing loss. The course is provided free by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida. Free. 1 p.m. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 861-3049.

Queen of Peace Church Dinner: The dinner will be “Seafood Delight,” and will include fried shrimp, clams, baked fish, french fries, cole slaw, garlic toast, dessert and drinks. Take out will be available. $10 adults, $9 children. 5 p.m. Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. (727) 849-7521.

7 Saturday

Free Breakfast with Volunteer Way: Along with the breakfast will be face painting, information about help for seniors and information about assistance for those in need. The free breakfast is provided on the first Saturday of each month. Volunteer Way is a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding the homeless and giving food to the needy on a daily basis, as well as bring food to the homebound. Free. 8:30 a.m. Regency Park Civic Center, 10240 Regency Blvd., Port Richey. (727) 815-0433.

Hummingbirds in the Garden: Learn how to attract these unique birds to the yard, including what plants, trees and shrubs to plant and where to locate them, as well as the importance of feed and water. Provided by the Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service. Free. 9 a.m. One Stop Shop and Stallings Building, 15029 14th St., Dade City. (352) 518-0156. ifas.ufl.edu

8 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. facebook.com

9 Monday

‘Big’ Orientation and Training: Learn about becoming a big brother or sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. 5:30 p.m. WellCare, 5113 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. (813) 997-6881. bbbstampabay.org/be-a-big

10 Tuesday

Mobile Medical Unit: The Pasco Public Defender Mobile Medical Unit is a medical office on wheels. The full-time staff includes a director, nurse practitioner and driver, along with community volunteers assisting. Services are offered at no cost. Emergency services not provided. Free. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. (727) 324-7823.

COPD Screenings: The screenings are offered monthly (second Tuesday) in the lobby of the medical arts building. Free. 10 a.m. to noon. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. (727) 953-6957.

Chef Showcase: Featuring an up-close demonstration on how to easily prepare a well-rounded and flavorful meal. Free. 2 p.m. Beach House Wiregrass, 30070 State Road 56, Wesley Chapel. (813) 508-6677. northtampabaychamber.com

11 Wednesday

Watercolor Basics with Jo Baughman: This class, offered Wednesdays through Sept. 25, is for the beginner in learning to paint in watercolor. $70/per 5 week class session 1 p.m. Pasco Fine Arts Council, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. (727) 845-7322. pascoarts.org

9/11 Memorial: This 18th annual event is a special memorial to help residents remember and continue healing while building patriotism. The speaker is Anne Koster, who was working on the 81st floor of the North Tower when the plane impacted with the building. She will speak of her actual descent down 81 flights of stairs to survive the horrific event. There will be a video presentation prior to the memorial, the presentation of colors, Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Heather Lynn Mendoza signing the National Anthem. The New Port Richey Fire Department and the Pasco Sheriff’s Office will then post colors. There will be prayers by local clergy, singing provided by schoolchildren, military vehicles, student artwork, and 9/11 memorabilia. Local Boy Scouts will pass out bottle water. 7 p.m., Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 838-1056, OR fiorentino2012@yahoo.com.

12 Thursday

Why Bats?: Learn about the importance of bats with consuming insects, pollinating plants and dispersing seeds. Discussion will include how populations of bats are being threatened, with numbers declining, due to human activity. Free. 11 a.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. (352) 518-0156. ifas.ufl.edu

Wellness Initiative for Senior Education: Seniors ages 60 and older can learn how to stay healthy. Topics include: the aging process, benefits of aging, risk factors, alcohol and medication issues, and simple tools to help you feel more empowered about your health and healthcare. Free. 1:30 p.m. Galen Wilson Senior Center, 8600 Galen Wilson Blvd., Port Richey. (727) 834-3340.

Rain Harvesting Workshop: Water conservation, both indoors and out, will be discussed in this hands-on workshop provided by the Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service. Participants will assemble a rain barrel to take home and learn about rain harvesting. $40 for the rain barrel; prepayment required. No refunds. 2 p.m. Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. (352) 518-0156. ifas.ufl.edu

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