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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Sept. 20

Dad (Joe Santerelli) is showing the children how to efficiently take a bath using motion study. As he explains about grabbing a "cake" of soap, son Jackie (Cam Kennedy) tries to "eat" it. Meanwhile, Billie (Rachel George, far left) is mocking Dad from behind, in the Live Oak Theatre production of 'Cheaper by the Dozen.' [Kristina Mitten]


Brooksville Blues-In Cruise-In/Historic Downtown Brooksville Arts Market: Downtown Brooksville will come alive Saturday evening with two events from 5 to 9 p.m. Brooksville Main Street and Hernando County Growers’ Association presents the monthly Cruise-In in front of the historic Hernando County Courthouse, 20 N Main St. Live music provided by Blue Z Band on the courthouse steps. The car show is coordinated by AK Customz, Inc. Also, the Un-Common-ly Artsy: Brooksville Arts Market will be set up along Main Street between Fort Dade Avenue and Jefferson Street, and the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall will be open during the event. Visit

Hispanic Heritage Festival of Hernando County will be Sept. 21.



Stargazing at J.B. Starkey Park: Astronomers will set up their scopes from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10550 Wilderness Blvd., 10550 Wilderness Blvd., New Port Richey. The public is welcome to come and set up a telescope, or view through one of the group’s. There is no cost. Call (727) 255-3083.


Scream-A-Geddon: The scares and thrills of Halloween will come alive weekends in September and daily in October at the annual Scream-A-Geddon at 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. Hours are 7:30 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays in September. It will be open daily Oct. 3-Nov. 2; hours will be 7:30 to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. This year features a monster midway and zombie paintball assault with multiple scare zones, including Bozo’s Beer Garden, Rage 3D, Demons Revenge, Blackpool Prison, Deadwoods and Infected: Ground Zero. Tickets prices vary from $21.95 to $35.95. Call (813) 452-5412 or visit


Motown Revue: Starring Johnny Alston. Doors open at 6 p.m., show time at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Gulfview Event Center at Gulfview Square Mall, 9409 U.S. 19, Port Richey. A full bar and menu is available. Tickets are $15. Call (727) 643-8442.

Gene “Sarasota Slim” Hardage Concert: The guitar man, singer and songwriter will perform at 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. There is no cost to attend. Call (813) 788-6375.


On stage

Cheaper by the Dozen: Live Oak Theatre presents this classic comedy through Sept. 22 at the Carol & Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Based on the autobiographical book by Frank Bunker Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, and the 1950 movie of the same name. It is the story of a family with 12 children whose parents employ unorthodox teaching methods, causing clashes between parents and children. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with 2:30 p.m. matinee on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 adults, $5 ages 13 and younger (with paid adult). Season tickets are available for $80 (includes five shows). All shows include coffee, tea and dessert. Call (352) 593-0027 or visit

National Comedy Hall of Fame: The Hall of Fame Comedy Theater will host opening day performances Sept. 20 at the National Comedy Hall of Fame Museum, 2435 U.S. 19, Holiday. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Two comedians and a comedic magician are scheduled to perform. The museum is almost complete and expected to open at the end of September. The National Comedy Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization. For information, call or text to (727) 656-9867, or email to Visit the website at


Magician Chin-Chin: Direct from San Francisco, international magic champion Chin-Chin will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21 at Merlin’s Theater, 7148 Congress St., New Port Richey. A special children’s show (all ages welcome) will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 21. Tickets for the evening shows are $17.50 adults, $12.50 for children 12 and younger. Tickets to the children’s show are $10. VIP tickets are an additional $5 each, if available. Visit or call (727) 748-8822.

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 continue through Oct. 27 at the Show Palace Dinner Theater, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Tickets are $29-$59. Visit, call (727) 863-7949 or email to

Art events

Spectacular Color: The exhibit is on display through Nov. 9 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Admission is free. Call (352) 540-3810.

John McKitrick exhibit: Paintings of artist John McKitrick are on exhibit through the end of October at Gateway Gallery and Emporium, 6216 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Admission is free. Call (727) 815-1222.


Moments in Time: The exhibit featuring the works of award-winning artist Suzanne Natzke are on display through Oct. 21 at the new Avalon Park Gallery, 33613 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. Natzke is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society. An artist reception is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27, and will include live music, wine and food. Visit or; 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.


Family Movie Night: The City of New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department will host this outdoor movie event at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. The movie to be shown is Bumblebee, rated PG-13. There will be a Bumblebee bobble head or art set give-away to the first 150 children (child must be present to receive giveaway). Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Area restaurants and shops will be open, and concessions may be available. The event is free. Call (727) 841-4560.


Look ahead

Golden Era Fly In: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28, Conner Preserve, 22500 State Road 52, Land O’ Lakes. The Bay City Flyers, a local radio control flying club, is hosting this event that features model aircraft from 1919 through World War II taking to the skies. There will be a food concession and a fun fly for children. Free, but donations appreciated. Call (813) 995-0545.

The Mystics: 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. Tickets are $25, and will be on sale starting July 24. Hosted by the Wellington Tuesday Golf League. Contact Chuck Kirst, (352) 688-9146 or

Other Hernando events

20 Friday

Birding 101: This two-hour class is for beginners or those interested in improving their birding skills. Learn common tools of birding, what makes a good pair of binoculars, how to use binoculars effectively and more. Register at or call. Free. 10 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

Acadamia Hernando Fall 2019 Lecture Series: The topic is, “The Rise of the Ottoman Empire, Part 1,” presented by Joe Menasce. Discover what made the Ottoman Empire as powerful as the kingdoms in Europe. The lecture is part of a series that continues each Friday through Nov. 8; a bus excursion to Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is planned for Sept. 15 for series subscribers only. Sponsored by the Residence of Timber Pines and the Tampa Bay Times. $9 per lecture (limited seats available); $65 for series. 10 a.m. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Spring Hill, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 686-4035.

21 Saturday

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-registration required. 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. Free. 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. Free. 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. Registration is required. Visit to register. Those having difficulty registering can contact Kim Murphy at Free. 9 a.m. Arc Nature Coast Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4160, ext. 3.

Spring Lake Museum and History Center: Offering historic photos and artifacts, local family histories, school and lake histories. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Old Spring Lake Community Center, 4184 Spring Lake Highway, Brooksville. (352) 796-4704.

Oak Hill Hospital Fall Craft Fair: The fair will include more than 40 vendors selling a variety of items, such as crafts, jewelry, clothing, woodwork, soaps and more. Hosted by the hospital’s Nursing Care Practice Council. Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-6397.

Children in the WILD, Animal Evidence: Children ages 5-9 are invited to meet live animals, explore outdoors or create a craft. Free. 2 p.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

24 Tuesday

Support Our Troops Golf Outing: The shotgun start is at 7:45 a.m. (arrive no later than 7:30 a.m.). Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. An all-you-can-eat pizza lunch will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. This is a benefit for Fisher House of Tampa, for families of military personnel receiving medical care at James A. Haley’s Veterans Hospital. $40 includes golf and lunch; $15 for lunch only. (352) 688-9146.

Congestive Heart Failure Series: Presented by Oak Hill Hospital’s Care Assure Patient Nurse Navigators Rebecca Voda, a certified heart failure nurse, and Lisa Cierpka, certified case manager. Held in the sixth floor South Tower family waiting area. This is part of a monthly education series held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Visit Free. 3 p.m. Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-6333.

25 Wednesday

Rain Barrel Workshop: Presented by Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator Lilly Browning. The program includes a 55-gallon rain barrel to bring home. Attendance at the workshop is mandatory for the rain barrel. Hernando County Utilities customers who attend will receive a one-time $25 credit on their water bill. Preregistration and prepayment required. $50, payable to Hernando County Utilities Dept. (check only) 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Hernando County Utilities Administration Building, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 540-6230.

26 Thursday

The Habitat of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker: Vince Morris, resource administrator for Florida Forest Service, talks about the local, federally endangered species and his work to reestablish the population. Free. 7 p.m. Community Activity Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. (352) 686-0460.

Other Pasco events

21 Saturday

Cotee River Cleanup 2019: Canoers, kayakers, boaters and paddle boarders can meet at Sims Park Boat Ramp. Walkers are welcome to clean at a city park. Those helping will receive a free T-shirt while supplies last, and lunch will be provided after the cleanup. The lunch will be held at shelter 5 in Sims Park and include barbecue hot dogs, chips and water. Get Outside Sales and Rentals will rent kayaks for $10, and deliver to the site (call 727-312-4359). Presented by the City of New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center. 8 a.m. Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 841-4560.

Pancake Breakfast: All-you-can-eat pancakes, plus sausage links or patties, fresh scrambled eggs, orange juice, coffee or tea. Adults $5, Children $1. 8 a.m. St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. (352) 683-6441.

Vendor and Craft Market: More than 45 vendors selling arts 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.

Tai Chi in the Preserve: Join instructor Steve Contes, founder of Chen Taiji Center in New Port Richey. Dress comfortably for outdoors, bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellent. Reservations appreciated. 9 a.m. Saturday. Heartwood Preserve, 4100 Starkey Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 376-5111.

‘What is a Dream’ performance: This live performance by Shanita Allen and friends is based on one of Allen’s books. Free. 1 p.m. New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. (813) 788-6375.

Yvonne: The multi-lingual singer’s music has a mixture of Caribbean, Latin and blues influences. Free. 2 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

Trinity Women’s League Masquerade Gala: Masks are strongly recommended for this dance with live music by the Phase 5 Band, dinner, and auctions. Benefits Fostering Hope Florida. $50. 7 p.m. Heritage Springs Golf and Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. (727) 372-5281.

Artist Attic Sale: Find new and used art supplies, frames, easels, books and more. Free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pasco Fine Arts Center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. (727) 845-7322.

22 Sunday

Polish American Social Club Dinner Dance: The entree choice is baked ham or chicken cordon bleu, served with soup or salad, vegetable, dessert, and coffee or tea. $12 members, $13 nonmembers. Noon to 5 p.m. Polish American Social Club of Pasco County, 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. (727) 372-0509.

Soccer Challenge Shoot Out: The Knights of Columbus Council 10377 Sports League hosts this event open to boys and girls ages 9-14 in various age divisions. The competition is on the shooting accuracy on the penalty kick. Proof of age and written parental consent is required. The entry form is at Free. 1 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson.

Friends of the Library Remodeling Book Sale: 2 to 4:30 p.m. New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. (813) 788-6375.

Country Music Jam: Hosted by Sonny Oden. All are welcome. $3. 2 p.m. King of Kings Lutheran Church ELCA, 10337 U.S. 19, Port Richey. (727) 741-7470.

23 Monday

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale: The sale will be during library hours each day through Sept. 28. All proceeds benefit library programming. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

Book Bingo Bonanza: Children 12 and younger are invited to stop by the library to play Bingo. Find all the books on the card and win a prize. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

Card Party and Luncheon: The Ladies Auxiliary of St. Vincent de Paul Church hosts this card party and luncheon. $7. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Father Farrell Hall, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. (727) 389-0518.

Urban Food Sovereignty Mini-Summit: The event supporting the right of people living in urban ecosystems to define their own food and agricultural policies features an address by professor Will Schanbacher, of the department of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida, and a leading scholar of food sovereignty. Free. 6 p.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 853-1279.

24 Tuesday

Volunteer Way Mobile Food Pantry: The Volunteer Way, Inc., will have its mobile food pantry/emergency food assistance program at the library on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Noon to 2 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 815-0433.

Bowling 4 Boobs: The West Pasco Business Association hosts this benefit event. It includes food donated by local restaurants. There will also be a chance drawing and a spirits table. Team costume contests and awards will be held. Photos in memory of loved ones can be placed on the live memory board for $5. $200 per team. Spectators pay $20 at the door. 5:30 p.m. Lane Glo Bowl South, 8631 Old County Road 54, New Port Richey. (727) 934-0940.

Fall Music Faculty Recital: “Music of the Twenties” will be presented in the Selby Auditorium in Lewis Hall. Free. 7 p.m. Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo. (352) 588-8401.

25 Wednesday

For Your Health Seminar: The topic is “Ouch! Why Won’t My Wound Heal?” presented by Dr. Robyn Ache, who specializes in wound care and hyperbaric medicine. The doctor will discuss different types of wounds, when they need advanced care and how hyperbaric medicine can help. A complimentary light lunch will be provided. Email or call. Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Noon. Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, Trinity. (727) 834-5630.

26 Thursday

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.

Free Self-Love Yoga: Held in honor of National Yoga Month, this 45-minute session is geared toward self-love. Open to adults 18 and older. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water, a towel or yoga mat. Registration required. Free. 5 p.m. Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

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