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Turnstiles: This is a high energy Billy Joel tribute band will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Pasco-Hernando State College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Featuring songs such as You May Be Right, It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me, and She’s Always a Woman. Tickets are $30-$35. Visit or call (727) 816-3707.

Remembering the Rat Pack: The Hernando Jazz Society presents this afternoon of music at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Wellington clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. Admission is free for society members; nonmembers pay $10 each or $15 per couple. An optional buffet and cash bar are available for a separate fee. Call (352) 799-9690.

Jack Willhite Rock and Roll Comedy Show: The show, part of the Aripeka Elks membership drive, will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Aripeka Elks 2520, 9135 Denton Ave, Hudson. Snacks will be provided and a cash bar is available. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call (727) 863-2520.

On stage

Disney’s ‘Frozen’: Springstead High School presents the musical based on the Disney hit movie. Show times are at 7 p.m. Dec. 5-7, and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. All seats reserved. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 kids, and can be purchased at or call (352) 476-9086.

Art events

Paint Out at Starkey Park — a plein air art competition: Pasco Fine Arts and Starkey Park host this plein air art competition Artists will gather to paint Dec. 5-7 at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Drive, New Port Richey. All artwork will be on display and for sale from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 in the educational center in the park. Call (727) 845-7322.

#AVGEEK exhibit: The exhibit ends Dec. 11 at the Rao Musunuru, MD, Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Artist Gabriel A. West’s passion of aviation, aerial photography and rare airplane models. Currently training as a pilot, West is an “AvGeek” and a four-time winner of photo contests hosted by major international airports in south Florida. Admission is free. Call (727) 816-3231.

Through My Eyes: This is an exhibit of works by artist Rita Wilson on display through Dec. 23 at the Pasco Fine Arts Council’s East Pasco Avalon Park West Gallery, 33613 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. A reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13. The exhibit is free. All are welcome. Call (727) 845-7322 or visit

My World through Watercolor: The exhibit of Lionel Sanchez paintings will remain on display through Dec. 20 at the Pasco Fine Arts Center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. Sanchez is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Association. Call (727) 845-7322.

West Pasco Art Guild Holiday Bazaar and Boutique: The guild’s annual bazaar and boutique continues through Dec. 28 at the West Pasco Art Guild and Gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Call (727) 841-7732.

Toasting the Holidays: The exhibit is on display through Jan. 10 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Admission is free. Call (352) 540-3810.

The Great Americans Alzheimer’s Awareness Photo Exhibit: The exhibit is now on display through the end of the year at the West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Weeki Wachee. The exhibit features large framed portraits on canvas of 24 famous American artists, musicians, athletes, actors, politicians, and authors who have succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Designed and sponsored by Coping with Dementia, the traveling exhibit is an educational initiative of the Alzheimer’s Family Organization, a non-profit charity that provides services and support for caregivers of individuals living with dementia in eight west-central Florida counties, including Hernando County. Contact the Alzheimer’s Family Organization at (352) 616-0170 or visit

People’s Choice Competition: Voting is underway through Nov. 30 at Gateway Gallery and Emporium, 6216 Grand Ave., New Port Richey. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. An awards ceremony will be 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6. Call (727) 815-1222.

Other Hernando events

6 Friday

Alter-Natives for Your Landscape: Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program coordinator will discuss Florida native plants and how they can be incorporated into the landscape. No registration necessary. Free. 10 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 540-6230.

Hernando County Residents Reception: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce hosts this event, now in its 19th year. Includes vendors and businesses, restaurants offering samples of their signature dishes, government offices and law enforcement. There will be entertainers performing. Free. 5 to 8 p.m. Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0697.

7 Saturday

Hernando Audubon Birding Trip to Brooksville Wetlands: Meet at the Walmart retention pond at 7:30 a.m., 7305 Broad St., Brooksville. The group will carpool to look for ducks, wading birds and songbirds at various wetlands near Brooksville. (352) 428-2629.

Hernando County Cattlewomen Square Dance: A barbecue dinner with auctions and square dancing. Benefits beef education and youth in agriculture. $40. 5 to 9 p.m. Head and Heel Ranch, 22353 Rodeo Drive, Brooksville. (352) 279-9948.

Brookridge Social Dance: The group will host its “Tis the Season to be Jolly” Dance, featuring dance music from the 1950s through ‘80s by Angelo. Casual dress. Guests may bring their own beverages; coffee and ice provided. Tables seat up to 10. Call for reservations, $7 per person. 7 to 10 p.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. (352) 616-0242.

9 Monday

Alzheimer’s Awareness Event: This will be an overview about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Experts from the Alzheimer’s Family Organization, Coping with Dementia and Dementia Education Inc. will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on resources available to caregivers. Participants also can view the Great Americans Alzheimer’s Awareness Photo Exhibit on display at the library through the end of the year. No reservations required. Free. 1 to 5 p.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

11 Wednesday

Tis the Season — Best Plants for Florida Holidays and Beyond: This free class will cover which plants hold up the best and how to bring a touch of the holidays to the landscape. No registration necessary. Free. 10:30 a.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6230.

12 Thursday

Hernando County Fine Arts Council: 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave, Brooksville. (352) 279-5182.

Look ahead

Winter Cold Protection in Your Florida Yard/Cool and Colorful Yards: Will discuss how to keep plants safe during a frost or freeze and how to turn a yard into a winter wonderland, Florida-style. Light refreshments will be served. Free. 10 a.m. to noon. Dec. 13. Hernando County Utilities Administration Building, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. 754-4705.

Friday Night Live: Brooksville Main Street hosts this monthly concert series in the park. There will be food trucks, games in the park, a night market and full bar. Free. 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 13. Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave, Brooksville. (352) 540-6409.

First-Time Homebuyer’s Class: The Hernando County Housing Authority, in partnership with Solita’s House, provides this free class on the third Saturday of the month (second Saturday in December). Registration is required. Visit to register. Those having difficulty registering can contact Kim Murphy at Free. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14. Arc Nature Coast Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4160, ext. 3.

Other Pasco events

6 Friday

Vets Healing Vets Craft Program: Veterans are invited to meet with other veterans to make crafts that increase public awareness of the important role veterans play in our community. Free. 10:30 a.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

Roast Beef Dinner: Enjoy roast beef au jus, potatoes, veggies, salad, roll, special dessert and drinks. The chef is a former White House executive chef. All are welcomed. Please RSVP. Adults $10, kids $7. 5 to 7 p.m. Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. (727) 849-7521.

7 Saturday

13th-Annual 5K Reindeer Run: Run for fun and to support Sunrise of Pasco. Register on $35. 7 a.m. Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club, 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd., Dade City. (352) 521-3358.

Kayaking The Mangroves: Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park staff will lead a guided kayaking tour through the waterways of the park. Depending on tides, the tour may take you through the park’s mangrove tunnels or out to a view of the Gulf of Mexico. Participants of this tour should bring their own kayaks, water, bug spray and sunblock. Life vests are required on this tour, as well as a sound producing device (whistle) per Coast Guard regulations. No registration required. Entrance to the park is $3 per vehicle, up to 8 people. 10 a.m. Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park, 8737 US 19, Port Richey. (727) 816-1890.

Designing a Holiday Centerpiece: Learn basic principles of floral design, then make and take home a centerpiece. Bring scissors and small wire cutters if you have them. Offered by the Pasco County Extension seminar. No money taken at the door. No refunds. Registration required. Visit $15. 10 a.m. One Stop Shop and Stallings Building, 15029 14th St., Dade City. (352) 518-0156.

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). Held throughout the day. Downtown New Port Richey, Main and Grand, New Port Richey. (727) 385-5375.

9 Monday

Ask a Master Gardener: Master Gardeners with the Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service will answer gardening questions. Free. 1 to 2 p.m. South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. (3522) 518-0156.

Holiday Centerpieces: Design and create a floral holiday centerpiece in this hands-on workshop. Bring small wire cutters and scissors if you have them. Registration and prepayment required. Visit $15. 2 p.m. South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. (352) 518-0156.

Pet Nutrition Demo: Pasco County Animal Services will give a presentation on pet nutrition. Learn what it takes to be a responsible pet parent when it comes to feeding our furry friends. There will also be a cooking demonstration for a treat made with pet-safe ingredients. Free. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 861-3049.

10 Tuesday

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.

How Weight Affects Your Health: Family Medicine Physician Lisa Ferreira, MD, will discuss weight and your risk for health issues such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke, as well as available treatment options. Visit Free. 1 p.m. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. (727) 953-6877.

11 Wednesday

Toy Painting for Charity: Help paint and get wooden toys ready for donation. Library staff will be available to assist with painting ideas and execution. This two-hour class can count toward volunteer hours. For ages 18 and older. Free. 10 a.m. Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

Homeschool Junior Woodworking Class at Land O’ Lakes Library: This class will include turning a pen on the lathe. Volunteers will assist with the four lathes. The class is for ages 9-15. All tools, materials and safety gear provided. Sign up for a half-hour slot. Free; registration required. 10 a.m. Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

Kidney Smart: Certified kidney care educators will teach how to create an action plan to manage one’s health. Call to register. Free. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. (727) 863-5459.

12 Thursday

Bingo Bonanza: Reduce the risk of getting the flu by following a few simple health tips. Deborah Lincoln, infection preventionist for AdventHealth, will share what actions to take to fight the flu during the monthly Bingo Bonanza. Reservations required. Free 2 p.m. AdventHealth Dade City, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City. (833) 300-2371.

Look ahead

Used Book Bazaar: Hosted by the Friends of Hugh Embry Library, with proceeds to help fund programming for all ages. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13-14. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

San Antonio Farmers Market: Vendors will sell baked goods, plants, jams and jellies, holiday decorations, stocking stuffers, jewelry, beauty products and more. There will be chances to win Christmas gift baskets. The Tampa Bay Ukulele Society will perform holiday tunes and lead a sing-along. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Antonio. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14. San Antonio Park, 12202 Main St., San Antonio. (352) 437-5161.

An Introduction to Woodworking Tools: Youth ages 9 to 15 can learn to use lathes to make a wooden pen. Free (registration required). 2 p.m. Dec. 14. Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

Storytime With a Snow Queen: Families can join Disney’s snow queen for crafts, snacks and a frosty story. Free. 2 p.m. Dec. 14. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 861-3049.

All-You-Can-Eat 5 Star Breakfast: All-you-can-eat, including drinks. Tickets at the door. Adults $8, kids $5. 8 a.m. Dec. 15 Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. (727) 849-7521.

Sunday Blues Music Showcase and Dinner: Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner served from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by live music from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15. Niecie performs. A cash bar is available. Barrelhouse Talent offers this monthly blues and dinner event. Reserve tickets on, then call to reserve a table. $15 for the show, $14.95 for the buffet dinner. Colorama Music, 9302 Denton Ave, Hudson. (727) 619-3871.

Meeting of the Minds Lecture Series: The Life of Muhammed: The lecture series is sponsored by the West Pasco Bahai’i Community. The speaker is Imam Ahmed Aly, director of the Islamic Center of New Port Richey. Dinner will be served, followed by the lecture. Open to all people of diverse thought, faiths and backgrounds, with the purpose of finding common ground and seeking peace. Free. 5 p.m. Dec. 15. Unity Spiritual Center of Port Richey, 5844 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. (727) 569-6982.

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