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Blues, comedy and mermaids on tap this weekend in the North Suncoast

Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties
The Legendary Sirens will perform Dec. 14 and 15 at Weeki Wachee State Park. The nostalgic show features performances by Weeki Wachee Mermaids from the 1940s to the '70s. [Handout]
The Legendary Sirens will perform Dec. 14 and 15 at Weeki Wachee State Park. The nostalgic show features performances by Weeki Wachee Mermaids from the 1940s to the '70s. [Handout]
Published Dec. 10, 2019

Music

Friday Night Live: Brooksville Main Street hosts this monthly concert series in the park from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. This month’s event will celebrate the holidays with the Live Oak Theatre Company, AK Dance Away Studio and Jayne’s Dance Academy. There will be food trucks, games in the park, a night market and full bar available. Free admission. Call (352) 540-6409. historicdowntownbrooksville.com

Live Music with HungryTown: The duo, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, is a national touring act known for their vocal harmonies and authentic songwriting and musical compositions. They will perform at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 853-1279. nprlibrary.org

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

On stage

Pat Duax: A veteran of the comedy circuit, Duax’s stand-up comedy routines include his childhood memories, adult observations and old west character “Whiskey Dick.” He will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the National Comedy Hall of Fame Museum, 2435 U.S. 19, Suite 350, Holiday. Duax has appeared on cable television as a comic and talk show guest, and appeared in the movies My Girl and Cop and 1/2. The show also features comedian Pat Largo. Tickets are $15 general admission, VIP $50. 8 p.m. Friday. (727) 656-9867. ComedyHOF.com

Legendary Sirens Perform: This nostalgic show will take you back to the early years of Weeki Wachee Springs by the ladies who created the magic. Shows start at noon on Dec. 14 and 15 at the park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. The show includes performers representing the decades from the ‘40s to the ‘70s. Tickets are $13; $8 for ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and younger. Call (352) 592-5656. weekiwachee.com

John Timpanelli and Friends: The monthly musical variety show of singing, comedy and impression will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17 at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. Suggested $5 donation. Call (727) 597-0948. tinpanalleyprod.com

Art events

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 pascoarts.org.

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. pascoarts.org

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. westpascoartguild.org

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. cityofbrooksville.us

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 alzheimersfamily.org.

Other Hernando events

13 Friday

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. Hernando County Utilities Administration Building, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. 754-4705. HernandoWAS2020.eventbrite.com

14 Saturday

First-Time Homebuyer’s Class: The Hernando County Housing Authority, in partnership with Solita’s House, provides this free class. Registration is required. Visit solitashouse.wufoo.com/forms/m1m4a6b51cd4osl/ to register. Those having difficulty registering can contact Kim Murphy at kmurphy@solitashouse.com. Free. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arc Nature Coast Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4160, ext. 3.

16 Monday

Holiday Crafts for Kids: Children ages 5 and older are invited to create fun crafts to celebrate the season. All supplies provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. Free. 4:30 p.m. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043. hernandocountylibrary.us

18 Wednesday

Tools to Quit Smoking Program: The single-session program will provide tools to help quit tobacco, including how to prepare a plan that works, ways to deal with cravings, physical and emotional symptoms to expect and how to cope with them effectively, as well as four free weeks of patches, gum or lozenges, while supplies last. The program is sponsored by Tobacco Free Florida. Space is limited and registration is required. Free. 5 p.m. Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (813) 929-1000.

Look Ahead

Un-Common-ly Artsy: The Historic Downtown Brooksville Arts Market: This monthly outdoor arts market in historic downtown Brooksville includes live art, an exhibitor market, live music, food and hands-on art activities. The Uptown Art Gallery at City Hall is open during the event. Vendors welcome; the cost is $15 for a 10 x 10 space. Artists can reserve a free spot in the gallery to demonstrate their craft live. Free admission. 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 21. Brooksville City Hall / Uptown Art Gallery, 201 Howell Ave, Brooksville. (352) 540-6476. historicdowntownbrooksville.com

Florida Cracker Christmas with the Bellamy Brothers: The Bellamy Brothers headline this holiday benefit event. Also featuring country singer Lance Carpenter. Bring a lawn chair. No coolers or pets allowed. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Operation Heart F.E.L.T. (Feeding Empty Little Tummies), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide nutritious meals to students and their siblings on weekends, holidays and extended school breaks. $10; tickets are limited. 6 p.m. Dec. 21. Florida Cracker Kitchen, 966 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. (352) 754-8787. eventbrite.com

Hernando Symphony presents ‘Sounds of the Season’: The group presents its holiday pops concert. $18, $5 students. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 2 p.m. Dec. 22. Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville. (352) 584-1210.

Other Pasco events

13 Friday

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. Friday and Saturday. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

14 Saturday

Benefit Golf Tournament: There will be team payouts for gross and net play, miscellaneous door prizes, 50-50 and a raffle to win a set of four TV trays with rack that have been wood-burned and hand-painted with a golf theme by Judy Thiese; raffle tickets are $5 each or six for $25. This is a benefit for Everyday Blessings, a children’s home in Lithia, and Miracles Outreach, which assists children who are homeless, abused and victims of human trafficking. $40, includes golf, lunch and prizes. Registration at 8 a.m., tee-off at 8:30 a.m. The Links of Lake Bernadette, 5430 Links Lane, Zephyrhills. (813) 862-5013.

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. San Antonio Park, 12202 Main St., San Antonio. (352) 437-5161.

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

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. Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

15 Sunday

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

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. Unity Spiritual Center of Port Richey, 5844 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. (727) 569-6982.

16 Monday

Ask the Doctor: Foot Pain: Join Mazen Abboud, DPM, as he answers questions about foot problems and how to find relief and healing. Blood pressure screenings will take place from 11:30 am to noon, followed by the program. Reservations are required. Free. 11:30 a.m. AdventHealth Dade City, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City. (833) 300-2371. adventhealth.com

Garden Food Sampler: Fresh from Read and Seed Community Garden: Enjoy free samples of vegetables and herbs from the library’s Read & Seed Community Garden. Those attending can learn more about the garden, including how to volunteer and what projects are available, as well as how to “lease” a section of the garden. All ages welcome. A library card and signed waiver is required. Free. 7 p.m. Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

17 Tuesday

Chef Warren Presents: Decadent Desserts: Chef Warren Caterson, author of Table for Two cookbooks, will present this cooking demonstration. Free. 1 p.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 853-1279.

Look Ahead

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. Dec. 21. St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. (352) 683-6441.

Museum Open House: See four operating train layouts, along with military dioramas and doll house miniatures. $9, 11 and younger free. 10 a.m. Dec. 21. The Suncoast Center for Fine Scale Modeling, 2645 Success Drive, Odessa. (727) 460-5872. finescalemodeling.org

Waynestock SPCA Benefit: For cat and dog-loving hippies, non-stop music on two stages in this benefit for SPCA. Free. 6 p.m. Dec. 21. Gill Dawg Event Center, 5419 Treadway Drive, Port Richey. (727) 842-1070.

Johnny Cash Tribute: Gary West performs this outdoor concert. Bring chairs or blankets. Snacks will be available for purchase from local businesses. No pets please. The concert is part of the City of New Port Richey Parks and Recreation’s 2019/20 concert series. Free. 7 p.m. Dec. 21. Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 841-4560.

Out of the Glen: This MacGilliossa production is a visual and musical experience of Celtic culture, music and stories. $25. 7 p.m. Dec. 21. Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 842-6777. richeysuncoasttheatre.com

Bicycle Challenge: The Hills of San Antonio: A 22- to 27-mile circular loop, up and down hilly rural roads. Helmets are required, and riders must maintain a speed of 12 to 14 mph. Free. 8 a.m. Dec. 22. San Antonio Railroad Depot Museum, 32627 Railroad Ave., San Antonio. (813) 236-8119. tampabaysundaybicycle.blogspot.com

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