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From kumquats to improv: Read what’s happening in the North Suncoast

Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties
Greek-American musician Demetri Kousathanas, band leader of Demetri and the Islanders, plays the Bouzouki at the 2014 Hernando County Greek Festival, sponsored by the Chris the Savior Greek Orthodox Church. This year's festival will be Jan. 25, held on the church's new grounds on Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill. [JONES, OCTAVIO  |  Times (2014)]
Greek-American musician Demetri Kousathanas, band leader of Demetri and the Islanders, plays the Bouzouki at the 2014 Hernando County Greek Festival, sponsored by the Chris the Savior Greek Orthodox Church. This year's festival will be Jan. 25, held on the church's new grounds on Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill. [JONES, OCTAVIO | Times (2014)]
Published Jan. 20

Festivals

Kumquat Festival: The 23rd-annual festival will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25, throughout historic downtown Dade City. Includes arts and crafts, a car show, children’s activities, farmer’s market, live entertainment and, of course, lots of kumquat pies and treats, as well as kumquat products. This is the signature event of the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. Admission is free. Call (352) 567-3769. Visit dadecitychamber.org.

Greek Festival: Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church will host its 9th-annual Greek Food and Music Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 25 on the new church grounds at 10401 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Admission is free. Featuring entertainment by Demetri and the Islanders and the Joy (Hara) Dance Group. Call (352) 796-8482, or visit hcgreekfestival.com or facebook.com/hcgreekfestival.

The Gyro is among the traditional Greek dishes that will be available at the annual Greek Festival that will be held Jan. 25 at Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Church's new church grounds on Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill. [JONES, OCTAVIO | Times (2013)]

Celebrate Education: The event focused on services to help children succeed will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at Safety Town, 15325 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. Includes slides, a bounce house, soccer darts, a petting zoo and information on education options. Benefits One Community Now. Admission is free. Call (813) 929-1203.

On stage

Improv Night: Live Oak Conservatory’s Improv Troupe will take the stage to perform skits, games and actors’ choices inspired by the audience at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Concessions available. This is a fundraiser for the Live Oak Conservatory scholarship fund. Tickets are $10. Call the box office at (352) 593-0027 or visit liveoaktheatre.org.

Comedy Magic Show: Comedy magician Cesar Domico performs this family-friendly show at 3 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Floral City Community Building, 8370 E Orange Ave., Floral City. Includes mind-reading, predicting cards, escapes from the impossible and more. Tickets are $10.49. Call 800-838-3006, ext. 1. Visit brownpapertickets.com.

Music

Chicago Rewired: The concert will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Pasco-Hernando State College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. It pays respect to the band Chicago, with hits such as If You Leave Me Now, 25 or 6 to 4, and Saturday in the Park. Tickets are $30-$35. Visit phsc.tix.com or call (727) 816-3707.

Heartbeat Brazil in Concert: This Brazilian jazz ensemble, based in Los Angeles, will provide a cultural experience with a concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at St. Joseph Church, 38750 Fifth Ave, Zephyrhills. Featuring award-winning musicians, led by band leader Stephan Oberhoff. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased at heartbeatbrazil.brownpapertickets.com/. Call (813) 782-2813.

Chopin Project 2019-20 Concert Series: Two concerts are scheduled for Jan. 25: 1:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel; and 3 p.m. at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. The concert series is designed to showcase the scope and breadth of Fryderyk Chopin’s works, as well as those of his musical forebears. Pianist Renana Gutman will be “Chasing Chopin” as she presents works by the Polish master and composers he influenced including Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, Alexander Scriabin and others. Call (813) 966-1933 or visit chopinproject.com.

J.R. Farley Orchestra: The orchestra will present “All That Jazz” at 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. This concert is part of the orchestra’s three-part Big Band series, held on the last Wednesday of the month, January through March. Tickets are $12 for season members, $14 general. Call (727) 842-6777 or visit richeysuncoasttheatre.com.

A Little Night of Music: An evening of music performed by the Thursday Musicale, along with John Timpanelli and The Tin Pan Alley Players, will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Timber Oaks Clubhouse, 8425 Ponderosa Avenue, Port Richey. There will be a silent auction and “share the wealth” raffle. Tickets are $16. Call (727) 861-7684 or (727) 514-4076.

John Timpanelli will perform in the Thursday Musicale's concert, "A Little Night Music," Jan. 30 at the Timber Oaks Clubhouse in Port Richey. [John Timpanelli]

Specialty

Classic Car Cruise-In: Roam among souped up hot rods from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 25 in historic downtown Zephyrhills. The event is part of Saturday in the Square, with food, drink and live music by Hard Country Rooster. Hosted by Main Street Zephyrhills. Admission is free. Call (813) 780-0000.

Violent Things: IPW Hardcore Wrestling returns to the Gulf View Event Center at 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at 409 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Matches feature the Southern Posse, Bums R’ Us, Logan Creed, “Marquee” Bruce Santee, Francisco Ciatso, Pat McGroin, Sideshow, Jon Davis, Damien Angel, CJ O’Doyle, “Mercenary Pitbull” Romeo Quevedo, Faboo Andre, Gabriel Lacey and Ryan Oshun. Tickets are $15 general seating, $25 VIP. Call (912) 220-2885.

Comedy museum tours: The National Comedy Hall of Fame Museum is now available for tours. It is at 2435 U.S. 19, Holiday. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. General admission is $12, $6 for children younger than 12. Discounts offered to seniors, veterans and AAA members. The facility also houses a comedy club, comedy school and has a banquet room available for parties and events. For tour bookings, call (727) 541-7876. Call the museum at (727) 937-2479 or email to comedyhall@aol.com.

Art events

The Art in My Mind: The exhibit continues through April 4 at the Uptown Art Gallery (in Brooksville City Hall), 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Featuring works that are “artist choice.” Call (352) 540-3811.

Art in 3D: The art competition and exhibit continues through Jan. 25 at the Pasco Fine Arts Council, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. It includes all forms of three-dimensional artwork. Call (727) 845-7322. Visit pascoarts.org.

Past Merges Now: The exhibit, featuring works by artist Michael Conway, continues through Feb. 19 at the Rao Musunuru, M.D., Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The show features works that blend new and old, combining fine art, commercial and studio photography through a unique medium. It integrates mid-century and current photography with mixed media and a past generation world view with contemporary art disciplines. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday. Call (727) 816-3231.

Other Hernando events

24 Friday

Hernando Audubon Birding Trip to Lake Apopka: This is a one-way, 11-mile dirt road, with pull-off areas to stop and look for ducks, waders and other birds in wetlands. Free. 8 a.m. Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, 2803 Lust Road, Apopka. (352) 686-0460. hernandoaudubon.org

Church Yard Sale: There will be everything from jewelry, crafts, boutique and Christmas items to electronics, household decor, tools and furniture. Food and drinks available. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 596-0080.

Academia Hernando Spring Lecture Series: The topic is “The Irish on Broadway,” by Jason Fortner, $10 at the door. 10 a.m. to noon. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Spring Hill, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 515-0300. academiahernando.org

Campfire Music Jam Night: Bring a musical instrument (optional), camp chair, campfire food (optional) and flashlight and join around the campfire. Parking $3, or annual Florida State Park pass. 6 p.m. Friday. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

25 Saturday

Perry Oldenburg Hike: This guided hike will lead you through approximately 1.5 miles of scenic trail. Once listed as a mitigation park, Perry Oldenburg is now a Wildlife Environmental Area managed alongside Chinsegut. This largely undisturbed, pine-forested area is home to large numbers of deer, turkey, kestrels and other interesting wildlife. Call to RSVP and for directions to the parking area. Free. 9 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722. outreach.myfwc.com

A Sacred Conversation About Privilege: The community is invited to this free seminar that takes a deeper dive into the subject of privilege and the hope that it will promote more awareness of our own personal privilege and how we should respond. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Preregister by contacting the church office or email to shucc.mid@gmail.com. Free. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Boulevard, Spring Hill. (352) 683-4870.

29 Wednesday

Florida-Friendly Fertilizing: This free class will be provided by Urban Horticulture Agent William Lester. He will walk participants through the Hernando County fertilizer ordinance and best management practices when it comes to fertilizing their lawns and landscapes. No registration necessary. Free. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Hernando County Utilities Administration Building, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 540-6230.

Look ahead

Hernando Audubon Beginning Birding: Learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. There will be binoculars and bird books available for use. Free. 8 a.m. Jan. 31. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 428-2629. hernandoaudubon.org

Fish Out of Water Extreme 5K Race: Hosted by the Friends Of Weeki Wachee and Weeki Wachee High School XC Team, the race begins at 9 a.m. Feb. 1 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Participants must have the ability to traverse uneven and unstable sugar sand/lime rock terrain for 3.11 miles independently or with little assistance of a companion, and be able to withstand exposure to the outdoors and tolerate bright sunlight for up to one hour. Packet pickups start Jan. 31 for those who register by Jan. 26. For details, email robyn.anderson@dep.state.fl.us. Call (352) 592-5656.

Brooksville Native American Festival: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 1 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 2 at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, Brooksville. The annual festival is a celebration of native American art, culture and history. Admission is $10, $5 for children 5-12, free for ages under 5. Call (727) 389-1395.

Brookridge Social Dance: Join the social dance club for a Valentine’s Day dance at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. With music by Little Miss Dynamite and Bill Castner. Tickets are $7. Call (317) 440-6586.

Other Pasco events

24 Friday

Car Seat Class: Provided by the Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition. Car seats available for participants are convertible seats, which accommodate children from infancy (rear-facing starting at 5 pounds) and switch to the forward-facing position (up to 65 pounds). The cost is $20 per car seat, collected at class (cash or money orders only). Booster seats are $10 and are for children who are at least 4 years old and weigh a minimum of 40 pounds. The cost may vary per accommodating special circumstances, such as high weight limit or special referral. RSVP online at eventbrite.com/e/car-seat-class-pasco-tickets-84873427707 10:30 a.m. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care Pasco, 4443 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. (727) 846-9900. eventbrite.com

Tools to Quit Class: Tobacco Free Florida offers this single-session program that provides the tools needed to help quit tobacco. Four free weeks of patches, gum or lozenges are available while supplies last. Registration is required. RSVP to Sheena Thompson at 813-929-1000 or sthompson@gnahec.org. Free. 11 a.m. Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, Trinity. (727) 514-2652.

Aripeka Elks Membership Drive, Dancing and Dining: Dancing to “Remember When.” Buffet includes appetizer, salad, three entrees, sides and dessert. Advance sales only; purchase at the lodge. $15 per person. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (717) 863-2520.

Collingsworth Family: Purchase tickets at eventbrite.com/e/collingsworth-family-tickets-79239600779 $22-$24. 7 p.m. Word of Life Florida Conference Center, 13001 Word of Life Drive, Hudson. (727) 856-7575.

25 Saturday

About Boating Safely: Florida-approved About Boating Safely class. Provides state Safe Boating card and digital library. $40 first family member, $20 each additional family member. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Hudson Flotilla 11-7, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 697-8013.

Mah Jongg Tournament: Featuring three rounds of Mah Jongg play in the morning and three rounds in the afternoon. Cash prizes will be given out separately for the morning and afternoon. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. A portion of proceeds to support designated charity. Lunch choice is chicken Caprese or sliced pork loin. $48.05; purchase at eventbrite.com. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 376-0039. dragonsonthegreen.org

Kumquat Festival Quilt Show: Browse a gallery of beautiful, locally-crafted quilts during the annual Kumquat Festival. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

26 Sunday

Chic Decor and Artisan Market: Choose from multiple popular local decor styles, such as farmhouse, rustic, vintage, shabby chic and industrial. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Grove at Wesley Chapel, 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. (727) 674-1464.

27 Monday

Hearing Clinic: Free ear wax removal and hearing aid batteries. No appointment necessary. Visit caresfl.org/hudson First come, first serve. 10 a.m. to noon. CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 807-7082. caresfl.org

Card Party and Luncheon: The Ladies Auxiliary of St. Vincent de Paul Church hosts this event in Father Farrell Hall. $7. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. (727) 389-0518.

Seniors in Service Talk: Learn about and discover solutions to common challenges today’s seniors face. Free (registration required). Noon. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 861-3049. bit.ly

Ask the Doctor: Aches and Pains: Are foot and ankle pain keeping you from enjoying life’s daily activities? Sean Lannon, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, will help find the right answers and the best care. Light refreshments will be provided. Reservations are required by calling 833-300-2371. Free. Noon. AdventHealth Dade City, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City. (352) 521-1194. adventhealth.events

Cook It Up! Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad: Cooking class on working with wholesome foods to make a sweet potato black bean salad. Registration is recommended, but not required. Ages 15 and older welcome. Free. 6 p.m. Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

28 Tuesday

Everyday Healing with Ayurveda: Free workshop on staying vibrant and healthy, presented by Dr. Sushma Jakkula, a certified Ayurvedic practitioner. Ayurveda is a traditional medicine of India, based on the idea of balance in the bodily systems through diet, herbal treatment and yogic breathing. No registration required. Information is relevant to all ages. Free. 10:15 a.m. Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

Volunteer Way Mobile Food Pantry: The Volunteer Way will have its mobile food pantry/emergency food assistance program at the library on the fourth Tuesday of each month. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 815-0433.

29 Wednesday

White Elephant Bingo: Win a bingo game and choose from a stash of prizes, or steal another player’s loot. For ages 18 and older only. Participants may bring an item to add to the prize table (optional). Free. 2 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040. bit.ly

Intro Ukulele Workshop: Learn to play basic chords and simple songs on a ukulele. This class is taught by the Tampa Bay Ukulele Society. Bring a ukulele or borrow one from the library. Class size is limited and registration is required. Free. 6 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

Look ahead

Leisure Days Quilt Show: The Quilters of Leisure Days RV Resort host their 15th-annual quilt show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at Leisure Days RV Resort, 34533 Leisure Days Drive, Zephyrhills. Includes wall hangings and specialty quilts from family treasures. $5 donation requested. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1. (613) 777-5490.

Snowbird Palooza: Sample chili and vote for the winner at this annual festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 1 at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. With live music, raffles, free coffee and donuts, pie bake-off, photo booth, senior-friendly businesses and health screenings. Free. (727) 674-1464. eventbrite.com

Farm Festival and Quilt Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 1 at Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. Featuring a quilt show with a raffle, combined with a southern draft horse-pulling competition to create a farm day festival. Admission is $10, $6 students, 4 and younger free. (352) 567-0262. pioneerfloridamuseum.org

Moonlight and Ivory Concert: A spotlight on area musicians and visual artists will include two shows, at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at Dade City Woman’s Club, 37922 Palm Ave., Dade City. Gourmet desserts from area restaurants will be served. Benefits scholarships for Pasco County graduating seniors. Tickets are $15-$25. (561) 400-1404. heritagearts.org

Richey Concert Band: The band, under the direction of Henry Fletcher, will present a mid-winter concert at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. A suggested $2 donation is requested. (727) 236-9897.

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