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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Nov. 2

MICHELE MILLER |  TIMES About 500 people came out for the  Pasco County Astronomy Club's 15th anniversary star gazing party held in August at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey. Here, Gavin Shimp, 16, checks out the viewing on his new Celestron 8  Nexstar telescope club member, Carl Wright (left) looks on. 9/13/2018
MICHELE MILLER | TIMES About 500 people came out for the Pasco County Astronomy Club's 15th anniversary star gazing party held in August at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey. Here, Gavin Shimp, 16, checks out the viewing on his new Celestron 8 Nexstar telescope club member, Carl Wright (left) looks on. 9/13/2018
Published Oct. 30, 2018

This Week's Highlights

Riverhawk Music Festival: The 18th annual festival gets underway Nov. 8-11 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Rd., on the border of Hernando and Pasco counties, south of Spring Lake and north of Dade City. The event includes more than 20 nationally-touring bands on multiple stages performing country, Americana, rockabilly, Celtic, "newgrass" (progressive bluegrass), roots rock and more. Headliners include Austin-based American band Reckless Kelly and Elizabeth Cook, originally from Wildwood, who performs regularly on the Grand Ole Opry and hosts her own show, "Apron Strings" on SiriusXM Outlaw Country Radio. Other favorites include Mustang Sally and the Hamjos, Dead Winter Carpenters, Eastman String Band, Robbin the Ban, and Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen. There will be dancing, craft exhibitors, music jams, food, activities and a stage dedicated for youth activities. Advance adult daily tickets $25-40; 2-day general admission pass $63, $70 at the gate; youth multi-day general admission $40, $50 at the gate; camping available. Visit, call (863) 984-8445, or email to

Navy Band: Tickets go fast for this event featuring the U.S. Navy Band Commodores jazz ensemble, who will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Hernando High School's Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Tickets are free, but are limited. Advanced tickets are available at the school. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

Thursday Musicale: The women's chorus kicks off the first concert of the season at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at its new venue, First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. 19, Hudson. The concert will be a tribute to veterans and first-responders. There is no cost, but donations are appreciated. For details, call Linda at (727) 819-0675.


Nature Coast Seafood Festival: Hosted by the Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central, the event will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Includes food trucks, seafood vendors, rubber duck race, live music, dragon boat racing, children's activities, arts and crafts vendors and a VIP tent. $5 per person, children ages 11 and younger and individuals served by the Arc Nature Coast are free.

Fall Festival: The traditional festival will be 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 8320 Old C.R. 54, New Port Richey. With carnival games, food trucks, inflatables and entertainment. Free admission.

Feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini: The sixth annual feast will be Nov. 8-11 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Each day will kick off with a procession of the statue of Mother Cabrini. The event will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Nov. 8, 4 p.m. to midnight Nov. 9, noon to midnight Nov. 10 and noon to 11 p.m. Nov. 11. There will be rides, arts and crafts, food vendors, a boutique, a talent show and free entertainment. Pre-sale armbands are available at the church office for $15. Call (352) 683-9666 or visit

Canterbury Festival: The event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. Featuring local vendors, artisans and community partners, along with baked goods, crafts, vintage and costume jewelry, food, raffle, silent auction, Christmas and holiday items, book sale, pet adoption, children's buying area, and antiques. Proceeds benefit the church's outreach ministry. Free admission. Call (352) 683-2010.

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Ridge Manor Community Methodist Church Fall Festival: The celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at Ridge Manor Community United Methodist Church, 34350 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor. Includes arts and craft vendors, food and games. Free admission. Call (352) 608-4022.

HarvestMoon Fun Farm and Corn Maze: Explore the five-acre corn maze from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 4 at HarvestMoon Fun Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. Includes a Farm Scene Investigation and a storyline path of Spookley, the Square Pumpkin, along with a 70-foot jumping pillow, pumpkin patch, cow train ride, pedal carts, tree house, mineshaft slide, spinning wizzer, barnyard games, throw footballs and baseballs and shoot hoops in the ball zone, and a candy cannon. Admission is $11.95, ages 2 and younger free. Call (727) 326-3256.

Sweetfields Corn Maze: Take on the corn maze and enjoy hayrides, hay play area, animals, farm fun, human foosball, pumpkins and more at Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. The event continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Mondays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Nov. 4. Admission is $9.50, $5 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free (no pets allowed). Call (352) 279-0977.


Benefit Wine Tasting and Auction: The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida hosts the event from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 2 at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey. Entertainment, games and hors d'oeuvres provided. Also, numerous items will be auctioned during the event, including silent auction items and baskets for ticket drawings. Proceeds to benefit programs and services for the deaf and hard of hearing in Pasco and Hernando counties. $30 per person, $50 per couple. Email to or call (727) 853-1010.


Stargazing at Starkey Park: Join the Pasco Astronomers Club for a closer look at the night sky from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Boulevard, New Port Richey. The club will set up telescopes for viewing (or bring your own) in an open field near the park entrance. Bring lawn chairs and bug spray. Free. Call (727) 255-3083.


The Nightmare Before Christmas: A showing of Tim Burton's classic animated film will be 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free, with complimentary popcorn available. Call (727) 861-3033. Visit

Pasco Kids First Family Fun Day: A day all about family health and wellness will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. Includes old fashioned games, interaction with first responders, the Trails and Tales Family Fitness Walk, free bicycle helmets for kids and appearances by Thunder Bug, princesses and super heroes. Free. (727) 967-7509.


Veterans Day Celebration: The event, presented by the First Baptist Church and Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home, will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 3 at First Baptist Church, 6800 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. Speakers include Fred Taylor, who was awarded three purple hearts; Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano; and David VanMeter from James A. Haley Veterans Hospital. A complimentary barbecue lunch will follow the service. Call (727) 845-1957.

Art events
Hobo Hieroglyphics — Art Reaching Out to Help the Homeless: Featuring the works of nationally-acclaimed artist Patrick Stickney continues through Nov. 10 at the Pasco Fine Arts Council Gallery, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. The exhibit includes "hobo signs," signs of communication or graffiti used by homeless and others drifting through America since the Great Depression. The exhibit is a fundraiser to benefit the homeless population in Pasco County. Works are available for purchase; donations are also welcome. Call (727) 845-7322 or visit
Art with Needle and Thread: The exhibit of work from the Gulfview chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America is on display through Dec. 12 at Pasco-Hernando State College Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 816-3231.

Giving Thanks: The exhibit continues through Dec. 2 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Mingle with the artists, and enjoy submissions by Just Poets. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; closed on holidays. Free. Call (352) 540-3810.


Other Hernando County events

2 Friday

Trees! Marvelous Trees!: Participants in this Florida-Friendly Landscaping class will learn about trees in the area and what will thrive in their yards. Following the presentation, arborist Ken Morgan will take the class on a walk in the forest around the conservation center. Dress appropriately for walking in the woods. No registration required. 10 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 540-6230.

Hernando County Residents Reception: Sponsored by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. Meet local officials, and sample food from local restaurants. Discover local merchants and activities. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0697.

People Helping People Fundraiser: The event is hosted by the Gamma Xi Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Ticket proceeds benefit People Helping People. Call Lydia for information. 7 to 9 p.m. $15, includes food and entertainment. Marker 48 Brewing, 12147 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 796-6966.

3 Saturday

Club 40 Pylon R/C Air Races: Gates open at 7 a.m.; a pilots meeting is at 9:30 a.m., and races follow. Spectators can watch as pilots race for position to complete 10 laps around two pylons set 600 feet apart. Bring your own chair. Food will be available for purchase. Parking, $3 or $5/carload. Hernando Aero Modelers Field at Cemex Entrance Road, 16301 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. (813) 843-4030.

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. 9 a.m. to noon. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

4 Sunday

Brooksville Farmers' Market: Presented by the Hernando County Growers Association, local farmers and agricultural producers offer fresh produce, meats, poultry and cottage foods as well as prepared foods, desserts, arts and crafts. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brooksville Farmers' Market, 615 Old Hospital Drive, Brooksville. (727) 422-3360.

5 Monday

Climate-Wise Landscaping: The Florida Native Plant Society, Hernando Chapter, presents this program that will discuss how a native landscape may be good for the planet. Featuring author and native plant gardener Ginny Stilbolt. The program will feature topics from the book, Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future, coauthored by Silbolt and Sue Reed. Email to 7 p.m.. Chinsegut Hill Retreat, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville.

7 Wednesday

Master Gardener Nursery: Spruce up a landscape or garden space - 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. 9 a.m. to noon. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

PHSC Job and Internship Fair: Job seekers should bring plenty of resumes to meet with local employers and agency representatives with available jobs and internships. Doors open at 9 a.m. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. (352) 797-5174.


Other Pasco County events

2 Friday

Hearing Aid Battery Giveaway: Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida is giving away free hearing aid batteries in sizes 10, 13, 312, and 675, while supplies last. Visit 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation , 6333 River Road, New Port Richey. (727) 312-3881.

Bon Worth Fashion Show Luncheon Fundraiser: VFW Auxiliary 10167 host this event to benefit children in need at Christmas. The event includes door prizes, 50/50 raffle, lunch and fashions from the Bon Worth collection. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $15. VFW 10167, 4619 Bartelt Road, Holiday. (727) 255-0781.

Lectures on the Lawn: Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources hosts a screening of the Florida Wildlife Corridor's The Forgotten Coast. The documentary showcases Florida's wildlife corridor from the Everglades to the northernmost part of the Florida Gulf coast. The presentation will feature Mallory Dimmitt, a seventh-generation Floridian and expedition team member. There will also be live music. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner. A food truck will also be on site. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Starkey Ranch District Park, 11880 Lake Blanche Drive, Odessa. (813)

3 Saturday

Thrift Shop Sell Out: The thrift shop is closing and everything must go. The sale will have glassware and china, tools, gadgets, small appliances, books, collectibles and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.. St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. (727) 863-5646.

Pasco Park Walks: The walk is hosted by Pasco County Animal Services and Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources. Bring a pet or be paired up with one from Pasco County Animal Services. Those bringing pets must have their dogs on a secure 6-foot leash with collar (no retractable/flexi leads); no prong or electronic collars, one pet per handler, bring poop bags, bring water for their own pet, and no face-to-face contact (for both pets from community and shelter pets). Meet at the Corral Parking. 9 a.m. Free. J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. (352) 521-5194.

Savage Blitz: A shorter 5K version of the Savage Race with 15 to 20 obstacles including twin peaks, hang-arang, fence climb, savage rig and mud fun. Includes T-shirt, action shots and beer. 9 a.m. $79-$109. Little Everglades Ranch, 17951 Hamilton Road, Dade City. (352) 521-3661.

Pasco Extension Seminar: Hypertufa Container Workshop: Create your own artificial stone planter. $8.50 fee for this workshop includes materials; bring mold (pot, planter or box). Advance registration required. 9 a.m. Register at One Stop Shop and Stallings Building, 15029 14th St., Dade City. (352) 518-0156.

Craft Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hope Lutheran Church, 12321 Canton Ave., Hudson. (727) 863-6446.

The "ELFers" Merry Marketplace: Vendors will be selling arts and crafts, and specialty products that are ideal for holiday giving. There will be entertainment throughout the day, a silent auction and snacks. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission and parking. CARES Elfers Center, 4136 Barker Drive, Elfers. (727) 847-1290.

Craft Show: Shop from 25 vendors selling hand crafted items. Includes a raffle and food for sale. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No cover. Grand Valley Retirement Complex, 7306 Osteen Road, New Port Richey. (815) 545-3497.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Orientation/Training Event: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay has dozens of children in Pasco County on its waiting list for a big brother or big sister. Adult mentors are needed and may choose between several programs. 10:30 a.m. to noon. New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. (813) 997-6881.

Local Authors' Meet and Greet: There will be author readings, publishing advice, giveaways and refreshments. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 853-1279.

Casino Night: Hosted by the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. Includes $750 in casino money to be used on games such as poker, black jack, roulette and slot machines. Food and drink will be available. Coffee and dessert will be served at the end of the night. 5 to 11 p.m. $30 advance, $35 at the door. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. (727) 389-0518.

4 Sunday

Polish American Social Club Dinner Dance: Dinner dances are offered every Sunday. A choice of two entrees offered each week, with last Sunday of the month features a Polish-style meal. Monthly meetings are held at 1 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. Noon to 5 p.m. $12 members, $13 nonmembers. Polish American Social Club of Pasco County, 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. (352) 596-4802.

6 Tuesday

Weight Management With Essential Oils: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Living Food Bakery and Cafe, 38201 10th Ave., Zephyrhills. (813) 479-7724.

Talent Search: Tin Pan Alley Productions invites singers and performing artists of all ages to participate in this showcase that uses professional judges. Prizes will be awarded and acts will be showcased in future shows. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $15 per act; spectator admission is a requested $5 donation. Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 597-0948.

7 Wednesday

COPD Screenings: 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. (727) 953-6877.

Pasco Extension Seminar: Vegetable Garden Food Safety: Learn about contaminants and keeping your edible and vegetable gardens safe. 2 p.m. Free; register at Pasco County Farmden and Community Garden, 15029 14th St., Dade City. (352) 518-0156.

Sofia Talvik in Concert: The Swedish Folk/Americana artist performs. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

Chemical Free Lifesytle with Essential Oils: 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Free. Living Food Bakery and Cafe, 38201 10th Ave., Zephyrhills. (813) 479-7724.

8 Thursday

Stomach Aches and Pains: Dr. Steven M. Jackson, a surgeon, will explain what stomach aches and pains mean, common abdominal problems including cholecystitis, appendicitis and diverticulitis, which should be treated early to avoid long-term complications. 10 a.m. Free. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. RSVP to (727) 953-6877.

Pasco Extension Seminar: Rain Harvesting Workshop: Make a rain barrel in hands-on workshop. $40 fee. Advance registration required. 2 p.m. Register at Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. (352) 518-0156.

Bob Springer and the Swingin' Dixies: The band will perform jazz and big band standards. 3 to 4 p.m. Free. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

Sofia Talvik in Concert: The Swedish Folk/Americana artist performs. 4 p.m. Free. Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey.

Friends of the Library Book Sale Preview: Gain access to the Fall Book Sale before anyone else for a $5 donation to the Friends of the Library. All proceeds go to supporting library programming. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

Contact Phyllis Day at or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.


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