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Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Aug. 30

Published Aug. 26, 2019

Festivals

Saturday in the Square: This large block party will take place in downtown Zephyrhills from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 31. Main Street Zephyrhills hosts this free event that will include a Touch-A-Truck (with police cars, fire engines and construction trucks), entertainment by Mr. Tommy, food and merchant vendors and more. This is a free event.

On stage

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 will be performed from noon to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. The former mermaid show includes performers representing the decades from the 1940s to the ‘70s. Shows are included in regular park admission prices: $13; $8 for ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and younger. Call (352) 592-5656 or visit weekiwachee.com.

Art events

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.

Woodstock 50th Anniversary Exhibit: Gateway Gallery and Emporium celebrates the summer of love with its Woodstock exhibit held throughout August at the gallery, 6216 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

‘It’s a Zoo’ exhibit: The exhibit is open through Sept. 7 at the Uptown Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 205 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The artwork in the gallery is for sale. Call (352) 540-3810 or (207) 809-9066.

Summertime Fun: The exhibit continues through Sept. 19 at the West Pasco Art Guild, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Call (727) 841-7732.

Look ahead

Friday Night Done Right — Flag Football Tournament: Hosted by the Hernando Community Coalition. All Hernando County youth are welcome to participate in high school and middle school competitions. Prizes given to winners. There will be giveaways and snacks. Free. 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 596-8000.

Signing for Every Day Living: This is the first of a five-week course for anyone interested in learning basic sign language. Open to all ages and abilities, as well as to those experiencing hearing loss. The course is provided free by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida. Free. 1 p.m. Sept. 6. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 861-3049.

Queen of Peace Church Dinner: The dinner will be “Seafood Delight” and will include fried shrimp, clams, baked fish, french fries, cole slaw, garlic toast, dessert and drinks. Take out will be available. $10 adults, $9 children. 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. (727) 849-7521.

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Other Hernando events

31 Saturday

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. naturecoastgardens.com

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. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433. ifas.ufl.edu

2 Monday

Hernando Computer Club Open House/Newcomers’ Orientation: Learn what the club has to offer. Refreshments served. Free. 10 a.m. Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 684-7171. hcc.org

4 Wednesday

People Helping People Health Clinic: The health clinic and help center will be open. Uninsured low-income clients can register to be evaluated by a nurse practitioner for general medical problems. Services are limited and clients may be referred to other available community resources. Another clinic will be offered Sept. 28. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. People Helping People of Hernando County headquarters, 1396 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. (352) 686-4466; admin@phphernando.org.

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Other Pasco events

30 Friday

Enhance Fitness: Land O’ Lakes Senior Center has partnered with the YMCA of the Suncoast to offer this 16-week, free senior fitness program, which began Aug. 12. It includes cardiovascular, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises. Geared for adults 55 and older. Those with chronic conditions such as arthritis can participate. Space is limited; call to reserve a spot. Free. 10:15 a.m. to noon Fridays and Wednesdays, Land O’Lakes Senior Center, 6801 Wisteria Loop, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 929-1200.

31 Saturday

Lego League Open House: The library is sponsoring its first Lego League Jr. and Lego League teams this year. These are STEM-based programs. The Lego League is for ages 9-14 and the Lego League Jr. is for ages 6-10. Free. 10 a.m. to noon. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 861-3049.

Warrior Up to End Overdose Conference and Memorial: Presented by Warrior Up Ministry and Fellowship of the Redeemed Church, the program will include speakers, overdose survivors, presentations from resource centers and a time of remembrance for loved ones lost. More than 20 treatment centers and resource groups will be on hand. Free childcare is available. The conference is held in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day. Free. 1 p.m. Saturday. Zephyrhills First Nazarene, 6151 12th St., Zephyrhills. (352) 428-1394.

3 Tuesday

I Like Bats: Learn all about bats at this free seminar provided by the Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service. Bats consume insects, pollinate plants and disperse seeds, but they also have become threatened, with populations declining. Free. 6:30 p.m. Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. (352) 518-0156.

4 Wednesday

Ask A Master Gardener: Is something munching on the leaves of your perennials? Wondering what plants grow best in Florida? Pasco County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your garden questions and give advice. If you’re having problems with an ailing plant, bring in a sample for an on-the-spot diagnosis. Free. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (352) 518-0156.

Fall Vegetable Gardening in Florida: Gardening in Florida is much different than up north. Learn about the proper timing and care for a Florida vegetable garden and reap the benefits. Presented by the Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service. Free. 6 p.m. Hudson Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (352) 518-0156. ifas.ufl.edu

5 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.

Build Better Balance: This is a basic-level stability class offered each week to build strength and better balance. Exercises in stability focus on improving agility and building strength around the ankle, knee and hip joints. Class size is limited. Online registration for each class begins the Friday prior. 2 p.m. Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., Zephyrhills. (813) 780-0064. pascolibraries.org