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Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Sept. 13

John McKitrick’s painting, Dubious Optimism, is among the artist’s works that are on exhibit at Gateway Gallery and Emporium in New Port Richey. [Gateway Gallery]
John McKitrick’s painting, Dubious Optimism, is among the artist’s works that are on exhibit at Gateway Gallery and Emporium in New Port Richey. [Gateway Gallery]
Published Sep. 16, 2019
Updated Sep. 16, 2019


Friday Night Live: The monthly event returns from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Blues musician Bryan Lee will perform from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; and Phase5, which performs a variety of genres, will entertain from 7 to 10:30 p.m. There will be food trucks, games in the park, a vendor market and full bar available. Admission is free. Call (352) 540-6409.

Music and Motorcycles: Now in its 15th year, Main Street Zephyrhills presents this downtown event from 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14 throughout downtown Zephyrhills. The event includes live music, food, beverages, beer, vendors and more. Admission is free. Visit

Inverness Founders’ Day-Centennial Celebration: Celebrate 100 years of Inverness at this Founder’s Day event of history, vendors and entertainment from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the downtown Inverness Court House Square, 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness. Featuring live music by 7 Lbs of Bacon Mess, a cowboy camp, old-fashioned food vendors and merchants, an old courthouse exhibit, vintage car cruise-in, reenactment of the “stealing” of the county seat and more. Admission is free. Call (352) 341-7820 or find the event on Facebook.


Regal Railways Toy Train and Collectible Show: Kids can check out a running train layout as collectors shop among vendors selling various model trains, toys and diecast cars in this Regal Railways event. It will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Admission is $5; ages 12 and younger admitted free. Call (727) 244-1341.


Alanis Sophia performance: Local singer-songwriter Alanis Sophia will entertain at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Alanis is the youngest artist to be signed by the country music label BMLG Records in Nashville. Early arrival is suggested for the best seats. The performance is free. Call (727) 861-3040.

The Florida Big Band: Listen and dance to classic and modern big band music from 7 to 9:30 Sept. 18 at Dulcet Restaurant and Lounge, 6220 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Free admission. Call (727) 434-8327.

On stage

Magic Show benefit: Two shows featuring comedy magician Elliott Smith will be at 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Tickets are $15 for ages 13 and older, $5 for children 12 and younger, and $25 for a family of two adults and two children. This is a benefit for People Helping People of Hernando County, which provides food, clothing and other basic necessities to people in need. Call (352) 686-4466 or (352) 279-0080.

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

Art events

Spectacular Color: A reception will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The reception will include some of the artists, refreshments served by the Junior Service League and musical entertainment by Jack and Lucy. The exhibit is on display through Nov. 9. Admission is free. Call (352) 540-3810.

John McKitrick exhibit: Paintings of artist John McKitrick are on exhibit through the end of October at Gateway Gallery and Emporium, 6216 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Admission is free. Call (727) 815-1222.

Moments in Time: The exhibit featuring the works of award-winning artist Suzanne Natzke are on display through Oct. 21 at the new Avalon Park Gallery, 33613 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. Natzke is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society. An artist reception is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27, and will include live music, wine and food. Visit or; call the Pasco Fine Arts Council at (727) 845-7322.

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.

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


National Comedy Hall of Fame: A free open house to celebrate the opening of the Hall of Fame Comedy School will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 15 and again at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the National Comedy Hall of Fame Museum, 2435 U.S. 19, Holiday. Classes will begin the week of Sept. 22. The Hall of Fame Comedy Theater will host opening-day performances on Sept. 20; doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Two comedians and a comedic magician are scheduled to perform. The National Comedy Hall of Fame’s event center is open. The museum is almost complete and expected to open at the end of September. The National Comedy Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization. For information, call or text to (727) 656-9867, or email to Visit the website at

Look ahead

Magician Chin-Chin: Direct from San Francisco, international magic champion Chin-Chin will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21 at Merlin’s Theater, 7148 Congress St., New Port Richey. Tickets are $17.50 adults, $12.50 for children 12 and younger (VIP tickets are an additional $5 each, if available). Visit or call (727) 748-8822.

Other Hernando events

13 Friday

Mental Health First Aid: This course will help participants assist someone experiencing a mental health-related crisis. Learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies on how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Free. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. (352) 596-8000.

14 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. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933.

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.

Spring Lake Museum and History Center: Offering historic photos and artifacts, local family histories, school and lake histories. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Old Spring Lake Community Center, 4184 Spring Lake Highway, Brooksville. (352) 796-4704.

History Harvest 2019: Preserve the history of Weeki Wachee Springs. Bring items of historic significance to the park to be digitized. Examples of items to bring include souvenirs, old photographs and scrapbooks, newspaper articles, and official correspondence. Those who bring items to be scanned/copied, will receive a free digital copy of the Riches Mosaic Interface. Preregister at 10 a.m. Springs Coast Environmental Education Center, 9170 Cortez Blvd., Weeki Wachee. (352) 325-2933.

‘Kickin’ Addiction’ Resource Event: Featuring live music by Borderline, a bounce house and other games for children, free hot dogs, food trucks and door prizes. There will be mental health, addiction and recovery providers on hand to answer questions and increase awareness about local resources. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Free. 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave, Spring Hill. (205) 362-8615.

Brookridge Social Line Dance: A DJ will play a variety of music for beginners through intermediate dancers. Bring your own beverage, snacks and ice. Casual attire (no open back sandals). $5. 6:30 p.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. (352) 397-6088.

18 Wednesday

Vaping, E-cigs, Juuls and their Consequences in the Hernando County School District: Presented by Tobacco Free Hernando. Free. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville. (352) 596-8000.

Tools to Quit Smoking Program: The single-session program provides the valuable tools needed to help you quit tobacco, including how to prepare a plan that works for you, specific ways to deal with cravings, what physical and emotional symptoms to expect and how to cope with them effectively. Also, four weeks of free patches, gum or lozenges is provided while supplies last. The program is sponsored by Tobacco Free Florida. Space is limited; registration is required. Call 813-929-1000 to register. Free. 5 p.m. Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Other Pasco events

13 Friday

Fun Fall Flea Market: Hosted by the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club. Includes a selection of household items, decor, small appliances, kitchen wares, artwork, children’s toys and more. There will be a food and beverage booth. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Old Lutz Schoolhouse, 18819 U.S. 41, Lutz. (813) 833-3962.

Used Book Bazaar: The Friends of Hugh Embry Library host this sale that includes many books of all genres. DVDs will be available, as well. Proceeds help fund programming for all ages at the library. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

Meet the Author: Dr. Ravindra Nathan, a retired cardiologist, will read excerpts from his new book and discuss the importance of organ donation. The book, Second Chance: A Sister’s Act of Love, describes Dr. Nathan’s own complicated kidney transplant and highlights current issues involved in organ donation and transplantation. Free. 2 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

14 Saturday

Container Gardening: Learn the how-tos of planting flowers, foliage and herbs in containers and watch them flourish. Provided by the Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service. Free. 9 a.m. Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes. (352) 518-0156.

Wildflower Walk: Join local plant expert Steve Dickman and Heartwood friends on this one-hour walk to see what is blooming in the preserve. Wear walking shoes, and bring water and sunscreen. The walk is appropriate for children 5 and older, but must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs. Free. 9 a.m. Saturday. Heartwood Preserve, 4100 Starkey Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 376-5111.

Begonias: Learn the different types of begonias to plant and how to propagate and care for them. Provided by the University of Florida Pasco Extension Service. Registration recommended. Free. 10 a.m. Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., Zephyrhills. (352) 518-0156.

Fall Fashion Show: Job Connections hosts this fashion show that includes live music, celebrity models, drawings, lunch and mimosas. $15. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 849-4724.

East Pasco Friends of the National Rifle Association Banquet: Includes games, raffles, silent and live auctions, door prizes and dinner. $50 each, $400 for table of 8. 5:30 p.m. Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. (352) 424-2732 or (813) 783-4364.

15 Sunday

All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet: $8 adults, $5 children. 8 a.m. Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. (727) 849-7521.

All Women’s Flat-Track Roller Derby: The Valkyries face Fort Myers in a women’s flat track roller derby bout to benefit the Pasco County Sheriff’s K-9 Association. $10-$12. 6 p.m. SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey. (727) 280-7981.

Country Music Jam: Hosted by Sonny Oden. All are welcome. $3. 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday. King of Kings Lutheran Church ELCA, 10337 U.S. 19, Port Richey. (727) 741-7470.

16 Monday

Monarch Butterflies and More: Take a look at Monarch migration and learn what nectar plants best draw butterflies. Free. 9:30 a.m. Dade City Garden Club, 13630 Fifth St., Dade City. (908) 890-4630.

17 Tuesday

Bromeliads: Learn about this interesting species of plants that range from tiny to huge in size. Provided by the Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service. Registration recommended. Visit Free. 2 p.m. New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. (352) 518-0156.

18 Wednesday

Finding Civil War and Military Records: Learn how to research military service and war records from the Civil War and other wars in which the United States was involved. Presented by the West Pasco Genealogical Society. $7, $5 members. 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D., Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 271-0770.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available, and resources. RSVP to Veronique Polo, 813-779-6484. Free. 2 p.m. AdventHealth Wellness Center, 38233 Daughtery Road, Zephyrhills. (800) 272-3900.

Port Richey ‘Meet Your Neighbor’: Port Richey Citizen’s Advisory Committee is hosting this quarterly community event to meet neighbors. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thee Pirate Bar, 5430 Treadway Drive, Port Richey. (727) 215-7034.

Wild Gifts: A Reading by Creative Writing Faculty: Featuring original storytelling and poetry from the creative writing faculty of Saint Leo University. Authors reading include poet Anne Barngrover, short story writer Patrick Crerand, memoirist Brooke King, novelist Steve Kistulentz and poet Gianna Russo. The event will be in Selby Auditorium in Lewis Hall. Email to Free. 7 p.m. Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo. (800) 334-5532.

19 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 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.

Lectures on the Lawn — Mutinies, Massacres, Shipwrecks and a Hurricane: The story of the Founding of St. Augustine: Join Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources for an evening of Florida history that will feature Michael Francis of the Department of History and Politics at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Starkey Ranch District Park, 11880 Lake Blanche Drive, Odessa.


  1. The ceremonial groundbreaking of Saint Leo University's Wellness Center was held Feb. 6. Pictured from left: Jon Akvan, project manager, JLL; Troy Powell, project manager, Creative Contractors; Melanie Storms, Saint Leo University senior vice president; Jose Caban, Saint Leo associate vice president of facilities management; Jeffrey D. Senese, Saint Leo president; Celine-Deon Palmer, student government union president; D. Dewey Mitchell, Saint Leo Board of Trustees chair; Alan Bomstein, CEO, Creative Contractors; and Joshua Bomstein, president, Creative Contractors.
  2. Daniel Lee Martin performs during a 1999 benefit concert at Coachman Park in Clearwater. Martin was found dead Friday at his New Port Richey home.
  3. Country music singer and reality television star Daniel Lee Martin, 54, of New Port Richey, was accused of child sex abuse charges in Pasco County and Tennessee.
  4. Pasco County Sheriff's deputies said dental assistant Edwin Alvis, 37, sexually assaulted an 18-year-old patient who he was preparing for wisdom teeth-removal surgery.
  5. Pasco County community news
  6. Lisa Langford opened her artisan boutique, Lis's Pieces, in March of 2019 on Grand Boulevard in downtown New Port Richey. She recently expanded, remodeling an upper floor to use for crafting workshops. Future plans include using the space for small weddings and other intimate occasions, Langford said.
  7. Jeff Bulloch with Exiom Inc. talks on Wednesday with visitors to his booth interested in Exiom's 3D-printed casts, splints and braces at the Synapse Summit at Amalie Arena in Tampa.  MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times
  8. New Port Richey City Hall ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times
  9. Pasco County residents have recommended naming the school district's next high school after student Sean Bartell, Sheriff's deputy Capt. Bo Harrison and principal Adam Kennedy, each of whom has passed away. The district received dozens of proposals.
  10. Florida Department of Environmental Protection staff conduct regular seagrass monitoring to assess the health and diversity of seagrass meadows within the St. Martins Marsh and Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserves north of Tampa Bay. A state legislator wants to extend the aquatic preserve to all of Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties.

Charlie Shoemaker for The Pew Charitable Trusts
  11. The attendance zones for Northwest, Gulf Highlands and Fox Hollow elementary schools would shift under a proposed rezoning that also includes the closing of Hudson Elementary.