From seafood and Columbus fests to yoga with kittens

Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties
Disco Freak will perform music from the 1970s in a free concert Oct. 27 at the South Holiday Library.
Disco Freak will perform music from the 1970s in a free concert Oct. 27 at the South Holiday Library. [ Pasco County Libraries ]
Published Oct. 21, 2019


Nature Coast Seafood Festival: The festival will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Featuring live music, a Halloween costume competition, rubber duck race, a children’s area with inflatables and other activities and plenty of seafood. An optional $10 wristband gives unlimited access to inflatables, or purchase three tickets for $8. This event is organized by the Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central. Admission $5, free for children 11 and younger. Visit

Columbus Day Festa: This second-annual event, hosted by the Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy, Nature Coast Lodge 2502, will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Includes vendors, music, raffles, a beer truck, Italian food, a cannoli-eating contest (2 p.m.), and a variety of entertainment throughout the day. Free. Call (352) 683-7713 or (352) 442-0238.

Wesley Chapel Fall Festival: The 15th-annual carnival will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27 at the Grove, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. There will be rides, games, arts and crafts, live music, a pumpkin patch and pumpkin painting, a business expo and food. There will be a costumed Halloween party on Saturday only. Call (727) 674-1464.


Jazz at the Library: The Hernando Jazz Society will perform tunes from Broadway and the Big Band Era at 3 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The performance is free. Call (352) 799-9690.

Disco Freak: Get down and boogie! Disco Freak will perform hits from the ‘70s from 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. The free concert is part of the Passport Concert Series, made possible by the Friends of the Library and the Otis G. Pike Charitable Trust. Call (727) 834-3331.

Bill D. Williams concert: The Brookridge Men’s Club hosts this concert. Williams will perform his songs, as well as country, oldies, reggae and more. He will pay tribute to Elvis, Johnny Cash, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin and others. Guests may bring snacks and beverages. $9 at the door. 7 p.m. Sunday. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. (716) 583-1720 or (352) 556-2471.

On stage

Oy Vay Cabaret: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show time at 7 p.m. Oct. 26, Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. Featuring Carla Becker and other singers and entertainers. Seating is limited. Tickets are $18 and must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door. Visit or call Carla Becker, (352) 428-9946.

Songs for a New World: The show wraps up Oct. 27 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. This “theatrical song cycle” features music by Jason Robert Brown. The show has snippets of stories, such as a pregnant woman’s expression of wonder at creation, the story of a would-be basketball star aching to escape failure and the lament of a couple who broke up, only to find their separate ways led to nowhere. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25; and 2 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27. Tickets are $25 adults, $15 students. Call (352) 683-5113 or visit

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In the Heights: Gulf Middle Theatre Department presents In the Heights at 7 p.m. Oct. 25, and 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 26, at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. The cost is $5 at the door.

Art events

All About Landscapes: This is the Pasco Fine Arts Council’s Pasco Member Show that will be on display Oct. 29-Nov. 16 at the West Pasco Fine Art Gallery, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. A reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8. Call (727) 845-7322 or visit

#AVGEEK exhibit: The exhibit continues through Dec. 11 at the Rao Musunuru, MD, Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Artist Gabriel A. West’s passion of aviation, aerial photography and rare airplane models. Currently training as a pilot, West is an “AvGeek” and a four-time winner of photo contests hosted by major international airports in south Florida. Admission is free. Call (727) 816-3231.

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America: The multimedia traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution is available through Nov. 9. at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville. It is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays. The exhibit showcases the role of sports and recreation in American culture. An HYL Day: Round Table Discussion, “Shaping Lives Through Sports,” will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 26. The roundtable discussion will include representatives from Hernando Youth Leagues and other local youth sports groups. The Smithsonian exhibit is hosted by the Historic Hernando Preservation Society and City of Brooksville Parks and Recreation. There is no cost to attend. Call (352) 540-3830 or visit

“Big and Little” exhibit: This exhibition of large and small scale artworks continues through Oct. 31 at the West Pasco Art Guild and Gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Call (727) 841-7732.

Spectacular Color: The exhibit is on display through Nov. 9 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Admission is free. Call (352) 540-3810.

Kim McIntosh exhibit: Paintings of artist Kim McIntosh 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.


Family Fun on the Farm: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 26-Nov. 17, at Jimmy Mc’s Farm, 17430 Coon Hide Road, Spring Hill (Pasco County). Features a crop maze, farm animals, tire swings, a tree house, kids crafts, yard yahtzee, human foosball, life-size dominoes and other games. Closed-toe shoes recommended. Admission is $10 (cash only), free for ages 5 and younger. (904) 945-4411.

Other Hernando events

25 Friday

Hernando Audubon Beginning Birding: Join the Hernando Audubon on this short walk to learn how to identify birds at feeders. There will be binoculars and bird guides available for use. Free. 8 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 686-0460.

Academia Hernando Fall 2019 Lecture Series: The topic is “Archeology: Just Diggin’ in the Dirt?,” presented by Jack Herman. The lecture is part of a series that continues each Friday through Nov. 8. Sponsored by the Residence of Timber Pines and the Tampa Bay Times. $9 per lecture. 10 a.m. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Spring Hill, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 686-4035.

26 Saturday

Hernando Audubon Birding at Cypress Lakes Preserve: Meet at the park entrance (at Olancha Road). Jim King, retired land manager for Hernando County’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands, will lead the walk in this seldom-visited county park. After a brief introduction to the 331-acre park, King will guide the group about 1.5 miles on the Florida National Scenic Trail to look for birds and wildflowers. 8 a.m. Cypress Lakes Preserve, 33597 Ridge Manor Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 238-6226.

Craft Fair and Bake Sale: Includes handmade crafts by ladies of the church, as well as baked goods. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. St. Mary Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 18810 Broad St., Masaryktown. (352) 796-2792.

Gun Show: A show and sale of knives, firearms and firearm-related materials. $6. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Hernando Sportsman’s Club, 16121 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 799-3605.

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.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Event: The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Hernando County Fire Rescue, Hernando Community Coalition, RALI Florida, Code 3, and Walmart will join together for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This event serves as a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Walmart Neighborhood Market, 14344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. 352-596-8000 or 850-224-0174.

Child Safety Awareness Day: With a goal to provide safety products to area families, the event will include free safety bracelets and identification kits. There will also be face painting and displays of cruisers and hook-and-ladder trucks with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office and Hernando County Fire Rescue. Free. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. American Legion Post 186, 12091 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 537-0880.

30 Wednesday

Water-Wise, Wallet-Wise Landscapes: Florida-Friendly Landscaping Coordinator Lilly Browning presents this class. No registration needed. Free. 10:30 a.m. Hernando County Utilities Administration Building, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 540-6230.

‘For Your Health’ Symposium: Oak Hill Hospital will host “The Latest Treatments for Chronic Pain of the Shoulders, Elbows, Feet and Ankles.” The panel includes Dr. Dragomir Mijic, who specializes in shoulders, elbows and general orthopaedics; and Dr. Dolfi Herscovici, a foot and ankle specialist. A complimentary hot meal will be served. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. The program is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Heritage Pines Country Club, 11524 Scenic Hills Road, Hudson. RSVP to (352) 597-6333.

Look ahead

Free Laser Tag/Video Games - Friday Night Done Right: 7 p.m. Nov. 1, Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. There will be high school and middle school competitions. Giveaways and snacks will be provided. Prizes will be given to winners. Free. (352) 596-8000 or (352) 688-9622.

Gamma Xi Master, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority hosts fundraiser: 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1, Marker 48 Brewing, 12147 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. There will be hors d’oeuvres and craft beer tasting. Beer and wine will be available for purchase by the glass. This is a benefit for Veterans Heat Factory, a nonprofit organization in Brooksville. $15; donations welcome. (352) 796-6966.

America’s Day 2019: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Global Jetcare facility at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport. The free event will include educational and aeronautical activities, music, a parade, free food, prizes and kid-friendly speakers. For information, contact Andrews at or (321) 368-2249. Register at

Designer Purse Bingo: 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 2, Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Includes bingo, dinner, a chance to win designer purses and more. This is a benefit for the NICU at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and Hernando County 4-H. There will be a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and silent/raffle auctions. There also will be a cigar bar. Sponsored by the Hernando County Fair Association. $40, includes dinner, 10 bingo cards and dauber. (352) 796-4552.

Brookridge Social Dance: 7 p.m. Nov. 2, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. This will be a “Salute to Veterans” dance, with At Large performing dance music from the 1950s to ‘80s. Coffee and ice provided. $7 per person. (352) 616-0242.

The Little Mermaid: Live Oak Theatre presents the Disney musical weekends, Nov. 8-24, at the Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Tickets are $20 adults, $5 for children 13 and younger (must be purchased with an adult ticket). Call (352) 593-0027 or visit

Feast of Mother Cabrini: Nov. 7-10, at St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Includes food, entertainment, rides, contests, games, craft vendors and more. Call (352) 683-9666 or email

Riverhawk Music Festival: Nov. 7-10 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. General admission tickets range from $15 for a Sunday carload to $150 for 4-day pass. Features national and regional bands playing on three stages. Includes Americana, Rockabilly, bluegrass, Celtic, Newgrass, roots rock and more. Craft exhibitors, music jams, jugglers, face painters, balloon artists, hayrides, food, drink. Visit

Other Pasco events

25 Friday

Think About It: Aging With Pride: The Alzheimer’s Association hosts this free educational event for those interested in LGBT as it relates to Alzheimer’s and dementia. The event will include a screening of the documentary, Gen Silent. Other topics include Embracing the Rainbow: Providing LGBTQ+ Inclusive Care, the Experience of LGBT Seniors - Same or Different? and Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. Free, but registration requested. 8:30 a.m. Friday. Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Suncoast Parkway, 2155 Northpointe Parkway, Lutz. (800) 272-3900.

6th-Annual Special Operations Sporting Clay Shoot: Includes shooting clay targets, food, drinks, viewing the Pasco County Fire Rescue and SWAT Team demonstrations and hearing keynote speaker US Navy SEAL Team Six Commando Don Mann. Event proceeds benefit the Brian Bill Foundation. Sign up at $300 per person. 12:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Sporting Clays Facility, 10514 Ehren’s Cutoff, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 625-0180.

26 Saturday

About Boating Safely: This is the Florida state-mandated class. Successful completion earns the Florida Boating Safety education card. Advanced registration is appreciated. $40; $20 for additional family members. 8 a.m. Hudson Flotilla U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Center, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 697-8013.

Frayed Feather Fall and Holiday Market: The third-annual event will include one-of-a-kind pieces, antiques and home decor. The Rustic Pearl, a boutique in San Antonio, will participate in the market. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Frayed Feather Design Co., 36315 Tomkow Lane, Dade City. (813) 401-9388 or (813) 731-6848.

Community Resource Fair: Pasco seniors will have an opportunity to learn about county services, recreational activities and local wellness and social organizations in the community. Representatives from Pasco County Community Services, libraries, public transportation, SHINE, Pasco Fire Rescue, Lighthouse for the Blind and others will be on hand. Free flu and hepatitis A vaccines will be available. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. Visit 8 a.m. to noon. Dade City Senior Center, 13853 15th St., Dade City.

Pasco County Out of the Darkness Walk: This “walk to fight suicide” is part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness and funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Register at 9 a.m. Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and Pasco County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention will participate in the 18th-annual take-back day at two locations: Walmart, 8745 Little Road, New Port Richey; and the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel (first floor of the parking garage, next to car detailing services). Unused and expired medications can be dropped off at either location for proper disposal. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

‘Build Your Own City’ Contest: Youth ages 6 to 15 are invited to use their community planning skills by designing and building their own cities. Participants will have 45 minutes to design, build and name their city. After a brief community planning presentation, each junior planner can discuss his or her city. Kids can create and build as individuals or as a group. Parents must remain on site. All building materials provided. Free. 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

27 Sunday

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

28 Monday

Card Party and Luncheon: The Ladies Auxiliary of St. Vincent de Paul Church host this card party and luncheon. $7. 11 a.m. Father Farrell Hall, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. (727) 389-0518.

Cattle Workshop: The Pasco County Extension Service will provide this workshop on dealing with calving difficulties using the Dystocia (difficult birth) Simulator. Participants gain hands-on experience in recognizing calving problems, correcting issues and knowing when to call the veterinarian. Register at $12 registration fee. 6 p.m. Clayton Hall at Pasco County Extension Service, 36702 State Road 52 (at Pasco County Fairgrounds, Dade City. (352) 523-5023.

Character Development Workshop: Join Florida native, teacher and self-published author, Latoya Desamour, as she leads this interactive discussion about bullying and self-confidence. The program is geared for students in the first through fifth grades. Dinner will be provided. Registration required. Free. 6 to 7 p.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

29 Tuesday

Pretzel Creations for Tweens: Get into the Halloween mood with a movie and snack creation, such as a mummy, zombie and pumpkin pretzels to snack on. Geared for youth in the fourth through seventh grades. Free. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 861-3049.

Kitty Cats and Yoga Mats: Celebrate National Cat Day in this easy-going yoga class led by a certified yoga teacher, surrounded by kitties available for adoption. For ages 18 and older. A signed liability waiver is required. Space is limited; registration is recommended (but walk-ins will be allowed if there is space). Free. Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

30 Wednesday

Flu Shots: CVS is providing flu shots. Free to seniors with insurance cards. Bring your insurance card. 10 a.m. CARES Elfers Center, 4136 Barker Drive, Elfers. (727) 847-1290.

31 Thursday

Portraiture Demonstration: Artist Pat Roguz will offer this free demonstration. Free. 10 a.m. Pasco Fine Arts Center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. (727) 845-7322.

Look ahead

Turkey Dinner: 5 p.m. Nov. 1, Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings, includes special dessert and drinks. All are welcomed. Take-outs available. Adults $10, children $7. 5 p.m. Friday. RSVP to (727) 849-7521.

One Community Now Diamond Gala 10th Anniversary: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 1, Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Includes dinner, live and silent auctions, exhibits and entertainment with the Black Honkeys. Tickets are $75. Contact Patti Templeton at (727) 858-6117.

Wishing Well Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2, CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. An indoor-outdoor yard sale with vendors, crafters, live music by Marla Jo and food from Gramma Toni’s Food Truck. Benefits CARES. (727) 863-6868.

Pasco Kids First Family Fun Day: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2, Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. Includes a family fitness walk around Orange Lake with large storybook pages, touch-a-truck, inflatables, fire hose shoot, giveaways and more. (727) 967-7509.

Casino Royale: 6 p.m. Nov. 2, St. Anne Catholic Church, 7120 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. A night of casino gaming with slot machines, black jack, poker, craps, roulette, a raffle and prizes. Benefits HPH Hospice, Food Pantry’s in West Pasco and St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Tickets $35-$55. (727) 810-3545.

Richey Concert Band concert: 2:30 p.m. Nov. 3, at River Ridge High School Auditorium, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. A suggested $2 donation is asked. (727) 236-9897.

Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education Task Force Candlelight Vigil: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5, Pasco-Hernando State College, West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Hosted by Pasco ASAP (Alliance for Substance Addiction Prevention).(813) 502-9474 or

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