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From tribute bands to jazz: Concerts galore this weekend

Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties
Rick Stepinsky headlines the Standup Comedy Spectacular Jan. 10 at the Hall of Fame Comedy Theater, 2435 U.S. 19, Holiday. [Hall of Fame Event Center]
Rick Stepinsky headlines the Standup Comedy Spectacular Jan. 10 at the Hall of Fame Comedy Theater, 2435 U.S. 19, Holiday. [Hall of Fame Event Center]


Florida Gulf Coast Cluster of Dog Shows: The show will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Jan. 9-19 (no show on Jan. 14) at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, Brooksville. Featuring 10 American Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Shows, two days of agility trials, 10 days of conformation, owner-handler, junior showmanship, obedience trials, rally trials, puppy competition and coursing ability tests. Visitors can go behind the scenes and learn how a dog is judged, meet dog handlers and more. There will be numerous vendors and a food court. Free admission; parking is $5. Contact Mary Stolz at, or Pat Lombardi at, or call(352) 799-5180.

On stage

Shrek the Musical: The show continues weekends through Jan. 19 on the Main Stage at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions, the show features Shrek, Donkey, Fiona and Dragon, as they battle Lord Farquaad in his plot to become King of Duloc. Tickets are $19-$25. Call (352) 683-5113 or visit

Jessica Virginia stars as Fiona, Paul Wade as Shrek and James Muriel as Donkey in the Stage West presentation of Shrek the Musical. Performances continue weekends through Jan. 19. Visit [Carol Ballard]

Standup Comedy Spectacular: The show starts at 8 p.m. Jan. 10 at Hall of Fame Comedy Theater, 2435 U.S. 19, Holiday. The headliner is Rick Stepinsky, who was just voted best stand-up comedian by Creative Loafing. Also featuring Jander Gray. Guests may bring their own beverages; mixers and snacks available. Tickets are $15-$50. Call (727) 656-9867 or visit


Friday Night Live: Brooksville Main Street hosts this monthly concert series Jan. 10 in Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. It includes food trucks, games in the park, a night market and full bar. Prodigal Sons perform from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.; Jeff and the Jarretts from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; and Stonegrey from 9 to 10 p.m. Free admission. Call (352) 540-6409.

Hey Tonight: This musical tribute to the greatest hits of Credence Clearwater Revival and John Fogarty will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at Pasco-Hernando State College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. With popular songs such as Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising and Green River. Visit $30-$35. Call (727) 816-3707.

Michael Jackson Tribute Show: Impersonator Danny Dash presents this tribute to the “King of Pop” at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at The Stockyard, 1910 U.S. 19 N, Holiday. Tickets are $20. (727) 939-9494.

The Isaacs: The roots gospel band will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 11 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Featuring songs from their album, Favorites: Revisited by Request, which received a 2019 Grammy nomination. Tickets are $45 reserved seating; $35 general admission. Call (727) 842-6777.

Big Band/Jazz Royalty: The Hernando Jazz Society hosts this event at 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. Includes tunes performed by the “Royalty of Big Bands and Jazz.” Admission is $10 each or $15 for couples; free for Jazz Society members. An optional buffet and cash bar are available an additional cost. Call (352) 796-9690.

Suzanne and Jim: The national touring artists perform a free concert at 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. The duo perform Americana roots music, featuring five-string banjo, guitars, flute, autoharp, courtship dulcimer, a smattering of spoons and home-spun humor. Call (727) 861-3040.

Art events

The Art in My Mind: The exhibit, featuring works that are “artist choice,” opens Jan. 11 and continues through April 4 at the Uptown Art Gallery (in Brooksville City Hall), 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. A reception will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17, with refreshments, as well as entertainment provided by Bs Three. Call (352) 540-3811.

Art in 3D: The art competition and exhibition opens Jan. 11 at the Pasco Fine Arts Council, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. The show will include all forms of three-dimensional artwork. A reception will be held Jan. 17. Call (727) 845-7322.

Past Merges Now: The exhibit featuring works by artist Michael Conway opens Jan. 10 at the Rao Musunuru, M.D., Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. An opening reception will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 15. The exhibit blends 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. The show will continue through Feb. 19. 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

11 Saturday

Hernando Audubon Birding Trip to Big Pine: Meet in the parking lot. The walk will be about 2 miles on a trail through longleaf pine habitat that leads to a wetland. Expect to see many woodpeckers and winter songbirds. Free. 8 a.m. Big Pine Tract of Chinsegut WEA, 12060 Old Crystal River Road, Brooksville. (352) 686-0460.

3-D Archery Shoot: This shoot is to prepare participants for the Archery Shooters Association tournament shoot in February. The course is 15 lanes with 3-D target variety. Full participation is three to four hours long. There is a fee charged. No registration required. 9 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

Line Dance Social: Music provided by DJ Dave. Open-back shoes are prohibited on the dance floor. Guests may bring their own drinks and snacks. $5. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. (352) 397-6088.

15 Wednesday

Brain Bus: This statewide mobile outreach initiative raises awareness of Alzheimer’s and related dementia, and addresses the benefits of early detection, early diagnosis, brain health and risk reduction. Free. 9 a.m. YMCA Spring Hill, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (800) 272-3900.

Tools to Quit Smoking: The single-session program will provide tools to help quit tobacco, including: how to prepare a plan that works, ways to deal with cravings, physical and emotional symptoms to expect and how to cope with them effectively, as well as four free weeks of patches, gum or lozenges, while supplies last. The program is sponsored by Tobacco Free Florida. Space is limited and registration is required. Free. 5 p.m. Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (813) 929-1000.

Look ahead

Academia Hernando Spring Lecture Series: The topic is “A Living History: Meet Erma Bombeck,” presented by Susan Marie Frontczak. This is the first of a series of lectures held 10 a.m. to noon each Friday, Jan. 17 through March 6, with a bus excursion to the Ringling Museum on March 13 for series subscribers. Attend individual lectures or purchase the series. $10 at the door; $65 for the series (includes bus trip). St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Spring Hill, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 515-0300.

German American Club Ball: A semi-formal ball with dancing to music by Manni Daum, appetizers and two complimentary glasses of wine. Bring an appetizer to share. $11-$14. 4 p.m. Jan. 17. Hernando Shrine Hall, 13400 Montour St., Brooksville. (352) 688-3744.

MLK Music and Arts Extravaganza: $3. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Hernando High Performing Arts Center, 111 Ernie Chatman Run, Brooksville. (850) 445-8222.

Brooksville Raid: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 18 and 19, at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. The 40th-annual Brooksville Raid, a Civil War battle reenactment, is presented by the Hernando Historical Museum Association and North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club. Featuring more than 1,500 re-enactors and their families, with 20 cannons, 20 horses and more than 30 sutlers. Tour authentic Confederate and Union camps. There will be vendors, food, entertainment and more. $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, $3 for scouts in uniform. (352) 515-3054.

Regal Railways Toy Train and Collectible Show: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 18, Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. $5; ages 12 and younger free. (727) 244-1341.

Un-Common-ly Artsy: The Historic Downtown Brooksville Arts Market: 5 p.m. Jan. 18, outside Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. This monthly outdoor arts market in historic downtown Brooksville includes live art, an exhibitor market, live music, food, and hands-on art activities. The Uptown Art Gallery at City Hall is open during the event. Vendors welcome; the cost is $15 for a 10x10 space. Artists can reserve a free spot in the gallery to demonstrate their craft live. (352) 540-6476.

Other Pasco events

10 Friday

Book Bazaar: Includes a diverse selection of books, audio and video media, magazines, and related materials. Cash or personal checks are accepted (no credit cards). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth Street, Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

Winter Book Sale: The Friends of the Library host this sale, with all proceeds supporting library programs and events. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

11 Saturday

Lightning Street Hockey Clinic: Boys and girls in grades 1 through 6 can join Tampa Bay Lightning players and coaches to learn about the sport of hockey and grow spiritually. Free (registration required). 9 a.m. Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. (727) 376-7733.

San Antonio Market in the Park: Vendors will be selling a variety of items at this monthly market, such as plants, jewelry, baked goods, yard art, jams and jellies, and more. Mr. Jim’s Famous Hot Dogs will be on site. There will also be a basket chance drawing and free children’s activities. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Antonio. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. , City Park, 12202 Main St., San Antonio.

Raised Bed Gardening and Sheet Composting: Now is the time to start a raised bed garden. Learn the basics in this seminar offered by the Pasco County Extension Service, including composting techniques and how to care for flowers and vegetables grown in raised beds. Free. 9 a.m. Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes. (352) 518-0156.

Collards Festival and Winter Garden Expo: Hosted by Ecology Florida and Creative Institute of Dental Arts, and features FarmNet growers and the West Pasco Seed and Plant Exchange. Featuring cool weather produce, bedding plants, organic and heirloom seeds, locally-grown vegetable and flower seedlings, locally-grown loquat fruit trees, local honey and a collard greens cookbook. Free; donations welcome. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Grand Gardens, 5721 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.

13 Monday

Ask a Master Gardener: Master Gardeners of the Pasco County Extension Office will answer gardening questions. Free. 1 to 2 p.m. South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. (727) 834-3331.

Why Bats?: Learn the importance of these threatened and misunderstood creatures. Learn the good that bats do, such as eating insects, pollinating plants and dispersing seeds. Provided by UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension. Free. 2 p.m. South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. (352) 518-0156.

Roller Derby Recruitment Night: Revolution Roller Derby, a mixed-gender, flat-track roller derby league, hosts open recruitment on a weekly basis. No skating experience necessary. First practice free 7 p.m. Mondays. SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey. (727) 280-7981.

14 Tuesday

COPD Screenings: The screenings are offered monthly (second Tuesday) in the lobby of the medical arts building. Free. 10 a.m. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. (727) 953-6957.

Couples Partner Dance Classes: The first hour of these weekly dance lessons for couples is for beginners, who learn the basics. The second hour offers advanced ballroom and patterns steps. $6 per couple. 1 p.m. CARES Elfers Center, 4136 Barker St., New Port Richey. (727) 645-5028.

Dooryard Fruit for Central Florida: Learn how to select, plant and maintain a variety of fruit-bearing shrubs and trees suited for Central Florida gardens. Free. 6:30 p.m. Austin Davis Public Library, 17808 Wayne Road, Odessa. (813) 744-5519.

15 Wednesday

Genealogy Lecture — Researching City Directory, School and Criminal Records: The West Pasco County Genealogical Society hosts this lecture, which will be about how to research records other than census and vital records. These include city directory, school and criminal records. Register by texting to 727-271-0770 or email to $5 for society members, $7 nonmembers. 1 p.m. CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 271-0770.

16 Thursday

Build Better Balance: Join certified instructor Cara for this basic stability class to build strength and better balance. Class size is limited. The class is offered weekly. Free. 1 p.m. Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., Zephyrhills. (813) 780-0064.

What You Should Know About Suicide Prevention: Our Lady Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus Council 11680 will host Tammy White, founder/director of the Bobby White Foundation. She will discuss suicide prevention, as well as how to help those dealing with suicide. All are welcome. Free. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Msgr. Foynes Hall, 5340 High St., New Port Richey.

Look ahead

Kyle Carey — Gaelic Americana Concert: Enjoy listening to the beautifully woven threads of Celtic and American music, fully wrought in a rich tapestry of acoustic storytelling of Carey’s traditional Gaelic styling of original material. Free. 3 p.m. Jan. 17. New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 853-1279.

Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ and Blues Festival: Fly–ins are welcome at this 10th-annual barbecue and blues festival featuring a barbecue competition, corn hole, car show, kid zone, business expo, military history museum and live blues music. Free admission; parking is $10. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 18, Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 39450 South Ave, Zephyrhills. (813) 782-1913.

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Tribute: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. Southern Cross performs this outdoor concert. Free. (727) 841-4560.

Stargazing at Starkey Park: 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 18, J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. Join the Pasco Astronomers Club for a closer look at the stars and planets in the night sky. Call (727) 255-3083.

Sunday Blues Music Showcase and Dinner: The dinner is served from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by live music from 6 to 9 p.m. The Mark Telesca Band performs. A cash bar is available. Barrelhouse Talent offers this monthly blues and dinner event. Reserve tickets on, then call to reserve a table. $15 for the show, $14.95 for the buffet dinner. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Colorama Music, 9302 Denton Ave, Hudson. (727) 619-3871.

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