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From a war reenactment to MLK celebrations: There’s plenty to do in the North Suncoast

Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties
Union and Confederate troops will battle it out this weekend at the annual Brooksville Raid, held at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation in Spring Hill. [Times (2013)]
Union and Confederate troops will battle it out this weekend at the annual Brooksville Raid, held at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation in Spring Hill. [Times (2013)]

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.

Brooksville MLK Weekend: A celebration of Martin Luther King will kick off with a Music and Arts Extravaganza at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 111 Ernie Chatman Run, Brooksville. Admission is $3 per person. The main event will be the 2020 MLK Parade at 10 a.m. Jan. 20 through downtown Brooksville. It will feature marching units representing local organizations. For details, contact Letressa Jones at (850) 445-8222.

Martin Luther King Jr. Event: The African-American Club of Pasco County will honor the life and works of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. starting at 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at the former Booker T. Washington School, 6105 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. There will be songs, poems, short speeches and King’s own words to remember and rededicate to a better community. A child will read the poem “Kids Do Die” by Langston Hughes, as other children come forward carrying a poster with the names, photographs and ages of kids who died in their encounters with law enforcement officers (such as Tamar Rice and Trayvon Martin). The program will begin with a brief march from both the Union Missionary Baptist Church at the east end of Pine Hill, and from Unity Church at the west end of Pine Hill. Call Dan Callaghan, (727) 372-1742.

The King of the World: Martin Luther King and Public Memory: Pasco-Hernando State College hosts the annual MLK lecture series at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at the PHSC West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey; and 1 p.m. Jan. 22 at the PHSC Porter Campus, 2727 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Presented by Maurice Hobson, an associate professor of African American studies, and historian at Georgia State University. The program is free. Call (727) 847-2727.

Saint Leo University MLK observance week: A ceremony will be from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at the “A Spirit of Belonging” sculpture. The sculpture commemorates the acceptance of Saint Leo’s first black student, Rudolph Antorcha, who arrived from Cuba in 1898. The ceremony will include a wreathing-laying and a release of white doves of peace during a reading from King’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. Motivational speaker and rapper Bunduki Ramadan, a native of Somalia, will share his story at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Student Community Center boardrooms. Dear World, an interactive portrait project, will return to Saint Leo for Martin Luther King Jr. Week. Peace, Paint and Vibe will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Fine Arts Building. It includes participants creating their own “peace painting.” The campus is at 33701 State Road 54. For details, contact Student Affairs at (352) 588-8206.


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

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

2020 Florida Manatee Festival: The 33rd-annual event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 18 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19 in downtown Crystal River, at U.S. 19 and Citrus Avenue, and Kings Bay Park, Crystal River. Featuring entertainment on three stages and at the Heritage House-Hippie Village Stage. With a kids zone, numerous fine art and craft vendors, food trucks and two food courts, and free bus tours to Three Sisters Springs. Manatee boat tours will be offered from the city pier ($10; $5 for ages 6-12, free for 5 and younger). The Hippie Village will include a VW car display. Admission is $5 for adults and teens; ages 12 and younger free. Visit or

Arts and Autos: This monthly outdoor event will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 18 in historic downtown Brooksville, along Main Street and Fort Dade Avenue. Includes a cruise-in car show, artisan market, live music and food and drink. The Uptown Art Gallery at City Hall is open during the event. Vendors welcome; the cost is $15 for a 10 x 10 space. Artists can reserve a free spot in the gallery to demonstrate their craft live. The car show has reserved parking (entrance at 201 Howell Ave. in front of City Hall), or participants can cruise in and park anywhere downtown. Admission is free. Call (352) 540-6476 or visit


Kyle Carey will perform a concert of Celtic and American music Jan. 17 at the New Port Richey Public Library. [Kyle Carey]

Kyle Carey — Gaelic Americana Concert: Enjoy listening to the beautifully woven threads of Celtic and American music when Carey performs at 3 p.m. Jan. 17 at the New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. The show is free. Call (727) 853-1279.

Living by the Stream: The musical duo will perform original compositions, plus a variety of arrangements of well-known tunes in a free concert at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. They fuse a wide variety of styles, including jazz, classical, bluegrass and Irish. The concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. Call (352) 754-4043.

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Tribute: Southern Cross performs this outdoor concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. Bring chairs or blankets. Snacks will be available for purchase from local businesses. No pets please. The concert is part of the City of New Port Richey Parks and Recreation’s 2019/20 concert series. A free park-and-ride shuttle service will be available to transport patrons in a Pasco County school bus to and from Sims Park, beginning at 6 p.m., from the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatics Center. The final bus from the park leaves at 9:30 p.m. Call (727) 841-4560.

Zachary James on Broadway: Springstead High School alumnus and Broadway star Zachary James will perform a one-night show at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at Springstead Theatre, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. James, who is coming off performances at the Metropolitan Opera, will be returning to his alma mater to perform selections from some of Broadway’s most famous shows. Among his long list of Broadway and off-Broadway roles, Zach James is known for creating the role of Lurch in the original Broadway cast of The Addams Family (visit his website at Tickets are $18, all seats reserved. Purchase at Call (352) 797-7010.

Broadway star Zach James will perform a one-man show Jan. 23 at Springstead Theatre. [Mark Pennington]

Sunday Blues Music Showcase and Dinner: Dinner served from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by live music from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 20 at Colorama Music, 9302 Denton Ave, Hudson. Doors open at 4:30 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. The cost is $15 for the show, $14.95 for the buffet dinner. Call (727) 619-3871.

Liverpool Live: This tribute to the Beatles will be Jan. 23 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., showtime at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call (727) 842-6777.


Florida Gulf Coast Cluster of Dog Shows: The event wraps up this weekend at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, Brooksville. Show times are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, through Jan. 19, and features American Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Shows, agility trials, 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.

Stargazing at Starkey Park: Join the Pasco Astronomers Club for a closer look at the stars and planets in the night sky from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 18 at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., 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. Rain date is Jan. 25 (same time). Free. Call (727) 255-3083.

Regal Railways Toy Train and Collectible Show: Regal Railways hosts this show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Includes vendors on hand selling various model trains, toys and diecast cars, and more. There will be a running train layout. Admission is $5; ages 12 and younger free. Call (727) 244-1341.

On stage

Shrek the Musical: The show continues 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

The Comedy Time Tunnel: The National Comedy Hall of Fame presents this comedy ride at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. It starts with the first great American comedian in 1787 through vaudeville, stand-up theater, and on to the early days of radio and television comedy. The audience will see rare footage of some of the greatest comedians in the industry such as Milton Berle, George Burns, Red Skelton, Phyllis Diller, Sid Caesar and many others. Complimentary light refreshments will be served. Free, but donations appreciated. Call (352) 686-7034.

Art events

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

Art in 3D: A reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Pasco Fine Arts Council, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. The art competition and exhibition continues through Jan. 25 and includes all forms of three-dimensional artwork. Call (727) 845-7322.

Past Merges Now: The exhibit, featuring works by artist Michael Conway, continues through Feb. 19 at the Rao Musunuru, M.D., Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The show features works that blend 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. 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

17 Friday

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 each Friday 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). 10 a.m. to noon. 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 to 10 p.m. Hernando Shrine Hall, 13400 Montour St., Brooksville. (352) 688-3744.

18 Saturday

First-Time Homebuyer’s Class: The Hernando County Housing Authority, in partnership with Solita’s House, provides this free class on the third Saturday of the month. Registration is required. Visit to register. Those having difficulty registering can contact Kim Murphy at Free. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arc Nature Coast Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4160, ext. 3.

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway: To celebrate Florida Arbor Day, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County and the Florida Forest Service will be giving away free bare-rooted native tree seedlings. Varieties include Redbud, Yaupon Holly, Sparkleberry and Sweetshrub. Supplies are limited. Free. 9 a.m. to noon. Master Gardner Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

Dade Quilt Show: The quilt show will include quilting demonstrations and vendors, button art, natural fiber art and a concession stand. Quilters wishing to participate pay $5 for each item (up to five items). $5 person, 12 and younger free; parking, $3. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

Children in the Wild; Navigation: Comfort with navigation is essential for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Bring the kids ages 5-9 to explore wilderness navigation. Learn about compasses, maps and participate in some fun activities related to finding your way. Register or call (352) 754-6722. Free. 2 p.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville.

19 Sunday

Adult Forum on Criminal Justice — Hernando County Drug/Mental Health/Veterans Court: Criminal justice discussion led by Amy Baldwin, a Hernando County drug, mental health, and veterans courts program specialist. Free. 9:45 a.m. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 428-1918.

22 Wednesday

High Point Golf Club Men’s Tournament: This men’s member/guest tournament is an 18-hole scramble (teams selected by handicap), and includes a silent auction, share-the-wealth, hole-in-one prizes and cash prizes for winners. A buffet lunch is included. $20 members, $40 guests. 8 a.m. High Point Golf Club, 12251 Club House Road, High Point. (352) 596-0833.

Best All Around Plants for Hernando County: Tired of buying plants just to throw them on the compost pile? This class will cover plants that perform well in this area, and how to find the right plant for the right place. Free; no registration needed. 10:30 a.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6230.

Sierra Club Adventure Coast hosts ‘Green Drinks’: Celebrate your love of nature at this social hosted by the Sierra Club Adventure Coast. This is the club’s first “Green Drinks,” which is an organic, self-organizing network of a lively mixture of people. A cash bar and food truck is available on site. Everyone is welcome. Call or email Free. 5 p.m. Marker 48 Brewing, 12147 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 277-3330.

Look ahead

Hernando Audubon Birding Trip to Lake Apopka: This is a one-way, 11-mile dirt road with pull-off areas to stop and look for ducks, waders and other birds in wetlands. Free. 8 a.m. Jan. 24. Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, 2803 Lust Road, Apopka. (352) 686-0460.

Church Yard Sale: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 24 and 25, Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 596-0080.

Improv Night: Live Oak Conservatory’s Improv Troupe will take the stage to perform skits, games and actors’ choices inspired by the audience. Concessions available. This is a fundraiser for the Live Oak Conservatory scholarship fund. $10. 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Carol & Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 593-0027.

Other Pasco events

17 Friday

Abbott and Costello: Watch a screening of Abbott and Costello’s iconic Who’s on First? routine before touring the entire museum. $6-$12. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. National Comedy Hall of Fame, 2435 U.S. 19, Holiday. (727) 541-7876.

Arbor Day Dade City: The 25th-annual tree memorial event includes guest speakers and an appearance by Smokey the Bear. Free. 10 a.m. Dade City Garden Club, 13630 Fifth St., Dade City. (352) 567-9003.

Healthy Cooking for Homeschoolers: Homeschoolers ages 12 to 17 can learn about the “power of chicken noodle soup.” Includes cooking skills, nutrition basics and kitchen safety. $25. 10 a.m. Friday. Family Learning Alliance, 1930 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. #16, Land O’ Lakes. (813) 450-4437.

Arbor Day New Port Richey: The celebration includes the New Port Richey city staff and city council, the city’s environmental committee, and the fourth-grade class from Genesis Elementary School. After the children’s program about trees, the city’s Public Works Department and the children will plant new trees in celebration of Arbor Day and the city’s designation as a National Tree City USA. Free. 11 a.m. Frances Avenue Park, 5580 Frances Ave., New Port Richey. (727) 849-1626.

18 Saturday

Pancake Breakfast: All-you-can-eat pancakes, plus sausage links or patties, fresh scrambled eggs, orange juice, coffee or tea. Adults $5, Children $1. 8 a.m. St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. (352) 683-6441.

‘Miss Virginia’ Screening Celebration: This is a community movie screening to celebrate School Choice Week. Miss Virginia will be shown at 10 a.m. It is a movie drama inspired by the true story of education advocate Virginia Walden Ford and stars award-winning actress Uzo Aduba as an inner-city mother who fights for better school options for her son. Prior to the screening will be speakers Jim Howard, executive director of Trinity Security Allies, and Starla Brown, state deputy director of Americans for Prosperity. Students from Dayspring Academy will perform a dance. A networking reception will follow the screening. Preregister for this free event at or register between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Generations Christian Church, 1540 Little Road, Trinity. (786) 260-9283.

Museum Open House: See four operating train layouts, along with military dioramas and doll house miniatures. $9, 11 and younger free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Suncoast Center for Fine Scale Modeling, 2645 Success Drive, Odessa. (727) 460-5872.

19 Sunday

All U Can Eat 5 Star Breakfast Buffet: The buffet breakfast includes drinks. Tickets available at the door. $8 adults, $5 kids. 8 a.m. Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. (727) 849-7521.

Knights of Columbus Blood Drive: Our Lady Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus Council #11680 will host the Big Red Bus in the church parking lot. No appointment is necessary. All donors and welcome and needed. Free. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 5340 High Street, New Port Richey. (727) 861-0818.

Resin Art Workshop: Kris Belkola will facilitate this two-hour class on making resin pictures. $35, includes supplies and frame. 1 p.m. West Pasco Art Guild and Gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. (727) 841-7732. Register online at

20 Monday

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 is free. 7 p.m. SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey. (727) 280-7981.

22 Wednesday

All About the Brain: This is the second in a series of three classes that focus on the brain. The topic is understanding Alzheimer’s and dementia. Learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, stages of the disease and risk factors, current research and treatments available. Noon to 1 p.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (800) 272-3900.

The Great Escape Room: Teens in grades 8-12 are invited to slip through time and find themselves in the Roaring ‘20s, where they have to solve puzzles using clues contained in the room, and escape before the hour is up. No registration or library card needed to participate. Free. 4 p.m. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 861-3049.

Look Ahead

Car Seat Class: Provided by the Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition. Car seats available for participant are convertible seats, which accommodate children from infancy (rear-facing starting at 5 pounds) and switch to the forward-facing position (up to 65 pounds). The cost is $20 per car seat, collected at class (cash or money orders only). Booster seats are $10 and are for children who are at least 4 years old and weigh a minimum of 40 pounds. The cost may vary per accommodating special circumstances, such as high weight limit or special referral. 10:30 a.m. Jan. 24. Johns Hopkins All Childrens Outpatient Care Pasco, 4443 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. (727) 846-9900. RSVP online at

Aripeka Elks Membership Drive, Dancing and Dining: Dancing to Remember When. Buffet includes appetizer, salad, three entrees, sides and dessert. Advance sales only; purchase at the lodge. $15 per person. 5 p.m. Jan. 24. Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (717) 863-2520.

Beginnings: The concert pays respect to the band Chicago. Visit $30-$35. 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Pasco-Hernando State College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (727) 816-3707.

Heartbeat Brazil in Concert: 7 p.m. Jan. 24, St. Joseph Church, 38750 Fifth Ave, Zephyrhills. Tickets are $20. (813) 782-2813. Purchase tickets at

About Boating Safely: Florida-approved About Boating Safely class that provides the state Safe Boating card. Digital library included. $40 first family member, $20 each additional family member. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25. Reservations recommended. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Hudson Flotilla 11-7, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 697-8013.

Kumquat Festival: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 throughout downtown Dade City. Visit for details.

IPW Hardcore Wrestling: IPW Hardcore Wrestling returns to The Gulf View Event Center with stars of the past and the future. It will be a night of food, drinks and mayhem. $15 general admission, $25 reserved VIP. 8 p.m. Jan. 25. Gulf View Event Center, 9409 U.S. 19, Port Richey. (912) 220-2885.

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