Things to do in Hernando and Pasco counties

Published April 14
Updated April 15

Festivals

Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show: The fair continues daily through April 20 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. With midway rides, fair foods, pig races, camel rides, helicopter experience, musical entertainment, Lance Gifford (hypnotist-magician) and the Demolition Derby (April 19-20). Gates open at 5 p.m. weekdays, noon Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $8; $4 for ages 4-12 , and free for ages 3 and younger. Ride armbands are $20-$25. Visit hernandofairgrounds.com.

Easter celebrations

Bunny Train: Wear an outrageous Easter hat and board a 7.5-inch gauge train for a ride to visit the Easter Bunny and Mother Goose in a land with egg hunts, Easter parades, crafts, games and live bunnies. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19 and 20, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 at the Concourse Grand Railroad, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. Admission is $5. Call (727) 639-7639.

Hop ‘n Glow: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals and the Chamber Education Training Association host this event from 5:30 to 9 p.m. April 20 at Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. The event includes age-defined egg hunts with more than 20,000 eggs. There will be a black light dance party, face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny, games and more. Food trucks and vendors will be on site. Admission is $5 at the gate ($3.50 in advance on eventbrite.com). Call (352) 796-0697.

Out and About Summer Expo: This free Easter-themed event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 at Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd., Land O’ Lakes. There will be outdoor Easter egg hunts for children and adults, and an inside exhibit hall to learn about local attractions. Egg hunts begin at 10 a.m. Children exchange eggs for goody bags. The adult hunt includes prizes, including a $100 bill to one lucky participant. The event is free. Call (813) 909-2800 or (813) 927-2730.

Community Easter Egg Hunt: Gulfside Hospice hosts this free event at 9 a.m. April 20 at Gulfside Hospice Community Outreach Center, 6224 Lafayette St., New Port Richey. The first 100 children will receive a goodie bag. Kids should bring a basket to collect eggs. Along with age-staggered egg hunts, children can meet the Easter Bunny and participate in Easter-themed games and crafts. All those who RSVP prior to the event will be entered into a drawing to win a chocolate bunny. Call (727) 845-5707.

Sertoma Youth Ranch Easter Egg Hunt: Enjoy a variety of activities and pictures with the Easter Bunny from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake (on the Hernando and Pasco county line). The egg hunt begins at 1 p.m. Crafts, hayrides and other activities will be available throughout the day. Admission is free. Call (352) 467-0800.

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt: Bring your bathing suit and Easter basket to participate in the annual underwater Easter egg hunt at Buccaneer Bay at from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 20 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Hunt times are: 11 a.m. for children 3 and younger at the kiddie pool; noon for ages 4-6 at the kiddie pool, 1 p.m. for ages 7-10 at the beach, and 2 p.m. for ages 11-13 at the beach. The event is included in regular park admission ($13, $8 for ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger). Visit weekiwachee.com or call (352) 592-5656.

Easter Egg Hunt: Youth ages 7 to 13 are invited to search for eggs on the aqua park or inflatable obstacle course at the Lift Adventure Park at SunWest Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20, at 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. Participants can redeem their eggs for prizes, such as candy, discount codes, vouchers and more. The cost is $10. Register online at bit.ly/APEasterEggHunt. For information, email to info2theliftadventurepark.com.

Spring Egg-Stravaganza: Bring a basket to find hundreds of eggs hidden for age appropriate egg hunts with a visit from the Easter Bunny and the Build a Better Brain wildlife puppet show, starting at 8 a.m. April 20 at Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. The event is free. Call (352) 628-5343.

Spring Fest 2019: Welcome spring and celebrate Easter at this festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at Great Life Church, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Includes three age appropriate egg hunts, an obstacle course, petting zoo, games, face painting, balloon art and food. Free. Call (352) 293-7673. greatlifechurch.com

Eggs in the Park: Children ages 12 and younger, along with their families, are invited to this event from 10 a.m. to noon April 20 at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. Egg hunts start promptly at 10 a.m. for all ages, followed by games and relays. The event is free. Call (352) 793-4781.

Spring Egg Hunt: Children 7 and younger, with a parent, are invited for an egg hunt and crafts at 9 a.m. April 20 at Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St, Dade City. Free. (352) 567-3576.

Music

Chopin Project Series Finale Concert: Pianist Igor Lovchinsky, Gramaphone’s “Star of the Future,” makes his Florida debut as part of the Chopin Project Series season finale at 3 p.m. April 20 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Featuring works by Frederic Chopin, as well as Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess. The concert is free. No reservations needed. Call (813) 966-1933. chopinproject.com

On stage

Rat Pack Lounge: The show opens April 20 and continues with evening and matinees through May 19 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Frank, Dean and Sammy are up in heaven, but find out they must return to Earth to make good on an unfulfilled promise made to the owner of the Rat Pack Lounge. The show features more than 30 hit songs made famous by the classic crooners. Tickets are $55.50. Call (727) 863-7949 or visit showpalace.net.

Art events

‘Tropical Paradise’ exhibit and reception: The West Pasco Art Guild’s April show continues through April 30 at the guild, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. The show features works by students in the guild’s Young Artists’ group. The show and reception are free. Call (727) 841-7732.

PHSC Student of the Arts: The exhibit continues through May 15 at the Rao Musunuru, MD, Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Experience the creativity of PHSC student artwork in this annual exhibit that features photography, drawing, mixed media and more. Regular exhibit 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.

Pasco Fine Arts Council Member Show: The show continues through May 3 at 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. In celebration of Poetry Month, the exhibit features artwork based on a poem of the artist’s choice. Visit pascoarts.org or call (727) 845-3722.

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America: The traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit continues through April 27 at 6345 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Presented by Florida Humanities Council. The exhibit is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, or by appointment for group visits. Call (727) 841-4560.

Blueberries: The exhibit continues through May 4 at Uptown Art Gallery/Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Call (207) 809-9066 or (352) 540-3810.

Look ahead

Taste of Pasco: The celebration of food from Pasco County will be from 4 to 7 p.m. April 27 at the Concourse Rotary Pavilion, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. About 30 local restaurants will give samples of their foods. Beer and wine will be available. Includes entertainment and children’s activities. Tickets are $25 advance, $35 at the door; ages 12 and younger admitted free. Proceeds benefit AFIRE of Pasco County and Sunrise of Pasco County. Visit tasteofpasco.com, visit the event page on Facebook or email to tasteofpasco2019@gmail.com.

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Other Hernando events

19 Friday

Passover Seder: Feast on a catered brisket meal while enjoying a Haggadah reading, insights and songs. Registration required. 6 p.m. Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. $30, $10 ages 4-12; $25 adults, $7 ages 4-12 members. (352) 686-7034. tbdfl.org

PHSC Spring Poetry Celebration: Celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday and share or recite poems in this bi-annual poetry celebration. 7 p.m. Pasco-Hernando State College - North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. Free. (352) 797-5014. phsc.edu

20 Saturday

Hernando Audubon Birding Trip to Bayport Park and Private “Hot Spot”: Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the canoe-kayak parking lot at Bayport Park. The group will look for any migrating birds passing through the area as well as resident land birds and water birds. Then they will carpool a short distance to a small private lot that has an Australian Silk Oak tree. When this tree is in bloom, it acts as a magnet to migrating song birds. Bring a chair. Bayport Park, 4140 Cortez Blvd., Bayport. Free. (352) 686-0460. hernandoaudubon.org

Springstead High Flea Market: The Springstead High School Boys Basketball Team hosts this flea market in the school theater parking lot. Vendor spaces are $10, which includes two car spaces. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-3528.

Firearms Safety Class: This is an introductory orientation class for new shooters. All materials and equipment needed for the class and live-fire training is provided to students, including the use of a .22 caliber firearm, ammo, earplugs and eye protection. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hernando Sportsman’s Club, 16121 Commercial Way, Brooksville. Pre-registration required (352) 597-9931. hernandosportsmansclub.com

April Showers Bring May Flowers Fundraiser Tea: This is a fundraiser for Crescent Community Clinic. There will be specialty teas and afternoon tea treats, including finger sandwiches and sweet treats. There will be professional storytellers as well as musical entertainment. There will be a silent auction, door prizes and prizes for the fanciest, most outrageous and most clever hats. Crescent is a nonprofit clinic staffed by volunteer doctors, dentists, nurses and support staff, offering care to uninsured, low-income adults in Hernando County. 1 to 4 p.m. Chinsegut Hill Retreat, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, Brooksville. $30. eventbrite.com

21 Sunday

Easter Sunrise Service: Lake Lindsey United Methodist Church hosts its annual sunrise service on the front lawn of Chisnegut Hill Manor. There will be a free pancake breakfast after the service at the church on Lake Lindsey Road. 7 a.m. Chinsegut Hill Retreat, 22400 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Free. (352) 688-4053.

25 Thursday

Dawn Center 25th Birthday Bash: The celebration will include an awards ceremony to highlight businesses and individuals who offer support to victims of interpersonal violence. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Timber Pines Performing Arts Center, 6872 Timber Pines Blvd., Spring Hill. $35. (352) 639-0892. dawncenter.org

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Other Pasco events

20 Saturday

St. Mark’s Pancake Breakfast: Featuring all-you-can-eat pancakes, plus sausage, eggs, juice, coffee or tea. 8 a.m. St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. Adults $4, children $1. (727) 863-5646.

New Life Flea Market: 9 a.m. New Life Metropolitan Community Church, 4133 Thys Road, New Port Richey. Vendors welcome at $10 per space; just show up. (727) 849-6962.

Rugged Maniac: Run through the woods and a water soaked motocross track with barbed wire, tunnels, mud pits, pools of water, barricades, cargo nets, scrambles, swinging pendulums and a three-story water slide. Includes a party with DJ dancing, a mechanical bull, pie eating and stein hoisting contests and games. 9 a.m. Little Everglades Ranch, 17951 Hamilton Road, Dade City. $79, spectators free. (352) 521-3661. trailrunner.com

Elfers Centennial Garden Club Plant Sale: A plant sale and tour of the Bake House, a cracker house built in 1882. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. Free. (727) 252-6265.

Sailing Regatta Invitational: The Gulf Harbors Yacht Club hosts this fourth annual event, which is a collaboration between the yacht club, Gulf Winds Sailing Club and Hudson Beach Sailing club. The community is welcome to participate. A captain’s meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in preparation. The race starts at 11:30 a.m. All participants are invited back to the club after the race for drinks, dinner and awards. The event is free. Contact Gene Hammond at gene.ghyc@gmail.com or Ken Skaggs at k@kskaggs.com.

Matzah-Lasagna Passover: Sing Jewish songs, listen to the Haggadah story and learn lessons as you eat a matzah-lasagna meal. 5 p.m. Beth-El Shalom Messianic Congregation, 6209 Congress St., New Port Richey. $15, $12 ages 15 and younger. (727) 375-7502.

FarmNet Farm-to-Table Dinner: The meal is served buffet-style and created by Chef Carl Hille. 6 p.m. Rose’s Bistro, 6238 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. $25; reservations required. (727) 849-4940.

21 Sunday

Easter Sunday Brunch: Sip on a complimentary champagne cocktail while feasting on a brunch buffet that will include a carving station. 10:30 a.m. Gulf Harbors Yacht Club, 3926 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. $25.95, $19.95 members, $8.95 ages 9 and younger. (727) 849-4459. gulfharborsyc.com

Active Shooter Training Seminar: Learn how to be safe. Capt. Ross of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office will share from his years of expertise on how to survive a tragedy. 2 p.m. Beth-El Shalom, 6209 Congress St., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 375-7502. jewishheritage.net

22 Monday

Chair Yoga: Use the security and stability of a chair to challenge the core energy and increase movement. Donations benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 2 p.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St, New Port Richey. Free (donations appreciated). (727) 755-2955. flowyoga.biz

100 Mason Night: All masons are invited to fellowship and dinner. No RSVP needed. 6 p.m. Pearl of the West Masonic Lodge, 6319 Louisiana Ave, New Port Richey. Suggested $8 donation asked, but not required.

23 Tuesday

‘Tea and Crumpets’ Awareness Luncheon: This is an awareness luncheon for Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center, and will include speakers. 11:30 a.m. Dade City Woman’s Club, 37922 Palm Ave, Dade City. (352) 521-3358.

WISE: Wellness Initiative for Senior Education: This is part of a six-week program for seniors to learn how to stay healthy. Weekly lesson 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. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Continues each Tuesday through April 30. Land O’ Lakes Senior Center, 6801 Wisteria Loop, Land O’ Lakes. Free. (813) 929-1200.

24 Wednesday

Infant CPR: Class provides expectant parents the opportunity to learn and practice emergency resuscitation techniques for their infant. This course does not provide a healthcare provider CPR card. Limited seating; reservations are required for each person attending. 6 p.m. Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, Trinity. Free (727) 834-5630.

Contact Phyllis Day at pday@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.

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