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Things to do in Hernando and Pasco counties starting May 10


Friday Night Live: Featuring live music with Stone Buckle at 5 p.m. and Stereo FM at 7 p.m. May 10 at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. There will be food trucks, games in the park, a vendor market and full bar available. This is a free monthly event. Call (352) 540-6409.

Orange Blossom Jamboree: This multi-day music and art festival that be May 15-19 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake (on the Hernando/Pasco county line). With camping, vendors, food and a full lineup of music. Bands such as Applebutter Express, Holey Miss Moley, Come Back Alice, Skull and Bone Band, and many others will be performing. Various ticket packages available from $80-$110. Day passes are only available for Sunday ($30). Gates are open daily from 8 a.m. to midnight. Visit

Sunflower Maze @ Sweetfields Farm: This season's sunflower maze is on a 6-acre, lush field, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 26 (also open Memorial Day, May 27) at Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. Activities include a hayride, pig races, farm animals, the tree house, a free craft, wood-fired pizza, fresh lemonade, winery, veggie launcher, peddle tractors, rubber duck race and more. Admission is $9.50; $5 for children 3-11; ages 2 and younger free. (352) 279-0977.

HarvestMoon Fun Farm's Sunflower Maze: The 5-acre sunflower maze continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 26 at HarvestMoon Fun Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. With activities such as a jumping pillow, cow train rides, the Wizzer and petting farm. Sunflowers will be available for purchase. Admission is $11.95, plus, tax for adults and children 3 and older; ages 2 and younger are free. Call toll-free at 1-800-964-2140.


Brews and Wine on the Bayou: The event, hosted by the Justin Haystrand Memorial Scholarship, Inc., will be from 2 to 6 p.m. May 11 at Gill Dawg Event Center, 5419 Treadway Drive, Port Richey. The Bearded Brothers will perform. There will be raffle items and a 50-50 raffle, as well as opportunities to taste a variety of beers and wine. Admission is free. The cost for unlimited tastings, when purchased in advance, is $35 each or $60 per couple; VIP tastings are $75. At the gate, unlimited tastings will be $40. Tickets can be purchased on, as well as at Gill Dawg, AFIRE of Pasco County and the Pampering Plumber. The Justin Haystrand Memorial Scholarship was created in February 2018 after the untimely death of student/athlete Justin Haystrand, who was killed in a car crash. Call (813) 597-0360.


Stargazing at J.B. Starkey Wilderness park: Join the Pasco Astronomers at 8:30 p.m. May 11 at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10550 Wilderness Blvd., New Port Richey. Bring a telescope or use one of the group's. There is no cost. Call (727) 255-3083.

Toy Train and Collectible Show: The Regal Railways show will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Features various model trains, displays, collectibles and die-cast cars. Adults $5; children 12 and younger free. Moms get in free with a son or daughter. Call (727) 244-1341.


"All American Mother's Day" Dinner Concert: The 50-piece Richey Community Orchestra performs with special guest vocalist, Lothar Bergeest May 12 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cocktails (cash bar) will be at 1 p.m., followed by dinner at 1:30 p.m. (entree choice is roast beef or roast chicken). Tea and coffee is included. The show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $40; advanced reservations required. Call (727) 919-3866.

On stage

Sister Act: The musical hit comedy will be May 9-12 and May 17-19 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in a convent, where her disco moves and singing talent inspires the choir and breathes new life into the church and community. Show times are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18 cash, $20.07 credit. Call (727) 842-6777 or visit

Duets and Vignettes: Featuring snippets of shows and the songs that made them famous, presented May 9-19 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. May 9-11 and May 17-18, and at 2 p.m. May 12, 18 and 19. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 students. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113 or visit

Rat Pack Lounge: The show 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

Art events

'A Summer Road Trip': A reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. May 10 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 205 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The exhibit continues through July 13. Call (352) 540-3810 or (207) 809-9066.

Summertime Fun: The exhibit opens May 10 and continues through Sept. 19 at the West Pasco Art Guild, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Call (727) 841-7732.

PHSC Student of the Arts: The exhibit wraps up 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.

Look ahead

Newsies: Arts in Motion children's theater group will present the Broadway musical at 7 p.m. May 17 and 18, and at 2 p.m. May 18 and 19, at Pasco Middle School auditorium, 13925 14th St., Dade City. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors and $7 for students. Visit or call (352) 834-1246.


Other Hernando events

10 Friday

The American Alligator: Learn about one of only two remaining alligator species on earth, including the life history, conservation history and status of Florida's famous reptile. Recommended for ages 12 and older. 10 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-6722. Visit

Expect the Unexpected — Weather or Not: Hernando County residents are invited to this free seminar as part of Hernando County Utilities' Water Awareness Series. Participants will learn the most efficient ways to prepare for the unexpected. Emergency management director Cecilia Patella will discuss emergency preparedness for weather-related emergencies. 10 a.m. to noon. Hernando County Utilities, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-4705.

Lincoln Day Dinner: This is the Hernando County Republican Club's 49th-annual gala. A VIP reception will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by the dinner program. The featured speaker is Dinesh D'Souza, conservative political commentator, author and filmmaker. Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. $99 general admission tickets; $199 VIP tickets. (352) 942-3062.

11 Saturday

3-D Archery: Participate in a round of 3-D archery on the 15-lane woods course before the hot weather and summer storms roll in. Archers with their own equipment may sight-in and shoot the course (no crossbows). Fees apply to help maintain targets. No registration required. Lunch provided by Drawn by Grace, free to attendees. 9 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Call for details. (352) 754-6722.

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

Enrichment Day: Join park staff and volunteers for a day of learning and wildlife watching at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. Activities and programs demonstrate how enrichment is used to stimulate natural behaviors in captive wildlife. 10 a.m. Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. Activities are free, regular park admission required. (352) 628-5343.

Peewee Archery: Ages 5-9 will have an opportunity to learn the basics of archery using scaled down equipment, one-on-one coaching and help from mom or dad. Space is limited for this one-hour program. 10 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-6722.

Benefit Dinner for Tim Goodman: There will be food, raffles and a 50-50 raffle. The dinner will include salad, spaghetti and meatballs, and dessert. All money raised will be donated to Goodman, a post auxiliary member who has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. Noon to 5 p.m. VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. $10. (352) 596-9236.

Mothers' Day Dinner Dance: The dinner choice is roast beef or ham. Entertainment provided by Vic and Lisa. Call for reservations. 6 p.m. Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. $12 per person. (352) 799-7148.

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). 6:30 p.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. $5. (352) 397-6088.

12 Sunday

Nature Photography 101: Photographer and nature lover Alice Herden of Green-fly Media offers this monthly opportunity to learn more about DSLR cameras and getting great shots outdoors. 10 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. $20; registration required. (352) 754-6722. See more online at or

14 Tuesday

"Know the Signs: Stroke Awareness, Treatment and Prevention": The seminar panel includes: Jon Schwadron, DO, board certified in emergency medicine at Oak Hill Hospital; and Justin Whisenant, MD, neuroradiology and endovascular neurosurgery at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. A complimentary hot meal will be served. Seating is limited; reservations required. 5:30 p.m. Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 597-6333.


Other Pasco events

10 Friday

Land O' Lakes Senior Resource Fair: Local seniors can visit with Pasco County public services and safety departments, SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders), Woman's Club, West Pasco Audubon Society, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Lighthouse for the Blind, and others. Free refreshments. Hosted by Pasco County Senior Services. 9 a.m. to noon. Land O' Lakes Senior Center, 6801 Wisteria Loop, Land O' Lakes. Free. (813) 929-1200.

St. Anthony Catholic School 135th Anniversary: Celebrate with the oldest Catholic School in Pasco County (and fourth oldest in Florida). Includes a Mass (service) at 9 a.m. A spring concert performed by the students will be at 10:30 a.m. in the adjacent San Antonio Park. A family picnic will follow the concert. St. Anthony Catholic School, 12155 Joe Hermann Drive, San Antonio. Free. (352) 588-3041.

Book Bazaar — Friends of Hugh Embry Library: Featuring a diverse selection of books, audio and video media, magazines and related materials. Funds raised from the book sale helps support the Dade City public library. The monthly book bazaar will be on vacation in June and return July 12. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. Free. (352) 567-7449.

Good Samaritan Health Clinic's 13th annual Nurses Gala: The party will start with a cocktail hour and silent auction, followed by dinner, a tribute to nurses and awards to recognize the finest nurses in Pasco County. The event theme is "Nurses are Real Life Rock Stars." Guests can come dressed as their favorite rock star or in elegant attire. 6 p.m. Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. $50 for nurses, $75 all others. (727) 848-7789, ext. 242. Visit or email to

An Evening With Jan Stephenson: Hall of Fame golfer Jan Stephenson will tell stories of her career and her time on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, as well as her experiences with George Bush and Donald Trump. There is a complimentary wine tasting from her own winery. This special event is hosted by the West Pasco Historical Society. 6:30 p.m. Peace Hall, Sims Park, New Port Richey. $30. (727) 359-3380.

11 Saturday

Joining Hands Mission Health Fair: There will be more than 30 health vendors, wellness businesses and food booths. Health screenings will be available. There will be giveaways and prizes. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Joining Hands Mission United Methodist Church, 4204 Thys Road, New Port Richey. Free. (727) 264-1288.

Rotary Club of San Antonio Farmers Market: This is the final market of the season and will feature local vendors. There will also be a community tabletop sale (to set up a table, call Betty at 352-588-3825). The Barking Dogs Jam Group will entertain under the trees. The Rotary tent will have a basket drawing and information about the club. There will also be a craft table for the kids. The OneBlood Big Red Bus will be on hand for blood donations. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. San Antonio Park, 12202 Main St, San Antonio. (352) 437-5161.

12 Sunday

Sunday in the City: Walk, bike and golf cart yourself to downtown New Port Richey. Shop, eat, drink and enjoy a relaxing day out downtown. Venues will have sales, food and drink specials, live music and various activities will be added each month. Some business activities will have a fee. (727) 385-5375.

Mother's Day Brunch at Gulf Harbors Yacht Club: Featuring a gourmet brunch, including a carving station. A complimentary champagne cocktail is included. Reservations required. 10:30 a.m. Gulf Harbors Yacht Club, 3926 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Children under 12 $8.95; Adults $25.95, Members $19.95 (727) 849-4559.

Mother's Day Dinner Dance: Dancing to Jeanne and John will begin at 2:15 p.m. The dinner choice is roast beef or baked chicken, served with soup or salad, dessert and coffee or tea. A cash bar is available. Noon to 5 p.m. Polish American Social Club of Pasco County, 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. $12 members, $13 nonmembers. RSVP to (727) 372-0509 or (352) 596-4802.

13 Monday

Card Party and Salad Luncheon: Doors open at 10:30 a.m., lunch at noon. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St., New Port Richey. $7. (727) 816-3930, (727) 849-4330.

Spring into Gardening Series: Learn about vegetable gardening and composting in this final class in the gardening series. The topic is Composting Horse Manure 101. 2 p.m. UF/IFAS Pasco Extension One Stop Shop, 15029 14th St., Dade City. Free. (352) 518-0156.

14 Tuesday

Strengthen Our Communities Conference on Mental Health and Drug Prevention: Hosted by the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention and BayCare Behavioral Health. The keynote speaker is Austin Eubanks, an injured survivor of the Columbine school shooting. There will be a number of breakout sessions. Information and registration is online at as well as on the Facebook event page. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saddlebrook Resort, 5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Lunch is included. (813) 502-9474.

Free Skin Cancer Screening: Dr. Charya B. Goldsmith, MD, from Advanced Dermatology, will offer a free educational program and free skin cancer screenings. 2 p.m. Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 8th St., Zephyrhills. Free. (813) 780-0064.

15 Wednesday

Genealogy Lecture — Researching German Ancestry: Hosted by the West Pasco Genealogical Society. 12:30 p.m. CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. Members $5, nonmembers $7. To ensure seating, RSVP to or send a text, (727) 271-0770.

Port Richey Come Meet Your Neighbor: Join other Port Richey residents in celebrating love and support for the city. Hosted by the Citizen's Advisory Committee. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Whiskey River on the Water, 5245 Limestone Drive, Port Richey. Free. (727) 215-7034.

16 Thursday

Teen Ice Cream and Complain: Teens are invited to vent about exams, lack of summer plans and anything else, while enjoying lots of ice cream. 4 p.m. New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. Free. (813) 788-6375.

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