Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties

Pasco and Hernando county events
Published November 26

Music

Richey Concert Band: The band, under the direction of Henry Fletcher, will present its annual Christmas concert at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. The concert will include a Pearl Harbor Memorial, and one of the concert guests will be a 98-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor. Free. Visit the website at richeyconcertband.com.

Dixie Blue Holiday Concert: 1 p.m. Dec. 6, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. The duo performs a variety of traditional country, Cajun, Americana, early rock ‘n roll and fiddle tunes. Free admission. Call (727) 853-1279.

Hobbies

Stargazing in the Park: Join the Pasco Astronomers from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. The club will provide telescopes for viewing, or bring your own. Free. Call (727) 255-3083.

Brooksville Bike Rally and Cruise-In: The classic car and bike show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at 615 Old Hospital Drive, Brooksville.. Features music, food and vendors. Trophies and prizes awarded. Emceed by the Big Ragoo and the Red Headed Step Child. There will be a toy drive. Free admission. Bike show entry is $5; car show entry is $20. Call (727) 422-3360. Visit brooksvillebikerallyandcruise-in.com.

On Stage

Annie: The story of the infamous red-headed orphan comes to life with the musical production of Annie, which continues with weekend performances through Dec. 9 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m., with matinees starting at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25, with discounted group and student tickets available. Visit the website at stagewestflorida.com or call the box office at (352) 683-5113.

Talent Search: Tin Pan Alley Productions invites singers and performing artists of all ages to participate in this showcase from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec.4 at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. Professional judges are used. Prizes will be awarded, and acts will be showcased in future shows. The cost is $15 per act; spectator admission is a requested $5 donation. Call (727) 597-0948. tinpanalleyprod.com.

Curtain Call

Of Mice and Men auditions: The auditions will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Actors will be asked to do a cold read. The cast includes nine men and one woman for various parts. The director is Ellen Hutt. Rehearsals begin Jan. 14 for Lennie and George, and Jan. 21 for the rest of the cast. Show dates are March 14-24. For information, email the director at [email protected] Call Stage West at (352) 683-5113. Visit stagewestflorida.com.

Art events

Lutz Arts and Crafts Show: Shop from more than 300 vendors selling art, jewelry, plants and Christmas decor from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at Keystone Prep High School, 18105 Gunn Highway, Odessa. Santa will visit on both days at 1 p.m. Free admission. Parking is $5, or $10 for VIP parking. Email to [email protected] (813) 528-1179.Holiday Celebrations Boutique: The show and sale continues 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 20 at the West Pasco Art Guild and Gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. The show features paintings, jewelry and crafts, as well as other original items. Call (727) 841-7732. westpascoartguildandgallery.org.Art with Needle and Thread: The exhibit of work from the Gulfview chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America is on display through Dec. 12 at Pasco-Hernando State College Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 816-3231. phsc.edu.Giving Thanks: The exhibit continues through Dec. 2 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Mingle with the artists, and enjoy submissions by Just Poets. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; closed on holidays. Free. Call (352) 540-3810.

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Other Hernando County events

30 Friday

Yard-Bake-Crafts Sale: All money raised will go toward the restoration of the fire-damaged section of the building. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendor spaces are $10. Tri-County Community Center, 28444 Forbes St., Nobleton. (352) 587-4014.

1 Saturday

Clover Leaf Farms Women’s Social Club Bazaar: A variety of items will be available for purchase. The annual event will be held in the Heather House. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. Cloverleaf Farms, 900 N Broad St., Brooksville. (802) 309-5877.

Yard-Bake-Crafts Sale: All money raised will go toward the restoration of the fire-damaged section of the building. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor spaces are $10. Tri-County Community Center, 28444 Forbes St., Nobleton. (352) 587-4014.

Nature Coast Botanical Gardens and Plant Nursery: Plants are grown and sold at budget-friendly prices at the nursery, which is open from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday and Monday. The adjacent botanical garden is open daily from dawn to dusk. Visit naturecoastgardens.com. 9 a.m. to noon. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933. naturecoastgardens.com.

Charity Golf Fundraiser: Check-in must be done by 9:15 a.m.; shotgun start at 10 a.m. This is a benefit for St. Theresa Catholic Church and St. Vincent de Paul Society. Bring extra cash for contests, mulligans and raffles. There will be a cash bar and beverage cart. $55 per golfer, includes golf and lunch; non-golfers pay $20 for lunch. Sponsorships available for $100 corporate, $50 individual. Seven Hills Golf Course, 10599 Fairchild Road, Spring Hill. (352) 678-8588, 650-1554.

Holiday Springs Holiday Craft Show and Bake Sale: There will be numerous vendors selling crafts and other items, as well as baked goods. There will be a box for donations of gifts for needy and homeless children; the Ladies Club at Holiday Springs will be making shoe boxes of gifts for children in need for Christmas. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holiday Springs RV Resort, 138 Travel Park Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 777-2810.

Christmas Cookie and Craft Sale: Hosted by St. Frances Cabrini. There will be holiday cookies, handmade crafts, Christmas items, toys, puzzles, games and jewelry available for purchase. There will be prizes raffled off. 3 to 7 p.m. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 796-0550.

Stargazing in the Park: Join the Pasco Astronomers group, who will provide telescopes for viewing, or bring your own. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 255-3083.

2 Sunday

Christmas Cookie and Craft Sale: Hosted by St. Frances Cabrini. There will be holiday cookies, handmade crafts, Christmas items, toys, puzzles, games and jewelry available for purchase. There will also be prizes raffled off. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 796-0550.

Brooksville Farmers’ Market: Presented by the Hernando County Growers Association, local farmers and agricultural producers offer fresh produce, meats, poultry and cottage foods as well as prepared foods, desserts, arts and crafts. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 615 Old Hospital Drive, Brooksville. (727) 422-3360.

People Helping People Grand Opening: There will be tours of the facility and refreshments Sunday and Monday, and a ribbon-cutting with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce at noon on Monday. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. People Helping People Headquarters and Community Resource Center, 1396 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. (352) 686-4466. www.phpinhc.org.

3 Monday

Nature Coast Botanical Gardens and Plant Nursery: Plants are grown and sold at budget-friendly prices at the nursery, which is open from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday and Monday. The adjacent botanical garden is open daily from dawn to dusk. 9 a.m. to noon. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933. naturecoastgardens.com.

Hernando Computer Club Open House/Newcomers’ Orientation: Learn what the club has to offer. Light refreshments served. Visit hcc.org. 10 a.m. Free. Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 684-7171.

Hernando County Legislative Delegation: The delegation will meet in the county commission chambers. 1 to 4 p.m. Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. (352) 688-5004.

5 Wednesday

Master Gardener Nursery: Spruce up a landscape or garden space — find a large selection of Florida native and Florida-friendly plants, all from healthy stock at budget prices at the nursery open from 9 a.m. to noon, each Wednesday and Saturday, weather permitting. 9 a.m. to noon. Free admission. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

6 Thursday

Holiday Golf Tournament: The shotgun start tournament includes breakfast, golf cart, round of golf, luncheon and a silent auction. 9 a.m. $100. Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. (352) 796-0697. hernandochamber.com.

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Other Pasco County Events

30 Friday

Christmas Craft and Bake Sale: Hosted by Our Lady’s Guild Arts and Craft Group. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. (727) 807-3704.

1 Saturday

Reindeer Run: Registration at 7 a.m., run/walk begins at 8 a.m. There will be music and snacks around the country club pool at the end of the race. Medals will be awarded. There will be a raffle; the best costume will win a prize. The course is paved and stroller- and family-friendly. Proceeds will benefit Sunrise of Pasco Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center. Register on active.com. $40. Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club, 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd., Dade City. (352) 521-3358.

Pasco Park Walks: The walk is hosted by Pasco County Animal Services and Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources. Bring a pet or be paired up with one from Pasco County Animal Services. Those bringing pets must have their dogs on a secure, 6-foot leash with collar (no retractable/flexi leads); no prong or electronic collars, one pet per handler, bring poop bags, water for their own pet, and no face-to-face contact (for both pets from community and shelter pets). Meet in the main parking lot at the park entrance. 9 a.m. Free. Key Vista Nature Park, 2700 Baillies Bluff Road, Holiday. (352) 521-5194.

Christmas Craft and Bake Sale: Hosted by Our Lady’s Guild Arts and Craft Group. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. (727) 807-3704.

Christmas Open House: View the works in the gallery and enjoy light refreshments. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Pasco Fine Arts Center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. (727) 845-7322. pascoarts.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Orientation/Training Event: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay has dozens of children in Pasco County on its waiting list for a big brother or big sister. Adult mentors are needed and may choose from among several programs. 10:30 a.m. to noon. New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. (813) 997-6881. nprlibrary.org.

Ukelele Jam: Bring a ukelele and jam with the group. All skill levels welcome. 1 to 2 p.m. Free. New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. (813) 788-6375.

Book Basket Bingo: Play Bingo and try to win baskets filled with books and gifts. All ages welcome. Seating is limited. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

Winter Wonderland Workshop: Youth in kindergarten through seventh grade are invited to make winter crafts. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. (727) 834-3331.

2 Sunday

Polish American Social Club Dinner Dance: Dinner dances are offered every Sunday. A choice of two entrees offered each week, with last Sunday of the month featuring a Polish-style meal. Monthly meetings are at 1 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. 12-5 p.m. $12 members, $13 non-members. Polish American Social Club of Pasco County, 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. (352) 596-4802.

3 Monday

Choice Hearing Clinic: Includes ear wax checks, ear wax removal, hearing screenings and cleaning and servicing of hearing aids. Participants who wear hearing aids will receive one free package of batteries. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. CARES Elfers Center, 4136 Barker Drive, Elfers. (727) 807-7082. caresfl.org.

CPAP/BI PAP Clinic: Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) clinics (offered every Monday). 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. (727) 953-6877. baycareevents.org.

4 Tuesday

Local Authors Book Fair: About 13 area authors will be on hand to meet and chat with visitors. The authors will have books on display and for sale, and will include fiction, biographies, poetry, animals, history and more. 1 to 3 p.m. Zephyrhills Library, 5347 Eighth St., Zephyrhills. (813) 782-0877. www.pascolibraries.org.

Holiday Gift Workshop: Learn to make room sprays, body scrubs and roller bottles to help with energy, headaches and more. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The class is free; ‘make and take’ items vary $10-$20. Gateway Studio, 5740 Missouri Ave., New Port Richey. (727) 277-1449.

Ask a Master Gardener: Pasco County Master Gardeners are on hand for free garden advice for those with garden pest problems, ailing plants (bring sample for diagnosis), or other landscape dilemmas. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (352) 518-0156. pasco.ifas.ufl.edu/events_calendar.shtml.

Pasco Extension Seminar: Home Lawns: Basic watering and fertilizing to build a hardy lawn, and an overview of common turfgrasses. 6:30 p.m. Free; register at Eventbrite.com. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (352) 518-0156. pasco.ifas.ufl.edu/events_calendar.shtml.

COPD Screenings: 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. (727) 953-6877. baycareevents.org.

Pasco Extension Seminar: Bugs in the Garden: Find out what’s bugging your plants and how to deal with common garden pests. 2 p.m. Free; register at Eventbrite.com. Pasco County Farmden and Community Garden, 15029 14th St., Dade City. (352) 518-0156. pasco.ifas.ufl.edu/events_calendar.shtml.

6 Thursday

Charity Fashion Show: The show is a benefit for Gulfside Hospice. The emcee is Deiah Riley, morning anchor at ABC Action News. Fashions will be presented by Dillards. Tickets include lunch, the show and a vendor expo. Email to [email protected] 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $35 per person, $275 per table of eight. Heritage Springs Golf and Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. (727) 845-5707.

Contact Phyllis Day at [email protected] or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.

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