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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties

Holiday Events

Symphony in Lights: 6 to 9 p.m. daily through Dec. 31, Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Featuring two different shows — one presenting the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at 6 and 8 p.m., the other featuring holiday favorites with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at 7 and 9 p.m. Visit

New Year's Eve Eve Gala: This elegant pre-New Year's Eve party will kick off at 7 p.m. Dec. 30 at Dulcet Restaurant and Lounge, 6220 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Includes the 15-piece Mullins Music All-Star Swing Band, food, dancing and silent auction. Tickets are $85. Call (727) 494-7654.

Eve of the Eve: Grab your commemorative tasting glass for the second-annual formal masquerade ball and pre-New Year's Eve party at 7 p.m. Dec. 30 at In the Loop Brewing, 3338 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes. Tickets are $35 and include free beer and wine tastings, a prosecco toast at 10 p.m., cigar rolling and live music by the Jazz Phools. Call (813) 997-9189.

New Year's Eve at Caliente: The nudist camp greets the new year with a masquerade-style, formal Venetian Ball starting at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at Caliente Resort and Spa, 21240 Gran Via Blvd, Land O' Lakes. With dancing to music by DJ Ian, piano music by Shelly and Marcus, buffet dinner and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets vary, up to $130. Call (813) 996-3700.

New Year's Eve at the Palms: The public is invited to this formal party starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 at Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Blvd., Land O' Lakes. With appetizers, choice of main course, two drinks and dancing to music by DJ Ray. The party ends at 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $65. Call (813) 996-4653, ext. 3.

New Year's Eve Speakeasy: Dress in '20s attire and swing in the new year starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 at Dade City Woman's Club, 37922 Palm Ave, Dade City. With dinner, dancing, open bar, games, prizes and cigars. Benefits building preservation. The party goes on until 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $75. Call (352) 521-0766.

Art events

Holiday Spirit exhibit: The exhibit continues through Jan. 12 at Uptown Art Gallery/Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. It includes display of works by local artists, as well as Just Poets. Works in the gallery will be for sale. Call (207) 809-9066.


Pasco County Events

28 Friday

Family Movie: Children 12 and younger and their parents can enjoy a recently-released movie and popcorn. Call the library for movie title. 2 p.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St, Dade City. Free. (352) 567-3576.

Family Game Night: 5:30 p.m. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. Free. (727) 861-3049.

29 Saturday

Family Fun Run: A 5K run designed for families, with food, carnival games and bounce houses. 8 a.m. First Baptist Church of Land O' Lakes, 5105 School Road, Land O' Lakes. $10, $40 family. (813) 996-6106.

Reptile Show: Meet some cold-blooded friends from Dunndee Farms. 2 p.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St, New Port Richey. Free. (727) 853-1279.

1 Tuesday

First Hike: Start the New Year off right with a ranger-led walk around the trails of Dade Battlefield including the historical Fort King Road and the Pine Flatwoods Trail. 10 a.m. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. $3 per vehicle (352) 793-4781.

2 Wednesday

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

Ask A Master Gardener: Pasco County Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions. If you have an ailing plant, bring a sample for an on-the-spot diagnosis. 5:30 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Free. (352) 518-0156.

Caring For Holiday Plants: Learn how to care for plants you bought or received for the holidays — after the holidays. This UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar will explore ways to take care of and prolong the life of plants such as poinsettias, Christmas cactus, amaryilis, mistletoe and Christmas trees, so they can be enjoyed for months or years to come. Registration recommended. 6 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Free.


Hernando County Events

28 Friday

Beginning Birding: Join the Hernando Audubon and learn how to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. Binoculars and bird books will be available for use. 8 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Free. (352) 428-2629.

Archery Beyond Beginners: This two-day archery exploration program takes students from the basics of archery to planning a hunt and the ethics of hunting. All equipment provided. Participants are to bring their own water and a lunch. For youth ages 10-16. Limited to 12 participants. 9 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. $20; registration required. (352) 754-6722.

29 Saturday

Walking Sticks Hike: Join the monthly hiking club that meets at a variety of Florida Wildlife Conservation-managed lands around Brooksville. This hike will be along the connector trail from Chinsegut to Big Pine. Call to register as parking is limited. The hike is approximately 1.5 miles. 8 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-6722.

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. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St, Brooksville.

30 Sunday

Brooksville Farmers Market: 10 a.m. Brooksville Farmers' Market, 615 Old Hospital Drive, Brooksville. No cover (food/drink additional).

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