Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties

Published April 22

For foodies

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 dishes, including Dulcet Restaurant, Brick City Eatery, Arlisa’s Events, Rose’s Bistro Off Main, Whiskey River, Mmmm Delicious, Local Fresh Grill, the Great Catch and others. Beer and wine will be available for a separate fee. There will be 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 [email protected] Call (813) 205-6125.

Family

April Pools Day: The water safety community event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at the Heather Golf and Country Club, 7406 St. Andrews Blvd., Weeki Wachee. There will be swim lesson demonstrations, a CPR demo and stroke development evaluations. Children of all ages can enjoy story time and photo opportunities with Marcelline Mermaid. There will be a bounce house, touch-a-truck, vendors and giveaways. The free event is presented by Summer Swim. All ages are welcome. For information, email to [email protected]

Festivals

Brooksville Blueberry Festival: The ninth-annual spring Blueberry Festival will have more than 125 vendors featuring all types of unique arts and crafts, as well as a free butterfly encounter and kids fun zone. Foods include blueberry pie, beer, soaps, shortcake, blueberry art and blueberry wine. 10 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday. Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Free. (727) 410-0072.

Saturday in the Square: The block party will be from 5 to 8 p.m. in historic downtown Zephyrhills. With food, live music, shopping and more. Hosted by Main Street Zephyrhills. Free admission. Visit mainstreetzephyrhills.org.

Pasco Blueberry Jamboree: The annual event will be from 3 to 8 p.m. April 26 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at Faith United Methodist Church, 12128 State Road 52, Hudson. Featuring food and bake sale, including blueberry cobbler. There will be arts and craft vendors, entertainment and children’s activities. A chicken dinner will be available Friday (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.), and a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning (8 to 10 a.m.). Admission is free. Call (727) 856-5000.

Earth Day Celebration: Pasco County’s 24th-annual event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. Featuring a Florida-native plant sale, upcycle vendors, ladybug release, children’s crafts and educational displays. Presentations include Woodland Hills Birds of Prey and a chance to meet Spike, a 10-foot alligator from Croc Encounters.

Seeds of Hope IPA Can Release and Spring Beer Fest: This event is for ages 21 and older. It will be from 7 to 11 p.m. at Escape Brewing Company, 9945 Trinity Blvd., Suite 108, Trinity. Admission is $30; tickets are limited. The cost of admission includes a tasting glass and unlimited samples of more than 40 beers from more than 12 local breweries. Call (727) 807-6092. soh2019.brownpapertickets.com

Music

Hernando Symphony Orchestra presents “Kaleidoscope”: The orchestra wraps up its season with its Kaleidoscope concert at 7:30 p.m. April 27 and 2 p.m. April 28 at Central High School Theater, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville. The concert includes a solo performance by pianist Sylvia Leaman. A meet and greet with the conductor and orchestra members begins one hour before start time. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $18 adults, $5 students (ages 5-17) (352) 584-1210. hernandosymphony.com

Hobbies

Bay City Flyers Model Airplane Event: The Bay City Flyers model airplane club hosts this two-day radio-controlled model airplane event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 and 27 at Conner Preserve, 22500 State Road 52, Land O’ Lakes. Featuring scale-replica models from World War I. Scale replicas with up to 10-feet wingspans will take to the skies. On Saturday, there will be a free fun-fly for all ages, featuring hand-thrown gliders; prizes will be awarded in several events. Admission is $3 per carload. Note: GPS will not take visitors to the right place. It is on the south side of State Road 52, about 3.7 miles east of U.S. 41 and 7.5 miles west of Interstate 75. Call (813) 966-7529.

On stage

My Big Fat Italian Funeral: The Ladies’ Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division #1, Hernando County, hosts this murder-mystery dinner show at 5:30 p.m. April 27 at St. Theresa Catholic Church Hall, 1107 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Performed by Murders She Wrote. The affair is catered by JoAnna. Tickets are $35 and include dinner, show, beer, wine and soda. Call (727) 857-4859.

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 showpalace.net.

Art events

Plein Air Paint Out Exhibit: View the exhibit of the culmination of a six-day paint out around Hernando County. The exhibit will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27, with the awards ceremony at 3 p.m. April 28 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The event is part of the Brooksville Blueberry Festival. Free. Call (352) 540-0192.

‘Tropical Paradise’ exhibit: 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 is 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 wraps up 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

The Vagina Monologues: This is the Dawn Center’s annual production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. It will be at 6 p.m. May 3 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. The event is to bring awareness to all female experiences and highlight stories of sexual assault survivors. This year’s show features new monologues and more #MeToo stories from survivors in the community. Also new to this year’s event is the VIP ticket selection, which includes reserved seating at the front of the house, an exclusive goodie bag and a boa to enjoy the show in style. General Admission $15; VIP tickets $25. (352) 592-1288. Visit eventbrite.com/e/eve-enslers-the-vagina-monologues-by-dawn-center-tickets-57431406884?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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Other Hernando events

26 Friday

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

Veterans and First Responder Lunch and Learn: Walter Santiago will discuss Accelerated Resolution Therapy, a therapy aid in the effective relief of post-traumatic stress disorder. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Joni Industries, 16230 Avaition Loop Drive, Brooksville. Free. (352) 251-7015. veteransheatfactory.com

27 Saturday

Weeki Wachee Senior Citizens Center Yard Sale: Many unique items. Refreshments available. Funds raised will go toward building maintenance at the nonprofit center. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Weeki Wachee Senior Citizens Club, 3357 Susan Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (717) 989-0696.

Live Oak Theatre Yard Sale and Vendor Fair: Set up for vendors begins at 7 a.m. A limited number of vendor spaces are available for $25 plus a gift donation for the raffle ($10 minimum value). Funds will benefit the Live Oak Conservatory Scholarship Fund and various programs of the Live Oak Theatre Company. Potential vendors can email to [email protected] 8 a.m. to noon. Carol & Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 593-0027.

Craft and Craft Supply Sale: Funds generated through this sale will go toward completing the repairs to the fire-damaged portion of the center. 8 a.m. Saturday. Tri-County Community Center, 28444 Forbes St., Nobleton. (352) 587-4818.

Nature Coast 912 Patriots Flea Market and Bake Sale: The market will be in the Hardee’s parking lot. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date is May 4. Hardee’s, 6292 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

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.

Bingo for the Kids: The Kiwanis Club of Weeki Wachee hosts this event, with proceeds to benefit various children’s charities. 5 p.m. Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County, 5404 Applegate Drive, Spring Hill. $20; can be purchased in advance or at the door. (352) 212-5023.

1 Wednesday

Holocaust Remembrance: The public is invited to help commemorate Yom HaShoah at this Holocaust Memorial Day Service. Includes chanting songs and prayers, while remembering victims of the Holocaust. 7:30 p.m. Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 686-7034.

2 Thursday

Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition: Folklorist Bob Stone’s multi-media presentation explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation’s oldest cattle ranching state, from the colonial period to the 21st Century. The presentation is part of the Florida Humanities Speaker Series presented by the Historic Hernando Preservation Society. 6:30 p.m. GFWC Historic Brooksville Woman’s Club, 131 S Main St., Brooksville. Free. hernandopast.org

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Other Pasco events

26 Friday

Spring Plant Sale: The New Port Richey Garden Club hosts this sale that will offer six varieties of ginger, five varieties of crotons, desert roses, cactus and succulents, staghorn ferns, orchid trees and begonias. Prices begin at $2. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 10271 Casey Drive, New Port Richey. (727) 484-6741.

Lectures on the Lawn: Florida Cattle Ranching History: Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources hosts this cultural event that will include Robert Stone, folklorist and exhibit coordinator for the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation. He will take attendees on a multimedia journey through five centuries of cattle ranching. There will also be live music by Andy Bryant and a special screening of the award-winning documentary, Cowboys and Scientists. Visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets. A food truck will be on site. 7 p.m. Starkey Ranch District Park, 11880 Lake Blanche Drive, Odessa. Free. (813) 929-2760. bit.ly/LecturesOnLawnApril26

WPBA Cornhole Tournament: The West Pasco Business Association presents this tournament. Practice and check-in starts at 4:30 p.m. and games begin at 5:30 p.m. There will be cash payouts and prizes, as well as a 50/50 drawing. Food and beverages will be available to purchase. The event is free to attend. Following the tournament, participants and spectators are invited to Dustfest, featuring live music by Shadowfax, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Fiddlers Green Irish Pub, 7813 Mitchell Blvd., Trinity. $50 per two-person team, with a three-game guarantee. (727) 934-0940.

27 Saturday

Pet First Aid and Disaster Response: Learn what to do when a pet becomes sick or injured. Class size is limited and registration is required. 2 p.m. Saturday. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Free. (727) 861-3040.

Incredi-Bowl Z’Hills: Check-in is from 3 to 3:45 p.m., with bowling starting at 4 p.m. This family event includes bowling, pizza, unlimited soft drinks and raffles. A portion of the proceeds benefit local youth and education programs in Zephyrhills. Hosted by the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce. Pin Chasers, 6816 Gall Blvd, Zephyrhills. $175 per team of five. (813) 782-1913.

Lights Fest: Send your fears and dreams away in the form of messages on lanterns released into the sky. 4 p.m. Little Everglades Ranch, 17951 Hamilton Road, Dade City. $35-$55, $12 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. (352) 521-3661.

30 Tuesday

Ukulele Class: The library is offering free lessons for all ages. There are a limited number of ukuleles available to borrow from the library (that can be checked out), first-come, first-served. 11 a.m. New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. Free. (813) 788-6375.

“Diabetes and How It Affects Your Feet”: Dr. Alexis Kreplick will review diabetic risks factors, foot screenings and common podiatric conditions related to diabetes. Registration and a complimentary lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., with the tutorial beginning at noon. Rao Musunuru, M.D. Conference Center, 14100 Yosemite Drive, Hudson. Reservations required. (727) 869-5498. BayonetPointHospital.com

WISE: Wellness Initiative for Senior Education: This is the final class in 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. Land O’ Lakes Senior Center, 6801 Wisteria Loop, Land O’ Lakes. Free. (813) 929-1200.

Get Smart with Your Cell Phone: Get smart with your cell phone, laptop or iPad. One-on-one hour sessions offered. Call for an appointment. CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. $5, to benefit CARES. (727) 863-6868.

1 Wednesday

Used Shoe Drive for Pet Food Assistance Program: Raffle Rescue Inc. is collecting gently-used shoes. All proceeds will go toward buying pet food for our the pet pantry. Raffle Rescue, a nonprofit organization, serves Pasco, Hernando and Hillsborough counties. 9 a.m. Wednesday. Raffle Rescue Inc. Pet Food Assistance Program, 7206 State Road 54, Building B, New Port Richey. Free. (352) 364-7503.

Trinity Yappy Hour: There will be raffles, prizes, a “Yappy Birthday” party for dogs. This event, offered the first Wednesday of each month, is to provide awareness and support for local pet rescues within the community. 5 to 8 p.m. Tijuana Flats, 10900 State Road 54, Suite 101, Trinity. Free. (727) 644-9433.

Ask A Master Gardener: Pasco County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer all gardening questions. Those having problems with an ailing plant should bring a sample for an on-the-spot diagnosis. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Free. (352) 518-0156. Backyard Fruit Trees in Florida: Learn how to select, plant and care for a variety of fruit trees so you can “reap the fruits” of your labor. Provided by the Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service. Registration requested. 6 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Free. (352) 518-0156. ifas.ufl.edu

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

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