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Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties


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 (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 returns 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.

Education Foundation Fest: The Hernando County Education Foundation hosts this event from 6 to 10 p.m. at Sparacia Witherell Family Winery and Vineyard, 21509 Snow Hill Road, north of Brooksville. Includes celebrity bartenders, games, food trucks, silent auction and a battle of the bands. Call (352) 544-6418 for tickets and details.

2019 Hurricane and Safety Expo: The annual event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6435 Broad St., Brooksville. Featuring Skywarn training, exhibitors, a "Hurri-Kids Zone", face painting, bounce house, snow cones and more. There will be a panel discussion with meteorologists Steve Jerve (WFLA8), Paul Dellegatto (Fox 13), Mike Clay (Bay News 9), Bobby Deskins (WTSP 10) and Dan Noah (National Weather Service). Those who attend will have a chance to win a free generator.

Specialty show

Wesley Chapel Boat Show: The three-day show will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 3 and 4, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. Includes a huge selection of new boats, personal water craft, fishing gear and more. Sit in on a class at the Captain Joe Fishing School for hands-on learning from expert anglers. Admission is $5; children 5 and younger free. Call (727) 894-3644.

Repticon: Vendors will be on hand with reptile pets and everything related to reptiles, amphibians, exotic animals, as well as raffles, seminars and children's activities. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5 at All Sports Arena, 7716 Rutillio Court, New Port Richey. Admission is $10, $5 for ages 5-12, 4 and younger free. Call (727) 845-7808.


Hernando Jazz Society: The Hernando Jazz Society will wrap up their 2018-19 season with a "See You in September" musical performance from 2 to 5 p.m. May 5 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. The afternoon will include the presentation of scholarship awards to recent audition winners. The performance will include tunes such as September Song, September in the Rain and I'll See You in September, as well as other favorites from the Big Band era. Admission is free for members; nonmembers pay $10 each or $15 per couple. The Wellington Bar and Grill will offer a cash bar and optional buffet for a separate fee. Musicians are welcome to sit in. Call Bill McLoughlin at (352) 799-9690.


A Night in Vienna: Celebrate Live Oak Theatre's one-year anniversary in their new home. A scholarship dance party will be at 8 p.m. May 4 at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Includes musical entertainment, dancing, food and a cash bar. Donations will be accepted to benefit Live Oak Conservatory scholarships. Call (352) 593-0027 or email to Visit

On stage

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 help attendees enjoy the show in style. General admission $15; VIP tickets $25. (352) 592-1288. Visit

John Timpanelli and Friends: This musical variety show of singing, comedy and impression will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 7 at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. The cost is a suggested $5 donation. Call (727) 597-0948.

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

Coastal Chic Vintage Market & Artisan Day: Features more than 70 vendors selling ocean-themed decor, coastal designs and Florida-chic home décor. The event will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5 at SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. Find artisan-made features, original art, painted furniture, upcycled and restored pieces. Food will be available. Admission is free. (727) 674-1464.

Art A La Carte: This art show features award-winning artists presenting paintings, jewelry, sculpture, mixed media, palm frond art, fused glass, prints, stained glass, ceramics and more. It will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 and 4 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. The event is a benefit for the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County. Admission is free. Call (352) 796-1414.

'A Summer Road Trip': The exhibit will open May 4 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 205 Howell Ave., Brooksville. A reception will be on May 10. For information, contact Judith McIntire at (352) 540-3810 or (207) 809-9066.

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.

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

Look ahead

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. Tickets are $18 cash, $20.07 credit. Call (727) 842-6777 or visit

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.

German American Club of Spring Hill Spring Dance: The dance will be from 5:30 to 10 p.m. May 10 at the Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., Brooksville. Music provided by DJ Herb. Dress code is club casual. Coffee and cake will be served. Advanced reservations required. Members $11, guests $14. Call(352) 688-3744.


Other Hernando events

3 Friday

Aliens in your yard: From the pesky to the down-right weird, Florida yards can be host to a number of alien invaders. Learn who is friend and who is foe and when to call in extra forces in this program presented by the Hernando County Extension Office. This is a free program for adult residents, no need to register. 10 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-6722.

4 Saturday

Springstead High Flea Market: The Springstead High School Boys Basketball Team will host a flea market in the school theater parking lot on May 4. 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.

Nature Coast Botanical Garden Plant Nursery Plant Sale: The botanical gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk. On Saturdays and Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon, find a sale of plants grown at the gardens with budget-friendly prices. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. Free admission. (352) 683-9933.

Hernando Audubon Trip to View Purple Martins: A caravan will leave at 9 a.m. from Remington Outpost at 26300 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, to go a short distance to a private residence where many purple martins are breeding and feeding their young. (352) 428-2629.

Master Gardener Nursery: 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.

Blessing of the Fleet: The Hernando Beach Yacht Club hosts their 40th annual Blessing of the Fleet. A ceremony will be at 3 p.m., followed by the fleet blessing and the laying of the wreath at Marker 58. The blessing is free. An optional dinner with live entertainment will be available for $20; tickets must be purchased in advance. Hernando Beach Yacht Club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Robyn Bright, (352) 942-6041.

Dance with Little Miss Dynamite: Dance music from the '50s to the '80s. Don your best hats for the airing of the Kentucky Derby at 6:45 p.m. BYOB, coffee and ice provided. Tickets are $7 at the door. 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton Ave, Brooksville. $7 (352) 616-0242.

5 Sunday

Big Day: Join Florida Nature Trackers or eBird to contribute your bird sightings to science. iNaturalist and Florida Nature trackers are a great free way to learn more and get help with identifying wildlife around your home. (352) 754-6722.

6 Monday

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

7 Tuesday

People Helping People Grand Opening: There will be tours, refreshments and a ribbon cutting by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. People Helping People of Hernando County is a nonprofit organization that offers supplemental food for students every week during the school year, groceries for seniors, supplemental nutrition and supplies for the homeless and near-homeless, as well as a weekly warm meal served every Sunday. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. People Helping People Headquarters and Community Resource Center, 1396 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 686-4466.

9 Thursday

Hernando Audubon Bird Walk and Picnic: There will be a bird walk at 5 p.m. followed by the Audubon's end-of-season picnic at 6 p.m. Those attending are to bring their own place settings and a side dish to share. 5 p.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Free. (352) 686-0460.


Other Pasco events

3 Friday

Family Movie Night: Wear pajamas and bring a blanket or stuffed animal. The movie to be shown is Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of the South Holiday Branch Library. 5:30 p.m. South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. Free. (727) 834-3331.

4 Saturday

Free Breakfast with Volunteer Way: Along with the breakfast will be face painting, information about help for seniors and information about assistance for those in need. The free breakfast is provided on the first Saturday of each month. Volunteer Way is a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding the homeless and giving food to the needy on a daily basis, as well as bring food to the homebound. 8:30 a.m. Regency Park Civic Center, 10240 Regency Blvd., Port Richey. Free. (727) 815-0433.

Butterflies and their Blooms: Learn how to create a successful butterfly garden. Provided by the Pasco County Extension Service. 9 to 10 a.m. One Stop Shop and Stallings Building, 15029 14th St., Dade City. Free. (352) 518-0156.

West Pasco Model Railroad Association Open House: Visitors can see the group's progress to their DCC, HO scale model railroad layout. There is more than 1,100 feet of main line track with yards, industrial sidings, mountains, a large port and cities. There is a new passenger station and a new 20- by 20-foot N scale layout. Refreshments will be served. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. West Pasco Model Railroad Association, 4051 Madison St., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 849-3977.

Princess Tea Party: Children are invited to light finger foods and to pose for a picture with Princess Aurora. Registration is required as seating is limited. 2 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Free. (727) 861-3040.

Kentucky Derby Day Fundraiser: Derby hats and slick attire are required for a mega-screen viewing of the Kentucky Derby with appetizers, dinner, wine tasting, souvenir glass, prizes for the fanciest hat and best men's attire and optional carriage rides ($10 additional). Benefits the National Alliance of Mental Illness. 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, 17810 Forge Drive, Shady Hills. $35. (352) 684-0004.

Hats and Horses: Fancy hats and dapper suits are encouraged for an evening of casino gaming with southern food, televised race viewing, live music, auctions and prizes for best hat and best dressed. Benefits the Pasco Education Foundation. 4 to 9 p.m. The Waller Ranch, 17307 Powerline Road, Dade City. $75-$100. (307) 851-4312.

A Night at the Derby: Hats are recommended for this interactive Kentucky Derby-themed party with dinner, mint juleps and dessert. 4 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 5850 Farrell Way, Port Richey. $55. (727) 848-6566.

5 Sunday

Polish American Social Club Dinner Dance: Noon. Polish American Social Club of Pasco County, 7615 New Jersey Ave, Hudson.

Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament: Hosted by the Knights Council 8104. Includes the tournament, dinner, awards, live auction and raffle. Register at Noon. The Groves Golf and Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle, Land O' Lakes. $75 per golfer. (813) 351-0779.

6 Monday

CPAP/BiPAP Clinic: Screenings are offered every Monday. 1 to 3 p.m. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 953-6877.

7 Tuesday

Butterflies and their Blooms: Learn how to create a successful butterfly garden. Provided by the Pasco County Extension Service. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. Free. (352) 518-0156.

9 Thursday

Kitchen Botany: Learn where fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices come from and how many were "domesticated" from wild plants. Recommended for adults and youth 12 and older. Provided by the Pasco County Extension Service. 2 p.m. Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. Free, but registration recommended. (352) 518-0156.

Florida Native Plants: Maintain water quality, bring wildlife to gardens, attract butterflies and maintain color year-round by adding native plants to the landscape. Provided by the Pasco County Extension Service. 6 p.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. Free, but registration recommended. (352) 518-0156.

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