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Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties for April 5-12

“Noises Off” will be presented weekends through April 14 at Stage West Community Playhouse. Pictured: Michelle Root as Dotty, the middle-aged TV star; Brian Moran as her boyfriend, Roger; Matt Root as Philip and Jessica Virginia as Vicki. Courtesy of Carol Ballard
Published Mar. 28


Chasco Fiesta: The annual event wraps up April 6 at and around Sims Park and throughout New Port Richey. There is a midway with a special area for younger children offering them more minimally frightening rides. The carnival, native American festival and food vendors will be from 5 to 11 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 6. The Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade swill be April 6, starting at 1 p.m. in Millers Bayou along the Pithlachascotee River and finishing at Sims Park. The parade's theme is "Anchor's Away." Prizes awarded in various categories, with a grand prize of $1,000. More than 50 boats are expected to participate. For a full list of activities, visit or call (727) 300-5540.

Jelly Bean Fling: The annual spring festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6 at Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. Featuring the Easter bonnet parade, children's activities, petting zoo, vendors, entertainment by Mr. Tommy, food and photos with the Easter Bunny. Admission is $10 adults, $5 students, free for children younger than 5. Call (352) 567-0262.

SupERhero Family Block Party: The outdoor event to celebrate "superheroes" within the community will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6 at Bayfront Health Spring Hill, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. There will be fun activities, music, food and special guest appearances. Visitors are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero and enter a costume contest. Free.

Old Homosassa Community Day: The event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6 at Homosassa Civic Club Festival Grounds, 5530 S Mason Creek Road, Homosassa. Centered around a yard sale that benefits the Old Homosassa Heritage Council and their project to light and landscaping the Old Homosassa Water Tower. Check out arts and craft vendors, enjoy local musicians, participate in a cornhole tournament to benefit the Old Homosassa Learning Center and enjoy hamburgers and hotdogs prepared by the American Legion Post 166. Pets allowed. 9 a.m. Saturday. Free admission. (352) 628-9333.

Appreciate Pasco: Good Deeds Day Festival: The event to promote neighborly and friendly actions will be from noon to 5 p.m. April 7 at Florida Trailer Solutions, 36822 State Road 54, Zephyrhills. Includes entertainment, activities, arts and crafts, food, prizes, vendors and giveaways. Admission is free. Visit or call (813) 956-8661.

Stringbreak Music Fest: Now in its 15th year, the music fest kicks off April 11 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, on the Hernando/Pasco border, south of Spring Lake. Featuring four days of camping and more than 25 of bands performing alternative country, Americana, rockabilly, Cajun, bluegrass, roots rock and more. Music starts at 6 p.m. April 11 (gates open at noon for campers), and continues daily from noon to midnight each day, and ending at 6 p.m. April 14. There will be craft exhibitors, music jams, music workshops, a limbo contest, food and drinks available. Children's activities will be held on a dedicated stage. A variety of ticket prices are available from $20-$125. Visit or call (863) 984-8445.


Eddie Money: The iconic singer and songwriter, best known for hits like Baby Hold On and Two Tickets to Paradise, will perform at Chasco Fiesta April 6 at Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. Opening act is The Greg Billings Band at 7 p.m., with Eddie Money performing at 9 p.m. Tickets are $30, $40, $55. Call (727) 791-7400.

Suncoast Harmony Chorus Cabaret Show: The Suncoast Harmony Chorus, the local chapter of Sweet Adelines International, presents its "Everything Old is New Again" a cappella cabaret at 7:30 p.m. April 6 at Salishan Gracious Retirement Living, 191 Astaire Lane, Spring Hill. In addition to highlighting well-known music by the chorus and quartets, delicious "Death By Chocolate" desserts will be served. Admission is $5. (352) 597-4376. Rat Pack Flashback: The Music of Dino, Frank and Sammy: Dave DeLuca performs his one-man tribute to the swingin' sounds of the iconic Las Vegas trio — Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra — at 2 p.m. April 6 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Free. (727) 861-3040.

Saint Leo Spring Concert: Saint Leo University student musical groups will present two performances of the "Tunes in Bloom" concert at 4 and 7 p.m. April 9 in the Black Box Theatre, located in Benedictine Hall on the university campus, 33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo. Free. Call (352) 588-8401.


Stargazing event: The local Pasco Astronomers host this stargazing event from 8 to 10 p.m. April 6 at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10550 Wilderness Blvd., New Port Richey. Bring a telescope or borrow one from the group. There is no cost to participate. Call (727) 255-3083.

On stage

Noises Off: The comedy opens April 4 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. April 4-6 and April 12, and at 2 p.m. April 7, 13-14. Noises Off is a play about a play called Nothing On. The aging leading lady (who has financed the show) and her director have put together a mismatched group of actors. The rehearsals are not going well. When the show goes on the road, personalities and jealousies turn backstage into chaos. Tickets are $19-$25. Visit or call the box office at (352) 683-5113.

Godspell: Live Oak Theatre presentation of the 1970s hit musical continues weekends through April 14 at the Carol & Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $20 adults, and $5 for children 13 and younger when purchased with an adult ticket. Admission includes coffee, tea and dessert, available 30 minutes before each performance. Call (352) 593-0027, email or visit

Chicago: Shows continue through April 14 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Clocking in as the second-longest running show on Broadway (after Phantom of the Opera), the Tony Award-winning musical tells the tale of murder, fame, fortune and how to work the media into a frenzy in the 1920s prohibition era. Tickets are $55.50. Visit

Always a Bridesmaid: Shows are at 7:30 p.m. April 5-6 and April 12-13, and at 2 p.m. April 7 and 14 at Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. This comedic romp is about four friends who have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their senior prom — to be in each other's weddings, no matter what. More than 30 years later, these southern friends-for-life are still making the "long walk" for each other. Tickets are $20 ($16 for members). Visit or call (727) 942-5605.

Little Mermaid Live: The Broadway musical takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Shows will be at 7 p.m. April 11-13, and 2 p.m. April 13-14 at Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students. Purchase tickets online at or call Mark Pennington at Springstead High School, (352) 797-7010.

Art events

San Antonio Pottery Student Show: The show and sale is from 3 to 6 p.m. April 6 at San Antonio Pottery, 11903 Curley Road, San Antonio. This is a fundraiser for Thomas Promise, a nonprofit organization that provides meals to more than 1,400 food-insecure students each weekend. Handmade clay ornaments will be available for $5; a spin of the potter's wheel is $10 for 10 minutes. All proceeds will be donated to Thomas Promise. There will be light refreshments and live music by Chipco Creek String Band. Admission is free. Call (352) 588-4228.

Tropical Paradise: The West Pasco Art Guild's April show opens April 9 and continues through April 30 at the guild, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. A reception will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 14. Call (727) 841-7732.

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America: The traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit continues through 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.

'Life's Treasures' Exhibit: This exhibition of Elaine Hahn's paintings continues through April 10 at Pasco-Hernando State College Rao Musunuru, M.D., Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Hahn's works capture early morning and afternoon light, with marine and coastal themes. Call (727) 816-3231.


Other Hernando events

5 Friday

Friday Night Done Right:

Basketball tournament for high school and middle school students. Prizes awarded to winners. There also will be giveaways. 7 p.m. Friday. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 596-8000.

6 Saturday

Hernando Audubon Birding Trip to Croom Tract: Find red-cockaded woodpecker, Bachman's sparrow and other resident forest birds, and look for early spring migrants. Meet on the south side of Croom Road (CR-480) at the intersection with Forest Road 7 (seven miles east of U.S. 41). 7 a.m. Saturday. Croom Tract at Withlacoochee State Forest, Brooksville. Free. (352) 686-0460.

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.

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

Kids' Fishing Clinic: The Weeki Wachee Anglers host the fourth-annual clinic open to youth ages 5 to 15, who must be accompanied by an adult. Each child will have to complete five stations of the clinic, such as casting and knot tying, to receive a free rod and reel. Sponsored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department. The goal is to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children the vulnerability of Florida's marine ecosystems. Register online at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Free. (816) 806-3844.

7 Sunday

Zumba with Ease: Dance at your own pace and improve health and mobility. Movement adaptations include wheelchairs, walkers and canes. Everyone is welcome. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. $5 temple members, $7 non-members. (352) 796-4171.

Brookridge Men's Club Italian Dinner: The dinner includes tossed salad, baked ziti with meat sauce, garlic bread, dessert, ice tea, coffee and tea. Tickets must be purchased in advance; no tickets sold at the door. 4:30 p.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. $9 per person. For tickets, call Tom at (352) 610-9865, Gene at (352) 596-7140 or Ken at (352) 556-2471.

8 Monday

Know Your Numbers: The lecture is conducted by Verna Pedersen Runyan, an advanced registered nurse practitioner. 1 p.m. Access Health Care, 5382 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 200-2190.

Introduction to Acting: Live Oak Theatre Company offers this course of four one-hour classes (April 8, 15, 22 and 29), open to children ages 7-11. The class is taught by Vince Vanni, who has been teaching the performing arts in Hernando County for more than 25 years. Topics include basic acting skills and principles of acting, theater terminology, theater etiquette, memorizing and delivering monologues, using humor and more. 4 to 5 p.m. Carol & Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. $40 for the series. (352) 593-0027.

10 Wednesday

Shabby Chic Landscapes: Presented by Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator Lilly Browning. Participants will learn easy and inexpensive ways to have a beautiful and long-lasting landscape. No registration needed. 10:30 a.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 540-6230.

11 Thursday

Women's Mixer: The GFWC-Historic Brooksville Woman's Club hosts this mixer that includes wine, cheese and other savory treats showcasing a "Taste of Brooksville." There will be demonstrations, exhibits and beauty tips. Relax with a complimentary chair massage. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. GFWC Historic Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St., Brooksville. Free. (352) 397-6158.


Other Pasco events

5 Friday

Spring Arts and Craft Fair: Hosted by Our Lady's Guild Arts and Craft Group, held in Father Farrell Hall, behind St. Vincent de Paul Church. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Father Farrell Hall, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. Free. (727) 938-1974.

Book Sale: The Friends of the Land O' Lakes Library holds the sale. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. (813) 996-5834.

Chasco Fiesta Golf Tournament: The 18th annual 18-hole tournament includes lunch, dinner, goody bags and golf. Benefits area nonprofits. 1 p.m. Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey. $500 team. (727) 842-7651.

Prime Shrimp Dinner: Includes shrimp linguine, veggies, salad, rolls, dessert and drinks. Reservations required. 5:30 p.m. Friday. Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. $10 adults, $9 children; take-out available. (727) 849-7521.

Arts in Motion Bingo Fundraiser: Play bingo and help raise money for Arts in Motion's upcoming show, Newsies. There will be 10 rounds of bingo games. A variety of gift baskets will be given as prizes. Pizza, baked goods, sodas, beer and wine will be available for purchase. All ages welcome. 6 to 9 p.m. Arts in Motion-Pasco, 13921 Seventh St., Dade City. $10 for 10 bingo cards. (352) 834-1246.


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 bringing food to the home-bound. 8:30 a.m. Regency Park Civic Center, 10240 Regency Blvd., Port Richey. Free. (727) 815-0433.

Nature and Wildlife of Tampa Bay Photography Competition: The photo competition is presented by the West Pasco Audubon and Pasco Fine Arts Council. Exhibition Rules, entry forms, and delivery information is available on or 10 a.m. Starkey Education Center, J.B. Starkey Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. Free to the public/cost to enter the contest is $15 per image. (727) 845-7322.

Easter Egg Hunt: The event is for children 10 and younger. Featuring free food, games, a bounce house and lots of eggs. 10 a.m. Hope Lutheran Church, 12321 Canton Ave., Hudson. Free. (727) 858-5876.


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

Quarter Auction for Autism Speaks: Bring quarters to bid on items that will be up for auction. There will be vendors and crafters, as well as food and drinks available for purchase. There will be a face painter and activities for children. This is a fundraiser for Autism Speaks, hosted by Positive Impact Events. Noon to 4 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn Tampa-Wesley Chapel, 26640 Silver Maple Parkway, Wesley Chapel. Paddles are $3 each (maximum of three per person).

Uncorked in Dade City: Sip wine, taste craft beer, nibble appetizers, win unique prizes, watch cooking demonstrations with chef RJ Webb, and enjoy music by Dennis Alfonso, while also strolling the gardens of the Dade City Garden Club. This is a fundraiser for the garden club. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. 3 to 6 p.m. Dade City Garden Club, 13630 Fifth St., Dade City. $40. (352) 567-9003 or (813) 714-5591.


Chair Yoga: Use the security and stability of a chair to challenge the core energy and increase movement. 2 p.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. Free; donations appreciated, to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (727) 755-2955.

Spring into Gardening Series: Join the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension to learn about vegetable gardening and composting. The topic is Vegetable Gardening Basics. 2 p.m. UF/IFAS Pasco Extension One Stop Shop, 15029 14th St., Dade City. Free. (352) 518-0156.


Job and Internship Fair: Doors open at 9 a.m. for veterans, 9:30 a.m. for all others. Job seekers can meet with about 45 local employers. Hosted by Pasco-Hernando State College, CareerSource Pasco Hernando, Express Employment Professionals and the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. 9 a.m. to noon. Pasco-Hernando State College - West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (727) 816-3334.

WISE: Wellness Initiative for Senior Education: Six-week program for seniors to learn how to stay healthy. Weekly 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. Continues 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. each Tuesday through April 30. Land O' Lakes Senior Center, 6801 Wisteria Loop, Land O' Lakes. Free. (813) 929-1200.


Friends of the Library Appreciation Breakfast: Experience the food and culture of Turkey with librarian Mary Beth Isaacson, while honoring the Friends of the Library and what they do. 10 a.m. Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. Free. (727) 834-3204.

New Port Richey Shrine Club: Spring picnic. The public is welcome. All food provided, plus drinks. Although not required, a covered dish is appreciated. No reservations needed. 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or until food runs out). American Legion Post 335, 11421 Osceola Drive, New Port Richey. $10 per person. (727) 815-0056.

All About Ferns: This seminar will explore fern culture. Learn the history of ferns, the many varieties that will grow in your garden, and how to cultivate and propagate your own. This is a free UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar. Registration recommended. 2 p.m. Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. Free. (352) 518-0156.

Mid-Spring Veggies: Learn what to plant during mid-spring, before the summer heat returns. Successful veggie gardening means knowing what to plant when. This is a free UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar. Registration requested. 6 p.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. Free. (352) 518-0156.

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


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