1. Pasco

Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Aug. 9

MICHELE MILLER | TimesThis oil painting by Lauren Carr of singer Richie Havens is one of several on display at the Woodstock 50th Anniversary Exhibit at the Gateway Gallery and Emporium in downtown New Port Richey. Havens opened the Woodstock festival held in the summer of 1969 in upstate New York.
MICHELE MILLER | TimesThis oil painting by Lauren Carr of singer Richie Havens is one of several on display at the Woodstock 50th Anniversary Exhibit at the Gateway Gallery and Emporium in downtown New Port Richey. Havens opened the Woodstock festival held in the summer of 1969 in upstate New York.
Published Aug. 5, 2019


Friday Night Live: The monthly event returns from 5 to 10 p.m. the second Friday of each month at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Featuring live music with the Betty Fox Band from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and the Actual Bank Robbers from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be food trucks, games in the park, a vendor market and full bar available. Admission is free. Call (352) 540-6409.

Joining Hands Mission Summer Extravaganza: This family event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 4204 Thys Road, New Port Richey. There will be rides, games, prizes and activities for all ages. For the youth, there will be a large bounce house and water slide, face painting, crafts, and games. There will also be a pony and Bubbles the Clown. For the adults, there will be more than 20 vendors, a classic car show and the Mobile Medical of Pasco County will be on hand. Admission, rides and games are free. A large variety of food will be available for purchase. Call (727) 264-1288.


Smokey Bear's 75th Birthday Celebration: Smokey Bear will be the special guest for his birthday party at 9 a.m. Aug. 9 at Safety Town, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. For details, contact the Withlacoochee Forestry Center at (352) 797-4133.

Bubble Performer Blaise Ryndes: The 18-year-old entertainer from Land O' Lakes will entertain at 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. Ryndes has been performing professionally since he was 11 and was featured in last season's America's Got Talent. He has entertained in venues throughout Tampa Bay and the country. The show is free. For information, call the library at (813) 929-1214.

Art events

Woodstock 50th Anniversary Exhibit: Gateway Gallery and Emporium celebrates the summer of love with its Woodstock exhibit held throughout August at the gallery, 6216 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

"What My Eyes Have Seen" 2019 Community Art Show: The community is invited to stop by and vote for their favorite works through Aug. 16 at the City Hall Art Gallery at New Port Richey City Hall, 5919 Main St., New Port Richey. Voting slips will be available. An artist reception will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 20, where the top five vote-getters will be announced and will receive their "People's Choice" ribbon. One artist will be bestowed the 2019 Mayor's Choice Award medal. For information, contact Judy Meyers at the city manager's office at (727) 853-1021 or

'It's a Zoo' exhibit: The exhibit is open through Sept. 7 at the Uptown Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 205 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The artwork in the gallery is for sale. Call (352) 540-3810 or (207) 809-9066.

Summertime Fun: The exhibit continues through Sept. 19 at the West Pasco Art Guild, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Call (727) 841-7732.

Look ahead

Spirit of Woodstock: Aug. 16-18 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. This summer festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with three days of music, children's activities, contests, vendors and more. Camping is optional. $10-$90 for one- to three-day passes. Call (941) 758-7585 or visit


Other Hernando events

9 Friday

Snakes of Florida: This is a one-hour talk on the snake species of Florida, how to identify venomous vs. non-venomous and how to avoid encounters with snakes in your landscape. No need to register for this free program. 10 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

10 Saturday

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. (352) 683-9933.

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. (352) 754-4433.

Gun Show: Admission is $6. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 799-3605.

Gator Trader Summer Fling 2019: The event will feature all types of beer-related collectibles, such as cans, steins, labels and signs. There will be raffles, to include a grand prize of a $50 restaurant gift card. Free admission. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Sunset Lounge, 5431 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 686-6565.

Spring Lake Museum and History Center: Offering historic photos and artifacts, local family histories, school and lake histories. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Old Spring Lake Community Center, 4184 Spring Lake Highway, Brooksville. (352) 796-4704.

Brookridge Social Line Dance: A DJ will play a variety of music for beginners through intermediate dancers. Bring your own beverage, snacks and ice. Casual attire (no open back sandals). $5. 6:30 p.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. (352) 397-6088.

11 Sunday

Sally Langwah and Her Broadway Buddies Show: The Brookridge Men's Club hosts this show that pays tribute to some of the most memorable musicals of all time, with impressions from Julie Andrews to Liza Minelli. Tickets are $10. 7 p.m. Ken, (352) 556-2471 or Gene Cowell, (3520 596-7140.

13 Tuesday

When Bad Landscapes Happen to Good People: Presented by Lilly Browning, Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program coordinator. Learn about common mistakes that are made in the central Florida landscape, and how to avoid them. Free. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 16110 Aviation Loop Drive, Brooksville. (352) 540-6230.

14 Wednesday

Ukulele Jam: Join other ukulele lovers to strum and sing together. A few instruments available to borrow. Free. 4:30 p.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.


Other Pasco events

9 Friday

Used Book Bazaar: The Friends of Hugh Embry Library hosts this sale that includes numerous books of all genres. DVDs may also be available. Proceeds help fund programming for all ages at the library. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

Friends Renovation Book Sale: The Friends of Centennial Park Library is having this sale before the library closes for renovations. Browse through gently used books, magazines and movies. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. (727) 834-3204.

10 Saturday

My Perfect Palm: There are more than 100 different palms that can be grown in the Tampa area. This class, presented by the Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service, will discuss palm trees and how to add diversity to the landscape. Free. 9 a.m. Land O' Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes. (352) 518-0156.

Succulents and More: This introductory seminar covers an array of succulents that can be grown indoors or outside. Provided by the Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service. Registration recommended. Visit Free. 10:30 a.m. Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 8th St., Zephyrhills. (352) 518-0156.

11 Sunday

Sunday in the City: Walk, bike and golf cart yourself to downtown New Port Richey for a day of sales, food and drink specials, live music and various activities. Free (fee for some activities). 7 a.m. Sunday. Downtown New Port Richey, Main and Grand, New Port Richey. (727) 385-5375.

12 Monday

Okra Occasion: Share the magic of okra with samples of okra dishes, an okra recipe booklet, and some fresh okra for sale by local farmers. Those interested can bring an okra dish to let others sample; judges will award three prizes for the best dish. Those who would like to compete are asked to contact Dell deChant at (727) 849-1626. Sponsored by the City of New Port Richey's Environmental Committee and presented by New Port Richey FarmNet. Free. 6 p.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

13 Tuesday

COPD Screenings: The screenings are offered monthly (second Tuesday) in the lobby of the medical arts building. Free. 10 a.m. Tuesday. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. (727) 953-6957.

Friends of the Library Book Sale: The sale will be during library hours Tuesday through Aug. 17. South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. (727) 834-3331.

A Matter of Balance: Seniors who are concerned about falling can improve their balance, flexibility and strength. Free (registration required). 10:30 a.m. Sunshine Christian Homes, 5350 Whipoorwill Drive, Holiday. (727) 777-2149.

Healthy Living for your Brain and Body: Join the Alzheimer's Association and learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. RSVP to Veronique Polo at 813-779-6484. Free. 1 p.m. AdventHealth, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City. (800) 272-3900.

Chef Showcase: Featuring an up-close demonstration on how to easily prepare a well-rounded and flavorful meal. Free. 2 p.m. Beach House Wiregrass, 30070 State Road 56, Wesley Chapel. (813) 508-6677.

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


  1. But the competition isn’t who many people expected it to be.
  2. Delta Air Lines said Friday it will launch five new round-trip routes a day between Tampa and Miami starting May 4. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) [MARK LENNIHAN  |  AP]
    Delta says the daily nonstop Miami service will create new connections for Tampa travelers to fly to Latin America and other international destinations.
  3. Chris Card, chief of community-based care for Eckerd Connects. His agency is now running the two biggest child welfare jurisdictions in Florida. [Tampa Bay Times]
    They are spending more time outside a permanent home as the county struggles to deal with an increase in removals.
  4. Two babirusa pigs are shown at Lowry Park Zoo in this photo from 1995. A Tampa Bay couple is accused of distributing remnants from exotic animal species, including a babirusa skill. [Tampa Bay Times]
    Novita Indah and Larry Malugin sold more than 3,000 items made from the animals over a period of more than five years, federal officials said.
  5. Ernest Blake Crownover, 19, a lacrosse player at Saint Leo University, was killed in a car crash in Pasco County. [Saint Leo University]
    Troopers identified the teen who was killed as Ernest Blake Crownover, 19.
  6. The Pasco County School District's high school graduation rate rose to 88.3 percent in 2019, surpassing the district's goal of getting to 85 percent by 2020. [Times]
    Cypress Creek had the highest percentage among district schools, while Hudson High had the lowest.
  7. Lynn Cristina is a Wesley Chapel momma with two girls and works full time as a marketing manager. [Courtesy of Lynn Cristina]
    A new year signals time to start over, create change and be who you want to be. I fall victim to this hype every year.
  8. Left: Beverly Bobrick, shown in an undated photo, was killed in 2005. (Photo courtesy of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church) Middle: Det. Lisa Schoneman, pictured during a 2011 press conference, lead the Bobrick investigation from the beginning. She retired in 2014. (Times 2011) Right: Brian Stoll committed a series of burglaries near Bobrick's home around the time of her death. In late 2019, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office announced he'd been arrested in Bobrick's murder. (Pasco County Sheriff's Office) [Courtesy of St. James the Apostle Catholic Church / Times / Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
    Of all the homicide investigations Lisa Schoneman ran from the beginning, the killing of 79-year-old Beverly Bobrick was her last unsolved one.
  9. Dade City, Florida [Alice Herden]
    But complications with contracting and construction forced the city to lay temporary pavement that later will be paved over.
  10. Dozens of Hudson Elementary parents attend an evening town hall session with Pasco superintendent Kurt Browning on Jan. 13, 2020, to learn about a proposal to close their children's school. [Courtesy of Michelle Brandon]
    The school had earned just one state grade above D in the past nine years.