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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Feb. 1

Pasco and Hernando community events
Published Jan. 27, 2019


The Rightly So live at Ordinance One: The acoustic Americana duo from Buffalo, New York, will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 2 at Ordinance One, 5738 Main St., New Port Richey. They combine the sounds of classic folk and rock with a country feel. Visit Free admission. Call (716) 598-0477.


New Port Richey Carnival: The St. George Greek Orthodox Church hosts its annual festival 5 to 11 p.m. Feb. 1, noon to 11 p.m. Feb. 2 and noon to 9 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Kontos Event Center, 9426 Little Road, New Port Richey. The event features a carnival with midway rides, games, fair food, a winter festival, a barbecue competition, vendors, raffle prizes, DJ dancing and live music by the Bearded Brothers Band and Gypsy Rain. Admission is free; ride cost varies. Call (866) 666-3247.

Snowbird Palooza: The annual event will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 2 at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave, Zephyrhills. Featuring numerous exhibitors, a card game lounge and tournaments, free health checks, national recording artist Kris Pierce, Elvis impersonator Jeremy Ewbanks (at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.), a community pie bake-off and community chili cook-off (grand prize of $100 for each contest). Presented by the City of Zephyrhills. Free admission, free parking. Call (727) 674-1464.

Farm Fest and Quilt Show: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 2 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 3 at Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. A southern draft horse show and pulling competition with quilt show, cane grinding, syrup making, antique car show and children's activities. Saturday admission is $10 adults, $6 students; Sunday admission is $5. Free admission both days for children 5 and younger. Call (352) 567-0262.


Stargazing at Starkey Wilderness Park: Join the Pasco Astronomers from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 2 at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. Visitors are welcome to view through the club's telescopes or bring their own. Free. (727) 255-3083.

On Stage

Beauty and the Beast: The Disney musical continues through Feb. 10 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb. 1-2, and Feb. 8; and matinees at 2 p.m. Feb. 3, 9 and 10. Tickets are $25; with student, group and other discounts available. Visit or call the box office at (352) 683-5113.

Cinderella: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Tony Award-winning musical continues through Feb 24 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. Highway 19, Hudson. Matinee and evening shows are held Thursday through Sunday. Dinner and show: $55.50 Show only: $29. For tickets, go to or call (727) 863-7949.

Six Dances in Six Weeks: Shows will be Feb. 1-3 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Boulevard, New Port Richey. Tickets are $25 cash, $27.07 credit card. Call (727) 842-6777.

Art events

Harry Farmlett Retrospective: Opening Reception: The opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 1 at Gateway Gallery and Emporium, 6216 Grand Blvd, New Port Richey. This is a showcase of the late Farmlett's paintings and wood and metal sculptures. The exhibit is on display throughout February. Free. (727) 815-1222.

'Falling in Love With Art' exhibit: Feb. 5-27 at the West Pasco Art Guild, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. An English Tea Reception will be 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 9. Call (727) 841-7732.2019 Art Annual Exhibition and Competition: The Pasco Fine Arts Center's annual exhibit and competition continues through Feb. 23 at the center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. A reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 15. For details, visit or call (727) 845-7322.

Paint that Tune: The exhibit continues through March 9 at Uptown Art Gallery/Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. It includes works in all mediums that artists created while listening to their favorite tunes. Pieces are available for purchase. Call (207) 809-9066 or (352) 540-3810.

CUBA: The Natural Beauty: The exhibit continues through Feb. 22 at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Featuring the works of nationally-acclaimed nature photographer Clyde Butcher. Call (727) 816-3231 or visit


Other Hernando Events

01 Friday

Academia Hernando Spring Lecture Series: The topic is "Master of War: Guerilla Terrorists in the 20th and 21st Centuries," by Maj. Chip High. 10 a.m. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Spring Hill, 2301 Deltona Blvd, Spring Hill. $9, $65 series. (352) 686-4035.

02 Saturday

Rummage and Bake Sale: Indoor sale, rain or shine. 8 a.m. Saturday. First Lutheran Church of Ridge Manor, 30419 Park Ridge Drive, Ridge Manor. (352) 796-8898 or (352) 279-0993.

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 botanical gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk. The nursery is open at 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Mondays. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave, Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933.

Fish Out of Water Extreme 5K: This extreme cross-country race requires the ability to traverse uneven and unstable sugar sand/ lime rock terrain for 3.1-miles and be able to withstand exposure to the outdoors and bright sunlight for approximately one hour. 9 a.m. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. $40, $20 student. (352) 592-5656.

High Point Women's Golf League Fashion Show and Luncheon: Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Fashions presented by Bon Worth. The theme is "Be My Valentine." Noon Saturday. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. $10, includes lunch, 2 drawing tickets and door prizes. (352) 556-2205.

High Tea: A traditional high tea with hats and finger foods in the Lodge. 1 p.m. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. $10. (352) 793-4781.

Sweetheart Dance: Dress to impress for a Valentine's dance with music by Angelo. BYOB welcome. 7 p.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St, Brooksville. $5. (352) 616-0242.

04 Monday

Computer Club Open House/Newcomers' Orientation: Each month, except in July, the Hernando Computer Club holds an Open House/Newcomers' Orientation to acquaint nonmembers with all the club has to offer. Light refreshments served. 10 a.m. Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 684-7171.

07 Thursday

A Road Back in Time: Home-schooled students are invited to see 1800s history come to life through demonstrations, re-enactments and hands-on activities. 9 a.m. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. Free. (352) 793-4781.

'Movement to Take Away the Pain' Lecture: Presented by Maria Scunziano-Singh, MD. 5:30 p.m. Access Health Care, 5350 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 688-8116, ext. 4344.

Florida Humanities Council Speaker Series: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Florida: State Parks and More. David Schmidt, curator of the Florida Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, presents an overview of the Corps in Florida from 1933 until 1942, which had more than 70 camps and about 50,000 workers on projects across the state. 6:30 p.m. GFWC Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 South Main Street, Brooksville. Free. (352) 232-3547.


Other Pasco Events

02 Saturday

Pasco Park Walk: Join Pasco County Animal Services on this monthly walk. Bring a dog or walk one of the shelter dogs (all shelter dogs participating in the walks are available for adoption). All dogs must be on a leash. For guidelines and meeting locations, visit 8 a.m. Key Vista Nature Park, 2700 Baillies Bluff Road, Holiday. Free. (813) 929-1212.

Learn & Grow Volunteer Days: Join the Pasco County Farmden & Community Garden the first Saturday of every month through May for weeding, harvesting, washing produce and planting. Learn about gardening as you help grow food for the community. This fall, all the produce from the farm will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Dade City. Bring a hat, water, gardening gloves, and closed-toe shoes. This is a family-friendly event, but please leave pets at home. Community garden plots are available to lease for free at the community garden. 9 a.m. Saturday. Pasco County Farmden & Community Garden, 15029 14th St, Dade City. Contact Eden Santiago Gomez at or call (352) 518-0156.

Attracting Birds to Your Florida Garden: Learn how to identify common garden birds and what you need to plant to attract them. 9 a.m. Saturday. UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension - One Stop Shop, 15029 14th St, Dade City. Free. (352) 518-0156.

Leisure Days Quilt Show: The 14th-annual display of handcrafted quilts, wall hangings and specialty quilts. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Leisure Days RV Resort, 34533 Leisure Days Drive, Zephyrhills. $5. (813) 395-5706.

The Big Shred: The Pasco County Clerk and Comptroller's Office hosts this document-shredding event, provided by Shred360 Covanta. Watch as professionals shred your sensitive, outdated documents. Shredding will be for up to three copier-paper boxes or two tall kitchen trash bags of paper documents per vehicle. Be sure to remove all staples, paper clips and other metal clasps. Shredding will be available 10 a.m. to noon, or until the truck is filled, whichever is earlier. Robert Sumner Judicial Center, 38053 Live Oak Ave., Dade City. Free. (352) 521-4274.

Hospice Legacy Stroll: This is a benefit to support Gulfside Hospice. Teams raise money and participate in a memorial walk. The event will start with a remembrance ceremony, followed by the walk through the park, with activity stations and vendors along the way. 10 a.m. Saturday. Sims Park, 5547 Main St, New Port Richey. (727) 845-5707.

"Where Have All the Cattle Gone?": Presented by the West Pasco Audubon, with Laura Starkey. Grand-daughter of J.B. Starkey Sr., after whom the park is named, Laura will share the history of her family, the cattle ranch where she grew up and the formation of J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park. 11 a.m. J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park Education Center, 10500 Wilderness Road,, New Port Richey. Free (917) 459-2631.

Ukulele Jam: Bring a ukulele and jam with the group. All skill levels welcome. 1 p.m. New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. Free. (813) 788-6375.

Men's Club hosts Ham Supper: 5:30 p.m. Saturday. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St, New Port Richey. $10, advanced sales only. No tickets sold at the door. (727) 846-3919 or (727) 849-4330.

04 Monday

Choice Hearing Clinic: Includes ear wax checks, ear wax removal, hearing screenings and the cleaning and servicing of hearing aids. Participants with hearing aids receive one free package of batteries. 10 a.m. CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. Free. (727) 807-7082.

Tai Chi: Low Impact Exercise program for every skill level. 10 a.m. Monday and Thursday. CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. $3 (the first class is free). (727) 863-6868.

New York State Jefferson County Picnic: The 67th-annual New York State Jefferson County Picnic will kick off with registration and socializing at 10 a.m., and the picnic starting at 11 a.m. Welcome and introductions will be at 11:15, and a catered lunch will follow. Visit Zephyrhills Lions Club, 5827 Dean Dairy Road, Zephyrhills. $3. (315) 486-1408.

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.

Florida Humanities Council Speaker Series: The topic is "Florida Foods," presented by Gary Mormino. The program is sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council, with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. 6 p.m. New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St, New Port Richey. Free. (727) 841-4560.

05 Tuesday

Intermediate Ukulele Jam: Informal jam session. 10:15 a.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St, Dade City. Free. (352) 567-3576.

Tuesday Tutorial: The topic will be on aortic stenosis, presented by Keshav Ramireddy, MD. A complimentary lunch will be served. Seating is limited and reservations are required. 11:30 a.m. Rao Musunuru, M.D. Conference Center, 14100 Yosemite Drive, Hudson. Free. (727) 869-5498.

Chasing Water lecture: Internationally-known water scientist, author and sustainability educator Brian Richter will speak on "Chasing Water in a Dynamically Changing World." 7 p.m. Tuesday. Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo. Free. (352) 588-8401.

06 Wednesday

COPD Screenings: Conducted in Suite 304 of the Medical Arts Building. 10 a.m. to non. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St, New Port Richey. Free. (352) 953-6877.

Cooking for Your Valentine: Join Chef Warren Caterson as he shares four entrees to prepare for or with your Valentine in less than 20 minutes. Chef Warren is the author of the award-winning cookbooks: Table for Two, The Cookbook for Couples, Table for Two - Back for Seconds, and Cooking Outside the Lines - Musings of an Extemporaneous Chef. 2 p.m. Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., Zephyrhills. Free. (813) 780-0064.

Vegetable Gardening Race: Rev up your soil engine with compost and nutrients. Add seed and seedling fuel to the soil engine. Start the engine and head to a harvest of healthy vegetables. Learn how to tune up the soil engine and when to add seed and seedling fuel for the big spring vegetable race at this free UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar. Registration recommended. 6 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Free.

07 Thursday

Coronary Artery Disease seminar: Presented by interventional cardiologist Laura Mosher, MD. Noon. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St, New Port Richey. Free. (727) 953-6877.

Love is in the Air Workshop: This is a "His & Hers" workshop. Learn about essential oils and create your own oil-infused products – some for him and some for her and then some for both. 7 p.m. Gateway Studios, 5740 Missouri Avenue, New Port Richey. Class is Free. Make & Take is $10/item (727) 277-1449.

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