Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Feb. 15

Pasco and Hernando community events
Published February 10
Updated February 14

Festivals

Heritage Day Festival: Walk along the Good Neighbor Trail and visit with more than 60 artists, crafters and vendors at the Hernando Historical Museum Association's annual Heritage Day Festival, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at Russell Street Park/Good Neighbor Trailhead, 70 Russell St, Brooksville. There will be home-baked goods, music in the gazebo and food trucks. Also introducing the “Children’s Adventure Passport.” Children can pick up a passport in front of the One Room Schoolhouse and begin their adventure. Visit with Smokey the Bear, snakes, spinners, weavers and pioneer gardeners, as well as have a pony ride, pictures with Belle and join the coloring contest. Those who complete their passport will receive a gift. Admission is free. Also, for a fee, there will also be optional tours of historic homes and museums (tickets $15, $5 for ages 6-12). For details, call (352) 515-3054. Visit hernandohistoricalmuseumassoc.com.

Pasco County Fair: The fair kicks off Feb. 18 and continues through Feb. 24 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. The fair features a giant midway and an array of fair food, karate shows, art exhibit, rodeo, spaghetti-eating competition and a talent showcase. Gates open 2 to 11 p.m. Feb. 18, 4 to 11 p.m. Feb. 19-21, 4 p.m. to midnight Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to midnight Feb. 23, and noon to 8 p.m. (gates close at 6 p.m.) Feb. 24. Regular admission is $10, $5 children, 5 and younger free. Separate fee for ride armbands. Visit pascocountyfair.com or call (352) 567-6678.

Florida Bluegrass Classic: The annual week-long festival will be Feb 18-24 at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. Campers can arrive as early as Feb. 18. The festival kicks off Feb. 21, with four days of nonstop music with numerous bluegrass bands, a classic car show, vendors, food, a military tribute and camping. Some featured groups include the Grascals, IIIrd Tyme Out, Nothin Fancy, Swing Sisters, and Sam Pacetti. Daily tickets are $25 on Thursday, $30 for Friday and Saturday. Sunday admission is free. Weekend tickets are $70 at the gate. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with paid adult. For information and tickets, call (386) 385-3500 or visit EvansMediaSource.com.

Benefit

POSTPONED - Live Oak Theatre Winter Ball Scholarship Fundraiser: The Live Oak Theatre fundraiser, originally scheduled for Feb. 16 at the Carol & Frank Morsani Center for the Arts in Brooksville,has been postponed. For details and updates, visit liveoaktheatre.org or call (352) 593-0027.

On Stage

The Amazing Magic Show: Mr. A’s show is packed with comedy, magic and ventriloquism. Shows will be at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16 at Merlin’s Theater, 7148 Congress St, New Port Richey. Tickets are $17.50; $12.50 children 12 and younger. Mr. A will also present "The Wizarding Magic Show" at 2 p.m. Feb. 16, which is geared more for children and families. Guests will witness drawings come to life and talk, feathers float, and a ghost disappear into a magic castle. And one special child will become the sorcerer's apprentice to help make magic happen. General admission tickets are $10; VIP seats are an additional $5. Call (727) 748-8800. Visit visualmagicshop.com.

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 showpalace.net or call (727) 863-7949.

Art events

This is Our Story: To celebrate Black History Month, the Uptown Art Galary will celebrate the history of black America with art and artifacts from the collections of several private collectors in Brooksville. A reception will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the gallery, located in Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Among the artifacts that will be on exhibit will be a doll collection from Mary Caleb. Call Judith McIntire at (207) 809-9066 or (352) 540-3810, or email to cityart@cityofbrooksville.us

Harry Farmlett Retrospective: The exhibit continues throughout February 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. Free. (727) 815-1222.

'Falling in Love With Art' exhibit: The exhibit continues through Feb. 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 pascoarts.org 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 phsc.edu.

Look ahead

Hernando Symphony Orchestra: "Spectrum" concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at Central High School Theater, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville. Tickets are $18, $5 for ages 5-17. Group rates available. Call (352) 584-1210 or email to hernandosymphony@yahoo.com. Visit hernandosymphony.com.

Cash bash: A Johnny Cash Birthday Bash to honor the late singer's memory and his days in Port Richey kicks off from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Gill Dawg Tiki Bar and Grill, 5419 Treadway Drive, Port Richey. Highlights include a karaoke contest featuring Cash's music with prizes; a Johnny Cash trivia contest, cornhole and volleyball tournaments with prizes. A tribute concert will be from 7:30 to 11 p.m.; concert tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the gate. Visit gilldawg.com/cash for details and tickets.

Paulie Palooza Music Festival: Noon to 9 p.m. Feb. 23, along Main Street, Zephyrhills. Includes live music, vendors, auction items and a "wet" zone with the street's local brewery and bars. Admission is $5. Funds benefit Gulfside Hospice. Visit flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/NDAxOTM= for details.

Rocketman: Tribute to Elton John: Two concerts are planned at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at Pasco-Hernando State College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $30-$35. Visit phsc.tix.com or call (727) 816-3707.

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Other Hernando events

15 Friday

Eagles at Hernando County Landfill: Ages 12 and older are invited to meet at Chinsegut Conservation Center and join a group of bird watchers on an eagle expedition at the county landfill. Learn how eagles are intertwined in waste management, how waste services balance their input and impact for sensitive species and help with conservation. Juvenile and adult eagles will be observed. Call to register. 9 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-6722.

Ballroom Dance Club Valentine Sweethearts Dance: Dress is semi-formal. Bring your own snacks and beverages. 6 p.m. Senior Citizens Center, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. $9 per person. (352) 686-1489.

German American Club of Spring Hill Valentine Dance: Music provided by Eva Adams. Dress to impress. Guests can bring their own beverages. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 6 p.m. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., Brooksville. $11 members, $14 nonmembers. (352) 688-3744. germanclubspringhill.org

16 Saturday

Hernando Audubon Ahhochee Hill Work Day: We will do annual maintenance on Eastern Bluebird nest boxes and other clean-up projects on the property. 9 a.m. Ahhochee Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, 24268 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Free. (352) 860-3921. hernandoaudubon.org

Children in the WILD: Pee-Wee Archery: Parents will have an opportunity to work alongside their youngsters who are interested in learning archery. Geared for ages 5-9, who will learn the basics using scaled-down equipment, one-on-one coaching and help from mom or dad. Space is limited. 2 p.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-6722.

Valentine Dinner Dance: Take your Valentine for their choice of steak or chicken stir fry dinner before dancing to live music by Almost Frank Sinatra. 6 p.m. Brooksville Elks 2582, 10205 Bedford Road, Spring Hill. $12 (352) 799-7148.

18 Monday

Enrichment Day: Join park staff to learn about wildlife through activities and demonstrations. 10 a.m. Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. Included with admission. (352) 628-5343.

Movie Matinee: A newly-released film will be shown; check with the Y for the movie’s name. Sign up on the clipboard at the front counter to ensure there will be enough popcorn for everyone. 1 p.m. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 688-9622.

20 Wednesday

Learn about the JUUL and Emerging Tobacco Trends Attracting our Youth: Tobacco Free Hernando Partnership Meeting. 4:30 p.m. Florida Department of Health-Hernando County, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Free (352) 596-8000. hernandocommunitycoalition.org

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Other Pasco events

15 Friday

Sheriff’s Shotgun Shootout: Benefits the Pasco Sheriff’s Charities: Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Explorers, Pasco Sheriff’s K-9 Association, Family Support Network and the Sunrise Domestic Violence Shelter. Sponsorship spots available, but filling fast. 7:30 a.m. Tampa Bay Sporting Clays Facility, 10514 Ehren’s Cutoff, Land O’ Lakes. Prices vary. Contact for details. (813) 618-2556.

You Too, Can Have A Florida Friendly Landscape: 8:30 a.m. Heritage Park/Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, Land O’ Lakes. Free. (352) 518-0156. ifas.ufl.edu

16 Saturday

St. Mark’s Pancake Breakfast: Featuring all-you-can-eat pancakes, plus sausage, eggs, juice, coffee or tea. 8 a.m. St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. Adults $4, children $1. (727) 863-5646.

New Life Flea Market: 9 a.m. New Life Metropolitan Community Church, 4133 Thys Road, New Port Richey. Vendors welcome at $10 per space; just show up. (727) 849-6962.

This N That Sale: Furniture, clothes, books, DVDs, “treasures”, baked goods, light lunch and lots more. 9 a.m. Hope Lutheran Church, 12321 Canton Avenue, Hudson. No charge. (727) 858-5876.

Regal Railways Presents Toy Train & Collectible Show/Sale: Vendors will be on hand selling model trains, various hobbies, collectibles, die-cast cars,. There will be a running train layout for the children to enjoy. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The New Lakes in Regency Park, 8330 Civic Drive, New Port Richey. $5; children younger than 12 admitted free. (727) 244-1341. regalrailways.com

Car Show and Craft Sale: The Knights of Columbus 10377 host this event that includes an indoor craft and art show/sale. Outdoors will be a show of classic and muscle cars. Food and drinks will be available. All proceeds will benefit disadvantaged residents in the community. The cost to enter the car show is $20. Craft vendors pay $10 for a table. 10 a.m. St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 8014 State Road 52, Hudson. Free admission. (727) 868-6920.

17 Sunday

Queen of Peace Breakfast Buffet: Take-out available. 8 a.m. to noon. Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. $8 adults, $5 children. (727) 849-7521. ladyqueenofpeace.org

18 Monday

Florida Humanities Council Speaker Series: 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. The topic is "Oh Florida!," by Craig Pittman. 6 p.m. New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 841-4560.

19 Tuesday

Heart-Healthy Screenings: The free screenings, which take about 15 minutes, include blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol and a pre-screening for diabetes. If the pre-screening indicates someone is at-risk for diabetes, an A1C test may be offered. Results are provided and explained on site. Registration is required. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. Free. (855) 546-6304.

Atrial Fibrillation Seminar: Presented by Kenneth H. Yamamura, MD. Registration/lunch begins at 11:30 and the tutorial begins at noon. A complimentary lunch will be served. 11:30 a.m. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14100 Yosemite Drive, Hudson. Free. (727) 869-5498.

Growing Herbs in Florida: Learn about light and water requirements for growing herbs for cooking and which season to grow them. 2 p.m. New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. Free. (352) 518-0156. ifas.ufl.edu

What You Need to Know About Essential Oils: Essential oils are everywhere! What do we do with them? What is the most effective way to use them? Find out in this Essential Oils 101 class. 3 p.m. Living Food Bakery and Cafe, 38201 10th Ave, Zephyrhills. Bring a friend - Get a gift! (813) 399-4467.

20 Wednesday

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. 12:30 p.m. Gateway Studios, 5740 Missouri Avenue, New Port Richey. Class is Free. Make & Take is $10/item (727) 277-1449.

The Importance of Newspapers to Successful Ancestry Research: The West Pasco County Genealogical Society hosts this ancestry research lecture. Attendees will learn the importance of utilizing newspapers in performing genealogical research. The lecture will address where and how to look for newspaper collections, and what information may be available through microfilm or digital access in libraries, organizations and archives. 12:30 p.m. CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. Society members pay $5, nonmembers pay $7. (727) 271-0770.

Tools to Quit Smoking: The single-session program will provide you with the valuable tools you need to help you quit tobacco. These include ways to deal with cravings; what physical and emotional symptoms to expect and how to cope with them , and four free weeks of patches, gum or lozenges while supplies last. The program is sponsored by Tobacco Free Florida. Space is limited and registration is required at (813) 929-1000 5 p.m. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Free. (813) 929-1000.

21 Thursday

Billy Kemp: Songs and Stories of Heart and Home: 1 p.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St, Dade City. Free. (352) 567-3576.

Ray Kamalay’s Musical Flea Market: Trifles and Treasures from Our Melodious Past: Ray Kamalay has a diverse and historic repertoire of music, from Delta blues and J.S. Bach, to the music of Ireland and the music of Brazil. 6 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Free. (727) 861-3040.

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

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