Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Feb. 8

Pasco and Hernando community events
Published February 3
Updated February 4

Festivals

Pasco Blues and Food Festival: The festival, which features live music and food from around Tampa Bay, will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes. Local blues musicians will perform throughout the day. Seating is limited; bring lawn chairs. The lineup includes George Pennington III, Steve Arvey, Home Cookin’ Band, Pasco Lefty and headliner Forever Eric: Eric Clapton Tribute from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a fun zone for the kids. 11 a.m. Saturday. $5. (727) 674-1464. eventbrite.com

Friday Night Live: Featuring live music, food trucks, games in the park, market and full bar. 5 p.m. Friday. Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave, Brooksville. Free. (352) 540-6409.

For a cause

Dining in the Dark: Put on a blindfold for a simulation of vision impairment, which allows your sense of taste, smell and touch to take over, as you try to solve the mysteries of the menu. Includes cocktails, silent auction, dinner and dancing. Benefits Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind. 6 p.m. Saturday. Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. $100. (727) 815-0303.

Drag Queen Bingo: Divas N Dudes’ Dame Crystal and Vanessa DelRay will call bingo and entertain with a new lineup of song and dance at this bingo event at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Salishan Gracious Retirement Living, 14191 Astaire Lane, Spring Hill. The event, hosted by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Education Training Association, will include heavy hors d’oeuvres. Prizes awarded for every game. Must be 21 or older. Tickets are $25-$35. Call (352) 796-0697. hernandochamber.com.

Music

Valentine's Day in New Orleans: The Hernando Jazz Society will provide an afternoon of listening to romantic tunes and Mardi Gras music performed by the Jazz Phools from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. Admission is free for Jazz Society members; nonmembers pay $10 per person or $15 per couple. The Wellington Bar and Grill will offer a cash bar and optional buffet (separate fee). For information, call Bill McLoughlin at (352) 799-9690.

The McCartney Project: The McCartney Project is more than a concert, it’s an experience. Tony Burlingame as Paul McCartney is backed by the McCartney Project Band, recreating Sir Paul’s music, including hits from the Beatles and the Wings. The concert will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at Pasco-Hernando State College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $30-$35. Call (727) 816-3707. phsc.tix.com

Billy Kemp Concert: 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Free. call (727) 861-3040.

On Stage

Beauty and the Beast: The Disney musical wraps up Feb. 10 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8; and 2 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10. Tickets are $25; with student, group and other discounts available. Visit stagewestflorida.com 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 showpalace.net or call (727) 863-7949.

Art events

Nature Coast Art Show: The two-day show, sponsored by the Fine Arts Council, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 10 at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. This year's theme is “Fear No Art!” There will be food, a silent auction, and original artworks by professional artists from Florida’s Nature Coast. An artist reception will be on Feb. 9, with previewing and purchase available. The show is free. For information, call 686-7034. Visit tbdfl.org.

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 [email protected] Visit hernandosymphony.com.

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Other Hernando events

8 Friday

Children’s Dental Day: To bring awareness to National Children’s Dental Health Month in February, Premier Community HealthCare is hosting its fourth-annual Children’s Dental Day at four of its health center locations in Pasco and Hernando counties. The event will provide a full day of free dental services for children under 18-years-old who are accompanied by a parent or guardian. In addition to dental services, Premier will also provide games and educational activities for children, as well as giveaways and prizes, including kid-friendly oral hygiene supplies and community health resources. Free dental services will be provided for uninsured children under age 18, and most insurance plans including Medicaid and Florida KidCare are accepted. Appointments must be made; limited walk-in slots are available. Starting at 7 a.m. at: Brooksville Family Health Center, 300 S. Main St., Brooksville; and Spring Hill Family Health Center, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 518-2000. premierhc.org

Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. CPR for Mental Health. 8 a.m. Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 596-8000. hernandocommunitycoalition.org

Academia Hernando Spring Lecture Series: The topic is "Florida Marine Life — and the Mission to Save It," presented by Kevin Van Dien. 10 a.m. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Spring Hill, 2301 Deltona Blvd, Spring Hill. $9. (352) 686-4035. academiahernando.org

Night Hike: Winter-Breeding Frogs: Ages 8 and older can attend this guided night hiking/dip-netting journey to May’s Prairie to document what tadpoles can be found this February. Register online or call. Space is limited. 6 p.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-6722. myfwc.com

9 Saturday

Hernando Audubon Big Day Birdathon: Birders will try to see as many species as possible before dusk. At 6 a.m. birders will meet at the Big Lots parking lot in Brooksville, and travel to various sites to see varieties of birds. Individuals may join or leave this team throughout the day. Sign up with Bev, 352-686-0460. This is a fundraiser for Hernando Audubon Society, with proceeds going to help fund local conservation and education programs, scholarships and our Junior Audubon Club. A pledge form is available online at hernandoaudubon.org/Birdathon2019-letter.pdf. Big Lots, 20050 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 686-0460. hernandoaudubon.org

Red Mule Runners Good Neighbor Trail 5K: This is a shaded 5K run under the old oaks. Includes awards and refreshments. All ages welcome. 8 a.m. Good Neighbor Trail, 70 Russell St, Brooksville. $25, $15 students. (352) 585-7495. redmulerunners.com

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. ifas.ufl.edu

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. naturecoastgardens.com

Arts and Crafts Show and Sale: Vendors show and sell a collection of handmade prints, paintings, photography and crafts. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. Free. (352) 628-5343.

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

Leopard Baseball booster Golf Tournament: Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m., with shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Limited to 25 foursomes. Individual golfers welcome. Benefits the Hernando High School baseball team. Southern Hills Plantation Club, 4200 Summit View Drive, Brooksville. $75 per golfer. (352) 587-2893. tinyurl.com

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). 6:30 p.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St, Brooksville. $5. (352) 397-6088.

10 Sunday

Pancake Breakfast: The Helping Hands of Brookridge hosts this breakfast with all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice, coffee or tea. Tickets available at the door. There will also be a craft sale. Proceeds will benefit charity projects in the Hernando County community. 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St, Brooksville. $5. (352) 597-2854.

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Other Pasco events

8 Friday

Children’s Dental Day: To bring awareness to National Children’s Dental Health Month in February, Premier Community HealthCare is hosting its fourth-annual Children’s Dental Day at four of its health center locations in Pasco and Hernando counties. The event will provide a full day of free dental services for children under 18 who are accompanied by a parent or guardian. In addition to dental services, Premier will also provide games and educational activities for children, as well as provide free giveaways and prizes including kid-friendly oral hygiene supplies and community health resources. Free dental services will be provided for uninsured children under age 18, and most insurance plans including Medicaid and Florida KidCare are accepted. Appointments must be made by calling 352-518-2000. Limited walk-in slots are available. For more information about Premier Community HealthCare and its mission, visit www.premierhc.org. Starting at 7 a.m. at: New Port Richey Family Health Center, 2114 Seven Springs Blvd, Trinity; and Dade City Family Health Center, 14027 5th St, Dade City. Free. (352) 518-2000. premierhc.org

Book Bazaar: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St, Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

9 Saturday

Antiques & Collectibles Appraisal Fair: Bring up to three items and for $5 per item, a certified appraiser will give you an estimate of the current retail value. Also bid on silent auction items, including gift baskets, hand-crafted pottery, art, and gift certificates from local businesses and restaurants and more. Used books, baked goods and a hot dog lunch will be available. West Pasco Historical Society staff will also be there with information. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Blvd, New Port Richey. Free to view all items. $5 per item for appraisal (727) 849-1943. ccnpr.com

Ask a Master Gardener: Ask about Florida-friendly gardening and bring in plants for Pasco County Master Gardeners to identify and share tips. 9 to 10 a.m. Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 8th St., Zephyrhills. Free. (813) 780-0064.

San Antonio Farmers Market/Community Yard Sale: Sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Antonio. Hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. San Antonio Park, 12202 Main St, San Antonio. (352) 588-3825.

Movie and Popcorn: Watch How to Train Your Dragon 2 and eat some popcorn. For children in the fourth through seventh grades and their families. 2 p.m. Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. Free. (727) 834-3204.

Game Days: All youth are invited. 2 p.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St, New Port Richey. Free. (727) 853-1279.

Pasco NAACP Branch 5630 Freedom Fund Scholarship Banquet: Includes dinner, dancing and entertainment. 5 to 9 p.m. Lewis Abraham Boys and Girls Club, 38724 Mudcat Grant Boulevard, Dade City. $45. (813) 863-4770.

10 Sunday

Sunday in the City: Walk, bike, and golf cart yourself to downtown New Port Richey. Shop, eat, drink and enjoy a relaxing day out downtown. Venues will have sales, food and drink specials, live music, and various activities will be added each month. 7 to 10 a.m. Downtown New Port Richey, Main and Grand, New Port Richey. Some business activities will have a fee. (727) 385-5375. facebook.com.

Must Love Dogs 5K: A free 5K run for you and, if you would like, your well-socialized canine companion. All donations received will go toward helping local pet owners afford their pets’ medical care. 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. Free to attend, sign up on Event Brite (727) 459-7331. facebook.com.

Commander Jack “Sully” Sullivan Charity Golf Event: Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.; shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The tournament and dinner will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project and the Volunteer Way. Includes prizes, awards, raffles and contests. 12:30 p.m. Heritage Springs Golf and Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. $65 per golfer, $25 dinner only. (727) 741-4482.

Spaghetti Dinner: This fundraiser includes salad, bread and meat or vegetarian sauce, plus dessert. Gluten-free spaghetti squash is available, but you must pre-order at time of reservations by Feb. 9. Entertainment includes Nancy Cox and Bill Bramer with vocals by Melanie Gibeau. 5:30 p.m. Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Blvd, New Port Richey. $10 per person. (727) 849-1943. ccc.npr.com

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.

11 Monday

Perfect Valentine’s Day Entrées with Chef Warren: Chef Warren will share dozens of kitchen tips, cooking hints and humorous anecdotes about the joys and challenges of cooking for Valentine’s Day by showing you how to prepare four delicious entrees (one vegetarian) for — or with — your significant other. 5 p.m. Monday. New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 853-1279. facebook.com

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 "Florida Love Stories," presented by Caren Neile. 6 p.m. New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St, New Port Richey. Free. (727) 841-4560.

13 Wednesday

Crafts with Debbie: Make light-switch art. No experience needed for this make-and-take class. Debbie, a craft expert, will provide guidance from beginning to end. Participants should bring a few light switch covers. All other supplies provided. 10 a.m. CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. $5. (727) 863-6868.

14 Wednesday

Beads and Buttons: Youth are invited to use perler beads and the button maker to create some cool Valentine’s gifts. 4 p.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St, New Port Richey. Free. (727) 853-1279.

Bring Your Own Bulbils - Air Potato Biological Control Program Special Event: Air potato vine is an invasive weed crippling native habitats in many Central Florida communities. A biological control program, involving the release of air potato beetles, is having a beneficial impact. Come to this free UF/IFAS Pasco Extension event to learn about air potato beetles, sign up for the “air potato citizen science program”, watch intriguing demonstrations with the beetles, and grab free handouts, goodies and refreshments. Bring in air potato bulbils (tubers) to win an air potato beetle T-shirt. Get the scoop on the air potato biological control program during a special presentation by Dr. Chris Kerr, Biological Specialist with FDACS Division of Plant Industry. Remember to bring air potato tubers to get free stuff. 6 p.m. Pasco County Extension-One Stop Shop, 15029 14th St., Dade City. Registration and parking are free. (352) 518-0156. ifas.ufl.edu

15 Thursday

New Port Richey Shrine Club Valentine Lunch: Treat your Valentine to lunch and a gift. The public is invited to the luncheon. A speaker will follow the lunch. 11 a.m. American Legion Post 79, 5329 Legion Place, New Port Richey. $10 per person; reservations required by Feb. 11. (727) 375-7900.

Organic Veggie Gardening — The Basics: Join Dr. Whitney Elmore, Pasco County Extension director and horticulture agent, for a free class on organic vegetable gardening. A discussion on composting and integrated pest management will highlight the class. Registration recommended. 2 p.m. Thursday. Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. (352) 518-0156. ifas.ufl.edu

Contact Phyllis Day at [email protected] or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.

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