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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Jan. 18

Pasco and Hernando community events


Florida Agriculture and Wildlife Expo and Rodeo: The three-day, family-friendly festival will be Jan. 18-20 at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Airport, 15800 Flight Path Drive, Brooksville. Expo hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight Friday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The rodeo will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The event also includes a 5K rodeo run, motorcycle show, horse show, car show, educational exhibits, live entertainment, youth shows, vendors and games. General admission is $5, ages 5 and younger free. Rodeo tickets are $20. The cost to enter the 5K is $20, ages 12 and younger are free. Call (352) 585-0345 or visit

Pigz in Z'Hills: Fly-ins are welcome for the ninth-annual barbecue and blues festival that will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Zephyrhills Airport, 5200 Airport Road, Zephyrhills. Featuring a barbecue competition, corn hole, car show, kid zone, business expo, military history museum and live music by Damon Fowler, Bird Tribe, Chuck Riley's All Star Band, Ellie Lee Band and the Dave Shepard Band. Benefits youth education programs. Admission is free; parking is $10. Call (813) 782-1913.

Celebrating MLK

Keepers of the Dream: Several events are planned in downtown Brooksville in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

• Music and Arts Extravaganza will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Hernando High School Auditorium, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. There will be door prizes and a raffle to win a 50-inch TV. Call (352) 942-0746 or (352) 263-0913.

• A Keepers of the Dream: MLK Christian Unity Service will be at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 22319 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville. Call (352) 232-2656 for details.

• Brooksville Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will be on Jan. 21. The lineup begins at 8:30 a.m. and the parade starts at 10 a.m. The parade will travel along Oakwood Drive, down Howell Avenue and ending at E Fort Dade Avenue. Parade participants will be judged according to its "Keepers of the Dream" MLK-themed decorations and spirit. Call Billy Healis at (352) 398-5139 or Mrs. Booker at (352) 797-7015. There will also be a basketball shoot-out at 1 p.m. in the Hernando High School gym; admission is $5. Call (352) 797-7015, ext. 248.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration: Join the African American Club of Pasco at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21 at Union Missionary Baptist Church, 6235 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey, for the annual march to the Booker T. Washington Schoolhouse. There will be a ceremony with performances by the JROTC, students of the AAC Life Skills Program and a talk by Clyde Parket, president of the NAACP of Pasco. There is no cost. Call (727) 207-9158.

Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast: The NAACP Branch 5092 and the African American Club of Hernando invite the public to join them for the Keeping the Dream Alive breakfast at 10 a.m. Jan. 19 at Pristine Place Club House, 4350 St. Ives Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $20. Call (352) 556-4812.

Specialty shows

Florida Gulf Coast Cluster of Dog Shows: The American Kennel Club's All-Breed Dog Shows continues through Jan. 20 at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. Shows are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Events include agility trials, conformation, owner handler, junior showmanship, obedience trials, rally trials, puppy competition and the new coursing ability tests. Vendors and food on site. Spectators are encouraged to bring a travel or folding chair. Free admission. Parking $5. Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, Brooksville. (352) 799-5180. Visit


DAV Car Show: Trophies will be awarded for best in show; and first, second and third place. There will be a DJ playing music and raffles. Food, snacks and beverages will be available. All proceeds will benefit disabled American veterans. Email vehicle entry to Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Disabled American Veterans Chapter 78, 6711 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Free admission; vehicle entry is $20, which includes lunch. (727) 645-5769 or (813) 468-0277.

Casino Night: Get $1,000 in casino chips for a night of gaming with a silent auction, raffles, appetizers, one free drink, cash bar and prizes. Benefits the Thomas Promise Foundation. 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Southport Springs Clubhouse, 3509 Southport Springs Parkway, Zephyrhills. $25. (813) 782-1913.


Concert in the Park with Vellamo: The Finnish folk music duo performs traditional songs from the Finnish and Swedish traditions, reminiscent of 1960s folk revival groups. They will perform two concerts in the North Suncoast: A Concert in the Park will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, 9120 Old Post Road, Port Richey. Guests should bring a seat. The concert is hosted by the Salt Springs Alliance. Admission for concert only is $3 for Alliance members, $6 nonmembers. Admission for the concert with cheese and dessert buffet and reserved seating is $10 members, $20 nonmembers. Visit The duo will perform a second concert at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The concert is free; call the library at (352) 754-4043.

Clay Walker: With four platinum-selling albums and two gold albums, Walker has placed 31 titles on Billboard's singles chart including such chart toppers as Dreaming with my Eyes Open, If I Could Make Living, This Woman and This Man and Rumor Has It. He will perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at The Stockyard, 1910 U.S. 19 N, Holiday. Tickets vary $30-$37; $55-$80 VIP. Purchase tickets online at or call (727) 939-9494.

The Whispering Tree: The musical duo includes singer/songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour. Together, they craft richly immersive folk-rock. They will perform at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. The concert is free. Call (727) 861-3040

On stage

Steel Magnolias: The show wraps up this weekend at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. With 7:30 p.m. evening shows on Jan. 18 and 19, and 2 p.m. matinees Jan. 19 and 20. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 students. Visit or call the box office at (352) 683-5113.

Art events

Reception for 'Paint that Tune' and 'Off the Wall': A reception will be 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at Uptown Art Gallery/Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The reception will include entertainment from the B's 3, and refreshments will be served. The "Paint that Tune" exhibit, which continues through March 9, includes works in all mediums that artists created while listening to their favorite tunes. The additional show, "Off the Wall," will adorn part of the gallery's second floor, with several local residents' personal collections that have been literally taken off their walls. The collection includes paintings, prints etchings, stained glass, silk embroidery and other items. The "Off the Wall" exhibit will continue through Jan. 31. Call (207) 809-9066 or (352) 540-3810.

Down by the Water: The exhibit continues through Jan. 30 at West Pasco Art Guild, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Call (727) 841-7732.

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

Look ahead

Kumquat Festival: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 26, throughout downtown Dade City. Call (352) 567-3769 or email to

From Broadway to Buble and Beyond: Tin Pan Alley presents this evening of songs from the Broadway stage at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Social Hall, 8320 Old County Road 54, New Port Richey. There will also be comedy and impressions at this live professional show. Starring John Timpanelli, Theresa Smith, Jason Ensor, Brianna Manley and other guests. Tickets are $17, and includes dessert and coffee. Call (727) 597-0948.

Tom Jones Tribute: With Lou Nelson. 2 p.m. Jan. 25, Pasco-Hernando State College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Tickets $30-$35. Call (727) 816-3707.


Other Pasco County events

18 Friday

Arbor Day Celebration: Local dignitaries will speak and the fourth-grade class from Genesis Elementary School will plant new trees. 11 a.m. Frances Avenue Park, 5580 Frances Ave, New Port Richey. Free. (727) 849-1626.

All About You Workshop: Learn about essential oils and create your own oil-infused makeup remover, exfoliator, lotion and a few other surprises. Get a first-hand look at some skin care products and some of the Savvy Minerals makeup line. Seating is limited. 1 p.m. Friday; 7 p.m. Thursday. Gateway Studios, 5740 Missouri Avenue, New Port Richey. The class is free; make and take is $10/item. (401) 480-2935.

Pasco County Senior Center Open House: Pasco County Senior Services Division sponsors this event to celebrate the renewed partnership that will offer local seniors nutritious meals and a variety of recreational and educational activities. There will be light refreshments, door prizes and music. 1 p.m. St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church, 5855 16th St, Zephyrhills. Free. (352) 521-5151.

19 Saturday

Oasis Pregnancy Care Centers Clay Shoot for Life: 8 a.m. Tampa Bay Sporting Clays Facility, 10514 Ehren's Cutoff, Land O' Lakes. $150; non-shooters pay $20 for lunch. (813) 406-4965.

Pancake Breakfast: Includes all-you-can-eat buttermilk pancakes, as well as coffee, juice and sausage. syrup provided. 8 a.m. St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. $4 adults, $1 children. (727) 863-5646.

Light Up the Night 5K Race and 1-Mile Walk: Join the Pasco County Sheriff's Office in raising awareness to end human trafficking. Runners receive a water bottle, T-shirt and medal. Email to 8 a.m. Pasco-Hernando State College - Porter Campus, 2727 Mansfield Blvd, Wesley Chapel. $20-$35. (855) 669-7472.

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.

20 Sunday

Steak Fry at the Marine Corps League: Hosted by the Military Order of the Devil Dogs Pound 183. Come early and watch our Marines work the grill. The menu is filet mignon, potato and corn on the cob. Also salad and homemade cakes for dessert. Tickets are limited and available for advance sale at the bar and at the door. There will be a door prize awarded in a raffle-like format using the meal ticket. 2 p.m. Marine Corps League Detachment 567, 7241 Baillie Drive, New Port Richey. Cash, credit cards and checks are OK. (727) 848-1688.

22 Tuesday

Human Trafficking Awareness Event: Representatives from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office will discuss the realities of human trafficking in Pasco County. Sunrise of Pasco, a nonprofit domestic and sexual violence center, will be on hand with resources regarding recovery. 11 a.m. Pasco-Hernando State College East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City. Free. (855) 669-7472.

Discover Essential Oils For Yourself: Learn the who, how and why about pure essential oils. 3 p.m. Living Food Bakery and Cafe, 38201 10th Ave, Zephyrhills. Bring a friend, get a gift. (813) 390-3559.

23 Wednesday

Bay Area Legal: Helping the elderly with legal problems at no cost. By appointment only. CARES Elfers Center, 4136 Barker Drive, Elfers. Free. (727) 847-1290.

Diverticulitis: Has the Management Changed: Admission is free, and a complimentary light lunch will be provided. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Noon. Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, Trinity. RSVP to (727) 834-5630 or email

Guardian ad Litem Informational Meeting: Learn how to become a volunteer Guardian ad Litem and be an advocate for a child. 1:30 p.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St, Dade City. Free. (352) 567-3576.


Other Hernando County events

18 Friday

Academia Hernando Spring Lecture Series: The topic is "Altruism vs. Evil: Noble Tales from the Holocaust," presented by Howard Kerner. 10 a.m. Friday. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Spring Hill, 2301 Deltona Blvd, Spring Hill. $65 series, $9 per walk-in (space permitting). (352) 686-4035.

19 Saturday

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.

Florida Arbor Day Tree Giveaway: There will be a brief class on the benefit of trees in the landscape and how to plant the new free tree that those attending will receive. Plants at the nursery will be available for purchase. 9 a.m. Saturday. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St, Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-4433.

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. 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Mondays. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave, Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933.

Firearms Safety Class: This is an introductory orientation class for new shooters. All materials and equipment needed for the class and live-fire training is provided to students, including the use of a .22 caliber firearm, ammo, earplugs and eye protection. 9 a.m. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, Brooksville. Pre-registration required; call (352) 597-9931.

21 Monday

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.

24 Thursday

Dementia Care Seminar: United Way of Hernando County hosts this annual seminar that will include helpful tips and motivating stories. Speakers include Gary LeBlanc, local author and caregiver, and Linda Burhans, national speaker on caregiver advocacy. There will be refreshments, vendors and free memory screenings conducted by Renstar Medical Research. Call or email to RSVP. 9:30 a.m. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 688-2026.

Author Talk with Paul Allen: Canadian writer Paul Allen will discuss his book, When Tobacco was King, A History of Tobacco in Canada and the United States. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Light refreshments will be served. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave, Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-4043.

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