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Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting July 12


Friday Night Live: The monthly event returns from 5 to 10:30 p.m. July 12 at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Featuring live music. Shine and the Shakers will perform at 5 p.m.; Jeff and the Jarretts will perform at 7 p.m.; and Stonegrey will hit the stage at 9 p.m. There will be food trucks, games in the park, a vendor market and full bar available. United Way of Hernando will have a bus at the park for donations of school supplies for the 2019 "Stuff the Bus" campaign. Friday Night Live is hosted by Brooksville Main Street. Admission is free. Call (352) 540-6409.


Brookridge Social Line Dance: A DJ will play a variety of music for beginners through intermediate dancers from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 13 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. Bring your own beverage, snacks and ice. Casual attire (no open-back sandals). The cost is $5. Call (352) 397-6088.


John Timpanelli and Friends: The musical variety show of singing, comedy and impression will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. Suggested $5 donation. Call (727) 597-0948.

For a cause

Bowling for Blue: 11 a.m. July 13 at Lane Glo Bowl South, 8631 Old County Road 54, New Port Richey. Includes three games, door prizes, an auction, desserts and one large pizza. Benefits law enforcement events. $100 family, $150 adult only, $180 corporate. Call (727) 243-3578.

Charity Casino Night: This benefit for Gulfside Hospice of Pasco County will be at 6 p.m. July 13 at Columbian Event Center, 5850 K of C Drive, Port Richey. Use "fun money" for three hours of casino gaming in the second-annual Roaring '20s themed night with black jack, craps, roulette, poker, Texas Hold 'em, prizes, appetizers, one free drink, cash bar and an auction. The cost is $40-$50. Call (727) 845-5707.

Curtain call

'Songs for a New World' auditions: 7 p.m. July 12 and 1 p.m. July 13 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Director Mark Burdette and musical director Brady Lay will seek four performers: two male, two female, ages 18-45(ish). Prepare 16-32 bars of any Jason Robert Brown song that is not part of this show. A music accompanist and Bluetooth speaker will be provided. Show dates are Oct. 17-27. Email to or call (352) 683-5113.

Art events

'A Summer Road Trip': The exhibit wraps up July 13 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 205 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Call (352) 540-3810 or (207) 809-9066.

'It's a Zoo' Exhibit: The exhibit is open July 13 through Sept. 7 at the Uptown Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 205 Howell Ave., Brooksville. A reception will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 19. Admission is free. The artwork in the gallery is for sale. Call (352) 540-3810.

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

PHSC 10th-Annual Faculty and Staff Summer Art Show: Discover hidden talents of PHSC faculty and staff in this annual exhibit featuring a variety of artistic mediums. The exhibit continues through July 31 at the Rao Musunuru, MD, Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 816-3231.


Other Hernando events

12 Friday

Butterflies 101: Ages 10 and older can learn about butterfly families and take home guides to help identify them in the upcoming butterfly count. Free (registration required). 10 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

13 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. Free. 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, Wednesday and Saturday, weather permitting. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

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.

Life Primary School Open House: Students, parents and families are invited to meet the principal and members of the team, tour the campus, begin the enrollment process and win some giveaways. Free. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Life Primary School, 6001 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 293-7673.

17 Wednesday

Free School Physicals and Vision Screenings: Uninsured students can receive the free physicals and screenings. No appointment necessary. Provided by Elaine Moorman, nurse practitioner. Free. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. People Helping People Headquarters and Community Resource Center, 1396 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. (352) 686-4466.

Tools to Quit Smoking Program: The single-session program provides the valuable tools needed to help you quit tobacco, including how to prepare a plan that works for you, specific ways to deal with cravings, what physical and emotional symptoms to expect and how to cope with them effectively. Also, four weeks of free patches, gum or lozenges are provided while supplies last. The program is sponsored by Tobacco Free Florida. Space is limited; registration is required. Call 813-929-1000 to register. Free. 5 p.m. Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.


Other Pasco events

12 Friday

Used Book Bazaar: The Friends of Hugh Embry Library will sell books of all genres, audio and video media, magazines and related materials, as well as some DVDs. Proceeds help fund programming for all ages at the library. Cash and personal checks accepted (no credit cards). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-7449.

Dunndee Farms: Get up close to a wide variety of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates with Dunndee Farms. A presenter will show off the animals and share facts about each species. The program is geared for elementary-aged children and their families. Free. 11 a.m. to noon. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 861-3049.

Thanksgiving in July Dinner: A turkey dinner with all the trimmings, drinks and dessert. $10 adults, $9 children. 5 p.m. Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. (727) 849-7521.

13 Saturday

Free MOVE Youth Bowling Academy: Free bowling lessons for children in grades K-12 in Pin Chasers' MOVE Youth Bowling Academy, June 1 through July 20 at all Pin Chasers locations. Free for youth in grades K-12. 9 a.m. Pin Chasers, 6816 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. (813) 879-1339.

Propagation by Stem Cuttings: Learn how to grow a plant from just a piece from another in this hands-on workshop provided by the Pasco Extension Service. Free. 9 a.m. Land O' Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes. (352) 518-0156.

Soil Solarization: Learn about this environmentally-friendly method of using the sun's power to control pests and weeds in the soil. It includes covering the ground with a tarp to trap solar energy. Provided by the Pasco County Extension Service. Visit Free. 10 a.m. Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., Zephyrhills. (352) 518-0156.

14 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. to 6 p.m. Downtown New Port Richey, along Main and Grand. (727) 385-5375.

15 Monday

PHSC Coding Explorers Camp: Campers explore techniques to stay safe while online and learn about the basic skills in cybersecurity and coding careers. (Pair your Coding Explorers experience with the Intro to Engineering Camp to make a full day.) Camp fee includes a camp T-shirt. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Pasco-Hernando State College - West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (855) 669-7472.

PHSC Intro to Engineering Camp: Discover the unlimited opportunities in engineering, design and drafting careers. Campers will design their own dream homes along with other fun activities using engineering technology and drafting software. Camp fee includes a camp T-shirt. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Pasco-Hernando State College - West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (855) 669-7472.

Community Tile Painting: This special community ceramic tile painting program is held each Monday through Aug. 5. Paint a ceramic tile with a favorite book cover, or anything related to books. One tile per person, as materials are limited. Paints and materials will be set up for participants to use. Tiles can be hung at the library or taken home. All ages welcome. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

16 Tuesday

Ukulele Class: Free ukulele lessons are offered at the library for ages 11 and older. A library card is not needed to participate. Those who don't own a ukulele can borrow one from the library, offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Free. 10 a.m. New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. (813) 788-6375.

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.

Colorful Container Gardening: Learn the how-tos of planting flowers, foliage and herbs in containers and watch them flourish. This Pasco County Extension Seminar does not include container vegetables. Registration is recommended. Free. 2 p.m. New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. (352) 518-0156.

Razzmatazz Entertainment: The show includes ventriloquism, magic and juggling. Free. 2 to 3 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

A Matter of Balance: This workshop is designed to help seniors who are concerned about falling improve their balance, flexibility and strength. Offered weekly at 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Free, but registration is required due to limited space. CARES Elfers Center, 4136 Barker Drive, New Port Richey. (727) 863-6868.

17 Wednesday

Summer Reading: Professor Gazoontite: Elementary-age children will explore the universe through live-action scientific demonstrations with Professor Gazoontite. There will be lots of audience participation and laughter. Free. 10:30 a.m. Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 8th St., Zephyrhills. (813) 780-0064.

18 Thursday

Razzmatazz Entertainment: Talented ventriloquist, magician and juggler Lowell Tauszik performs a show geared for elementary-aged children and their families. Free. 2 to 4 p.m. South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. (727) 834-3331.

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