1. Pasco

Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting July 19


Brooksville Blues-In Cruise-In: Brooksville Main Street and Hernando County Growers' Association will host this monthly event from 5 to 9 p.m. July 20 in front of the historic Hernando County Courthouse, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Live music provided by Blue Z Band on the courthouse steps. The car show is coordinated by AK Customz, Inc. Downtown restaurants will be open. Vendor spaces are available (merchandise only, no food or drink). Vendors can register at To verify a vendor spot is available, text Angela at (352) 584-5773. Free admission, $10 car show entry, $15 vendor spaces.

Art events

'It's a Zoo' exhibit reception: The reception will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 19 at the Uptown Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 205 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Meet some of the artists and enjoy refreshments. Music will be provided by Ben Meeks and the Memory Makers. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit is open through Sept. 7. The artwork in the gallery is for sale. Call (352) 540-3810 or (207) 809-9066.

Gulf View Square Mall Art Walk: Local artists will have their artwork displayed throughout Gulf View Square Mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20 at 9409 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Free. Call (727) 873-0455.

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.

Look ahead

Stage West's Fire & Ice Hamis: The annual gala event will be July 27 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. The Hami Awards will be given in recognition of the 2018-19 season. Hors d'oeuvres will be at 6 p.m., awards ceremony at 7 p.m., and desserts, coffee and tea served after the ceremony. Tickets are $25 for ages 13 and older, $15 for ages 7-12. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113.


Other Hernando events

20 Saturday

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. Pre-register @ 352-597-9931 for class. Pre-registration required. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, Brooksville. (352) 597-9931.

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

Grow Your Own: This half-day workshop will focus on how to grow your own food using hydroponic technology (no soil). Presented by horticulture agent William Lester and other speakers. Topics include how to build a simple home system; basics of aquaponics (raising fish with vegetables); how to set up a free table-top hydroponics system to grow lettuce at home. $45. 9 a.m. to noon. Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, 1611 Aviation Loop, Brooksville. (352) 754-4433. Register at

Alzheimer's Learning Day: Featuring information tables, workshops and presentations by the Alzheimer's Family Organization, Coping with Dementia, Meridien Research and other organizations involved in research, care and services for individuals living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor. (352) 616-0170.

Children in the WILD: Pollinator Gardens: Ages 5-9 can register to attend this program on pollinators of Florida and get a head start attracting them home with plants provided during the program. Learn what pollinators like, and begin a garden. Free program, please register online at or call (352) 754-6722. Free. 2 p.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville.

21 Sunday

Sunday Morning Bicycle Ride: Meet at the railroad museum for a 28-mile ride to the Withlacoochee Trail. Helmets are required and riders must maintain speeds of 12 to 14 mph. Free. 7:30 a.m. Railroad Depot Museum, 70 Russell St., Brooksville. (813) 613-6047.

Ice Cream Music Jam: Bring your favorite ice cream topping and a musical instrument to join an ice cream music jam session. $3 per vehicle. 6:30 p.m. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781.

23 Tuesday

Congestive Heart Failure Series: Presented by Oak Hill Hospital's Care Assure patient nurse navigators Rebecca Voda, certified heart failure nurse, and Lisa Cierpka, certified case manager. Held in the sixth-floor South Tower family waiting area. This is part of a monthly education series on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Free. 3 p.m. Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-6333.

24 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.


Other Pasco events

19 Friday

Creation Health Seminar: This free, three-day event will include speakers, vendors, samples and music. It focuses on practicing the eight CREATION(Choice, Rest, Environment, Activity, Trust, Interpersonal, Outlook and Nutrition) health principles for a healthier, happier and more energetic life. Register at Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. New Port Richey Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 6424 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey.

Katie Adams Shadow Puppet Show: Katie Adams presents "Star Stories - Greek Myths," where ancient Greek myths and folktales come to life with colorful shadow puppets, storytelling and audience participation. See the star stories and the constellations that go with them. Geared for elementary-age children and their families. Free. 11 a.m. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 861-3049.

20 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.

Lion King Movie Marathon: Watch Disney's Lion King, Lion King 1-1/2 and Lion King 2 in celebration of the new live-action movie. Free. Noon to 4:45 p.m. New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. (813) 788-6375.

21 Sunday

Polish American Social Club Dinner-Dance: The entree choice is pork chop with stuffing or parmesan-crusted chicken. Music for dancing starts at 2:15 p.m. A cash bar is available. $12 members, $13 nonmembers. Noon to 5 p.m. Polish American Social Club of Pasco County, 7615 New Jersey Ave, Hudson. (727) 372-0509.

Food As Medicine: A Baha'i Approach: Join integrative medicine nutritionist Shiela Dean for dinner and a discussion on the health benefits and principals related to food and nutrition. Free. 5 p.m. Unity Spiritual Center of Port Richey, 5844 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. (727) 505-4821.

22 Monday

Gerry England on Piano: Free. 10 a.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

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. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

23 Tuesday

A Matter of Balance: Seniors who are concerned about falling can improve their balance, flexibility and strength. Free (registration required). 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Sunshine Christian Homes, 5350 Whipoorwill Drive, Holiday. (727) 777-2149.

Volunteer Way Mobile Food Pantry: The Volunteer Way, Inc., will have its mobile food pantry/emergency food assistance program at the library on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Noon to 2 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 815-0433. 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.

Teen Gaming Night: There will be plenty of video and board games, or bring your own. For ages 13-18. Free. 5 to 7 p.m. Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

24 Wednesday

Blood Pressure Screenings: Blood pressure screenings and education offered free. Visit Free. Noon to 3 p.m. Aspire Medical Group, LLC, 7278 State Road 54, New Port Richey. (727) 807-5900.

Pre-Teen Summer Reading: Intergalactic Escape Room: Free. 3:30 p.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

25 Thursday

Teen Summer Reading: Intergalactic Escape Room: Free. 3:30 p.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

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