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Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting June 21


SummerFest: Zephyrhills salutes the summer with this festival on June 22 at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. There will be a morning market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with activities following, including a dance competition, watermelon-eating competition, food vendors, bounce houses, face painters, balloon art and a 30-minute fireworks finale at 9 p.m. This is a dog-friendly event. Admission is free. Call (727) 674-1464.

Family Field Day: This third-annual family event, hosted by Color Me Abstract, will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 22, Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. There will be sack races and relay races, as well as bounce houses, water games, face painting, free museum entry, music, food giveaways and more. Donations for Bright Hopes (a homeless resource organization) and Friends of Joshua's House (a safe haven for abused/neglected children) will be taken (nonperishable food, toiletries, new socks, etc.) in lieu of entry or parking fee; monetary donations will be accepted. Visit or call (813) 586-4769.

On stage

Shrek the Musical: The beloved green ogre comes to life in this musical adaptation of the hit animated movie. Shows continue through July 28 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Evening shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 1:30 p.m. matinees on Thursdays and Sundays. Doors open two hours prior for cocktails, with buffet meals starting at noon for matinees and 6 p.m. for evening performances. Tickets are $54-$59. Call (727) 863-7949.


Coin Show: The West Hernando Coin Club will host a Coin, Currency, Stamp and Collectibles Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 22 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive. Admission is free and hourly door prizes will be awarded. A grand prize of a 2019 silver American eagle will be awarded. Gold, silver, coins, stamps and foreign coins will be bought, sold and traded. There will be a youth treasure hunt with all kids winning a prize. ICG grading service will be on hand to give free appraisals. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Call (352) 587-3344 or email to

Amateur Radio Field Day: Members of the Spring Hill Amateur Radio Club will participate in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise June 22 and 23 at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. They will join ham radio operations across North America, showcasing the science and skill of amateur radio. The public is encouraged to stop by and watch. Visit or

Art events

Un-Common-ly Artsy: The Historic Downtown Brooksville Arts Market: The outdoor arts market will be from 5 to 9 p.m. June 22 in downtown Brooksville. The monthly event, held on the fourth Saturday of each month, will be held in the evenings during the summer months (through September). This event will include live art, exhibitor market, live music, food and hands-on art activities. Vendors welcome; $15 for a 10 x 10 space (nonprofits are half price). Admission is free. Call (352) 540-6476 or visit

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

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

21 Friday

Dendrochronology: Trees are living file cabinets that store information about their history and the climate history of their area. This adult class will discuss local tree species, how to count rings and what information tree rings can provide. Free. 10 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

Laser Tag and Bumper Ball: Teens can grab a light gun for a night of laser tag or jump into an inflatable hamster ball for a game of bumper ball. Free. 6 to 8 p.m. Tom Varn Park, 301 Darby Lane, Brooksville. (352) 540-3830.

22 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. (352) 754-4433.

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.

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.

Kitten Shower: Operation Kindness for Hernando County Animal Services hosts this event to benefit the kittens at the Animal Services shelter. Enter for a chance to win a raffle basket. Kittens, cats and dogs will be available for adoption. Cash donations are needed to meet the special needs of the shelter's kittens. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hernando County Animal Services, 19450 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 796-5062.

24 Monday

Live Oak Theatre's Advanced Summer Theatre Camp: This is Live Oak Theatre's second session of theater camp that runs June 24-28 (a beginner/intermediate class runs June 17-21) for youth ages 7-18. Campers must have attended at least two prior camps and/or have Live Oak production experience. Those with no Live Oak experience may submit a video audition. Space is limited. Tuition is a suggested donation of $150. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Carol & Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 593-0027.

26 Wednesday

Some Like it Hot — Annuals for Central Florida: Florida-friendly landscaping coordinator Lilly Browning will discuss which blooming beauties thrive in the hot, humid and sun-drenched summers, and how to keep them looking good through the season. No registration needed. Free. 10:30 a.m. Hernando County Utilities Administration Building, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 540-6230.

27 Thursday

Dinner and Discourse: Enjoy baked ziti, garlic toast, salad, drinks and a light dessert while Joel Jackson presents "Native Wildlife Needs Native Plants," a discussion on how wildlife is impacted by the abundance of non-native flora in Florida. Jackson was a park planner and design and construction manager for recreation properties in Hillsborough County, including Lettuce Lake Park. He has been active in conservation and public lands for more than 40 years. This program is for adults only. Preregistration required; visit or call Chinsegut. $15. 6 p.m. Thursday. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.


Other Pasco events

21 Friday

Tricky Dogs Show: Enjoy some puppy-powered fun in this circus-style comedy act starring six terriers, one poodle, and their human pet, Rick Martin. The program is geared for children going into kindergarten through third grade and their families. Free. 11 a.m. Friday. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 861-3049.

Sell's Broadway Dance Company: All proceeds benefit the church's youth group summer activities. $10, available at the door and at the church office. 7 to 8 p.m. Queen of Peace Church, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. John, (727) 849-7521.

22 Saturday

About Boating Safely: This is the Florida state-mandated class. Successful completion earns the Florida Boating Safety education card. Advanced registration is appreciated. $40; $20 for additional family members. 8 a.m. Saturday. Hudson Flotilla U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Center, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 697-8013.

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

An Introduction To Yoga: This one-hour presentation will examine the traditional eight-limbs of yoga, as well as a demonstration of pranayama (breath exercises), asanas (pastures) and simple meditation techniques. All levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat/towel and water bottle. This is an indoor class. Reservations required. Free. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Heartwood Preserve, 4100 Starkey Blvd., New Port Richey.

24 Monday

Friends of the Library Book Sale: Visit this week-long sale of gently-used book donations. All proceeds support library programs. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

Card Party and Luncheon: The Ladies Auxiliary of St. Vincent de Paul Church hosts this card party and luncheon in Father Farrell Hall. $7. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. (727) 389-0518.

Read with Charlie: Join the library reading dog, Charlie. Reading dogs help children develop the skills they need to read in a relaxed environment. Free. 2 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

25 Tuesday

Volunteer Way Mobile Food Pantry: The Volunteer Way 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.

Locals Night: With Love, New Port Richey: Live, original, local music performed at various venues in downtown New Port Richey on the last Tuesday of every month. Follow on Facebook for schedules at Starts at 6 p.m. No cover. (727) 859-6578.

26 Wednesday

Summer Reading — Wonders of Nature: Educational wildlife show that features primarily birds. Watch the animals perform the behaviors they use in the wild to survive. Geared for elementary-age children and their caregivers. Free. 8:30 a.m. Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., Zephyrhills.

Matter of Balance: Free class designed to help seniors concerned about falling, improving their balance, flexibility and strength. Held each Wednesday through June 26. Free. 1 p.m. CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D., Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 863-6868.

Weight Management Information Seminar: The seminar is conducted by Donald Fridley II, who specializes in general and bariatric surgery. He will give an update about the new bariatric service that will be provided at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Healthy refreshments will be served. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Free. 6 p.m. Rao Musunuru, M.D., Conference Center, 14100 Yosemite Drive, Hudson. (727) 869-5498.

27 Thursday

Baby Storytime: A lap-sit program to instill the love of reading in children. Free. 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Land O' Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

Open House at CARES: See the newly-remodeled activity center. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Free. 11 a.m. Thursday. CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 863-6868.

Beginner Quilting Class: Quilters and those wanting to learn quilting are welcome. The first class is free. Noon. CARES, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 271-4668.

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