Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting March 1

Pasco and Hernando community events
Published February 24
Updated February 26

Festivals

Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1 and 2, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 3, at Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Free shuttle service from remote parking locations. Admission $5, $3 for ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger. Call (352) 597-4424 or visit swampfestweekiwachee.com.

World War II Weekend: Uniformed re-enactors representing Allied and Axis forces will demonstrate weaponry and other items common to the times in this annual event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 2 and 3 at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. The event includes military vehicles, wartime encampments, weapons demonstrations, period vendors, food and music. A re-enactment battle will be at 2 p.m. each day. Admission is $4; free for World War II and Korean veterans, as well as children 6 and younger. Call (352) 793-4781 or visit dadebattlefield.com.

Cindy’s Pets Strawberry Festival: Enjoy the festival while benefiting senior citizens and their pets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2 at Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Blvd, New Port Richey. Includes fresh strawberry shortcake, vendors, kids zone, raffles, Plant City strawberries, a dog show, food and fun. Cindy’s Pets is a nonprofit organization that feeds the pets of seniors who are on the Meals on Wheels program in Pasco County. The cost to enter the dog show is $5 per category or $25 for unlimited. Free admission. Call (727) 372-9333. cindyspets.org

‘Get Connected with Your Community’ Public Services Expo: Pasco County’s Public Services Branch and River Ridge Middle School PTSA will host this event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 2 at River Ridge Middle School, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. It includes bounce houses, a DJ and music, food trucks, touch-a-truck featuring Pasco Fire Rescue and others, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, and a special appearance by Live PD’s Deputy Patrick Bingham and K9 Benco. There will be representatives from a variety of public services departments with information on existing programs and new offerings. Free. (727) 815-7177.

Family

Storybook Forest: Children's stories will come to life when the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando counties presents this 10th-annual event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 2 at Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. Meet and greet characters such as Daniel Tiger, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Emily Elizabeth, Curious George, the Man in the Yellow Hat, Madeline, Elmo, Pete the Cat and others. There will be interactive displays based on children’s books, where children learn about the story through hands-on activities and create a related project at each display. All ages are invited. There will be no on-site parking at Crews Lake Park during this event. Frequent shuttles will be offered, beginning at 10:45 a.m., at Crews Lake Middle School. Admission is free. Call (727) 233-8291. phelc.org

Music

Mardi Gras Drag Show Fundraiser: Gates open at 6 p.m. March 2 at the Olive Grove, 15016 Rester Drive, west of Brooksville. Agile Rascal Bicycle Traveling Theatre will perform at 7 p.m., performing a new play while on bicycles. Following will be a drag show at 8 p.m., featuring Miss 2019 Pasco County Pride Stephanie Stuart and performers such as Candi Pauper, Tiffany Love and Vanessa Delray. There will be a cash bar, munchies and raffles. Visitors can bring blankets or chairs. Tickets are $10 in advance (through eventbrite.com) or $15 at the gate. This is a fundraiser for Hernando Pride, a local nonprofit effort for the LGBTQ community in Hernando County. For information, call (563) 340-4625.

‘One Singular Sensation’ Gala: The Benedictine Sisters of Florida will host their annual gala at 5:30 p.m. March 2 at Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club, 10641 Old Tampa Bay Drive, San Antonio. The event will include talent from throughout Tampa Bay with song and music from Broadway shows. Includes dinner, dancing, silent auction and surprises. 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $50. (352) 588-8443. benedictinesistersoffl.org

Jimmy Buffet Tribute: The concert, featuring the Caribbean Chillers, will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 2 at Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Hosted by the City of New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center. No alcohol. Please leave pets at home. Admission is free. Call (727) 841-4560.

Richey Concert Band: The band, under the direction of Henry Fletcher, will present an early spring concert at 2:30 p.m. March 3 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Guest appearances include the soprano vocals of Ruthie Nelson, musical director of the United Methodist Church of New Port Richey, and an opening appearance by the children’s group Young Voices of New Port Richey. A variety of selections, including a piece written by band member Cyrus Exum, will be performed. A suggested $1 donation is asked. Call (727) 236-9897 or (727) 842-9177.

Ugandan Orphans Concert: Watoto Children's Choir, a troupe of 18 orphans from Uganda, continues its six-month U.S. tour in the Tampa Bay area, performing through March 10. The troupe will perform its 'We Will Go' concert at several Pasco County locations: 9 a.m. March 6 at First Christian Academy, 6800 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey; 6 p.m. March 6 at First Baptist Church, 6800 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey; and 7 p.m. March 10 at Life Church, 6224 Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel. For a complete schedule, visit watoto.com/app/choir/calendar.

Hobbies

Stargazing at Starkey Wilderness Park: The Pasco Astronomers will host a stargazing event from 7 to 9 p.m. March 2 at J.B.Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Blvd., New Port Richey. The public is welcome to view through the group’s telescopes. There is no cost. For information, call (727) 255-3083.

Miscellaneous

Mardi Gras Charity Casino Night: The event will be from 5 to 10:30 p.m. March 2 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles Street, New Port Richey. The evening includes casino games such as blackjack, Texas hold’em, craps, slots and roulette. There will be food and two free drinks included with tickets. There will be a DJ and dancing, cash bar, door prizes, silent auctions and a costume contest. The cost of tickets is tax-deductible. Tickets are $50. Call (727) 378-7941.

Antique Roll Show: Bring a chair for rink-side viewing as Revolution Roller Derby’s Mom and Pop’s Militia takes on the Antique Roll Show (skaters over 40) in a flat-track roller derby battle at 5:45 p.m. March 3 at SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey. The event will include a benefit for Gulfside Hospice and Pasco Palliative Care's Pet Peace of Mind program, which helps provide basic pet care in order to keep hospice patients and their pets together. The program needs volunteers and monetary donations. Beenie babies will be sold at the event, with funds to benefit the program. Admission is $12; those who donate to the Pet Peace of Mind program will receive $2 off admission. Call (727) 280-7981. revolutionrollerderby.com

Art events

‘Life’s Treasures’ Exhibit: This exhibition of Elaine Hahn’s paintings continues through April 10 at Pasco-Hernando State College Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Hahn's works capture early morning and afternoon light, with marine and coastal themes. Call (727) 816-3231.

Paint that Tune: The exhibit wraps up 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.

Kids-N-Art Exhibition and Competition: The exhibit is on display March 6-30, with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. March 11 at the Pasco Fine Arts Council, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. Pasco County art teachers of students in kindergarten through fifth grade can submit their students' works. Call (727) 845-7322 or visit pascoarts.org.

Look ahead

Art in the Park: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 and 10, Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. Admission is free; parking is a suggested $5 donation. Call (352) 587-8062 or visit hernandoarts.org.

Spotlight on Talent competition: March 9 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. A matinee featuring young solos and groups will be at noon; an evening show featuring older solos and groups will be at 7 p.m. $12 per show or $20 for both; students pay $6 per show or $10 for both; ages 4 and younger admitted free. Call (352) 567-1720 or visit heritagearts.org.

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Other Hernando events

1 Friday

Academia Hernando Spring Lecture Series: The topic is "The History of Conservation — A Bird’s Eye View," presented by Ann Paul. 10 a.m. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Spring Hill, 2301 Deltona Blvd, Spring Hill. $9, $65 series. (352) 686-4035. academiahernando.org

2 Saturday

Rummage Sale and Outdoor Flea Market: There will be food and drinks available. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill. (352) 683-4870. shucc.org

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

Spring Craft Sale: There will be a variety of crafts and baked goods and jellies available for purchase. Food will also be available. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holiday Springs RV Resort, 138 Travel Park Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 777-2810.

Brookridge Social Dance: St. Patrick’s Day dance with At Large, known for playing seven instruments. Guests are encouraged to wear their green and waltz or dance the Irish jig. 7 p.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. Season Pass earn 25% discount. (352) 616-0242.

3 Sunday

Ceremony of the Four Chaplains: American Legion Post 186, along with various community, veteran and service organizations, will pay homage to the “Four Chaplains” who gave their lives during World War II. The interfaith service, honors the four military chaplains, all of different faiths, who died aboard the USS Dorchester, which was torpedoed during World War II on Feb. 3, 1943. The chaplains handed out life jackets to the servicemen aboard and, when there were none left, gave up their own and went down with the ship. The chaplains include: Methodist minister George Fox, Lutheran minister Clark Poling, Jewish rabbi Alexander Goode, and Catholic priest Johnny Washington. Refreshments will follow the service. 2 p.m. Sunday. Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 835-7330.

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Other Pasco events

1 Friday

Old Lutz School Flea Market: Includes numerous items from antiques and collectibles to home decor and small appliances, to furniture, tools and baby equipment. Funds raised benefit scholarships and local charitable groups. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Old Lutz Schoolhouse, 18819 U.S. 41, Lutz. (813) 482-8183.

2 Saturday

All Seasons Bazaar: The Betmar Acres Hobby Club hosts this annual event that will include numerous gifts for sale, such as handmade jewelry, wood card holders and crocheted towels, as well as items for all holidays. There will also be a bake sale. 8 to 11 a.m. Betmar Clubhouse #2, 37137 Lakewood Drive, Zephyrhills.

Free Breakfast with Volunteer Way: Along with the breakfast will be face painting, information about help for seniors, and information about assistance for those in need. The free breakfast is provided on the first Saturday of each month. Volunteer Way is a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding the homeless and giving food to the needy on a daily basis, as well as bring food to the homebound. 8:30 to 11 a.m. Regency Park Civic Center, 10240 Regency Blvd., Port Richey. Free. (727) 815-0433.

Learn & Grow Volunteer Days: Join the Pasco County Farmden & Community Garden the first Saturday of every month through May for weeding, harvesting, washing produce and planting. Learn about gardening as you help grow food for the community. This fall, all the produce from the farm will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Dade City. Bring a hat, water, gardening gloves and closed-toed shoes. This is a family-friendly event, but please leave pets at home. Community garden plots are still available to lease for free at the community garden. For more information, contact Eden Santiago Gomez at [email protected] or call. 9 a.m. to noon. Pasco County Farmden & Community Garden, 15029 14th St, Dade City. (352) 518-0156. ifas.ufl.edu

Rummage Sale/Car Wash: The church youth will host. Food will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the youth program. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hudson First United Methodist Church, 13123 U.S. 19, Hudson. (727) 868-6178. hudsonfirstumc.org

Pasco Park Walk: The purpose of the walk is to enrich the lives of the available dogs at the Pasco County Animal Services shelter. Walkers are wanted to bring their dogs or help walk one from the shelter. 9 to 10 a.m. J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd, New Port Richey. (813) 929-1212. bit.ly/2DQl7QU

Rose Care in the Florida Garden: Trying to grow roses in Florida, but frustrated with the results? Join this free UF/IFAS Pasco County Cooperative Extension seminar and learn rose secrets from a Master Rosarian. Registration recommended. 9 to 10 a.m. One Stop Shop, 15029 14th St., Dade City. Free. (352) 518-0156. ifas.ufl.edu

Wild Raptors: Hosted by the West Pasco Audubon and presented by Barbara Walker and Clearwater Audubon Society’s Wild Raptor Sanctuary team. They will bring a selection of wild birds to meet. 11 a.m. J.B. Starkey Environmental Education Center, 10500 Wilderness Road,, New Port Richey. Free (917) 459-2631.

3 Sunday

Dinner Dance: Noon. Polish American Social Club of Pasco County, 7615 New Jersey Ave, Hudson.

Night of Worship and Praise with The Sound: 6 p.m. Zephyr Christian Church, 5940 Dogwood St., Zephyrhills. (813) 782-8893.

4 Monday

CPAP/BiPAP Clinic: Screenings are offered 1 to 3 p.m. every Monday. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 953-6877. baycareevents.org

5 Tuesday

Discover Essential Oils: The information highway is filled with information about essential oils. Learn what is true and how essential oils can improve your life. 3 p.m. Living Food Bakery and Cafe, 38201 10th Ave, Zephyrhills. Bring a friend, get a gift. (813) 399-4467.

Pancake Supper: Includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, as well as sausage, fruit and dessert. Sponsored by the Men’s Club at the church. 5:30 p.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St., New Port Richey. $6. (727) 849-4330

6 Wednesday

COPD Screenings: 10 a.m. to noon. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 953-6877.

Ask a Master Gardener: Pasco County Master Gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions. Those having problems with an ailing plant should bring a sample for an on-the-spot diagnosis. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Free. (727) 847-2411 or (352) 518-0156.

What is Hypertufa?: Be creative and learn how to make your own containers in this demonstration. “Tufa” refers to artificial stone. You can make your own containers in nearly any shape or size you like. The porous planters are good for succulents, herbs or other plants. Provided by the Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service. 6 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Free. (352) 518-0156. ifas.ufl.edu

7 Thursday

Arthritis Treatment and Total Joint Repair: Fellowship-trained orthopedic specialist Peter J. Howard, MD, will discuss treatment options and guidelines for hip and knee pain. 10 a.m. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 953-6877. baycareevents.org

Doc Hult in concert: Jam to music from the 1950s, '60s and '70s. 2 to 3 p.m. New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. (813) 788-6375,

Saint Leo Baseball hosts Free Youth Camp: The Saint Leo University baseball program hosts this free clinic for local youth. Open to children in Kindergarten through eighth grade. The clinic will be at the Thomas B. Southard Stadium on Saint Leo’s main campus. Register online at saintleocamps.com. 6 to 8:15 p.m. Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo. Free. (352) 588-8841.

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

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