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Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting March 1

Gina Long, director at the Chinsegut Conservation Center, holds Harold, a red rat snake, while visitors learned about and got to touch him. A variety of species of snakes and frogs, as well as other animals, will be on hand for viewing and touching at the annual Wildlife Day March 9 on the center grounds on Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville.   ALICE HERDEN   |   Special to the Times
Gina Long, director at the Chinsegut Conservation Center, holds Harold, a red rat snake, while visitors learned about and got to touch him. A variety of species of snakes and frogs, as well as other animals, will be on hand for viewing and touching at the annual Wildlife Day March 9 on the center grounds on Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times
Published Mar. 5, 2019


Art in the Park: The annual two-day festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 and 10 at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. Featuring more than 130 local, state and national artists and crafters, who will compete for $4,000 in prizes, including $1,000 for best-in-show. There will be live entertainment throughout the two-day event. A Pops in the Park concert with the Hernando Symphony Orchestra will be at 1 p.m. Saturday. There will be student art, a food court, and a children's activities section. Hosted by the Hernando County Arts Council. Admission is free; parking is a suggested $5 donation. Call (352) 587-8062.

Wildlife Day 2019: Visitors will meet a variety of wildlife, join special hikes, programs and other activities. Kids can explore animal activities and crafts. Presentations will be given on gopher tortoises, bird banding, pollinators and more. For adults, there will be a birding hike and swamp walk, as well as other programs. 10 a.m. Saturday. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-6722.

Odessa Pow Wow: The Spirit People Intertribal Family's annual three-day powwow will be March 8-10 at the Gunn Highway Flea Market, 2317 Gunn Highway, Odessa. Gates open at 10 a.m. each day. Includes drumming, dancing, storytelling, trade blanket and vendors. Free hot dogs for children each day until 4 p.m. Grand entries will be at 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Free primitive camping is available (fee for electrical hookups). Admission is $3; children and veterans admitted free. Call (727) 514-4795.

Fine Arts Festival: The 45th-annual Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival on the Bayou will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10 in Craig Park on Spring Bayou at the west end of Tarpon Avenue (for GPS navigation, enter 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs). Includes more than 200 juried artists, live entertainment, and food and drinks available. There will be free shuttles and parking, running approximately every 10 minutes, from Tarpon Tower at 905 E Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Admission is $5, free for children younger than 12. Call (727) 937-6109 or email to


Friday Night Live: This month's event, held in Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville, will feature the Dave Shepard Band from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and the Missin' Piston Band Rox from 7 to 10:30 p.m. There will be food trucks, games in the park, merchants and full bar available. Admission is free. Call (352) 540-6409.

Festival di Napoli: Richey Community Orchestra will present a dinner concert, Festival di Napoli, March 10 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. The concert will feature singers Jimmy Ferraro and Dee Etta Rowe, who will sing favorite Neapolitan songs. The orchestra will play La Boutique Fantasque, Arrivederci Roma and selections from Barber of Seville. The cash bar will open for cocktails at 1 p.m. Dinner will be at 1:30 p.m., featuring a choice of lasagna or roasted chicken. The show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $40 for dinner and the show. Advanced reservations are required. Tickets can be ordered by mail or online at or call (727) 919-3866.

"An Unforgettable Evening" with Velvet Williams: Join Velvet and her band in a tribute concert at 6 p.m. March 9 at High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. Williams will perform hits from Diana Ross and the Supremes, Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin, to name a few. Guest Clay Kirk will perform. The event is presented by High Point Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Tickets are $10 each. Call (352) 596-9887 or (352) 777-2692.

Swing into Spring: The Hernando Jazz Society will offer this afternoon of music from the Big Band era and beyond from 2 to 5 p.m. March 10 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. Musicians are welcome to sit-in. Admission is free for members; nonmembers pay $10 each or $15 per couple. There is a separate fee for the optional buffet and cash bar. Call Bill McLoughlin at (352) 799-9690.


Murder and Mutiny: The Curse of the Pirate Island Treasure: The Junior Service League of Brooksville hosts this event at 6 p.m. March 8 and again on March 9 at Rising Sun Bistro, 10 S Main St., Brooksville. The murder-mystery dinner show will include a three-course meal, raffle baskets, and a who-done-it mystery to solve. Tickets are $40. Email to or visit the Facebook page.

Toast to their Future: This beer and wine fundraiser to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County will be from 7 to 9 p.m. March 9 at Strong Tower Vineyard, 17810 Forge Drive, Shady Hills. Tickets are $25 and include a variety of appetizers, live music and tastings of Strongtower wines and beers from Tidal Brewing Co. Wine will be available to purchase by the glass or bottle. Call (352) 666-0068 or visit

Chili Cook-Off: People Helping People in Hernando County will host its annual Chili Cook-Off from noon to 4 p.m. March 9 at 1396 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. Contestants cook up batches of chili, as well as their best desserts. Visitors can taste the chili and vote for their favorites. The cost is $5 for five tastings, $20 for 25 tastings. Funds raised support feeding programs for school children in need, seniors and the working poor. Call Barbara at (352) 279-0080, email to or visit

On stage

Spotlight on Talent competition: Students throughout Pasco County will be performing March 9 at the Center for the Arts Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel. Includes 166 contestants who will compete to win more than $4,000 in trophies, ribbons and cash prizes. The first show is Act 1, which begins at noon, and includes younger students; older students will compete in Act 2, which starts at 7 p.m. The acts will include all styles of piano, vocal, guitar, steel drum band music, dance and acrobatics. Tickets per show are $12 adults ($20 for both shows), $6 students ($10 for both shows), free for children 4 and younger. Call (352) 567-1720.

Comedy Mind-Reading & Hypnosis Show: Comedy mind-reading and hypnosis show starring master mentalist and hypnotist Larry Greenberg will be at 7 p.m. March 5 at High Point Community Center, 12252 Club House Road, Brooksville. $15 per person (352) 606-8389.

Art events

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America: The Florida Humanities Council brings this traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit to downtown New Port Richey March 9-April 27 at 6345 Grand Blvd. Opening festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. with a pep rally with Gulf High School alumni, students, coaches and athletes. Following the rally, visitors will be welcomed into the exhibit. The exhibit will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, or by appointment for group visits. Call (727) 841-4560.

Blueberries: The exhibit opens March 9 and continues through May 4 at Uptown Art Gallery/Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. A reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. March 15. Call (207) 809-9066 or (352) 540-3810.

'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.

Kids-N-Art Exhibition and Competition: The exhibit is on display through March30, 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


Other Hernando events

8 Friday

Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. CPR for Mental Health. 8 a.m. Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 596-8000.

Academia Hernando Spring Lecture Series: The topic is "Shall We Dance? — Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers," by Jason Fortner. 10 a.m. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Spring Hill, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. $9, $65 series. (352) 686-4035.

Chalk it Up! Chalk Walk — Friday Night Done Right: Youth are invited to bring some chalk and help chalk up the trail with awesome creations. Part of Friday Night Done Right, this is a no-drug, no-alcohol event. 6 p.m. Tom Varn Park, 301 Darby Lane, Brooksville. Free. (352) 540-3830.

9 Saturday

Springstead High Flea Market: The Springstead High School Boys Basketball Team will host flea markets in the school theater parking lot on March 9, 23 and 30; April 20 and May 4. Vendor spaces are $10, which includes two car spaces. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 683-3528.

Spring Lake Museum and History Center: Offering historic photos and artifacts, local family histories, school and lake histories. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Old Spring Lake Community Center, 4184 Spring Lake Highway, Brooksville. Free. (352) 796-4704.

Spaghetti Dinner: Spaghetti with meat sauce will be served with side dishes. Donations will be accepted to help finish the refurbishing of the fire-damaged section of the center. Sponsored by the Men's Club of Nobleton. 3 to 5 p.m. Tri-County Community Center, 28444 Forbes St., Nobleton. (352) 793-7037.

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

14 Thursday

Love Nothing Less Than Completely: Start with Your Heart: Presented by Maria Scunziano-Singh, MD. 5:30 p.m. Access Health Care, 5350 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 688-8116, ext. 4344.


Other Pasco events

8 Friday

Book Bazaar: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

Immune Support Workshop: Learn the whys and how essential oils work with our bodies, then create your own oil-infused products. Reserved seating is required. 12:30 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Gateway Studio, 5740 Missouri Avenue, New Port Richey. Class is free. Make and take, $10/item. (727) 277-1449.

9 Saturday

Butterflies and their Blooms: Learn the six steps in designing a successful butterfly garden that will attract butterflies. Give them a reason to stay, and create more of the "flowers that fly" at this free University of Florida/IFAS Pasco Extension Program. Registration recommended. 9 a.m. Land O' Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes. Free. (352) 518-0156.

San Antonio Farmers Market and Community Sale: Vendors will sell items such as jams and jellies, wine, honey, produce, plants, home decor and more. The yard sale will offer a variety of items, from antiques to white elephant gift items. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. San Antonio City Park, 12202 Main St., San Antonio. For the farmer's market, call Winnie, (352) 437-5161; for yard sale, call Betty, (352) 588-3825.

Rummage Sale: The rummage sale will include a variety of items. There will be a bag sale from 3 to 4 p.m. 9 a.m. Saturday. Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 849-1943.

Magician Elliott Smith: Bring the family to be amazed by the magic and comedy antics of Elliott Smith. 11 a.m. Saturday. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. Free. (727) 861-3049.

I am for the Child: A Taste of Pasco: The Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay hosts this fundraiser that includes food from local restaurants, music and wine. Learn about the work volunteer advocates do to protect abused, abandoned and neglected children in Pasco and Pinellas counties. Purchase tickets at 1 to 4 p.m. Elks Lodge #2284, 7201 Congress St., New Port Richey. Adults $25 (children free with an adult ticket). (727) 597-3727.

10 Sunday

Sunday in the City: Walk, bike and golf cart yourself to downtown New Port Richey. Shop, eat, drink and enjoy a relaxing day downtown. Venues will have sales, food and drink specials, live music, and various activities will be added each month. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Downtown New Port Richey, Main and Grand, New Port Richey. Some business activities will have a fee. (727) 385-5375.

11 Monday

Hearing Aid Battery Giveaway: Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation of Florida will give away free hearing aid batteries in the most common sizes (10, 13, 21 and 675), while supplies last. 10 a.m. Seratoma Speech & Hearing Foundation Office, 6333 River Road, New Port Richey. Free. (727) 312-3881.

Card Party and Salad Luncheon: The women of St. Stephen's host this event. Lunch will be served at noon. A variety of card games can be played. Call to reserve a table. 10:30 a.m. Monday. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 5326 Charles St., New Port Richey. $7. (727) 816-8930 or (727) 849-4330.

Chair Yoga: Move, relax and restore at this weekly class in the library's second floor. Donations to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society appreciated. 2 p.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 755-2955.

Spring into Gardening Series: Join the UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension to learn about vegetable gardening and composting. The topic is Vermicomposting. 2 p.m. Additional classes include Vegetable Gardening Basics on April 8; and Composting Horse Manure 101 on May 13. UF/IFAS Pasco Extension One-Stop Shop, 15029 14th St., Dade City. Free. (352) 518-0156.

St. Paddy's Cuisine with Chef Warren: Chef Warren Caterson will provide a cooking demonstration with samples. 5 p.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 853-1279.

13 Wednesday

The Kilted Man — Matthew Gurney: Gurney will perform a sampling of Celtic music and lore. Listen to the unique sounds of instruments, including concertina, psaltery, mountain dulcimer, bodhran and penny whistles as Gurney sings melodies of Scottish and Irish folk songs. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St, New Port Richey. Free. (727) 853-1279.

14 Thursday

Ask A Master Gardener: Pasco County Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions. Bring a plant to be identified or diagnosed. 1 p.m. Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. Free. (727) 834-3204.

The Kilted Man: Matthew Gurney, the Kilted Man, will perform traditional Irish and Scottish music. 6 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Free. (727) 861-3040.

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


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