1. Pasco

Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting March 22

MICHELE MIILLER | Times (2018) Dell deChant (pictured) and others have been harvesting tress throughout the Tampa Bay area in preparation for the sixth-annual Florida Loquat Festival to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 at Frances Avenue Park in New Port Richey.
MICHELE MIILLER | Times (2018) Dell deChant (pictured) and others have been harvesting tress throughout the Tampa Bay area in preparation for the sixth-annual Florida Loquat Festival to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 at Frances Avenue Park in New Port Richey.
Published Mar. 14, 2019


Land O' Lakes Music Festival: The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce hosts this event from 4 to 10 p.m. March 23 at Heritage Park, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes. Featuring live music, vendors and food trucks, as well as a beer garden. Bands performing include Bearded Brothers, Stonegrey, Peace of Woodstock and Solar Exposure. Free admission; parking is $10. Call (813) 909-2722.

Spring Bluegrass Festival: Florida's oldest bluegrass festival continues through March 24 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake (on the Hernando and Pasco county line). Now in its 42nd year, the festival includes a variety of music, open mic radio show, workshops, art and craft vendors, hot food vendors, raffles and more. Camping is optional. Entertainment includes Nothin' Fancy, the Grascals, Bluegrass Mountaineers, Brad Hudson Band, Balsam Range, Alligator Alley and others. There will be a Sunday morning gospel sing. Four-day tickets are $65 in advance, $75 at the gate; individual day tickets are $25-$30. Ages 10-15 are $15 for the weekend or $5 per day; ages 9 and younger free. Call (386) 385-3500. Visit

Jewish Food Festival: Temple Beth David hosts this event from noon to 4 p.m. March 24 at 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. Featuring blintzes, knishes, corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, kugel, stuffed cabbage, homemade desserts and other Jewish treats. There will also be music, entertainment and a variety of vendors. Admission is free. Call (352) 686-7034.

Loquat Festival: The sixth-annual event that celebrates the loquat will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 at France Avenue Park, 5580 Frances Ave., New Port Richey. With live music, poetry and prose readings, educational talks and demonstrations on growing, harvesting, canning or preserving loquats. There will be local vendors with loquat products for sale. There will also be a literary contest with cash prizes. Admission is free. Call (727) 849-1626.


Tommy Mara and the Crests: A matinee performance will be from 3 to 5 p.m., and an evening performance from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wellington at Seven Hills clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. There will be an open bar. This is a charity benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Tickets are $25. Call (352) 688-9146.

Jukebox 4: This group of national performers boasts incredible harmonies, infectious personas and playful choreography in a one-of-a-kind show that re-imagines classic Jukebox hits covering all genres of music. They perform at 7 p.m. March 23 at Pasco-Hernando State College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $30-$35. Call (727) 816-3707 or visit

Betmar Chorus: The 47th-annual concert will be at 2 p.m. March 20, and 7 p.m. March 21-22 at Betmar Clubhouse #2, 37137 Lakewood Drive, Zephyrhills. The 70-plus member choir, under the direction of Linda LaFayette, will perform a variety of songs, including show tunes, hymns, spirituals and familiar classics. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Call Jan at (813) 788-9606.


Coin and Currency Show: The West Hernando Coin Club hosts this show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The event includes more than 20 dealers and more than 40 tables for buying, selling and appraising coins (gold, silver, foreign, etc.), as well as stamps and collectibles. Door prizes will be awarded hourly. Admission is free. Call (352) 587-3344.

Art events

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America: The traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit continues through April 27 at 6345 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Presented by Florida Humanities Council. The exhibit is 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 continues through May 4 at Uptown Art Gallery/Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. 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 March 30 at the Pasco Fine Arts Council, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. Call (727) 845-7322 or visit


Other Hernando events

22 Friday

Beginning Birding with Audubon: Take advantage of the weather by joining this guided birding stroll through Chinsegut, offered through Hernando Audubon volunteers. See song birds, wading birds and maybe even some migrating warblers. 8 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. Free. (352) 754-6722.

23 Saturday

Springstead High Flea Market: The Springstead High School Boys Basketball Team will host the flea market in the school theater parking lot. Additional markets are scheduled for March 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.

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.

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.

Zumbathon: Enjoy dancing through the decades at this fun event. 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. $5 in advance, $10 on event day. (352) 688-9622.

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.

Un-Common-ly Artsy: Un-Common-Ly Artsy is a monthly outdoor arts market in historic downtown Brooksville on the fourth Saturday of every month. Includes a collection of fine artists and crafters, as well as live music. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brooksville City Hall / Uptown Art Gallery, 201 Howell Ave, Brooksville. Free. (352) 540-6476.

Spring Hill Garden Club Yard Sale: All proceeds will go toward the completion of the brick pathways at the botanical gardens. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave, Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933.

24 Sunday

St. Joseph's Day Feast and Celebration: The Sons and Daughters of Italy, Nature Coast Lodge 2502 hosts this event in Rosmini Hall. Complimentary pasta will be served (donations accepted for charity). St. Joseph pastries and bread will be available for purchase. 12 p.m. Sunday. St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 683-7713 or (917) 617-7459.

26 Tuesday

Congestive Heart Failure Education Series: 3 p.m. Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 597-6333.

27 Wednesday

Rain Barrel Workshop: Attendance is necessary to purchase a rain barrel; however, those attending need not purchase a rain barrel. Preregistration required; payment must be received by March 26. Hernando County Utilities customers who attend and install a rain barrel at their home will receive a one-time $25 credit on their water bill. 10:30 a.m. Hernando County Utilities Administration Building, 15365 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville. The class is free; the rain barrel is $50. (352) 540-6230.

Manatee Appreciation Day: Have your photo taken with Rocky the manatee as you learn about manatee programs and view three captive creatures. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 9225 W Fishbowl Drive, Homosassa. Included with admission. (352) 628-5343.


Other Pasco events

22 Friday

Groves Community Charity Golf Tournament: The four-person scramble with a shotgun start features $10,000 hole-in-one competition. Benefits Special Olympics Florida-Pasco County. 9 a.m. The Groves Golf and Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle, Land O' Lakes. $50. (813) 996-0161.

For Your Health Seminar Series: Rheumatoid Arthritis: Signs, Symptoms and How to Identify if You are at Risk. A light lunch will be provided. Reservations required. Noon. Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, Trinity. Free. (727) 834-5630.

23 Saturday

Heritage Lake Community Garage Sale: Fourth-annual Heritage Lake Community Garage Sale is full of hidden treasures. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Heritage Lake, 9151 Heritage Lake Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 372-6002.

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Memorial Sporting Clays Classic: Bring your gun for the 25th-annual event with a barbecue rib lunch, giveaways and craft beer. 9 a.m. Tampa Bay Sporting Clays Facility, 10514 Ehren's Cutoff, Land O' Lakes. $175 per shooter. (813) 864-1537.

Native Plant Sale: Held by the Florida Native Plant Society, Nature Coast Chapter. With a large selection of nursery-grown plants, native plant books and literature. Each plant includes a profile. There will be a Master Gardener information table. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Harvester United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes.

Create a Safe Haven to Attract Pollinators: Learn how to attract pollinators to your garden. Gain basic skills in several areas, including: what flowers to plant, proper feed set up and water resources at this free UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension seminar. Registration recommended. 10 a.m. Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. Free. (352) 518-0156.

"Beauty Secrets for Your Face": Discover what your face says about your health. This class will teach various beauty secrets and how to use essential oils to enhance one's appearance and health. Participants will have the option of making a DIY anti-aging facial serum for a fee. 10:30 a.m. Living Foods Bakery, 38201 10th Ave, Zephyrhills. Free. (321) 217-2000.

Polka All Stars: The group, under the direction of Jasiu Klocek, will play a variety of polkas and waltzes. 2 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Free. (727) 861-3040.

Eat, Laugh and Give Hope: A dinner fundraiser to help support women who have PTSD or trauma disorder from early child abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse or domestic violence. 6 p.m. St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 4125 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Single, couple or group rates (510) 343-6581.

24 Sunday

Drive Away Cancer Golf Outing: Ninth-annual benefit for JK Cancer Fund, a nonprofit organization, with proceeds benefitting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the Livestrong at the YMCA program at the James P. Gills Family YMCA in Trinity. Registration at 11 a.m., shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Dinner, awards and raffles will follow. 11 a.m. Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey. $150 per player; $50 for dinner only (non-golfers). (727) 809-1695.

25 Monday

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. Donation to LLS appreciated at your discretion (727) 755-2955.

26 Tuesday

Food Safety & Quality Program: ServSafe managers' class and exam session. Call for details and to register. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. One Stop Shop /Stallings Building, 15029 14th St., Dade City. (352) 518-0481.

"Beginning Your Journey with Essential Oils": Discover how essential oils can enhance health and give you more energy. 3 p.m. Living Foods Bakery, 38201 10th Ave, Zephyrhills. Free. (321) 217-2000.

28 Thursday

Immune Support Workshop: Learn why and how essential oils work with our bodies, then stay to create your own oil-infused products to support your immune system and provide natural options around your home. Reserved seating is required. 7 p.m. Gateway Studio, 5740 Missouri Avenue, New Port Richey. Class is free. Make and take, $10/item. (727) 277-1449.

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


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