1. Pasco

Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting May 17


Mega Adoption Event: This special pet adoption event will be from noon to 6 p.m. May 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 18 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6435 Broad St., Brooksville. The event includes pets from county animal shelters in Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough, Citrus and Polk counties; as well as the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. All adoption fees are waived, due to sponsorship by Best Friends Animal Society and Pet Resources Foundation Inc. All animals are microchipped, spayed/neutered and vaccinated, and can be adopted and taken home on the same day. For information, call (352) 796-5062.


Orange Blossom Jamboree: This multi-day music and art festival continues through May 19 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake (on the Hernando/Pasco county line). With camping, vendors, food and a full lineup of music. Bands such as Applebutter Express, Holey Miss Moley, Come Back Alice, Skull and Bone Band, and many others will be performing. Various ticket packages available from $80-$110. Day passes are only available for Sunday ($30). Gates are open daily May 15-19 from 8 a.m. to midnight. Visit

Craft Beer and Wine Festival: The newly-established New Port Richey Rotoract Club hosts this event from 5 to 8 p.m. May 18 at Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. Sample beer, wine and food from companies such as Big Storm brewing Company, Land O' Lakes Winery, Sip, Havana Dreamers and others. There will be live music with Jeffry Allen. Tickets are $25. Visit

Taste of Trinity 10: The annual event to benefit Seven Springs Middle School will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at the school, 2441 Little Road, New Port Richey. Includes food samples from local restaurants and bakeries, a business expo, craft booths, performances by students and the community, games and raffles. Hosted by the West Pasco Business Association and Seven Springs Middle School PTO. Admission is $5 per person, $15 family four pack. Call (727) 934-0940 or (727) 481-5315.

Kings Bay Fest: The two-day festival, which is highlighted by the Wing Master Competition, will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 18 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 at Kings Bay Park, 268 NW 3rd St., Crystal River. There will be a variety of craft beer, free inflatables (bounce house, slide and obstacle course); free face painting, pony rides, on-land pirate ship, pirate encampment, arts and craft vendors, food trucks, 34-foot rock wall, and live music with Billy Glisson, Diamond Dixie, Generator and more. Admission is $5; children 12 and younger free. Call (352) 875-6499.

Eagles' Annual Youth Rally: The Florida State Fraternal Order of Eagles will host the 16th-annual Youth Rally from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 at SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. The family event will include a day of music, food, interactive games, carnival rides, water slides, clowns, face painting and more. Everything is free. Call (727) 858-6384 or visit the Facebook page for Fraternal Order of Eagles, Florida State Youth Rally.

Sunflower Maze @ Sweetfields Farm: This season's sunflower maze is on a 6-acre, lush field, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 26 (also open Memorial Day, May 27) at Sweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. Activities include a hayride, pig races, farm animals, the tree house, a free craft, wood-fired pizza, fresh lemonade, winery, veggie launcher, peddle tractors, rubber duck race and more. Admission is $9.50; $5 for children 3-11; ages 2 and younger free. (352) 279-0977.

HarvestMoon Fun Farm's Sunflower Maze: The 5-acre sunflower maze continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 26 at HarvestMoon Fun Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. With activities such as a jumping pillow, cow train rides, the Wizzer and petting farm. Sunflowers will be available for purchase. Admission is $11.95, plus, tax for adults and children 3 and older; ages 2 and younger are free. Call toll-free at 1-800-964-2140.


Roller Derby: Revolution Roller Derby's Mom and Pop's Militia comes up against Team Zebra in a mixed-gender flat track bout at 5:45 p.m. May 19 at SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door. This is a benefit for Tampa Bay Cat Alliance. Those who bring a donation of cat supplies or make a monetary donation to the charity will receive $2 off the entry fee. There will be refreshments available at the cafe, and a tailgate party in the parking lot. Call(727) 847-4336.


John Timpanelli and Friends: A musical variety show of singing, comedy and impression will be at 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 21 at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. This is the first of monthly variety shows that will be held on the third Tuesday. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. Call (727) 597-0948.

On stage

Newsies: Arts in Motion children's theater group will present the Broadway musical at 7 p.m. May 17 and 18, and at 2 p.m. May 18 and 19, at Pasco Middle School auditorium, 13925 14th St., Dade City. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors and $7 for students. Visit or call (352) 834-1246.

Human Video and Musical Theatre Extravaganza: Hernando High School's Drama Department presents this program at 7 p.m. May 17 in the Hernando Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Students create a storyline to their favorite songs and perform them via "human video" techniques, along with performing musical theter numbers from Hamilton and Annie. Admission is $7 adults, $5 students (with school ID). For information, call (3520 797-7015.

Denying Gravity!: This play will include real-life EMTs in cameo roles. The show will be at 2 p.m. May 18 at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Doors open at 1 p.m.; show time at 2 p.m. A minor misstep interrupts Claire's busy life when, like Alice, falls down a rabbit hole into the realm of The Unexpected. Free Admission. 2 p.m. Saturday. Call (727) 536-7076.

Sister Act: The musical hit comedy wraps up May 19 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in a convent, where her disco moves and singing talent inspires the choir and breathes new life into the church and community. Show times are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18 cash, $20.07 credit. Call (727) 842-6777 or visit

Duets and Vignettes: Featuring snippets of shows and the songs that made them famous, presented through May 19 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. May 17-18, and at 2 p.m. May 18-19. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 students. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113 or visit

Rat Pack Lounge: The show continues with evening and matinees through May 19 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Frank, Dean and Sammy are up in heaven, but find out they must return to Earth to make good on an unfulfilled promise made to the owner of the Rat Pack Lounge. The show features more than 30 hit songs made famous by the classic crooners. Tickets are $55.50. Call (727) 863-7949 or visit

Art events

'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 opening reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. May 22 at the Rao Musunuru, MD, Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The exhibit continues through July 31. Call (727) 816-3231.


Other Hernando events

17 Friday

Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an eight-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. Free. 8 a.m. Pasco-Hernando State College, Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. (352) 596-8000.

18 Saturday

Vessel Safety Checks: As part of National Safety Boating Week, the Hernando Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer free safety checks at two locations, the Hernando Beach Marina (4139 Shoal Line Blvd.) and Hernando County boat launch (5000 Calienta St.), Hernando Beach. Boats will be inspected to make sure they are equipped with all the safety equipment required by state and federal agencies. 8 to 11 a.m. Free. (813) 431-7181.

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 at 352-597-9931. 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. Free admission. 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.

Beginners Archery: Learn the basics of archery under the guidance of certified instructors. Chinsegut will provide all equipment; no outside equipment allowed. The program is for adults and youth ages 10 and older. Registration is required. Free. 10 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

Nature Coast Wedding Expo and Fashion Show: Includes raffles, vendors and a grand prize of $1,000 cash awarded to one bride and groom. The fashion show will feature attire for the groom, wedding party and the bride. $10. Noon to 4 p.m. WellCome OM Center, 4242 Lake in the Woods Drive, Spring Hill.

Children in the WILD: Butterflies: Children ages 5 to 9 can explore the world of butterflies through games and activities. There will be preserved butterflies for viewing. Registration required. Free. 2 p.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.


Other Pasco events

18 Saturday

Global C.diff Awareness 2K Walk: Proceeds from this annual walk benefit the nonprofit C Diff Foundation's mission on educating and advocating for C.difficile infection and prevention, treatments, clinical trials and environmental safety worldwide. All registered walkers receive T-shirts, giveaways and educational material. For information or to register, visit $20 per walker; children 10 and younger walk free. 8 a.m. to noon. Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey.

Sandhill Writers Retreat: Full-day retreat with 16 hands-on writing classes available in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, poetry performance and publishing. There will be a faculty reading and book signing, an optional lunch with open reading for participants. There will be a limited number of private one-on-one manuscript consultations available. Open to writers of all levels. Visit $35-$95; discounts to veterans, active duty and seniors. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo. (352) 588-8282.

Veterans Memorial Rededication: The City of New Port Richey celebrates the rededication of the Veterans Memorial at Orange Lake. The monument, built in 1947 by American Legion Post 79, was recently refurbished as part of Phase II of the Orange Lake Restoration Project. The rededication ceremony coincides with Armed Forces Day. Several military groups will participate. Orange Lake is adjacent to Sims Park in downtown New Port Richey. 9 a.m. (727) 853-1021.

Local Authors Fair: Features 20 writers from around the Tampa Bay area. Visitors can speak with authors and discover the inspiration behind their stories and characters, as well as have the opportunity to purchase signed copies of the authors' books. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes.

Plant Sale and Baker House Tours: The Elfers Centennial Garden Club will have a plant sale and offer tours of the Baker House, a cracker house that was built in 1882. Free admission; donations appreciated. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. (727) 942-1752.

Introduction to Meditation with Forest: The class will provide an introduction to the five basic meditation techniques. The theory behind each technique will be explained, then participants will practice the technique, followed by group discussion about each. Sponsored by the Friends of the Centennial Park Library. Free. 11 a.m. to noon. Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. (727) 834-3204.

Solid Rock Community School Golf Tournament: Proceeds benefit Solid Rock Community School. $100; Foursome: $350. 11:30 a.m. Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. (727) 934-0909.

Family Movie: Children 12 and younger and their parents are invited to a movie and popcorn. Call the library to see what will be showing. Free. 2 p.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

Flags for Freedom/Watch-Fire: This fifth-annual event celebrates Armed Forces Day with a flag retirement ceremony. Join local Scouts and bring any old and worn flags that need to be retired. Flags for Freedom is a joint effort between several Boy Scout troops to retire American flags in a respectful manner and provide flags for veterans. 5:30 p.m. Sunset Beach, 1800 Gulf Road, Tarpon Springs.

19 Sunday

Public Talk "Self Investigation of Truth": Liliya Gevorgyan a member of the Baha'i Faith, will speak on "Self Investigation of Truth." A complementary dinner will be at 5 p.m., with the talk at 6 p.m. Free. Unity Worship Center of Port Richey, 5844 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. (727) 569-6982.

20 Monday

Pioneer Florida Museum Ribbon-Cutting Celebration: Come celebrate the completion of two new buildings and displays with this dedication and multi-chamber ribbon-cutting. Pasco County Commissioner Ron Oakley will speak. The Rhinesmith buildings include a blacksmith shop and woodworking shop. Free. 5:30 p.m. Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. (352) 567-0262.