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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting May 24

Published May 16


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.

Food file

Grilling Secrets with Chef Warren Caterson: This free program will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. May 24 at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. The award-winning cookbook author and chef will give a presentation on how to elevate outdoor grilling, which will end in a cooking demonstration of preparing a healthy grilled marinated swordfish entree that anyone will be able to replicate at home in less than 10 minutes. Call (727) 853-1279.


Locals Night: With Love, New Port Richey: Starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at various locations in downtown New Port Richey. Featuring live, original, local music performed at various venues. Follow on Facebook for schedules at No cover. Call (727) 859-6578.

Art events

Un-Common-ly Artsy: The Historic Downtown Brooksville Arts Market: The outdoor arts market will be from 5 to 9 p.m. May 25 in downtown Brooksville. The monthly event, held on the fourth Saturday of each month, will be held in the evenings during the hot 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 10x10 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

25 Saturday

2019 Spring Lake Memorial Classic: The Arc Nature Coast hosts this annual race that includes a 10K starting at 7:15 a.m., a 5K run starting at 7:45 a.m., and a 2-mile fun walk/run starting at 8 a.m. All three courses, with chip timing, take participants along shaded roads and over challenging hills and vistas. There will be a post-race food festival and prizes awarded for the top three finishers in each age group. Registration is $35 for the 10K, $30 for the 5K, and $25 for the fun walk/run. The event benefits the Arc Nature Coast, a nonprofit organization serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Hernando and Pasco counties. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Arc Nature Coast, 5283 Neff Lake Road, Brooksville. (352) 544-2322.

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.

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

27 Monday

Memorial Day Ceremony: Florida National Cemetery hosts the annual ceremony that will include speakers, patriotic songs, the playing of Taps, a cannon salute, presentation of colors and a fly-over. Arrive early and wear comfortable clothing. Seating is limited; bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free. 11 a.m. Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave, Bushnell. (352) 793-7740.

29 Wednesday

Rain Barrel Workshop: Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Director Lily Browning presents this workshop. Hernando County Utilities customers who participate and install a rain barrel at their home will receive a one-time credit on their water bill for $25. Attendance at the workshop is mandatory to purchase a rain barrel (but purchasing the barrel is not required to attend the class). The cost for the rain barrel is $50; be sure to bring a vehicle that can accommodate a 55-gallon barrel. Preregistration and pre-payment is required. 10:30 a.m. Hernando County Utilities, 15365 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 540-6230.

30 Thursday

Annual Ladies Night: The free event is one of the largest fundraising events Terlep Chiropractic hosts each year, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. The charity will be on site to raffle off numerous gift baskets and door prizes. The theme is "The Roaring '20s." Wear 1920s attire for a costume contest and photographs. There will be complementary wine and hors d'oeuvres, as well as live music and a number of vendors. For tickets, email Tina at 6 to 9 p.m. Terlep Chiropractic, 8468 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. (727) 667-9262.


Other Pasco events

25 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. to 4 p.m. Hudson Flotilla U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Center, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 697-8013.

Faith United Methodist Men's Annual Golf Tournament: Registration is at noon, shotgun start is at 1 p.m. This is a four-person scramble. Includes golf, supper and prizes. $60 per golfer. Meadow Oaks Golf and Country Club, 13125 Fairwinds Road, Hudson. (727) 856-5000.

28 Tuesday

Tuesday Tutorial: Pre-Hospital Care in Pasco County: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point continues its popular Tuesday Tutorials devoted to trauma awareness. The program will be conducted by Tim Reardon, rescue chief with Pasco County Fire Rescue. Free. 11:30 a.m. Rao Musunuru, M.D. Conference Center, 14100 Yosemite Drive, Hudson. (727) 869-5498.

Get Smart with Your Cell Phone: Get smart with your cell phone, laptop or iPad. One-on-one, hour-long sessions offered. Call for an appointment. $5, to benefit CARES. CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 863-6868.

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


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