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Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting May 31

Richey Suncoast Theatre will present “Almost, Maine,” May 31-June 2 as part of its Black Box series. Richey Suncoast Theatre
Published May 24


Pasco County 2019 Disaster Expo: Pasco County Division of Emergency Management hosts this disaster preparedness event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1 at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson. Includes various county departments and agencies, as well as local businesses that will help plan for evacuations, protect homes and businesses, prepare go-kits for people and pets, register for special needs assistance, learn updated evacuation zones and more. There will be a touch-a-truck rescue vehicle display, bounce house and activities for children. There will also be raffles and giveaways for weather radios, disaster kit, and other prizes. Free. Call (727) 847-8137.


Stargazing at Starkey Wilderness Park: Join the Pasco astronomer in a night of stargazing from 8:30 to 10 p.m. June 1 at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Blvd., New Port Richey. Bring a telescope, or borrow one from the club. Call Jack at (727) 255-3083.

On stage

Almost, Maine: Richey Suncoast Theatre presents the show as part of its Black Box series, with showtimes at 8 p.m. May 31 and June 1, with 2:30 p.m. matinees on June 1 and 2 at 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. A woman carries the 19 broken pieces of her heart in a small paper bag. A man shrinks to half his former size after losing hope in love. These surreal experiences are commonplace in the world of Almost, Maine, where on one deeply cold and magical midwinter night, the citizens of Almost experience the life-altering power of the human heart. The show is directed by Jess Glass. Tickets are $25 cash, $27.02 credit. Call the box office at (727) 842-6777 or visit

John Timpanelli and Friends: The musical variety show will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 4 at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. Includes singing, comedy and impression. There is a suggested $5 donation requested. Call (727) 597-0948.

Art events

Community Tile Painting: This special community ceramic tile painting program will be offered every Monday, June 3 through Aug.5 at the Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. Paint a ceramic tile with your favorite book cover or anything related to books. One tile per person, as materials are limited. Paints and materials will be set up for participants to use. Tiles can be hung at the library or taken home. All ages welcome. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Call (813) 929-1214.

'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

1 Saturday

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 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. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave, Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933.

New Family Care Class: The class prepares families to care for their newborns, as well as each other, during this new time. Parents will learn about caring for their newborns with video animation and the use of realistic newborn models to demonstrate holding, bathing and safety. Contact instructor, Taylor Theodore, at (352) 585-2543 or Free. 10 a.m. Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd, Spring Hill. (352) 597-6317.

3 Monday

YMCA 30 Years Celebration: The Hernando YMCA opened its doors on June 3, 1989. To celebrate, the Y is hosting an open house throughout the day, with music, games, snacks and more. Free. 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill. (352) 688-9622.

Hernando Computer Club Open House/Newcomers' Orientation: Learn what the club has to offer. Refreshments served. Free. 10 a.m. Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 684-7171.

June 7

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


Other Pasco events

1 Saturday

Fresh Market at Wiregrass: More than 50 vendors bring locally grown produce, plants, herbs and flowers, as well as ready-to-eat, take-home foods to Paseo Drive in the heart of the shopping center. 8 a.m. to noon. The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. (813) 994-2242.

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 bringing food to the home-bound. Free. 8:30 a.m. Regency Park Civic Center, 10240 Regency Blvd., Port Richey. (727) 815-0433.

Summer Reading Club Blast Off Party — Land O' Lakes: The annual Summer Reading Club kicks off with crafts, a bounce house, face painting, vendors and more. There will pen-turning from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Foundry (for ages 9 and older, with a signed waiver; ages 9-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). Free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. (813) 929-1214.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party: Kick off the 2019 Summer Reading Club with the Todd Charles Comedy Spectacular. All ages welcome. The comedian will wow the audience with his banjo playing, juggling, hand-shadow impressions, magic and more. Light refreshments served after the show. Arrive early for the best seats. Free. 2 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

Summer Kick-Off Party with the Science Tellers: This is an action-packed and educational alien adventure using science experiments for special effects. Free. 2 p.m. Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. (727) 834-3204.

2 Sunday

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

3 Monday

Tot Open Gym: Children can develop coordination and stimulate their brains as they play and explore the world of gymnastics. Free. 7:30 a.m. Premier Gymnastics, 27033 State Road 56, Wesley Chapel. (813) 973-9920.

Farm-to-Table Summer Camp: The Pasco County Extension Service offers this camp for youth ages 8-12 from June 3 to June 7. Campers will learn how to grow their own food, the importance of fruits and vegetables in their diet, and environmental conservation. There will be daily science experiments, and each day participants will harvest vegetables and prepare a healthy snack. Campers are to bring their own water bottle and hat and wear closed-toe shoes. Space is limited. $35 for the week. 9 a.m. Monday. Pasco County Farmden and Community Garden, 15029 14th St., Dade City. (352) 521-1255.

STEAM Forensics Camp: Working with Dade City and Zephyrhills Police Departments, students will use Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics to uncover clues to solve a crime. $100. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily, June 3-6. Pasco-Hernando State College East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City. (855) 669-7472.

Monarch City USA Sign Unveiling: Dade City Mayor Camille Hernandez, City Commissioners and members of the Dade City Garden Club invite the community to the unveiling of the city's new sign designating Dade City as a Monarch City USA. The Garden Club will give away free milkweed plants to the first 25 attendees. Free. 10 a.m. Hibiscus Park, Seventh Street and Bougainvillea Avenue, Dade City. (908) 890-4630.

CPAP/BI PAP Clinic: CPAP and BI PAP are both non-invasive forms of therapy for patients with sleep apnea. The screenings are provided every Monday in the Sleep Disorders Center. Free. 1 to 3 p.m. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. (727) 953-6877.

4 Tuesday

Teen Summer Reading: Game Night: Teens who will be entering the eighth through 12th grades can play board and video games. Free. 4 p.m. Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. (727) 834-3204.

Youth Ukulele Camp: Youth in grades 5 and higher are invited to learn to play the ukulele in this first class of a 4-part introductory course. Other classes will be on June 13, June 20 and June 27 Free. 4 to 5 p.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

Free Diabetes Seminars: AdventHealth Dade City will host two seminars. The first will be in English, offered at noon; the second will be in Spanish, presented at 6 p.m. Both will be held at the hospital. Light refreshments will be served. Free. AdventHealth Dade City, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City. Registration is required; call (833) 300-2371 or visit

Preparing Landscapes for Hurricane Season: With hurricane season fast approaching, learn how to prepare your trees and landscape with guidance by a certified arborist, including lessons learned from past storms. Free. 6:30 p.m. Land O' Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. (352) 518-0156.

5 Wednesday

Summer Reading: Zephyrhills Police Department: Elementary-aged children are invited to this fun and informative program presented by the Zephyrhills Police Department. Free. 10:30 a.m. Zephyrhills Library, 5347 8th St., Zephyrhills. (813) 780-0064.

Teen Summer Ice Cream Kick-Off: Teens are invited to eat ice cream and play games. Free. 11:30 a.m. New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. (813) 788-6375.

Ask A Master Gardener: Pasco County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions. If the question is about an ailing plant, bring a sample for an on-the-spot diagnosis. Free. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (352) 518-0156.

June 7

New Port Richey Plant Sale: This one-day sale will have begonias, cactus and succulents, staghorn ferns and a variety of other perennials. Plant prices start at $2. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 10271 Casey Drive, New Port Richey. (404) 402-5065.

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


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