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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Nov. 16

Unaware it is their brother, Joseph's brothers grovel at his feet during their trek to Egypt in search of food during the famine, in the Live Oak Theatre production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The show continues through Nov. 18 at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts in Brooksville. Pictured is Kaiden Rossiter as Joseph. Courtesy of Kristina Mitten
Published Nov. 8, 2018

This week's highlights


Living History and Civil War Reenactments: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18 at Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. Tour the authentic Confederate and Union camps as costumed re-enactors depict the "Skirmish at the White House" (2 p.m. both days). There will be traditional period craft demonstrations, sutlers, vendors, food and all museum buildings will be open. Saturday features craft demonstrations, live music and a ladies period fashion show. Sunday features a church service. Admission is $5, 4 and younger free. Call (352) 567-0262.

Pasco Upcycle and Art Festival: Held in conjunction with America Recycles Day, the free event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. Includes a variety of upcycle vendors and artists selling items such as jewelry made from spoons, and repurposed furniture and decor made from pallets. There will be farmer's market vendors, food trucks and craft beer available. Entertainment will include Americana bands Oak Ramble, Mountain Holler and Rebekah Pulley & the Reluctant Prophets. An Art of Recycling show, featuring art from local high school students, will be on display at Peace Hall. Call (727) 856-7252.

Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival: Annual show kicks off Nov. 22 and continues through Nov. 24 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake on the Hernando/Pasco county border. Bring a covered dish at 2 p.m. Nov. 22 (Thursday) for the family traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the ranch. Sertoma supplies the turkey. The three-day event features bluegrass music from a variety of bands, such as Lonesome River Band, Trinity River Band, Southern Express, the Grasscutters, Blue Highway, and Darrin & Brooke Aldridge with John Cowan. Weekend adult tickets, $85; daily tickets at the gate $20-$35; camping sites available. Call (828) 265-9929.


An Evening with Clay Kirk: Take a musical trip back in time as Kirk sings country, gospel, and rock and roll favorites starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. Donations appreciated to benefit High Point Neighbors Helping Neighbors. (352) 597-9887, 777-2692.

John Timpanelli and Friends: The musical variety show will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. With singing, comedy and impressions. Special guests include Jason Ensor and Theresa Smith. Food and drinks available for purchase. Admission is a $5 suggested donation. Call (727) 597-0948.


Operation Kindness Wine Tasting: 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 at Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, 17810 Forge Drive, Shady Hills. The event includes a silent auction, raffles and door prizes. Wine will be available by the glass or bottle, as well as beer and water. Benefits Hernando County Animal Services. Advance tickets are $15 per person, $25 per couple, includes wine tasting, dessert, cheese and crudite' platters. For tickets, call (352) 799-7612 or email to


Coin and Currency Show: The West Hernando Coin Club hosts this event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Dealers will sell, buy and appraise coins, stamps and collectibles. Also, hourly door prizes and a free youth treasure hunt. Free admission and parking. Call (352) 587-3344.
Field of Dreams Car Show: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18 at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, Brooksville. The event includes live entertainment, food vendors, arts and crafts, swap meet and car corral. Judging and trophies on Nov. 18. Artisan, swap meet and car corral spaces available. Admission is free, car registration is $15. All proceeds benefit Shriners Hospital for Children. Call (813) 956-3503. Visit


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Live Oak Theatre continues shows through Nov. 18 at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. The Broadway hit musical is based on the story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis, has little spoken dialogue, and is almost entirely sung-through. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $20 each, $5 for children 13 and younger. Tickets include coffee, tea and dessert. Visit the website at or call the box office at (352) 593-0027.

Amazing Wild Knights: Procomm Theatre Troupe continues its comedy musical by Martha Velez, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17, and matinees at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18, at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. The show will include original music, surprises and gifts. Tickets are $20. Visit, email or call (352) 556-3746.

Art events

Holiday Celebrations Boutique Reception: The show and sale continues 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 20 at the West Pasco Art Guild and Gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. The show features paintings, jewelry and crafts, as well as other original items. Call (727) 841-7732.
Art with Needle and Thread: The exhibit of work from the Gulfview chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America is on display through Dec. 12 at Pasco-Hernando State College Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 816-3231.
Giving Thanks: The exhibit continues through Dec. 2 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Mingle with the artists, and enjoy submissions by Just Poets. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; closed on holidays. Free. Call (352) 540-3810.


Other Hernando County events

16 Friday

Yard Sale for People Helping People: Funds raised will help provide Christmas dinner for the hungry in Hernando County. 8 a.m. Yard sale site, 2462 Sunset Vista Drive, Aripeka. (352) 686-1820.

Academia Hernando Fall 2018 Lecture Series: Open to series subscribers or $9 at the door. For information, visit Lecture: A Morning of Puzzles, Games and Great Escapes, by Dave Janelle. 10 a.m. to noon. $65 for the entire series, including field trip. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Spring Hill, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 559-2335.

German American Club's Schlachtfest Dinner Dance: The 'slaughter' dance will feature the music of the Manni Daum Trio. A dinner of smoked pork, wurst, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes with gravy, and rolls will be served. Dress code is club casual/no jeans. Doors open at 4 p.m. No tickets will be sold at the door. 4:30 to 10 p.m. Advance tickets are $18 for members, $22 for guests. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., Brooksville. (352) 688-3744.

17 Saturday

Brookridge Community Fall Neighborhood Yard Sale: 8 a.m. to noon. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. (352) 596-2502.

First-Time Homebuyers Class: The class, provided by the Hernando County Housing Authority in partnership with Solita's House, is open to the public. Registration required. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Arc Nature Coast Education Center and Regional Evacuation Shelter, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4160, ext. 3.

Master Gardener Nursery: Spruce up a landscape or garden space — 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. 9 a.m. to noon. Free admission. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.

Nature Coast Botanical Gardens and Plant Nursery: Plants are grown and sold at budget-friendly prices at the nursery, which is open from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday and Monday. The adjacent botanical garden is open daily from dawn to dusk. 9 a.m. to noon. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933.

Wellington of Seven Hills Residents Craft Show: A variety of hand-crafted items available, such as baskets, painted gourds, greeting cards, jewelry, fine arts and baked goods. Food will be available for purchase at the Sioux City Grill at noon. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Wellington at Seven Hills clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 799-1086.

Manatee Adoption: Meet park resident manatees Ariel, Betsy and Electra and adopt one for a year to help fund manatee rescue and rehabilitation, education, public awareness and habitat conservation. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $25, $20 school class. Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa.

Bird Box Buildathon: Sponsored by the Hernando Audubon and Chinsegut Conservation Center, this family-friendly event is for adults and children 3 and older. Pre-order a nest box in advance and assemble it with assistance at the event. There will be numerous birding activities throughout the day, including guided bird walks, and a 'Cooking for Wildlife' event on making suet and other feeder food. 10 a.m. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

Nature Coast Orchid Society's Annual Auction: Come bid on a wide selection of orchids and orchid supplies. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for preview, auction will be from noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. VFW Post 8681, 18940 Drayton St., Shady Hills.

St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Silent Auction: Doors open at 4:30 p.m., Dinner served at 6 p.m. The raffle will begin immediately after dinner. Standard prizes are valued from $15 to $45. Separate raffle tickets will be sold for high-value prizes. The cost is $15, includes chicken dinner and (one sheet) 25 standard raffle tickets. Tickets available at parish office or by calling. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 345-1826, (352) 346-0227.

18 Sunday

Brooksville Farmers' Market: Presented by the Hernando County Growers Association, local farmers and agricultural producers offer fresh produce, meats, poultry and cottage foods as well as prepared foods, desserts, arts and crafts. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Brooksville Farmers' Market, 615 Old Hospital Drive, Brooksville. (727) 422-3360.

Brooksville Bike Rally and Cruise-In: Event features food, beer, live entertainment, classic car and motorcycle parking, and vendors. Emcee'd by the Big Ragoo and the Red Headed Step Child. Third Sunday each month from March to June, and September to December. Entry in bike show is $5, car show is $20. Trophies and prizes. The event will include a food drive. 12-4 p.m. Free. Brooksville Farmers' Market, 615 Old Hospital Drive, Brooksville. (727) 422-3360.

20 Tuesday

Tobacco Cessation Class: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Brooksville Enrichment Center, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 544-6022.

21 Wednesday

Low Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic: Sponsored by the Florida International Teaching Zoo veterinary staff. Vaccinations are administered by a veterinarian. Documentation is provided. Proceeds are tax-deductible contributions that benefit the teaching zoo facility in Bushnell. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats are $8; puppy distemper-parvo combo, $17; cat distemper combo, $17; Bordatella/kennel cough, $18. Tractor Supply, 18471 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 867-7788.

22 Thursday

St. Frances Cabrini Thanksgiving Dinner: Delivery of meals to shut-ins and those unable to attend the dinner at the church will start at 11 a.m. A sit-down dinner will be served in Xavier Hall at 1 p.m. The dinner is open to anyone unable to provide a meal for themselves, those who will be alone for the holiday and to the immediate families of active-duty military members. Volunteers needed to help on Wednesday (to cook) and Thursday (to deliver or serve). 1 p.m. Free. St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 238-7567, (352) 238-7666.


Other Pasco County events

16 Friday

Safety Town Yard Sale: Proceeds will go toward restoring buildings, adding new educational experiences, and sprucing up the grounds. The three-day sale is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Safety Town, 15325 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. (813) 929-1203.

Alzheimer's Community Forum: Learn about dementia and share thoughts on how the Alzheimer's Association can better serve the community. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. RSVP to 1-800-272-3900.

Festival of Trees Winter Wonderland: Snack on appetizers and get your picture taken with Santa as you check out more than 30 decorated trees to be auctioned off. Benefits the Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco. 6-9 p.m. $30, $50 two. Columbian Event Center, 5850 K of C Drive, Port Richey. (727) 848-7789, ext. 242.

17 Saturday

St. Mark's Pancake Breakfast: Includes all-you-can-eat buttermilk pancakes, as well as coffee, juice, and sausage or ham. Syrup provided. 8 to 10 a.m. $4 adults, $1 children. St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. (727) 863-5646.

Foundation of Caring Parking Lot Sale: Benefit for FMC Foundation of Caring. Rain or shine. 8 a.m. to noon. Florida Medical Clinic, 38135 Market Square, Zephyrhills.

New Life Flea Market: Monthly flea market held on the third Saturday of every month. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor spaces are $10. New Life Metropolitan Community Church, 4133 Thys Road, New Port Richey. (727) 849-6962.

Pasco Extension Seminar — Vegetable Garden Basics: Learn how to plan and plant a garden, how to control common pests. 10 a.m. Free; register at Land O' Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes. (352) 518-0156.

Intro to Toxin-Free Lifestyle with Essential Oils: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Living Food Bakery and Cafe, 38201 10th Ave., Zephyrhills. (813) 479-7724.

D'Amore Duo: 1:30 p.m. Free. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 853-1279.

Thanksgiving Family Movie and Craft: Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Peanuts. Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and have a fancy dinner just like Snoopy and the gang (popcorn, toast, jelly beans and pretzel sticks). There also will be crafts. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel. (813) 788-6375.

Family Movie Night: Bring the family for a screening of A Dog's Purpose, starring Kevin Costner. Bring chairs or blankets. Light concessions available. Please leave pets at home. 6:30 p.m. Free. Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 841-4560.

18 Sunday

Goat Yoga: Goats jump around and interact with yogis. Bring a mat or large towel. This is a benefit for the American Lung Association. 11 a.m. to noon. $35. Loop Brewing, 3338 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes. (813) 803-9120.

Christmas Gift Workshop: Learn about essential oils and create oil-infused products to take home. Seating is limited. Call to reserve a seat. 7 to 9 p.m. The class is free; 'make and take' items are $10-$20 per item. Gateway Studio, 5740 Missouri Ave., New Port Richey. (727) 277-1449.

20 Tuesday

Stress and Emotional Upheaval Relief with Essential Oils: 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Living Food Bakery and Cafe, 38201 10th Ave., Zephyrhills. (813) 479-7724.

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


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