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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Nov. 10

Veterans Day

Red, White & Blues Tribute: Help celebrate veterans from World War II to the present from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. A formal opening ceremony will be presented by the Pasco County Sheriff's Honor Guard, followed by a military tribute by stomper dancers and an oral presentation of service of veterans in each conflict. A roast pork dinner will be served at 5 p.m. The 42nd Street Big Band, under the leadership of Bob Boyd, will entertain starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25; $10 for veterans. Call for reservations, (727) 863-2520.

Tribute to Veterans Concert: The Thursday Musicale women's chorus and the Suncoast Bronze Ringers will perform in concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. The concert will include favorite tunes from years past, as well as contemporary compositions. An honor guard will give a presentation of colors in honor of the community's veterans. A reception will follow the concert. Proceeds will benefit the Musicale's scholarship program and the Bronze Ringers' equipment purchase fund. 3 p.m. $10. (813) 415-7085, (727) 863-5646.

Veterans Appreciation Parade: The city of Brooksville's annual parade to celebrate veterans will begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 11, starting at City Hall on Howell Avenue and continuing through the downtown area, ending back at City Hall. The lineup starts at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot behind City Hall. Call (352) 544-6022.

High Point Veterans Day: A ceremony and memorial dedication will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road. The event will include the unveiling of the new veterans memorial to honor past and present High Point military heroes. A wreath laying will be followed by a reception in the community center with light refreshments and the presentation of appreciation plaques. Lunch will be available for purchase at the High Point Golf Club. Call (352) 596-4436.


A bottle of red, or white?: A wine festival will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at Florida Estates Winery, 25241 State Road 52, Land O'Lakes. Browse the vendors with handmade items, unique gifts and food for sale. There will be entertainment and door prizes, and those attending will be able meet the winemaker to learn how wines are crafted. Wine tastings will be available for a small fee. Dogs on leashes welcome. Admission is free. Call (813) 996-2113 or visit

Frank Thomas Folk Music and Heritage Festival: Enjoy Florida folk music, crafts, period demonstrations, storytelling, games and activities for kids, and food vendors. The festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. Admission is $6 per vehicle (up to eight people); $4 per person for walk-ups and those on bicycles. Call (352) 467-0265.

Way Back Fest: Celebrate Veterans Day at this family event from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Olive Grove, 15016 Rester Drive, west of Brooksville. The event will include activities, entertainment by Don Middlebrook, and food and beverages available for purchase. Bring your own chair. No coolers allowed. Advance tickets are $20; $25 at the gate. Admission is free if you bring an antique car. Call (352) 345-5940.


Symphony in Lights: The Shops at Wiregrass will kick off its annual holiday light show from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11 with a special tribute to veterans. The Late Night Brass Band, a 10-piece ensemble, will entertain. The show features more than 250,000 LED lights choreographed to music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. There will also be snow, carolers and Santa. The show will be in the center court at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. The light show, along with an ice rink, will continue through Dec. 31; photos with Santa will continue through Dec. 24. Call (813) 994-2242 or visit


Florida Jazz Express: The 17-piece band will play classic and modern big band music for dancing and listening starting at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at Dockside Grille, 5015 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. No cost for admission. Call (516) 480-8587.

Rhythm is gonna get you: Tin Pan Alley Productions will host a tribute to Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan on Nov. 19 at the Columbian Event Center, 5850 K of C Drive, Port Richey. The show will feature Kevon Re'Mon'te performing hits from Lionel Richie from his years with the Commodores, as well as his solo years. Betsi LaRock will perform hits by Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., dinner at 3 p.m. and showtime at 4 p.m. Tickets are $27 for dinner and show; $15 for ages 13 and younger. Show-only tickets are $15, with admission at 3:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased at least three days prior to the event. Call (727) 457-4899. Visit


Die-cast Toy Show: The annual show for children and adults will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. The show includes Hot Wheels, Matchbox, RC and other die-cast collectibles. There will be a drag strip and remote-control sled pulling on a 30-foot clay track. Admission is $3; free for children ages 12 and younger. Call (352) 585-9775.

Stargazing in the Park: Join the Pasco Astronomers group to gaze at the stars from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11 at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., New Port Richey. The group will provide telescopes for viewing, or bring your own. Call (727) 255-3083.

Fall Super Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show: Hosted by the Sunshine State Muscle Car Club, Brooksville Transmissions and Complete Automotive Care, the event will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at Brooksville Transmissions, 16402 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. Registration closes at noon. Trophies awarded. Dash plaques and goodie bags to the first 100 entrants. Awards for best engine, paint, interior, muscle car, truck, late model vehicle and graphics, ladies choice, best custom, best of show, best Corvette, best club choice and host's choice. Food will be available. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Team Hope and Habitat for Humanity. Advance registration is $15; day of the show, $20; T-shirts available for $10 to those who pre-register. Call (352) 584-0828 or (352) 442-3445.

On Stage

Here come the brides: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers continues with shows through Nov. 12 at the Show Palace Dinner Theater, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Tickets for dinner and show are $50.50, plus tax and tip; show only, group, and youth tickets available. Call (727) 863-7949.

Timeless tale of love: Broadway's longest-running musical, The Fantasticks, continues through Nov. 12 at Dreamhouse Theatre, 1840 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz. The show opened in 1960 and includes music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and one Thursday, Nov. 3-11; at 3 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 5 and 12; and at 7 p.m. Nov. 12. Tickets are $23. Call (813) 997-7146 or visit

Art events

Historic Views and Holiday Magic: The exhibit is on display through Jan. 20 at Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The gallery includes poetry on display from Just Poets, works from the Nature Coast Art League and photography from the Spring Hill Camera Club. There is also pottery jewelry and woodworking in the two new display cases that were obtained with a grant from the Hernando County Fine Arts Council. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call (352) 540-3810.

Frida: Teacher's Discovery Traveling Exhibit — Murals: Continues through Dec. 12 at Pasco-Hernando State College's Rao Musunuru M.D. Art Gallery, West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Art gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays. Exhibits are free and open to the public. For information, call 727-816-3231 or visit