Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Aug. 23

Pasco and Hernando community events
Published August 18
Updated August 20

Art events

The Masterpiece: This is a showcase of mixed-media artwork by students of the Red Apple School, a nonprofit organization that provides daytime activities to adults with disabilities. The exhibit continues through Oct. 9 at the Rao Musunuru, MD, Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Admission is free. Call (727) 816-3231.

Woodstock 50th Anniversary Exhibit: Gateway Gallery and Emporium celebrates the summer of love with its Woodstock exhibit held throughout August at the gallery, 6216 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

‘It’s a Zoo’ exhibit: The exhibit is open through Sept. 7 at the Uptown Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 205 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The artwork in the gallery is for sale. 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.

Look ahead

Carrie: The Stephen King classic comes to life on stage Sept. 5-15 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Tickets are $20; season tickets available. Call (727) 842-6777 or visit


Other Hernando events

24 Saturday

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. 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. (352) 754-4433.

Spring Lake Museum and History Center: Offering historic photos and artifacts, local family histories, school and lake histories. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Old Spring Lake Community Center, 4184 Spring Lake Highway, Brooksville. (352) 796-4704.

Butterfly Count: Learn about common Florida butterflies, how to tell butterflies and caterpillars apart and help count butterfly numbers and species at Chinsegut. Get a free butterfly guide to keep. The informational session will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with the count and tabulation from noon to 12:30 p.m. Photographers encouraged; all information on species richness will be uploaded to Florida Nature Trackers. All ages welcome. Free. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

25 Sunday

Sunday School Rally Day: This is a welcome-back party for the 2019-20 Sunday School. Open to children in pre-kindergarten through sixth grades. Free. 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 597-1456.

27 Tuesday

Congestive Heart Failure Series: Presented by Oak Hill Hospital’s care assure patient nurse navigators Rebecca Voda, a certified heart failure nurse, and Lisa Cierpka, certified case manager. Held in the sixth floor South Tower family waiting area. This is part of a monthly education series held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Visit Free. 3 p.m. Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-6333.

28 Wednesday

How to Become Friends with Florida-Friendly Landscaping: This free class will be presented by Master Gardener Kim Cottrell. Participants will learn how to convert their landscape into a low-maintenance, budget-friendly, water-wise oasis. No registration needed. Free. 10:30 a.m. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6230.

Master Gardener Secrets Revealed: This free class will be presented by Master Gardeners Sue and Bernie Bathauer. No registration required. Free. 10:30 a.m. Hernando County Utilities Administration Building, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 540-6230.

Wilderness Explorers ages 7-9: The August topic is “Butterflies.” The program is for children ages 7 to 9, and is offered monthly through November, on the last Wednesday of the month. Each class is about 1.5 hours. Registration is required; class is limited to 20 children. Visit or Facebook (chinsegutconservationcenter) for additional dates and topics. Free. 10:30 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 754-6722.

29 Thursday

PHSC Hurricane Expo: This education expo will feature sessions taught by experts from the college and the community, including Josh Linker, Bay News 9 meteorologist; the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Office of Emergency Management, Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Southwest Florida Water Management District and PHSC faculty. Free. 3 to 6 p.m. Pasco-Hernando State College, North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville (outside near Building A).


Other Pasco events

24 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. Saturday. Hudson Flotilla U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Center, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. (727) 697-8013.

Mr. Tommy’s Musical Show: The show includes singing, dancing and magic. Free. 10:30 a.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

Violinist Andrew Michael Polo: Watch and listen as Polo delivers an eclectic, high-energy performance on electric violin. He will perform pop, R&B and rock songs. Free. 2 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

25 Sunday

Terri’s Tears Foundation Golf Outing: Best ball scramble, followed by lunch. Proceeds will help find a cure for diabetes. $45 per player. 8 a.m. shotgun start. Meadow Oaks Golf and Country Club, 13125 Fairwinds Road, Hudson. (727) 863-6147.

26 Monday

Card Party and Luncheon: The Ladies Auxiliary of St. Vincent de Paul Church host this card party and luncheon in Father Farrell Hall. $7. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Father Farrell Hall, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. (727) 389-0518.

27 Tuesday

Volunteer Way Mobile Food Pantry: The Volunteer Way will have its mobile food pantry/emergency food assistance program at the library on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Noon to 2 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 815-0433.

Advanced Jewelry Creations: Free. 2 p.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. (727) 853-1279.

28 Thursday

Wellness Initiative for Senior Education: Seniors ages 60 and older can learn how to stay healthy. Topics include: the aging process, benefits of aging, risk factors, alcohol and medication issues, and simple tools to help you feel more empowered about your health and healthcare. Free. 1:30 p.m. Galen Wilson Senior Center, 8600 Galen Wilson Blvd., Port Richey. (727) 834-3340.

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

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