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10/18/2018 – Beach House festival

Beach House Wiregrass Assisted Living & Memory Care, 30070 State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel, will host its Fall Festival on Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call (813) 508-6677.

10/18/2018 – Garden Gate club

The Zephyrhills Garden Gate Garden Club will meet Oct. 18 at the Magnuson Hotel, 5734 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. A guest speaker will discuss new garden clubs. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Vicky Keffer at (813) 782-8004.

10/19/2018 – Button art

The Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Carrollwood, will offer a Spooky Button Art craft on Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Participants can create a button featuring jack-o-lanterns, candy corn and ghosts. The craft is limited to 12 participants. Registration is required. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

10/19/2018 – Halloween in Wonderland

The Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex and Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources will host “Halloween in Wonderland” Oct. 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the rec complex, 3032 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. The event theme will be “Alice in Wonderland,” and will include games, candy, music and inflatables. Participants can wear costumes. The party will be geared toward children age 10 and younger, and their families. The cost is $1 per person, exact change only. For information, call (813) 929-1220.

10/20/2018 – All-Day Nightmare

The Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa, will host an “All-Day Nightmare,” Oct 20, featuring all the Nightmare on Elm Street films, starting at 10 a.m. The last show will be at 10:30 p.m. Individual film tickets are $10 for general admission; $7 for theater members. A pass for all six movies is $40 for general admission; $35 for members. For information, a list of all upcoming ‘fright’ movies, and tickets, visit TampaTheatre.org.

10/20/2018 – Audubon field trip

The West Pasco Audubon Society will offer a field trip to John Chestnut Park on Oct. 20. Participants should meet at 7:30 a.m., at Panera Bread, at the corner of State Road 54 and Little Road. For information, email Mike Kell at moc.l1539882683iamg@153988268356eki1539882683mj1539882683.

10/20/2018 – Autumn Day

Autumn Day at the Old Lutz School, 18819 U.S. 41 in Lutz, will be Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event includes an outdoor vendor market, including plants and crafts, a flea market, and a hamburger and hot dog fundraiser. Sales of food will benefit the Old Lutz School. Admission is free. For information, email moc.l1539882683oohcs1539882683ztuld1539882683lo@te1539882683kram1539882683.

10/20/2018 – Church lecture

The John F. Germany Library, 900 N. Ashley St., in downtown Tampa, will host author John Cinchett to discuss his book, “Historic Tampa Churches,” Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. There also will be a special presentation entitled, “The Evolution of Tampa’s Church Community 1846-1926.” Admission is free. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

10/20/2018 – Fall book sale

The Books for Troops Library will have a fall book sale Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon at 3744 Golden Eagle Drive in Land ‘ Lakes. All proceeds will support library programs. For information, email ten.n1539882683ozire1539882683v@spo1539882683ortro1539882683fskoo1539882683b1539882683.


10/20/2018 – Fall open house

Rosebud Continuum, 22843 Hale Road in Land O’ Lakes, will host a Fall Open House on Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature free sustainability workshops, solar smoothies, a plant sale (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), goats to pet, and music by The Biogas Band. For information, call (813) 331-7170.

10/20/2018 – Flute gathering

The 15th annual Silverhawk Native American Flute Gathering will take place Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 at Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd., in Dade City. There will be flute players, singers, storytellers and the Sacred Thunder Drum. There also will be arts and crafts, vendors, food and camping. Bring a folding chair or blanket. Admission, parking and primitive camping are free. Pets are welcome on a leash and with baggies to clean up after them. For information, visit SilverHawkFluteGathering.com, or call Dock Green Silverhawk at (813) 763-2118.

10/20/2018 – Food System Conference

UF/IFAS Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service will host a Pasco Local Food System Conference on Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pasco-Hernando State College, East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road in Dade City. Brunch will be served. Educational sessions will include: Growing Hops in Florida, Brewing Beer in Tampa Bay, Raising Eggs in Pasco, Growing Peaches & U-Pick, Kumquat Production, Beef Production in Pasco, Starting a Small Farm, Local Impact of Food Systems, Growing Greens Locally, and Blueberry Production in Pasco. The cost is $40 per person. Parking is free. Space is limited. Registration ends Oct. 18. To register, visit PascoLocalFoodConferenceBrunch.eventbrite.com.

10/20/2018 – Rattlesnake Festival

The Rattlesnake Festival will take place Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds. There will be more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, live music, fair rides, a petting zoo, more than 20 food vendors, wildlife shows, bounce houses, a Wild West show, a Subaru Off-road Rally and more. Parking is free. Admission is $5. Kids age 2 and younger are free. For information, visit RattlesnakeFestival.com.

10/20/2018 – Scraporium show

The River of Life Church, 410 E. Chapman Road in Lutz, will host Scraporium’s Holiday Craft and Vendor Show on Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be handmade fall and Christmas crafts from local crafters, and gifts from various vendors, at indoor and outdoor booths. There also will be food trucks. Admission and parking are free. For information, call Scraporium at (813) 269-7946.

10/20/2018 – Soil preparation

Volunteer at Dade City Watson Park Community Garden on Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon, to help amend the soil with treated cow manure, in preparation for the park’s Fall Plant Out on Oct. 27. Participants can learn as they work about amending sandy Florida soil with organic matter, such as compost, manures and mulches. All volunteers that register will receive a free Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide. Bring water, a hat, sunscreen and closed-toe shoes. Bring a shovel or wheel barrow if you have one. No pets please. For information, contact Eden Santiago Gomez at (352) 518-0156 or ten.l1539882683fytnu1539882683ococs1539882683ap@ze1539882683mogog1539882683aitna1539882683se1539882683. To register, visit bit.ly/soilamend.

10/20/2018 – Sons of the American Revolution

The Tampa Chapter for the Sons of the American Revolution will meet Oct. 20 at 11:30 a.m., at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 11801 N. 56th St., in Temple Terrace. At noon, John Golsby, president, will start the business portion of the meeting, followed by lunch and a guest presentation. For information, email William Floyd at moc.l1539882683oa@se1539882683rpdyo1539882683lfb1539882683.

10/21/2018 – Big Band music

The Tampa Bay Big Band will present a free concert Oct. 21 at 5 p.m., at the Community of Christ church, 17112 Livingston Road in Lutz. Music will include Harry James, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and more. Hot dogs, chips, drinks and desserts will be available. For information, call (813) 748-5400.

10/21/2018 – Fall Festival

The Lifestyle Church of God, 21345 Sanderson Road in Lacoochee, will host a Fall Festival on Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be an open-air service at 11 a.m., followed by a barbecue chicken lunch. Eight bikes will be given out at 2 p.m., and there will be games for adults and youth. The musical group “Psalms 101” will perform, and the church group, Firefall Youth, will perform a drama. Kidslife will sing two songs. Events and meals are free, except for the cake and gift basket auctions. For information, visit Lifestyle Church of God on Facebook, or call Pastor Paul Kilcrease at (352) 583-3354.

10/21/2018 – Pops in the Park

The Florida Orchestra (TFO) will host its free “Pops in the Park” Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., at River Tower Park, 401 E. Bird St., in Tampa. The concert will feature music from Bernstein, Mendelssohn and Gershwin, as well as music from “Frozen” and “Star Wars.” As is tradition, TFO will collect nonperishable goods for Tampa Bay Harvest’s annual food drive. For information, visit FloridaOrchestra.org.

10/21/2018 – Vintage market

The Shabby Chic Vintage Market & Artisan Day will return Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at The Grove in Wesley Chapel. There will be interactive seminars by vendors, local artisans, upcycled and original art, live music, home décor and antiques. For information, call Simply Events at (727) 674-1464.

10/23/2018 – Tampa Orchid Club

The Tampa Orchid Club will meet Oct. 23 at the Northdale Recreation Center, 15550 Spring Pine Drive in Tampa. The guest speaker will be Steve Balderson, owner of Shady Tree Nursery. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., followed by a meeting at 10 a.m. There will be a bloom table, plants for sale and a silent auction. For information, call Barbara Barkhurst at (813) 949-7467.

10/24/2018 – Red Riding Hood

Creative Arts Theatre Company will present “Red Riding Hood” Oct. 24 at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., at the Lutz Branch Library, 101 W. Lutz-Lake Fern Road, for ages 4 and older. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit HCPLC.org.

10/25/2018- Florida Jazz Express

The 18-piece Florida Jazz Express band will perform classic, Latin, jazz and modern big band music Oct. 25 at 8 p.m., at Dockside Grille, 5015 U.S. 19 in New Port Richey. Admission is free. For information, call Fred Novomestky at (516) 480-8587.

10/27/2018 – Train show & sale

Regal Railways will present a Toy Train, Collectible & Hobby Show/Sale on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at New Lake Civic Association, 8330 Civic Drive in New Port Richey. There will be vendors on hand selling model trains, hobby collectibles, die cast cars, antiques and more. There also will be a running train layout. Admission is $5 for adults; kids age 12 and younger are free. For information, call (727) 244-1341, or visit RegalRailways.com.

10/30/2018 – Essential oils class

Deanna Jacobs will present a free “101 Essential Oils” class Oct. 30 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Living Food Bakery & Cafe, 38201 10th Ave., in Zephyrhills. For information, call (813) 479-7724.

Concerts for a Cause

Newland Communities will host Concerts for a Cause at Bexley, 16950 Vibrant Way in Land O’ Lakes, to benefit Feeding Tampa Bay. All concerts are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The upcoming lineup is:

  • Oct. 6: From Me 2 You (Top 40 dance tunes)
  • Oct. 13: The Rhythmics (pop, funk and dance music)
  • Oct. 20: Frequency (cover tunes)
  • Oct. 27: Fall Festival featuring Raydio (songs from the ‘70s). The festival also will have a pumpkin patch, costume contest, face painting and food trucks.

Guests are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items or cash donations, as well as lawn chairs or blankets.

For information, visit Concerts4Cause.com.

Donation drive

The Stano Foundation, dedicated to supporting all military troops, is having a Donation Drive through Oct. 27. The organization is expecting to send 750 care packages for Christmas. The cost to ship a care package is $18; to fill a package, $27; and to fill and ship a package, $45. To donate, visit Stano.org/donate. To shop the Amazon wish list, visit Stano.org/getinvolved.

Fun on the farm

Jimmy Mc’s Farm, 17430 Coon Hide Road in Spring Hill, will offer “Family Fun on the Farm” Oct. 13, Oct. 14, Oct. 27, Oct. 28, Nov. 10 and Nov. 11, weather permitting. There will be Yard Yahtzee, a crop maze, pick-up-sticks, a tree house, life-size dominoes, tire swings, chicken-drop bingo, kids’ crafts, pick-and-boil peanuts, and farm animals. Close-toed shoes are recommended. The cost is $10, cash only, per person age 5 and older. For information, visit Facebook.com/JimmyMcsFarm, or email moc.l1539882683iamg@15398826837102s1539882683cmymm1539882683iJ1539882683.

Halloween train

The Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad will offer Halloween train rides Oct. 19 through Oct. 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., through Crews Lake Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive in Spring Hill. Ride the train early with younger riders, or after dark for adults. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets sales are from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Kids age 1 year and younger are free. Expectant mothers will not be permitted to ride. For information, visit CP-GRR.com.

Pumpkin Patch Express

The Florida Railroad Museum will offer its Pumpkin Patch Express train rides Oct. 20, Oct. 21, Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, with departure times of 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to departure. Tickets start at $18.50 for adults, $14.50 for kids ages 1 to 11; and free for kids age 1 and younger. For information, visit FRRM.org.

Read with Charlie

The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, offers the “Read With Charlie” program. Children can develop their reading skills by bringing a book of their own or by using one from the library to read to Charlie, the dog. Spots are available in 15-minute increments. Registration opens weekly. For information, call (813) 929-1214.

Six-room drama

The First Baptist Church of Lutz, 18116 U.S. 41, will present Judgement House’s “Payback,” a six-room drama, Oct. 19, Oct. 20, Oct. 21, Oct. 26, Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. For showtimes and reservations, call (813) 949-7495. Walk-ins are welcome.

Spooky train

The Concourse, 11919 Alric Pottberg Road in Shady Hills, will run a Spooky Train every Friday and Saturday night in October from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Board the train and experience a scary miniature train ride around a pond, through the woods and past Pasco Safety Town. Cruise by the swamp shack and go through the spider tunnel. There also will be live actors and special effects. Participants can wear costumes. The sunset ride (for young and easily frightened children) runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., the fright ride runs from 7:15 p.m. to 10 p.m. Each ride is $3. Children less than 1 year old are free. Food concessions will be available. For information, contact Bill Donati at (727) 639-7639 or gro.e1539882683sruoc1539882683noceh1539882683t@ofn1539882683i1539882683.

Top of the Bay Oktoberfest

The 23rd annual Top of the Bay Oktoberfest is set for Oct. 19, Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar. The three-day event will feature German food, drink, authentic German music, dancing, contests and more. There will also be a carnival, arts and crafts, and food vendors under the Oktoberfest Big Top. Tickets are $5 to $30. Children younger than age 12 and anyone with a U.S. Armed Forces ID card (active, reserve, retired or dependent) are free. For information and tickets, visit EventBrite.com.

Victory Ship Halloween

The American Victory Ship, at 705 Channelside Drive in Tampa, will present “UnDead in the Water,” an interactive, disturbing attraction featuring brain and heart-eating zombies. Participants must escape the infestation by making their way through the ship. Dates are Oct. 12, Oct. 13, Oct. 19, Oct. 20, Oct. 25, Oct. 26, Oct. 27 and Oct. 31 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. General admission is $13, and $10 for active military, veterans and first responders. Tickets can be purchased by calling TicketWeb at (866) 468-7630, online at TicketWeb.com, or in person aboard the American Victory Ship.