What’s Happening

07/27/2017 – Women and faith

Rev. Marla Stuart, founder of Eagles Rising Ministries of New Port Richey, will speak at The Family Life Center, Zephyrhills First Assembly, 36322 State Road 54. The program, “Joy Fellowship,” is a Christ-centered gathering for women of all denominations, and will take place July 27 at 9:30 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served. Donations will be accepted. For information and to RSVP, call Linda Bartlett at (813) 312-8738.

07/27/2017 – Ybor City history

The Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Carrollwood, will present “Cigar City: The Story of Ybor City & West Tampa” July 27 at 1 p.m. Topics will include how and why the cigar industry took root, grew and eventually declined, and what effects it had on modern Tampa. For information, call Jennifer Hodges at (813) 204-2612.

07/28/2017 – AARP chapter meeting

Land O’ Lakes AARP Chapter 4764 will meet July 28 at 10:30 a.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The guest speakers will be from CARES: Jemith Rosa, CEO; George Popovich, CEO; and, Karen Alverez. Also speaking will be Ken Mizerek, supervisor of crossing guards for the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, regarding employment for seniors. For information, email ten.n1501158721ozire1501158721v@sso1501158721rbep1501158721.

07/28/2017 – Smart driver class

The Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will host the AARP Smart Driver Class July 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a refresher course that could result in an insurance discount. The material fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. For information, call (813) 780-0064.

07/28/2017 to 07/30/2017 – Stuff the Bus

Stuff the School Bus for Teachers will take place July 28, July 29 and July 30 at these Walmart donation sites: Land O’ Lakes Boulevard in Lutz, State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, and Gall Boulevard in Zephyrhills. Shifts for volunteers are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., to collect donations and stuff the bus. To sign up, visit tinyurl.com/Stuffthebus2017. Minors must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older. For information, call (727) 835-2028.

07/29/2017 – Coin & stamp expo

The Pasco Coin Club Coin & Stamp Expo will be July 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the New Lakes Regency Park Civic Association, 8330 Civic Drive in Port Richey. Coins, currency, bullion and jewelry will be bought, sold and appraised. Participants can register to win a one-ounce Silver Eagle. Admission and parking are free. For information, call (727) 534-7597.

07/29/2017 – Emotional Fun Day

Cobb Grove 16 Theatres, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, will host an “Emotional Fun Day” July 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to celebrate the opening of “The Emoji Movie.” There will be two workshops featuring Bigel Music and Zumba instructor Damaris. Guests can register to win a free guitar and other prizes, and 100 free school physical vouchers will be given out. For information, call Demene Benjamin at (813) 948-5444.

07/29/2017 – National Dance Day

The Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Carrollwood, will host a National Dance Day Celebration July 29 at 1 p.m., for all ages. Participants can learn and dance the official 2017 National Dance Day beginner’s routine. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit HCPLC.org.

07/29/2017 – Poetry workshop

The New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., will host a Poetry Building Workshop July 29 at 2 p.m., for adults. Local poet Sasenarine Persaud will discuss the basics of building a poem from the ground up. Refreshments will be provided. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit HCPLC.org.

07/29/2017 – Pop culture storytime

Barnes & Noble in The Shops at Wiregrass, 28152 Paseo Drive, Suite 100, in Wesley Chapel, will host a “Get Pop-Cultured” storytime featuring “Good Morning, Superman,” “Be a Star, Wonder Woman” and “Bedtime for Batman” July 29 at 11 a.m. Kids can come dressed as a favorite superhero, villain or character. Activities will follow storytime. For information, call (813) 907-7739.

07/29/2017 – Puppet show

The Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre will present a Rumpelstiltskin Puppet Show July 29 at 2:30 p.m., for kindergarten through fifth grade, at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Carrollwood. The classic fairy tale will be told with traditional wooden marionettes. After the show, kids can make a souvenir stick puppet to take home. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit HCPLC.org.

07/29/2017 – Trolls movie

The City of New Port Richey Parks and Recreation will present the movie “Trolls” July 29 at 8:30 p.m., at Sims Park, 6431 Bank St. Admission is free. Guests can bring chairs and blankets. Snacks may be available for sale from local nonprofit organizations.

07/29/2017 – YMCA Summer Palooza

The New Tampa Family YMCA, 16221 Compton Drive, will host a Summer Palooza July 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Staff from JCPenney at The Shops at Wiregrass will volunteer to lead Back-to-School activities, which includes free backpack and sock giveaways. The YMCA also will have a disc jockey, food, and games hosted by Nike, including a Hula Hoop contest, three-legged race, water relay, water balloon toss, pool noodle races, family limbo, water balloon dodgeball and chalk fun. For a list of all participating YMCA locations, visit TampaYMCA.org/locations.

07/31/2017 – Harry Potter party

The New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., will celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with crafts, games, trivia and movies July 31 at 6:30 p.m., for children age 8 and older. Participants can wear costumes. Refreshments will be provided. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit HCPLC.org.

08/01/2017 – Anime and ice cream

The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host “Anime and Ice Cream” Aug. 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., for ages 12 to 18. Participants can learn about the latest anime and Japanese culture, and make an ice cream sundae. For information, call (813) 929-1214.

08/01/2017 – Historical association

The Zephyrhills Historical Association will meet Aug. 1 at 5:30 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St. Refreshments and food will be provided. For information, call (813) 780-0064.

08/01/2017 – Make a time-out stool

The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host part one of a woodworking class Aug. 1 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., for ages 16 and older. Participants can make an hourglass-shaped time-out stool, and should attend both sessions of the two-part class. A proper dress code, registration and signed liability waiver are required. To register, call (813) 929-1214.

08/01/2017 – Photography club

The Land O’ Lakes Photography Club will meet Aug. 1 at 7 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The topic will be “Fundamentals of Photography.” All levels of photographers can participate. For information, email moc.l1501158721iamg@15011587217102b1501158721ulCot1501158721ohPLO1501158721L1501158721.

08/01/2017 – Pizza party

The New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will host an end-of-the-summer pizza party Aug. 1 at 2 p.m., for grades four to seven. For information, call (813) 788-6375.

08/01/2017 – Seed keeper presentation

Dell deChant, chair of the Religious Studies Department at USF, will present “Seed: The Untold Story” Aug. 1 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St. The film follows seed keepers protecting a 12,000-year-old food legacy. There will be an answer-and-question session after the film. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For information, call (727) 853-1279.

08/02/2017 – Beginner’s crochet

The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a crochet class for beginners Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., for ages 9 and older. Participants can make a small item to take home. Completion of all forms and safety training are required. For information, call (813) 929-1214.

08/02/2017 – Democratic club

The Land O’ Lakes Democratic Club will meet Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m., at Beef O’ Brady’s, 21539 Village Lakes Shopping Center in Land O’ Lakes. The topic of discussion will be plans to increase voter turnout and to positively impact upcoming elections. For information, visit Facebook.com/LOLDemocraticClub, or email moc.l1501158721iamg@1501158721bulcm1501158721edlol1501158721.

08/05/2017 – A day of courage

Painting with a Twist, 1924 Oak Grove Blvd., in Lutz, will host “Canvases of Courage” Aug. 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., to benefit the nonprofit Faces of Courage, an organization that hosts camps year-round for those who have been impacted in some way by cancers and blood illnesses. Fifty percent of proceeds will go to Faces of Courage. Participants will paint a butterfly. There also will be a 50/50 drawing, an auction ($300 wine certificate and two escape room tickets) and raffles. The cost is $45 per person, ages 7 and older. Guests should arrive 30 minutes prior to class for snacks and mingling. The event is BYOB (bring your own beverage), but no hard liquor. To RSVP, call (813) 591-2163. For information, email Tiffany Dodge at moc.l1501158721oa@98150115872191ina1501158721fdt1501158721. For information on Faces of Courage, visit FacesOfCourage.org.

Convention series

Jehovah’s Witnesses will host a series of three-day annual conventions July 14 to July 16, July 21 to July 23, and July 28 to July 30, at the Florida State Fairgrounds. The theme will be “Don’t Give Up!” There will be brief discourses, interviews and short videos, as well as a segment of a three-part feature film, “Remember the Wife of Lot.” Admission is free. No collections will be taken. To register, visit JW.org.

Donate school supplies

Eckerd Kids is collecting back-to-school supplies to help foster children succeed in school. Items needed include pens, crayons, colored pencils, notebook paper, folders, composition notebooks, glue sticks and more. Drop-off locations include Eckerd Kids at 7916 Evolutions Way, Suite 102, in Trinity; and, 36749 State Road 52, Suite 201, in Dade City. For complete information, visit Eckerd.org/Back2School.

Free kids movies

Cobb Grove 16 Theatres, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, offers free summer kids’ movies every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. The movies for July 25, July 26 and July 27 are “Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip” and “Penguins of Madagascar.” Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Same-day ticketing only. Large groups, schools and camps are invited. For information, call (813) 948-5444.

Free kids movies

Cobb Grove 16 Theatres, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, will offer free summer kids’ movies at 10 a.m., Aug. 1, Aug. 2 and Aug. 3. The movies will be “Minions” and “The Secret Life of Pets.” Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Same-day ticketing only. Large groups, schools and camps are invited. For information, call (813) 948-5444.

Lions club bingo

The Zephyrhills Lions Club, 5827 Dean Dairy Road, hosts bingo every Tuesday and Friday night. Doors open at 3 p.m., with the first bingo session at 6 p.m., and a second session at 8 p.m. The kitchen opens at 4 p.m., with daily specials (when available) for $5. For information, call (813) 788-1441.

Marine Forever group

Marine Forever Detachment 1440 of the Marine Corps League will meet the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m., at Beef O’ Brady’s, in Village Lakes Plaza, off State Road 54, in Land O’ Lakes. Membership is open to all active duty military and honorably discharged veterans. For information, call (813) 956-2469.

School bash needs partners

The annual Cobb Grove 16 Theatres Back-to-School Bash, scheduled for Aug. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is looking for partners to showcase their businesses in the community and make an impact on kids. If interested, call Demene Benjamin at (813) 948-5444.

School supply drive

Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano’s five offices will take part in a Countywide Back-to-School Supply Drive until the end of July. Cash donations also will be accepted. For information, call Greg Giordano at (727) 847-8179, or visit PascoTaxes.com.

Summer food service

Hillsborough County will participate in the Summer Food Service Program, which provides free nutritious lunches and afternoon snacks to children at more than 50 sites throughout the county. This year’s program runs May 30 to Aug. 4. The meals and snacks will be offered at local parks and other community locations to children younger than age 18. Applications are not required. For information, email ten.v1501158721oGLFC1501158721H@mar1501158721gorpd1501158721oofem1501158721mus1501158721, or call (813) 276-8625.

The Art of the Brick

The Vinik Family Foundation invites visitors to experience “The Art of the Brick” debuting June 23 in downtown Tampa, at 802 E. Whiting St.

The free exhibit will showcase 100 artworks made out of Lego bricks, by artist Nathan Sawaya.

The collection will feature original sculptures, as well as re-imagined versions of iconic art masterpieces, made entirely of Lego bricks. Examples include Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” There also will be a T-Rex dinosaur skeleton and a giant skull.

Guests can construct their own creations in The Brickyard, a hands-on and interactive build space.

The exhibition will run through Sept. 4, and will be open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For information, visit ArtOfTheBrickTampa.com.

The Wiz performance

The New Tampa Players will present “The Wiz” July 28, July 29, Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 at 8 p.m., and July 29, July 30 and Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. A performance on Aug. 5 at 2 p.m., will be interpreted for the deaf. The show will be at University Area CDC, 14013 N. 22nd St., in Tampa. Tickets are $25 or adults, $20 for students/seniors, and $20 for groups of 10 or more. For information, visit NewTampaPlayers.org.