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01/17/2020 – Arbor Day Eco Crawl

Join Keep Pasco Beautiful, in partnership with Pasco County, for the inaugural Arbor Day Eco Crawl on Jan. 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., in downtown New Port Richey. The free event will offer multiple family friendly stops along the “crawl” and kicks off at Ordinance One, 5738 Main St. Participants will receive instruction and can enjoy eco-friendly giveaways (while supplies last), including native blanket flowers, reusable straws, totes, bamboo silverware and 1-gallon tree offerings. Florida Forest Service arborists will be on hand to explain how different trees can benefit your yard, providing shade and stormwater runoff protection. For information, call (727) 534-7481, or email .

01/17/2020 – Dade City Garden Club

The Dade City Garden Club will host its annual Arbor Day and Memorial Tree Celebration on Jan. 17 at 10 a.m., at the club, 13630 Fifth St.

The guest speakers will be Whitney C. Elmore, UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension director, as well as Mona Neville and Arthur Clothier from the Florida Forest Service. Smokey Bear also was invited to attend.

Trees are dedicated in memory or in honor of a person or special occasion, and are living and lasting tributes to add beauty to the city and quality to the environment. This year’s honorees include Elizabeth Null, Sharon Brant, Bill and Beverly Hild, Ken Graham, Henry Auvil, Kathryn Newsome, Rhetta Gagne and Cora Littlefield.

Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

For information about the program or how to order a memorial tree, call (352) 567-9003.

01/17/2020 – Driver safety

The Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will offer the AARP Smart Driver Safety Course on Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are no tests, and participants could receive an insurance discount. The workshop fee is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for nonmembers. To register, call Bev Cogdill at (813) 907-3908.

01/17/2020 – Free on Riverwalk

The Straz Center for the Performing Arts will offer a free Riverwalk event, “Arts Legacy: REMIX” on Jan. 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with a focus on Dr. Martin Luther King. Performers will include the New Life Bucket Drummers; Voice of Inspiration (Walton Academy); Korean Association of West Florida; Allen Temple Gospel Choir; Parks Institute Dance Ensemble; Hefner and Hefner; Black High School Warrior Poets; Shreya’s Arts (Indian dance); and, Eric Darius. For information, visit StrazCenter.org.

01/17/2020 – Historical society

The Pasco County Historical Society will meet Jan. 17 at 6 p.m., at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City. The guest speaker will be Sister Roberta Bailey, O.S.B., prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida in St. Leo, on the topic of “The History of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida.” A carry-in dinner will precede the program, so guests should bring a dish to share. For information, contact Glen Thompson at or (352) 567-7449.

01/17/2020 – Paint a glass bottle

The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a craft class on Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon, for ages 16 and older. A volunteer teacher will show participants how to paint a flattened, glass bottle. A waiver and safety forms are required. Register by calling (813) 929-1214.

01/18/2020 – Brooksville Raid

The Hernando Historical Museum Association and the North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club will present the 40th annual Brooksville Raid Reenactment on Jan. 18 and Jan. 19 at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., in Brooksville. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 10, free for ages 5 and younger, and $3 for Scouts in uniform. The event is family and pet-friendly (with pets on a leash), and alcohol-free. Guests can bring lawn chairs, and umbrellas if needed. Food and drink will be sold. Handicap and motorcycle parking will be available. For information, call (352) 799-0129, or visit BrooksvilleRaidReenactment.com. The Raid will host a School Day on Jan. 17, so kids can rotate through different stations learning about the Civil War, cannons, musical instruments, medical hospital units, rifles, Union Camp, Confederate Camp, the Calvary, and more. To attend the School Day, you must register at tinyurl.com/tmhoc4a.

01/18/2020 – Community market

The Tractor Supply Co., 21228 Walmart Way in Lutz, will host a community market on Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be local businesses showcasing their products. The market is planned for once a month.

01/18/2020 – Drexel Farms’ Arbor Day

Drexel Farms, 5832 Drexel Road in Land O’ Lakes, will host a Florida Arbor Day Celebration on Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Florida Forest Service will give out 100 potted 1-gallon shade trees to the first 100 people. Presentations will be given by the Florida Forest Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Nature Coast Cooperative Invasive Species Management. Free food and drinks will be provided. For information, call Mona Neville at (352) 523-5101.

01/18/2020 – Free park concert

The City of New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department will host the band Southern Cross on Jan. 18 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tribute. The free concert will take place at Sims Park, 6431 Bank St. Bring chairs or blankets. Snacks will be available. Pets should be left at home for the event. For information, call (727) 841-4560.

01/18/2020 – Free park concert

The City of New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department will host the band Southern Cross on Jan. 18 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tribute. The free concert will take place at Sims Park, 6431 Bank St. Bring chairs or blankets. Snacks will be available. Pets should be left at home for the event. For information, call (727) 841-4560.

01/18/2020 – Girl Scouts Career Café

The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida will host its first Career Café of 2020. This Gold Scout Gold Award Project was started in 2017 as a free job hunting skills workshop for all young women in high school or college. The first Career Café opportunity will take place Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Ocala. Another event will be scheduled for May.

Participants can learn how to build resumes, fill out job applications, learn how to network and create a personal brand, and prepare for a job interview by taking part in mock interviews. There is a $5 deposit to hold a spot, which will be refunded in the form of a gift card upon participation at the event. To register, visit GSWCF.org/careercafe.

01/18/2020 – Make-It Saturday

The Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a Make-It Saturday on Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for kindergarten through fifth grade. Stop by the children’s area to make a winter bracelet/keychain. For information, call (352) 567-3576.

01/18/2020 – Pasco Pride meeting

Pasco Pride will host a community potluck meeting on Jan. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Look for the Pride flags and bring a dish to share, if possible. Participants can learn what the group is up to this year and how to get involved.

01/18/2020 – Pigz in Z’Hills

The 10th annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest will take place Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Community Venue, 5200 Airport Road in Zephyrhills. There will be live music, a barbeque competition, a business expo, a car show, and a Kidz Fun Zone. The Military History Museum will be open. No coolers or pets (except service animals). Guests can bring lawn chairs. Admission is free. Parking is $10. For information, call (813) 782-1913, or visit ZephyrhillsChamber.org.

01/18/2020 – Sons of American Revolution

The Tampa Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will meet Jan. 18 at 11 a.m., at the Floridian Hotel, 905 N. Florida Ave., in Tampa. This meeting will include the installation of the Tampa Chapter officers. There also will be a lunch at noon for those who want to order from the provided menu. For information, contact William Floyd at (813) 977-1585 or .

01/18/2020 – Sporting clay shoot

Tampa Bay Sporting Clays, 10514 Ehren Cutoff in Land O’ Lakes, will host the Clay Shoot for Life on Jan. 18, to benefit Oasis Pregnancy Care Centers. Registration is at 8 a.m., followed by a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Lunch and awards will take place at 11 a.m. For information, call (813) 406-4965.

01/18/2020 – Sporting clay shoot

Tampa Bay Sporting Clays, 10514 Ehren Cutoff in Land O’ Lakes, will host the Clay Shoot for Life on Jan. 18, to benefit Oasis Pregnancy Care Centers. Registration is at 8 a.m., followed by a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Lunch and awards will take place at 11 a.m. For information, call (813) 406-4965.

01/18/2020 – Stargazing at Starkey

The Pasco Astronomers Club will offer “Stargazing at Starkey” on Jan. 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd., in New Port Richey. Telescopes will be provided to view deep sky objects. Admission is free. For information, email .

01/18/2020 – Suncoast Arts Fest

The 15th annual Suncoast Arts Fest will take place Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel. There will be 125 artists and crafters, live music, street painting, and food. For information, visit SuncoastArtsFest.com.

01/18/2020 – Train Show & Sale

Regal Railways will has a Toy Train Show & Sale on Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hernando Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., in Brooksville. Vendors will be on hand selling various model trains, toys, and die cast cars, and much more. There will be a running train layout. Admission is $5 for adults. Kids age 12 and younger are free. Credit cards will be accepted to get into the show. Prepay at RegalRailways.com. For information, call (727) 244-1341, or visit RegalRailways.com.

01/19/2020 – Bonfire Bash

North Pointe Church, 19862 Amanda Park Drive in Lutz, will host a “Bonfire Bash & Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally” on Jan. 19 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be games, activities, a rock climbing wall, train rides and s’mores. Admission is free. Food will be available for purchase. For information, call the church at (813) 948-9420.

01/20/2020 – Pasco County Offices’ schedules for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • Pasco County Government offices, including Constitutional offices and the courts will be closed.
  • Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources offices, recreation complexes and community centers will be closed. Parks and beaches will stay open.
  • Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT) will be open, but PCPT offices will be closed to walk-in customers. Phone lines will be open.
  • Pasco County Animal Services’ administration office, adoption center, intake/reclaim shelter and field services will be closed. An animal control officer will be available for emergencies.
  • Pasco County Resource Recovery Facility, West Pasco Class III and the East Pasco Transfer Station will be closed, but open to Pasco County licensed commercial haulers.
  • All Pasco County Libraries: closed.
  • Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office will be closed Jan. 18 and Jan. 20.

01/21/2020 – Faculty recital

Patel Conservatory will present a “Music Faculty New Works Recital” on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m., at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. A composer talkback will take place at 6 p.m., before the recital. The concert will feature faculty and guest artists, exploring the next generation of composers. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling (813) 229-7827, in person at the Straz ticket office, or online at StrazCenter.org.

01/21/2020 – Tampa Rose Society

The Tampa Rose Society will meet on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m., at the Seminole Garden Center, 5800 Central Ave., in Tampa. Participants can learn how to prune roses to make them flourish. There will be a demonstration on live, full-size rose bushes. Snacks will be provided. There will be a raffle, too. For information, call (813) 933-6166.

01/22/2020 – Pet vaccine clinic

Pasco County Animal Services, 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O’ Lakes, will offer its low-cost vaccine and microchip clinic every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Upcoming dates are Jan. 15, Jan. 22 and Jan. 29. No appointments are needed, and the services are available for both cats and dogs. For a clinic price list, visit bit.ly/2UXgfQ7.

01/25/2020 – Dessert theater show

Betmar Theater will present a Dessert Theater Show, “Anniversary Antics,” on Jan. 25 at 2 p.m., and Jan. 26 at 7 p.m., at the Betmar Acres Clubhouse No. 2, 3713 Lakewood Drive in Zephyrhills. The show is a combination of six skits and one-act plays, plus a dance act. Intermission will include dessert and a drink. Tickets are $6 and all seats are reserved. For information and tickets, call (585) 334-8344.

02/08/2020 – Ladies conference

The Zephyrhills Pregnancy Care Center will host a ladies conference fundraiser on Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Alliance Church, 6351 Fort King Road in Zephyrhills. Christian speaker and author Dee Brestin will talk about how the Scriptures show a way to deepen a relationship with God, and with one another. Tickets are $40 and include breakfast, lunch, live music and time for fellowship. Registration will be confirmed when payment is made. The deadline for ticket purchase is Jan. 24. For information call (813) 480-6884. To register, call (813) 780-6885.

02/09/2020 – Pet photo fundraiser

EvoLove Event Center, 4575 Pet Lane in Lutz, will host a fundraiser, “Market & Minis with the Fur Babies on the Lawn,” on Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In collaboration with Pasco County Animal Services (PCAS) and Furry Ventures Pet Care, Landrum Photography will take photos for all pets. The cost is $5 per pet, and each person will receive three images. All proceeds will go to PCAS. Stop by for a cute, Valentine’s Day memory.

Bridge club

The Sunshine Bridge Club meets weekly on Mondays and Thursdays at 1 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 38231 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills, on the second floor of the Education building. All bridge players are welcome to play ACBL-sanctioned, open duplicate bridge. For information, call Margery Edwards at (813) 986-6865.

History through bricks

The Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., in Tampa, will present a “Brick History” exhibit now through Feb. 16, featuring key figures from Mozart to Martin Luther King, scientific discoveries from the Big Bang to DNA, and recent history from mobile phones to the moon landings. Events will come to life through the use of Lego bricks, featuring 28 crafted models, each depicting a person, moment or discovery that altered world history. Tables also will be set up for kids and adults to make their own Lego brick creations. Tickets start at $10.95 for children age 7 and older; and free for children age 6 and younger. For information, call (813) 228-0097, or visit TampaBayHistoryCenter.org.

New Tampa library temporarily closed

The New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., will be closed through Jan. 21, while its air conditioning systems is replaced. No donations will be accepted during this time. Library materials may be returned to any other library in the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative. Nearby locations include the Lutz Branch Library, Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library and the Thonotosassa Branch Library. For information and questions about holds, call (813) 273-3652.

Spotlight on Talent

The 37th annual “Spotlight on Talent,” a performing arts competition for area youth, will have its finals on March 7. Application deadline is Jan. 23 and auditions are on Feb. 8. For information and photos from past competitions, visit HeritageArts.org, and click on ‘press room.’ To find out more about the upcoming event, contact Barbara Friedman at (352) 567-1720 or .

World War II planes

The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour will be at the Tampa Executive Airport, 6530 Tampa Executive Airport Road, from Jan. 20 to Jan. 23. The B-24 Liberator ‘Witchcraft’ and the P-51 Mustang ‘Toulouse Nuts’ fighter will fly into the airport on the main ramp. Visitors can explore the B-24 at the cost of $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than age 12. School group discounts will be available. For information and reservations, call (800) 568-8924.

Zephyr Sound

The Zephyr Sound, an informal ladies barbershop chorus that entertains at various parks, might be the group for you. Practices are every Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church, 38924 C Avenue. The group needs leads and tenors, but all voices are welcome. If interested in joining, call Peggy Shear at (813) 991-9326, or visit a rehearsal.