What’s Happening

03/24/2017 – AARP meeting

Land O’ Lakes AARP Chapter 4764 will meet March 24 at 10:30 a.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The guest speaker will be Robert Martinez on the topic of how seniors can stay healthy. Adults age 50 and older living in Land O’ Lakes and surrounding areas can join the chapter for $10. For information, email ten.n1490377878ozire1490377878v@sso1490377878rbep1490377878.

03/24/2017 – Coronation Ball

The Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind will host its 32nd annual Coronation Ball March 24 at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey. The event recognizes local philanthropists and raises funds to support the blind babies, children’s and teen programs offered at the Lighthouse. For information, contact Jamie Mick at (727) 642-8041 or ten.m1490377878pbt@k1490377878cimj1490377878.

03/24/2017 – Master gardener class

UF/IFAS Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service will offer a free meet-and-greet session March 24 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., for potential master gardener applicants. Participants can meet veteran master gardeners, and learn about training and volunteer requirements. To be considered for a class, applicants must attend a meet-and-greet session. To register, visit tinyurl.com/z6vwqeg.

03/24/2017 – Musical parable

Dreamhouse Theatre, 1840 Oak Grove Blvd., in Lutz, will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” starting March 24 at 8 p.m. The show will run on multiple dates and times through April 9. The story is a musical parable from the Book of Genesis. For information, visit DreamhouseTheatre.com, or call (813) 997-7146.

03/25/17 – Youth baking contest

The Lutz Branch Library, 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, will host a Youth Baking Contest March 25 at 10 a.m. Entries will be divided into two age groups — 5 to 10 and 11 to 17. Kids are to bake a favorite dessert. Contest rules and permission slips are available at the library.

03/25/2017 – Community sale

Southport Springs Golf & Country Club, 3509 Southport Springs Parkway in Zephyrhills, will host a community-wide yard sale March 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, call Amy Flanagan at (813) 782-3800.

03/25/2017 – Easter Bunny breakfast

Rotary of Wesley Chapel will host Breakfast with the Easter Bunny March 25 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Applebee’s, 28422 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. The cost is $7 per person and includes pancakes, sausage, a beverage and a photo. Guests must have a prepaid ticket to attend. No walk-ins and no tickets will be sold at the door. To purchase tickets, call RP&G Printing at (813) 949-5700 or Soriano Insurance at (813) 909-0035. All proceeds will benefit the Rotary’s Honduras Water Purification Efforts.

03/25/2017 – Easter Bunny in Dade City

Jasper the Easter Bunny, from the Pioneer Florida Museum’s “Jelly Bean Fling,” will hop through downtown Dade City March 25. There will be five stops: Perks Cafe at 10 a.m., The Book Shack at 11:15 a.m., Lori Anne’s at noon, Church Street Shoppe Toys, Kites & More at 12:45 p.m., and Quilts on Plum Lane at 1:30 p.m. Jasper will hand out jelly beans and read a story. Kids can get a photo take with him, too.

03/25/2017 – Going buggy

The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a Play, Make, Discover program called “Going Buggy” March 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., for toddlers and preschoolers. This will be a buggy sensory experience. For information, call (813) 929-1214.

03/25/2017 – Lunch & learning

Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will offer a Kiddush lunch and a learning session March 25. The topic will be “The Many Reasons Israelis Celebrate Pesach.” For information, call (813) 962-6338.

03/25/2017 – Moana necklace

The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a preteen jewelry making class March 25 from 10 a.m. to noon, for ages 9 to 15. Participants can make a necklace based on the film, “Moana.” A proper dress code and signed liability waiver are required. For information and to register, call (813) 929-1214.

03/25/2017 – Native plant sale

The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will host a Spring Native Plant Sale March 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. There will be nursery-grown plants, a plant profile for each plant purchased, free literature and nursery information, native plant books for sale, carts available for plant transportation, and a master gardener information table. For information, visit PascoNativePlants.org.

03/25/2017 – Pie festival

The third annual Zephyrhills Pie Festival will be March 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Zephyr Park. There will be a pie-baking competition, pie-eating contests, free pie samples, local pie bakers selling slices and pies, a $10 unlimited pie buffet, a kids’ fun area with bounce houses and face painting, a creative apron contest, music, a crafter village and more. Admission is free. For information, contact Simply Events at (727) 674-1464 or moc.l1490377878fstne1490377878veylp1490377878mis@a1490377878ynoS1490377878.

03/25/2017 – Spanish for beginners

The New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will host a conversational Spanish class for beginners March 25 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Topics will include greeting people, chatting with neighbors and ordering food. Registration is required. For information, call (813) 788-6375.

03/25/2017 – Spring bazaar

Atonement Lutheran Church, 29517 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, will host a Spring Bazaar March 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be vendors with homemade crafts, gifts, and plants. There also will be grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, soft drinks and a bake sale. Proceeds will benefit Support Our Troops, Gulfside Hospice, HPH Hospice, and the Al and Bea Bidwell Scholarship Fund.

03/25/2017 – Spring Day

The Old Lutz School, 18810 U.S. 41, will host a Spring Day March 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a Rainwater Harvesting Workshop at 10 a.m., a butterfly plant class at 11 a.m., and a vendor market and museum tour. Reservations are required for the classes. For information on the workshop, call Suzin Carr at (813) 453-5256. To preregister for plant class, call (813) 453-5256.

03/25/2017 – Veterans Art Center opens

The Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay, Gas Light Square, 6798 Crosswinds Drive N., in St. Petersburg, will host a grand opening March 25 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The center is Florida’s first for veteran healing. The event will include food trucks, musical guests, art demonstrations, raffle prizes, street performers, art exhibits, a kids’ art zone and more. For information, visit VACTB.org.

03/26/2017 – Chicken dinner

Zephyr Lodge 198 will host a chicken dinner March 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Masonic Hall at 5950 12th St., in Zephyrhills. The cost is $8 per person, eat in or takeout. No ticket sales in advance. Pay at the door. Proceeds will go to local organizations such as the Zephyrhills High School JROTC and the Samaritan Project. For information, call Cliff McDuffie at (813) 782-0877.

03/26/2017 – E.T. movie

The Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa, will present “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” March 26 at 3 p.m., as part of its Family Favorites Classic Movie Series. The film is rated PG. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for ages 12 and younger. For information, visit TampaTheatre.org.

03/26/2017 – Easter craft sale

St. Joseph’s Church, 5316 11th St., in Zephyrhills, will host an Easter Craft Sale March 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the social hall. There will be Easter crafts, baskets, decorations, floral arrangements, and a drawing for a lighted Easter village. For information, call (813) 310-9165

03/26/2017 – Marine Corps band

The United States Marine Corps Band will perform March 26 at 3 p.m., at the Dade City Historic Courthouse, 37918 Meridian Ave., in Dade City. Guests can bring blankets to sit on the grass, or chairs to sit on the sidewalk and street (which will be closed). The Marines will mingle with the guests after the concert.

03/26/2017 – Woman’s club fundraiser

The GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club will host its 20th annual charity fundraiser and silent auction called “Tee It Up for Charity” March 26 at Topgolf, 10690 Palm River Road in Tampa. Guests can bid on silent auction items, participate in a 50/50 raffle, have a buffet dinner, and take part in three hours of golf play. All proceeds will benefit the community through service projects and donations. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at GFWCNewTampaJuniors.org/no5000.

03/27/2017 – Book discussion

The CCC (Carrollwood Cultural Center) Book Club will meet and discuss the book “The Oregon Trail” by Rinker Buck March 27 at 7 p.m., at 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa. For information, visit CarrollwoodCenter.org, or email David Brayshaw at ten.n1490377878ozire1490377878v@36414903778788diva1490377878d1490377878.

03/27/2017 – Paula O’ Neil to speak

The Republican Club of Central Pasco will meet March 27 at 6:30 p.m., at Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The guest speaker will be Paula O’ Neil, who will present the history of Susan B. Anthony and the suffragette movement. The social begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. For information, call (813) 996-3011.

03/28/2017 – Tampa Orchid Club

The Tampa Orchid Club will meet March 28 at 10 a.m., at the Northdale Recreation Center, 15550 Spring Pine Drive in Tampa. The guest speaker will be Keith Emig, of Winter Haven Orchid Nursery, on the topic of “Making Orchid Babies Part I: Pollination.” Doors open at 9:30 a.m. There will be a potluck lunch after the meeting, as well as a plant sale, a bloom table and a silent auction. For information, call Sharon Hartley at (727) 202-8505, or visit TampaOrchidClub.shutterfly.com.

03/28/2017 – Wine & food pairing

Time for Wine will present a wine and food pairing, “Pinot Noir to Explore and Enjoy,” March 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Dash of Salt N Pepper, 10353 Cross Creek Blvd., in New Tampa. Cost is $20 per person in advance, or $25 at the door. For information and to RSVP, call (813) 664-1430, (813) 376-6689, or email moc.r1490377878r.yab1490377878apmat1490377878@eniw1490377878rofem1490377878it1490377878.

03/29/2017 – Holocaust lecture

Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo, will host guest speaker and Holocaust survivor Pieter Kohnstam March 29 at 10:30 a.m., in the student community center. Kohnstam was a childhood friend of Anne Frank, and is the author of “A Chance to Live: A Family’s Journey to Freedom.” Admission and parking are free. For information, or to request assistance with seating, contact Megan Orendorf at (352) 588-8401 or ude.o1490377878eltni1490377878as@fr1490377878odner1490377878o.ref1490377878inneJ1490377878.

03/29/2017 – Safe driving

The Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave., N.W., will offer safe driving tips for older adults, presented by Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, March 29 at 1 p.m. For information, call (813) 264-3804.

Annual fish fry

Knights of Columbus Council 8104 of Land O’ Lakes will host its annual Lenten Fish Fry starting March 3 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway. The cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children, or $30 for a family (parents and three children younger than age 13). Dessert, and beer and wine are available for an additional cost. Credit cards will be accepted. Proceeds will support the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home, special-needs students, and scholarships to Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School. Upcoming dates are March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31 and April 7.

Annual fish fry

Knights of Columbus Council 8104 of Land O’ Lakes will host its annual Lenten Fish Fry from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., on March 17, March 24, March 31 and April 7, at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway. The cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children, or $30 for a family (parents and three children younger than age 13). Dessert, and beer and wine are available for an additional cost. Credit cards will be accepted. Proceeds will support the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home, special-needs students, and scholarships to Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters will host a Big Orientation Session March 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Wesley Chapel Honda, 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd., for anyone interested in becoming a mentor/volunteer. For information, contact Deb Kristol-Irwin at (813) 997-6881 or gro.y1490377878abapm1490377878atsbb1490377878b@Kbe1490377878D1490377878.

Bishop listening sessions

Bishop Gregory Parkes will host these upcoming listening sessions, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., to hear your feedback on the Diocese and how it performs.

  • March 20 at St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in Tampa
  • March 24 at St. Clement Parish in Plant City (in Spanish)
  • March 28 at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish in Spring Hill

Those that cannot attend can take a survey online at DOSP.org, to answer questions and provide feedback.

Books for Troops

Books for Troops needs four volunteers for data entry on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., in Land O’ Lakes. To sign up, email ten.n1490377878ozire1490377878v@spo1490377878orTro1490377878fskoo1490377878B1490377878, or visit the website at BooksForTroops.org to fill out a volunteer application.

Chasco Fiesta

Chasco Fiesta will take place March 24 to April 1 in New Port Richey. There will be a street parade March 25 at 1 p.m. The event also includes a carnival and music every night. There will be a Gulfside Corvette Club Car, Truck & Bike Show March 26. For information, visit ChascoFiesta.com.

Drive-thru prayer

Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, will offer Drive-thru Prayer every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Stop by. Stay in your car. Ministry partners will be there to share your cares and concerns in prayer.

Drive-thru prayer

Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, will offer Drive-thru Prayer every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Stop by. Stay in your car. Ministry partners will be there to share your cares and concerns in prayer.

Free tax prep help

Hillsborough County Extension will offer free tax preparation help to individuals and families whose adjusted gross income (AGI) is no more than $64,000. Appointments will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 7 through April 11, between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday appointments will be on Feb. 11, Feb. 18, March 4 and March 18 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. For information and to schedule an appointment, call Denise Kantak at (813) 744-5519, ext. 54141.

Join Friendship Singers

The Friendship Singers, a group of volunteers that performs in local nursing homes, assisted living facilities and senior centers in Pasco and Hillsborough counties, are looking for members. There are two practices and two concerts each month. There are no auditions and no prior singing experience is necessary. For information, contact Joyce Ruby at (813) 442-7879 or moc.o1490377878ohay@149037787899ybu1490377878recyo1490377878j1490377878, or Joe Berling at (813) 997-1454 or moc.r1490377878r.yab1490377878apmat1490377878@gnil1490377878rebj1490377878.

 

Join Zephyr Sound

Zephyr Sound, an informal ladies barbershop chorus, is looking for members. Practices are every Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church, 38924 C Avenue. Women of all ages can join. For information, or to book a performance, call Peggy Shear at (813) 991-9326. Those interested also can come to a rehearsal.

Lenten fish fry

St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 706 W. 113th Ave., in Tampa, will have its annual Lenten Fish Fry March 17, March 24, March 31 and April 7, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, and $25 for families of three or more. Children age 5 and younger eat free. For information, call (813) 932-6204.

Spring break movies

The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a Spring Break Movie Marathon from March 21 to March 25, at 2 p.m. Each day will feature a different family movie rated PG. There also will be a craft table for kids. For information and movie titles, call (813) 929-1214.

Volunteer for United Way

United Way of Pasco County is looking for volunteers for its Land O’ Lakes office, at 17230 Camelot Way, to greet visitors, answer phones, assist with clerical duties such as copying, printing and faxing, and entering data. Shifts available are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information, call Melinda Velez at (727) 835-2028.