The North American Big Top Circus will take place Jan. 29 to Jan. 31 at the Grove at Wesley Chapel. There will be clowns, acrobats, live music, motorcycle daredevils, Nerf Wars and more. Also, Ringmaster Justin Loomis will bring performances by jugglers, high-flying trapeze and rope acts, and balancing feats. The event also will include food trucks, craft vendors and local businesses. One child gets in free with an adult ticket purchase ($25). Each additional child is $8. For information, call 813-994-9255.
The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative will host “One Book, One Night” on Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m., for teens and adults. Participants can start online as the beginning excerpt of the book “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant, is read in English, Spanish and French. For information and to register, visit the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.
The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative will present “Into the Interstellar Unknown” on Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Natalia Guerreo will present the latest news from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Guerrero works at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research on the MIT-led NASA TESS Mission. The program is for teens and adults. Registration is through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.
The Pasco County Library Cooperative will host “Stroke of Genius” on Jan. 27. This virtual craft includes an instructional slide show on how to draw Zentangles. View the post, available all day, on the South Holiday Library’s Facebook page.
The Pasco County Library Cooperative will present Virtual STEM Studio: Crystal Snowflakes on Jan. 26 at 4:30 p.m., for grades four to seven. Learn how to create your own crystals with just saltwater. Follow along with the video on the Regency Park Library’s Facebook page. No library card is needed.
Mr. John from Bricks 4 Kidz will show participants how to become a Lego Master Builder with an online class that teaches various building methods and techniques. The program will be presented on Jan. 25 at 4:30 p.m., for ages 5 to 12. Registration is through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.
The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer an adult fizzy bath bomb craft, through curbside pickup only. The kit will include lavender Epsom salt, citric acid, a reusable mold, instructions and more. Pickup is from Jan. 25 through Jan. 30. Registration is required through the calendar feature on the library’s website, or by calling 813-929-1214.
The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, will host a Star Wars Family Night on Jan. 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., for ages 7 and older. Guests can take part in intergalactic adventures and hands-on activities, such as build-your-own lightsaber and train in the art of dueling. Participants also can control a droid through an obstacle course, learn about traveling to other planets in the Saunders planetarium, and navigate through exhibits. There also will be a game called Beat Saber on the Oculus Rift. Preregistration is required. For information and tickets, visit Mosi.org.
The fifth annual Pasco Blues Festival will take place on Feb. 6 from noon to 6 p.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.
The event will include performances by Memphis Lightning (12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.), Sean Chambers (2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.), and Damon Fowler (4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.).
There also will be food trucks, shopping vendors, T-shirts and Blues swag. This is a family friendly, pet-friendly event.
Signage will be in place to enforce proper social distancing and mask usage. Hand sanitizing stations will be available. Guests should wear a mask when in line for entry, food and beer. Vendors will be spaced at least 10 feet apart to prevent overcrowding.
Chairs also will be provided for guests to set up, and should be brought back to the front when done, for another guest to use. There is a limit of chairs to the first few hundred people. Guests can bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.
Other than VIP spaces, no tents, coolers, food and drink will be allowed in the venue.
Single admission tickets for adults are $15 if purchased before Feb. 3, online at Eventbrite.com. Tickets are $20 for adults, cash only, at the gate on event day. Kids age 12 and younger are free.
The Heritage Arts Center Association is looking for entries to its 38th annual Spotlight on Talent, a performing arts competition for young people through high school seniors. There will be more than $4,000 in cash prizes, and trophies, as well as a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a graduating Pasco County senior. Applications are available at HeritageArts.org, or at area schools, studios and Chambers of Commerce in East/Central Pasco. Entry deadline is Jan. 28. The preliminary contest will be Feb. 13 and the final show on March 6. There will be a “Plan B” in place if COVID-19 is still active.