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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Sept. 15


Odessa Pow Wow: The three-day traditional powwow will be Sept. 15 to 17 at the Gunn Highway Flea Market, 2317 Gunn Highway, Odessa. It will feature drumming, dancers, entertainers, storytelling, grand entries and other activities. The host drummers will be the Descendants, with MC Yousef. Grand entries will be at 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. John "Two Flutes" Fields will entertain. There will be vendors, an auction, door prizes and a raffle. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Gates open at 10 a.m. each day. Admission is $5 or $12 per family (five-person maximum). Ages 11 and younger are free, as are veterans and active service with ID. Call (727) 856-0405.

Latino celebration: The Hispanic Heritage Festival of Hernando County will be from noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. The event will feature entertainment and activities for the entire family. Sponsored by the Miss Hispanic Queen of Hernando County and the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department. Free admission. Call (352) 346-3531.


Afternoon of crooning: Tin Pan Alley Productions will host a dinner show featuring Johnny Petillo on Sept. 24 at the Columbian Event Center, 5850 K of C Drive, Port Richey. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., with dinner at 3 p.m. and the show at 4 p.m. Petillo's career spans four decades in many genres, both on television and on stage. He recently starred in the national tour of the Johnny Petillo Juke Box Dream Show, and has toured with Tony Orlando. Tickets are $27 for dinner and the show; $15 for children 13 and younger. Tickets for the show only (doors open at 3:30 p.m.) are $15. Tickets must be purchased at least three days in advance. Call (727) 457-4899.

'That's What Friends Are For': The benefit concert for local entertainer John Timpanelli, which was postponed due to Hurricane Irma, will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. The show will feature a variety of performers, including Johnny Petillo, Stan Prinston and Leesah Stiles. Tickets are $30 and include appetizers, and must be purchased at least three days in advance. Call (727) 597-0948.

On stage

Love is in the air: I Heart Broadway continues through Sept. 24 at Dreamhouse Theatre, 1840 Oak Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. The show features some of the greatest love songs from musical theater. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays, with an additional show at 7 p.m. Sept. 24. Tickets are $23. Call (813) 997-7146, send email to, visit the website at or go to the Facebook page at

Musical cafe: Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller continues with matinees and evening performances through Oct. 1 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Enjoy a variety of songs, from the mellow Spanish Harlem to the high-powered Jailhouse Rock to the quirky Charlie Brown and the heartbreaking I (Who Have Nothing). Tickets for dinner and show, $50.50, plus tax and tip; show only, group, and youth tickets available. Call (727) 863-7949.

A thriller: Alfred Hitchcock's spy thriller, The 39 Steps, continues with performances through Sept. 17 on the Forum stage at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. The Hitchcock classic follows the adventures of the handsome hero, Richard Hannay, as he encounters beautiful women, heinous murders and double-crossing secret agents. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17. Tickets are $20; $15 for students. Visit or call the box office at (352) 683-5113.

Mysterious potion, murderous alter-ego: Weekend and matinee performances of the musical Jekyll & Hyde continue through Sept. 24 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. The show is loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 classic thriller, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Tickets are $18 cash; $20.07 credit card, reserved seating. For tickets, call (727) 842-6777; the box office is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and an hour before each show.

Art events

'Quantum Aesthetic': A dual exhibition of Rocky Bridges' "metal paintings" and Kathleen Frazier Bridges' small paper collages is on display through Sept. 27 at Pasco-Hernando State College's Rao Musunuru M.D. Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Admission is free. Call (727) 816-3231 or visit

'Red, White and Blue': The exhibit is on display through Oct. 7 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The exhibit theme is Americana, featuring works in a variety of mediums. Call (352) 540-3853.

Look ahead

Cares Chair-ity Beach Festival: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24, at SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. Admission is free, parking $5. Featuring vendors, games, live music, auction and fireworks. Call (727) 992-2249 or visit

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