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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Feb. 16

Music

Bertie Higgins: Hear all the hits, such as Key Largo, Casablanca and Just Another Day in Paradise, when Higgins performs at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. The entertainer also will sing songs from his new album, Son of a Beach. Tickets $30-$35. Call (727) 842-6777. richeysuncoasttheatre.com.

Ray Kamalay Concert: The jazz musician will perform in concert at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. Kamalay will give a lecture that puts American music in a perspective of world history, tracing the development of slavery from ancient times to its links with American society, up to the early jazz age. The concert and program are free. Call (727) 853-1279. nprlibrary.org.

Locals Night: The downtown New Port Richey event has expanded to three venues: Karl Reef (6307 Grand Blvd.), Sip (6231 Grand Blvd.) and Mountaineer Coffee (5647 Main St.). Guests receive a wristband that allows them admittance to all three venues. Performing will be Julie Black, Taylor Reed, Eric and Marina Mullins, and Graeme Currie. Local artists and other vendors will be on hand. Food, beer, wine and coffee will be available for purchase. This is a kid-friendly event; all ages welcome. Locals Night is a monthly event designed to cultivate the arts in historic downtown New Port Richey. Wristbands are $5 each. Call (727) 505-0732. localsnightnpr.com.

Festivals

New Port Richey Strawberry Festival: Celebrate spring strawberry season while helping pets in need at this festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 17 at Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey. This is a dog-friendly event that will include a fun dog show and agility fun walk. There will be strawberries, strawberry shortcake and other food for sale; vendor booths, a kid zone, raffles and music. Funds raised will benefit Cindy’s Pets, providing food to the pets of seniors participating in Meals on Wheels. Free admission. Call (727) 372-9333. cindyspets.org.

Food events

Chili Cookoff: Sample chili, vote for your favorite and help support People Helping People from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. Craft beer, provided by Marker 48 Brewing, will be available for purchase. Entertainment will be provided by the Tyler Creek Road Band. Trophies awarded to Voter’s Choice Best Chili and Judges’ Choice Best Chili. Tickets are $5 for 5 sample tickets. Call (352) 686-4466.

On stage

She Loves Me: Shows are at 8 p.m. Feb. 14-17 and Feb. 23-24, and at 3 p.m. Feb. 18 and 25 at Dreamhouse Theatre, 1840 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz. Set in the 1930s, this romantic comedy tells the tale of Amalia and Georg, two coworkers at a Hungarian perfume shop. Written by Joe Masteroff, with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock. Tickets are $23. Call (813) 997-7146. dreamhousetheatre.com.

Love Letters: The show will be performed for one weekend only: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, and 2 p.m. Feb. 17 and 18, at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. A.R. Gurney’s play centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Despite their differences, the two remain each other’s trusted confidants, and are true lovers on paper. The tender story of shared nostalgia, missed opportunities and deep closeness of the two lifelong friends. Tickets are $20. Call (352) 683-5113. stagewestflorida.com.

Art events

Pasco Fine Arts’ Annual Exhibit: This is the council’s largest competition of the year and features works in all mediums. It continues through Feb. 23 at the Pasco Fine Arts Center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. Call (727) 845-7322. pascoarts.org.

‘For the Birds’ Art Show: The exhibit is on display through the end of February at the West Pasco Art Guild and Gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Call (727) 841-7732. westpascoartguildandgallery.org.

‘Animals, Animals, Animals’: The exhibit continues through March 3 at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 201 E. Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. The exhibit features a variety of animals, including insects and reptiles, in fun, serious, cartoon or scenic pictures in all mediums. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All artwork in the gallery is for sale. Call (352) 540-3810.

Studio: The Studio exhibit, which offers a glimpse into artist Myron Hansen’s studio, is on display through Feb. 21 at Pasco-Hernando State College Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Call (727) 816-3231. phsc.edu.

Family

Florida Skating Academy’s Presidents Day Invitational: Florida Skating Academy hosts this competition from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and 18 at SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey. Including skaters from 13 competitive clubs throughout Florida, as well as skaters from areas such as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, South Carolina and Ohio. Skaters will be competing from the Tiny Tot through World Class divisions, and there will be several adult-participated dance events as well. The snack bar will be open throughout the competition. Spectator admission is $5. Call (727) 863-1299.

Pasco Posse’s Saddle Up For Charity: Horse owners can bring their horses and join in this riding event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at Diamond B Ranch, 21309 Kettering Road, Dade City. With music, vendors, raffles, auctions and drawings. A meal is included with every rider registration. Riders can arrive at 8:30 a.m. before gates open at 10 a.m. Hosted by the Pasco Sheriff’s Mounted Posse to benefit Bridging Freedom’s Equine Therapeutic Program and the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking. $35 for riders. Call (813) 220-8459. pascosheriffcharities.org/saddleup/

Toy Train, Collectible and Hobby Show: Presented by Regal Railways, the event will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at New Lakes in Regency Park, 8330 Civic Drive, New Port Richey. Featuring vendors selling various model trains, collectibles, diecast cars and more. There will be a running train layout. Admission $5; 12 and younger free. Call (727) 244-1341. regalrailways.com.

Look ahead

John Timpanelli — He’s Back!: The entertainer returns after a long hiatus to present "Songs from my Heart". Dinner at 3 p.m., show at 4 p.m. Feb. 25, at the Columbian Event Center, 5850 K of C Drive, Port Richey. Featuring guest performers Petrina and Jacob Hunt. Tickets $17 for show, $29 for dinner and show. Call (727) 457-4899 or (727) 597-0948.

Sunwest Crab and Shrimp Festival: 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 24 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25 at Sunwest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. Admission is free on Feb. 23, $5 on Feb. 24 and 25. Parking $5 each day; one free entry pass is provided with paid parking. Call (727) 674-1464.

Hernando Symphony Orchestra’s Spectrum Concert: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 and 24, 2 p.m. Feb. 25, at Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville. Tickets $18 adults, $5 for students in K-12. Middle school-age children are admitted free at the Feb. 23 concert, with paying adult. Call (352) 515-6993.

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