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Diversions: Coming Attractions
By BARBARA FREDRICKSEN
Published October 10, 2007
The Forum at Stage West Community Playhouse will present the comedy-drama Steel Magnolias at 8 p.m. Oct. 5, 6, 12 and 13 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 7 and 14. The theater is at 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Tickets are $10. Box office is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and one hour before each show. Call 352 683-5113.
THROUGH OCT. 26
Progress Energy Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd, New Port Richey, presents an exhibit of photos by Paula Showen and Karren Doll Tolliver, "If the Masters Had Cameras" a series of photos made in the style of classical artists. Gallery hours are noon to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Free.
THROUGH Nov. 28
West Pasco Quilters Guild will present "Celebrate the Quilt!" quilt and quilting exhibit Oct. 6 through Nov. 28 at Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Ave. (Alt. 19), Tarpon Spring. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. A special quilt demonstration day will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 10, when members show how to quilt, applique, piece fabric and answer questions about quilt storage, hanging and care.
CARES Elfers Center will hold "A Taste of Autumn" from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at Consulate Health Care, 8417 Old County Rd. 54, New Port Richey. For $10, patrons can have samples of food from Anthony's, Chik-Fil-A, Consulate Cafe, East of Chicago, Pit Boss Barbecue, Sioux City Steakhouse, The Stadium, Village Inn and other places. Live entertainment and raffles. For tickets, call (727) 376-1585.
THURSDAY THROUGH NOV. 13
"Faces of Caring," contemporary images of working nurses, will be the exhibit at Pasco-Hernando Community College's fine art gallery in the Alric C.T. Pottberg Library on the New Port Richey campus, 10230 Ridge Road. A gallery reception will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Inquire at the library main desk about viewing hours. Library hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call (727) 816-3229.
The Knights of Columbus Council #11680 and West Pasco Sertoma Club will hold "Fall Fest 2007" at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, 5340 High St. and U.S. 19. The event includes carnival rides, games, live entertainment, and K of C and Sertoma barbecued ribs and festival foods with beer and sodas. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 11; noon to midnight Oct. 12 and 13; and noon to "whenever" on Oct. 14. The Knight Sounds will play from 7 p.m. on Oct. 12 and 13. All proceeds go to non-profit organizations. Admission free.
"Kaleidoscope of Imagination", a members' multi-media art show, will be at West Pasco Art Guild Oct. 12 through Nov. 2. A reception marking the opening of the show will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Free.
Vahak Sarkis: Sculpture will be at the Pasco Arts Council's art center, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday. A reception with the artist is from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Free.
OCT. 13 AND 14
The 3rd annual Cotee River October Bike Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 13 and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 14 in and around downtown New Port Richey. Events include the Adam Holbrook Fere Thrill Show, a tattoo contest, favorite bike contest ($2,000 prize), the Full Throttle Ride-In Bike Show, motorcycle skill games, "Ride Like a Pro" lessons, Builder's Custom Bike Show, and a visit by the Polka Dot Tour breast cancer awareness members. The event has two stages with live entertainment, including a concert by The Marshall Tucker Band at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in Sims Park.
Singer-impressionist Mark Ralston will headline the dinner show at Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. Dinner is at 6 p.m., show at 7:30. Premium seating, $28; general seating, $26. Visit or call the box office at the lodge building between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; call (727) 868-2994, ext. 14.
New Century Opera Company will perform an encore of Der Ring des Nibelung, the first part of Richard Wagner's four-part cycle Das Rheingold, at 8 p.m. Oct. 13 and 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. Reserved seating is $20; center members and students, $18. Call (727) 942-5605.
Let's Eat! meal preparation business will donate 20 percent of the proceeds from meals prepared at the store from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 to the SPCA Suncoast in New Port Richey. The store is at Trinity Village Center, 10720 S.R. 54, Suite 105, Trinity. Photographer Elizabeth Faubert will also donate 20 percent of any sales of her whimsical animal photos made during the benefit. Let's Eat! will serve wine and hors d'oeuvres while those who attend prepare two or more meals during the stated hours. Call (727) 376-6707 for information and recommended reservations.
The Spells acoustic music group will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Sunset Beach Concert at Sunset Beach in Tarpon Springs. Take lawn chairs and a picnic dinner or buy popcorn, hot dogs, soda or bottled water at the concession trailer operated by co-sponsors, the City of Tarpon Springs Recreation Department. Free.
The Kevin Locke Native American dance ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. The show features hoop dancing, fancy dancing, pow wow vocals, drums, flute songs, Northern Plains sign language and storytelling. Tickets are $22, reserved seating and $20 for center members and students. Call (727) 942-5605.
OCT. 18-NOV. 4
Richey Suncoast Theatre will present the dramatic thriller The Bad Seed on Oct. 18 and the following three weekends at the theater, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Shows are at 8 p.m., except Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Box office open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and an hour before each show. Call (727) 842-6777.
St. Timothy Catholic Church will hold its annual Fall Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19, noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 20 and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 21. The event includes carnival midway rides, live entertainment, games for all ages, food vendors and special dinners, and the "Heavenly Mile" run/walk for all fitness levels on Oct. 20 ($15 advance registration, $20 day of race). The church is at 17512 Lakeshore Rd., Lutz, just south of the Van Dyke Road. Call (813) 968-1077 or online at www.sainttims.org for tickets and information. Admission is free.
Showcase Community Theatre will present High School Musical at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18, 19, 20, 25 and 26; at 2 p.m. on Oct. 21; and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Oct. 27. The show will be in the auditorium at 8431 Corporate Way (off Little Road, just south of the Massachusetts Avenue intersection), New Port Richey. Tickets are $15 ages 8 and older; $7 ages 7 and younger. Seating is limited. Call Brad Brady at (727) 647-4249 or Laurie Philpot at (813) 679-0051.
"Murder and Mayhem at the Monster's Ball", a spooky Halloween audience participation show with cash prizes, will be presented at Center Stage Theatre & Dance Academy, 5201 U.S. 19, (Southgate Shopping Center), New Port Richey. Shows are at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 28 and tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. A Halloween night show starts at 6 p.m. Oct. 31, followed by finger food, goodies, games, and a costume contest with a $100 first prize. Tickets for that show only are $25 and must be purchased in advance. The box office is in the lobby of the academy and opens weekedays at 2 p.m.
Send entertainment items for Diversions: Coming Attractions to Barbara L. Fredricksen, St. Petersburg Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey 34668 or e-mail to fredricksen@spti