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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2001

TODAY-MONDAY: The exhibit of work by Pasco County high school art students, ArtBeat 2001, continues at Pasco Art Center, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday. A reception and awards ceremony for winners of the show and all entrants will be 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The paintings of Harry Farmlett are on exhibit at the Upstairs Gallery; whimsical, one-of-a-kind teapots made by students in the center's pottery classes are also on display. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturdays.

TODAY-MONDAY: The Japanese ink paintings of Yolanda Mayhall and the Japanese calligraphy of Ted Mayhall are on exhibit in the new Pasco County Government Center in Dade City. Viewing hours are 9 a.m to 5 p.m. today and Monday.

TODAY-MONDAY: Paintings by Beacon Woods East resident Darla Willhite are on exhibit at New Port Richey City Hall. The subject matter includes nature, gardens and portraiture.

TODAY-SUNDAY: The annual Spring Bluegrass Festival will be held at the Sertoma Youth Ranch from 4 to 11 p.m. today ($13); noon to 11 p.m. Saturday ($13); and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday ($8). Ages 12 through 16, admission is $2. Ages 11 and younger are admitted for free with an adult. Camping hookups are available. Performers include the Reno Brothers, Suggins Brothers, Tim Graves and Cherokee, Changing Times, Devine and LaRoche, Whites Sands Panhandle Band, Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike and Local Exchange. Concessions will be open breakfast through dinner. Those who attend should bring folding chairs. Call (352) 754-3082 for tickets and camping reservations.

TODAY-SUNDAY: The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opens at 7 p.m. today and continues at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, Town Center Road, New Port Richey. The cast of 80 includes students and faculty at River Ridge Middle and High schools, parents of cast members and one alumnus. Admission is $5. Call (727) 992-4210 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. today for reservations, or purchase tickets at the River Ridge box office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays. An American Sign Language interpreter will sign the performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, and a section for hearing impaired people will be reserved at that performance. Those who are hearing impaired should call (727) 376-5054 for tickets.

TODAY-MAY 20: Rodgers and Hammerstein's award-winning musical Carousel continues at Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Shows are at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and May 5, 12, and 19; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays. Doors open two hours before each show for buffet and cash bar. Dinner and show, $35.95, show only, $24.95; ages 12 and younger, $19.95 and $14.95. Call 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll free 1-888-655-7469 elsewhere.

SATURDAY: The West Pasco Poetry Review will present poet Nicholas Samaras at 2 p.m. at the Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Samaras will read and discuss some of his latest compositions. Copies of his books, Hands of the Saddlemaker and Survivors of the Moving Earth, will be for sale.

Quick trips

TODAY: The USF Opera Program will present Susanna's Secret (Il Secreto di Susanna), a comic opera by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. Admission is $10. Call (727) 942-5605.

SATURDAY: A Day of Puppetry will be presented in Tarpon Springs from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pat Coughlin as Mother Goose will entertain children and present Rumpelstiltskin at 10:30 a.m. at Tarpon Springs Library on Lemon Street. Puppets Around the World will be presented at 1:30 p.m. at the Frog Prince Theatre, 210 S. Pinellas Ave., Suite 148. Tickets are $5. Aesop's Fables will be presented at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S. Pinellas Ave., at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $3. The Cultural Center will have a puppet exhibit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Frog Prince Theatre will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Call (727) 942-2222 or 784-6392 for ticket availability.

SUNDAY: The 42nd Street Show Band will present a Tribute to Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, with singers Katt Hefner and Tom Tiratto, at 3 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. Admission is $13. Call (727) 942-5605.

Quick trips

MAY 5: Celebration Pasco 2001 will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at J.B. Starkey Ranch off State Road 54, west of Gunn Highway. The day starts with a pancake breakfast and the liftoff of huge hot air balloons at 6:30 a.m.; tethered balloon rides from 9 to 11 a.m.; crafts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; kids' carnival from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; food and beverage concessions from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; radio controlled model air show from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; kite decorating and flying from 3 to 5 p.m.; Cowchip Challenge from 5 to 7 p.m.; and a Hot Air Balloon Glow from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission to the events is free; parking is $5 a car.

MAY 5-6: The second annual Magnolia Festival and Garden Show Honoring the Lady Bug will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6 at the Pioneer Florida Museum, off U.S. 301 a mile northeast of Dade City. Events include seminars in making rain-catching barrels, floral arrangement, edible landscaping, Stop Murdering the Myrtles, cooking with herbs and other seminars. There will also be plants for sale. Admission is $5, $4 for ages 55 and older, $2 for ages 6 through 18 and free for ages 5 and younger.

MAY 10-27: The musical Victor/Victoria will be presented Thursdays and weekends at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows are at 8 p.m., except Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for students. Box office is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and an hour before each show. Call (352) 683-5113.

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