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Phyllis Day, Times Staff Writer

Phyllis Day

Phyllis Day started working at the Times in February 2000. She works for the Hernando Times regional edition, writing entertainment stories for the Hernando Things to Do page, and puts together various listings for clubs, events, government meetings and other happenings in Hernando County.

Phone: (352) 754-6101


  1. Pasco events for Oct. 21 through 27


    21 Friday

    Fall plant sale: Held by the New Port Richey Gardening Club. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The New Lakes in Regency Park, 8330 Civic Drive, New Port Richey. (727) 484-6741. Continues during the same hours on Saturday.

    Friends of the Library biannual book sale: Funds raised will support library programming. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. (813) 929-1214. (Note: This event continues during the same hours on Saturday.)...

  2. Famous Coney Island Drive Inn in Brooksville expands to Zephyrhills


    ZEPHYRHILLS — When John and Sally Lee purchased the iconic Coney Island Drive Inn in Brooksville in 2014, they not only purchased a longtime, popular hot dog restaurant. They inherited the wealth of history that came with it.

    Its walls are filled with nostalgia of a bygone era — old signs, license plates and other memorabilia. Legend has it that in 1961, the King himself, Elvis Presley, noshed on the famous hot dogs....

    Carter Lee prepares a hot dog at the new Coney Island Drive Inn that his family opened in Zephyrhills earlier this year.
  3. Pasco events for Oct. 14 through 20


    14 Friday

    Fall yard sale: Funds raised will benefit the local Alzheimer's Family Organization. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rosecastle of Zephyrhills, 37411 Eiland Blvd., Zephyrhills. (813) 783-8100.

    Bondi to speak at meeting: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Pasco Federated Republican Women's Club. 11:30 a.m. Luncheon is $20; reservations required. Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 597-3727....

  4. Pasco events for Oct. 7


    7 Friday

    Book Bazaar: Browse or buy used books, audio and video media, magazines and related materials. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today and Saturday. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

    Fish Dinner with the Knights: All-you-can-eat baked or fried fish (plus an additional entree choice), along with sides and dessert. Hosted by the Knights of Columbus, Council 6476. 5 to 7 p.m. $10. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. The dinners continue weekly. (727) 389-7067....

  5. Love of treasure hunting leads to success at Shabby Hen's Nest in Dade City


    DADE CITY — Judy Christian doesn't quite fit the image of someone who rummages through heaps of trash or condemned homes. But the petite mother of five gets excited when she has the opportunity to sift through unwanted or long-forgotten items.

    "I've been called a scavenger," Christian, 56, says with a laugh. "But I consider myself more of a treasure hunter."

    Most people would tend to agree with Christian, as she always has been able to find people willing to buy her items. So when Christian told her husband, Chris, about her plans to open a business, he was behind her immediately. And he helps out when he can. She also gets help from her youngest children, twins Danielle and Christopher, who are 16....

    Chris and Judy Christian opened the Shabby Hen’s Nest a year ago. The store features a variety of antiques, primitives, handmade and repurposed items, as well as custom furniture and other gifts.
  6. Pasco events for Sept. 23


    23 Friday

    Fall Mini Flea Market: Proceeds from the market go back to the community through GFWC Lutz-Land O' Lakes Woman's Club donations and community service work. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. (813) 833-3962.

    Free rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing: Results are available within 20 minutes. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pasco County Health Department, 10841 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 619-0260....

  7. Fulfilling a dream, woman takes Cake Girl mobile bakery on the road


    WESLEY CHAPEL — Baking has always been her dream, having begun at about 6 years old, making cakes and cupcakes from Betty Crocker mixes.

    In fact, Kristina Lavallee always wanted to have her own bakery. She went to college, earning a baking and pastry degree, as well as two bachelor's degrees in hospitality and food service industry in 2013. She worked in other bakeries, including at Publix....

    During the week, Lavallee works on special orders, such as custom cakes for birthdays or weddings.
  8. Pasco Events for Sept. 2



    Friday Night Live: A night of family entertainment featuring music in the center court and Pokemon movies with lure modules next to American Eagle. With music by Wade Williams. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. (813) 994-2242.


    The Market Place: Vendors will be selling a variety of products, such as honey, home decor, jewelry, alpaca products, baked goods, fresh produce and handmade soaps. There will be live music. Dogs on leashes permitted. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hibiscus Park, 7th Street and Bougainvillea Avenue, Dade City. (352) 521-5858....

  9. Stage West summer production of 'Legally Blonde Jr.' opens this weekend


    SPRING HILL — Elle is the stereotypical sorority girl, consumed by fashion, celebrities and where the next party is. Most people don't expect much from her. In fact, her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her right before leaving for Harvard Law School, claiming he needs someone "serious."

    But nobody expects the bubbly and blond Elle Woods to take matters into her own hands, winning her own way into Harvard Law while on a mission to win back Warner....

    The Stage West Community Playhouse production of Legally Blonde Jr. opens Friday. It’s a little different than the original Broadway show, with fewer songs and without the risque language.  
  10. Part revue, part old-time TV show, Stage West summer show promises fun


    SPRING HILL — It has all the makings of an exciting musical revue — high-energy dancing and some of the greatest songs spanning several decades.

    Add in a flashy light show, sketch comedy and old-time commercials, and you have the ingredients for the Main Stage summer "special" at Stage West Community Playhouse — The Music You Grew Up With, which opens July 14.

    The show, directed by Andi Sperduti Garner, will be part revue and part old-time television show....

    Jennifer Agnelli and Jay Garcia share a moment during Stage West Community Playhouse’s production of The Music You Grew Up With.
  11. Organizers say they're better prepared for Fourth crowds at Hernando fairgrounds


    BROOKSVILLE — When the Hernando County Fairgrounds, after an 18-year hiatus, revived its Fourth of July celebration last year, organizers were a bit unprepared for the overwhelming response.

    Thousands of vehicles flooded the parking lot, with lines of cars about a mile long up and down U.S. 41.

    "The turnout was amazing," said Shari Klimas, president of the Hernando County Fair Association. "We were not expecting the crowds. We thought there would only be a few thousand people."...

    A fireworks show provided by Sky Candy Fireworks of Riverview will finish the day at this year’s Firecracker Smash’m Up! on July 4 in Brooksville.
  12. Fifth annual Autism Fest set for Saturday at Springstead High


    SPRING HILL — It started as a small project spearheaded by an International Baccalaureate student at Springstead High School, and included just a handful of vendors to promote awareness for disorders falling under the autism spectrum.

    Last year, with help from the Inspire Foundation, the event became more of a family musical event and grew to 70 vendors and sponsors. It drew more than 600 visitors....

  13. Springstead alum taking break from Broadway, returning home for 'Carousel'


    SPRING HILL — Zach James, by any measure, is a bona fide Broadway star.

    After landing the role of Seaman Thomas Hassinger in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of South Pacific in 2008, James continued his upward rise, creating the role of Lurch in Broadway's The Addams Family in 2010. And he has continued to perform other Broadway and off-Broadway roles — too numerous to mention....

    During their first time alone, Billy Bigelow, played by Zach James, and Julie Jordan, played by Ashley Schoendorf, discuss how life would be if they fell in love, singing If I Loved You.
  14. Award-winning Zephyrhills cadets learn speed, fire/rescue skills

    Human Interest

    ZEPHYRHILLS — Competing in statewide events was never something these aspiring firefighters considered. But four months ago, members of Zephyrhills Fire Rescue Cadet Post 605 wanted to take part in the Florida Association of Fire Rescue Cadets' 2016 Florida Winter Fire Games.

    The experience, to say the least, was humbling.

    "We got stomped," Capt. Cadet Jacob Vaughn said. "We placed (number) 14 out of 17."...

    From left, cadets Jacob Vaughn, Michael Weathers and Jordan Slater prepare for the barrel push at the Spring FireMatics Competition in April in Clermont.
  15. Weeki Wachee High production of 'Mary Poppins' benefits from community support


    WEEKI WACHEE — Everyone knows her. She is the perfect nanny with a magical carpetbag and umbrella who takes two children under her care on a magical journey and helps mend a fractured family.

    The 1964 film Mary Poppins is among Walt Disney's most popular movies. Yet the musical version didn't hit the stage until 40 years later, based on the Disney film and stories by P.L. Travers....