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

E-mail: pday@tampabay.com

  1. Night life in Hernando County

    Events

    Nightlife

    Aqua Bar and Lounge: 1365 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. Karaoke, 9 p.m. today. DJ Mark, 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. No cover. (352) 600-2802.

    Bamboo's Bar & Eatery: 4564 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. today, Friday and Monday. Live entertainment, 8 p.m. Saturday. No cover. (352) 596-5008.

    Bayport Inn: 4835 Cortez Blvd., Bayport. Peter Cannon, 6-10 p.m. Friday and 2-6 p.m. Saturday. Rebound Band, 2-6 p.m. Sunday. No cover. (352) 596-1088....

  2. Things to do in Hernando County for April 16

    Events

    This week

    Delicious reading: The Hernando County Public Library System is hosting an Eat Your Words edible book contest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library. Come and see book-inspired edible creations. For details, call (352) 754-4043.

    Celebrating Easter: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host a Hop n' Glow Egg Hunt and Easter Celebration from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. It will feature the Easter bunny, a daylight egg hunt for children ages 2 to 4, a glow-in-the-dark dance floor and glow-in-the-dark face painting. There will be food vendors and other booths. Admission is $2 per person. Call (352) 796-0697....

  3. Live Oak Theatre promises a treat with 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'

    Stage

    BROOKSVILLE

    It is the age-old story of good versus evil, intertwined with fairy tale elements such as kings and queens, talking animals and an evil witch's spell. And when C.S. Lewis wrote his Chronicles of Narnia series of classic fantasy novels, his inspiration included many parallels to Christianity — the death and resurrection of Aslan the lion, for example.

    So when the folks at Live Oak Theatre decided to present a musical adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, what better time to have opening day than on Good Friday?...

    Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, played by Joshua Santerelli and Anne Sanborn, warn Peter (Dakota Ruiz), Susan (Lyndsey Ruiz) and Lucy (Alexandra Allocco) that the White Witch is coming and they must leave immediately during rehearsal for Live Oak Theatre’s production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
  4. Hernando events calendar, starting April 13

    Events

    Celebrating Easter

    TODAY

    Easter Eggstravaganza: The hunt starts at 2 p.m. for ages 2 to 5 and at 3 p.m. for ages 6 to 9. There will be games, food, drinks and raffles. All donations will be given to HPH Hospice. 1 to 4 p.m. Free, but a $5-per-child donation is suggested. Veterans Memorial Park, 12254 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 686-7331. co.hernando.fl.us/Parks_Rec/Parks....

  5. Hernando Things to Do for April 9

    Events

    This week

    Meet me at the fair: The Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show and Sale continues through Saturday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. This year's fair includes midway rides, agricultural farm exhibits, a kids' zone and entertainment. Gates open at 3 p.m. today for seniors; otherwise, gates open at 5 p.m. each day, except Saturday, with hours from 1 to 11 p.m. Highlights include a greased pig contest at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; steer show and showmanship contest at 6:30 p.m. Friday; livestock auction at 10 a.m. Saturday; and a demolition derby at 7 p.m. Saturday. Senior admission is $4 today. General admission: $8, $4 for ages 4 to 12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Call (352) 796-4552 or visit hernandocountyfair.com....

  6. Hernando Things to Do

    Events

    Nightlife

    Aqua Bar and Lounge: 1365 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. Karaoke, 9 p.m. today. DJ Mark, 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. No cover. (352) 600-2802.

    Bamboo's Bar & Eatery: 4564 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. today, Friday and Monday. Live entertainment, 8 p.m. Saturday. No cover. (352) 596-5008.

    Bayport Inn: 4835 Cortez Blvd., Bayport. Peter Cannon, 6-10 p.m. Friday and 2-6 p.m. Saturday. Rebound Band, 2-6 p.m. Sunday. No cover. (352) 596-1088....

  7. Hernando County health briefs

    Human Interest

    Hernando Diabetes Alliance: The following programs are offered:

    • Hernando Diabetes Support Group: 10 a.m. Monday, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Also at 4 p.m. Monday at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (352) 597-6331.

    • Diabetes 101, 1 p.m. Monday, Access Healthcare, 4270 Lake in the Woods Drive, Spring Hill. Conducted by Verna Pedersen Runyan, a nurse practitioner. RSVP to (352) 597-7249....

  8. Events

    Events

    Festivals, fairs

    Through Saturday

    Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show and Sale: This year's fair includes midway rides, agricultural farm exhibits, a kids' zone and entertainment. Highlights include: Mutton Bustin' contest at 6 p.m. today; swine show at 6:30 p.m. Monday; swine showmanship at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; greased pig contest at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; steer show and showmanship contest at 6:30 p.m. Friday; livestock auction at 10 a.m. Saturday; demolition derby at 7 p.m. Saturday. Gates open at 1 p.m. today and Saturday, and at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except on Wednesday, when gates open at 3 p.m.). Military with ID get in free on Monday. Seniors 55 and older receive reduced admission of $4 on Wednesday. General admission: $8, $4 for ages 4 to 12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 796-4552. hernandocountyfair.com....

  9. Hernando club news for April 2-8

    Human Interest

    Brooksville

    Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582: 14494 Cortez Blvd. Steak shoot, 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, followed by a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. and karaoke at 7 p.m. For weekly schedule, call (352) 596-2582 or visit elks2582.com.

    Embroiderers' Guild of America: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave. Bring lunch. Mentors available for those who would like to learn how to stitch. (352) 666-8350....

  10. Hernando heath and support for April 2

    Health

    'Understanding Your Medicare Options': This program answers Medicare-related questions. Topics include original Medicare and what it covers, Medicare Advantage, Medicare D (prescription drugs) and how to compare plans while looking at out-of-pocket limits. Offered at the following locations:

    •10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville....

  11. Things to do in Hernando County, week of April 2

    Events

    This week

    Welcoming the blues: A Blueberry Festival Kickoff is planned from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. The event includes food trucks and entertainment by the Rocket Man Band (Elton John tribute) and 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience. Admission is $5. The festivities kick off the third annual Florida Blueberry Festival, which will be April 12 and 13 throughout downtown Brooksville. For details, visit floridablueberryfestival.org....

  12. Night life in Hernando County

    Events

    Nightlife

    Aqua Bar and Lounge: 1365 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. Karaoke, 9 p.m. today. DJ Mark, 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. No cover. (352) 600-2802.

    Bamboo's Bar & Eatery: 4564 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. today, Friday and Monday. Live entertainment, 8 p.m. Saturday. No cover. (352) 596-5008.

    Bayport Inn: 4835 Cortez Blvd., Bayport. Peter Cannon, 6-10 p.m. Friday and 2-6 p.m. Saturday. Rebound Band, 2-6 p.m. Sunday. No cover. (352) 596-1088....

  13. Weeki Wachee High students bring 'Drowsy Chaperone' to stage

    Stage

    WEEKI WACHEE

    It's the classic story of working girl meets rich boy; they fall in love, get married and live happily ever after. But when the girl is a Broadway star and nobody wants to see her give up her career for married life, mayhem ensues.

    That's the premise of The Drowsy Chaperone, which will be presented this weekend at Weeki Wachee High School.

    It's the wedding day of tycoon Robert Martin and Broadway star Janet Van de Graaf. Janet has a chaperone to keep her away from Robert until the wedding. But the chaperone, an alcoholic, does not do a good job since she is always a bit drowsy. Then there are the guests who want to break up the wedding, and other romances are kindled....

    He was told dancing could be too dangerous, so Robert goes skating — blindfolded, because he is not allowed to see the bride before the wedding.
  14. Hernando Symphony finishes season with Broadway and more

    Music & Concerts

    SPRING HILL — When Hernando Symphony Orchestra's conductor Wayne Raymond and assistant conductor Michele DiLuzio got together earlier this year to put together the orchestra's last concert of the season, they weren't quite sure what to select as a theme.

    They agreed on several selections from Broadway hits such as Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady, Porgy and Bess and A Chorus Line. Then they added some other types of music: Variations on a Shaker Melody, Olympic Spirit and Rainy Day Medley....

  15. Hernando health and support for March 26

    Health

    Alcoholics Anonymous: For Hernando County locations, call (352) 683-4597.

    Alzheimer's Association: The Florida Gulf Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association offers support groups at several locations:

    • 2:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11361 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Bill and Sharon Jolliffe, (352) 556-4266.

    • 2 p.m. the third Monday of each month, Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill. Free day care available with advanced reservations. Diane Koenig, (352) 683-9009....