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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

E-mail: pday@tampabay.com

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  1. Pasco Events for Jan. 20-26

    Events

    20 Friday

    River Crossing Homeowners Association Community-wide Garage Sale: Visitors should look for the clock tower at the entrance. This annual event benefits local charities. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. River Crossing Homeowners Association, River Crossing Boulevard and Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 376-2134. The sale continues on Saturday.

    Friends of the Library Book Sale: Fill a bag full of books for $5. Bags provided. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. (727) 834-3331....

  2. Pasco Briefs for Jan. 13

    Briefs

    COUNTYWIDE

    Events planned to mark M.L. King Jr. Day

    Several events are planned throughout Pasco County to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. They include:

    • MLK Scholarship Breakfast Program, 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Boys and Girls Clubs, 38724 Mudcat Grant Blvd., Lacoochee. Breakfast will be served; the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Call (352) 521-0247 or (352) 518-0435....

    The Moore-Mickens Alumni Association float passes by during the Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Lacoochee last year.
  3. Pasco Events for Jan. 13-19

    Events

    13 Friday

    Friends of the Library Book Sale: Fill a bag full of books for $5. Bags will be provided. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. (727) 834-3331.

    Book Bazaar: Purchase used books, audio and video media, magazines and related material. Hosted by Friends of Hugh Embry Library. Proceeds will support programming at the library. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576. The bazaar continues on Saturday....

  4. Community support, special touches spur revival at Plantation Palms

    Business

    LAND O'LAKES

    When the Plantation Palms Golf Club closed in 2014, it appeared to be another casualty in the trend of a shrinking golf industry. Nearly two years later, after a developer proposed turning the property into home sites, residents decided to take matters into their own hands.

    In an effort to prevent the course from meeting a fate similar to that of nearby Quail Hollow Golf and Country Club in Wesley Chapel, which is set to be converted into a gated community of detached homes and townhouses, the Plantation Palms community formed a Bring Back Our Course group. The group actively recruited Bill Place and his wife, Su Lee, owners of Ace Golf, to purchase and restore the golf course....

    Bill Place and Su Lee, owners of Ace Golf, purchased and restored the course.
  5. Pasco Briefs for Jan. 6

    Briefs

    HUDSON

    Boat ramp, dock closed for renovations

    The Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department has closed the boat ramp and floating dock at Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park while renovations are being made. The ramp is at 6345 Clark St. The renovations will provide a larger launching area for boaters. Also, the existing floating dock will be replaced with one that contains internal pilings to increase mooring space for boaters while launching. The boat ramp is expected to reopen May 23. In the meantime, the Anclote River Park boat ramp at 1119 Baillies Bluff Road in Holiday can serve as an alternative for boaters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a complete list of other boat ramps available at bit.ly/2hNkh9T. Contact the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department at (813) 929-2760 or visit pascocountyfl.net/parks....

  6. Pasco Briefs for Dec. 30

    Briefs

    COUNTYWIDE

    AARP offers safe driving course

    The AARP Driver Safety Program class will be offered at several Pasco County locations during January. The course is open to drivers ages 50 and older who, upon completion, may receive a discount on their auto insurance premiums. The certificate is valid for three years. The cost for the course is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. For class times, contact the instructor....

  7. Pasco Events for Dec. 30-Jan. 5

    Events

    30 Friday

    Friends of the Library book sale: Fill a bag full of books for $5. Bags will be provided. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. (727) 834-3331.

    Symphony in Lights: The holiday light show, featuring more than 250,000 LED lights, is choreographed to holiday favorites chosen by mall guests. It will also snow. Shows at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. Free. The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. (813) 994-2242. theshopsatwiregrass.com....

  8. Pasco Briefs for Dec. 23

    Briefs

    COUNTYWIDE

    County announces holiday closings

    All Pasco County government offices, including constitutional offices and courts, will be closed Dec. 26 in observance of Christmas and Jan. 2 in observance of the New Year's holiday. The Pasco County clerk of courts also will be closed Dec. 23. The Pasco County Tax Collector's Office also will be closed Dec. 24 and 31. All public libraries also will be closed Dec. 24 and 31. The Animal Services Adoption Center & Intake/Reclaim will close at 5 p.m. Dec. 24 and will be open from noon to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Pasco County Public Transportation will not provide transportation services Dec. 26 or Jan. 2. The Pasco County Resource Recovery Facility, West Pasco Class III and the East Pasco Transfer Station will be closed to the public (but will be open to licensed commercial haulers) both Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. Parks and beaches will remain open to the public from dawn to dusk during the holidays....

  9. Pasco Events for Dec. 23-29

    Events

    23 Friday

    Stained glass class: 8 a.m. to noon $3. CARES Elfers Center, 4136 Barker Drive, Elfers. (727) 847-1290. caresfl.org.

    Arts and crafts class: All supplies included. For children ages 5 to 12. 6 to 8 p.m. $10; pre-registration recommended. New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey. (727) 841-4560. citynpr.org....

  10. Pasco Events for Dec. 16-22

    Events

    17 Saturday

    'Making and Caring for a Bonsai Gift': Demonstrations throughout the day each Saturday through December on creating a bonsai for a unique, living holiday gift, plus how to care for the miniature treescapes during cooler months. Bring your bonsai for demonstration and advice, then take a stroll through the gardens and get inspiration on decorating your bonsai for the holiday season. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Eve's Garden Gifts, 5602 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. (813) 996-5012. evesgardengifts.com....

  11. Treasure Trove Mini-Mall gives real estate broker a way to assist clients

    Business

    HUDSON — Lana Black has been a real estate broker in Pasco County for more than 30 years, and she's never had a problem selling a house. But once a house is sold, many clients have the added burden of dealing with home furnishings.

    "Some of my (older) clients may be going into assisted living or to live with their children," Black said. "Or they are downsizing and moving to a smaller place. ... I often hear, 'Now that I sold my house, what can I do with all this stuff?' "...

    Darlene Brush, left, manager of Treasure Trove Mini-Mall and Consignments, chats with Heidi Hanna, owner of Heidi’s Doll Closet. Hanna, who sells clothing to fit American Girl dolls, has been a vendor with Treasure Trove for three years.
  12. Choral group to make debut with Hernando Symphony for holiday concerts

    Music & Concerts

    Shortly after wrapping up her second season as conductor of the Hernando Symphony Orchestra earlier this year, Michele DiLuzio thought about what she could introduce during the 2016-17 season that would be new and compelling to the orchestra and its patrons. Then it hit her.

    "It was one of those brainstorm ideas that came to me in the middle of the night," DiLuzio said.

    She asked her lead trumpeter, Mark George, for assistance, giving him a "job" to do over the summer....

    Times files
  13. Pasco Holiday Events

    Events

    As the final weekend before Christmas approaches, many residents are about town, wrapping up their holiday shopping and decorating. It may be a good time to take a break and enjoy some of the festivities that are happening in Pasco County. From Christmas concerts and shows to fun-filled festivals, light displays and visits with Santa, there are still plenty of holiday celebrations for folks of all ages:...

  14. Hernando Holiday Events

    Events

    As the final weekend before Christmas approaches, many residents are about town, wrapping up their holiday shopping and decorating. It may be a good time to take a break and enjoy some of the festivities that are happening. From holiday concerts and festivals to light displays and visits with Santa, there are still plenty of holiday celebrations for adults and children of all ages:

    Candy Cane Acres: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and Dec. 17, Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. The annual Christmas event includes photos with Santa, decorating Mrs. Claus' homemade cookies, the Parade of Trees and holiday lights, crafts to make and take home, a magical playground, Florida-style sleigh ride, live nativity scene and pony rides. $10 per carload, which includes 10 free tickets that may be used for food, drinks and games. Additional tickets are 50 cents each. (352) 796-4552....

    Saturday, Dec. 17, is the last day to enjoy Candy Cane Acres at the fairgrounds.
  15. Pasco Events for Sept. 2

    Events

    Friday

    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.

    Saturday

    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....