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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 May 26-June 1


    26 Friday

    Line dancing: 10 to 11 a.m. $3. CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 863-6868.

    Knights of Columbus Council 6476 all-you-can-eat dinner: Doors open at 4 p.m. Includes baked or fried fish and another entree choice. 5 to 7 p.m. $10. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. (727) 389-7067....

  2. Pasco Briefs for May 19



    Residents urged to conserve water

    Pasco County Utilities has encouraged residents and homeowner associations to conserve water, when possible, and to follow watering guidelines. Pasco County is under a Phase I water shortage declaration as Central Florida continues to experience extremely dry conditions. Residents are urged to operate sprinklers only when landscaping shows signs of needing water. If the irrigation system is equipped with a roof-mounted rain shut-off device, be sure it is turned on. For helpful tips on efficient landscape irrigation, visit Residents are to water their lawns no more than twice a week. Also, all watering is prohibited between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Residents can determine their allowed watering day(s) at For further details, contact Pasco County Utilities customer information and services at (813) 235-6012....

  3. Pasco Events for May 19-25


    19 Friday

    Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce's 31st annual golf tournament: Includes golf, door prizes, trophies and prizes for winners, and a barbecue dinner. Noon. $70 per golfer or $260 for a team of four. Heritage Harbor Golf and Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway, Lutz. (813) 909-2722.

    Ducks Unlimited banquet: This is the annual banquet for the Nature Coast Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. There will be raffles, a silent auction, a live auction, a barbecue dinner and non-alcoholic beverages. There will be a free children's raffle where all children will win a prize. Proceeds from the event will go toward the conservation and preservation of North American wetlands. 6 p.m. $65 for one ticket and $80 for two; $25 for ages 12 to 17 and free for ages 11 and younger. The Concourse Rotary Pavilion, 15325 Alric Pottberg Road, Shady Hills. (727) 484-4617....

  4. A bit smaller, popular Orange Blossom Jamboree returns to Sertoma ranch

    Music & Concerts

    SPRING LAKE — It's a music festival that started as an "experiment" with 25 jam bands. It proved quite popular, drawing about 1,000 visitors over three days. By 2016, it had grown into a four-day event featuring 70 bands performing on four stages, with crowds totaling more than 2,500.

    But when the eighth annual Orange Blossom Jamboree kicks off May 18 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, it will be somewhat smaller, with 60 bands performing on three stages....

    Applebutter Express, a four-piece acoustic group from Tampa, returns to perform May 19 at the Orange Blossom Jamboree. The group is a fan favorite. Their song, Hey My Brotha, was featured in the Ron Howard film, The Good Lie.
  5. Pasco Briefs for May 12



    Letter carriers' food drive set for May 13

    The Project Life Outreach of Hicks Road Baptist Church in Hudson reminds the community that U.S. Postal Service letter carriers will be collecting nonperishable food items on May 13 as part of the National Letter Carriers' 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Pasco County residents are encouraged to fill bags with nonperishable food and canned goods, which will be collected by local letter carriers. Collected food will remain local and will be distributed to food pantries. For further details, visit To contact the volunteers with Project Life Outreach, call the church at (727) 863-5959....

  6. Pasco Events for May 12-18


    12 Friday

    Used Book Bazaar: Buy used books, audio and video, magazines and related materials. Hosted by Friends of Hugh Embry Library, with proceeds going toward programming at the library. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576. Note: This event continues Saturday.

    Anti-Prom: The event for youth ages 13 to 18 celebrates all things not prom. A professional DJ will play requests and dance hits. Chips, soda and Monster-spiked punch will be served. Admission is free. However, those who donate $5 to Friends of the Library will receive admission to a separate VIP room, where there will be pizza, cans of Monster and video games. 7 to 10 p.m. Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. (813) 929-1214....

  7. Owner of Pet Food Warehouse battles chain stores with personal touch


    HUDSON — Big-box stores can offer variety and hard-to-beat prices, and owners of small businesses often find it difficult to compete.

    The rise of chains such as Petco and Pet Supermarket has led to the demise of many small pet boutiques.

    But Debbie Spencer, owner of Pet Food Warehouse, continues to fight the trend.

    While some of Spencer's customers may believe she met the same fate as other small shops — she is no longer at her longtime location in Hudson Square — Pet Food Warehouse is still going strong after moving to Beacon Woods Plaza, just south of Kmart, in early March....

    Debbie Spencer, owner of Pet Food Warehouse, recently moved her business to Beacon Woods Plaza. [Photo by Phyllis Day]
  8. Pasco Briefs for May 5



    Resurfacing continues on damaged roads

    The Pasco County Public Works Department is resurfacing some county roads damaged by flooding over the past two years that are beginning to break down and lose their asphalt surface. County contractor Asphalt Paving Systems is performing the chip sealing work on various roads in the Holiday Hills, Cypress Knolls, Lakewood Ranches, Lakewood Villas, Richey Lakes, Bass Lake, Lake Worrell and Woodgate subdivisions. The roadwork began on April 24 and is projected to be completed by mid June. Residents are asked to drive slowly on these roads during the work, as there will be loose rock on the road. For information, contact Pasco County Public Works at (727) 847-8143 or

  9. Pasco Briefs for April 28



    Residents encouraged to take online survey

    Pasco County has launched its annual citizen survey, which is available online through May 31.

    The survey has been conducted each year since 2009 to solicit feedback from residents on a variety of topics related to the future of the county, such as transportation, parks, emergency services and growth.

    The survey is intended to help the Pasco County Commission with planning discussions and decision-making. ...

  10. Hernando Symphony Orchestra closes season with Kaleidoscope concerts

    Music & Concerts

    Egyptian Legacy is a full-orchestral piece that will have audience members feeling as if they are on a journey through ancient Egypt, perhaps with visions of pyramids, or the Abu Simbel temple, or the Great Sphinx.

    The original piece by composer Soon Hee Newbold will kick off the Hernando Symphony Orchestra's Kaleidoscope concerts this weekend, and is among a handful of new pieces the orchestra will present during its final concert series of the 2016-17 season....

    Michele DiLuzio will lead the Hernando Symphony Orchestra as it completes its 2016-17 season with concerts this weekend.
  11. Pasco Briefs for April 21



    Bowling event is for kids' sake

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay will host Bowl for Kids' Sake from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 29 at Royal Lanes, 1927 Brinson Road. Teams of three to five bowlers may join and are asked to collect donations of at least $50; "littles" bowl free. Every $200 in paid pledges earns two tickets to a Tampa Bay Rays game. The event will include bowling, food and prizes. Register at For information, contact Tanya Fazekas at or (727) 518-8860, ext. 237. For information about the organization, contact Deb Kristol-Irwin at or (813) 997-6881....

  12. Downtown Brooksville will come to life with return of Florida Blueberry Festival


    BROOKSVILLE — A typical weekend in downtown Brooksville — with the exception of an occasional farmers market — is quiet, with many of the businesses closed and few people walking the sidewalks.

    That will not be the case this weekend.

    Instead, artwork will be set up beneath a canopy of live oaks. Streets will be lined with scores of vendors selling blueberry-infused treats. Jugglers and other entertainers will be pleasing the crowds as music fills the air. The laughter and squeals of children will be heard from a large kids zone with numerous activities, including an "ice" skating rink and a three-story climbing wall....

    OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times Homemade blueberry shortcake is always a popular item at the Florida Blueberry Festival. This year's festival takes place Saturday and Sunday in downtown Brooksville.
  13. Pasco Events for April 21-27


    21 Friday

    New Port Richey Gardening Club Spring Plant Sale: Many varieties of plants will be available (orchids, bromeliads and various types of Florida-friendly shrubs). Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 10271 Casey Drive, New Port Richey. (727) 484-6741.

    Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale: Money raised from the sale will support library programming. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. (813) 929-1214....

  14. Pasco Events for April 14-20


    14 Friday

    Community Good Friday Service: The service will be hosted by the North East Pasco Ministerial Association. Student director Steven McCune of First United Methodist Church will give a homily, followed by a light lunch. Noon to 1 p.m. An offering will be collected. First United Methodist Church, 37628 Church Ave., Dade City. (352) 677-7908.

    15 Saturday...

  15. Pasco Briefs for April 14



    County offices closed for Good Friday

    Pasco County government offices, including the constitutional offices and courts, will be closed April 14 in observance of Good Friday. All government offices and the courts will reopen on April 17. While Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources offices and recreation complexes will be closed, parks and beaches will remain open from dawn to dusk. Pasco County Public Transportation will provide service on all fixed routes and para-transit service, but the administrative offices will be closed. The Pasco County Animal Services administration office, adoption center, intake/reclaim shelter and field services will be closed; an animal control officer will be available for emergencies only. The adoption center and intake/reclaim will reopen April 15. The Pasco County Resource Recovery Facility, West Pasco Class III and the East Pasco Transfer Station will be closed to the public April 14, but will be open to licensed, commercial haulers. All Pasco libraries will be closed April 14 and reopen for regular business hours April 15....