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. Hernando offers inexpensive, convenient Halloween events

    Events

    Throughout October, droves of visitors converge on popular theme parks for famed Halloween events — events that not only can cost families hundreds of dollars, but also require hours of travel time.

    As many Hernando County residents already know, however, several local events offer scare-filled Halloween fun at a fraction of the cost and time.

    Although Halloween is two weeks away, the thrills begin this weekend with two of the county's most popular Halloween staples — Wild n' Wicked Nights at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and the Halloween Harvest Festival at the Hernando County Fairgrounds....

    The Weeki Wachee Mermaids will perform “Tail of Darkness” at Wild n’ Wicked Nights. The event kicks off this weekend.
  2. Hernando community events

    Events

    Markets and sales

    TODAY (FRIDAY)

    American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186 Yard Sale: Proceeds benefit veterans and their families. Sales will continue on the third Friday of each month. Rain date is Oct. 24. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. American Legion Post 186, 12091 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Vendor spaces are $10, bring your own table. (352) 799-1545, 686-1820.

    SATURDAY...

  3. Hernando County entertainment calendar

    Events

    Nightlife

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

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

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

  4. Hernando County events for Sept. 26-Oct. 2

    Events

    Events

    Markets and sales

    Today (FRIDAY) AND SATURDAY

    Rummage to Treasures Sale: Sponsored by the Ladies Guild. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. St. Mary Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 18810 Broad St., Masaryktown. (352) 796-2792.

    Saturday

    Springstead High School Flea Market: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Vendor spaces available for $10. (352) 683-3528....

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  5. Hernando Youth Orchestra set to open 2014-15 season

    Music & Concerts

    BROOKSVILLE — When conductor and musician Roland Hanneman watched an episode of 60 Minutes that showed how the lives of inmates in a Venezuelan prison had been changed for the better after they began to perform classical music, it inspired him.

    Studies, he says, have shown that children who play instruments are less likely to be involved with smoking cigarettes, drinking and drug use. That's when he decided to shift the focus of his musical efforts to young people....

    First violinist John Boyle, left, and his brother, Joseph, also on violin, practice during a recent rehearsal with the Hernando Youth Orchestra. Now in its seventh year, the 40-member orchestra will kick off its season of classical music concerts on Sunday at the Brooksville Woman’s Club. Conductor Roland Hanneman says the orchestra performs at least four concerts a year.
  6. Hernando County Nightlife

    Events

    Nightlife

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

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

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

  7. Conductor passes baton

    Music & Concerts

    SPRING HILL — Back in 1995, the Hernando Symphony Orchestra found itself in a difficult position when its conductor, the late Marvin Rosenberg, had to step down due to health concerns.

    Finding another conductor was not a problem; finding the right one was.

    After three conductors over the next four years, orchestra leaders turned to Wayne Raymond.

    Proficient on both the piano and the trumpet, Raymond has a degree in music education from the University of Massachusetts, taught within the public school system for more than 30 years in Massachusetts and Spring Hill, has played with and guest conducted several orchestras, and has participated in a variety of community theater projects....

    Wayne Raymond became conductor at the Hernando Symphony Orchestra in 2000 and is its longest-tenured in the position.
  8. Hernando County nightlife listings for Sept. 19

    Events

    Nightlife

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

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

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

  9. Hernando County events for Sept. 19-24

    Events

    Events

    Markets and sales

    Today (FRIDAY)

    American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186 yard sale: During the sale, there will also be a membership drive by American Legion Post 186, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186, Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Riders. A table will be set up with representatives from each organization to answer questions. Rain date is Sept. 26. Proceeds benefit veterans and their families. Sales will continue on the third Friday of each month. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. American Legion Post 186, 12091 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Vendor spaces are $10; bring your own table. (352) 799-1545, (352) 686-1820....

  10. Hernando County Nightlife

    Events

    Nightlife

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

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

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

  11. Hernando nightlife for Sept. 5

    Events

    Nightlife

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

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

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

  12. Things to do in Hernando County

    Events

    Events

    For your health

    WEDNESDAY

    'A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls' program for seniors: Designed to help older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce the fear of falling and remain active and independent. The program includes eight classes, to continue each Wednesday and Friday through Sept. 26. Led by a master trainer through Community Aging and Retirement Services. 1 to 3 p.m. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Free. RSVP to (727) 869-5498....

  13. College Football Kickoff Party will benefit programs for children, families

    Events

    BROOKSVILLE — Lara Bradburn recalls a day last year at a meeting of Friends of the Children Inc. when she and other board members were reminiscing about the "old days." It reminded her of one of her favorite charitable events: the annual college football kickoff sponsored by the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

    "It was such darn good fun," said Bradburn, a Brooksville City Council member. The event, she recalled, was a "fun, interactive rivalry, but all were on the same team for the cause."...

  14. Hernando County nightlife

    Events

    Nightlife

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

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

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

  15. Early voting in Hernando begins Saturday at four locations

    Elections

    Hernando County voters don't have to wait for the Aug. 26 primary election to cast their ballots. Early voting kicks off this weekend.

    There are some changes from past years.

    Early voting is no longer available at the Hernando County Government Center in Brooksville. But, for the convenience of residents across the county, four early voting sites have been set up — at the East Hernando and Spring Hill branch libraries, the South Brooksville Community Center and the supervisor of elections' branch office at the Westside Government Center in Spring Hill....