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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. Weekend Winter Fest to bring back music, fun at Lake House


    SPRING HILL — Before the Spring Hill Community Association disbanded in 2014 and sold the Lake House to the county, the property was a prime destination for outdoor concerts and events.

    The nostalgia of those days return this weekend when Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department and local radio station Hits 106.3 FM host the second annual Winterfest at the Lake House. The two-day event features a full lineup of musical entertainment, food and fun for the whole family....

    The popular Greg Billings Band will perform from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday during Winterfest at the Lake House in Spring Hill.
  2. Variety of genres to be represented in Hernando Symphony Orchestra concerts

    Music & Concerts

    BROOKSVILLE — Triumph of the Argonauts and Pinball Wizard. Two musical pieces that tell tales of victory, but the similarities end there, as the songs could not be more different.

    One is a score from a motion picture about an ancient Greek quest to capture the Golden Fleece; the other is about a young pinball player's fight to conquer a silver ball.

    Both will be featured when the Hernando Symphony Orchestra presents its "Spectrum" concerts this weekend — opening with Robert Sheldon's triumphant score, and closing with the Who's 1969 classic rock tune....

    “We are excited and grateful to be able to play so many new songs,” said conductor Michele DiLuzio.
  3. Pasco Events for Feb. 24-March 2


    24 Friday

    Church rummage sale: The sale will include everything from furniture to clothing to tools. Proceeds will benefit ministries at the church. 8 a.m. to noon. Hope United Methodist Church, 2200 Little Road, Trinity. The sale continues on Saturday. (727) 808-0938.

    For Your Health seminar series: A complimentary light lunch will be provided. The topic: "2D vs. 3D Mammography: What's the Big Deal?," presented by Dr. Alene Wright, who will discuss imaging options in the fight against breast cancer. Noon. Free, but reservations are required. Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, Trinity. (727) 834-5630.

  4. Move to Hernando allows Florida Bluegrass Classic to flourish

    Music & Concerts

    BROOKSVILLE— It's all about keeping it classic — classic country, classic cars and classic bluegrass.

    It's a design that makes the Florida Bluegrass Classic stand out among other festivals on the bluegrass circuit and a reason why the 30-year-running festival moved to Hernando County.

    "We moved (to Brooksville) after we outgrew our venue in Waldo," said event promoter Ernie Evans of Evans Media Source. "It was great. It was double our expectations."...

    Grammy Award-winning singer Marty Raybon is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Feb. 24.
  5. Pasco Events for Feb. 17-23


    17 Friday

    Sheriff Chris Nocco's Shotgun Shootout: Shooters are supplied with ammunition, one cart per team, a luncheon, a gift bag and an event shirt. Proceeds will benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, the Pasco Sheriff's K-9 Association and the Family Support Network. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; the shootout starts at 9 a.m. $150 per shooter or $600 per team. Non-shooters pay $15 for the luncheon. Tampa Bay Sporting Clays Facility, 10514 Ehren Cutoff, Land O'Lakes. (727) 514-8417.

  6. Lifelong animal lover puts off retirement for low-cost clinic


    ZEPHYRHILLS — After Cindy Evers received an inheritance from her father and sold a service business she and her husband owned in Tampa, she considered retirement. But the idea was fleeting. Instead, the lifelong animal lover decided to start a business that catered to her passion.

    "I have always been a big supporter of spay and neuter as a way to control the (unwanted pet) population," said Evers, who admitted, "I was one who was always taking in strays. It always bothered me to see stray, unwanted dogs and cats."...

    Veterinary technician Jessica Stewart, left, holds a canine patient at Planned Pethood as technician Jessica Gelser injects an immunization.
  7. Pasco Briefs for Feb. 10



    PHSC to host Peace Week celebration

    Pasco-Hernando State College will celebrate its ninth annual Peace Week Feb. 13 to 16 with a variety of events at all its campuses, including the East Campus in Dade City, North Campus in Brooksville, Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel, West Campus in New Port Richey and the Spring Hill Campus. There will be speakers, lectures, exhibits, presentations, interactive workshops, peace and religion festivals, and a variety of musical performances. The opening ceremony, featuring a Love Symposium, will be at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Performing Arts Center at the West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Also, at the East Campus, Buddhist monks will create a sand mandala, a circular mural created from colored sand. For a daily agenda of activities, visit the website at For information, call toll free 1-855-669-7472. Peace Week 2017 is sponsored by PHSC's Student Activities department. All Peace Week events are free and open to the community....

  8. Pasco Events for Feb. 10-16


    10 Friday

    Used book bazaar: Browse or buy used books, audio and video media, 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. This event continues from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

    Teen Anti-Valentine's Day Dance: There will be a DJ, complimentary snacks and candy-heart smashing. This year's theme is the Renaissance. All teens ages 13 to 18 are invited. 7 to 10 p.m. Free. Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. (813) 929-1214....

    Pictured are the paper bags full of fruits and vegetables given to clients at the food pantry service provided by the Arc Nature Coast at Emmanuel Ministries Pantry in Dade City, Fla., on Thursday, January 19, 2017. The Arc Nature Coast partnered with Beasley Farms to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to about eighty families in the Dade City and Zephyrhills area.
  9. With recent recognition, Native American Festival planning on big crowd


    BROOKSVILLE — Tammy Heon admits the Brooksville Native American Festival has a special place in her heart.

    Perhaps it is because Heon was there from the beginning, sitting with the festival's founders and organizers, Mary Kirkconnell and Paul DeLuna, helping to make the event a reality when she secured a $7,500 "minority convention grant" through Visit Florida to help create a website and promote the event through regional and national advertising....

    Harry Littlebird and the Iron Horse Dancers perform an intertribal dance during the 2015 festival. It was recently named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s 2017 Top 20 events. “This is a big deal,” said a county tourism official.
  10. Pasco Briefs for Feb. 3



    Black History Month events set at PHSC

    Pasco-Hernando State College's Black History Month celebration will feature presentations by authors Rosemary Yvonne Borel and Andrew Skerritt and two showings of the documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolutionary, a film that examines the rise of the party in the 1960s. Six presentations are scheduled for the month of February:...

  11. Preserve's conservation cemetery offers families a 'green' end-of-life alternative


    NEW PORT RICHEY — "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. "

    The phrase is heard at most funerals. But with today's typical funeral and burial process, the natural process of returning to dust is impeded, while cemeteries have become "landfills" polluted with toxins from embalming fluids, steel caskets and concrete vaults.

    Green burials offer a sustainable alternative, but the choices are minimal. There are only a handful of "hybrid" cemeteries in Florida that offer both natural and traditional burials, and even fewer conservation cemeteries that work toward protecting the land....

    Visitors tour the grounds at Heartwood Preserve, a 41-acre conservation cemetery nestled in a nature preserve surrounded by longleaf pines, palmettos, wildflowers and wetlands.
  12. Pasco Events for Nov. 11-17


    11 Friday

    Veterans Day Pinning Ceremony and Breakfast: Bayfront Health Dade City and Gulfside Hospice invite all veterans and their guests to this special Senior Circle event. It will include a complimentary hot breakfast and a pinning ceremony for all veterans in attendance, provided by Gulfside Hospice as part of the We Honor Veterans program. Call to RSVP with name, branch of service, length of service, contact phone number and number of guests attending. 8 a.m. Free. Bayfront Health Dade City, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City. (352) 518-1087....

  13. Pasco Events for Nov. 4-10


    4 Friday

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

    Fall Fest 2016: Two weekends of entertainment, food, games and carnival rides. The festival continues through Nov. 13. 5 p.m. to midnight Fridays, noon to midnight Saturdays and 1 to 10 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Carnival rides $1 each, 12 for $10, 24 for $20 or all-day rider wristbands $25. Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. (727) 741-1922.

  14. 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.)...

  15. 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.