A sizzlin’, smokin’ and searin’ good time

Thousands of people headed out to the 10th annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival for a common reason – to listen to live Blues music, while enjoying barbeque chicken, pork and brisket. The event, presented by The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, took place on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 at the Zephyrhills Community Venue, 5200 Airport Road. The People’s Choice dessert … [Read more...]

Celebrating Florida Arbor Day

The Florida Forest Service, partnered with Gro Inc., for a celebration on Jan. 18 at Drexel Farms in Land O’ Lakes. The event celebrated Florida Arbor Day, which is the third Friday in January. The public was invited to the celebration, which featured presentations given by the Florida Forest Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Nature Coast Cooperative Invasive … [Read more...]

Story time is a tail-wagging time

To promote literacy to young children in a fun way, the Hugh Embry Branch Library’s Read to Rover program pairs storybooks with man’s best friend, for a tail-wagging time. Toddlers and preschoolers are encouraged to read a book (or show the illustrations) to a trained, certified support animal, who patiently sits by the child during their time together. The nonjudgmental environment, along with … [Read more...]

Big band orchestra draws big crowd at the library

So many people turned out to listen to the Florida Jazz Express that there was standing room only at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, in late December. The big band orchestra’s two-hour show featured 18 players, and its appearance was made possible by the Friends of the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library. The concert featured holiday music, standards, Latin music and modern tunes. … [Read more...]

An event that was both sweet and spicy

Hundreds gathered at Raising Cane, A Sweet and Spicy Event on Jan. 11 at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City. The event featured a chili cook-off sanctioned by the International Chili Society, a cane syrup tasting competition, a People’s Choice chili and salsa competition, live music throughout the day, a beer garden, and vendors. Guests also could … [Read more...]

Lighting up the New Year

When the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, thousands of people gathered together at the Lights Festival, to set free lanterns on which they had written their goals, dreams, hopes and wishes for the New Year. The festival — which also featured food trucks, music, dancing and games for children — took place at Little Everglades Ranch, a 2,050-acre working ranch in Dade City. … [Read more...]

Sending hopes aloft

Karthik Mj, of Tampa, center, along with his wife, Preethi, right, and brother, Rithwik Manne, also of Tampa, jointly prepare to release a lantern, that includes their wish for the New Year. The handwritten message is: ‘Let the world stay in harmony.’ … [Read more...]

Enjoying outdoor family time, during the holiday break

With schools on holiday break, many families chose to visit area parks, to have an afternoon full of outdoor family fun. From bike riding to playing at playgrounds, or on fields or courts, children and adults found plenty of ways to have fun. … [Read more...]

Holiday break offers plenty of fun

Victor Jaime, of Wesley Chapel, gives his 6-year-old daughter, Aly, a push as she rides one of the swings at the Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Road. Aly is looking forward to celebrating her seventh birthday with her family during the holiday break. The father-daughter duo visited the park with Aly’s mom Bri, her sisters Julia and Aubry, brother Victor Jr., and grandfather Jorge. … [Read more...]

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Holiday scenes abound throughout The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Whether it’s an iconic community landmark, a street scene, a subdivision entrance or a single string of lights along a roof line — signs of good cheer are evident everywhere. Here’s wishing our readers a safe, enjoyable and festive season. Happy 2020! … [Read more...]