Using the power of music to help others

Emma Skantze was a 9-year-old student at Turner Elementary School when she decided she wanted to get involved to help others. After brainstorming with her mom, she came up with the idea of organizing a concert. The first event featured her and some of her friends. But now, as she prepares for the seventh annual Helping Hands benefit, she’s working out all of the details for having two … [Read more...]

Festivities set to honor Earth Day

Finding ways to celebrate Mother Earth and to recycle, upcycle and preserve its precious resources are the themes of Earth Day celebrations planned around the region. One of the largest area events planned for Earth Day, known as Earth Day Tampa Bay, got its start as EcoFest at Learning Gate Community School in Lutz. Now, in its eighth year, the event has become Tampa’s signature Earth … [Read more...]

St. Petersburg gem offers a paradise for palm lovers

Tom St. Peter, a volunteer at the Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum in downtown St. Petersburg, has always been attracted to plants and trees. “My family always had a huge garden. I used to help my dad with a secondary small landscaping business, back in the small town I grew up in. “When I was in the corporate world, my lunch breaks used to consist of running around to the local nurseries, … [Read more...]

Committee looking at ways to fund schools

The Pasco County School Board is seeking to nearly double impact fees charged to new residential construction to help foot the bill for new schools, but a committee studying the issue wants to know about other possible sources of funding before making a recommendation. There’s no doubt that Pasco County’s residential growth is generating increased enrollment, outpacing the school district’s … [Read more...]

Emergency medical help coming to Central Pasco

Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is again expanding its services, this time setting up a freestanding emergency department in Land O’ Lakes. The facility, which is expected to be completed by January of 2018, will bring emergency medical assistance closer to residents of Central Pasco County. The new 18,000-square-foot center will be near the entrance to Bexley, a new community being built … [Read more...]

New start times for some schools

The Pasco County School Board has approved school bell times for the 2017-2018, and those times include some changes for schools within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Here’s a look at which schools are getting new starting times, along with an explanation that was provided in a news release from Pasco County Schools. Bexley Elementary, 4380 Ballantrae Blvd., a new school, will begin … [Read more...]

Festival features egg hunts, Easter Bunny and fun

  A giant Easter Bunny roamed the grounds, kids scoured fields for Easter Eggs, and there was lots of time to take train rides, eat treats and visit the petting zoo during the Jelly Bean Fling. The event made its debut this year at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, at 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City. Visitors could start out the day by having a pancake breakfast … [Read more...]

Hungry Harry’s big heart receives community honor

Instead of going to their bank, law office, hospital or real estate company — or dozens of other businesses — these men and women showed up at Hungry Harry’s Family Bar-B-Que on a recent sunny and clear Wednesday morning. They were there to honor Harry Wright and his son-in-law, Chad Hudson, for their restaurant’s longstanding contributions to community life in Land O’ Lakes. Members of … [Read more...]

Tour a $1.9 million home, enjoy a party, raise money for charity

You don’t have to be among the rich and famous to dip into the lifestyle during the Party at Bella Lago, a charity event set for this weekend. Waterford Designs is hosting a benefit for the American Cancer Society and breast cancer research on April 8, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The party will be at the Bella Largo Model Home, 18707 Cypress Shores Drive in Lutz. Party-goers will see … [Read more...]

Egg hunts and services planned to celebrate Easter

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Easter season, you’ll find plenty of options across the region. There are fun events, such as Easter crafts and egg hunts, solemn Good Friday events and Easter service celebrations. Here are few highlights from around the area covered by The Laker/Lutz News. They are presented here, in chronological order. The Pioneer Florida Museum & … [Read more...]