America’s Finest Beach is in Clearwater

Standing on baby-powder white sand, starring out at the gentle lulling of the Gulf’s waves, I realized how lucky we are here on Florida’s West Coast to live so close to Clearwater Beach. It’s the ideal beach to swim, stroll for shells, watch birds and people, eat in some really good beach restaurants, or just sit on a beach towel and read a good book. If you want to, you can go fishing … [Read more...]

Laker/Lutz News picks up seven statewide journalism awards

The Laker/Lutz News received seven awards in the Florida Press Association’s Weekly Newspaper contest for work completed in 2017. The competition included a total of 1,439 entries from 64 newspapers. Judges for the contest were editors and publishers from Arizona, California, Colorado, Ohio, Missouri, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York. The awards were announced on Aug. 10 in … [Read more...]

Kids get new looks as they head back to school

My Salon Suite, at 20707 Center Oak Dr., in Tampa, partnered with Dr. Bou Pediatrics and Young Chef’s Academy to give kids a chance to get their hair cut, just in time to head back to school. Those donating school supplies could get free haircuts. The event also featured face painting, frozen treats and a bouncy house. The donations collected will benefit Metropolitan Ministries and Quail Hollow … [Read more...]

Creating beauty through artistic expression

Jaime’s Adult Day Care, at 18950 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz, gives seniors who have memory impairments a place where they can make new friends and have fun with a variety of activities. In addition to their Expressive Arts program, the center provides numerous weekly activities, such as live musical acts, exercise programs, games to stimulate the mind, therapeutic endeavors, and more. The … [Read more...]

Hundreds show their enthusiasm for ‘Hamiltunes’

The popularity of the Broadway musical hit “Hamilton: An American Musical” displayed itself at a local event aimed at bringing together “Hamilfans” of all ages. Hundreds turned up at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library on July 28 to watch or participate in “Hamiltunes.” The officially sanctioned sing- and rap-along gives singers a chance to supply their vocals to accompany the musical’s … [Read more...]

Touching is encouraged at this event

Kids are accustomed to hearing the expression, ‘Don’t Touch,’ but at ‘Touch-A-Truck – Saturday in the Square,’ they were encouraged to climb into or onto a variety of vehicles that provide public services and emergency help. Children checked out the controls of an excavator, sat in the driver’s seat of a police car and waved from the interior of a school bus, among other things, on a recent … [Read more...]

A little competition between friends

Some friends got together to shoot some hoops in a friendly competition at Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Road in Wesley Chapel.                     … [Read more...]

There’s more than books to check out at this library

While others were perusing the stacks at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, this group was involved in a class delving into the ins and outs of woodworking. The class, Woodworking 101: Toy Making-Clown Drop Toy was offered in the The Foundry Makerspace at the library. The space features a variety of hands-on classes and activities for visitors, which include crocheting, sewing, jewelry making, and … [Read more...]

Putting the cool into summer

These children, and adults, are taking advantage of refreshing water sprays on a recent hot summer day at Waterplay at Zephyr Park, 5039 Fourth St., in Zephyrhills. There was no shortage of fun, as children splashed around and adults tried to keep up with them — or at least keep an eye on them. Smiles ruled the … [Read more...]

Tuning into the ‘Sounds of Summer’

Children and adults had a chance to check out classic cars, enjoy live music and peruse local vendors at ‘Sounds of Summer,’ at Northpointe Village in Lutz. Besides offering entertainment, the new event, sponsored by the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Suncoast Parkway, also benefited The Rap House Youth Shelter. Another ‘Sounds of Summer’ event is planned for Aug. 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 … [Read more...]