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...]

Signs of good cheer

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Veterans group dedicates new flagpoles at Zephyr Park

Three flagpoles were dedicated in honor of veterans who have received Purple Hearts, during a ceremony at Zephyr Park on Dec. 15. The lighted flagpoles will be part of the permanent memorial at the park, located at 38116 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills. Efforts for a permanent memorial devoted to Purple Heart recipients began around five years ago, with the addition of a monument and two benches. Guy … [Read more...]

Learning survival skills

After reading the wilderness survival novel, ‘Hatchet,’ by Gary Paulsen, and preparing ahead of time in class, fourth-graders at the Academy at the Lakes in Land O’ Lakes got to experience what it might take to survive a simulated plane crash in the wilderness. They conducted the survival exercise on vacant land owned by the school off of 20 Mile Level Road in Land O’ Lakes. The program was the … [Read more...]

Groovin’ in Land O’ Lakes

Thousands recently had a groovy time at the Peace, Love & Funk Festival, at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The event featured music from three acts: George Pennington & The Odyssey, American Idol contestant Shevonne Philidor (with her band The Force), and the Black Honkeys. The event also hosted a Bizarre Bazaar, which offered a wide variety of … [Read more...]