What’s Happening

06/18/2019 – Gardening 101

UF/IFAS Pasco Extension will offer a seminar on Gardening 101 on June 18 at 2 p.m., at the New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. Participants can learn how to plant, propagate and care for plants. For information, call (352) 518-0156.

06/18/2019 – Job fair

There will be a Community Job Fair on June 18 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Mitchell High School, 2323 Little Road in New Port Richey. Hiring managers from local schools, district departments, and the Pasco County sheriff’s office, tax collector office and Clerk of Court will be available. Applicants can get on-the-spot interviews and prizes for participating. For information and to register, visit the district website, PascoCommunityFair2019.eventbrite.com.

06/18/2019 – Voters to choose representative

Voters can cast their ballots early, or vote on Election Day on June 18, to fill the District 38 House seat in the Florida Legislature. The candidates for the seat are Republican Randy Maggard and Democrat Kelly Smith. Early voting has begun and will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through June 15, at the East Pasco County Government Center, 14236 Sixth St., in Dade City and the Central Pasco Professional Center, 4111 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The Special General Election is for registered voters residing within House District 38. Polls are open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The seat was vacated by Danny Burgess, who accepted an offer from Gov. Ron DeSantis to become the executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs.


06/19/2019 – Blanket Tampa Bay

Blanket Tampa Bay will host an evening reception and fundraiser on June 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore, 555 N. Westshore Blvd. Special guests will be State Sen. Darryl Rouson, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Rob Taylor (1986-1993), and Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Chicago Bear and Chicago Charger Tyrone Keys. Topics of discussion will be the Tampa Urban Rest Stop, homelessness and more. Tickets are $65. For information, call Beth Ross at (813) 300-9277.

06/20/2019 – Clay sculpture

The New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., will offer a class on clay sculpture on June 20 at 5:30 p.m., for ages 13 and older. Artist Debra Joy Peisner will teach techniques and how to work with air-dry clay to create faces, figurines and miniatures. All materials will be provided. Register through HCPLC.org. For information, call (813) 273-3652.

06/20/2019 – Woman’s club fundraiser

The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club’s Education Committee will host a Taco Bar Luncheon/Bunco Fundraiser on June 20 at 10 a.m., at the Lutz Community Center. Games begin at 10 a.m., followed by lunch. The cost is $15. Proceeds will be used to purchase school supplies for local schools in need. For information, email moc.l1560873694iamg@1560873694586oi1560873694resta1560873694p1560873694.

06/21/2019 – Youth opera

Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts will present “Falling Skies” on June 21 at 7 p.m. Students ages 10 to 18 will retell the classic folk tale of “Chicken Little.” Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling (813) 229-7827, at the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office, or online at StrazCenter.org (handling fees will apply).

06/22/2019 – Motorcycle show

Wheels of Steel will be at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland on June 22, for a showcase of one-of-a-kind mobile masterpieces. There will be a law enforcement motor unit display, vendor booths, a judged motorcycle show, a kids’ zone, tips on how to ride the right way, live music, food and more. Tickets are $20 for general admission, or $25 for admission and a 5-foot by 10-foot space for your custom bike. Children age 12 and younger are free. All proceeds will benefit the Early Learning Coalition of Polk County. For information, visit CFWheelsOfSteel.com.

06/22/2019 – SummerFest

The Zephyrhills SummerFest will take place June 22, starting with a Morning Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Zephyr Park. The market will feature 50 local artisans and vendors. The festival will run from 4 pm. to 9 p.m., and will include a dance competition, watermelon-eating contests for kids and adults, local food vendors, bounce houses, face painters, balloon twisters, and a 30-minute fireworks show over the lake at sundown. For information, call (727) 674-1464.

06/22/2019 – Super science

The Lutz Branch Library, 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, will present “Super Science” on June 22 at 2 p.m., for kindergarten through fifth grade. Participants can explore the world with hands-on investigations and activities. The program is limited to 50 participants, and sign-in is at the information desk no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the start. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit HCPLC.org.

06/22/2019 – Youth rifle program

The Dade City Rod & Gun will be offer its fifth youth-focused First Steps Rifle Program on June 22 at 9 a.m. Participants can learn a basic knowledge of firearm safety and proper rifle handling skills. The class is about five hours long. Cost is $40 per person and includes the use of a rifle (Ruger 10/22), ammunition, NRA training materials, refreshments, professional instruction/supervision and a safe shooting environment. Participants may use their own rifle as long as it is approved, in advance, by the instructor(s). For information or to register, contact Larry Shrewsbury at moc.l1560873694oa@1s1560873694werhS1560873694L1560873694 or (813) 929-8900.

Community tile painting

The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer Community Tile Painting starting June 3 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Mondays through Aug. 5, for its summer program. Participants can paint a ceramic tile with a favorite book cover (or anything related to books). One tile per person, as materials are limited. Paints and materials will be made available. Leave your tile at the library or take it home. The tiles left behind will be made into a mosaic to be hung in the library. All ages are welcome. Children age 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For information, call (813) 929-1214.

Summer of Appreciation

ZooTampa at Lowery Park’s “Summer of Appreciation” offers free admission to kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers and first responders, with the purchase of one full-price, single-day paid admission, through Aug. 31. Those that work in the Tampa Bay area and surrounding communities are eligible. Proof of employment must be presented at the ticket window at ZooTampa. Eligible first responders include:

  • 911 Dispatchers
  • All Florida Fire Rescue
  • All Florida Police and Sheriff Officers
  • Department of Homeland Security Law Enforcement Agents
  • Florida Department of Corrections
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection Law Enforcement
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Florida Emergency Medical Services employees (EMT/EMS)
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Field Officers
  • Florida Forest Service Forest Rangers
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • Florida Park Service Law Enforcement

Vendor spaces

The Lutz 4th of July celebration, “I Love Lutz,” still has openings for vendor booths. Set-up will be prior to 7:30 a.m., due to the race road closure at that time. Electricity will not be offered, but a quiet generator will be allowed. For information, email Jennifer Rankin at moc.l1560873694iamg@1560873694ylujf1560873694oht4z1560873694tul1560873694, with “4th of July Booth” in the subject line.