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...]

Pigz in Z’Hills to celebrate its 10th year

The largest event in Zephyrhills is gearing up for its 10th anniversary — with a few more fixins’. The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce’s annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest is set for Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Community Venue, 5200 Airport Road, Zephyrhills. Admission is free, but parking is $10. To kick off its 10th year, festivities have been … [Read more...]

Festival offers heaping helpings of barbecue and blues

People of all ages headed to the ninth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival to sample some ribs, barbecue chicken or pulled pork — and get their fill of the blues. The scent of barbecue filled the air, Benny the Pig made the rounds and people sported pig hats — as they strolled around the Zephyrhills Community Venue, at 5200 Airport Road. Some barbecue chefs traveled from … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills gets ready for Pigz in Z’Hills

The ninth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival is set for Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Community Venue, 5200 Airport Road, in Zephyrhills. About 60 teams are expected to vie for bragging rights and prizes during the barbecue competition at the event. The cooking showdown will determine who advances to the World Food Championship, with competitors testing … [Read more...]

New space sought for Zephyrhills Senior Center

Pasco County Senior Services is seeking a new location for the Zephyrhills Senior Center, after its abrupt closure at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church. Last month, the church informed the county it no longer could support the program, citing financial reasons. The senior center closed on Dec. 31. It been operated at the church since 2010. Under a public-private agreement, the church … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills considers some fee increases

The City of Zephyrhills is updating its comprehensive list of fee schedules — and many come tagged with price increases. The proposed fee resolutions and amendments incorporate public record requests, venue rental policies, cemetery lots, and site plan reviews, among others. The fees were discussed during an hour-long city council workshop meeting on Oct.  23. Perhaps the largest … [Read more...]

Paulie Palooza rocks out at new venue

When people gather this year to check out the music at the fifth annual Paulie Palooza, they’ll be arriving at a new event venue. This year, the bands will be performing at the Zephyrhills Community Event Venue, at 5200 Airport Road. The bands will start playing March 18 at 10 a.m., and performances will continue throughout the day, until 5 p.m. The musical lineup includes: Cold … [Read more...]

Health services relocating to Wesley Chapel

Pasco County health clinics in Zephyrhills and Land O’ Lakes will close and their services moved to a professional office building in Wesley Chapel. The Pasco County Tax Collector’s office is expected to take over the former building used by the Land O’ Lakes clinic. County officials then plan to use the tax collector’s old space for County Development Services, which includes its permitting … [Read more...]

New event venue site completed in Zephyrhills

Less than five months after breaking ground, the new community venue site at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport is complete. The unnamed venue, at 5200 Airport Road, will officially be unveiled at the seventh annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest on Jan. 21. The 14-acre site is situated north of the Zephyrhills’ City Yard, stretching to Airport Road, and backing up the southern … [Read more...]

Resolve to have fun in 2017

Maybe 2017 is the year that you’re going to have more fun. But, perhaps you want to improve planning your activities, and to get a better handle on your spending, too. The Laker/Lutz News is here to help. Whether you’re new to area, or have lived here for decades, this guide is intended to help you plan fun activities for you and your family, without breaking the bank. January Raising … [Read more...]