Holy Name Monastery: A tranquil place on a hill

Funny how a place can be both otherworldly and so much a part of this world. Holy Name Monastery is like that. It’s a peaceful place where Benedictine Sisters of Florida rise before the birds are up to pray quietly in their chapel, then return for daily Mass and more common prayers throughout the day. Then, rather than sit idly enjoying their monastic peacefulness, they head out into the … [Read more...]

Easter events offer religious observances and family fun

Whether they want to celebrate their faith, take the kids for an egg hunt, or just enjoy some fellowship with church friends — there are plenty of seasonal options throughout The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Check out the listings below. LUTZ What: While We Wait Where: Keystone Community Church, 21010 State Road 54, Lutz When: April 19 at 7 p.m. Cost: Free Details: The musical and … [Read more...]

Survey asks for input on Wesley Chapel road connections

The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization is asking for the public’s input as it evaluates three potential roadway connections between Wesley Chapel and Hillsborough County. Residents are encouraged to review the proposed options, and to provide feedback through an online survey, according to a news release from Pasco County. The three potential connections are: Between … [Read more...]

Dade City selects new city manager

Dade City has selected someone with a familiar face to be its next city manager. City Commissioners on April 3 voted to extend an offer and enter contract negotiations with Leslie Porter to become Dade City’s next city manager. Porter, the city’s finance director, has been acting as the interim city manager since February. She’s also been handling her responsibilities as finance … [Read more...]

Workshop focuses on East Pasco

Pasco County Commissioners met in a workshop session with local municipal leaders on the afternoon of April 2 to discuss a number of projects that are planned or under discussion in East Pasco County. Projects that were discussed included: A roundabout at the intersection of State Road 52, College Avenue and Pompanic Street An extension of Morningside Drive in Dade City A drainage … [Read more...]

Primary election coming soon for District 38

Randy Maggard and David ‘Mac” Macallister will face off in a primary on April 9 to determine who will represent the Republicans in a special election to fill the vacancy in District 38 House seat in the Florida Legislature. 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. Early … [Read more...]

Get ‘uncorked’ and sample wines

Wine enthusiasts are invited to sample various wines at ‘Uncorked,’ an event set for April 7 in Dade City. The Dade City Garden Club will host the function from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Various tables will offer an assortment of red and white wines for guests to sample from. And, craft beer will be this year’s new feature provided by Barley’s Angels. Each table will also include appetizers … [Read more...]

Top Community Perks In The Highlands

What are you looking for in your dream Florida home? Get ready, because the Highlands at Scotland Yards offers them all! Spacious New Homes: With features like open floor plans, two-car garages, and gourmet kitchens with stainless-steel appliances, you’re sure to love our model homes. Luxurious Amenities: Designed for active 55+ adults, our swimming pool, golf course and clubhouse create … [Read more...]

Jelly Bean Fling ushers in Spring

It’s time to grab those Easter egg baskets for the annual Jelly Bean Fling in Dade City. The event, now in its third year, will be on April 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids will be provided baskets for an all-day egg hunt. Each plastic egg will contain sweet treats inside. Other activities offered through the day include a barrel train ride with Conductor Joe at the helm, and a chance to … [Read more...]

Dade City picnic offers a taste of New York

About 80 people packed the clubhouse at Country Aire Manor recently for the annual Otsego County picnic. Besides catching up with friends and making new acquaintances, those gathering enjoyed a potluck lunch, had a chance to reminisce, and share their East Coast and Southern cultures. Sally Harrington, of Cooperstown, New York, said she was happy to run into old friends. “I’ve seen a … [Read more...]