Exploring Tampa’s Jewish history

Tampa’s Jewish population today numbers more than 25,000 members involved in  more than a dozen synagogues, day schools, and multiple community centers and related organizations. The of history Tampa’s Jewish community likewise runs deep — dating back more than 170 years. The Tampa Bay History Center, in partnership with the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, recently had a presentation … [Read more...]

There’s no shortage of holiday cheer here

The Thanksgiving turkey and all of the fixins’ — and all of the leftovers — are gone. Lucky for you, you’ve got a whole month of holiday happenings available for your enjoyment. Here’s a look at just some of the free and low-cost options being offered in the The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, with a few other regional events tossed in that we thought would give you some holiday … [Read more...]

Passover begins April 22

The holiday of Pesach, or Passover, is an eight-day festival celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. This year, it runs from April 22 to April 30. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Following the rituals of Passover allows the Jewish community to relive and experience the freedom of their … [Read more...]

Lutz church hits three-quarter century mark

There was just a smattering of businesses along U.S. 41, when the Rev. Heard T. Burnette began the First Baptist Church of Lutz, in the community north of Tampa. The first meeting was in the home of J. B. and Maude Laurence, which was on the ground where Lutz Elementary School now sits. Joan Fletcher recalls the church’s first meeting, held in the living room of her grandparents’ … [Read more...]

Lettuce Lake Park offers beauty, bird watching and fun

If you’re looking for a place to commune with nature, spend some time exercising, or gather with family and friends — Lettuce Lake Park may be just the spot for you. The 240-acre park offers wooded picnic areas, a playground, an interpretive center, an observation tower, and a 1.25-mile bicycle and jogging trail, complete with a fitness course, according to the park’s website. There’s … [Read more...]