At just 11, he’s already found his voice

Marcus Mitchell isn’t even a teenager yet, but he already knows how he wants to spend his life. He wants to make music, and to perform it for others. He’s already writing songs, and in November, the Land O’ Lakes Christian School student will be taking the stage with the Florida Orchestra to perform a solo part. He will be singing the solo in Movement 2 of Chichester Psalms under choral … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes park and community center have a new name

The Pasco County Commission has renamed the community center and park in Land O’ Lakes as the Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park. Commissioners adopted the new name on Nov. 7, at the request of Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore. “They are trying to have more of an identity in that area,” said Moore. “I think they’ll be excited by this.” Moore said he consulted with members of the … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes’ Heritage Stage makes its debut

It was an occasion to mark the completion of Heritage Stage in Land O’ Lakes, and it had all of the trappings of a traditional small-town celebration. The American Legion Post 79 presented the colors. Sanders Elementary students led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Sunlake High School Seahawks band played a few numbers. And, public officials and staff members were there … [Read more...]

Finding music within life’s difficulties

Playing classical music is not the easiest feat — even when you’ve had formal training and are adept at reading sheet music. For James Williams, it is even more challenging. Not only does he lack formal training, but he also has had to overcome obstacles caused by his autism, a condition he was diagnosed with at age 3. The now 18-year-old, who originally hails from London, said he began … [Read more...]

There’s plenty of cheer to spread around this season

If you’re looking for a way to get into a festive mood, you won’t have to look very far. There are loads of celebrations planned throughout The Laker/Lutz News’ coverage area. A familiar community landmark will be decked out again for the holidays for the 19th annual Christmas at the Old Lutz School. Rooms are dressed up with holiday décor and community groups provide … [Read more...]

Stage is alive with the sound of (free) music

You know what’s fun? Going to a concert. If it’s an outdoor venue and the weather is nice, nothing’s better than sitting back and listening to some great music. You know what’s not fun? Paying for it. Concerts today are expensive. I mean, really expensive. A ticket where you’re close enough to actually see the musicians could cost $100 or more. That doesn’t count parking, either. Who … [Read more...]