Feeding the hungry through ‘pop-up’ food drive

When Idlewild Baptist Church decided to hold a food drive recently — it had no idea the response would be so great that it would essentially create a traffic jam because so many church members showed up to drop off contributions. Typically, the church takes weeks to plan big events. In this case, it sprang into action. As medical and economic impacts of coronavirus disease-2019 … [Read more...]

Finding creative ways to express faith at Easter

Instead of having thousands of members arriving for Easter services at Idlewild Baptist Church, in Lutz, Senior Pastor Ken Whitten expects they’ll be tuning in instead. The church’s 15,000 members will be able to watch on Vimeo, Facebook or Idlewild.org the services, which will be presented in English and American Sign Language, and translated into Spanish. Those presenting the service … [Read more...]

Coronavirus cancels many sports events

As fears regarding coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) continue to ramp up, so do cancellations on the sports landscape — nationally, regionally and locally. The unexpected cancellations began on March 10 when The Ivy League, a Division I collegiate athletic conference comprised of private schools in the Northeast, announced the cancellation of its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, … [Read more...]

Choices abound for holiday fun

The holidays are a traditional time for friends and families to gather, and to seek out ways to enjoy the lights, sounds and treats of the season. If you’re looking to have some old-fashioned fun, to be inspired, or relax, there’s likely an option in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area to suit your fancy. Here’s a listing of some of your options. Lutz – Land O’ Lakes Traditions on the … [Read more...]

Celebrating a decade of helping mothers-to-be

When Peter Castellani lost his corporate position at IBM, little did he know that his journey would lead him to open a safe haven for expecting mothers. Oasis Pregnancy Care Centers is that organization, providing women with free services, including pregnancy testing and baby supplies. This year marks the nonprofit’s 10th anniversary in serving Tampa Bay, and it wants the community to … [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...]

A New Year’s Eve home fire sparks a community’s compassion

A $10-a-plate pasta dinner benefit is planned this week to help a family who lost nearly all of their possessions when a New Year’s Eve fire raged through their Heritage Harbor home in Lutz. The fundraiser also will include raffles, a  50/50 drawing and games  — with 100 percent of the proceeds going to help Steve Dorsett, his wife, Maggi, and their children, 20-year-old Austin and 16-year-old … [Read more...]

New Year in sports offers plenty to watch, experience

As we embark on a new year, the sports world within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area promises to deliver plenty to watch, experience, and perhaps appreciate. Here’s a closer look at some of the happenings in 2019: One major development will be the progression of new sports facilities throughout East Pasco County  —  whether it’s the end-of-year completion of the Wiregrass Ranch Sports … [Read more...]

Political Agenda 07/18/2018

Sample ballots available Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley has announced that sample ballots for the Aug. 26 Primary Election are available online at PascoVotes.com, and will be mailed to Pasco County voters on Aug. 6. To view sample ballots online, voters need to know their voting precinct and party of registration. Club meetings Republican Club of Central Pasco Mike … [Read more...]

Region offers Easter festivities

Easter events are scheduled across the region this week, offering ways for families to have affordable fun, and opportunities for spiritual reflection and celebration. There are also a number of Passover events scheduled, which are included in an accompanying story. Many churches offer Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday services, which is March 29 this year, as well as Good Friday … [Read more...]