Political season is beginning to heat up

It’s not 2020 yet, but the political season is underway, and candidates are beginning to make their intentions known. This Political Agenda column is The Laker/Lutz News’ way to keep our readers informed of candidates who have filed, political party meetings, political forums and endorsements. This column also includes information that’s pertinent for upcoming elections, such as deadlines … [Read more...]

Swamp Fest returns with new rides, family fun

The idea of bringing a community together to have fun, while raising money, is nothing new. Swamp Fest, an annual event, has been doing that for 11 years, in Land O’ Lakes. Festivities begin with a preview evening on Oct. 31. The festival runs through Nov. 3. The event raises money for area schools, nonprofits and community, as well as benefiting businesses. It is hosted by the Land … [Read more...]

A community steps up to lend its support

Pasco County firefighter Hunter Garcia, his wife, Kayla, and their 5-month-old daughter, Clara, were traveling down Van Dyke Road on Sept. 13, when they were involved in a multi-car accident. A total of four cars were affected, with five people transported to the hospital, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office news release. All three Garcias were taken to the hospital. Hunter … [Read more...]

Extension office kicks off wellness program

Start stepping toward a healthier future with UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension, which is now offering a 12-week walking program called Let’s Walk Florida. The program is designed to encourage community members to team up in pursuit of a lifelong walking habit. Anyone can participate in the program aimed at promoting physical wellness. Walking reduces the risk of heart disease and some … [Read more...]

Youth vaping a growing concern in Pasco

Health officials in Pasco County are concerned about rising numbers of local teens who are using electronic cigarettes, or vaping. Last year, about 25 percent of Florida high school students reported current use of electronic vaping, according to the Florida Department of Health. That marked a staggering 58 percent increase compared to 2017. The figures might be even higher in Pasco … [Read more...]

Local business pays gift forward

The Color Express, together with Land O’ Lakes Gators Youth Football, hosted a Community Day on March 31, at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The Color Express was a winner of the United Health Care/Buccaneers Spotlight on Small Business contest, and to pay it forward, it shared the prize with the community. The event was open to the public and featured the Tampa Bay … [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...]

Online registration now available for camps

Online-only registration is replacing the long lines of years past, making signups for summer camps easier and just a click away. Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources (PRNR) will open online summer day camp registration on April 6 at 10 a.m. The seven-week camps for elementary and middle school children will run from June 10 to July 26. Campers can experience activities … [Read more...]

Addiction recovery community organization forming in Pasco

New long-term addiction recovery services may soon be headed to Pasco County, by way of what’s called a Recovery Community Organization. A Recovery Community Organization, otherwise known as an RCO, is an independent, nonprofit organization led and governed by representatives of local communities of recovery, which organizes recovery-focused policy advocacy activities, carries out … [Read more...]

Music fest returns to Land O’ Lakes

Get ready for some sounds of music — at the fourth annual Land O’ Lakes Music Festival. The event is set for March 23 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event. Live performances will be provided by Bearded Brothers, Stonegrey, Peace of Woodstock and Solar … [Read more...]