Halloween traditions have an ancient past

It’s that time again this year when many pumpkins are mutilated into grotesque-looking faces. It’s the season of black cats, bats and skeleton decorations. And, it’s that time when little kids, and some adults, too, get dressed in costumes to go trick-or-treating in neighborhoods, or go trunk-or-treating at Halloween events. It’s a night of monsters and princesses, athletes and … [Read more...]

Will election be ‘one for the ages?’

When he looks ahead to the 2020 Presidential Election, Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley predicts, “that’s going to be one for the ages.” For one thing, there are already attorneys being lined up in Florida, on both sides of the aisle, for next year, Corley said, during a luncheon meeting last week of the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, at  St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in … [Read more...]

Painting rocks with a spring theme

The Land O’Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, recently hosted a rock painting event where participants were encouraged to channel their inner artist by painting rocks with a spring theme, in honor of Earth Day. Acrylic paints were used to design bumble bees, ladybugs and garden flowers. The library hosts a rock painting class one Wednesday a month. Earth Day is on April 22. … [Read more...]

Charlie the Dog helps children read at local library

While many dogs know how to fetch and roll, Charlie has an unusual talent: He can encourage children to read. Charlie is a therapy dog and is part of the R.E.A.D. team, along with library assistant Victoria Hanley, of Lutz. The pair are involved in a new program at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, called “Read with Charlie the Dog.” R.E.A.D. is an international … [Read more...]

Halloween tricks, treats and traditions on tap

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Halloween, you’ll find plenty of options across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, at 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., is hosting a Family Fun Festival that it’s calling “Light the Night.” The event will be from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Oct. 31. Cars will be decorated with favorite kid-friendly themes and will line … [Read more...]

Having fun, and learning, at the library

There’s more than just books to check out It won’t be long before school bells ring in a new year, but before they do, there’s still ample opportunity to have fun at local libraries during summer break. There also are plenty of ways — besides books — to learn at local libraries. For instance, people who wanted to learn more about the work that police officers do had a chance to do … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes in line for bus service

Land O’ Lakes is experiencing unprecedented growth as more residential and commercial ventures pop up, especially northward along U.S. 41. But, one item that isn’t seen in the area is public bus transit. Pasco County commissioners are preparing to change that by adding a circulator bus route to its list of capital improvement projects for fiscal year 2017. On April 12, commissioners directed … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes library opens makerspace

The Land O’ Lakes Branch Library officially opens its new “makerspace,” known as the Foundry, at a ribbon cutting on Dec. 17 at 10 a.m., at 2818 Collier Pkwy. It will be the first dedicated makerspace for a Pasco County library, but likely not the last. The technology and equipment at the Foundry is the future for libraries that are adapting to the 21st century needs of their tech-savvy … [Read more...]

Overpass at State Road 54 and U.S. 41?

The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting a meeting to gather public comments on a proposed overpass at the intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 54. The event, which includes an open house and formal presentation, will be on Dec. 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Myrtle Lake Baptist Church, at 2017 Riegler Road in Land O’ Lakes. The presentation will be made at 6:30 p.m. The … [Read more...]

New Wesley Chapel charter uses Montessori method

When school begins in the fall, a new educational option will be available for parents of children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Garden Montessori School has been approved as a charter school in Pasco County, meaning that there’s no tuition for children attending the school. The new charter has its roots in a private pre-school and kindergarten that has been offering the … [Read more...]