A time to remember military sacrifice

Our nation is preparing to observe Memorial Day, in honor of the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces. The American holiday, which falls on the last Monday of May each year, originally was known as Decoration Day. It began in the years following the Civil War and was declared an official federal holiday in 1971. To mark the holiday weekend, several events and … [Read more...]

Festivities set to honor Earth Day

Finding ways to celebrate Mother Earth and to recycle, upcycle and preserve its precious resources are the themes of Earth Day celebrations planned around the region. One of the largest area events planned for Earth Day, known as Earth Day Tampa Bay, got its start as EcoFest at Learning Gate Community School in Lutz. Now, in its eighth year, the event has become Tampa’s signature Earth … [Read more...]

Learning Gate dishes up a garden party

Learning Gate Community School threw a garden party and invited its friends. More than 80 parents, local garden club members and community leaders shared a luncheon feast in a glade beneath the branches of an ancient oak tree. A short stroll away, fifth-graders guided lunch guests on a tour of the school's working garden. Kindergarteners through fifth-graders also entertained at the … [Read more...]

Preparations underway for EcoFest 2016

An effort that began seven years ago on the Hanna Road campus of Learning Gate Community School, in Lutz, has morphed into an event expected to draw thousands to Tampa’s Lowry Park on April 23 in a festival that pays homage to protecting Mother Earth. EcoFest is an annual event aimed at raising awareness about the principles of sustainability — ecology, equity and economy. Learning Gate … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel teenager paddles dragon boat for USA

A field trip with her Girl Scout troop brought an unexpected opportunity for 13-year-old Kaitlyn Robinson. The John Long Middle School eighth grader also found a passion – a love for dragon boat racing. On Aug. 15, she and her mother, Dawn Robinson, will fly to Welland Ontario Canada where Kaitlyn will compete in the World National Dragon Boat Championships from Aug. 19 to Aug. … [Read more...]

Fun on (and before) the Fourth

How do you celebrate the Fourth of July? Do you prefer an early event with food and a parade? How about a later celebration, complete with music and fireworks? Or maybe something family friendly, with activities geared specifically toward children? And even though July 4 falls on a Saturday, would you like to get a head start on the celebration? If you answered "yes" to any of those … [Read more...]

On The Cheap Fun on Father’s Day

Mother's Day is such a special event, we almost forget about that other day the following month. But Father's Day is just as important, and a great holiday for people who like to do things on the cheap. After all, who was better at pinching pennies when you were growing up than dear old dad? So, if you can celebrate Father's Day and save some money at the same, you'll earn his admiration and … [Read more...]

Treat mom, save money this weekend

Mother's Day is an opportunity to spend quality time with your mom, grandmother, spouse or anyone who best fits that "mother" role. It's a day to do something special. But it's not a time to be irresponsible with your finances. Sure, you could spend a bunch of money on expensive flowers and take her to a fancy lunch. But what message would you be sending? That you're not watching your money? … [Read more...]

EcoFest offers fun, and food for thought

Thousands turned out for the sixth annual EcoFest at the picturesque setting of Lowry Park. This year’s event had the feel of a farmer’s market and that was intentional, said Michele Northrup, an event organizer from Learning Gate Community School. The charter school, located in Lutz, has spearheaded the event since its inception. As its name implies, the festival celebrates efforts … [Read more...]

If you’re looking for holiday cheer, check this out

There are plenty of local holiday happenings to appeal to young and old, but there’s a wide assortment of regional attractions to help brighten the season as well. If you’re looking for something fun and affordable to do, here’s a list of possibilities. TAMPA The 33rd annual Victorian Christmas Stroll at the Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. — Beneath the towering silver … [Read more...]