Hitting all the right notes — together

It’s a Monday evening at the Dade City Woman’s Club and vocal coach Alison Graham sits at a small round table, near a bank of windows. Girls are sitting around her on the floor, listening as Graham reads through judges’ comments from their most recent competition. It’s a routine the girls know well. The singers, who are members of Graham Music Studios, are accustomed to performing, and … [Read more...]

Let the good times roll

Part of the secret to having fun is knowing where to find it. And, then once you have figured out some options, it’s good to know early enough so you can do what you need to do, to maximize your enjoyment. That’s the idea behind this master calendar: It’s a list of fun stuff to do in 2018 — giving readers plenty of time to consider their choices and make some plans. So, as New Year gets … [Read more...]

Pasco’s tourism director wants to take a new approach

Adam Thomas envisions Pasco County becoming one of Florida’s “must-see” tourism destinations. Aside from mostly pleasant weather, the county lays its claim to bountiful ecotourism, miles of bike trails, premier multipurpose sports facilities — as well as beaches and resorts. “We have a lot of opportunities,” said Thomas, who is Pasco’s newest tourism director. “Our destination is really … [Read more...]

Fair offers a full slate of fun

  The Pasco County Fair has provided fun to fair-goers for seven decades, and it just wrapped up this year’s event, which delivered on the theme of “70 years of Homespun Fun.” Fair-goers could watch acts ranging from the Axe Women Loggers of Maine, to Robinson’s Racing Pigs to a Barnyard Review to Lizzy the Dream Girl’s Hypnosis Show. There were plenty of livestock shows, a … [Read more...]

Public meeting set to discuss Extension Office location

Community members will have another chance to share their views on the future location of the Pasco County Extension Office. Extension now operates out of space owned by the Pasco County Fair Association, under an annual $17,000 lease, which is currently on a month-to-month basis. But, the office is too small and outdated to meet Extension’s needs. The county wants to improve … [Read more...]

Resolve to have fun in 2017

Maybe 2017 is the year that you’re going to have more fun. But, perhaps you want to improve planning your activities, and to get a better handle on your spending, too. The Laker/Lutz News is here to help. Whether you’re new to area, or have lived here for decades, this guide is intended to help you plan fun activities for you and your family, without breaking the bank. January Raising … [Read more...]

Guiding Pasco County Schools is a big job

As Kurt Browning begins his second term as superintendent of Pasco County Schools, he knows he’s got his work cut out for him. He found that out during his first term. “I tell people, I have not worked as hard in my adult life as I have this past four years,” said Browning, who directs the daily operations of Florida’s 11th-largest school district. The 58-year-old quickly added: … [Read more...]

It’s Pasco County Fair time

At first glance, it may seem to be all about the rides. After all, there are a lot of them. Or, perhaps it’s all about the food. Fried anything, anyone? Or, maybe it would seem to be about the games or entertainment. There are certainly plenty of choices. But really, the stars of the Pasco County Fair are the kids and their livestock. At least that’s how Clark Converse, … [Read more...]

Getting an early taste of the artistic life

Patrons perusing the shelves of the children’s section at the Hugh Embry Branch Library got a bonus over the last several weeks. But they’ve had to look up to see it. On the top ledge of the shelves, there’s an exhibit of artworks created by students from Saint Anthony Catholic School. The works demonstrate the broad range of artistic instruction these young students experience under … [Read more...]

Save some cash at the county fair

Ladies and gentlemen, it's fair season. That means good rides, good entertainment and good food — or bad food, if you're a fitness expert. If they can deep-fry it, you can probably buy it at a fair. The Florida State Fair in Tampa is underway and the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City kicks off at the end of the month. But if you don't catch the one in the middle, you're really … [Read more...]