Region gears up to celebrate nation’s Independence Day

If you’re looking for some fun and patriotic ways to celebrate the nation’s birthday, you’ll find lots of options nearby. The master-planned community of Connerton is hosting its fifth annual “Nation Celebration” on July 3 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at 21100 Fountain Garden Way in Land O’ Lakes. The event will be an old-fashioned neighborhood party, open to the public, featuring a rock wall, … [Read more...]

Pasco could ease ban on digital signs for tourist venues

Pasco County is getting ready to ease a ban on digital signs, but will retain strict limits. The Pasco County Commission reviewed a proposal on Jan. 9 that would allow digital signs for “regional attractors” that hold a minimum of 50 tourist-related events a year. The venues must be located on at least 200 acres or have buildings totaling a minimum of 35,000 square feet to … [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...]

Thousands get emergency food assistance in Pasco

Thousands of residents from about 14 counties came to the Pasco County Fairgrounds to qualify for emergency assistance in replacing food lost during Hurricane Irma’s power outage. From Nov. 5 through Nov. 8, Pasco County deputies monitored an orderly progression of vehicles that stacked up in both directions along State Road 52, outside Dade City. Traffic moved slowly, but the … [Read more...]

This event wants to attract Bugs

If you’ve ever wanted to see a lot of bugs in one place — VW Bugs, that is — the Florida Bug Jam is the place to do it. This year’s 29th annual Florida Bug Jam is set for Nov. 11 and Nov. 12 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds. Vendors of new parts, swap items and food are encouraged to set up on the evening of Nov. 10 or early Nov. 11. Spectators will be admitted on both Nov. 11 and Nov. … [Read more...]

Food relief site at Pasco fairgrounds

A federal emergency food relief program found a new location, and set new dates, to aid qualifying residents who lost food during Hurricane Irma. Applications will be taken Nov. 5 through Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52 in Dade City. Similar events have been staged in counties in the Tampa Bay area that have drawn tens of thousands of … [Read more...]

Festivities planned to celebrate the nation’s independence

Independence Day — a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America — gives people a chance to celebrate the Fourth of July. There are many events planned across the Tampa Bay region, and here are a few of the choices. Connerton’s annual Nation Celebration, in Land O’ Lakes, will take place July 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a neighborhood … [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...]

Bug Jam is set for this weekend

One of the area’s largest car shows kicks off this weekend. The 28th annual Florida Bug Jam is slated for Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52 in Dade City. The two-day event is regarded as the Southeast’s largest Volkswagen (VW) car show. More than 720 VW entries, 200 vendors and about 12,000 spectators are expected. Saturday’s highlights … [Read more...]

Country Jam benefits fine arts and other programs

The second annual Dade City (DC) Country Jam promises to be bigger and better than last year’s. The shindig, set for Oct. 8 from noon to midnight at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, will feature a bevy of musical performances, including the likes of Nashville-based country singer Dawn Beyer; Johnny Shelton, of America’s Got Talent fame; and country-duo Jesse & Noah Bellamy. In all, there … [Read more...]