San Antonio gears up for 51st Rattlesnake Fest

The 51st annual San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival, slated for this coming weekend, is borrowing from old traditions and introducing new activities, too, according to organizers of the event. The two-day event is set for Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. As in the past, the festival will have a snake show, wooden gopher tortoise races, a pumpkin patch and … [Read more...]

Labor shortage delays debris removal

Those piles of Hurricane Irma debris could be sitting near homes for as long as a couple of months, Pasco County officials have said. That’s because there’s a shortage of work crews. Officials hope that residents will be patient, as the county struggles to pull together enough work crews. Pasco County Utilities, Solid Waste and Resources Recovery Department set the start of debris … [Read more...]

Old Pasco Road extension under review

A study is underway to investigate extending Old Pasco Road/Ossie Murphy Road, by adding two new roadways north of State Road 52 to east of the Interstate 75 bridge underpass. Officials from Pasco County Engineering Services ultimately foresee an approximate 1.25 mile, four-lane divided urban (curb and gutter) section, whereby Old Pasco Road would stretch approximately 4,000 feet northward … [Read more...]

Egg hunts and services planned to celebrate Easter

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Easter season, you’ll find plenty of options across the region. There are fun events, such as Easter crafts and egg hunts, solemn Good Friday events and Easter service celebrations. Here are few highlights from around the area covered by The Laker/Lutz News. They are presented here, in chronological order. The Pioneer Florida Museum & … [Read more...]

Festival may slither back to life

The San Antonio Rotary Club is considering four organizations that are interested in taking over the annual San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival & Run. The club announced earlier this month that the 50th festival, held in October, would be its last. “We pulled out all the stops for the 50th annual festival to honor and celebrate this longstanding community fundraiser,” Betty Burke said, … [Read more...]

East Pasco Rocks plays hide-and-seek

East Pasco County residents are having a rockin’ good time – with hide-and-seek painted rocks. On a recent Sunday, members of a new club, East Pasco Rocks, packed a pavilion at Zephyr Park in Zephyrhills for their first group painting party. They brought art supplies, creativity and - rocks. Afterward, children gathered up the pretty stones, hidden for a treasure hunt in the … [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...]

If you enjoy pottery, this tour is for you

People who are drawn to pottery are naturally attracted to the Tampa Tour De Clay, said Kim Wellman, of Wellman & Welsch Pottery in Lutz. This tour offers so much more than the chance to add some unique pottery pieces to your collection, said Wellman, whose studio is one of four stops on the tour. It also offers provides a closer look at what goes into the creation of ceramic … [Read more...]

There are plenty of ways to help this season

If you would like to help someone else during the holidays, there are plenty of ways you can do that. Here’s a look at some of the efforts underway that could use more support. Donate a Bicycle This effort, spearheaded by Caroline Contractors LLC, is seeking donations of money, bicycles or helmets. Those wishing to donate bicycles or helmets can drop them off at these locations: … [Read more...]

There’s no shortage of holiday cheer here

The Thanksgiving turkey and all of the fixins’ — and all of the leftovers — are gone. Lucky for you, you’ve got a whole month of holiday happenings available for your enjoyment. Here’s a look at just some of the free and low-cost options being offered in the The Laker/Lutz News coverage area, with a few other regional events tossed in that we thought would give you some holiday … [Read more...]