Take a moment. Savor a beautiful sunset.

It’s no secret that the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has claimed lives, caused job losses, closed school campuses, canceled celebrations and caused anxiety — and yet, beauty still remains. This sunset was captured on a spring evening, over East Lake Ellis, in Land O’ Lakes. The lake is situated between Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, School Road and Hopson Road. … [Read more...]

Celebrating Earth Day, in the midst of a pandemic

On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day, which originated in 1970 as a national day to focus on the environment. Take a drive out to the edge of Pasco County and it won’t seem like we’re in the midst of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic. Rather, there’s a sense of peace and tranquility — while the fields of rye and the garden crops grow, and cows congregate contentedly in a … [Read more...]

Rock ‘n’ Roll concert cures isolation blues

With the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic changing the routines of everyday life, the Keystone Place at Terra Bella senior living community, at 2200 Livingston Road in Land O’ Lakes, came up with a creative way to safely engage and entertain its residents. To help reduce isolation during these challenging times, the community hired The Boomer Band to perform oldies from a flatbed … [Read more...]

Add a little spring to your home

A burlap basket filled with fresh, colorful flowers, is an easy way to brighten up your home for the Easter holiday. … [Read more...]

Blessings and forever homes

From its tranquil, wooded location — and before the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, one Lutz church hosted an event that was for the dogs — and, the cats. The Unity North Tampa church, 19520 Holly Lane, had its first annual Pet Adoption Fair. The Rev. Virginia Walsh scampered around the church hall, as the event began, talking about why the church wanted to host an adoption … [Read more...]

A place for friends, fun and food

Normally, the county’s senior centers are places for gathering, and having fun and food. Concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) have caused a temporary halt to these activities, but we recently dropped in to the senior center on the grounds of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Zephyrhills, before the threat of pandemic cast its shadow over daily activities. … [Read more...]

Fair aims to find loving homes for pets

Feeling the need to find forever homes for stray animals, The Unity North Tampa church, 19520 Holly Lane in Lutz, hosted a pet adoption fair last month. Dozens of kittens and 14 dogs were at the event. The adoption fair also featured pet blessings, performed by the Rev. Virginia Walsh. People wishing to have their pets blessed, could bring them on leashes or in carriers. Or, they could bring a … [Read more...]

Making their voices heard in the Presidential Preference Primary

Pasco County voters hit the polls on March 17 to make their vote count in the 2020 Presidential Preference Primary, despite threats posed by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. For more coverage on this story, see full story. … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills Founder’s Day heads back to The Roaring ‘20s

Thousands made their way to downtown Zephyrhills to honor the city during the 110th Founder’s Day Parade & Heritage Festival on March 7. This year’s theme was “The Roaring ‘20s: Glitz, Glam and Tin Cans” – which celebrated the wild decade of gangsters, the Charleston and flappers. The 1920s also marked the start of the tin can tourist trend in Zephyrhills. People from all over … [Read more...]

Using string to create masterpieces

The Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, recently hosted a paint-by-string event, as part of its Try it Tuesday program. This was the library’s first time doing this particular craft. The craft involved placing pieces of string in each of six available watercolor paint colors. One color at a time, participants then placed the painted string in between two pieces of paper, allowing a … [Read more...]