Turning back the clock to the 16th century

Every year, tens of thousands of people get a chance to transport themselves into the past and escape from the real world at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. Now entering its 39th season, the annual festival attracts about 80,000 people a year, according to the festival’s website. Set in 1524 in the fictional English town of Fittleworth, the seven-week long Tampa festival creates a … [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...]

‘Florida Finale’ event added to lacrosse tourney

A popular youth lacrosse tournament in Wesley Chapel soon will feature even more teams from across the nation. NDP (National Development Program) Lacrosse announced last month it will debut the Dick’s Sporting Goods Florida Finale lacrosse tournament, held in conjunction with the 11th annual Tournament of Champions presented by Pasco County. The Florida Finale event, like the … [Read more...]

Human trafficking often unseen problem

Edie Rhea said she was just 10, when her mother’s boyfriend began sexually abusing her and selling her to strangers for sex. Others may have never suspected what was going on, because Rhea said she lived in a four-bedroom, two-bath house in a nice neighborhood. She also went to school, like other kids, she said. Even though there were opportunities to tell someone else, Rhea said she was too … [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...]

MOSI to host digital classroom symposium

The Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa will host a digital classroom initiative symposium Nov. 13 beginning at 8 a.m. It will bring together education professional and high-technology specialists who will discuss adapting technology for enhanced learning and student achievement advancements. The symposium is being put together by state Sen. John Legg, and will cover an array of topics … [Read more...]

Free admission July 4 for military personnel

The Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, is offering free admission for all military personnel on July 4. It's open to active duty, veteran and retired military personnel for them and up to five family members. Open exhibits on Independence Day include Disasterville, The Amazing You, as well as the BioWorks Butterfly Garden. Visitors also have a chance to check … [Read more...]

MOSI hosting hurricane expo

It's almost time for hurricane season, and the Museum of Science & Industry will host its free Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo to get the word out on how to be ready. The expo — hosted by MOSI, Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa — will take place May 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the museum, 4801 E. Fowler Ave. Hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through Nov. 30. The expo's goal … [Read more...]

Local educators get year of MOSI for free

The Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa is offering teachers and school district employees from three counties complimentary annual memberships. The offer, MOSI officials said, was to thank teachers and school employees for “all they do,” according to a release. It will be open to those working in Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Any employee can get free admission to more … [Read more...]