MOSI focusing more on community outreach

In just a few years, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) has gone from being millions of dollars in debt to being financially sustainable, operating in the black. The turnaround of the North Tampa organization has come under the new leadership of Julian McKenzie, who was promoted as museum CEO in 2017, after serving less than a year as its CFO. The museum leader led a restructuring … [Read more...]

Seven Oaks PTA supports student achievement

Seven Oaks Elementary School, in Wesley Chapel, has been named one of the 2019-2021 National PTA Schools of Excellence. The accolade recognizes schools across the country which have strived to make advancements for student education in their schools. Three Pasco County schools achieved the honor, announced over the summer. Besides Seven Oaks, the others who received recognition are … [Read more...]

MOSI offers a hands-on approach to science

The Museum of Science and Industry — known as MOSI, for short — has been a staple within the Tampa Bay Area for 30 years. And, the tourist attraction is showing no signs of slowing down. Last month, it unveiled its Dinovations Lab exhibit. “The star of our Dinovations Lab is our full-sized Diplodocus dinosaur,” said  Anthony Pelaez, senior director of exhibits and innovation at … [Read more...]

A time to remember military sacrifice

Our nation is preparing to observe Memorial Day, in honor of the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces. The American holiday, which falls on the last Monday of May each year, originally was known as Decoration Day. It began in the years following the Civil War and was declared an official federal holiday in 1971. To mark the holiday weekend, several events and … [Read more...]

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...]