The Laker/Lutz News’ editorial assistant Mary Rathman loves Christmastime, so much so, that she has a year-round room in her home dedicated to the holiday. When she needs a little bit of peace and calm, or to chat with family on the internet, this is her place to be.
Pasco County once again will offer the Trees to Trails program for anyone interested in recycling their live Christmas tree after the holiday, according to Sarah Andeara, public information officer Pasco County, in an email to The Laker/Lutz News.
The trees are chipped for use in Pasco County parks, to mulch trails and plant beds.
The program is available Dec. 26 through Jan. 11.
Drop-off locations include:
- Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Road. Call 813-345-3145.
- Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road in Hudson. Call 727-861-3033.
As a general rule, all tinsel, lights, decorations and tree stands must be removed prior to drop-off.
Published December 07, 2022
The New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, will host the Garden Club on Dec. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The topic will be cacti and succulents. Register online at PascoLibraries.org.
Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, will host its annual live nativity on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. There will be the telling of the story of Jesus’ birth in the stable, with narration and songs, along with live animals. Outdoor seating and handicap parking will be available. After the presentation, there will be an animal encounter and refreshments.
The Friends of the Starkey Ranch Library will host a holiday gift-wrapping at the Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center, 12118 Lake Blanche Drive in Odessa, on Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your gifts to be wrapped, while listening to holiday music. Participants also can bring their own supplies. Donations will be accepted. All ages are welcome. For information, call 727-815-7126.
The Hugh Embry Library staff will host a City Hall Dade City Story Time on Dec. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., at City Hall, 38020 Meridian Ave. The event will feature stories, finger plays and song. For information, call 727-861-3020.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office along with Farm Share, the Pasco County NAACP, Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay, the Gentlemen’s Course, and the Samaritan Corporation of Pasco County will host a free community food distribution on Dec. 15 from 9 a.m., until the food items run out. This is a drive-through, rain or shine, first-come, first-served event, at the Boys & Girls Club of Lacoochee, 38724 Mudcat Grant Blvd., in Dade City.
The Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center, 12118 Lake Blanche Drive in Odessa, will host a Warm Up and Wind Down: Teen Movie Night on Dec. 14 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For information, call 727-815-7126.
The Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes, will host a Baby Storytime Lap-Sit Program that is meant to instill the love of reading in children at an early age, for babies up to 1 year old and their caregiver. Upcoming dates are Dec. 14 at 11:15 a.m.; Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 at 10:15 a.m. and at 11:15 a.m. For information, call 813-929-1214.
The Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center, 12118 Lake Blanche Drive in Odessa, will host the Hispanic Society Club on Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m., for stories, games and crafts. The theme will be “Where are we from?” For information, call 727-815-7126.