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Volume II • Issue VI

PETS They are the

COOLest! .............................. PET FRIENDLY

GUIDE Page 20-21

75th Anniversary Lutz 4th of July

Parade, Cake Contest

& Guv’na Election EVENT DETAILS ON PAGE 22

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The Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife Page 16-17

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|| CONTENTS ||

THE SCENE 8

Memorial Day Celebration

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1st Annual Tampa Bay Regional Mega Pet Adoption Event

LIFESTYLE 7

Save Them All - Best Friends Animal Society

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Pasco Animal Services

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The Owl's Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife

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Keeping Dogs Calm on July 4th

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Pet Friendly Guide - Dog Friendly Restaurants & Bars, Dog Parks, Grooming, Animal Hospitals & Boarding

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS 15

New Tampa Pet Resort - Kimberley Kevan

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Great Florida Insurance - Beau Barry

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Marcio Cruz Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy

FYI 10

Hurricane Windows 101

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Calendar of Events

28-29 Your Home is Your Castle,

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Some of Best Friends Initiatives

Ending Puppy Mills • Protecting Community Cats • Ending Breed Discrimination Transparency in America’s Shelters • Creating No-Kill Communities “We work with Hillsborough Pet Resource Center, Humane Society of Tampa Bay and Pasco County Animal Services, providing mentorship and resources to help each organization become no-kill. Best Friends and its Network partners cannot do it alone. They need the community’s help through volunteering, fostering, adopting, spay and neutering education and being a positive ambassador for your shelter and rescues. We have 2600 Network partners (municipal shelters and rescues) in the country and several of them are in Florida. We are all working together to make Florida (and the country) no-kill,” Emily added. Best Friends Animal Society was a sponsor of the 1st Annual Tampa Bay Regional Mega Pet Adoption Event held at the Hernando County Fairgrounds May 17th – 19th. During the 3-day event, 371 homeless pets found the homes that they desperately needed. Best Friends also contributed free treatment for all dogs who had heartworms so their new owners didn’t have to bear that medical expense. Visit your local shelter today to get involved with lifesaving efforts and join Best Friends and its partners to Save Them All. For more information visit www.bestfriends.org.

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Ethan, Tyler, Gresly, Lydia & Matilde Four Generations enjoying Memorial Day Rahlawn and her grandson Zi’ Kyngdom

Cruz, Lawson, Melissa, Eric, Vanessa, Weston & Samantha Kids competed in a dance contest at the pool

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Some of the organizations who participated - Pasco County Animal Services, Citrus County Animal Services, Hernando County Animal Services, Hillsborough Pet Resources Center, Best Friends Animal Society & The Humane Society of the Nature Coast

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ccording to Rachel Stever, Education and Outreach Coordinator for Pasco County Animal Services, “PCAS is a Save 90 Shelter, meaning our goal is to save 90% of all the animals that arrive at our shelter. Our current live release rate is 91%. Our live release for dogs is 96% for the calendar year and 83% for cats. Our shelter does not euthanize for time or space limitations and we are able to remain this way through adoptions and our amazing rescue partners that help support us. Our ultimate goal is to reach a 100% live release rate. PCAS openly posts their monthly statistics on their website.” Mike Shumate, PCAS Animal Services Director, stated, “We just participated in the multi-county Tampa Bay Regional Mega Pet Adoption and it was so successful that we plan to collaborate with surrounding counties and rescue groups again to make this an annual event. 371 homeless pets were adopted during the three day event held May 17th - 19th at the Hernando County Fairgrounds.” Mike explained, “We have joined forces with other organizations to support the national No-Kill Movement, with the objective to eliminate euthanizing homeless animals in all U.S. shelters by 2025.” Mike added, “To that end, PCAS offers many community programs to provide low cost spay and neutering, promote adoptions, and support community pet health, however many Pasco residents may not be aware of all the services that we offer.”

Jasmine with her new parents, Sara & Rush

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Livi with Sean & her new sisters

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Pasco County Animal Services Offers Ongoing Adoption Fee Promotions • Military/First Responders - 50% off adoption fee • Longtime Residents - 50% off adoption fee for pets that have been at the shelter 100+ days • Seniors – Adoption fee waived for 55 years+ Looking to Expand Your Family with a New Fur-ever Friend? • Must be 18 years or older • Must be able to provide a form of photo identification • Must be willing to provide a loving home for a shelter pet • If you aren’t quite ready to adopt – consider fostering Spaying and Neutering Programs One of our biggest goals At PCAS is to promote spaying and neutering in Pasco County. We offer the SNIP Low Income Program for Pasco citizens and also the Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Release Program (TNVR), for community and feral cats. Barn Cat Program We offer this option for un-socialized cats. We provide resources for the new owners on how to manage the cats and their new ‘pest control’ duties on their property. Low Cost Vaccine and Microchip Clinic Vaccines, heartworm tests, feline FIV/Leukemia tests and microchips are offered at a low cost. Offered every Wednesday from 9am to 11am and no appointment is necessary. A license must be purchased for the resident’s pet when they attend the clinic. Licensing Licensing is required by ordinance for both cats and dogs. Most of our county veterinarians can license a resident’s pet during their annual vet visit but you can also come to the shelter with proof of vaccination to receive the up to date license.

Patsy with her new Mom & Dad

Jackpot with his new family

In addition, Hudson Regional Library and Fiscal Services in New Port Richey are able to issue licenses as well. Licensing is $10 for altered dogs and $5 for altered cats. Additional prices are applicable depending on 1 or 3 year status and alteration status. Animal Control This team covers stray and lost pets, rabies control, cruelty and neglect concerns and cases, hoarding cases and overall enforcement of animal related county ordinances. The team is sometimes able to return pets to their owners, enabling the pets to avoid ever having to come to the shelter. For residents who need to report a complaint, they are able to do so on the Pasco County website and in some cases, can do so anonymously. Facility Renovations PCAS is currently undergoing renovations in our C building. It is the oldest building on the property and they are expecting this project to be completed in the next month or two. The shelter will be gaining more kennel space and will also have a food bank. PCAS offers this along with other information to assist pet owners with getting back on their feet versus needing to re-home or surrender a beloved pet. Donations and Supporters Rachel pointed out, “Friends of Animal Services, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps with the enrichment and medical needs for pets at our shelter. They helped with major purchases such as our digital x-ray machine, new shade sails for the yards, heartworm treatments, and specialty surgeries and procedures that help in our lifesaving efforts.” Volunteering Opportunities PCAS is always looking for volunteers and they offer many different ways to get involved. Pasco County Animal Services is located at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O’ Lakes. For more information call (813) 929-1212 or visit www.pascocountyfl.net/408/ Animal-Services. TO ADVERTISE CALL 813-501-4894 | VOLUME II • ISSUE VI | LUTZ MAGAZINE |

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New Tampa Pet Resort, we ask ourselves - what is our Why?” General Manager, Kimberley Kevan, explains, “Why do we get up in the morning? Why do we do what we do? For us, our Why is very simple. It is for the love of the animals and for the people who love them. We offer a safe, comfortable and fun place to board dogs, cats and exotics as well as offering Doggie Daycare and Full Service Grooming.” Kimberley is originally from Canada and said she sure doesn’t miss the snow and now considers the Lutz area her home. She said, “When I moved here, I wanted to follow my true passion – my love of animals. I’ve been with the resort for 11 years, starting shortly after it opened its doors. I am Mom to 4 cats and a cheeky cockatiel and I get my dog addiction fix daily at the resort. Who doesn’t love kissing dog noses? We also enjoy our two legged customers and the relationships that we develop while caring for their fur-babies.” “Our resort stands out from the other options, not only because of our big yards, bone shaped swimming pool and clean resort, but because of our friendly and caring team. We have very little staff turnover as most employees have been with us for several years, so they really know our guests and their individual personalities - their likes, dislikes and where they like most to be scratched.” Kimberley pointed out, adding, “It’s heartwarming to see dogs come bounding into our lobby with tails wagging, excited to see their favorite Pack Leader or Groomer and to play with their furry friends. We have a family feel here at the resort and for most pets, it’s like coming home.” The health and wellbeing of dogs is the number one concern at the resort and they strive to educate their pet parents about their beliefs. According to Kimberley, “We feel that the picture of a truly healthy, well cared for dog is one that is in good medical condition, physically fit, stimulated mentally, emotionally happy, and well groomed. Just like people, regular exercise is the key to a longer fuller life. Doggie Daycare is a perfect way for your dog to get that necessary exercise by playing, running, wrestling, and even swimming at the resort while you are at work or at the mall. Our trained staff sees each dog as an individual and adjusts their play accordingly to what suits their needs. “To complete the picture of perfect dog health, our experienced and well trained Groomers can send your fur baby home smelling fresh, looking good, and feeling great. This pampering isn’t just reserved for super models, as matted fur & long toenails can be painful for pets. Our resort is located directly next door to New Tampa Animal Hospital, with renowned Veterinarian Dr. Ricci, and her incredible staff. This gives pet parents peace of mind and convenience for getting vaccine updates or annual exams, “Kimberley added.

Kimberley Kevan

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Kris Porter

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fter 11 years, Kris Porter traded in her position caring for baby animals as Senior Zoo Keeper in the Animal Nursery at Busch Gardens for a new adventure. She had spent years working with over 350 different species at the park, caring for everything from birds to panda bears, but she began caring for a new baby of her own when her first child was born prematurely at only 4 pounds. It turns out that her days of caring for wildlife were not over. Twelve years had passed since she left Busch Gardens, and she was contacted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission about an opportunity to work with animals again by becoming a rescue and rehab specialist. Kris said, “Eventually Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife was born and I found that devoting a large number of hours to such an incredible cause has literally changed my life.” Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife is a 100% volunteer run registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is state and federally permitted to rescue, rehabilitate and (when possible) release sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife. Kris noted, “We work with all native Florida wildlife including birds, otters, skunks, squirrels, foxes, bobcats, raccoons, tortoises, turtles and many other mammals. They serve six counties including Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and assist in neighboring counties. Kris pointed out, “We receive no funding from any governmental agency and are strictly funded by donors and fundraising and we’re always looking for volunteers and corporate sponsors to help us achieve our goals in caring for area wildlife in need.” The Owl’s Nest is the proud recipient of the SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Conservation Grant for 2018 – 2019 and has been a Conservation Partner with The Downtown Denver Aquarium since 2016. “At Owl’s Nest it’s our goal to only get involved when needed and to do what is best for the animal, which is not always an easy decision. We work closely with several other local and regional facilities to make sure that all of our cases receive the care they need and when release is not possible, but a good quality of life is still possible, place them into a facility for long term care,” Kris explained. The sanctuary is assisted in making success stories come true by the team at the Wildlife Docs of Busch Gardens in addition to several other invaluable vets that also do Pro Bono work for the organization. Kris described, “Most of the animals I have dealt with have been in accidents due to domestic pet attacks, collisions on highways and impact with cars, mothers orphaning their babies, poisoning, fishing hooks and line, and the list goes on and on. Working with I am pleased to put in the time, effort and yes, the money it takes to get an animal back to freedom in nature. So many have contributed over the years for which I am truly thankful, for in my eyes every one of them is God’s creature and deserves a chance.” Kris is very excited as the Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife has recently been approached by several foundations who are looking to create an ecotourism site for the organization. They are currently looking at properties for this new venture. The facilities for Owl’s Nest are not open to the public as they are primarily set up as critical care locations, however the new ecotourism site will be open to visitors who will be able to see the amazing work they do for creatures great and small in our backyards. Check back in the coming months for more on this new development.

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Sanctuary for Wildlife How to Help

BY SANDY PARRISH

Become a Transporter

Kris stressed, “These people are literally the life line for the animals in need. As a transporter you will assist in the pickup and transportation of wildlife. In our critical cases, time is of the essence and having several transporters in each area allows us to get animals the life-saving help they need. As a transporter you pick when you are available and where you can service.”

Fundraising

The sanctuary does not receive funding from any government agencies so their fundraising efforts are essential. They host fundraising events, and along with other vital donations, this helps them afford to continue saving lives.

Donations

If you are interested in assisting with their mission, but can’t commit to volunteering, you can still help by making a donation. 100% of all donation funs go directly to the care and rehabilitation of the animals as they make their way to being released back into the wild. Kris, emphasized, “We are 100% volunteer based and we have many bright plans for our future which we cannot accomplish without continued community support. Please consider a one-time tax deductible donation or become a “Conservation Companion” by pledging a monthly gift. We are looking for corporate sponsors to help us build our much needed flight cages and offset the everyday expenses of running a non-profit organization.”

What to Do if You Find a Wild Animal in Need of Assistance

Please contact The Owl’s Nest Sanctuary at (813) 920-5495 or (813) 598-5926. If no one answers, please leave a detailed message with your name, phone number, area where the animal is located and they will get back to you as soon as possible. For donations, volunteer opportunities or to learn more about the Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife visit www.owlsnestsanctuaryforwildlife.com.

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very summer, my dogs were a bit more anxious than usual. While my neighbors celebrated July 4th with fireworks, my beloved dogs, Odie, Nina, and Jolene would pace the house, stopping to shake and bark with each BOOM. As unique as my dogs are in their personalities, in noise anxiety, they are not alone. According to a 2015 study published in Applied Animal Behavior Science, Norwegian researchers found that dogs are more afraid of fireworks than they are of gunshots, thunderstorms, or heavy traffic. The study took into account 5,000 dogs (in 17 breeds) and asked their owners to rank their reaction to four noise stimuli: fireworks, gunshots, traffic, and thunderstorms; and of those, 21 percent of dogs showed “strong or very strong signs of being fearful” during fireworks. This was far greater than the 10 percent of dogs afraid of thunderstorms and the 14 percent of dogs afraid of gunshots. The study also found that fear of loud noises increases with age. And it isn’t just your dog who is scared, it is your cats, too. A 2010 study in New Zealand found that of the 3,527 pet owners surveyed (both dogs and cats), over 46 percent displayed a level of fear of fireworks “recognizable to their owners.” Despite their inclination to panic, your pet does not have to spend the coming weeks in fear. With a few simple precautions, Independence Day does not have to mean stress for your furry friends.

Your natural instinct may be to let your dog join you outside as you light the fireworks, but for an anxious dog, going outside during fireworks can trigger their fight or flight response. Don’t give your pet the opportunity to run away or get too close because they may not react the way they normally would when they are in panic-mode. Instead, take your dog out for a long walk earlier in the day, and then keep them inside in a calm, relaxing environment before the loud noises begin. The pet’s environment should remain as routine and normal as possible. Keep curtains or blinds closed to prevent dogs from becoming frightened by the bright lights and make sure that they have access to their favorite toys and comforting bedding. Treat your dog normally (a few extra good belly rubs won’t hurt) and make sure your dog has something to do—like playing with a special toy. Playing soft music can also help ease your dog’s fears as the fireworks get underway. Your dog will already be in a heightened state from all the extra stimuli, so try to keep them apart from guests and small children if you have company. Although they may normally love to mingle with your guests and play with children, the loud noises and fear-based responses may cause them to behave differently, which could result in extra stress for everyone.

Sometimes, the most helpful solutions are the most obvious ones. For example, wrapping your pet in something with weight or slight pressure creates a calming effect, according to a recent study examined in the Wall Street Journal. Just like weighted blankets help people with anxiety, creating a comfortable weighted shirt or swaddle can give the dog a sense of feeling grounded and calm, so long as they are still able to move around freely. You can find vests, like the ThunderShirt, at your local pet store. You can also save money by wrapping your pet’s chest in an ace bandage (but not too tight!) to create the same effect.

There are natural remedies to alleviate the anxiousness your pets feel during fireworks. CBD products for pets can make a huge difference in reducing fear, stress, and anxiety. Full spectrum hemp CBD will interact with a pet’s endocannabinoid system and will tell your pets’ cells to stay calm, stopping the release of adrenaline hormones. For example, I give my pets CBD oil any time I hear a thunderstorm starting or 20 minutes before I know fireworks will begin. Instead of panting, pacing, or barking, they lie down and take a nap. CBD is also less harsh on your pet’s liver and kidneys than children’s Benadryl, which is often recommended for anxious pets. With CBD, your pet will not turn into a zombie and will not have any adverse reactions. Remember, no matter how stressed your pet is when the fireworks start, try to stay as calm as possible when you are around your dog. Getting frustrated and yelling at them to stop barking will not help. With a little preparation and a lot of patience, your dog will be able to rest easily this Independence Day. For more information on CBD Dog Health, visit www.cbddoghealth.com. _________________________________________________________________________

Angela Ardolino has been caring for animals since she was 8 years old and has operated a farm rescue for over 10 years.  She also is the owner of Beautify the Beast, a natural pet salon and spa, and the founder of CBD Dog Health. Angela is an expert in medical cannabis and has dedicated her life to providing all-natural relief for pets of all kinds.  She has four dogs, and 4-10 at any time that she is fostering or boarding. Visit www.angelaardolino.com to find out more or www.facebook. com/fireflakefarm for more information about Fire Flake Farm.

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Cafe Liberty Coffee and Bistro 17695 N Dale Mabry Hwy - Lutz (813) 898-2777

Paninis Bar & Grill 3973 Van Dyke Rd, Lutz (813) 962-3479

Cantina Laredo 2000 Piazza Ave - Wesley Chapel (813) 907-3068

Panera Bread 28332 Willet Way - Wesley Chapel (813) 406-4853

Capital Tacos 6765 Land O Lakes Blvd - Land O’Lakes (813) 501-4976

Pinchers 28330 Paseo Drive #185 - Wesley Chapel (813) 528-8715

Chuy’s 25750 Sierra Center Blvd - Lutz (813) 948-2211

Prime 19 Bar & Grill 4312 Cheval Blvd - Lutz (813) 574-2550

Fresh Healthy Cafe 28139 Paseo Drive - Wesley Chapel (813) 973-3578

Starbucks 2300 Grand Cypress Dr - Lutz (813) 743-8425

Glory Days 16553 Pointe Drive – Lutz (813) 616-2600

Tijuana Flats 27709 SR 56 - Wesley Chapel (813) 994-9010

GrillSmith 2000 Piazza Ave #100 - Wesley Chapel (813) 425-6265

Texas Roadhouse 26409 Silver Maple Pkwy - Wesley Chapel (813) 907-8188

Irish 31 Pub House & Eatery 28358 Willet Way - Wesley Chapel (813) 907-2306

Ukulele Brand’s 4805 Land O’ Lakes Blvd - Land O’Lakes (813) 995-0608

Little Italy’s Family Restaurant 24436 FL-54 - Lutz (813) 909-2122

Wolf Den Restaurant 27607 FL-56 - Wesley Chapel (813) 907-9124

Marchello’s 17669 N Dale Mabry Hwy - Lutz (813) 969-2929 Moe’s Southwest Grill 28139 Paseo Dr Wesley Chapel (813) 345-8510 New York New York Pizza 3757 Bruce B Downs Blvd Wesley Chapel (813) 528-8771

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All Creatures Animal Hospital 105 Sunset Lane - Lutz (813) 949-2706

The Barkery Boarding and Daycare Inc. 5109 W Lutz Lake Fern Rd - Lutz (813) 920-9800

Alternative Animal Care 510 Stratfield Dr - Lutz (813) 949-1818

Beautify the Beast 1900 Land O' Lakes Blvd # 109 - Lutz (813) 949-1288

Animal & Exotic Medical Center 18962 N Dale Mabry Hwy - Lutz (813) 269-5200

Dogs R Us Hotel 17223 Bridlepath Ct - Lutz (727) 937-0491

Animal Health Center of Land O' Lakes 9555 Land O' Lakes Blvd - Land O’ Lakes (813) 996-3800

Happy Tails Pet Lodge 10014 Ehren Cutoff - Land O’ Lakes (813) 995-2212

Animal Wellness Centre of Wesley Chapel 2710 Windguard Cir - Wesley Chapel (813) 991-6126

Hot Diggity Dawg Country Suites 7840 Tallowtree Dr - Wesley Chapel (813) 907-3484

Central Pasco Veterinary Care 17945 FL-54 - Lutz (813) 926-1126

Love Unleashed Boarding LLC 10125 Land O' Lakes Blvd - Land O’ Lakes (844) 447-6935

Cypress Creek Animal Hospital 25227 Wesley Chapel Blvd - Lutz (813) 949-3045

Pet Paradise 2270 Cypress Ridge Blvd - Wesley Chapel (813) 778-0337

East-West Animal Hospital Address: 1524 Land O' Lakes Blvd - Lutz (813) 948-6534

New Tampa Pet Resort 3513 E County Line Rd - Lutz (813) 949-6877

Land O’ Lakes Animal Hospital 4306 Land O' Lakes Blvd - Land O’ Lakes (813) 996-2021

Parwick Kennels 22129 Carson Dr - Land O’ Lakes (813) 949-1687

Livingston Animal & Avian Hospital 15104 Livingston Ave - Lutz (813) 979-1955

Treasured Pets Resort and Spa 19445 Shumard Oak Dr - Land O Lakes (813) 909-7387

Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex 3032 Collier Parkway - Land O' Lakes Carolyn Meeker Dog Park 122 1st Ave SW - Lutz Meadows Dog Park Larch Lane & Meadowbrook Lane - New Port Richey Meadowood Dog Park 39400 Alston Ave - Zephyrhills Dade City Dog Park 37607 Meridian Ave - Dade City

Grooming All Aboard Pet Grooming 4142 Morris Bridge Rd - Wesley Chapel (813) 783-2494 Beautify the Beast 1900 Land O' Lakes Blvd # 109 - Lutz (813) 949-1288 Buster Brown's Grooming 17402 US-41 - Lutz (813) 948-7496 Canine Creations Pet Salon and Spa 24438 FL-54 - Lutz (813) 909-7753 The Groom Room 2710 Windguard Cir - Wesley Chapel (813) 994-2223 Gorgeous Growlers Grooming (Triple G) 25227 Wesley Chapel Blvd - Lutz (813) 693-1227 New Tampa Pet Resort 3513 E County Line Rd - Lutz (813) 949-6877 PetSmart 6001 Wesley Grove Blvd - Wesley Chapel (813) 994-7010 P's and Q's Dog Grooming 18468 US-41 - Lutz (813) 909-0671 Red Hydrant Pet Spa and Boutique 21780 FL-54 - Lutz (813) 388-6810 Treasured Pets Resort and Spa 19445 Shumard Oak Dr - Land O Lakes (813) 909-7387 U Dirty Dog Pet Grooming 19025 US-41 - Lutz (813) 948-2400

Pasco Veterinary Medical Center 4575 Pet Ln - Lutz (813) 973-2929 Pet Hospital LLC 18975 Crooked Ln - Lutz (813) 948-6092 Pet Point Animal Hospital 24416 FL-54 - Lutz (813) 428-6994 Quail Hollow Animal Hospital 5740 Wesley Brook Dr - Wesley Chapel (813) 973-3010

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6/18

Pasco County Community Job Fair

4:30 – 6:30pm JE Mitchell High School 2323 Little Rd - New Port Richey Come meet hiring managers from local schools, district departments, Pasco Sheriff's Office, Tax Collector, Clerk of Court, and more! Applicants can get on-the-spot interviews and prizes for participating. Positions available at all levels. For more information about the Job Fair and to register, visit the district website www.pascocommunityfair2019. eventbrite.com and visit www.pasco.tedk12.com/hire/index. aspx to view job listings.

6/22

The Croom Crawl

8:00am Croom Wildlife Management Area Brooksville Hosted by Offroad Jeep Adventures this event features FREE LUNCH & contests with prizes! Jeep enthusiasts will crawl all over Croom with a couple trail guides to make sure we hit all the fun spots! At the end of the ride, we’ll head back to Crystal Jeep and have our lunch and hold our contests. For information and location, contact (352) 442-5940.

6/21

New Port Richey Drum Circle 7:00 - 9:00pm Be The Light Metaphysical Center 5919 Trouble Creek Road – Unit 1 New Port Richey The New Port Richey Drum Circle is a community event that has been a tradition for many years. On the 3rd Friday of every month at 7pm, hundreds of people join in a circle to create a healing Drum Circle to help raise energies for those who need healing. For information contact (813) 420-7958.

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8:00pm Carrollwood Cultural Center (Main Theatre) 4537 Lowell Road - Tampa This comedy show features an allfemale line-up of hilarious women who will keep you roaring in-between sips of chardonnay. For this installment, we are pleased to welcome headliner Juanita Lolita, along with Tiffany Barbee and Sheena Reagan. For more information and ticket pricing, visit www.carrollwoodcenter.org.

4:00 – 9:00pm 38116 5th Avenue Zephyr Park in Zephyrhills The LARGEST fireworks show in all of Zephyrhills! The day will begin with a Morning Market featuring 50 local artisans and vendors from 10AM-2PM. Along with plenty of family-friendly activities, there will also be local food vendors, bounce houses, face painters, balloon twisters, and more. Visit www.mainstreetzephyrhills.org.

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10:00 – 12:00pm We will be showcasing four weekly songwriting meetings for anyone who wants to learn, grow, jam, network, connect, showcase and create original mew songs and music collectively. It's for singers, songwriters and musicians. Ages 16 and up. Expect two hours of fun and fellowship. To register and for location information, please email Nomi Webb at lutzsongwritingcollective@ gmail.com or visit www.tumbleweedmusicministry.com.

7:00pm The Sydney Center 102 Whitaker Road - Lutz The Ms. Lutz Pageant is all about having fun and supporting the Lutz community. It's not a "beauty" pageant. It’s a FUN pageant. For information on advanced registration and fees, please visit www.mslutzpageant.com.

Christian Songwriters Ministry

6/22

Family Field Day Color Me Abstract

10:00 - 1:00pm 15602 Pioneer Museum Rd - Dade City We will have classic events such as sack races, relay races, and much more. This event is FREE and fun for the whole family! We will be collecting donations for Bright Hopes (a homeless resource organization) and Friends of Joshua's House (a safe haven for abused/ neglected children) in lieu of entry or parking fee. Free for all ages. For more information on donations needed call (813) 586-4769.

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6/30

Jeeps & Brews - Show n’ Shine

4:00pm Marker 48 Brewing 12147 Cortez Blvd - Brooksville Live music and food, hosted by Offroad Jeep Adventures. We will have an open donation for The Arc Nature Coast which is a center that supports people with disabilities and their families to promote self-determination. For event details call (352) 442-5940.

7/4

Lutz Independence Day Run

Races start at 8:00am Lutz Community Center 101 First Avenue N - Lutz Races start on Lutz-Lake Fern Road, west of the intersection of First Ave. For more event information including registration, parking and road closures for the Lutz 4th of July Parade, please visit www.active.com/lutz-fl/ running/distance-running-races/lutzindependence-day-run-2019.

7/4

75th Anniversary Lutz 4th of July Parade, Cake Contest & Guv’na Election Parade Starts at 10:00am Come out & enjoy the 75th Anniversary Lutz 4th of July Parade. This year’s parade theme is "I Love Lutz". There is no charge to participate in the parade & line up is prior to 9am. The Annual Lutz Guv’na election will be held, announcing the winner of the donation drive. Other events include the Lutz 4th of July Cake Contest with

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multiple prize categories & cakes being auctioned at the end of the event. Cake & pie entries must be dropped off on 7/3 before road closures begin. For more information on the Cake Contest, please contact lutz4thofjuly@gmail.com. The parade is sponsored by GFWC Lutz-Land O' Lakes Woman's Club and Hillsborough County. For more information regarding parade route, street closures, parking or to register to participate in the parade, visit www.gfwclutzlandolakeswomansclub.org.

7/4

July 4th Celebration!

5:00 - 9:30pm 5227 Autumn Ridge Drive Avalon Park West SR 54 - Wesley Chapel Join us for the 2019 Avalon Park West Fourth of July Celebration - the festivities will kick off at 5 pm! There will be fireworks, food trucks, vendors, complimentary bounce park and much more! The party will end with a spectacular Fireworks Show! The Fourth of July Celebration event is free and open to the public. For information call (813) 783-1515.

7/6

Making a Fairy Garden

9:00 – 11:00am One Stop Shop (formerly Stallings) 15029 14th Street - Dade City We will make a fairy garden with succulents. Everyone will take one home. Come join us for this UF/IFAS Pasco Extension seminar. Pre-Registration and Pre-Payment is required. No refunds available. $25.00 per Ticket. Sorry no payment at the door. For registration call (352) 518-0156.

7/13

Propagation by Stem Cuttings

9:00 – 10:30am Land O' Lakes Heritage Park 5401 Land O' Lakes Boulevard The joy of taking a piece of your neighbor's prized plant (with permission, of course) and growing your own is like no other. You, too, can be successful with some tried and true methods and tricks of the trade. This is a hands-on workshop so come get your hands dirty at this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension seminar. Registration recommended. For registration contact (352) 518-0156.

7/13

Read to Rover at the Library

1:00 – 2:00pm New River Branch Library 34043 State Road 54 Wesley Chapel Come read to therapy dogs while enjoying the summer reading program. Great family friendly event. For more information call (813) 788-6375.

7/19 – 7/21

“Singin’ in the Rain”

Directed by Aaron Washington with vocal direction by Mary Jo Hahn and a live orchestra led by Reed Stricsek, the Carrollwood Cultural Center will continue their annual tradition of producing a summer musical with “Singin’ in the Rain” for two weekends

7/7

Yoga at the Brooksville Farmers' Market

8:00am Yoga will be offered outside on the first Sunday of each month. All levels are welcome. Please bring a mat and/or a towel. You may want sunglasses and a hat but we will be practicing in a mostly shaded area. We will begin at 8am and wrap up around 8:45am in time for you to enjoy the market. All participants must sign a waiver. Minors under 14 years old must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Cost is $5.

in July. “Singin' in the Rain” has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline – the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers. Admission: $23-$29. For more information and show times, visit www.carrollwoodcenter.org.

7/20

2019 Dade City Florida Mud Endeavor Under the Lights

7:00pm Pasco County Fairgrounds - 36722 Highway 52 - Dade City When the lights go down and it’s completely quiet, the Mud Endeavor 5K turns the night on its head and the volume up! The entire course is illuminated with fun neon lights, so as you endeavor mud and obstacles, you experience a mud run like nothing you expected. With lighting systems painting the sky and music pumping into the night air, we guarantee a time of your life experience. This one of a kind mud obstacle course night run stretches the limits for every level of runner as it keeps you partying late into the night! Come see what all the buzz is about and join us Under the Lights. For times, registration and admission prices, visit www.mudendeavor.com.

7/27 – 7/28

Blue Chair Bay Rum Summer Heat Beach Volleyball Tournament

2700 Land O' Lakes Blvd Land O' Lakes Men's, Women's and Coed Doubles Beach Volleyball Tournament. Blue Chair Bay Rum, Jagermeister, Tiki Cove and RockstarBeach bring you another awesome volleyball tournament. Live music, food and drink specials! We will be holding raffles in memory of our friend Eric Bora, with proceeds going to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Don't miss this fun event. Sign up early as this will sell out quickly. For more information visit www.avpamerica. com/VA-Beach-Volleyball-Event.

7/12 & 7/13

Whiskey Sonic

O'Brien's Irish Pub 5429 Village Market - Wesley Chapel Bring your appetite because O'Brien's has a GREAT menu! It's always a crazy time when Whiskey Sonic unloads in Wesley Chapel, so grab some friends - and your dancin' shoes - and join us at O'Brien's! Call for show times (813) 973-9988.

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county animal services programs and many local shelters rallied together at the Hernando County Fairgrounds in Brooksville and found loving homes for 371 homeless dogs and cats. The 3 day event showcased almost 700 pets in need of good homes, so if you missed this special event please contact your local shelter now as many pets are still waiting to be adopted. Adopters were screened & spent time getting to know their new family members. Many were senior dogs, including Rocky, a 13 year-old that found his forever home with new Mom, Tina. The event was sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society and the Pet Resources Foundation, Inc. and all adoption fees were waived. All of the animals were spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ready to go home with their new families. Best Friends Animal Society contributed free treatment for any dogs who had heartworms so their new owners didn’t have to bear that expense. This collaboration by Pasco, Hernando, Hillsborough, Polk and Citrus Counties and many local shelters will now host this as an annual event so check your calendar next spring.

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An adorable attendee there to help interview a potential new sibling Tina with 13 year-old Rocky

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know they say time flies when you get older – but really, where has this year gone? We are already well into May with another hurricane season upon us. Hurricane season officially begins June 1st and continues until November 30th. And it’s never too early to prepare. According to Wikipedia, the 2017 hurricane season was categorized as 'hyperactive and catastrophic' while the 2018 season was referenced as 'above-average and damaging'. So, what could be in store for 2019? Thankfully, predictions made by Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project suggest that we will have an average or below average hurricane season. Nevertheless, we live in a hurricane-prone region, which requires certain precautions to protect our homes and ourselves. Being a Texas girl, I had become accustomed to the dangers related to tornadoes, but my first experience with a hurricane was Irma in 2017. The devastation Irma caused followed closely by hurricane Maria taught me many things about hurricanes in somewhat of a ‘crash course.’ I was lucky; the worst thing I had to deal with was a weeklong power outage. Many others suffered far worse.

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before the storm track is determined, to prepare our homes and ourselves? I think many of us suffer from the ‘It won’t happen to me,’ syndrome. Luckily, this is mostly true but it’s still not a fair gamble when the two most important things are at stake: life and home. Beyond the normal batteries and extra water checklist, let’s concentrate on fortifying your home against the power of a hurricane.

Fortifying Your Home ROOF STRAPS AND CLIPS

After Hurricane Andrew hit Florida in 1992, many in the home industry had to think about building codes and how to better protect the public. High Wind Standards were introduced in 1995, but it wasn’t until 2002 when Florida’s system was effective. By 2004 the International Building Code was in effect in Florida with some Florida specific aspects. Based on the general life of a roof – most roofs that were put on a home prior to 2002 have been replaced, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your current roof has the protection it needs. Hurricane straps and clips that have been installed by way of retrofitting may not be installed correctly, leaving a homeowner with a false sense of security regarding their roof. Thankfully, insurance companies recognize the increased safety and durability that a properly secured roof provides and therefore offer attractive discounts on homeowner’s insurance for properly installed or retrofitted roofs. You can call virtually any Licensed Home Inspector in the State of Florida and request a Wind Mitigation Certification on your roof, which might save you money, or even better, save your roof!

HURRICANE SHUTTERS

I still remember what I was thinking when I first saw a truly fortified home here in Florida. With the push of a button, giant panels rolled down to cover the floor to ceiling windows of the home. I remember thinking how unattractive the roll-down shutters were. Flash forward to 2017 (seven years later) and I would have done just about anything to have those shutters on my own home. When you are enduring a storm, the idea of something crashing through your windows is beyond scary. Not long ago, Florida building codes came to the rescue once again and required hurricane shutters for all new construction homes. But if you haven’t purchased a home built after 2012, you likely don’t have this protection. Instead, you are left battling the throngs of people trying to get into the local home improvement store to buy up plywood to hammer into the side of their house. There are several different levels of protection that can be added to any home: hurricane screens, hurricane panels, and hurricane shutters. Again, insurance companies respect the investment for these items and reflect it in attractive insurance discounts. OH NO! THE WASTE WON’T FLOW! Hurricanes are accompanied by enormous amounts of rain. There are many issues Central Floridians face about heavy rain. One issue is the effect of heavy downpours on septic systems. I can’t imagine anything worse to deal with then a backed up septic system in the middle of a hurricane. Make sure your septic system is equipped with a backwater


valve which will stop any sewage from backing up into your home. Prior to the hurricane season, it may be a good idea to have your septic system pumped and inspected. You can always add a backwater valve if you don’t already have one. A licensed plumber typically does this. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A GENERATOR! HARD-LINED THAT IS! As I suffered for days on end without electricity, all I could hear was the steady drone of my neighbor’s generator. I had neighbor envy – bad. I sat in the dark, imagining them in front of their TV with popcorn and cold sodas. Generators are available for every budget. The most common generator is a gas-powered one that sits outside with extension cords running into the house to keep the most important items running. Most people use them to power up refrigerators or other smaller appliances. Sometimes there are greater risks involved with the loss of power that a standard generator simply cannot maintain. For those of us who use well water – the well pump is a terrible thing to be without. Hard-Lined generator systems are a large, yet important investment. Costs for a whole house back-up system can range from $9000 to $15,000 (higher if you have more than one AC unit) according to Eau Gallie Electric. They go on to say, “If your home has natural gas, you will probably be at the lower end of the spectrum. If you require a propane tank, you will be at the higher end of the cost spectrum depending on how much run time you need. The size of the propane tank you will need is dictated by the run time you desire and you'll need to factor in the cost to fill the tank initially."

Your Investments and Resale

All the items I have mentioned in this article provide a nice return on investment if/when you choose to sell your home. Be sure to keep records on when, how and who installed the item and keep up with any warranties that come with the item. Toni Hedstrom P.A. REALTOR, Owner Hedstrom and Stamm Home Solutions Team Keller Williams Realty New Tampa 18302 Highwoods Preserve Pkwy. Ste 100 Tampa, Florida 33647 Team Hotline: 833-HOME360 Toni Direct: 813-830-8664 ToniHedstrom@TampaHome360.com @ToniHedstrom360 TO ADVERTISE CALL 813-501-4894 | VOLUME II • ISSUE VI | LUTZ MAGAZINE |

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true champion is not the one who accumulates many victories, but the one who never gives up when faced with difficulties,” said Marcio Cruz, Jiu Jitsu Champion. Marcio is not only considered one of the best competitors in the history of the sport, he’s also one of the best instructors in the world. “I knew from the first day that I wore a gi and stepped on the mats to train that this is what I wanted to do with my life. I’ve been teaching jiu jitsu since 1998, and I opened the first Marcio Cruz Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School in 2009. The Academy specializes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but we also offer other activities, martial arts and programs like Muay Thai, conditioning training, no-gi jiu jitsu and yoga,” Marcio explains. “More importantly, we aren’t just focused on teaching jiu jitsu. We are committed to our unstoppable mission to teach our students - regardless of age - to be champions in life,” he added. When asked how he found his way across the world from Brazil, where he grew up, to Tampa, Marcio replied, “Our family chose Florida because the weather is beautiful and it’s very similar to the weather in Brazil. We chose Tampa specifically because of the warm reception we received from the people and the community when I came here to teach a jiu jitsu seminar over a decade ago. It felt like home. We found everyone to be friendly and the city was beautiful. Tampa was a perfect match for our family and our business.” Marcio Cruz Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy has two locations: 20733 Center Oak Dr. Tampa and 13165 N Dale Mabry Hwy. Tampa For more information call (813) 406-4449 or visit www.marciocruzbjj.com Instagram - Marcio Cruz BJJ and Facebook - Marcio Cruz Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy

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