MacDill Happenings

Things to Do in and around MacDill AFB

Tax Free Weekend for Appliances!

September 20, 2014 By: Laura Category: News

This weekend is Tax Free Weekend for Appliances in Florida!


The first $1,500 of energy efficient refrigerators, dishwashers, washers, dryers and air conditioners are tax exempt. You also do not have to pay sales tax on efficient light bulbs, ceiling fans.

The tax is also waived on toilets, faucets and other items that cut down on water consumption.

The tax break is limited to a single purchase for each item that costs $500 or more. There is no limit for items that are worth less than $500.

Sales tax is 6% in Florida. So you can save quite a bit of money today if you were planning on buy the nice new shiny appliance this weekend!

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7th Annual Run For The Fallen on Sunday

September 20, 2014 By: Laura Category: Events, Sports

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This Sunday is the “Run for the Fallen“.  On Flag Day, June 14, 2008, a dedicated team of runners ran across America from Fort Irwin, CA to Arlington National Cemetery, one mile for every Soldier, Sailor, Airmen, and Marine killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. For ten weeks, team members marked each mile with an American flag and signcard in an apolitical reflection of remembrance of each service member.

Each year since the run across America, runners from around the world have joined Run for the Fallen in remembering our fallen. Over 50,000+ participants and over 200,000+ miles have been collectively run in remembrance of those fallen in OIF and OEF.

In Tampa, the Run for the Fallen is sponsored by the Tampa Area Marine Parents Association (TAMPA) and it will include a free 10K, 5K and 1 mile run/walk. The run will start and end at the Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park & Museum.

Registration is from 7:30am to 8:45am followed by an opening ceremony at 9am. Registration is free. The race will start after the ceremony. Last year there were over 4,000 participants so make sure you get there early.  This is a great opportunity to remember and support those heroes of OIF and OEF.

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Things To Do In Tampa Bay

September 19, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Events


The weekend is here! Like every weekend in the Tampa Bay area you have a wide variety of things to do this weekend. There is always the beach and the local amusement parks to go to. If you go to Disney or Busch Gardens or just about any other venue, make sure that you stop at the MacDill AFB ITT office to get your tickets first!

  • If you’re a major league baseball fan like my family, then this will be the last weekend to catch the Tampa Bay Rays this season.  They did not make the playoffs this year, but they made it an exciting season!  They start a final home stand tonight as they begin a 3-game series against the White Sox.  The first pitch will be thrown at 7:10pm.
  • The Chillin’ Music Fest at Curtis Hixon Park featuring roots-pop and reggae-rock will start at 1pm on Saturday and run until 11pm.
  • Ybor City will host the Festival del Sabor from 11am to 5pm on Saturday to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
  • Lowry Park Zoo is letting Florida residents in for only $10 a person until the 26th.
  • The Glazer Children’s Museum next to Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa is celebrating its 4th birthday on Sunday with free admission starting at 1pm.

Have a great time this weekend and please share any fun events that you are going to attend. Share them here in the comments section or on our MacDill Happenings Facebook page. You can also Tweet at us at @MacDillHappenin.

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Free Movie at the MacDill AFB Theater on Thursday

September 17, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, News

This Thursday the free movie at the MacDill AFB movie theater will be “The Amazing Spider Man-2″. The movie starts at 5:30pm.

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In this movie, Spider-Man protects his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city including Electro played by Jamie Foxx. This movie explores the human side of Spider-Man and the tragedies his must endure.

Anyone can attend this movie. Plus you can bring your own food and drinks. Just make sure that you clean up after yourself! The air conditioner is pretty good in the theater so make sure you bring a light jacket or even a blanket to share. If you want to have a little dinner before the movie, then stop by SeaScapes Beach Club or Ten Pin Grill at the MacDill Lanes.

SeaScapes Beach House on the MacDill AFB beach gives you a great view of  Tampa Bay.  Sip a few cocktails or just enjoy the great food.  The Ten Pin Grill is a great place for a snack or a full meal. From burgers to pizza to kids meal, you will find something at the Grill that should please any appetite.

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“Fall Cleaning” Tips

September 16, 2014 By: Laura Category: Self Improvement, Things to do

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Fall will arrive on Tuesday September 23rd this year. For a lot of the country this means cooler temps and beautiful Autumn foliage. For those of us in the MacDill AFB area we can hope for cooler temps and a reprieve from the humidity.

The cooler mornings and evenings can also give homeowners an opportunity to do a little sprucing up before our “frigid” Winter season starts!! For most of us we think “Spring” cleaning and not “Fall” cleaning, but this is also a great time to get organized and spruced up. I would love to hear some of your fall cleaning tips please share them here on the blog. Here are some of my great tips;

  • Fall is a great time to get your air conditioner and furnace serviced. The poor AC has run hard all summer and you just may need that heater in December. Check with Tampa Electric or your utility provider for programs to help you with maintenance on your HVAC system.
  • Clean out the gutters. Yes, after all the Summer rains you may have some debris built up.
  • Power wash. After all the humidity and rain of Summer, some properties tend to get a little dirty and moldy. Fall is a great time to power wash the exterior of your home, the pool deck, fencing and windows. Do not forget the mail box I know mine seems to attract mold.
  • Clean out closets. With the holidays just around the corner you may need the room to hide gifts etc.. If you did not wear the items this summer then donate them or have a garage sale.
  • Check your holiday lights. Yes, I said it check those holiday lights and replace the burned out bulbs now instead of the day after Thanksgiving when you and everyone else in the neighborhood is looking for replacement bulbs.
  • Clean your dryer vents and change your filters on your HVAC and water purification systems.

If you take care of these easy fixes now in the Fall you will be able to enjoy our wonderful Winter weather and not have to worry about some of this in the Spring.

If all of this cleaning has made you realize you would like to find a different home please take a look at what the MacDill AFB page of has to offer.

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Is It Time to Move to a Condo?

September 15, 2014 By: Laura Category: News


My husband and I have hit a point in our lives where all the kids have moved out to college or graduated from college and are out on their own. We have one left at home who will finish up her senior year of high school in June and then go off to college in September. Living in a large home with no kids makes the house seem way too large! My husband is not big on gardening and so maybe it is time to downsize! Maybe a condo is the right move for anyone feeling like us!

One of the staff writers on MilitaryByOwner has written an article “Is it Time to Buy a Condo?” that might be helpful with your decision. It is just a fact of life that sometimes a large house can be too much to keep up with and a condo might be better especially if traveling or doing more things away from the house is in your future.

Although you might be living a little bit closer to people and maybe parking might be a little less easily available, owning condo might make good financial sense even if you are just starting out. As landlord, condos are little more easier to maintain since there is a condo association to take care of the outside. You just have to ensure that tenants take care of the inside.

In South Tampa and downtown Tampa, there are many condos being built, for sale or for rent in these popular and growing areas of Tampa. These areas are also just a 5 to 15 minute drive from MacDill AFB. There are plenty of new condos and townhouses being built in nearby suburbs of Tampa. Many of these locations will be within a 30 minute drive of MacDill AFB.

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Rays Take on the Yankees!

September 14, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Events, Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays open a homestand with 3 game series against the Yankees starting on Monday. The first pitch will be at 7:10pm. It’s the final time that Derek Jeter will be playing shortstop in a Yankees uniform.

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It hasn’t been the season that was expected out of the Rays, but they need to finish strong and get ready for next season! Inside the Trop, check out the Ray tank in centerfield. The walkway around the outfield will be open. In the Left Field Street area, fans can participate in a baseball-themed game show, take their picture on a Topps baseball card, have their name inscribed onto a Louisville Slugger bat, touch and feel real game-used equipment, and broadcast play-by-play of baseball highlights. At Right Field Street kids can experience the magic of baseball in the Rays Baseball Carnival, a real working carnival that includes plinko, spin the wheel, ring-a-bat and skee ball. Or take a swing against a computer images of real Major League pitchers in a batting cage or test their arms in the speed pitch, both found in the T.G. Lee Rookie Challenge area of the Carnival. There is also kids-themed areas such as “Bats, Balls, and Brushes”, “St. Petersburg Times Pressbox” and “The Science of Baseball.” Centerfield Street has the Cuesta-Rey Cigar Bar, baseball’s first in-stadium cigar bar, as well as the Batter’s Eye Restaurant, located in the “batter’s eye” in center field. Centerfield Street also has the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall-of-Fame. The Trop is about a 30 minute drive from MacDill AFB, but remember to give yourself some extra time because of the expected crowds!

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MacDill Lanes Bowling Specials

September 12, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, News, Sports

If you’re bowler or looking to take the family out for a night of bowling, then head over the MacDill Lanes for some of the best and most affordable bowling in Tampa! The 12-lane facility offers a family friendly location for bowling, video games, billiards and a great grill that offers something for everyone.


On Fridays and Saturdays after 6pm until 10pm, a game costs $3 a person. On Sundays from noon to 6pm, a game costs $2.50 a person. Shoe rental is $2 a pair.

The pro shop has everything you need from bowling balls to shoes and everything in between.

The Ten Pin Grill has something for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The prices are very reasonable!

If you’re looking to have a birthday party at a great venue, then the MacDill Lanes is the place to go!

And now that football season has started, you can catch NFL football starting at 1pm on Sunday at MacDill Lanes!

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Things to Do in Tampa Bay

September 11, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Events

Make your plans for the weekend! There are so many things to do here that you really have to manage your time so that you can maximize your fun time. Sometimes, just going to the beach may be the best way to enjoy your weekend. Downtown Tampa will host several great events this weekend.

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  • The Hilton Hotel in downtown Tampa will host the Fanboy Expo starting on Friday and continuing through Sunday.  The Hilton is located at 211 N Tampa St. Tickets are $20 a day or $40 for the 3 day show. Scott Wilson from”The Walking Dead”, Lee Majors from “The Six Million Dollar Man”, and Jewel Staite from “Firefly” and “Serenity” will be among the many celebrities attending the show.
  • The Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention will take place at the Tampa Convention Center and will run from Friday to Sunday.
  • The Sail Pavilion next to the Tampa Convention Center will host Brews and Bites featuring food trucks, craft beers and free live music on Friday starting at 6pm.
  • The Tampa Theatre is hosting the Monty Python and the Holy Grape Wine Tasting Friday to Sunday.
  • On Sunday, the Tampa Museum of Art will have a Military Appreciation Day where all military, veterans, and their families with a ID will receive free admission from 11am to 5pm.

Have a great time this weekend and please share any fun events that you are going to attend. Share them here in the comments section or on our MacDill Happenings Facebook page. You can also Tweet at us at @MacDillHappenin.

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ID Card Information for MacDill AFB

September 10, 2014 By: Laura Category: News, Self Improvement

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Do you need to update your military ID card? Maybe a member of your family is getting their first ID card. Well here is some information to hopefully make the transaction a smooth one.

First, the military ID card customer service office is located at 8011 Tampa Point Blvd., Building 373, MacDill AFB. You can follow the signs found along Bayshore drive. The office is closed on the third Monday  of every month to all customers.

The best way to get an ID or CAC card is to make an appointment.  By clicking on this appointment button you will be able to view what times and dates are available. If you are getting more than one ID card you will have to book an appointment for each member of your party. Also if you are more than 15 minutes late you forfeit your appointment. Make sure you jot down your confirmation number in case you need it to cancel or reschedule your appointment. If you have any questions on this you can give the customer service office a call at 813-828-6673.

The MacDill AFB customer service office does offer walk in service on a limited schedule. You can use the walk in service Mondays from 7:30a.m. until 11:00a.m. Tuesday thru Friday you can walk in from 7:30a.m. until 9:30a.m.

The ID office does offer military priority Monday thru Friday from 7:30a.m.-9:30a.m. This is only for the military member if you need to bring in dependents they will need to use the walk in service or make appointments on line.

Tips for making the transaction go smoothly:

  • Bring all required documents.
  • Have 2 forms of valid ID (a Veterans Affairs ID will not be accepted)
  • Make sure you have updated all of you DEERS information before arriving
  • If your sponsor will not be accompanying you make sure to have a valid “General/Special” Power of Attorney or a signed and notarized DD form 1172-2.

For more information on what to bring , what services are offered and when to use the office go to information.

Getting a new ID card for many military families can be stressful and yet exciting for those getting their first card. As a military dependent turning 10 and getting your first ID card was something we all looked forward to! Using the above information and planning ahead should make it a little less stressful. Maybe you can grab lunch at one of the food-trucks on base!

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