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Free Showing of E.T at Al Lopez Park in Tampa on Saturday

October 31, 2008 By: Laura Category: children, Events No Comments →


This Saturday there will be a free showing of the classic 1982 childrens si-fi movie “E.T.the Extra-Terrestrial” at Al Lopez Park in Tampa. “E.T.” is the story of Elliott, a lonely boy who befriends a friendly alien, dubbed “E.T.”, who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings help the alien return home while attempting to keep it hidden from their mother and the government. The movie will start at sunset around 7pm. But don’t wait till the last moment to get a seat. People will probably be arriving early to enjoy dinner and sunset at the park. So bring a pinic dinner, some chairs or blankets, and enjoy a movie with your children. Al Lopez park is also well known for two ponds that fall within the boundaries of the park. The northern pond offers some exceptional fishing.

Movies at MacDill AFB 1 Nov

October 30, 2008 By: Laura Category: Events 1 Comment →


Since Friday is Halloween, there will not be any movies on Friday at the MacDill AFB movie theater.  However, on Saturday there are two movies playing.  At the 3pm show on Saturday, “Tyler Perry’s The Family that Preys” will be playing. This movie is rated PG-13 for thematic material, sexual references, and violence, and has a run time of 111 minutes. Charlotte and her dear friend Alice have enjoyed a lasting friendship throughout many years. Suddenly, their lives become mired in turmoil as their adult children’s extramarital affairs, unethical business practices and a dark paternity secret threaten to derail family fortunes and unravel the lives of all involved. During this turmoil, Charlotte and Alice decide to take a breather from it all, by taking a cross-country road trip in which they rediscover themselves and possibly find a way to save their families from ruin. At 7pm, “The Women” starring Meg Ryan and Eva Mendes is playing. This movies is rated PG-13 forsex-related material, language, drug use, and smoking, and has a run time of 114 minutes. In New York City, Mary seems to have it all–a beautiful home, a rich financier husband, an adorable 11-year-old daughter and a career creating designs for her father’s venerable clothing company. Her best friend, Sylvie leads another enviable life–as a happily single editor of a prominent fashion magazine. But when Mary’s husband enters into an affair with Crystal, a sultry “spritzer girl” lurking behind the Saks Fifth Avenue perfume counter, all hell breaks loose. Mary and Sylvie’s relationship is tested to the breaking point while their tight-knit circle of friends, all start to question their own friendships and romantic relationships as well. The cost of admission is only $4 for 12 years and older and $2 for ages 5-11 years. Remember the cost of a large popcorn and two medium soft drinks is only $10!

20th Annual Ruskin Seafood Festival 1 & 2 Nov

October 29, 2008 By: Laura Category: Communities, Events No Comments →


This weekend is the 20th Annual Ruskin Seafood Festival at E.G. Simmons Park in Ruskin.  Fill up on the delicious seafood fare, including lobster, oysters, clams, grouper, mullet, and shrimp. Listen to the live music on the main stage, showcasing an array of musical styles including jazz, reggae, pop, blues, country and gospel.  There will also be a boat show with powerboats, pleasure boats, flat boats, bass boats, cruisers and nautical accessories. Check out the arts and crafts for sale. There will be exhibits include educational and wellness displays, commercial exhibits and environmental and wildlife exhibits and vendors for pet services. Croc Encounters, Lowry Park Zoo and Sarasota’s Mote Marine will be participating this year.  For the kids, there will be a children’s area with inflatable rides, games, activities and interactive live entertainment that includes magicians, jugglers and clowns. Hours are Nov 1 from 10 am to 5 pm and Nov 2 from 10 am to 4 pm. The cost is $5 for adults (children under 12 are free). Parking is free and a shuttle service is provided as well as handicap parking facilities. The event is alcohol-free and pet friendly with pets required to be on a leash. Resting on the Little Manatee River, Ruskin is the southernmost community of SouthShore. Many residents enjoy Ruskin because it is set apart by it’s slower pace and rural surroundings. The town was established in 1906 and still has maintained it’s small town community lifestyle.

Halloween Safety Tips

October 28, 2008 By: Laura Category: children No Comments →


This Friday is Halloween and while it is a fun time there are some precautions that you probably want to think about.  Most people are friendly and nice but there are some who play cruel tricks on children and ruin the good time.  You can help make the evening of Halloween a safer event for everyone. Even those who do not take part in the event can help by watching out for trick-or-treaters. Parents of children should bear in mind that “fake” weapons such as guns, knives and swords should be of materials that are soft and flexible to prevent injuries. Props for children that actually look like a real weapon should be avoided completely.
Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters:
Be part of a group and don’t stray from the group
Don’t enter the home of a stranger
Never accept rides from strangers
Carry flash lights so you can be easily seen
Don’t take shortcuts through backyards, parks or alleys
Be alert, have fun but don’t let your guard down
Look before you cross a road
Safety Tips for the House
Keep a porch light on so trick-or-treaters will know to visit and can see where they are walking.
Remove yard clutter that trick-or-treaters may trip over.
Secure your pets to protect both the visitors and your pets.
Use battery powered jack-o’-lanterns instead of ones with candles.
Avoid giving homemade treats. Responsible parents do not allow their children to eat them unless they know the person making them.
Safety Tips for Parents
Young children should be accompanied by an adult.
Check your child’s candy before they consume it. Anything suspicious should be discarded!
Feed your children before they set out. This should help discourage them from trying their treats before you can check them.
Know where your child is and whom they are with.
Buy flame retardant costumes and consider using make-up rather than masks. A mask may obscure your child’s vision.
Costumes should be light in color or have reflective tape put on them.

Drivers please remember to slow down in neighborhoods.  Children may not remember to look both ways before crossing the roads.

Watch the World Series Games 4 & 5 Outside by St. Pete Times Forum on Sunday and Monday

October 26, 2008 By: Laura Category: Events, Sports No Comments →

 Courtesy of Tampa Bay Rays

If you’re like most people in Tampa, you probably can’t afford to fly to Philadelphia to watch the Rays battle the Phillies battle it out in the World Series games 4 and 5.  But you can still enjoy the Rays and get the ballpark type of atmosphere by watching the games displayed outside on a 40 foot widescreen television at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park in downtown, 601 St. Pete Times Forum Drive. The games will be shown beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Admission will be free, and parking will be available at the South Regional garage for $5. There will not be any seating provided so bring your own folding chairs, blankets and coolers. There should be vendors selling food, but you can bring your own food and make it a great night out. No alcohol allowed, but you can’t beat being surrounded by a bunch of Rays’ fans! Go Rays!

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