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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!

Guavaween in Ybor City 25 Oct

October 25, 2008 By: Laura Category: Events No Comments →

Courtesy of CC Event Productions-Tampa Bay 

Today is the Guavaween Street Party and Mama Guava Stumble in Ybor City . The annual event is a major fundraiser for the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce. The family friendly Family FunFest runs from 10 am to 3pm with a parade and lots of activities including Safe Trick-or-Treat, Spooky Story Time, amusement rides, arts & crafts, entertainment, hands-on activities, pumpkin giveaway, and the ‘ever popular’ Children’s Costume Parade & Contest. Estimated attendance during the Family FunFest is 20,000.  The Mama Guava Stumble with costumed revelry, with live music by national and local artists on multiple stages, begins after the Family FunFest ends at 3 p.m. on Seventh Avenue and nearby area, Ybor City. Guavaween Night of Costumed Revelry attracts a diverse crowd, on average falling within the 21-54 age bracket – estimated nighttime attendance – 80,000. Tickets prices for the Family FunFest are $5 per person with children 12 and under in costumes are free. The night party costs $15 per person.

St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading 25 Oct

October 24, 2008 By: Laura Category: children, Events No Comments →

Courtesy of St. Pete Times Festival of Reading 

The 16th Annual Festival of Reading takes place this Saturday at the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg.  The festival starts at 10am and runs to 5pm. The festival is for adults and children. Authors will be available to sign their books and talk about their work. This is a great opportunity for budding authors! Of course, there will be vendors selling a wide range of books for all ages and tastes. Special children’s activities are also scheduled. The authors who will be in attendance includes Dennis Lehane (Mystic River), Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief) and Jeff Shaara (Gods and Generals). The USF St. Petersburg is located in downtown St. Petersburg. Parking will cost $5 and can be found on campus and on nearby parking lots.

Movies at MacDill AFB 24 & 25 Oct

October 23, 2008 By: Laura Category: Events No Comments →

Picture of theater tickets 

For an inexpensive night out, stop by the MacDill AFB movie theater this weekend.  Admission is $4 for patrons 12 years and older and $2 from children 5-11 years old.  Snack prices are really affordable when compared to those out in town.  A large popcorn and two medium soft drinks is only $10!  There are 3 movies playing this weekend.  On Friday at 7pm, “BABYLON A.D.” starring Vincent Cassel and Vin Diesel. This movies is rated PG-13 for intense violence & action, language and sexuality and has a run time of 99 minutes. Vin Diesel plays a mercenary charged with delivering a young woman from Russia to Canada learns that she has been manipulated by a synthetic virus and what lies inside her could doom the human race.  On Saturday at 3pm, “THE HOUSE BUNNY” starring Anna Faris and Emma Stone is playing. This movie is rated PG-13 for sex-related humor, nudity and strong language and has a run time of 92 minutes. Anna Faris plays Shelley Darlington who has lived at the Playboy mansion for the last nine years. She is Hef’s favorite and acts like a den mother to the other girls. On her birthday, she is unceremoniously evicted from Hef’s pad for ‘being too old.’ Homeless and without essential skills, Shelley wanders around L.A. until she finds a new job–the housemother at the most unpopular sorority on campus. On Saturday at 7pm, the comedy movie “COLLEGE” is playing. This movie is rated R- for pervasive crude/sexual content, nudity, language, and drug/alcohol abuse and has a run time of 94 minutes. Three high school friends visit a local college campus as prospective freshman anticipating the best weekend of their lives. Once there, the rowdiest fraternity on campus decides to recruit the boys as “pledges,” subjecting to the endless humiliations in return for granting them access to the no-holes-barred college party scene. Though forced with the humiliating and disgusting antics of the fraternity brothers, the boys manage to meet sorority girls, who mistake them for college freshmen. Now at the thought of the boys getting their women, the fraternity increases the pre-frosh humiliations and blackmails the boys by threading to expose their underage status. With no choice but to fight back the three friends retaliate with a major scheme to avenge their tormentors, destroy the fraternity and win back the hearts, minds and bodies of the sorority girls.

Universal Studio Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights

October 22, 2008 By: Laura Category: Events No Comments →


If your looking for something to do for the weekend or during the week, then you might consider checking out Universal Studio Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.  The event’s three most popular shows are back with some updates: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure and The Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Tribute and illusionist Brian Brushwood returns with his own act full of edge-of-your-seat stunts. Select rides and attractions will be open. No costumes, stage makeup or masks are allowed.
Dates: Oct 22-26, 29-31 and Nov. 1. Event starts at 6:30 p.m. Closing times vary.
Tickets are $69.99 but check out the price at the ITT office at the MacDill AFB A daytime park ticket does not include Halloween Horror Nights.

Tops in Blue Concert at MacDill AFB 23 Oct

October 20, 2008 By: Laura Category: Concerts No Comments →


This Thursday at 7pm, the U.S Air Force’s Tops in Blue will be giving a free concert at Hanger 3 on Hanger Loop Dr. This world-renown production, Tops In Blue, is an all-active duty US Air Force special unit made up of talented amateur performers selected for their entertainment abilities. Each year, thousands compete in base talent contests and the most talented move on to higher levels of competition. The result is an elite group composed of 35 of the most talented vocalists, musicians, and dancers anywhere. Known as the Air Forces’ Expeditionary Entertainers; the group’s main mission is to perform for military personnel and their families throughout the world. The enormous popularity of the group has also made them America’s goodwill ambassadors around the globe. They put on great show that will be entertaining for the entire family.

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