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Archive for January, 2009

Florida State Fair in Tampa 5-16 Feb

January 31, 2009 By: Laura Category: children, Events No Comments →


Get ready for the Florida State Fair in Tampa. The fair will runs from Feb 5-16. Gates open daily at 9 am and closing time varies each day. The fairgrounds are located off of 301 near the intersection of I-4 and I-75. Come out see the traditional farming exhibits and tryout the food the delicious foods. Checkout the Elvis impersonators in the Elvis Extravaganza or see the new a Vegas-style show called Glitz, A Tribute to halftime shows. On opening day, Feb 5, after 3 pm you can save 33 percent off regular price of an armband at $20 each armband. Armbands will allow you unlimited access to the carnival rides. Student days are Feb 6 and 16, students ages 12 through 12th grade can get into the fair for $6, children ages 6-11 for $5. Hillsborough county public school students will receive free admission vouchers valid for use on Friday February 6. Senior days are February 10-12, with seniors ages 55 and over getting in for $6; free gate admission is available on February 12 after 4 p.m.

MacDill AFB Valentine Craft Bazaar 4 Feb

January 28, 2009 By: Laura Category: Events No Comments →


The MacDill AFB Outdoor Recreation is sponsoring a Valentine Craft Bazaar on Wed, 4 Feb from 10 am – 5 pm atthe Raccoon Creek Pavilion at the Base Beach. There will be many homemade craft items, candles, afghans, knick-knacks, jewelry, candy, and home baked goods to chose from. Shop for yourself, a friend, or buy your Valentine a gift. If you are interested in selling items, you can rent a table for $8. Set up time will begin at 9 am and will open to the public at 10 am. Vendors need to pay at the FamCamp area before noon on 1 Feb. Call Outdoor Recreation at 840-6919 for more information.

Super Bowl Sunday Party at MacDill AFB

January 27, 2009 By: Laura Category: Dining, Events No Comments →


Make your plans for Super Bowl Sunday and make Boomers Bar & Grill on MacDill AFB a part of  them.  The doors open at 11am on 1 Feb.  There is a complimentary buffet for members, non-members are only charged $5!   The buffet includes mini-burgers, wings, sandwiches, chips & dips and boiled peanuts.  There will be Miller Lite and Jack Daniels drink specials.  There  will be prizes and giveaways during the game including Tampa Bay Buccaneers merchandise, a  recliner, and a flat screen TV!  Groups of 6 or more can make team reservations at 840-6900.

Disney’s Armed Forces Salute Free and Discounted Passes!

January 26, 2009 By: Laura Category: News No Comments →


Disney’s Armed Forces Salute” is offering free and discounted passes to their theme parks in Orlando for active and retired military members until 23 Dec 09. Each active or retired member of the U.S. military may obtain one complimentary 5-day ticket with Park Hopper® and Water Park Fun & More options. This ticket is valid for five days of admission into the four Walt Disney World® theme parks, plus a total of five visits to a choice of a Disney water park, DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park or certain other attractions. During this offer period, active or retired U.S. military personnel (or their spouses, but not both) may also make a one-time purchase of up to a maximum of five 5-Day “Disney’s Armed Forces Salute Companion” tickets (one theme park per day) for $99 per ticket, plus tax, for family members (including spouse) or friends. Although this ticket for family members and friends does not include either the Park Hopper® or Water Park Fun & More options, this ticket can be upgraded to add either such option, or both, for an additional $25, plus tax, per option. Actual prices may be less. All tickets and options are non-transferable and must be used by December 23, 2009. Activated members of the National Guard or Reservists (with orders showing active status after January 1, 2008) and active or retired members of the United States Coast Guard are also eligible to participate in this offer. “Disney’s Armed Forces Salute” tickets can be bought at the MacDill AFB ITT office or at the Shades of Green Resort or at main entrance theme park ticket windows.

Family Fun Saturdays at the Salvador Dali Museum

January 22, 2009 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, News No Comments →

Courtesy of the City of St. Petersburg

The Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, hosts Family Fun Saturdays from 11 am to 4:30 pm, featuring interactive poster talks led by Museum docents with the assistance of our junior docents followed by hands-on activities. The poster talks begin at 11 am and are followed by hands-on activities from 11:45 am to 4:30 pm. The event is free with Museum admission. The Dali Museum is the flagship of cultural tourism on the West Coast of Florida and welcomes over 200,000 visitors each year from around the world. The mission of the Salvador Dalí Museum is to educate the public and promote understanding, enjoyment and scholarly examination of art through the exhibition of works by Dalí and artists of similar vision. The Dali collection now consists of over 2,140 total pieces including 95 oil paintings and over 100 watercolors and drawings. Admission is $15 for adults, $13.50 seniors, U.S. military, police and fire personnel, $10 students.

Super Bowl NFL Experience 24-25 & 29-31 Jan

January 20, 2009 By: Laura Category: Events, Sports No Comments →


Tampa hosts this year’s Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium on 1 Feb.  But before game day, there are plenty of events leading up to the big contest.  On 24,25, 29, 30 & 31 Jan, come out and experience the NFL Experience at Raymond James Stadium. If you can’t get tickets to the game, this is the next best thing! This fan festival will have interactive games, displays, entertainment attractions, kids’ football clinics, free autograph sessions and a huge football card show! Tickets prices are $18.50 for adults and $12.50 for 12 years and younger. Parking is $10 for most vehicles.

Presidential Inauguration Day Ceremony at Tampa Theatre Tuesday

January 19, 2009 By: Laura Category: Events No Comments →

Courtesy of the Tampa Theater 

If you want to see the historic inauguration of Barack Obama, then stop by the Tampa Theatre to see it on the big screen. The historic movie house will open its doors at 10 am to let people watch for free! The broadcast begins at 11 am with seating first-come, first-served at 711 N Franklin St in downtown Tampa. The swearing-in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol will commence at noon followed by the 56th Inaugural Parade. The concessions stand will be open for sales of sodas, coffee, popcorn and sweets. Guests are welcome to bring bag lunches. Parking is available on metered parking spots on the streets and there are two City of Tampa public garages near Tampa Theatre — Poe Garage (800 N. Ashley Drive near the Public Library and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center) and Fort Brooke Garage (107 N. Franklin Street – enter on Whiting Street). This will be the next best thing to being there without the traffic and crowds!

Charter Fishing on Tampa Bay

January 18, 2009 By: Laura Category: Sports No Comments →


Great weather for fishing on Tampa Bay.  Fish Tank Charters operates an in-shore fishing  charter service fishing the Tampa Bay area. Owner Capt. Lynn Amburn is retired from the  Army, grew up fishing this area and has been a guide for 4 years. Fish Tank Charters has a 21 foot Robalo bay boat capable of carrying 4 anglers. Fishing equipment, bait, bottled water is supplied and his license covers all anglers. Anglers are picked up at the Gandy boat ramp. Targeted fish species are red fish, snook, trout, sharks, cobia and mackerel. $375 for 2 people, 3 anglers for $425, $475 for 4 anglers for a trip of 6 hours. Each additional person is $50. Call MacDill AFB Outdoor Recreation at 828- 4982 or 840-6919 to book your  trip.

Tampa Bay Lightning Garage Sale 17 Jan

January 17, 2009 By: Laura Category: Events, Sports No Comments →

St. Pete Times Forum 

Today from 2-7:30pm, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be having a garage sale at the St. Pete Times Forum at the Chrysler Jeep Plaza.   Items on sale will include game-worn jerseys, sticks, helmets, gloves and more!  You might be able to buy a complete uniform.  Make sure you come out early, there will be a lot of collectors to compete against.  Items that you buy you should eventually get a player to sign.  At 7:30pm after the sale, stick around and watch the game against the Florida Panthers and get the equipment you bought signed!  Discount tickets can be purchased at the MacDill AFB ITT office at the Exchange mall. 

Free Resume Writing Classs 17 Jan!

January 16, 2009 By: Laura Category: News No Comments →

Save money

If you just got transferred to MacDill AFB and your spouse wants to look for a new job or you are looking for a new job, then there is free help available on writing a resume. This Saturday from 1 to 5 pm, the University of South Florida College of Business and human resources officers from nearly two dozen local companies will offer a free resume review workshop for people seeking business careers. The event will include 15-minute reviews by local hiring managers as well as a 60-minute workshop on how to perfect a resume. This event is open to anyone and will be held at USF’s College of Business, 4202 E Fowler Ave. in Tampa.  USF is the largest of several universities in the Tampa Bay area with around 30,000 students.  The campus is located in the northern part of Tampa with easy access from I-75 or I-275.  Free parking is available in the adjacent USF Sun Dome lot. You need to bring an initial resume with you. Reservations are required and can be made at (813) 974-8155.