The Tampa Convention Center will host 8 On Your Side Health and Fitness Expo on 27 & 28 Feb. The Expo is free! You will find the latest offerings in running shoes and clothing. The Nike Gait and Stride Analysis to help you take a look at your running form and how to improve and be more efficient will be available. Leading health and fitness professionals will be on-hand to help you with your decision on your health and fitness. Tampa General Hospital will offer complimentary blood pressure testing and total screenings for blood surgar and cholesterol to the first 1,000 people. There will be plenty of free goodie giveaways. The Expo is being held in conjuction with the Gasprilla Distance Race Weekend. Runners can pickup their packets at this event. If you haven’t registered for the races, you can still register online or at the Expo. The 15K and 5K runs will take place on Saturday 28 Feb and the Marathon and Half-Marathon will take place on Sunday 1 Mar. Race packets include your race bib which ChronoTrack timing tags, final race instructions and safety pins. To pickup your bib, make sure you bring a copy of your e-mail confirmation and photo ID. Parking is available across the street from the Convention Center at the Tampa Convention Center Garage.
Archive for February, 2009
A Florida tradition since 1930, the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City is open from 26 Feb to 8 Mar. This annual event is one of the top strawberry festivals in the country and ranks as one of the top 50 fairs in North America. The Festival has something for everyone from headline concerts to rides on the midway to delicious foods found only at a fair! There are exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture, and crafts. And don’t forget the ripe delicious strawberrys! Enjoy strawberry ice cream, strawberry pies, strawberry preserves and strawberrys and cream! Playing during various days during the Festival are: George Jones, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brohters, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kellie Pickler, Jake Owen, Third Day, Rodney Atkins, Taylor Swift, Jim Ed Brown/Helen Cornelius, Randy Travis, Marty Stuart/Connie Smith, Travis Tritt, Brenda Lee, Ray Stevens, Mel Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, Ronnie McDowell, Jeff Foxworthy, Mark Lowry, Kool & the Gang, Trent Tomlinson (free with gate admission!) and Jessica Simpson. Tickets to the concert range in price from $10 to $30 and can be purchased online. Gate admission is $8 for adults and $4 children ages 6-12. Stop by your local SWeetBay supermarket and purchase tickets for for $2 cheaper!
Stop by your favorite IHOP on 24 Feb to celebrate National Pancake Day! From 7am to 10pm, you can receive one free short stack, 3 buttermilk pancakes, for free. National Pancake Day dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products…hence the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday. You are asked to consider making a donation to support local children’s hospitals through the Children’s Miracle Network, or other local charities. Last year, IHOP raised more than $875,000 during National Pancake Day. This year’s goal is $1 million! There are 10 IHOP locations to choose from in the Tampa Bay area!
Spring time is around the corner in Florida. This cold spell won’t last forever! If you look at your lawn and garden and wonder if the grass will ever get green or wonder if the flowers will every bloom, then ask the experts at the Pinellas County Extension’s Lawn and Garden Department. On 19 Feb, they are presenting a Landscape Design Clinic from 6pm-8:30pm. The class will have landscape designers will be on hand to review your plans and ideas as well as assess plant selections based upon the design principle of Right Plant/Right Place. The Pinellas County Extension’s Lawn & Garden Department provides educational programs and publications to encourage the use of Florida-Friendly landscape practices and promote conservation of our precious natural resources. Through the combined efforts of Urban Horticulture, Florida Yards & Neighborhoods, Pinellas County Master Gardeners, and Commercial Horticulture the Lawn & Garden Department provides research based information to help citizens improve the quality of life in their community. Check ou their website for help information or consider taking a class.
Come out and support USF basketball on 18 Feb at the USF Sun Dome. Tip off time is 7pm against perennial basketball power Georgetown. USF just had the biggest upset in school history when they defeated No. 8 Marquette 57-56 on 6 Feb. Look for the Bulls to continue to fight to end in every game! The University of South Florida is one of the nation’s top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in fiscal year 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference. If your going to be a freshman or looking to transfer, now is the time to apply!