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Florida Resident Discount for Cirque du Soleil at Downtown Disney

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

Picture courtesy of Walt Disney World

La Nouba is Cirque du Soleil’s newest production in Downtown Disney West Side. La Nouba is a presentation of a world where dreams and reality intertwine as the urban and circus worlds meet on stage. Blending acrobatics, dazzling choreography, whimsical characters and live music, the show will stretch your imagination from beginning to end. La Nouba is a circus-like performance featuring acrobats, gymnasts, and other skilled performers. The first time I went to a show I could not believe how amazing it was! The artistry was fantastic! All music is performed live at La Nouba by six musicians and two singers. Florida residents who buy an adult category 2 ticket for $83 can buy a second ticket for $25! Before or after the show enjoy the restaurants, shops or just the atmosphere of Downtown Disney. Choose from Planet Hollywood to the House of Blues to Raintree Cafe and everything in between. A great place for a reasonable price desert is the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop which can get crowded but service is always quick and the deserts are excellant. If you just want a quick bite, there is also a McDonalds! Parking is always free. Downtown Disney is about a hour drive from MacDill AFB.

Movies at MacDill AFB 25 & 26 September

September 24, 2009 By: Laura Category: Events No Comments →


For an inexpensive night out this weekend, stop by the MacDill AFB Movie Theater to see the latest movies at a great price! Not only do you get inexpensive admission, but the refreshment are cheaper here also! This Friday at 7pm is the new action movie “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra“. This movie is rated PG-13 for strong sequences of action violence and mayhem and has a runtime of 120 minutes. From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos. On Saturday there are two movies playing. At 3pm, the musical comedy “BandSlam” is playing. Teenager Will Burton lives in his head, and his head is filled with music. When his mother, Karen Burton, gets a new job in New Jersey, Will starts his junior year at a new school only to find the old cliques still apply, but rock-n-roll rules the scene. Perpetually a misfit, Will strikes up a friendship with like-minded outsider Sa5m (the 5 is silent). They are both surprised when the school’s “it” girl, Charlotte recruits Will to help assemble a band to compete in “Bandslam,” a battle of the bands that is “Texas High School Football BIG.” Charlotte’s ex-boyfriend Ben Wheatly is poised to win with his band Glory Dogs – Springsteen wannabes down to their hats. For the first time in his life, Will finds he is uniquely suited to not only participate in something, but to truly make a difference. At 7pm, the horror movie “A Prefect Getaway” is playing. This movie is rated R. Cliff and Cydney are an adventurous young couple celebrating their honeymoon by backpacking to one of the most beautiful, and remote, beaches in Hawaii. Hiking the wild, secluded trails, they believe they’ve found paradise. But when the pair comes across a group of frightened hikers discussing the horrifying murder of another newlywed couple on the islands, they begin to question whether they should turn back. Unsure whether to stay or flee, Cliff and Cydney join up with two other couples, and things begin to go terrifyingly wrong. Far from civilization or rescue, everyone begins to look like a threat and nobody knows whom to trust. Paradise becomes hell on earth as a brutal battle for survival begins.

3rd Annual Military Family Appreciation Day 26 September

September 23, 2009 By: Laura Category: Communities, Events No Comments →


On Saturday 26 September, the City of Largo will host a Military Family Appreciation Day at Largo Central Park. The event runs from 10am to 2pm. This event will consist of opening and closing ceremonies, speakers and dignitaries, live entertainment, food and beverages, train rides in the park, and family games and activities. Best of all it is free to attend and parking is also free! Attendees will have to register and provide proof of a military relationship will be requested. Largo Central Park is a 70 acre park in the center of Largo. Largo is a community of more that 74,000 residents and the 3rd largest city in Pinellas County. It is centrally located in Pinellas County, touching the Intracoastal Waterway to the southwest and Tampa Bay to the northeast. Clearwater is Largo’s neighbor to the north. To the northwest are the towns of Belleair and Belleair Bluffs. The City of Pinellas Park lies south of eastern Largo. Seminole lies south of western Largo. The community of Ridgecrest forms a large enclave between western and central Largo. A number of county enclaves pepper the City of Largo. Largo is about a 40 minute drive from MacDill AFB.

Smithsonian’s Free Museum Day 26 September

September 22, 2009 By: Laura Category: Communities, Events No Comments →

Courtesy of Florida International Museum 

Get in free to the Florida International Museum at St. Petersburg College at 244 Second Ave. N in St. Pete on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. The free admission is courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine. You have to go to to download a Museum Day Admission Card. Each card valid for two people. One card per household allowed. Originally an independent museum opening in 1995, the Florida International Museum became a part of St. Petersburg College in 2008. Past blockbuster exhibits include Treasures of the Czars in 1995; Splendors of Ancient Egypt in 1996, Titanic in 1998, and Diana, a Celebration in 2005. The current main exhibit “In a New Light” celebrates the recent acquisition of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art Collection by St. Petersburg College. In a New Light highlights more than 125 works by significant contemporary Florida artists and fine craftsmen from the Southeast. Many set the tone for today’s rich and diverse arts community in Tampa Bay by embracing this region’s history and beautiful landscape even as they broke barriers and stereotype of conventional “Florida” art. Museum hours on Tues to Sat are 10am to 5pm.
Sunday hours are noon to 5pm.

Shriek Peek Weekend 25 & 26 September

September 21, 2009 By: Laura Category: children, Events No Comments →


Get ready for Halloween with ZooBoo at the Lowry Park Zoo. Shriek Peek Weekend is the first weekend of ZooBoo on 25 and 26 September. Admission on these nights only is $10 for ages 3 and up. ZooBoo is a family-friendly Halloween time event. It gives kids and adults alike a fun, spooky and safe place to celebrate this time of year. It features top-notch haunted houses and trails, animal encounters, light displays, music, free rides and more! One admission ticket per person will provide entrance to the entire ZooBoo event. The cost of admission includes unlimited select rides! The regular price of a ZooBoo ticket is $17 for 12 and up and $14 for ages 3-11. Rides included in the price of the tickets are Haunted Carousel, Treetop Skyfari ride, Pony Rides, Boomer’s Flyin’ Bananas, Gator Falls flume ride and the all new Tasmanian Tiger family roller coaster. The “Hidden In The Mist” horse-drawn carriage ride is $4 per person, per ride. Most animals will have gone to bed during ZooBoo. The Asian Gardens, Primate World and Safari Africa will be closed. Don’t miss the special exhibit called “Creepy Crawler Lane,” the Flying Fox Bat House and the new ” Halloween Animal Show ” featuring a variety of animals. Little boys and ghouls are welcome to wear their favorite costumes (ages 11 and under please). Adults (ages 12 and up)–no costumes, make-up, wigs or masks allowed at this event. Guests wearing costumes will be turned away at the front gate. No toy weapons of any kind (children’s or adult’s) will be allowed into the Zoo. This event will be open from 7pm to 11pm each night. Parking is always free at Lowry Park Zoo. Located off of I-275 in Tampa, Lowry Park Zoo is easily accessible and easy to find.

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