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Movies at MacDill AFB 2 January

December 31, 2009 By: Laura Category: Events No Comments →


For an inexpensive break from the holiday season, stop by the MacDill AFB movie theater on Saturday to catch a movie.  Admission is only $4 for 12 and up and $2 for 11 to 4.  Refreshments are very reasonable with a medium popcorn and medium soft drink costing only $7.50.  You can also get free refills on the soft drinks.  At 3pm the animated comedy, “Planet 51” is playing. This movie is rated PG for mild sci-fi action and some suggestive humor and has a run time of 96 minutes. Planet 51 is a galactic sized animated alien adventure comedy revolving around America astronaut Captain Charles “Chuck” Baker, who lands on Planet 51 thinking he’s the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent 1950s America, and those only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders…like Chuck! With the help of his robot companion “Rover” and his new friend Lem, Chuck must navigate his way through the dazzling, but bewildering, landscape of Planet 51 in order to escape becoming a permanent part of the Planet 51 Alien Invaders Space Museum. At 7pm, the action movie “2012” is playing. This movie is rated PG-13 for some language and disaster sequences and has a run time of 120 minutes. Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. 2012 is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.

Pianos in Ybor City

December 30, 2009 By: Laura Category: Events No Comments →


As part of a public art initiative, 10 pianos have been placed around Ybor City as part of “Pianos in Ybor: Please Play Me!”. The pianos are tied down and placed underneath roofs to protect them from the weather. When the event ends on 9 January, the pianos will be donated to charity. There is no charge to use the pianos. If you every wanted to perform for an audience, large or small, or in an outside venue, this is the time to do it! If your looking to see if your child is musically inclined, then the pianos present the perfect opportunity.  Known as Tampa’s Latin Quarter for over a century, Ybor City is an exotic blend of aromas, flavors, sights and sounds. From the scent of roasting Cuban coffee early in the morning to the rhythms of Latin music late into the night, Ybor is a feast for the senses. There is plenty of parking in Ybor City and don’t forget about the TECO streetcars!

The Young Victoria at the Tampa Theatre

December 29, 2009 By: Laura Category: Events No Comments →

 Courtesy of the Tampa Theater

The Tampa Theatre is presenting the historical movie “The Young Victoria” this week with a showing tonight at 7:30pm. Starring Emily Blunt, who has been nominated for a Golden Globe Best Actress for this movie, this movie is a romantic and historic bio-pic of the young Queen Victoria of England depicting her life leading up to the assumption of the throne and the early years of her reign and marriage to Prince Albert. On the eve of her 18th birthday and ascension to the English throne, young Princess Victoria (Emily Blunt, The Devil Wears Prada, Sunshine Cleaning) is caught in a royal power struggle. Her first years of rule are turbulent, and the court is filled with intrigue, but it is her blossoming love affair with Prince Albert (Rupert Friend, Pride & Prejudice), the suitor who wins her heart, that will determine the strength of her reign. Built in 1926 as one of America’s most elaborate “movie palaces”, the Tampa Theatre today is a historical treasure of Tampa. Located in downtown Tampa, the Theatre is easily accessible from I-275 and I-4. Designed by famed theatre architect John Eberson, the Tampa is a superior example of the “atmospheric” style of theatre design. Inside the Tampa, audiences are transported to a lavish, romantic Mediterranean courtyard replete with old world statuary, flowers, and gargoyles. Over it all is a nighttime sky replete with twinkling stars and floating clouds. Tampa Theatre was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, is a Tampa City Landmark, and is a member of the League of Historic American Theatres. There is on street parking nearby and parking lots within walking distance. Remember the street parking meters are not in service during the weekend so parking at street meters is free. It’s a tradition to hang out at The Hub, downtown Tampa’s classic dive that’s located two doors down, before or after a theater outing.

Free Cocktail Class at Old Hyde Park Village Today!

December 27, 2009 By: Laura Category: Events No Comments →


Be the perfect host at your New Year’s Eve party or learn how to impress a date by learning how to make cocktails! The Williams-Sonoma store in Old Hyde Park Village in south Tampa has a free cocktail making class today at 2pm. Williams-Sonomais a specialty retailer of home furnishings and gourmet cookware in the United States. They offer high-quality, stylish products for every room in the house: from the kitchen to the living room, bedroom, home office and even the hall closet. Located in south Tampa, Hyde Park Village has great mix of boutiques, stores and unique restaurants that can pique anyone’s interest. South Tampa is the area generally defined as the part of Tampa that is south of Kennedy Blvd. MacDill AFB is located at the southern end of South Tampa. There is plenty of free parking available in Hyde Park Village with several parking garages available and also complimentary valet parking during the holiday season!

Walking Tour of Historic St. Petersburg 26 December

December 26, 2009 By: Laura Category: Events 1 Comment →


If you want to try something else besides hitting the stores to return presents or looking for the after Christmas sales, then how about learning the history of St. Pete.  St. Petersburg Preservation is sponsoring a walking tour of the historic Downtown, Old Northeast, and the historic Kenwood neighborhood for a bungalow tour. The historic Downtown reflects early St. Petersburg’s success in transforming itself into one of the best known tourist destinations in the United States. Although the remaining resources are extremely varied, ranging from frame garage apartments to grand Gothic Revival churches, most were built to serve and/or impress winter visitors. This dedication to the tourist industry changed St. Petersburg from a fishing village to a major American city in the first half of the 20th century. After the tour of the waterfront, everyone will board a tolley to the Kenwood neighborhood. The Kenwood Historic District is a 375-acre residential area best known for its historic bungalows. However, it contains a variety of residential architectural styles including Frame and Masonry Vernacular, Craftsman Bungalow, Minimal Traditional, Tudor Revival, Mediterranean Revival, Colonial Revival, Ranch, Prairie, American Foursquare, Dutch Colonial Revival, Mission, and International. It starts at 10 am on Saturday with everyone meeting at Central Avenue and Second Street. There is a $5 suggested donation, which includes bus tokens. St. Petersburg Preservation (SPP) works to preserve St. Pete’s important sites and structures and foster an appreciation of St. Petersburg’s shared heritage and culture.

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