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Brandon Blast on the 4th of July!

June 28, 2010 By: Laura Category: Communities, Events No Comments →


Come and celebrate 4th of July at the Brandon Blast!  The Westfield Brandon Mall is hosting the Brandon Blast from 4pm to 9pm. This event should take place at the parking lots on the west side of the mall. Listen to live music and take part in family fun events from bouncy houses to water slides.  If you get hungry or need a drink, there will be plenty of food vendors offering something for everyone’s tastes!   There is even a raffle for a $1,000 shopping spree!  Fireworks start at 9pm. The proceeds from the day go to support the Great Brandon Community Foundation who in turn helps to support 54 local registered charities. Come early to get a good parking spot and maybe bring a picnic or a portable grill and have dinner while you wait for the fireworks. The Westfield Mall in Brandon is one of the largest malls in the Tampa area. Anchor stores at the Mall include Dillard’s, Macy’s, JC Penny’s, and Sears. With stores offering everything from shoes to sports to sunglasses and everything in between, the Westfield Mall is also a destination place for dining out from something quick to eat in the food court to a sit down restaurant in the restaurant courtyard. The Mall is open on Mondays to Friday from 10:30am to 8:30pm, Saturdays 10am to 9pm and Sundays from 11am to 6pm.

Summer Sailing Camp for Kids at Davis Island

June 22, 2010 By: Laura Category: Self Improvement, Sports No Comments →


The Davis Island Youth Sailing Foundation is holding a Summer Sailing Camp for Kids during one-week sessions for Summer Learn-To-Sail camps for kids age 8-18 with no experience sailing to experienced sailors. The camps run throughout the summer and take place Monday through Friday. The camp takes place 9am-4pm. Lunch will be provided and is included in the program fees. Each child will receive a one t-shirt, extra t-shirts can be ordered for $10. This camp is available to both Davis Island Yacht Club members and non-members. The goal of the the Foundation is to promote the sport of sailing for the benefit of the children of the Tampa Bay area in an environment which stresses safety, good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage, respect for authority and respect for the community. The cost is $265 per session plus a $25 annual fee per family. A discount of $25 per session will be available for any combination of registrations for a family beginning at the 3rd session and/or child.  Davis Island is located near downtown Tampa and is about a 9 mile drive from the Bayshore Gate of MacDill AFB. Davis Island is a mix of residential and retail areas. Davis Island is home to Peter O. Knight Airport, Davis Island Yacht Club, and Tampa General Hospital. Also on the Islands are the Marjorie Park Municipal Yacht Basin & Marjorie Park. East Davis Boulevard is the commercial area of the neighborhood. Along several blocks there are restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops in a tranquil sidewalk setting. The area is also very pet-friendly due to the pedestrian nature of the island and a great starting point for a walk or run along Bayshore Blvd.

Father’s Day at MacDill AFB Bay Palms Golf Complex

June 20, 2010 By: Laura Category: Sports No Comments →

 Photo courtesy of 6th FSS MacDill AFB

How about treating Dad to a golf outing at the Bay Palms Golf Complex at MacDill AFB!  The golf special is 4 players each with a hot dog lunch for $125.   You can start out the day right with a delicious breakfast from the “Main Course” Eatery.   The grill serves up everything you would want for breakfast from eggs to pancakes and everything in between.  Try the “Hole In One” special with your choice of eggs cooked up the way you like it, hashbrowns or grits, sausage, ham or bacon and a choice of toast for only $5.25. The twilight light special prices, available after 2:30pm for 18 holes including a cart are: $15 for E1-E4, $17 for E5-O3, $18 for O4 and up, $22 for guests and $5 for juniors. For the summer, the course is now closed on Mondays. The Bay Palms Golf Complex was named ‘Best Golf Program in the Air Force’ for 2002. There are two 18-hole, par 72 courses. The challenging South Course runs along the bay. The North Course offers a prefect opportunity to work on your game. The complex has a lighted practice putting green, a 24-hour-a-day lighted driving range where a bucket of balls is only $1, a practice chipping green and sand trap areas. The clubhouse has an excellent pro shop with a great friendly staff ready to help you.

Dali Museum Fun Saturdays in Downtown St Pete!

June 12, 2010 By: Laura Category: Events No Comments →

Picture courtesy of the City of St. Petersburg

The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg is having Fun Saturdays this summer. Bring out the family for fun games, puzzles and craft activities. In the Dalí Family Guide brochures families can explore the collection on their own and discover the magic of Dalí. Salvador Dali, a surrealist painter born in Spain, was best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931. Dalí’s expansive artistic repertoire includes film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media. 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. Started by a local art collector, the Dali collection now consists of over 2,140 total pieces including 95 oil paintings and over 100 watercolors and drawings. Admission is $17 for adults, $14.50 for seniors, military and police, $12 ages 10 to 18, $4 ages 5 to 9. Or if you can wait until Thursday admission is $5 after 5 pm. In downtown St. Pete, the landmark Pier anchors a downtown shopping, dining and entertainment district that includes bustling BayWalk and Muvico 20, trendy boutiques along Beach Drive, and a dazzling
array of shops, galleries, hotels and bed & breakfasts that line the city’s pedestrian-friendly streets. A continuous string of green parks winds along the seven-mile Beach Drive waterfront.

Sunset Cinema at Curtis Hixon Park 5 June

June 05, 2010 By: Laura Category: News, Pets No Comments →

 Photo courtesy of Tampa Theatre

For a free and fun time this Saturday evening come down to Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa for a free out showing of the classic movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. This part of the Sunset Cinema series sponsored by the Tampa Theatre. 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. Legendary outlaws Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) display their gifts for perfect comedic timing and charisma as they pull off heist after heist in this Academy Award-winning film from director George Roy Hill. To evade a relentless posse, the boys flee to Bolivia, thinking they’ll find easier pickings there. But trouble finds them in Bolivia. The film starts around 8:45pm, but arrive early to get a good spot. Bring your own chairs and blankets to sit on. Alcohol is not permitted in the Park, but this is a great time to have a picnic dinner! There will be concessions selling food and drinks if you don’t want to bring your own. Right across the street from the park is Five Guys Hamburger, so you can get your fast food fix for the day if you need it. Pets are allowed with a leash and the Park has a fenced dog park along the River. The film will be shown on a 50-foot wide screen using dual projectors that produce a crisp image and a powerful sound system ensures that you can hear the movie from any place in the park. Parking is available at the Curtis Hixon parking garage or at nearby public parking lots. On street parking is free in Tampa after 6pm, so you don’t have to place any quarters into the meters!

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