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Tampa International Dragon Boat Race 30 April

April 29, 2011 By: Laura Category: Events No Comments →

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The 8th Annual Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Race will take place on 30 April Saturday on the Garrison Channel near the Waterside Marriott. The Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races are held on the Garrison channel in Downtown Tampa, FL. The race course is between the Beneficial Street and the Franklin Street Harbour Island Bridges. Each team races n the 400m course three times during the event. Teams load the boats at the Convention Center docks on the west side of the Marriott, and then travel up the Channel to the start line. The finish line is in front of the Marriott. A central viewing location is located at the Marriott Waterside Hotel and marina (700 S Florida Avenue) or at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, adjacent to the Marriott and right behind the St. Pete Times Forum. The racing runs from 8:30am to 6pm. During the first ever International Food and Beer Festival from 11 am to 7 pm, athletes and spectators alike enjoy food, beverage and entertainment in the Athlete’s Village at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park. For just $25, you can purchase a cup and receive unlimited beer sampling from 2 pm to 7 pm! The day’s entertainment will feature 3 live bands and kick off at 11 am with Early Morning Project and followed by No Money Down. AsiaFest 2010 will be taking place at the same time at the St. Pete Times Forum Plaza. Parking is available, you will just have to use patience.

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Free Spring Break Admission on the American Victory

April 26, 2011 By: Laura Category: Events No Comments →


Pinellas and Hillsborough County students can play on the SS American Victory ship during their Spring Break for free with the purchase of one full price adult ticket. Once on board, they’ll receive a fun worksheet of items to be found on the ship. Kids are encouraged to walk the planks and other fun activities on this scavenger hunt. After the hunt, they can try their hand at make and take crafts. The mission of the American Victory Museum & Ship is to provide an unforgettable voyage of discovery through American Maritime History via a world-class, shipboard, maritime museum dedicated to honoring the men and women who built, sailed, protected and provided service, worldwide, through the American Merchant Fleet since 1775 during times of peace and war. The SS American Victory was delivered to the U.S. War Shipping Administration (WSA) by the California Shipbuilding (Calship) Yard at Los Angeles, California on May 24, 1945 at 1:30pm, the 442nd ship constructed, by the ship yard, with WSA-hull designation No. 792. She was named after American University in Washington, DC, to honor the school’s contributions to war training and weapons research during both World War I and World War II. Parking is available across the street at the Channelside parking structure or at the Florida Aquarium parking lot. If you don’t want to the go to the Gasparilla party, then you might consider stopping by Channelside. Channelside has a wide range of restaurants from Hooters to Stump’s and everything in between. Parking is available next to the Forum at the Regional South Parking Garage and next to Channelside.

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Salsa Dance Lessons in Brandon 26 April

April 25, 2011 By: Laura Category: Communities, Self Improvement No Comments →


Come out to Brandon and have some fun and exercise at the same time with a little Salsa! The Way 2 Dance Studio is offering Salsa dance lessons on Tuesday 26 April starting at 6:30pm. The class is adults 18 years old and up. It’s never too late to learn a new move. With all the dancing shows on television, this is the chance for you to show what you can do at that next wedding or party you go to! The Way 2 Dance Studio is located at 610 Oak Field Drive. Brandon is about a 30 minute drive from MacDill AFB. The LeRoy Selmon Expressway runs from Brandon to Tampa and can cut 10 to 15 minutes off your commute during rush hour. Make sure you buy a SunPass transponder since there are no toll booths on the Expressway. Brandon has all the amenities that anyone would need. 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. With a large food court with wide variety of offerings or nice restaurants including the Cheesecake Factory and Ruby Tuesdays, you can find something to satisfy everyone and not spend a lot of money. In Brandon there is the MacDill AFB Branch Medical Clinic across the street from the AMC 20 Brandon Regency movie theater so that military families don’t have to drive onto MacDill AFB for medical appointments. Make sure ask to go to the branch clinic in Brandon when you register at TRICARE. Brandon Clinic Pharmacy provides initial prescription service to eligible beneficiaries seen at the Brandon Clinic.

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The Easter Bunny at the Florida Aquarium 24 April

April 24, 2011 By: Laura Category: children, Events No Comments →


The Florida Aquarium will be hosting the Easter Bunny today! The Easter Bunny pulls on his bathing suit and dives in for a swim at the coral reef at 11 am and 3:30 pm. Children can get their picture taken with him from 10 am-2 pm. Children receive $5 off of their admission by printing this coupon. The Florida Aquarium is among the top aquariums in the world with more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and around the world. Come out and pet the stingrays. The Aquarium is located in the Channelside district of Tampa with parking for $5 for all day at the Aquarium parking lot. There is also a hourly parking structure across the street from the Aquarium and is closer to the Channelside Bay complex. After an evening at the Aquarium, take the children to a dinner at Channelside. There is a large variety of restaurants from casual eateries to fine dining. If you’re looking for pizza, sandwiches, steak, Thai, Spanish food or something in between, Channelside has it. Or if you’re just interested in dessert, then you can find some delicious ice cream at Channelside! Normal Aquarium ticket prices for adults is $19.95, $16.95 for seniors, and $14.95 for ages 3-12. Or plan ahead and buy discount tickets at the MacDill AFB ITT office at the BX Mall.

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Tampa Bay Youth Expo at the Tampa Convention Center 23 April

April 23, 2011 By: Laura Category: Events, Sports No Comments →

Come out to the Tampa Bay Youth Expo at the Tampa Convention Center this Saturday. The Expo was created to celebrate positive youth sports for young people in the Tampa Bay community.  The Tampa Bay Sports Expo is a fun family oriented one day event on that runs from 9am – 5pm. The Expo promotes youth sports to kids, parents, coaches and youth program administrators. There is an interactive experience where professional athletes, trainers and sports experts offer kids and their families the opportunity to learn new skills both on and off the field. Boys and girls ages 6-18 can participate in sport clinics and demonstration with professional players from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Rays and the Rowdies. There will also be representatives for hockey, tennis, golf, cheer/dance and volleyball. Parents, coaches and youth administrators can attend workshops addressing positive coaching techniques, sport injury prevention, sports nutrition, childhood obesity and preparing your student athlete for college. Also, check out information provided on sports camps, amateur teams and leagues, specialty sport retailers and youth sport organizations. There will be an Autograph Zone for a meet and greet with participating professional athletes and coaches. There are various public and private parking lots near the Convention Center and at Channelside. Usually the public lots offer the most cost effective price. But wherever you park, the Convention Center and Channelside are within walking distance of each other. The Florida Aquarium has a parking lot and Channelside has parking structure across the street. There is a large variety of restaurants from casual eateries to fine dining. If you’re looking for pizza, sandwiches, steak, Thai, Spanish food or something in between, Channelside has it. Or if you’re just interested in dessert, then you can find some delicious ice cream at Channelside! Admission runs from $5 to $15.

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