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Archive for May, 2011

Give the Y a Try for Free in Downtown Tampa!

May 23, 2011 By: maclaura Category: Self Improvement, Sports No Comments →


In support of National Employee Health & Fitness Month, the Fort Brooke Downtown Y is open to the community for a week long open house. Stop by anytime between May 23 – May 27 and enjoy the perks of being a Y member. You can jump start your exercise routine with BODYPUMP, wind down after work with yoga or spin to the music in one of our SPINNING classes. The Downtown Y also features a well-equipped wellness center with cardio and strength equipment and free weights. There is a second Y around the corner from the Fort Brooke Y at 100 North Tampa St. On, Monday, a Spinning class starts at 5:45pm at 100 North. On Tuesday – H.E.A.T. (High Energy Athletic Training) class at 12pm at 100 North. On Wednesday, there is a BODYCOMBAT™ Demo Class at 5:15pm at Fort Brooke. On Thursday, there is a Yoga class at 5:30pm at 100 North. And on Friday, there is a BODYPUMP™ class at 12pm at Fort Brooke. Feel free to try each class and all the equipment! There is free on street parking available Monday – Saturday before 8am. The Fort Brooke location validates parking Monday-Friday from 5-9:15pm in the Fort Brooke Parking Garage. In 1908 the first YMCA facility was built in Tampa–a 50,000 square foot building on the corner of N. Florida Ave. and Zack Street. Now the YMCA in the Tampa Bay area has grown to 18 facilities across Hillsborough and eastern Pasco counties.

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Lightning Watch Party at the Forum 17 May

May 16, 2011 By: maclaura Category: Events, Sports No Comments →


Get ready for game 2 of the playoffs with the Tampa Bay Lightning taking on the Boston Bruins. Game 1 was a scoring fest with the Lightning scoring 5 goals and the Bruins scoring 2. No game is ever easy during the playoffs, but expect some great hockey! Tampa is hot having won the last 8 playoff games including 3 straight against the Penguins and a 4 game sweep against the Capitals and the opener against the Bruins on Saturday! Game 2 is in Boston, so if you’re like most Lightning fans you won’t be able to see the game up in Boston. But come to the St. Pete Times Forum and join in with Tampa fans for a Lightning Watch Party. This is a free event! Game time is 8pm, but the fun starts at 6:30pm. The game will be shown outside on the west plaza. Starting at 6:30pm, fans can enjoy live music and entertainment, games and other activities.. Individual Fans can bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers packed with food and non-alcoholic drinks for the game. But there will be vendors selling food and alcohol. The first 500 fans who arrive at the arena for Game 2 on Tuesday night will receive a free Bolts Nation fan pack while supplies last. Free parking will be available in both the Forum West Lot, as well as the VIP East Lot, on a first-come, first-served basis. The St. Pete Times Forum is located in the Channelside District of Tampa just south of downtown Tampa.

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Kris Kristofferson at the Tampa Theatre 10 May

May 10, 2011 By: maclaura Category: Events No Comments →

Courtesy of the Tampa Theater

Singer, songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson will be performing at the Tampa Theater tonight at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased online for $46 and $56 including all fees. His distinguished career has encompassed the authorship of such classics as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night”; stardom in such feature films as Lonestar, the Blade Trilogy, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid and A Star is Born; honors including three Grammy Awards and a Golden Globe Award; and years of outspoken political and social activism. Kristofferson is currently a member of the Songwriter Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. 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 Federal holiday so parking at street meters is free.  Just across the street from the Marriott Courtyard at Cass and N. Florida is a self-service parking lot that charges $5 for parking before 6pm and $3 after 6pm.  If you ever come to watch a show 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.

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