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Grand Prix Illuminated Night Parade in St. Pete 22 March

March 21, 2012 By: Laura Category: Events No Comments →

To celebrate the Honda Grand Prix taking place this weekend, St. Pete is hosting the Grand Prix Illuminated Night Parade on Thursday 22 March. Although the Grand Prix started in 2003 in St. Pete, the Illuminated Night Parade has been held since 1969. The Suncoasters of St. Petersburg, Inc. are in charge of setting up the parade. The Suncoasters is an non-profit civic organization of volunteer business leaders who donate their time and money to produce events to honor the City of St. Petersburg and to raise funds to provide scholarships and financial support for youth education in arts and music. There will be floats, krewes, marching bands, neighborhood associations, dance troupes and the Grand Prix drivers in their show cars to celebrate the official start of the Grand Prix Race Weekend. For the 30th year, the 500-member Second Time Arounders Marching Band will marching in the parade. Following the parade, there will be a fireworks show at North Straub Park. The parade starts at Central Avenue and 5th Street and travels east on Central Avenue, then heads north on 2nd Street, then heads east on 1st Ave North, then north on Beach Drive to 5th Avenue North. All downtown parking garages will be open to the public. Parking is available at Baywalk Garage and the South Core Garage on 1st Avenue South. Handicap Parking will be available on the South side of 5th Avenue, East of Bayshore Drive. All seating is first-come, first-served.

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Running for Brews 20 March

March 20, 2012 By: Laura Category: Sports No Comments →

If your looking for exercise, good friends and good beer, then the Running for Brews running club is for you! Running for Brews is social running club that looks forward to delicious craft beers after a fun run. Runners can choose their distance with some runners going 5k and others going 10 miles. It’s an individual choice, but the group has a wide range of runners with various abilities and goals. So don’t think that you have to be an Olympic marathon runner in training to join. Just get out and join the group! Most runners don’t drink beer before a run and not all runners drink beer after a run. But it is really a great social group that everyone can enjoy. There are two clubs in South Tampa, one in Dunedin and one in St. Pete. The South Tampa club hosted by MacDinton’s is having a Tuesday run today that will run around historic and beautiful Hyde Park. The run starts at 7pm and it starts and ends at MacDinton’s. The boundaries of South Tampa include the Hillsborough Bay to the east, Kennedy Blvd to the north, historic and picturesque Bayshore Boulevard to the south, and Armenia Avenue to the west. Major thoroughfares within the historical district include Kennedy Boulevard, Bayshore Boulevard, Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway, Howard Avenue, and Swann Avenue. In South Tampa, the 4.5 miles of the world’s longest continuous sidewalk exists along Bayshore Boulevard and Hillsborough Bay in South Tampa. There is a 10-foot-wide sidewalk starts on the north at Columbus Statue Park and ends at Gandy Boulevard. A 3-mile, on-road bike lane extends along the north-bound lane of Bayshore Boulevard between Rome Avenue and Gandy Boulevard. This linear park, and Bayshore Greenway Trail, has some of the most scenic views in Tampa. On Bayshore, there are benches, a water fountain, bicycle parking, a city marina and fitness stations. MacDill AFB is located on the southern end of South Tampa.

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Free Gravity Golf Clinic at MacDill AFB Bay Palms Golf Complex 20 March

March 19, 2012 By: Laura Category: Events, Schools No Comments →

Come out the the Bay Palms Golf Complex at MacDill AFB for free “Gravity” golf lessons. The free lessons will take place from noon to 1:30pm. Gravity Golf is a training system that will enable someone to learn an effortless and consistent power source in their swing. David Lee, the developer of the Gravity Golf system, will be teaching. But don’t forget about playing on MacDill! On Mondays and Wednesdays after 1pm, you can golf for only $15. For E-1 to E-4, the cost is only $11.25. During March, 3 guests and 1 military member can play for $125 including cart. On Saturdays and Sundays, the special is available after 11am. There is a twilight special after 2:30pm that includes green fees and a cart where E1-E4 pay $11, E5-O3 pay $15, O4 and up pay $16 and guests pay $18 for 18 holes of golf. There is a kids clinic on Saturday mornings from 8:30am to 9:30am that only costs $3. The Pro Shop is having a golf club liquidation sale on all in stock clubs. The Pro Shop is stocked with all the latest clubs, bags, ball, gloves, shoes and clothing. Of course you don’t pay tax so you save even more than you would out in town! There is a golf club liquidation sale going this month on all the in stock clubs, so stop by for the best prices and deals around! 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. During the month of June, there is a golf club liquidation sale going on all in stock clubs. The snack bar serves a great variety of food and has an especially nice breakfast menu!

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17th Annual Rough Riders St. Patrick’s Day Parade 17 March

March 17, 2012 By: Laura Category: News No Comments →


The Rough Riders will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day today with their 17th Annual Rough Riders St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ybor City.  The fun starts at 8pm and it looks like the weather will cooperate.  More than 90 floats and krewes are scheduled to be part of the parade as it rolls down 7th Avenue.  Expect a lot of people.  Last year’s parade drew up to 50,000 spectators.  The parade starts at 7th Avenue and Nuccio Parkway and ends at 7th Avenue and 20th Street. If you are not familiar with the Rough Riders, they are a charitable civic organization in Tampa that you will see in just about every parade in Tampa. Among other things, they are known for their Teddy Bear Runs where they bring donated teddy bears to the hospitals to help cheer up children and senior citizens. The 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment “Rough Riders,” Inc. was formed for the purpose of creating and perpetuating a living memorial to the unique accomplishment of President Theodore Roosevelt and the members of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment known as the “Rough Riders”. 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! In Ybor City you can choose from a variety of cuisine – Spanish, Cuban, Italian, Greek and French – just by strolling down La Setima, the main street of the Historic District. Share authentic tapas and a pitcher of Spanish sangria in a café atmosphere reminiscent of a Mediterranean village. Founded by Vicente Martinez-Ybor as a cigar-manufacturing center, Ybor City today is one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida. Red brick buildings, wrought iron balconies and narrow brick streets give it an old-world charm.

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USF Basketball in the NCAA Tournament!

March 13, 2012 By: Laura Category: Schools No Comments →

The University of South Florida basketball team has finally made it back to the NCAA basketball tournament! For the first time since 1992, the Bulls made it to the Big Dance. With a 20-13 record, the Bulls coach, Stan Heath, was also selected as the Coach of the Year in the Big East. The first game for the Bulls is against California on Wednesday night in Dayton, OH. USF is one of the nation’s top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in fiscal year 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. Tampa Bay is home to a respected medical school, top-ranked law school, private national liberal arts college and several graduate schools. Within minutes of MacDill AFB right near downtime Tampa is the University of Tampa. UT is a small private school with about 5600 students. There is an Evening College that allows students to work during the day and attend class in the evening. The University of South Florida is a large public school with about 45000 students in several campuses throughout the Tampa Bay area. The Stetson University College of Law has about 1000 students, full-time and part-time, working on their law degrees. Located in Gulfport, Stetson is nationally recognized for its excellence. There are 16 other colleges and universities in the Tampa Bay area: Argosy University/Tampa, Eckerd College, Florida College, Florida Metropolitan University, Hillsborough Community College, TT Technical Institutes, Keller Graduate School of Management, National-Louis University, Nova Southeastern University, Saint Leo University, Southwest Florida College, The Art Institute of Tampa, The International Academy of Design and Technology, Troy University, University of Phoenix and Webster University. There is a wide variety of educational opportunities that can meet almost everyone’s needs.

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