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August Golf Specials at MacDill AFB Bay Palms Golf Complex

July 30, 2014 By: maclaura Category: Communities, Sports No Comments →

At the MacDill AFB Palms Golf Complex, if you have a valid ID that has a Brandon, Seffner, Riverview, Valrico, or Lithia address you will receive $5 off the cost of green fees during the month of August .


If you want to learn or need some help getting the rust out of your game, then sign up for the “Get Golf Ready” classes for $99. There is a free active duty clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1pm, but you have the buy a bucket of balls. There is a drop-in junior clinic every Saturday for $3. It runs from 8:30am to 9:30am.

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 perfect opportunity to work on your game. The complex has a lighted practice putting green, a 24-hour-a-day lighted driving range where a small bucket of balls is only $2, a practice chipping green and sand trap areas. The clubhouse has an excellent pro shop with a great friendly staff ready to help you. The snack bar serves a great variety of food and has an especially nice breakfast menu! The Complex is open daily from 6:30am to 6pm. The Grill is open for breakfast daily from 6:30am to 10:30am, lunch daily from 11am to 1:30pm and the Express is open from Sun-Fri, 1:30-3 pm, and on Sat, 1:30-5 pm. Whether your home is in Brandon, FishHawk, St. Pete or New Tampa, you can’t find a more affordable golf course. It’s a great place to stop in after work and play a couple of holes or hit a bucket or two at the driving range before going home!

If you have a tip to share about golfing on MacDill AFB, please leave us a comment or share it on the MacDill Happenings Facebook page. If you tweet you can send us tweet to @MacDill Happenin.

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Cypress Point Park Tampa’s Hidden Beach

July 26, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Communities, Things to do No Comments →

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Tampa Bay has some of the best beaches in the country and most are within a 45-minute drive from MacDill AFB.  But there is a hidden gem of a beach in Tampa that is just minutes away from Westshore Plaza Mall and Tampa International Airport.

If you travel to the end of Cypress Blvd. you will be surprised to find Cypress Point Park. Now when you get to the end of the street don’t stop at the business park, but continue on following the signs that lead you to the park. My husband and I recently read an article in the Tampa Bay Times about this hidden gem.


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On a Sunday morning after dropping our daughter at the airport we made a quick stop. I was very surprised at how nice the park is.  The beach area is small but if you need something to do with the kids this would be the perfect quick beach trip. The beach area is not as big as the beach on MacDill AFB but it was very pretty and had a great view. If your kids are into airplanes then they will love it, the flight path of the Tampa International Airport is right over head. The park included several pavilions that you can rent for parties etc.. they included tables and grills. The park also had nice bathroom facilities that my husband said were very clean. In fact a cleaning crew was arriving when we left. For the kids the park had an amazing playground. You could also play volleyball and extreme Frisbee. According to the parks website you can also use the .90 mile asphalt trail and hike the .44 mile nature trail.  You can also use the canoe launch to go kayaking and canoeing in the bay.  If you live in the MacDill AFB area and just don’t want to make the hike out to Clearwater or St Petersburg this is a perfect alternative. I think it would be a lovely spot to have a sunset picnic. Also if you work in the area I think it would be a great place to eat your lunch and take a walk. Better yet you may want to rent or buy a home in the area.

Have you visited  Cypress Point Park? If so leave us a comment or you can post pictures and comments on our Facebook page.

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Things to do in Tampa for the Weekend

July 24, 2014 By: maclaura Category: Communities, Dining, Events, Things to do No Comments →


Looks like the weather should cooperate this weekend, so you take advantage of all the things going on this weekend in the Tampa Bay area. There are always things to do outside like going to the beach or to Busch Gardens and things to do inside like visiting one of the many museums!

    • Today at 5:30pm at the MacDill AFB movie theater “The Lego Movie” will be shown.  It’s free to attend and you can bring your own snacks.  Just make sure you clean up after yourselves.
    • The red hot Tampa Bay Rays are back in town and take on the Boston Red Sox for a 3-game series starting on Friday at the Trop.  The first pitch will be thrown at 7:10pm with David Price scheduled to start!
    • Check out the beach during Flip Flop Fourth Friday at Madeira Beach.  Starting at 5pm, Madeira Way will be full of music, fun, food and vendors!  Plus you will get a great view of the sunset!
    • On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays open up the Trop for invite local youth ages 12 to 17 to Tropicana Field to participate in a morning of exercise and fun. This event runs from 10am to noon.  There is a limited number of spaces available, so make sure you call  727-825-3306 to reserve a spot.
    • Also on Saturday at the Trop, from 10:30am to noon, join DJ Kitty and the Ray team to celebrate National Dance Day.
    • On Sunday, the historic Tampa Theatre will show the comedy classic “Blazing Saddles”  at 3pm.

We hope you enjoy your weekend and please share any ideas you have on fun things to do this weekend with us! You can share here in our comments section or on our Facebook page. You can also send us a tweet @MacDill Happenin.

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5 Things to Do at MacDill AFB This Week

July 09, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Communities, Things to do No Comments →

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There are a few things to do on MacDill AFB this week that are free or inexpensive to do.

  • The free movie this Thursday at the MacDill AFB Movie Theater is “Alice in Wonderland”. This 2010 version stars Johnny Depp and has Alice returning to Wonderland as a 19 year old. You can bring your own snacks and anyone is welcome to attend. Just make sure you clean up after yourselves. Sometimes it gets a little chilly in the theater so you might want to bring a jacket or a blanket. Show time is 5:30pm. The movie theater is located on Florida Keys Ave near Grow Financial Credit Union.
  • Also on Thursday from 5pm to 8pm at MacDill Lanes, you can bowl all you want for only $6. Or on Friday if you are a AF Club member, you can bowl for freee from 6pm to 8pm.  Call 828-4005 to make a reservation.
  • Sign up your child by Friday to participate in “Say It With Music” camp.  This Recording and Music Video Camp takes place next week. Cost is $25 per child and you can sign up at the Youth Center front desk.
  • One thing that is always available and free is the use of the Short Fitness Center!
  • If you want to talk a walk along a scenic route, then checkout the rubberized path along Bayshore Blvd. During the evening make sure you put on insect repellant!

If you know of any events taking place on MacDill AFB, please consider sharing them here.

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Things To Do 4th of July Weekend Near MacDill AFB

July 03, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Communities, Concerts, Events No Comments →



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Things to do in Tampa


It is a four day weekend and the MacDill AFB and Tampa Bay area will be offering lots of fun things to do. Many of us will be heading to the beach, parks and amusement parks in the area but you may still need some other ideas here is a list of some events happening in the area.

  • If you live in the Riverview/Appolo Beach area you should check out the Band Stormbringer playing at the Concerts for A Cause event being held at Waterset, a new planned community located in Apollo Beach. The cost of admission is non-perishable food for donation. Event begins at 6:00.
  • If you live in the FishHawk/Lithia area a similar event is being held at Central Park FishHawk. The band will Frequency and the event will kick off at 6:00 and admission will be non-perishable food items for donations.
  • Visit MOSI where active duty and retired military and up to 5 of their family members can enter for free.
  • The Tampa Bay History Center in the Channelside District of Tampa is offering free admission to everyone on Friday in celebration of 4th of July.
  • The Lowry Park Zoo is offering free admission to active duty, retired and former military members and up to three family members from Friday to Sunday.
  • Check out the SS American Victory ship next to the Florida Aquarium and take a tour of the ship and watch fireworks at Channelside. Admission is $10 for military members.

Enjoy your long weekend and please be safe when it comes to setting off fireworks. Please share a comment with us if you know of any more great events in the area. Also, share your Independence Day events with us on our Facebook page or send us a Tweet at @MaDill Happenin.

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Fireworks Near MacDill AFB

July 02, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Communities, Events, News No Comments →


Wondering where to watch the fireworks in the MacDill AFB area? Living in the Tampa Bay area we have lots of choices. You may want to go to the beach or you may want to go to Channelside. Fireworks displays start around 9pm.  Here is a list of firework events in the area:

Hillsborough County

-Tampa: Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive; Hogan’s Beach, 7700 Courtney Campbell  Causeway
-Plant City: Plant City Stadium, 1810 E Park Road
-Brandon: Brandon Towne Center Mall

The Florida Aquarium is an venue to watch the fireworks at Channelside. The Aquarium will be open until 9:30pm. Another good spot to watch the fireworks at Channelside is from the parking structure.

Pinellas County

-St. Petersburg Spa Beach at the Pier approach, 615 Second Ave. N.
-St. Pete Beach: Upham Beach, 6850 Beach Plaza
-Clearwater:  Coachman Park, 301 Drew St.
-Treasure Island: Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd.
-Tarpon Springs: Fred Howard Park, 1700 Sunset Drive
-Gulfport: Beach Boulevard
-Madeira Beach: Archibald Park, 15100 Gulf Blvd.
-Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive
-Safety Harbor City Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane

Sarasota County

-Palmetto: Sutton Park, Sixth Street and 10th Avenue W
-Sarasota: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave.

Pasco County

-Dade City: Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52
-Wesley Chapel: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive

If you have some tips on where to watch fireworks or some hints about parking, can you share them with us?

Weekend Fun in Tampa

June 19, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Communities, Events, Things to do No Comments →

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What are you doing this weekend?


This weekend brings us the first day of Summer. June 21st will be the longest day of the year. So what fun events can you enjoy this weekend. Here are a few fun ideas I have found.

  • Take a drive out to Plant City and check out the Plant City Food Truck Round Up. The event starts at 5:00PM and includes Gator County BBQ, Gone Bananas, and many more. Catch the trucks at McCall Park in downtown. Great way to see Plant City if you have not visited before.
  • Dive-In Movies at the St Pete Beach Aquatic Center pool. Catch” Monsters University” at 8:00pm. Bring your floaties, noodles and chairs to watch. No outside food or cooler allowed.
  • Celebrate the first ever World Giraffe Day at Lowery Park Zoo. Celebrate the longest necked animal on the longest day of the year! Great way to  support the Giraffe Conservation efforts going on . Meet the Giraffes and their zookeepers from 9:30am until 5:00pm.
  • Sing-A-Long with Mary Poppins at the Tampa Theater. Get dressed up in your best Mary Poppins costume to parade before the movie starts. The movie begins at 3:00pm on both Saturday 6/21 and Sunday 6/22.
  • If you have not visited Legoland Florida yet maybe this weekend you should. The park is offering some great ticket deals. If you are active duty Military you can explore the park for Free your family member should purchase their tickets on MacDill AFB at the IT& T office.

Wow, so many fun things to do this weekend I determinately want to go see the Giraffes! If you have any fun events you would like to share with us please do so here or on our Facebook page. You can also send us a Tweet at @MacDill Happenin. Also, if you have a home listed with please share it with us !

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Boating and Water Safety Tips

June 17, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Communities, Self Improvement, Sports, Things to do No Comments →

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With the first day of Summer coming up soon, many of us will be finding ourselves participating in some kind of water activity. Whether you are spending the day at the pool or a taking your boat out for an afternoon excursion, safety should be a priority.

Here are some great tips from the Red Cross on how to keep your family safe near and in the water:

  • Only swim in areas designated for swimming with a lifeguard present.
  • Use the buddy system. Even at a public pool or life-guarded beach.
  • Make sure the entire family can swim. Enrolling in Red Cross swimming lessons is a great way to spend some family time and keep everyone safe.
  • NEVER leave a young child unattended near water . Teach your children the importance of asking permission before going near  water. Establish rules! Decide who and when the family is allowed near the pool or other water sources. Never let children play near drains and other water hazards , explain to the family why these rules are important.
  • Children and inexperienced swimmers should always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.
  • Be cautious around natural bodies of water. A fall into a lake or stream can be very dangerous.
  • Avoid alcohol!
  • If you own a pool make sure you have approved safety barriers around your pool and hot tub. the red cross offers an online training course for pool safety. Take it! Put all pool toys away and out of sight these can be an attraction for young kids to venture out to the pool unsupervised.
  • Supervise, supervise and supervise children and inexperienced swimmers near any body of water.
  • Lastly, know what to do in an emergency. Make sure there is appropriate safety equipment in the event of an emergency. Know when and how to call 911. If you own a pool and your child is missing check the water first. It only takes a few seconds to drown.

If you will be out on a boat this summer here are some great tips from the U.S. Coast Guard on boating safely:

  • Do a vessel check.
  • Take a boating safety course.
  • Educate yourself on the dangers of carbon monoxide.
  • Again, avoid alcohol.  According to the USCG a boater is more likely to become impaired than a driver of an automobile. You do not want to be charged with a BUI.
  • Wear you life jacket at all times. In the event of an accident, stowed life jackets are almost useless. The Coast Guard would like to see everyone on every boat where their jackets at all time.
  • Prepare a Float Plan. This is not just for boaters but kayakers, jet skiers etc…
  • Take a boater safety class. For a list of Coast Auxiliary classes here in the MacDill AFB area go to CLASSES.

I hope these tips will encourage you to review what safety plans you may have in place in regards to swimming or boating. If you do not have a plan now would be a great time to sit down with the family and go over water safety. Remember to wear your life jackets, and another great tip use sunscreen!

Have a fun and safe summer and please share with us any safety tips you may have. You can share here on the blog or share on our MacDill Happenings Facebook page. You can also send us a Tweet at @MacDill Happenin.


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Open House-Should You Have One?

June 09, 2014 By: maclaura Category: Communities, Self Improvement, Things to do No Comments →

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Back in the day having an open house to sell your home was a given. But with all of today’s new technology it isn’t always the best marketing tool. You will have to determine if the work involved in hosting an Open House will pay off in the end. More than likely it will not get your house sold but, it will get the word out there on what a great home you are selling.

Some reasons you may want to have an Open House;

  • You are doing a By Owner sale and you are not tech savvy. An Open House would take the place of a virtual tour etc..
  • Your neighbors may be your best advertisers!
  • An opportunity to get feedback on the home’s appearance, price and your marketing strategies.
  • Having an open house would encourage you to get the house ready for future showings.

Reasons you may not want to have an Open House;

  • Security-the idea of having strangers in your home may not be appealing.
  • Time concerns- staging an open house can be a lengthy process.
  • Realtor not on board with the idea. This situation would leave it all on you and may make things uncomfortable between you and your Realtor.

If you do decide to go forward with an Open House here are some great tips to help you make it a successful day;

  • Make sure your home is clean and smells pretty. Do not go overboard with air fresheners etc.. you do not want to bother anyone’s allergies. A few candles or something baking (maybe leave a plate of cookies out to share) is a great feature.
  • De-clutter and take down some of your personal items such as family photo’s etc.. turn on the lights and open up the blinds and curtains.
  • Make sure you and your pets are not present. Unless you are doing the open house your self, then have someone else take your pets out for the day. Remove their food bowls etc..
  • Make sure the you are advertising the Open House via the internet and social media.  Place signs in strategic spots in your neighborhood and on routes to your home.
  • Have fliers available with information about the home. A binder with information on schools, parks, restaurants and other activities is also a great feature.
  • Have a system set up to collect information from those who attended the Open House so follow ups can be done.
  •  Make sure your Realtor has advertised your Open House on your MLS listing and if you have listed your home with make sure you have updated your listing to include the date and time of the event. (Here is an example: OPEN HOUSE).
  • Lastly, one of the best tips I have seen. Schedule your Open House during the not so typical time frame. Instead of 1:00pm until 4:00p try 3:00pm until 5:00pm allowing “lookers ” the chance to see other homes first or allowing those with busy weekend activities the opportunity to still catch your Open House.

With those great tips you may also want to read the article “Should You Have an Open House?’ by Karina. This article also goes over why you may or may not want to have an Open House. Having an Open House along with all the other marketing tools available should definitely get the word out on what a great home your have for sale.

With the MacDill AFB/Tampa Bay area being very transient an Open House might just be the way to market your home. If you have any successful Open House stories please share them with us here or on our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter at @MacDill Happenin.

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Blue Star Museums Near MacDill AFB

June 07, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Communities, Events, Things to do No Comments →

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Henry B Plant Museum

Looking for something fun and free to do this summer? If you are active duty, National Guard or reserve military  you will want to check out the Blue Star Museum offer of free admission to to over 2,000 museums across the country.   The Blue Star Museums event is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program began on  Memorial Day and will run through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.

This is a great and free opportunity to see some of the cultural highlights the Tampa Bay area has to offer.

To receive your free admission, you must have a military CAC card.  Dependents need to have a dependent ID card.  Admission is good for an active duty military member and up to 5 dependents.  Unfortunately, this offer is not available to retired or former military members. The event was originally created for family members who had a Military member deployed but has been opened up to include all active duty. But please check with these museums for Military discounts that may apply if you do not fit the above criteria.

In the Tampa Bay area, the following museums are participating in Blue Star Museum:

All of these great Museums are close driving distance to the MacDill AFB area and have a lot of to offer to family members of every age. So get out there and start  your summer off with an adventure at one of these Summer Blue Star Museums.

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