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AsiaFest 2014 at Cotanchobee Park 26 April

April 23, 2014 By: maclaura Category: Dining, Events, News 1 Comment →

The 31st Annual Celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage takes place at AsiaFest 2014 at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park this Saturday. Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park is located between the Marriott Waterside hotel and Tampa Bay History Center in the Channelside district.

Photo courtesy of MacDill AFB and the US Air Force

Opening ceremonies start at 11am and then there is entertainment from 11:30am to 230pm. There is no admission charge.  Experience the tastes, sights and sounds of sixteen unique countries from all over Asia. Entertainment includes brilliantly colorful dance performances, traditional music and the 5th Annual Miss Asia Fest. Asia Fest is an annual celebration of “National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month,” which has been held in downtown Tampa since 1982. The goal of Asia Fest is to share Asian culture with the public and promote the bond of friendship and better understanding between the East and the West. Each year the event has been coordinated by the Asian Coalition of Florida (AACF). See Asian cultural performances, martial arts, and fashion shows. Asia Fest presents a colorful, festive celebration that features cultural entertainment and Asian ethnic food representing Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Several key local Asian Pacific restaurants are on board as food vendors. The food is definitely a highlight of the event!  The anticipated crowd size should be around 10,000 so come and enjoy the fun.  Parking is available at public and private lots near the Forum. The Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races on Garrison Channel will be going on at the same time.

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Kayaking on the Little Manatee River

April 21, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Events No Comments →

If you’re new to kayaking or want to explore easy going rivers near Tampa, then try out the Little Manatee River in southern Hillsborough County.

Courtesy of Club Kayak

The Little Manatee Kayaking company offers rental kayaks and shuttle service. Their start point is Canoe Outpost on the river with the end point at Wild Cat Park in Ruskin, but you can be picked up at the point of your choice. The Little Manatee River Canoe Trail is an easy 5 miles with banks lined with sweetgum trees, oaks and palmettos. The water is tea-colored, with a white sandy bottom. The Little Manatee River Canoe Trail is officially designated as part of Florida’s Statewide System of Greenways and Trails. Only 25 miles from Tampa, this dark, tannin-stained trail has a sandy bottom and steep, sandy banks. Along the beautiful Little Manatee River, you will paddle through a variety of habitats including sand pine scrub, willow swampy, and hardwood forest. Look for otter, alligator, and turtles along the trail. You might even see an eagle soaring overhead. The trail ends at Little Manatee River State Park on the south bank.

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39th Annual Mainsail Arts Festival

April 18, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Communities, Events No Comments →

Come out the waterfront in St. Pete for a fun time this weekend! The weather is supposed to be good! The Vinoy Waterfront Park is the location of the 39th Annual Mainsail Arts Festival.

This is a free event. The Festival is open from 9am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. This is one of the premier cultural events in St. Petersburg with over 100,000 visitors from near and far coming to enjoy and purchase quality art and enjoy top name entertainment. Exhibiting artists are competing for $50,000 in prize money. For children, volunteers from the Junior League of St. Petersburg offer future artists the chance to unleash creativity with free activities: fish prints, magical star wands, watercolor butterflies, marble artistry, and to celebrate Earth Day, plant your own bean stalk. Come and enjoy the music. There will be free live music during the entire weekend. Pets and outside coolers are not allowed. But there will be food and drinks for sale. Here is a map of the Festival. There is paid parking at the following lots: the Pier Parking Lots (Take 2nd Ave. N.E. heading towards The Pier), Baywalk Parking Garage (Enter from 2nd St. N. between 1st & 2nd Avenues North) and Southcore Parking Garage (Enter from 1st Ave South between 1st & 2nd Streets South). The other parking options are Paid parking available at the Pier’s Pelican or Dolphin Lots, Baywalk & South Core garages, or Free Event Shuttle Vehicles run from First St. and Central Ave. & from the Pier’s Dolphin Lot to Vinoy Park. St. Pete is just across the bay from MacDill AFB and so it is about a 30 minute drive. St. Pete is wonderful place to live at if you’re just moving to the Tampa area. With housing options from single family homes to condos to the numerous museums and restaurants, St. Pete should be place that you check out!

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Rays Take on the Yankees!

April 15, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Communities, Events, Sports No Comments →

The Tampa Bay Rays open a homestand with 4 game series against the Yankees starting on Thursday. The first pitch on Thursday will be at 7:10pm. Good tickets are still available for Thursday. It’s Italian night and you can purchase a commemorative t-shirt to celebrate the night. And if you want to tailgate before the game get there early to get a good spot!

Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays

Inside the Trop, check out the Ray tank in centerfield. The walkway around the outfield will be open. In the Left Field Street area, fans can participate in a baseball-themed game show, take their picture on a Topps baseball card, have their name inscribed onto a Louisville Slugger bat, touch and feel real game-used equipment, and broadcast play-by-play of baseball highlights. At Right Field Street kids can experience the magic of baseball in the Rays Baseball Carnival, a real working carnival that includes plinko, spin the wheel, ring-a-bat and skee ball. Or take a swing against a computer images of real Major League pitchers in a batting cage or test their arms in the speed pitch, both found in the T.G. Lee Rookie Challenge area of the Carnival. There is also kids-themed areas such as “Bats, Balls, and Brushes”, “St. Petersburg Times Pressbox” and “The Science of Baseball.” Centerfield Street has the Cuesta-Rey Cigar Bar, baseball’s first in-stadium cigar bar, as well as the Batter’s Eye Restaurant, located in the “batter’s eye” in center field. Centerfield Street also has the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall-of-Fame. The Trop is about a 30 minute drive from MacDill AFB, but remember to give yourself some extra time because of the expected crowds!

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Spring Fling at Little Manatee River State Park on Saturday

April 11, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Communities, Events, News No Comments →

The Little Manatee River State Park is hosting “Spring Fling” this Saturday. From 9am to 4pm, the Fling will highlight all the great activities and resources the park has to offer the public. There will be up to 25 vendors and exhibitors on site along with games for the kids and live music.

Little Manatee River Courtesy of Fl State Parks

This eco-friendly family event includes a little something for all park guests to do. For the kids there will be fun activities located near the playground including fish printing, face painting, a coloring contest and more. For guests of all ages, there will be ranger led guided hikes, guided horse-back rides, live music, eco-friendly vendors and more. Food will be available by the Friends of Little Manatee River for a small donation.

There is no admission fee, but there is a vehicle fee. The vehicle fee is $5 per vehicle for 2-8 people and $4 for a single occupant vehicle.

Little Manatee River State Park is located four miles south of Sun City Center off of US 301 and can be easily reached from most locations from I-75.

Visitors can fish along the banks of the river. Wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy hiking a six-and-a-half mile trail through the park’s northern wilderness area. For those who prefer their hikes on horseback, the park has 12 miles of equestrian trails and four equestrian campsites. Campers can spend the night in a full-facility campground or hike out to a primitive campsite along the trail. A youth/group campground accommodates up to 20 people. The scenic picnic area along the river has tables, grills, and pavilions. Pavilions can be reserved for a fee. Unreserved pavilions are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Free ‘Fix-A-Leak’ Workshop

April 10, 2014 By: maclaura Category: Events, Self Improvement No Comments →

If you want to learn how to do home repairs yourself, then sign up for the free “Fix-A-Leak” workshop! The free voucher is available to City of Tampa Department customers. This class helps you and it helps the City save water!

Water Leak

The City of Tampa Water Department is partnering with Hillsborough County Public Schools Technical Education Centers and the Hillsborough Education Foundation to help qualifying customers attend the Fix-A-Leak workshop at the Erwin Technical Center. One voucher is available to any City of Tampa water account holder in good standing. Good standing is defined as no more than one month in arrears or current with an approved payment plan.

This is a hands-on, designed for the do-it-yourselfer class. The instruction will cover basic plumbing, including leak identification and repair. Classes take place on Monday evenings from 6pm-9pm. The next class is 14 April. All classes are reserved seating and require advanced on-line registration. Classes are held at Erwin Technical Center campus at 2010 E. Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa.

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Tango in the Park on Thursday!

April 08, 2014 By: maclaura Category: Communities, Events No Comments →

Curtis Hixon Park is the location this Thursday for “Tango in the Park”. The Tampa Bay Tango Club and Tampa Downtown Partnership offer a one-hour free tango class in Curtis Hixon Park starting at 6pm. This class is for all levels and takes place on the wood platform in the northeast corner of the park, adjacent to the Glazer Children’s Museum. No partner, experience or special shoes required. Non-rubber soled shoes are the best things to wear. Flip flops are definitely not the footwear for the Tango.

Courtesy of Barcelona Photoblog

Food is available at nearby restaurants including the Taco Bus near the Park and a Urban Cantina located at the corner of Madison and South Tampa. Curtis Hixon Park has a fenced animal park along the water. This park is one of nicest parks in Tampa. With an interactive playground, wide open flat grass play area, a view of the University of Tampa, and cooling water fountains, this is a great place to relax on a Thursday evening or any evening! 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! If you’re lucky, you can get a parking spot in front of Five Guys Hamburgers right across the street from the Park at the corner of Ashley and Polk. The good thing about this park is that is centrally located in Tampa. Just a 15 minute drive from MacDill AFB and about 20 to 30 minutes from Brandon, FishHawk Ranch, New Tampa, Clearwater and St. Pete.

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FishHawk Ranch Community Garage Sale!

April 02, 2014 By: maclaura Category: Communities, Events No Comments →

The FishHawk Ranch Community Garage Sale takes place this Friday and Saturday. On Friday from 3pm to 7pm, there will be a twilight pre-sale. On Saturday, the sale will run from 8am to noon. This is open to everyone! Take a look for some bargains. You never know where you can find a special gem! Maybe a chair will fit perfect in your house or maybe a good used bike for some exercise! You can always count on finding something at a garage sale and having a community wide sale gives you more opportunity to find something!

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Located within a 40 minute drive to downtown Tampa and MacDill AFB, FishHawk Ranch is a unique community with walking and biking paths throughout the neighborhood. You’ll find shops and grocery stores all around the neighborhood for your shopping convenience with a wide variety of restaurants for every taste. The FishHawk Aquatic Club has a competition swimming pool, a lagoon pool with an amazing water slide. There is also an outdoor aerobics stage, a massage room and a gathering room in the clubhouse. Top rated elementary, middle and high school are nearby with a new sports park close to Randall Middle School. Hillsborough Area Rapid Transit also offers express bus service to MacDill AFB from FishHawk Ranch. MacDill AFB also provides free monthly bus passes to military and civilian DoD personnel. If you have to pay for a 31-day pass, then it will cost you $91.

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19th Annual Philippine Festival PhilFest 2014

April 01, 2014 By: maclaura Category: Communities, Events No Comments →

The 19th Annual Philippine Festival PhilFest which is being presented by the Philippine Cultural Foundation takes place this weekend.

PhilFest

This is the major Filipino event in the Tampa Bay area. Filipinos and Filipino-Americans who attend PhilFest a feeling of nostalgia for the motherland and the non-Filipinos an impressive glimpse of Philippine culture through dance, song, food, cultural exhibits, fashion shows , and colorful parades and processions. People of all ages and all walks of life coming from the Tampa Bay community and beyond take time off for a weekend of fun for everyone, delicious food and high class entertainment. There will be a wide variety of entertainment all weekend long. If you want to try Filipino food for the first time or haven’t had the chance to eat it in a long time, then this is the place to be. Food and drinks are going to be sold at several booths within the festival area by participating Filipino restaurants and organizations. Asian delicacies, particularly Filipino food will be served. American food will also be available. There will be live music and singers. Listen to singers sing English and Tagalog. The Philippine Performing Arts Company, Inc. and the Tallahassee Community College Dance Company will be presenting select pieces. The PhilFest is open on Friday from 4pm to 11pm, Saturday from 10am to 11pm and Sunday from 10am to 7pm. Tickets cost $6 at the gate. Children under 5 are free. PhilFest is held at the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center PhilFest Grounds located at 14301 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa, FL 33626. This is a 10-acre open space with an outdoor auditorium where most of the entertainment will take place. Additional exhibits and shows will also take place at the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center’s Grand Sampaguita Hall.

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Free Admission Glazer’s Children Museum Tuesday

March 31, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Communities, Events, Schools No Comments →

The Glazer’s Children Museum is offering free admission for everyone on Tuesday from 2pm to 7pm. Located in downtown Tampa at Curtis Hixon Park along the Hillsborough River, the museum is a highlight of Tampa.

The museum is geared for kids up to 10 years old where they will have the opportunity learn about the world around them including Tampa Bay. Everything is hands-on learning! There are more than 170 interactive exhibits from a crane to a cruise ship to a mini-theater to a giant telephone in 12 themed areas. Normal admission for children is $9.50, adults $15, and military/seniors $12.50 The museum is open 7 days a week on Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, Saturdays 10am to 6pm and Sundays 1pm to 6pm. Make a trip to the museum and take advantage of all the opportunities downtown Tampa has to offer. Curtis Hixon park is one of nicest parks in Tampa with a fenced animal park along the water. With an interactive playground, wide open flat grass play area, a view of the University of Tampa, and cooling water fountains, the is a great place play or to relax on during a Tampa evening. Food is available at nearby restaurants including the Taco Bus and a nearby Mexican restaurant Urban Cantina located at the corner of Madison and South Tampa. Parking is available at the Curtis Hixon parking garage or at nearby public parking lots.

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