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Labor Day Weekend Fun

August 28, 2014 By: Laura Category: Dining, Events, Things to do No Comments →

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Labor Day weekend is here and for most of us that means a three-day weekend to enjoy. How will you relax this weekend? Do you have a fun event planned? If not here are few ideas to get you out of the house:

  • Light The Night Labor Day celebration. You can enjoy a lighted boat parade starting at  followed  by fireworks from Channelside Bay Plaza starting at 8:45pm. Live entertainment along with food trucks can be found at The Sail Pavilion next to the Tampa Convention Center. Fun begins at 6:00pm on Sunday August 31st.
  • GeckoFest in Gulfport.  Take the short drive over to Gulfport and celebrate the town’s unofficial mascot, the Gecko. Live entertainment, food and over 200 vendors will be in attendance. You won’t want to miss the Gecko walking  parade. Dressing in costume is encouraged!! Event takes place Saturday August 30th from 10:00am until 10:00pm.
  • The Florida’s Largest Home Show will take place from Friday August 29th until Sept 1st at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Go and check out the over 900 exhibits.
  • NEON XTREME The World’s Largest Glow Party! Sunday August 31st at the Fairgrounds Amphitheater . This glowing event takes place from 9:00pm until 3:00am.
  • And another of home show is being  held at the Tampa Convention Center. The Tampa Home & Garden Show will be held from August 29th until August 31st.

You also might want to try one of the three new restaurants in the MacDill AFB/Tampa Bay area:

  • Max  & Chz located at 117  S. Hyde Park Ave. If you love macaroni and cheese then you will love this menu! The Taco sounds so good!!
  • Graffiti Junktion a burger joint recently opened near USF in Temple Terrace. You can get a burger or a great salad. This fun restaurant is located at 11401 n 56th Street.
  • Ulele recently opened on the Tampa Bay Riverwalk. The menu features “native-inspired” dished made with locally grown food. The Ulele is one of many businesses popping up in the reviving Tampa Heights area.

Lots of fun and interesting things to do this weekend. The weather looks great for this Labor Day weekend so enjoy and relax. Please enjoy the weekend safely and always have a designated driver for both your driving and water adventures.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay

August 22, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Dining, Events, News, Things to do No Comments →

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Lots of fun things happening this weekend August 23rd and 24th. For most of us in the MacDill AFB area it was back to school this week so some school shopping might be in order. Or maybe you just want to enjoy some family time enjoying the Tampa Bay area. Here are some great events going on:

  • Saturday is the Tailgate Taste Festival in downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park. Purchase wristbands for $25 to take a taste of area restaurants best tailgating food. Get ready for football season with everything from chicken to sliders to ribs with entertainment, and family fun. The event opens at 11am with a live video showing of the Tampa Bay Bucs taking on the Buffalo Bills at 4:30pm.
  • This is the second to last weekend of the Blue Star Museum initiative for active duty military members and their families. MOSI and the Henry B Plant Museum are participating along with several St. Pete museums.
  • Saturday evening at Al Lang Park in downtown St. Pete, the Tampa Bay Rowdies professional soccer team take on the Carolina Railhawks at 7:30pm. It’s also $2 hotdog night!
  • On Sunday at 3pm, the Tampa Theatre will play the 1926 silent movie “The Black Pirate”. This classic movies stars Douglas Fairbanks in the lead and will be accompanied by music from the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ just like when it was originally released.
  • If you want to play golf this weekend, the Bay Palms Golf Complex on MacDill AFB is offering a $5 discount off of green fees if your driver’s license has a Brandon, Riverview, Valrico or Lithia address. This offer is good during August.

Speaking of golf have you checked out the great listing of golf course homes on MilitaryByOwner.com? This site can also help you find homes near the beach or with a pool.

Have a great time this weekend and please share with us any fun events you are going to attend. Share them here in the comments section or on our MacDill Happenings Facebook page. You can also Tweet at us at @MacDillHappenin.

 

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Food Truck Rally at MacDill AFB

August 21, 2014 By: Laura Category: Dining, Events, Things to do No Comments →

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MacDill AFB will host a Food Truck Rally today August 21st and Friday August 22nd.

Take your lunch break and enjoy some great food from either the Wicked Wiches, Slow and Low Barbeque or Buddy Brew Coffee.

The trucks will be in the parking lot of the Diner’s Reef Club form 11:00am until 2:00pm.

The menu’s include barbeque sandwiches , gourmet burgers, Cantina bowls, Tacos and a variety of drinks including iced coffee’s and latte’s. For more information you can call 813-828-3055.

This sounds like such a delicious event that I may have to stop by and try it!! If you have a favorite Food Truck in the Tampa Bay area leave us a comment or share it with us on our Facebook page.

Also, don’t forget it is Thursday so that means free movie night at the MacDill AFB theater. Tonight you can see “Rio 2″. The movie starts at 5:30. You can bring in your own snacks and beverages but please clean up after yourselves when you leave.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay This Weekend!

August 15, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Events, Sports, Things to do No Comments →

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The weekend before school starts in the Tampa Bay area is filled with diverse events for the entire family!  There are always a lot of things to do in the Tampa Bay area.

If you’re a baseball, then you are in luck this weekend!  The Tampa Bay Rays take on the New York Yankees in a 3-game series starting on Friday night.  The first pitch will be thrown at 7:10pm on Friday.  Don’t wait to get your tickets because this is a really popular series!

On Saturday at Al Lang Field in St. Pete, the Tampa Bay Rowdies take on the New York Cosmos.  Start time is 7:30pm.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Humphrey Bogart 1942 classic “Casablanca” will be shown at the historic Tampa Theatre. Showtime each day is 3pm.  Built 1926, the Tampa Theatre is a wonderful example of elaborate movie palaces and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Check out the Florida Aquarium for Shark Week.  Price is included with admission.  Make sure you save on tickets by purchasing Aquarium tickets at the MacDill AFB ITT office.

MOSI is offering free admission to active military members and their families as part of the Blue Star Museum.

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Kayaking and Standup Paddleboard Lessons on MacDill AFB

August 13, 2014 By: Laura Category: Events, News No Comments →

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In the Tampa Bay area, we are surrounded by water.  MacDill AFB has water on three sides. You just can’t get away from it. Recreation on the water dominates the area from boating to fishing.

The MacDill AFB Outdoor Recreation office helps you get out and enjoy the water by offering two classes designed for beginners. You can sign up at the Outdoor Recreation office.

The “Into to Kayaking Class” on 23 Aug will teach you the basics of kayaking. You will learn about the kayak, equipment, emergencies, and wet exit. This lesson combines classroom and water time and is for beginners.  The minimum age is 12, but youths ages 12 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The class runs from 9am to 1pm and costs $30 per person. The class will meet at the MacDill AFB Marina Activity Room.

The “Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons” on 24 Aug will teach beginners the basics of the stand up paddleboard. Learn about the proper use and care of the equipment along with correct paddling and turning techniques. Then participants will learn the fundamentals of stand up paddling. The cost includes board and safety equipment. The minimum age is 12, but youths ages 12 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The class runs from 9am to 11am and costs $30 per person.

The Outdoor Recreation office is located on Marina Bay Drive which the road out the Marina and SeaScapes. After the lessons don’t worry about buying the gear because Outdoor Recreation has kayaks and stand up paddleboards for rent along with a lot of other gear.

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Tips for the Last Weekend Before School Starts

August 12, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Events No Comments →

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The last summer before school starts is this weekend!  Starting on Monday get ready for the hustle and bustle of the first day of school.  The first day of school can be very memorable.  The last weekend of summer can also be memorable especially with all the options in Tampa Bay.

Maybe take a day to have a last day of fun with the kids.

DisneyWorld is still offering specially priced tickets for active, reserve and retired military members.  Tickets purchased now are good until 27 September.  You can purchase vouchers for the tickets at the MacDill ITT office.

LegoLand Florida is offering a free ticket to active duty military members along with discounted tickets for family members.

Busch Gardens in Tampa and Sea World in Orlando are offering free tickets to active duty, drilling reservist or Guardsman and up to 3 dependents.  You can only chose one of the parks for free admission.

Universal Studios in Orlando also has military discount tickets available. The MacDill AFB ITT has the discount tickets.  You can also purchase tickets at the Shades of Green military resort at Walt Disney World.

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Moving and Your Spouse’s Career

August 11, 2014 By: Laura Category: Events, News No Comments →

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When you’re married to an active duty military member, you realize that those PCS moves can make it difficult on your career. Sometimes you maybe lucky and you can transfer to another location with your company. Sometimes your job is done online and where you work is not an issue. Sometimes your job skills are transferable and it is relatively easy to find a job at a new location. If you are in the latter situation, it can still be stressful to find and interview and start all over again at a new company.

There are resources to help you no matter what employment situation you are in. Your base Family Resource Center as well as the base Transition Center can help you.

MOAA has an excellent online resource center with great sources of information that help you.

Moving can be stressful, but it can also be exciting if you look forward to the new adventures.

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It’s Still Hurricane Season!

August 10, 2014 By: Laura Category: Events, News No Comments →

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Hurricane season in Florida started on 1 June.  But so far the weather been pretty good with not even a tropical storm coming near Florida.  But since a tropical storm and a hurricane recently threatened to hit Hawaii, it’s probably a good time to not be complacent and make sure that you are ready for bad weather. Since you never know about the weather, I thought it would be a good idea to share a previous post about hurricane preparedness tips.

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Things to do in the Tampa Bay Area

August 07, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Events, News, Schools No Comments →

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There always a lot of fun things to do in the Tampa Bay area.  This weekend also offers somethings to do to get the children ready for school! Pinellas County Schools start on 18 Aug!  Hillsborough County Public Schools start of 19 Aug!

The annual Back to School Fair takes place on Saturday at the Glazer Children’s Museum.  The Museum is located right next to Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa. An admission fee of $5 is required, but you will get full access to the Museum along with the Fair. There will be live entertainment, speakers, crafts, face painting, balloon artist, and workshops.  The first 150 children will be a free school backpack loaded with school supplies and other goodies.  The Fair runs from 9am to 4pm.

The Camp Cristina YMCA will have a “YMCA Backpack Outreach” this Saturday at 9am in Riverview. Admission is free.  There will be free haircuts, blood pressure screenings, dental and vision check ups, seat belt safety, scoliosis screenings and pedestrian safety tips. There’s also dance performances, games, and activities for children.

The Patel Conservatory which is part of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts along the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa will host “Rock School Blowout” and the “Patel-A-Cappella Showcase” on Saturday at 1pm.  Admission is $5.

The historic Tampa Theatre in downtown Tampa will screen the 1934 classic “Citizen Kane” starting at 3pm on Sunday. Admission is $10.  The Tampa Theatre built in 1926 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This might be a perfect time to just enjoy the weekend at the beach before school starts!

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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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the Weekend

August 01, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Events, News, Schools, Sports, Things to do No Comments →

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The weekend starts tomorrow and there is plenty of things to do! From baseball to shopping and everything in between, you will be amazed at the variety of opportunities.

  • The red hot Tampa Bay Rays are climbing back into the playoff picture!  On Friday, they begin a 3-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.  Game time is 7:10pm on Friday at the Trop. All series are important and this will be a big test against the powerful Angels.
  • Comic Con starts on Friday and runs all weekend at the Tampa Convention Center. Admission is $30 for one day or $60 for all three days.
  • NFL football fans have an opportunity on Friday at 5pm to watch the Bucs practice for free!
  • On Saturday starting at 5pm, Channelside Bay Plaza continues their “Light Up Channelside: Summer Fireworks” event with music and food. Fireworks start at 9pm.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, you can check Tampapalooza at the State Fairgrounds.  This free event celebrate everything the local area has to offer including local bands, food, craft beers, face painting and plenty of activities for the kids.
  • On Sunday at 3pm, take a look at the original “Dirty Dancing” movie on the big screen at the historic Tampa Theatre in downtown Tampa.

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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