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“The Karate Kid” at the Tampa Theatre

April 16, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Communities, Events No Comments →

As part of Family Favorites Classic Series, the 1984 original movie “The Karate Kid” will be shown on Sunday at the Tampa Theatre.

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When the new kid in town, Daniel (Ralph Macchio) takes an interest in Ali (Elizabeth Shue), her ex-boyfriend (William Zabka) and his friends start harassing Daniel. But Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki “Pat” Morita), an elderly Japanese handyman, comes to his rescue and takes on the bullies by himself using karate. Daniel begs to learn this ancient martial art, and Miyagi begins the boy’s training, teaching him that there is more to karate than fighting. Do you remember the classic line “Wax on, wax off”? The start time of the movie is 3pm, but doors open at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for the General Public. There is a military discount of $1 per ticket. Chosen by LIFE magazine as one of “America’s 21 Wonders,” Tampa Theatre is one of America’s best-preserved examples of grand movie palace architecture. The Theatre hosts 650 events annually including first run and classic films, concerts by touring artists, educational programs, summer camps, and community celebrations. 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 night time sky replete with twinkling stars and floating clouds. Tampa Theatre was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and is a member of the League of Historic American Theatres. There is on-street parking nearby and parking lots within walking distance. 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. Tampa Theatre is about 30 minutes away no matter if you live in Brandon, FishHawk Ranch, New Tampa, St. Pete or Westchase!

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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!

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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.

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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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Friday Extra Concert Series at Curtis Hixon Park

April 03, 2014 By: maclaura Category: Communities, Dining, Events No Comments →

Tomorrow at Curtis Hixon Park is the Friday Extra Concert Series. The Concert Series will showcase local Tampa bands. Sydney will open the night at 7pm.  Closing out the night will be the Dunedin based rock band the Ken Petersen Band.

Curtis Hixon

This free event is a perfect way to spend a Friday evening. 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. Get it to go! You can also bring a picnic dinner and don’t forget the blankets and chairs! Alcohol is not allowed but well behaved pets are! 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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Things to Do in Tampa Bay

March 28, 2014 By: maclaura Category: Communities, Events, Things to do No Comments →

The Tampa Bay area always has a lot of things to do during the weekend, but there a few highlights that you can center your weekend plans around!

Photo courtesy of the City of St. Petersburg

The Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will takeover the streets of downtown St. Pete this weekend. Starting Friday through Sunday, the gates will be open from 8am to 6pm. Parking will be tough, but the City of St. Pete has an excellent transportation plan. There is a race every day with the main event on Sunday. There will be a Verizon IndyCar Series Fan Village, interactive games, food and music throughout the event.

On Saturday at noon and again on Sunday at 11am at the Florida State Fairgrounds, the World’s Largest Food Truck Rally Part II will take place. Over 200 food trucks are expected and if the turnout is like last year’s Rally then expect up to 30,000 people! Admission is free, but parking will cost $6 a vehicle. 14 bands will provide live music and there will be games for kids and adults. Games are available for an extra cost.

On Saturday, downtown Tampa streets will be crowded with bicycles for the Gasparilla Criterium and Bicycle Festival. The racing kicks off at 10am. The “Crit” course in Tampa includes several fast turns along paved and bricked roads. In the center of the crit course is Lykes Park. Lykes Park will feature a Wellness oriented festival for everyone in the family. The streets will be closed all day for the fast paced racing.

On Sunday, downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park will be the location of the Spring Beer Fling. From noon to 10pm, there will be seasonal beers, live music, food and games! Ticket prices start out at $10. Drinks and food are available for an extra cost.

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It will be hard to choose what to do, but you won’t go wrong picking any or all of them!

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