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Enjoying Fall in Florida

September 23, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Events, Self Improvement, Things to do No Comments →

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The first day of Fall is officially here. Today is the first full day of Fall. Here in the MacDill AFB area it really does not feel or look like Autumn because it still a little warm. Since the majority of us in the area seem to be transplants we still enjoy trying to make it feel like Fall has come. I myself really enjoy what this season usually brings, cooler weather, beautiful colors and pumpkin patches. Being here in Florida is not going to stop me from enjoying those things so I have come up with some ways to make it feel like Fall here.

  • Get to Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts or wherever you get your coffee and have a pumpkin latte, pumpkin bread or a pumpkin doughnut!!
  • Pull out your Fall decorations, I do not let the 96 degree weather stop me from hanging my Fall wreath on my front door!
  • Plan your trip to a Pumpkin Patch. Try Hunsader Farms and Hydro Harvest Farms. Both will be having Fall festivals in October.
  • Visit Busch Gardens, Universal Studios or Walt Disney World for their great Halloween and Fall events. All of the parks do an amazing job decorating. If you are a military family make sure to check out the pricing at the IT&T office at the MacDill A.F.B Exchange.

I would love to hear how you make it feel like Fall here in the Tampa Bay area! Leave a comment here on this blog post or on our Facebook page. You can also send a tweet to @MacDillHappenin. If you have a great photo share that!!

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7th Annual Run For The Fallen on Sunday

September 20, 2014 By: Laura Category: Events, Sports No Comments →

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This Sunday is the “Run for the Fallen“.  On Flag Day, June 14, 2008, a dedicated team of runners ran across America from Fort Irwin, CA to Arlington National Cemetery, one mile for every Soldier, Sailor, Airmen, and Marine killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. For ten weeks, team members marked each mile with an American flag and signcard in an apolitical reflection of remembrance of each service member.

Each year since the run across America, runners from around the world have joined Run for the Fallen in remembering our fallen. Over 50,000+ participants and over 200,000+ miles have been collectively run in remembrance of those fallen in OIF and OEF.

In Tampa, the Run for the Fallen is sponsored by the Tampa Area Marine Parents Association (TAMPA) and it will include a free 10K, 5K and 1 mile run/walk. The run will start and end at the Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park & Museum.

Registration is from 7:30am to 8:45am followed by an opening ceremony at 9am. Registration is free. The race will start after the ceremony. Last year there were over 4,000 participants so make sure you get there early.  This is a great opportunity to remember and support those heroes of OIF and OEF.

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Things To Do In Tampa Bay

September 19, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Events No Comments →

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The weekend is here! Like every weekend in the Tampa Bay area you have a wide variety of things to do this weekend. There is always the beach and the local amusement parks to go to. If you go to Disney or Busch Gardens or just about any other venue, make sure that you stop at the MacDill AFB ITT office to get your tickets first!

  • If you’re a major league baseball fan like my family, then this will be the last weekend to catch the Tampa Bay Rays this season.  They did not make the playoffs this year, but they made it an exciting season!  They start a final home stand tonight as they begin a 3-game series against the White Sox.  The first pitch will be thrown at 7:10pm.
  • The Chillin’ Music Fest at Curtis Hixon Park featuring roots-pop and reggae-rock will start at 1pm on Saturday and run until 11pm.
  • Ybor City will host the Festival del Sabor from 11am to 5pm on Saturday to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
  • Lowry Park Zoo is letting Florida residents in for only $10 a person until the 26th.
  • The Glazer Children’s Museum next to Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa is celebrating its 4th birthday on Sunday with free admission starting at 1pm.

Have a great time this weekend and please share any fun events that 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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Rays Take on the Yankees!

September 14, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Events, Sports No Comments →

The Tampa Bay Rays open a homestand with 3 game series against the Yankees starting on Monday. The first pitch will be at 7:10pm. It’s the final time that Derek Jeter will be playing shortstop in a Yankees uniform.

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It hasn’t been the season that was expected out of the Rays, but they need to finish strong and get ready for next season! 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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Things to Do in Tampa Bay

September 11, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Events No Comments →

Make your plans for the weekend! There are so many things to do here that you really have to manage your time so that you can maximize your fun time. Sometimes, just going to the beach may be the best way to enjoy your weekend. Downtown Tampa will host several great events this weekend.

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  • The Hilton Hotel in downtown Tampa will host the Fanboy Expo starting on Friday and continuing through Sunday.  The Hilton is located at 211 N Tampa St. Tickets are $20 a day or $40 for the 3 day show. Scott Wilson from”The Walking Dead”, Lee Majors from “The Six Million Dollar Man”, and Jewel Staite from “Firefly” and “Serenity” will be among the many celebrities attending the show.
  • The Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention will take place at the Tampa Convention Center and will run from Friday to Sunday.
  • The Sail Pavilion next to the Tampa Convention Center will host Brews and Bites featuring food trucks, craft beers and free live music on Friday starting at 6pm.
  • The Tampa Theatre is hosting the Monty Python and the Holy Grape Wine Tasting Friday to Sunday.
  • On Sunday, the Tampa Museum of Art will have a Military Appreciation Day where all military, veterans, and their families with a ID will receive free admission from 11am to 5pm.

Have a great time this weekend and please share any fun events that 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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Sports on Sunday in Tampa Bay

September 06, 2014 By: Laura Category: Events, Sports No Comments →

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On Sunday, Tampa Bay offers the choice of two major league sports: baseball and football.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers open the NFL season at home against the Caroline Panthers.  The Tampa Bay Rays are playing in St. Pete at Tropicana Field.

The Bucs open at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday at 4:25pm.  The Lovie Smith era starts as the new head coach begins to mold the team into his vision of success with a goal of winning the Super Bowl. One thing you can count on in Tampa is good weather for a tailgate party! Make sure you get there early for a good spot for your party! A Kids Zone with inflatable football activities will be set up from 1 to 4 p.m. between Gates B and C. Bethune-Cookman University Marching Wildcats, a band that made an appearance in the 2002 film Drumline,  will perform at halftime. Ticket prices start at $30.

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The Tampa Bay Rays are winding down their season against the Eastern Division leading Orioles.  The first pitch will be thrown at 1:40pm at the Trop.  The first 20,000 fans will receive a free Solar Powered Waving DJ Kitty. After the game, the Wiggles will perform a free concert. The Wiggles are an Australian children’s music group formed in Sydney in 1991. The kids will love this concert! At the Trop, check out the Rays Tank located just behind the right center field wall for a free viewing and touching of live cownose rays. In the Left Field Street area, fans can participate in a baseball-themed game show, take their picture on a Topps baseball card, and personalize their own jersey. Left Field Street also features the Grand Slam Alley with Midway-style games. Right Field Street was renovated to include numerous activities for younger baseball fans. Kids can experience the magic of baseball in the Rays Baseball Carnival, a real working carnival that includes Tip-a-Jug, Ring Toss, and more. In addition, fans can take their swings against computer images of real Major League pitchers in a batting cage or test their arms in the speed pitch, both found in the Rookie Challenge. Right Field Street also features popular kids-themed areas such as Raymond’s Art Studio and Raymond’s Living Room. Center Field Street features the Cuesta-Rey Bar, as well as the Everglades BBQ Smokehouse, located in center field. Tickets start at $22.

Have a great time this weekend and please share any fun events that 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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Things to do in the Tampa Bay area

September 04, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Events, Sports, Things to do No Comments →

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The weather forecast this weekend looks pretty good.  Maybe a chance of rain, but you know the rain can be localized and can be pouring down one minute then suddenly stop.  So get out and enjoy all the events taking place.

  • We are big Tampa Bay Rays fans. Although they did not have the season that everyone predicted, it is still great fun to watch the Rays play.  The Blue Jays finish up tonight at the Trop with the first pitch at 7:10pm.  The Orioles come into town on Friday for the start of a 3-game series.
  • The MacDill AFB SeaScapes Beach House will have Family Fun Night on Friday starting at 5pm.  There will be kids activities, food specials, and a DJ!
  • If you want to check out new boats, then the Tampa Convention Center will host the Tampa Boat Show starting on Friday and running all weekend.
  • If you ride the TECO streetcars on Saturday, you will be entertained with live music as part of Streetcar Live courtesy of the Gasprilla Music Festival.
  • On Sunday, the Henry Plant Museum in downtown Tampa will present Upstairs/Downstairs with single-character vignettes with turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel staff members and guests.
  • And there is always the beach!

Have a great time this weekend and please share any fun events that 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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More Labor Day Weekend Fun!

August 29, 2014 By: Laura Category: Events, News No Comments →

This weekend is an opportunity to get out enjoy the last traditional weekend of the summer! It’s a little different in Tampa, because school has already started and the best weather of the year is just a few weeks away. No snow, but great outdoor weather will soon be here! And there still a lot of great things to do here.

 

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  • The Tampa Bay Rays start a 4-game series against the Boston Red Sox tonight.  The first pitch is at 7:10pm and Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays.  Go Rays!
  • Tonight at MOSI admission is $5 after 6pm for the “After Dark and Food Truck Rally”.
  • On Saturday, the Capitol Theater in downtown Clearwater will show two classic disaster movies from the 70′s “The Poseidon Adventure” and “The Towering Inferno”.  Start time is 7pm.
  • This is also the last weekend for active duty military families to take advantage of the Blue Star Initiative for free admission to various museums.
  • All weekend long is the Tarpon Spring Docks Arts and Crafts Festival with plant, food and of course Arts and Crafts.
  • On Sunday after 5pm, the Florida Aquarium is offering $15 admission!

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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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