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MacDill Happenings Is Moving!

August 31, 2015 By: Laura Category: Events, Military Life, Military Spouse, News, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

MacDill Happenings is Moving!

MacDill Happenings Is Moving!

Yes, MacDill Happenings is moving in a new direction. After today, we will no longer be blogging here on this page. We have enjoyed bringing  great information and resources about the MacDill AFB/Tampa Bay area to all of you and will continue to do so in a different format. Here is a rundown of where MacDill Happenings is moving to.

  • We will continue to keep you updated on current events and MacDill AFB information via our MacDill Happenings Facebook and Twitter @MacdillHappenin.
  • We will still provide great info about resources in the area for our Military families, Veterans, and civilian friends on the and blog.
  • We’ll still be sharing great stories and ideas on our Pinterest board, so take a look and do some pinning!
  • Visit our parent site,, for content regarding military life, military families, home buying, renting, and many other resources!

I look forward to seeing all of your comments and shares in our new formats!

Remember, if you ever have an event or topic you would like us to share to please send us a note on our Facebook page.

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Weekend Happenings Near MacDill AFB

August 07, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Events, Military Life, Military Spouse, News, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →


The weather man is saying this weekend will be a lot nicer than last weekend. This is great news since the MacDill area has a lot of fun activities going on this weekend near MacDill AFB.
Weekend Happenings Near MacDill AFB:
The Rays take on the Mets in a 3 game series starting on Friday. The first pitch is at 7:10pm at the Trop. The Rays are only 2 games out of the last wild game card, so there is hope. Along with better pitching and hitting, the Rays can make a run for the playoffs. Remember, active duty, retire and former military personnel can receive up to 2 free tickets for each game for the rest of the season. On Friday night, ladies will receive a free Rays bag.

On Friday starting at 5pm, it’s Dive-In Movie Pool Party at the MacDill AFB pool. “Shark Tale” will be shown starting at 8pm, but before then there will be DJ, and food and drinks available for a nominal price.

Lowry Park Zoo is offering $15 admission for Florida residents until the 16th of Aug.

It’s First Friday at Channelside Bay Plaza with free entertainment,
children’s activities, music, vendors and food and drink specials starting
at 5:30pm.

On Sunday, Westshore Plaza will have a Back to School Fair with live
entertainment, hands-on activities, workshops, speaker sessions, a scavenger hunt and local exhibitors will be providing school-related information.

On Sunday at 3pm, the classic musical “West Side Story” will be shown at the downtown Tampa Theatre. The historic theatre built in the year 1926 is must visit place in Tampa.

I hope everyone has a great weekend ! If you have any great events you would like to share please do so in the comments section of the blog or like our Facebook page and share there.

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Are You Prepared?

July 27, 2015 By: Laura Category: Military Life, Military Spouse, News, Pets, Self Improvement No Comments →

Is Your House Ready For A Hurricane?

With the weather we have been having the past week I keep thinking to myself “Are you prepared for a big storm?”. The answer at this time is “No!”. With our recent downsizing adventure, my disaster kit is not ready. Watching the news, I wonder how many other people are not prepared.

For example, the warning today to not let your children play in the flood waters blew me away. Why would you? It is more than likely full of sewage, snakes and maybe a stray shark!! (Sharknado reference!) With this in mind I think “Do these people have a disaster plan?”. If you do not have one or you are like me and have become unorganized, then keep reading to get going on that plan and kit!


I hope this will get you motivated to update or build your disaster/hurricane kit. Being prepared during bad weather is the best plan of action and if you are new to the area be warned the weather can change in an instant. That little bit of lightning and thunder can turn into a disaster in a matter of hours. Know your local weather stations and have batteries in your flashlights. A must for the MacDill AFB area is a battery operated radio, extra water, canned goods and some good flashlights! If you can afford it, a generator is a bonus!!

I have seen some great tips for your disaster kit from my fellow military spouses and my all time favorite is to pack a back pack for each member of the family including the pets. In these back packs have several bottles of water, snacks ,change of clothes and if possible any medication your family members might need. This is a great tip because if things get bad and you need to leave you will not necessarily have time or space to bring you large water bottles etc.. with you! Make sure all of your important papers and some cash are included in one of the back packs in a water tight bag. Please share with our readers any hurricane kit hints you have or have used. Just leave the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Please be careful and keep a watch on the weather during any storms!

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Back to School Tips

July 21, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Events, Military Life, Military Spouse, News, Schools, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

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Where did the summer go? Hillsborough County schools will resume classes on August 25th. Some parents are counting the days and others may be dreading that first day! Getting the kids ready to go back to school early instead of at the last minute will let you enjoy more of your summer. Here are some tips to get you and the kids ready.

  • Check your kids medical records and make sure all of their immunizations are up to date.
  • Go to the Hillsborough County School district site to get all the information on the first day of school. This is also a great place to check out the site for your child’s school and get information such as school supplies and summer reading lists.
  • Check in with the MacDill AFB school liaison for details on getting your military child enrolled in school.
  • Check out one of the many back to school fairs held by Hillsborough County Schools. This is also great opportunity to get your child their immunizations.
  • You will also want to check out the Back to School Fair being held August 8th at Westshore Plaza.
  • Back to School Tax free week! This year you get an entire week to shop. Shop from August 7th until August 16th.Visit the Florida Department of Revenue for a list of what will be tax exempt
  • If you have recently made a PCS move to the area you may want to check out these articles: “Ease the PCS Transition with the Youth Sponsorship Program” and “Tips to Enroll in Hillsborough County Schools“.
  • If you are living near MacDill AFB you may even want to get your kids involved with activities through the Youth Center so they can meet other kids in the area and get them out of the house for awhile!

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You Have PCS Orders, Now What?

May 27, 2015 By: Laura Category: Military Life, Military Spouse, News, PCS Move, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →


You have PCS orders, now what? That is a question a lot of families in the MacDill AFB area are asking themselves at this moment. Receiving PCS orders can be stressful, and lately with the rules on shipping your household goods changing almost on a daily basis having the right resources to plan your move is essential.

I am seeing almost daily on social media questions on how to set up the shipment of your household goods. Along with the questions I have seen some interesting answers. Unfortunately with budget cuts etc.. the DOD has been making changes to the process. Some of the changes proposed this summer are in hopes of expediting the process. What your neighbor or husband’s CO did last year or even last week may not be the up-to-date information. The first step in planning your move is to go right to the horse’s mouth for your answers!

First step after receiving those orders is to go straight to This site has all of the latest information on how to proceed to getting your move set up. If this is your first move, you will need to set up an account with DPS (Defense Personal Property System). This system was put in place to allow you to self-counsel and set up your move without going to the transportation office. Once you have set up or logged into your account, you will be directed on how to proceed with the latest steps in setting up your move. I am no expert in this procedure, but from the looks of the information procedures may differ depending on your present duty station and where your next will be.

The site has nformation on how to prepare for packing, your weight limits, preparations for an overseas move, and checklists. By reading the info on this site, you should be able to answer a lot of those questions I see floating around on social media such as what do I do if I am over my weight limit etc.. If you cannot find the answer to your questions, contact information is included on the home page.

Once your move is set up, check out the great resource page and blog on for great tips on packing, planning your move, how to keep the kids happy, and information on moving with pets. This is also a great resource for information on housing at your new installation.

Good luck on your next adventure! Please share with our readers any tips or suggestions you have about what to do after those PCS orders arrive!!

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