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Things To Do Near MacDill AFB

June 26, 2015 By: Laura Category: Military Life, Sports No Comments →

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The weekend is here!! So what can you do to relax this weekend near MacDill AFB? Here is a look at some great activities going on in the Tampa Bay area.

  • Busch Gardens: This Saturday starts  Summer Nights at the Tampa Busch Gardens. Check out the fireworks, music and entertainment. Active duty service members may want to use their Wave Of Honor free admission or check out the IT&T office at MacDill to get your self a year pass.
  • Check out a Tampa Bay Rays game when they take on the Red Sox this weekend. Lots going on at the Trop this weekend. Ladies grab your free Cowboy hat tonight for ladies night. Saturday you can grab a retro headband and Sunday is kids day. Kids 14 and under will receive a free retro Rays lunch box (while supply lasts) and can stay for a post game concert put on by KIDZ BOP .
  • Watch more baseball! The Tampa Yankees have some great promotions going on this summer also. Coming up are Sonny’s Barbecue Sunday and Uncle Bob’s Self Storage Military Monday!
  • Legoland Florida is opening a new area called Heartlake City today June 26th. This new amusement area is aimed at girls. The new heart shaped fountain sounds fabulous. Again try the IT&T office for discount tickets
  • Zoominations. This is the last weekend you can catch this beautiful display of lighted lanterns. You will also want to check out the entertainment and food.

Hopefully one of these events will fit into your weekend plans! If you have an event that would interest our readers please share them with us here in the comment section or on our Facebook page. Have a great weekend and be mindful of the weather as you go out this weekend.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Watch Party

June 08, 2015 By: Laura Category: Dining, Events, Military Life, Sports, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

Courtesy of PintrustAre you a Tampa Bay Lightning fan? This Stanley Cup Playoff season is so exciting for the MacDill AFB area! Part of the fun in being a  hockey fan is enjoying the game with others who share your enthusiasm. It is so great that in this area we love to have watch parties. I’ve never been to a watch party but I am thinking the great events for this evening are too hard to pass up.

Get out to Curtis Hixon Park tonight and watch the Lightning take down the Blackhawks! The fun will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the game will begin at 7:00 p.m. The normal Lightning watch party will still be held at the Amalie Arena.

Don’t worry about making dinner! Food trucks will be available along with restaurants in the area such as Eddie & Sam’s Pizza and the Taco Bus.

Bring your camera to get photos with the Lightning girls and Lightning bug! For more information on all of the great Lightning Bolts events, check our their Facebook page.

Enjoy the game and please celebrate responsibly. If you go to either event, please share some of your pictures with our readers either here in the comments section or on our Facebook page.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Game 2 Tonight!

June 06, 2015 By: Laura Category: Events, Sports, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Game 2 in their quest for the Stanley Cup is tonight at Amalie Arena in Tampa! The puck gets dropped at 7:15 p.m., but before the game starts there a number of free events taking place around Tampa.

  • The City of Tampa will dye Garrison Channel, which is right behind Amalie Arena, blue at 5pm in honor of the Lightning. Then head across the street from Amalie Arena to Ferg’s for some loud music and drinks!
  • Ferg’s is having a watch party for the game in case you didn’t get tickets. There will be live music and 60 60inch televisions and 2 projection screens, so every you can watch the game at any spot in the bar.
  • You can park in Ybor City and take the TECO streetcar to Amalie Arena.  The streetcars will be running late tonight to help out with the crowds after the game ends.

The Blackhawks won the first game on Wednesday 2 to 1, but the Lightning always seem to do better when they are down.  Come out and support the home team!  If you know of other great places to watch the game, please share it with us.

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Boating and Water Safety Tips

June 02, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Self Improvement, Sports No Comments →

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With the first day of Summer coming up soon, many of us will be finding ourselves participating in some kind of water activity. Whether you are spending the day at the pool or a taking your boat out for an afternoon excursion, safety should be a priority. Take a look at some boating and water safety tips.

Here are some great tips from the Red Cross on how to keep your family safe near and in the water:

  • Only swim in areas designated for swimming with a lifeguard present.
  • Use the buddy system, even at a public pool or life-guarded beach.
  • Make sure the entire family can swim. Enrolling in Red Cross swimming lessons is a great way to spend some family time and keep everyone safe.
  • NEVER leave a young child unattended near water. Teach your children the importance of asking permission before going near water. Establish rules! Decide who and when the family is allowed near the pool or other water sources. Never let children play near drains and other water hazards, and explain to the family why these rules are important.
  • Children and inexperienced swimmers should always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.
  • Be cautious around natural bodies of water. A fall into a lake or stream can be very dangerous.
  • Avoid alcohol!
  • If you own a pool, make sure you have approved safety barriers around your pool and hot tub. The Red Cross offers an online training course for pool safety. Take it! Put all pool toys away and out of sight these can be an attraction for young kids to venture out to the pool unsupervised.
  • Supervise, supervise, and supervise children and inexperienced swimmers near any body of water.
  • Lastly, know what to do in an emergency. Make sure there is appropriate safety equipment in the event of an emergency. Know when and how to call 911. If you own a pool and your child is missing, check the water first. It only takes a few seconds to drown.

If you will be out on a boat this summer here are some great tips from the U.S. Coast Guard on boating safely:

  • Do a vessel check.
  • Take a boating safety course. You can rent a boat at the MacDill Marina. It is a requirement to pass a boating safety course before you are allowed to rent a boat.
  • Educate yourself on the dangers of carbon monoxide.
  • Again, avoid alcohol. According to the USCG, a boater is more likely to become impaired than a driver of an automobile. You do not want to be charged with a BUI.
  • Wear your life jacket at all times. In the event of an accident, stowed life jackets are almost useless. The Coast Guard would like to see everyone on every boat wear their jackets at all time.
  • Prepare a Float Plan. This is not just for boaters but kayakers, jet skiers etc…
  • Take a boater safety class. For a list of Coast Auxiliary classes here in the MacDill AFB, area go to CLASSES.

I hope these tips will encourage you to review what safety plans you may have in place in regards to swimming or boating. If you do not have a plan, now would be a great time to sit down with the family and go over water safety. Remember to wear your life jackets, and another great tip is to use sunscreen!

Have a fun and safe summer and please share with us any safety tips you may have. You can share here on the blog or share on our MacDill Happenings Facebook page. You can also send us a Tweet at @MacDill Happenin.

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Things to Do in the Tampa Bay Area

April 16, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Events, Sports, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

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There are plenty of things to do in the Tampa Bay area for this weekend. The great thing about living in the Tampa Bay area is that there is such a large variety of things to do. From sports to arts to amusement parks to beaches, there is something for everyone in the family.

  • The Tampa Bay Rays take on the New York Yankees at the Trop on Friday night with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10pm.
  • On Friday at Water Works Park located on the Hillsborough River it’s the Friday Extra Concert Series at 7pm. Shane Meade will start out the night followed by the Betty Fox Band. There will food trucks and limited parking so be there early.
  • The Craft Beer & Barbeque Festival in Tarpon Springs on Friday evening is the place to be at to enjoy the outside and then maybe head over to the sponge docks. Enjoy the drink and food with some great free live music. The fun starts at 5pm.
  • The Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center will present Fiddler on the Roof on Friday evening at 7pm. This is a great opportunity to not only see some great performances, but also an opportunity to see if the Patel Conservatory is right for your children.
  • FishHawk Ranch in Lithia will have a community wide garage sale on Saturday from 8am to noon.
  • This weekend is the popular Mainsail Art Festival in Vinoy Park on the St. Pete waterfront. Besides the art, there will be free concerts and food for purchase!
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning take on the New Jersey Devils on Saturday at 3pm at Amalie Arena during the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
  • The Tampa Theatre will show the family comedy “Hook” on Sunday at 3pm. This historic theatre built in 1926 offers a great way to enjoy a movie in a classic movie house from the golden age of movie theaters.

If you have ideas for the weekend, please share it with us.

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