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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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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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MacDill Lanes Bowling Specials

September 12, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, News, Sports No Comments →

If you’re bowler or looking to take the family out for a night of bowling, then head over the MacDill Lanes for some of the best and most affordable bowling in Tampa! The 12-lane facility offers a family friendly location for bowling, video games, billiards and a great grill that offers something for everyone.

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On Fridays and Saturdays after 6pm until 10pm, a game costs $3 a person. On Sundays from noon to 6pm, a game costs $2.50 a person. Shoe rental is $2 a pair.

The pro shop has everything you need from bowling balls to shoes and everything in between.

The Ten Pin Grill has something for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The prices are very reasonable!

If you’re looking to have a birthday party at a great venue, then the MacDill Lanes is the place to go!

And now that football season has started, you can catch NFL football starting at 1pm on Sunday at MacDill Lanes!

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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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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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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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August Golf Specials at MacDill AFB Bay Palms Golf Complex

July 30, 2014 By: Laura Category: Communities, Sports No Comments →

At the MacDill AFB Palms Golf Complex, if you have a valid ID that has a Brandon, Seffner, Riverview, Valrico, or Lithia address you will receive $5 off the cost of green fees during the month of August .

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If you want to learn or need some help getting the rust out of your game, then sign up for the “Get Golf Ready” classes for $99. There is a free active duty clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1pm, but you have the buy a bucket of balls. There is a drop-in junior clinic every Saturday for $3. It runs from 8:30am to 9:30am.

Bay Palms Golf Complex was named ‘Best Golf Program in the Air Force’ for 2002. There are two 18-hole, par 72 courses. The challenging South Course runs along the bay. The North Course offers a perfect opportunity to work on your game. The complex has a lighted practice putting green, a 24-hour-a-day lighted driving range where a small bucket of balls is only $2, a practice chipping green and sand trap areas. The clubhouse has an excellent pro shop with a great friendly staff ready to help you. The snack bar serves a great variety of food and has an especially nice breakfast menu! The Complex is open daily from 6:30am to 6pm. The Grill is open for breakfast daily from 6:30am to 10:30am, lunch daily from 11am to 1:30pm and the Express is open from Sun-Fri, 1:30-3 pm, and on Sat, 1:30-5 pm. Whether your home is in Brandon, FishHawk, St. Pete or New Tampa, you can’t find a more affordable golf course. It’s a great place to stop in after work and play a couple of holes or hit a bucket or two at the driving range before going home!

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Things to Do in the Tampa Bay Area

July 11, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Events, Sports, Things to do No Comments →

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Just like any weekend in the Tampa Bay area, you will have a great variety of events to chose from this weekend. Besides the great theme parks in the area and beaches and golf courses, there are some fun events that you can do!

  • If you’re a baseball fan, then the Tampa Bay Rays take  on the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend during a 3 game series before the All-Star game which takes place on Tuesday night.  The first pitch tonight at the Trop will be thrown at 7:10pm. After Saturday’s game, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will be in concert!  The concert is included with the price of the ticket.
  • The anime fans in the house will want to go to Metrocon at the Tampa Convention Center.  It starts at noon today and runs all weekend.
  • On Saturday, Channelside Bay Plaza will host the free Summer Fireworks Show starting at 5pm with live music and food trucks.  The fireworks display will start at 9pm.
  • Ace Golf driving ranges in Brandon and Riverview offer a free bucket of balls to children ages 5 to 15 this weekend!
  • On Sunday, the Tampa Theatre will present a showing of the 1934 classic “The Gay Divorcee” at 3pm starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Show time is 3pm. Tickets are $10 per person.
  • MOSI continues to offer free admission to active duty military members as part of the Blue Star Museum Initiative.

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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Bristish Soccer Camp At MacDill AFB

June 18, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Self Improvement, Sports No Comments →

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Are you glued to the television watching the FIFA World Cup?  Do you have a youngster at home that dreams of one day playing World Cup Soccer? If so then you might want to take advantage of the great Soccer Camp coming up at MacDill AFB.

The Challenger Sports’ British Soccer camp is one of the most popular camps held in the US. The staff and coaches at Challenger Spots’ have used their years of experience to develop a program that will not only teach your child better Soccer skills but also give them the expertise to play at their true potential. The camp is designed for children ages 3-18. Campers will spend the day working on technical drills, tactical practices, foot skills, daily scrimmages and a daily World Cup tournament. Your camper will be placed in a group bases on his or her age and skill level.

The Camp will be held at MacDill AFB  youth sports Soccer field starting on June 23rd and running through the 27th of June. For a list of times go to SCHEDULE. Most days start between 9:00AM and 10:00AM. If you do not have access to the base you can still enjoy a camp at several other locations in the Tampa Bay area. The cost to register ranges from $90.00-$140.00 . You need to register before the event begins on Monday.

For more information you can check out the event page for the 6th Support Squadron, MacDill AFB. And don’t forget tomorrow is Free Movie Night at the MacDill theater. Tomorrow at 5:30 the movie will be “Saving Mr. Banks” please bring your own snacks and beverages.

Hope all of your little future World Cup Soccer players take advantage of this great camp. If you have an event you would like us to share please let us know by leaving a comment on this blog or share it on our Facebook page.

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