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Free Rays Tickets for Military Members!

July 19, 2015 By: Laura Category: Military Life, Sports, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays just announced the start of the Rays Honor Pass where they will provide free Rays tickets for military members. Now through the end of the season, active duty, retired and honorably discharged military members can receive two free tickets to EVERY Tampa Bay Rays regular season home game! No more excuses not to go to a game!

The Rays have partnered with a third party company, to provide online verification of active duty military, retired and honorably discharged veteran status. that allows verified members of the military community to access programs intended exclusively for members of the military community. It’s a pretty simple process and necessary process to ensure that the right people can benefit from this offer.  Tickets can be redeemed at the Tropicana Field Gate 1 Box Office on the day of each desired game and no more than two (2) hours prior to game time. Honor Pass and matching Photo ID must be presented at time of ticket redemption. Tickets and seat location are subject to availability, and are at the discretion of the Tampa Bay Rays. Honor Pass is non-transferrable and not for re-sale. If you have a need for more than two free tickets, then you will have to purchase additional tickets.

It looks like it will take a couple days to have a request approved. The Rays are back in town on Friday against the Orioles. So if you want to free Rays tickets, make that request today! Enjoy the game!

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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 →

Courtesy of Pintrust

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 →

boater and water safety courtesty of activistangler

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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