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Hockey and a Movie in Tampa

October 12, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Events, Sports No Comments →

Courtesy of the Tampa Theater

Columbus Day is a Federal holiday, but kids still have to go to school on Monday.  But parents if you have the day off there are some things that you can go to during the school day or even wait and take the kids. Later in the week, take in a free movie.

If you’re a golfer, then during the day would be a prefect time to play a few holes of golf at MacDill AFB’s Bay Palms Golf Complex.  Don’t forget about the excellent Fairway Grill for a great breakfast or lunch.

If you want wait until after school, then the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Montreal Canadians at 7:30pm at Amalie Arena in the Channelside District. The ticket special tonight is the Bolts BBQ Package which includes your choice of 2 Promenade (lower level) or 2 Terrace (upper level) seats, 2 BBQ sandwiches and sides and 2 non-alcoholic beverages. Regular ticket prices start at $34.75.

Help the Tampa Theatre celebrate its 88th birthday by attending a free screening of the “The Grand Budapest Hotel” on Wednesday. Start time is 7:30pm. Built in 1926 as one of America’s most elaborate movie palaces, the Tampa Theatre is designated a historical landmark. The theatre has a lavish, romantic Mediterranean courtyard, replete with old-world statuary, flowers and gargoyles. This is definitely a must see place of Tampa.

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Things to Do in Tampa Bay

October 09, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Dining, Events, Sports No Comments →


There are always a lot of things to do in the Tampa Bay area especially during the weekend. Lucky we live near MacDill AFB because that allows us to start the fun early with the opening of the National Hockey League season tonight.

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning kick off their season tonight against the Florida Panthers at 7:30pm at Amalie Arena.
  • For USF alumni and college football fans, this Saturday is the Homecoming game for the USF Bulls as they take on the East Carolina Pirates at Raymond James Stadium at 7pm.
  • What’s October without Oktoberfest? Curtis Hixon Park on the waterfront in downtown Tampa is the location for the 5th Annual Oktoberfest which runs from Friday to Sunday. Admission is free for active duty and retired military personnel with an ID card. It’s $10 for a daily admission for everyone else.
  • On Friday and Saturday is the Head of the Hillsborough Rowing & Paddling Regatta Festival, featuring a time-trial rowing competition and a race for paddle boards, kayaks and dragon boats.
  • On Saturday from 4pm to 10pm, St Pete hosts the Downtown Food & Wine Festival at Straub Park. Over twenty area restaurants will showcase their signature dishes, all in small-sized portions so you can enjoy as many as you’d like. With plates priced from $2 – $8, it’s easy to create your own “culinary tour” of our local flavors. For all the wine lovers and craft beer enthusiasts, grab a glass at one of the Liquid Lounges

Hope you enjoy the weekend! Share with us any fun events you are hosting this weekend.

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Things to Do on MacDill AFB

October 03, 2014 By: Laura Category: Dining, Events, Sports No Comments →


There are a lot of things to do out in the Tampa Bay area this weekend, but there are also a lot of things to do on MacDill AFB!

    • MacDill Lanes is hosting Pizzarama tonight from 5pm to 8pm. Games are $.50 for all bowlers under the age of 15. Mike the Magician will be there. And if get a strike, then you get a free milkshake!
    • Catch Football Frenzy at MacDill Lanes on Sundays at 1pm!
    • At SeaScapes on the MacDill beach, Friday is Crab Night & Family Night from 4pm to 8pm and Saturday is Steak & Date Night from 5pm to 8pm.
    • Why pay for gym membership in town, when you can use the MacDill Fitness Center for free!  There are some classes that have a small fee, but you can use the weights, treadmills, or stationary bikes for free.
    • At SeaScapes on the MacDill beach, Friday is Crab Night & Family Night from 4pm to 8pm and Saturday is Steak & Date Night from 5pm to 8pm.
    • On Saturdays from 8:30am to 9:30am, the Bay Palms Golf Complex offers a Junior Clinic for $3 a child.
    • Every Wednesday at Boomers Bar & Grill is “Bash Wednesday”. From 4pm to 8pm, there will be free bar snacks, drink specials and Bar Bingo. While you are waiting for your golfer, have a little breakfast at the Fairway Grill.

Hope you enjoy the weekend!

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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.

Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays

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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