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Charming Tarpon Springs

May 4, 2013

Right off US 19, heading west on Tarpon Ave. in less than 1 mile you will soon step into a little Greek town called Tarpon Springs also known as “The Venice of the South”.   This town was incorporated in 1887 and is the oldest city in Pinellas County.  Tarpon Springs has plenty of parks, brick roads, delicious food, boutiques, antiques shops…

Visit Tarpon Springs

Visit Tarpon Springs

In general, it has it all that you can think of a quaint old town.  Just the perfect scenery for a splendid and fulfilling day.   Tarpon Springs’ unique attraction is the Sponge Docks which is at the heart of the city’s Greek Town.  This area was settled by Greek Fishermen in the early twentieth century.  The Sponge Docks is actually registered in the National Registry of Historic Places.

Tarpon Springs is also known as an art destination bust mostly known for its annual Epiphany Celebration in which young men dive in for a cross thrown in the Spring Bayou. As it is for me, I enjoy the antique shops and the fabulous food along the way.  Special mention to Currents Restaurant for the amazing dining experience;   Hella’s Cafe for its excellent coffee and delicious Greek pastries, and Rusty Bellies for Tarpon Springs’ freshest seafood and outside bar with live music.  OPA!

Check out Tarpon Springs upcoming Events at:

Bay Walk in Downtown St. Petersburg Friday Night Wine & Music

February 11, 2010

Bay Walk is continuing its popular Friday Night Wine & Music Series in 2010 starting Friday, February 19 from 6-9 p.m.

This free event is open to the public and will continue through November on every third Friday of every month. The event always features live jazz music in the courtyard. Wine is sold for $3 per glass with 100% of the proceeds going to a different charity each month. This month’s charity is the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross for the earthquake victims of Haiti.

Although Bay Walk has seen it’s struggles with the difficult economy, it is still one of our favorite places to go. Tokyo Sushi Café has some of the best sushi in town and the prices are quite reasonable. White House Black Market is an addiction for my girlfriend, there’s Game Stop for the gamers, and of course, you always have the latest movies at Muvico.

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The 22nd Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival

November 2, 2009

First-Class Art Event Returns To Downtown Venice

annual-downtown-venice-art-festivalVenice, Florida – Downtown Venice comes alive as this charming historic area is transformed into an outdoor art gallery for the 22nd Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival on Saturday,November 7, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, November 8, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm 2009 at West Venice Avenue in Downtown Venice, 219 W. Venice Avenue, Venice, FL  34285 Admission is free and open to the public.

Despite its humble beginnings 22 years ago, with just 30 artists and 30 crafters, the festival has grown with the community’s support into a highly

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Halloween in Florida

October 7, 2009

We locals love to party right? And we love to try and out do other states when it comes to special times of the year like Halloween. So this year, it’s time to really get out those crazy Halloween costumes, prepare your pumpkins and get cooking some crazy finger licking, weird and gooey foods for your Halloween party.

Invite the family, invite the neighbors and make it one incredibly spooky and awesome night to remember.

First up it’s time to get working on those plans and to start with you need to think about decorating your home, your unit, your apartment or even your workplace if allowed. This time of year allows you to step outside the box and do something a little different and if you haven’t tried this before then this year is a good time to have your first Halloween party.

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Halloween Happenings

September 23, 2009

All across the state a variety of celebrations will mark “Hallow Even.” Besides the usual merrymaking and playing of pranks by children, there are concerts and special events at attractions that provide scary and not-so-scary alternatives to celebrate the occasion.

Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream 2009

September 25 &; 26,
October 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31

Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream event returns for another season; with evil on its mind. Adding one more horrific night of sheer mental madness, guests will run for cover, scream for help and hope they see the light of dawn for 17 horror-filled nights this year. The fear takes root Friday, September 25 and runs selected dates through Saturday, October 31.

Howl-O-Scream themed food and merchandise will be available throughout the park. Howl-O-Scream unleashes its voodoo spirit, Friday and Saturday, September 25 & 26 in its Freaky Preview and continues on selected Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Experience Howl-O-Scream Freaky Preview Nights and Thursdays 7:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Entrance to Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens

Entrance to Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular 2009

October 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 30 & 31

Halloween meets the sea during SeaWorld Orlando’s underwater “fantasea” where youngsters trick-or-treat among friendly sea witches, octopuses, mermaids, pumpkin fish and more. The festivities are included in park admission and begins at 12:00 p.m. each day.

Spooktacular highlights include Trick-or-Treat Sea Sweets at several different treasure stations throughout the park, Frozen Fun Zone and strolling entertainment. | Details |

Guavaween and Guavaween Family FunFest 2009
Ybor City

Saturday - October 31

This Latin-style celebration is held each year in Tampa’s historic Ybor City which is known more for its cigars than its guavas. The legendary story behind the celebration is as much fun as the celebration itself.

Long ago, Tampa pioneer Gavino Gutierrez tried to cultivate guava commercially, but was unsuccessful. However, it is noted that a local newspaper columnist was successful in planting the idea that if New York is the “Big Apple,” then it follows that Tampa must be the “Big Guava.” So, for seventeen years the mythical Mama Guava has lead her followers in the Mama Guava Stumble Parade.

This huge street party draws more than 100,000 people. The all day fun for all ages fills the streets between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Party goers not only enjoy the parade, but a costume party and concerts. After 3:00 p.m. Mama Guava welcomes her adult revelers and the party last long into the wee hours of the morning. So, take the “bore” out of Ybor City and join the celebration!

To join the festivities take I-275 to I-4 east or I-75 to I-4 west. Exit I-4 at 21st Street (Exit #1 South) or take the Lee Roy Selmon (Crosstown) Expressway to 22nd Street (Exit #9 North).

A Disney Halloween!

A Disney Halloween

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2009
Disney World - Magic Kingdom

September 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 & 29
October 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29 & 31
November 1

Special ticketed event at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom that features “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” Mickey’s Mouse-Ka-Rade costume parties, Halloween storytelling, live shows and a special Halloween-themed fireworks display above Cinderella Castle. Families enjoy a complimentary photo, unlimited use of the attractions and opportunities to trick-or-treat throughout the theme park.

Universal Studios’ 2009 Halloween Horror Nights

Sept 25 & 26
October 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, 21-25 and 28-31

Universal Orlando celebrates Halloween Horror Nights at both theme parks again this year. Get ready to experience gut-wrenching scares and blood-curdling frights… some so gruesome and so shocking, you will wish it was only a movie.

There promises to be more haunted houses, hideous new creatures and inescapable scare zones to make you scream.

Event hours are 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, 6:30 p.m. until midnight all other event nights. No costumes allowed. This event may be too intense for young children.

Universal Studios takes movie classics

Universal Studios takes movie classics

Fright Nights
Silver Springs - Ocala

October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 & 31

The Ocala Jaycees’ 38th Annual Fright Nights, held at the Silver Springs attraction are sure to provide attendees plenty of frightfull fun. When the sun goes down, the Haunted Mansion, Terror Island, Creature Features, Psycho Panther Prowl and “Gator Man” river Cruise at Ft. King Waterway are just a few of the terror-filled activities that await unsuspecting guests. Held Friday and Saturday nights from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Zoo Boo 2009
Lowry Park Zoo - Tampa

September 25 & 26 (Preview nights)
October 2-3, 9-11, 15-18, 22-25, 28-31

Many animals at the Lowry Park Zoo will be decked out for the festivities when Lowry Park Zoo presents Zoo Boo. The special event features haunted houses including the Little Tyke Boo House and spooky game yard. All regular rides and attractions will be open 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday dates) and 7:00 to 10:00 (Sunday through Thursday dates) for one low price.

Besides the three haunted houses, in the past, Zoo Boo has included such fun as the Friendly Boneyard Maze, the Grinning Ghostwalk, and Creepy Crawlers Lane. Goulish Games of Eyeball Throw, Frog Guts Toss, and Air Head are available for an additional charge.

This event is great fun for small children!

22nd Annual Spooktacular
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens - Jacksonville

October 22-25, 29-31

A great kid-friendly annual event featuring live entertainment, music, bounce houses, face painting and so much more. Children are encouraged to wear costumes and stop by treat-stations location throughout the zoo. 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Gorilla Pumpkin

Gorilla Pumpkin

Halloween Haven 2009 Flamingo Gardens - Davie

October 30 & 31

There will be chills and thrills for children in the haunted house in the Gallery at Flamingo Gardens from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily. The haunt is recommended for children up to 11 years of age. Classic favorites also will be shown at the Flamingo Fright Film Fest from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Half price admission ($8.50 for ages 12 and up and $4.25 for children 4-11) will include the botanical gardens, animal exhibits, wildlife encounter shows and historic Wray Home, as well as the haunted house. Tour by tram is extra. Parking is free.

Miami Metrozoo - Miami

October 30 & 31

This kid-approved, family-friendly event will feature trick-or-treating, costume contests, music, animal encounters and more each day from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Here’s a list of all the places recommended above and there is a map with directions and pinpoints below:

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2009
Busch Gardens
Tampa, FL
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular 2009
7007 SeaWorld Dr.
Orlando, FL
(800) 327-2424
Guavaween and Guavaween Family FunFest 2009
Ybor City, FL
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2009
Magic Kingdom
Orlando, FL
Universal Studios’ 2009 Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Studios
Orlando, FL
Fright Nights
Silver Springs Nature Park
5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
Silver Springs, FL 34488
22nd Annual Spooktacular
Jacksonville Zoo
370 Zoo Pkwy
Jacksonville, FL 32218-5799
(904) 757-4463
Halloween Haven 2009
Flamingo Gardens
3750 S. Flamingo Rd
Davie, FL 33330
(954) 473-2955
Miami Metrozoo
12400 SW 152nd St
Miami, FL 33177-1402
(305) 251-0400
Zoo Boo 2009
Lowry Park Zoo
Tampa, FL 33604

Sleep Tight At This “Gross” Night

September 17, 2009

Slithery Slimy Sleepover
Saturday, October 10

museum-1After the Museum closes to the general public, it will reopen at 6:30 p.m. exclusively for campers.  The camp-in ends at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, October 11.

Cost: $30 children/$20 adults  (General Public)
25 children/$15 adults (Members)

Don’t be a party pooper!  Gather your friends, family and sleeping bags for one of the best nights of entertainment in Jacksonville - a MOSH camp-in!  In the spirit of MOSH’s limited-engagement exhibit, Animal Grossology, special activities will include sampling booger-ball ice cream and edible slime, attending an Extreme Science show and planetarium show, and exploring the Museum.  Pizza will be served as a late-night snack and donuts and juice will be on the breakfast menu.

Sign Up:  Space is limited!  Sign up online at, by phone at 396-MOSH, ext. 230, or in person at the Museum’s front desk.

Things to do for the Sept 26 & 27 tours in Historical Museum Of Southern Florida

September 16, 2009

historical-museum-of-southern-florida-1Historical Museum Of Southern Florida

Learn about Miami and its surrounding on these upcoming tours
Join Resident Historian Dr. Paul George during the month of September and learn about the Magic City. There is so much to learn and so little time, so get going!

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Things to do in MOTE

September 11, 2009

turtle-sharkbiteSarasota-tagged Sea Turtle Being Treated in the Keys for Shark Bites
A loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) tagged with a satellite transmitter earlier this year after nesting on Casey Key was recently rescued in the Dry Tortugas after being bitten on her front flippers by a shark.

The 200-pound adult female, nicknamed Wham, was tagged in May and nested six times before heading south to the Florida Keys, according to transmissions from her satellite tag. After being rescued, Wham was taken to The Turtle Hospital in Marathon for treatment.

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Things To Do In St. Petersburg

September 8, 2009

September 1

primary-electionSt. Petersburg Primary Election

Mayor and Council Districts 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8 are up for election. Watch the election results on St. PeteTV, Channel 35: Knology cable channel 15; Brighthouse cable channel 615: or Verizon FiOs channel 20. 727-464-6108 or

Walk On the Wild Side: Evening Fitness Walk

walkBoyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Take a walk on the wild side with Neuromuscular therapist Holly Harriman from 6 to 7 p.m. for a 45 minute walk to stretch your muscles. Walk includes warmup and cool down. Cost: $4.00 each day. 727-893-7326 or

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The Florida Aquarium Voted Best Tourist Spot in Tampa

August 18, 2009

fl-aquarium-1Tampa, Fla. (August 17, 2008) –, which reported 1.8 million unique users in June, unveiled The Florida Aquarium as the winner of “Best Tampa Tourist Spot” in Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Picks Awards on Monday, August 17. Fan voting took place between May 5 and July 15, 2009 as people voted for their favorite family-friendly businesses in Tampa from a handful of nominated tourist destinations.

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