Updated Belle of the Ball Prom Dress Donation

promdressRedSmallWe recently received updated information about the Belle of the Ball project and wanted to create a separate post to let you know about it.  The original post was from several years ago and we appreciate getting the update and wanted to make everyone aware of the changes.    Hopefully this can help a teen girl you know or maybe you can be of help to the organization.

Belle of the Ball Announces Spring Prom Shopping Dates, New Location in Clearwater
Non-profit organization Belle of the Ball Project will provide prom dresses to in-need, low-income high school girls on four Saturdays this spring at 1210 Holt Avenue, Clearwater. This is a NEW location. The charity is no longer located in the Seminole Mall.
The dates are Saturdays March 28, April 11, April 25 and May 9, and the hours are from 10am to 2 pm. These will be the only dates to receive a dress.

Dresses are available to all greater Tampa Bay area in-need, high school girls only. We respect the honor system. No referral letter is necessary. No appointment needed. A $1 donation is requested but not necessary.

For low-income, in-need, high school girls only.

Donations of dresses can also be made at the distributions, dates/times listed above. For other year-round donation sites and more information about Belle of the Ball Project call 727-386-4502 or visit our web site: or Facebook at Belle of the Ball



Free Playin’ in the Park Tuesday as Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa

From March through August, every first Tuesday of month there will be a free Playin’ in the Park event at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa.  For those that are attending the fit Playin’ in the Park, there were will be different activities for the children, and some free samples.    It will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  , so you can even bring younger children, and kids that attend school during the day.

The event also corresponds to the Target Tuesday at the Glazer Children’s Museum.     So while you are downtown you can enjoy both events.

For more information you can visit the 

Have a Free Fun Tuesday at Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa

Tuesday, April 2nd, is Target Tuesday at Glazer Children Museum in Tampa.  Children and accompanying adults will get free admission from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Only adults that are with children are admitted, and all children must be accompanied with an adult.     Target Tuesday is usually the first Tuesday of the every month.

This month’s Target Tuesday will feature appearances from the curious little monkey –Curious George.  His appearances are scheduled to be at 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6 p.m.

For more information you can visit the Glazer Children’s Museum website.

Westfield Brandon and Books-A-Million Super Why Event

Books-A-Million at the Brandon Westfield mall will be having a Super Why event in their stores on July 19th.  Super Why is an educational cartoon that appears every weekday on PBS.   The program teaches early reading skills while discovering life lessons from classic children’s stories.   Children at the Book-a-Million event will get story time, snack, and craft time.    The first 75 children will also get a free Super Why book.  The event starts at 4 p.m.

24 Hours of Disney Magic Kingdom

This leap year two Disney Parks are doing something cool by opening for 24 hours straight.  Magic Kingdom in Florida and Disneyland in California will  be part of the event when both will be open February 29 6 a.m. to 6 a.m.  March 1, 2012 local time.     Normally Magic Kingdom is opened from 9 a.m. to 9p.m., with extended hours for Disney Hotel guests during certain mornings and nights of the week-these extended hours are usually just an hour or two.     What will guests do for the 24 hours and will anyone be able to stay awake for 24hours straight?  Who knows?   This is something I would have loved to have done  when I was a teenager.  Remember staying up about this long for Grad Night?

City of Tampa Celebrating the Tampa Bay Lightning with Free Public Event

The Tampa Bay Lightning are making their fans very proud as they continue to play fantastically on the way to another Stanley Cup win.  On Saturday, May 14th, the Lightning will be playing in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Bruins at the St. Pete Times Forum.  However, celebrating for the Lightning making it this far will be happening this Friday the 13th in downtown Tampa.

Tampa Mayor, Bob Buckhorn, will have a banner ceremony Friday at 11am in front of Tampa Municipal in downtown Tampa.  The banner will be hoisted on the Tampa Municipal Building.  Following the banner hoisting fans will be treated to a free lunch in Lykes Gaslight Square Park.  During the lunch Thunderbug, the Lightning Girls, and the Lightning Street Team will be in attendance. 

Another thing that fans will not want to miss is the Lightning themed sand sculpture that will be at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  Start at 7:30 Team Sandtastic will be sculpting a Lightning sand sculpture out of 12 tons of sand at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

Univision and Verizon Holding Auditions in Tampa for Spanish-Speaking Soccer Fans

image Verizon and Univision Television Group are seeking one talented Spanish-speaking soccer enthusiast to become the official Reportero para Verizon and a member of Univision’s sports team providing live coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer matches in South Africa.

Interested applicants can audition live or submit a video online via (keyword: Reportero Verizon) highlighting their ability to report; knowledge of sports; creativity; overall personality in front of the camera; and why they should be chosen as a Reportero para Verizon for Univision. The winner will be selected based on those criteria.

There are going to to several auditions across the United States. A live audition will occur in Tampa and Miami and other cities across the United States. 

Miami’s Audition

April 24, 2010, 1-3pm

Verizon Hialeah Store

1599 W 49th St

Hialeah, Florida 33012

Tampa’s Audition

May 1, 2010 , 1-3pm

Hillsborough Verizon Plus

8456 W. Hillsborough Ave.

Tampa, FL 33615

MOSI 2009 Homeschool Day

MOSI is having their annual Homeschool Educators Open House on August 25, 2009. Admission is free and home educators get the opportunity to see what things are available for homeschool students. MOSI does have monthly science classes throughout the year. They also host an annual homeschool science fair and have a science fair workshop that helps prepare students for the fair.

During the Homeschool Educators Open House you can receive a 20% discount on your MOSI membership.

2009 Fourth of July Events in Tampa Bay, Florida

image Fourth of July events include fireworks and lot of fun for the family. Fourth of July is a day to celebrate the independence of the United States of America, and a day to enjoy time with family and friends.

Hillsborough County


Watch Fireworks in Channelside

This is a free event in Tampa. You can watch fireworks in downtown Tampa at the Channelside Bay Plaza. The Event starts at 3:30 p.m. and includes free entertainment.

Channelside Bay Plaza web site

Busch Gardens

There will be concerts and Fireworks as part of Busch Gardens Summer Nights. July 3rd David Cassidy will be performing. July 4thStarship featuring Mickey Thomas will be performing.

Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

MOSI will have a discount on tickets for 4th of July weekend. If you buy one ticket you get one at equal or lesser value free. That dates of the promotion are July 3-5.

Temple Terrace

There be a parade at 10 a.m. and fireworks starting at 9 p.m.

City of Temple Terrace



Fireworks in downtown Bradenton

The Old Main Street Merchants Association is hosting a downtown party from 5-10 p.m. with food, drinks and live music from the local rock band Rye Road. The band takes the stage at 5:30 p.m. and will move into Cork’s Cigar Bar, 425 Old Main St., after the fireworks display, which starts at 9:30 p.m. from the Palmetto side of the river.

City of Bradenton, Florida

Pasco County


Hudson Americana Music Fest on July 4th

There will be a concert with local artist and fireworks. Gates open at 10 am and fireworks begin 9:30 pm. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the gate.

The Angelus

12413 Hudson Ave.
Hudson, FL 34667
(727) 856-1775

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Pinellas County

Clearwater Celebrate America

There will be a 4th of July celebration at Coachman Park starting at 4 pm.

This year’s event will feature the Mostly Pops Orchestra with John and Mary K. Wilson at 7:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and exhibitor and sponsor booths will be open for browsing.

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Fourth of Concert and Fireworks at Dunedin Stadium. On July 3, 2009

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St. Petersburg

North Straub Park.

US 103.5 broadcast live at 4 p.m., activities for the kids including bounce house and Rays staff with interactive games from 4 to 9 p.m. Live music: 5:30 Sweet Caroline; 6:45 p.m. Due West; 8 p.m. Krista Marie.



Red, White & Kaboom will take place around the Lake Mirror Promenade on Friday, July 3rd from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The evening’s entertainment will include the pop/rock sounds of the popular local band, MillHopper. The band will play three sets of music ending at 9:00 p.m. to a breathtaking display of fireworks over Lake Mirror. As part of this year’s celebration, we are asking for a canned food item from everyone who attends the free event. There will be several locations throughout Lake Mirror Park that will be accepting the canned food donations.

Busch Gardens Holds Monthly Auditions For Entertainers

Have a desire to entertain and share your talent? Busch Gardens Tampa Bay holds monthly auditions for entertainers. This includes singers, dancers, instrumentalists, improve actors, stilt walkers, costume characters, specialty groups, technicians, dressers, seamstresses, and make-up artists. You must be 18 years-old to apply.

Auditions are the first Wednesday of each month.

Upcoming Audition Dates:

Wednesday, July 1, 2009.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009.


Free to the Military on Memorial Day Weekend

This Memorial Day local businesses have decided to show their appreciation to the military and their families. Memorial Day, of course, is not about the barbecues, beach and time away from work. Memorial Day is time to remember and celebrate those gave the ultimate sacrifice in service for the United States of America.

Florida Aquarium

May 23 – 25

All military active duty, activated, retired or drilling reservist or National Guardsmen are entitled to two free general admission tickets to The Florida Aquarium for themselves and a guest. Additional family members (up to 4 people) can receive 50% off of general admission tickets. Must present military ID at time of purchase. Discount is valid May 23, 24, 25.

Lowry Park Zoo

In honor of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, any active duty, activated, retired or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman is entitled to free admission on May 25, 2009 (Memorial Day). He or she will need to show a Department of Defense photo ID at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo ticket counter. As many as three direct dependents of military personnel also are entitled to free admission. Dependents may take advantage of the offer without their service member, though an adult must accompany minor dependents.

Busch Gardens

Not just on Memorial Day, but throughout the year, Busch Gardens offers free park admission to members of the military.

Here’s to the Heroes provides a single day’s free admission to any one SeaWorld or Busch Gardens park, Sesame Place, Adventure Island or Water Country USA for the service member and as many as three of his or her direct dependents. This is for active duty military

Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am Continues Tradition of Helping Tampa Bay Charities

Four different Tampa Bay charities will benefit from the 2009 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. The Child Abuse Council, Diabetic Charitable Services, Everyday Blessings, and Judeo Christian Health Clinic will all receive a portion of the proceeds from this year’s event.

This year’s tournament will take place April 13-19. Derrick Brooks, Ronde Barber, Jim Courier, Michael J. Fox, George Lopez, Nancy Lopez, Stone Phillips, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Vinny Testaverde, Joe Theismann, and Mark Wahlberg are the celebrity participants. Brooks, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker, will be defending his 2008 amateur championship win.

Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am is a part of the Champions Tour.

The Champions Tour’s primary purpose as an entity of the PGA TOUR is to provide significant competitive and earnings opportunities for players age 50 and older; to protect the integrity of the game; and to help grow the reach of the game in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to providing competitive opportunities for its membership, Champions Tour events also generate significant sums of money for charity.

For over 20 years the Outback Gold Pro-Am has been able to raise over $8 million for charities in the Tampa Bay area.

If you are unable to make it out to TPC Tampa Bay, you can watch portions of the event on the Golf channel on Friday and then on NBC on Saturday and Sunday.

You can visit the Outback Gold Pro-Am web site to find out about how to purchase tickets.


Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am

2009 Florida State is in Full Gear

This year’s Florida State Fair runs from February 5 to February 16, 2009.

The Florida State Fair,  always in Tampa and always in February, is organized by the Florida State Fair Authority under the leadership of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson leads the Fair Authority, which oversees the Florida State Fairgrounds and the annual Florida State Fair. For more information about the 2009 Florida State Fair, call toll-free (800) 345-FAIR or (813) 621-7821, visit or

Source: Florida State Fair

2008 New Year’s Eve Celebrations across the Tampa Bay Area

It is time to party and ring in the New Year.

Aqua-Eve New Year’s Eve Bash

Celebrate New Year at the Tampa’s Florida Aquarium. This is for adults 21 and older
Time: 9p.m.-1a.m.
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TBPAC’s New Year’s Eve Party

Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center New Year’s Eve Celebration features dinner and an after Party

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Noon Year’s Eve at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Wednesday, December 31 from 9:30-1:00 p.m.
Countdown to noon with Radio Disney AM 1380 in celebration of the new year!

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New Year’s Eve at The St. Petersburg Pier

Several Events for kids and some just for adults are happening at the St. Petersburg Pier. It will be day of many different events.

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Sky Dive on New Year’s Eve at Skydive City in Zephyrhills

MIDNIGHT Night Jumps, organized by TK & Marius

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If you have an event you will like posted about 2008 New Year’s Eve, please let us know in a comment.


Monday, January 12,2009 “NEW YEAR, NEW YOU” OPEN HOUSE –
With New Year’s here, chances are you or someone you know is resolving to lose weight or get in shape. Getting in shape and becoming healthier isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. Staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and eating the right foods are lifelong activities. Join us at your local StrollerFit location for a FREE stroller workout, healthy treats and great discounts on classes. Classes located in: Bradenton, Countryside, Downtown St Pete, Hyde Park, Southeast Tampa & Treasure Island. Click on for additional details.