AT&T Creating 350 More Jobs in Florida

AT&T INC. LOGOAT&T estimates that they will be creating 350 additional jobs in the state of Florida.  These jobs are going to be in the Network and Call Center areas of the company.   They are being posted at : as the do become available

Tampa Electric Requesting 10% Rate Increase

Electric MetersTECO(Tampa Electric Company) is requesting that they be allowed to raise their rates by 10%.  The company last asked for a rate increase in 2008.  The current request will go before Florida’s Public Service Commission later this year.  If approved, the rate increase will not be seen until January 2014.

According to TECO, the increased rate will bring in an extra $135 million.  Hopefully they can use that money to find ways to prevent squirrels from knocking out the power.

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.

Sunday 2013 Easter Egg Hunts and Activities in Tampa Bay

Easter Egg Hunt at Coachman Park

From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  on March 31st there will be an Easter Egg Hunt at other activities  at Coachman Park in Clearwater.   Admittance if free, but you do have to pay for some of the rides, and refreshments..

For more information about the Coachman Park Easter Egg Hunt visit: -coachman-park/

IKEA Easter Egg Hunt

You can get about everything at IKEA , even the opportunity to watch your kids run looking for  Easter Eggs at the IKEA in Tampa.  This event is only for kids 8 and under.   The Easter Egg hunt is from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.  The fir 100 kids that arrive between 10:30 to 2 pm in the special “Easter Sunday attire” will one free gift from IKEA.   Those that show their IKEA FAMILY care will be entered in a drawing for 1 of 3 baskets.

Additional Information can be found at:



Saturday 2013 Easter Egg Hunts and Activities in Tampa Bay

Here is a list of Easter activities happening this Saturday ,March 30th

Oldsmar Chick-fil-A  Breakfast with Easter Bunny

This is not a free Easter Egg Hunt.  But with the purchase of a meal ticket children will get breakfast, a picture with the Easter Bunny, and a goody bag.

More information at

Wesley Chapel Wiregrass Mall Community and Special Need Easter Egg Hunt

There will be an Easter Egg hunt this Saturday at Wiregrass Malll in Wesley Chapel  The event is being sponsored by Victorious Life Church.  It is free and open to the public

More Information:  Wiregrass Mall

City of Dunedin Easter Egg Drop

Admission to this event is free, but parking will be $5.   The event will be from 11am to 2 pm.   There will be bounce houses, an Easter egg drop from a helicopter, food vendors, games, and more.


Weeki Wachee Wacky Egg Hunt

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park will have a Easter Egg hunt at Buccaneer bay for children.  You do hay to pay for admission to the park to participate in the Easter Egg hunt.

Weeki Wachee Egg Hunt


Sarasota Teen Honored Again in The Intel Science Talent Search

In 2012 Brittany Wenger won the Google Science Fair for her Cloud4Cancer science project that is a computer program aimed to help detect malignancy of breast cancer.   Once again Brittany placed in an international competition by winning 8th place in the Intel Science Talent Search.    She has not only the intelligence but a lot of drive.  She actually taught herself how to program and spent hundreds of hours working on her project.

Brittany is a senior at The Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, High School.  The Out-of-Door Academy has a great article on Brittany and her Grand Prize Win of the Google Science Fair.   In the article it also states that Brittany has won the Sarasota Regional Science, Engineering, and Technology Fair.

For those that are interested, Google’s 2013 is still open for submissions.  You can visit for more information.  Children 13 to 18 from around the world are eligible to enter the competition.

Information for the next Intel Science Talent Search will be posted this summer at

Intel also has the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.  You need to enter through a regional science fair in are like the area.   You can find out more about that competition by visiting the International Science and Engineering Fair website.

Larger Saks Fifth Avenue Coming to Sarasota

Currently, there is a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Westfield Southgate Mall in Sarasota.  In 2014 that location will close as the Saks Fifth Avenue will move to The Mall at University Town Center that is currently being built off of 1-75 in Sarasota .  The new Saks location is suppose to open October 16, 2014 and will be double the size of the current store.

Of course Saks may not be in the budget of every shopper, but sometimes it is always fun to do some window shopping.   This location will have the Saks Fifth Avenue Show boutique, and also a restaurant.   So even if you cannot afford anything to wear there, you can still afford something to eat.


You can receive a 10% off coupon from Saks Fifth Avenue when you sign-up for their daily e-mails for the first time.  If you visit you will see an e-mail sign-up at the bottom of the homepage.

LEGOLAND® Florida is Hiring

It is probably a kid’s dream to grow-up and get paid to build with LEGOs all day.   Although it may seem like a fantasy, this is the reality for some people.   LEGOLAND® Florida is hiring for a Master Model Builder.

Essential job responsibilities include envisioning, designing and building unique LEGO® creations.

“Master Model Builders are royalty here at the park,”  said General Manager Adrian Jones. “They enjoy celebrity status and when they’re not being interviewed by reporters and paparazzi, they spend eight hours a day playing in the model shop.  Who in their right mind wouldn’t want this job?”

Would-be builders must first submit a short video clip of themselves and a home-made LEGO® creation.  Candidates will be culled through Facebook voting, then invited to the park December 1 and 2 to participate in a series of skills tests.  Details on the video submission and the search are available at

Republican National Convention Preparation includes Students from Gaither High School

Kids from Tampa Bay have included in the Republican National Convention in one way or another: kids from the Tampa Bay Youth and Government group created signs for the convention; local children were invited to participate in a poster contest for the RNC.   Tomorrow, students from Gaither High School, in Tampa, will help to prepare for the convention by blowing up over 120,000 balloons.   These red, white, and blue balloons will be a part of the large balloon drop that have become a highly photographed moment of the conventions.  No matter what your political affiliation, it is great for children to be a part of the political process and hopefully encourage them to become informed citizens.


Sarasota Hotels Offering Vacation Package for Tamp Residents to Get Away During the RNC

YoungFamilyonVacationMany people in Florida are happy that the Republican National Convention is coming to Tampa.   It is great for those that are part of the Republican Party and for businesses that will benefit from the financial boom of people coming to the Tampa Bay area next week.  But, some residents may be dreading the traffic jams and longer wait times from our temporary population boom.  Well,  Sarasota wants to lore those residents away with some vacation specials during the RNC.

The Hyatt Regency Sarasota gives Florida residents a chance to take advantage of their proximity to paradise with its exclusive Florida Resident Offer. With this offer, residents with a valid Florida ID can receive discounted room rates at the hotel through September 30, 2012. With the Park and Surf package, patrons can take advantage of free Hi-Speed internet and complimentary valet parking during their stay. When booking your stay here , enter the code FLRRO to get the Florida Resident package or PKSURF for the Park and Surf package.

For a visit on a budget, Ramada Sarasota is offering an $89 per night deal for Tampa residents looking to skip town during the Republican National Convention. Included in this deal is an Executive Waterfront room, two drink coupons and free Sunday service aboard America’s only floating chapel on the bay. This deal is perfect for the nautically-inclined, as the package also includes a free wet slip.

With 13 acres of beach front property overlooks the sparkling white sands of Siesta Key’s famous Crescent Beach, Sarasota Surf and Racquet has a variety of offers in its special “Tampa Getaway” series.  Take advantage of the Resort View Package deal during the RNC: With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room with a 42″ flat screen and DVD player and an enclosed lanai overlooking the resort, this package is great for the entire family — and it only costs $450 (normally $175 daily) for an August 27 – 30 stay. Prefer a room with a view of the ocean? The Gulf View Package during the same dates is discounted to just $600. For more information about package deals during August and September, contact the resort by clicking here .

Beachside Resorts Realty will provide its Siesta Key vacation rentals, condos and beach homes at a 30% discounted rate for stays lasting four or more nights and at a 20% discounted rate for three-night stays during the convention. The Tampa Getaway Deal offers a tremendous discount for longer stays: Stay five nights and get two for free, or stay three nights and get one for free with this fantastic deal available through ­­­­­­the end of September.

The Comfort You package at Sarasota’s Ritz Carlton , Sarasota is one of the best luxury deals of the summer. Starting at $279 per night, the package includes overnight accommodations, $50 per night in resort credit and complimentary breakfast for two in the hotel’s celebrated four-star restaurant, Vernona . Available through December 31, 2012, the Comfort You package is the perfect getaway for those seeking relaxation on the private beach, the challenge of the Fazio-designed championship golf course at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club or the luxury of a soothing treatment at the Ritz Carlton Spa. Contact the hotel here to reserve your vacation.

Looking to get away from the crowds, but aren’t drawn to the beach? The Hotel Ranola is nestled right at the heart of downtown Sarasota, just a stone’s-throw away from some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment the city has to offer — and still only 10 minutes from the beach. Originally built in 1926, this hip and historical boutique hotel features private apartment-style rooms with all modern amenities. From August 15 – September 15, get a 10% discount on any stay lasting two or more nights. To book your stay, contact the hotel here .

The Marriot Fairfield Inn & Suites in Venice is just minutes away from the vibrant restaurants and shops on Venice Main Street, as well as the Venice Theatre, Venice Art Center and, of course the beaches that earned they city the title of “Shark tooth capital of the world.” During the Republican National Convention, the hotel is offering its Standard Two Double Bed rooms and King rooms for just $87 per night, and suites for the discounted rate of $95 per night. In addition to a fitness center and pool, the hotel provides its guests with complimentary Wi-Fi and continental breakfasts.

Prefer to travel with your own accommodations on wheels, but just need a place to park the RV? Ramblers Rest RV Resort , situated along the gorgeous Myakka River in Venice, is offering a variety of buy-one-get-one package deals this summer. Packages are available by the night (buy one night, get one free) or by the week (buy one week, get one free). Looking to camp out for the entire duration of election season? The resort even offers the buy-one-get-one deal by the month. Reserve your spot today by calling 941-493-4354.

Local Tampa Students Create Signs for 2012 Republican National Convention

Tampa’s successful bid for the 2012 Republican National Convention has created opportunities for many residents and businesses in the Tampa Bay area.    Local students are also getting an opportunity to be in the national spotlight.   Members of the Tampa Bay student Youth and Government Club will be painting sings that will displayed at the RNC in Tampa Bay Times Forum.    Delegates that will travel from across the nation to the RNC will be holding these sign that will have the theme “A Better Future.”

Tax Free Holiday This Weekend

August 3rd through August 5th is the tax free weekend for Florida this year.   During this time shoppers will pay no sales tax on back to school items.   Florida’s Department of Revenue has a list of items that exempt and taxable.  You will get the sale tax only on individual items that are $75 or less; and school supplies that are $15 or less.  Your total can be any amount, but the cost of each item must meet the preceding guidelines.

Many stores know that this weekend is a huge draw for people all over the state.  You show expect to see some sales this weekend.  Even if you have a little one that is not going to school, you can get tax exempt items like diaper bags, and diapers.  One thing that may surprise shoppers is that there will be no tax exemptions on book this year.

Free Ice in Tampa Bay for National Ice Cream Day

When you visit MOSI this Sunday, July 15th, you will be able to get a free sample of Blu Bell Ice Cream with your admission.   The samples will be given out between noon and 2 p.m.    The free ice cream is being given away to celebrate National Ice Cream Day, which is the third Sunday of July.

Dippin’ Dots will be celebrating National Ice Day eve.   Today, July 14th, you can get a free small cup of Clusterz  when you present a coupon that can be printed from the Dippin’ Dots website.   The coupons must be redeemed between 7p.m. and 9 p.m. today.

Coupon Link for Dippin’ Dots

Free Starbucks Refresher Drink Today

Today, Friday the 13th, Starbucks is giving away their new Starbucks Refresher between noon and  3 p.m. at participating locations.  The refresher use green coffee bean extract and mixes it with different fruit flavors to create a energy drink.    They explain it in a video below as getting the caffeine and other components of the coffee bean before it is roasted so that it doesn’t have the roasted coffee taste, but it still has gives the boast of energy you would get from coffee.

There is a video explaining the Green Coffee Extract


Friday the 13th Brings New Sesame Street Play Area to Westfield Brandon

One of the draws for some parents is the free play area at the mall.  It is a great way to have the children to burn some energy and have fun.   Westfield Brandon will have the grand opening of their new Sesame Street themed play area this Friday.   The new play area is a part of a partnership between the mall and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.   Busch Gardens created Sesame Street themed area in there park a few years ago.

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.

Regal Cinemas Offering $1 Children Movies This Summer

Once again, Regal Cinemas will be showing previously released G and PG children movies this summer for only $1 per person.  All the movies were previously in theaters, but they are also include some favorites like “Kung Fu Panda 2”, “Puss in Boots”, and “Rio.”   The movies will only be shown at 10 am on Tuesdays and Wednesday for 9 weeks during the summer.  This year’s summer movie program began on June 12th and runs through August 8th.  You can visit Regal Cinemas website to find out the participating locations and the movies that will be showing each week.

Essay Contest for 4-Year Florida College Scholarship

Students and parent looking for a way to pay for education should take a look at the “Raise the Bar on Florida Education Contest. ”   On grand prize winner will receive a scholarship valued at $30,000.   The contest is open to those that are at least 13 years old and living in Florida.  To enter you need to write a 250 or fewer words essay on how you would improve Florida’s education system.   You can visit for more detailed information.

East Tampa Gets a New Playground on Aug 11th

The Republican National Convention not only will help give Tampa an economic boost, but also a new playground area.      Human and Kaboom are teaming up to build a new playground at Ragan Park in East Tampa.   This year both organizations plan to build playgrounds in the two cities hosting the politic conventions.   Charlotte,North Carolina, the host of the 2012    Democratic National Convention, will also get a new playground built courtesy of a Humana and Kaboom.

Tampa’s new playground will be part of community effort of more than 200 volunteer gathering at Ragan Park on August 11th to create a multigenerational playground.    In addition to the traditional playground equipment for children, there will be fitness stations and walking paths that adults can use to get fit and stay active.