Take a moment out of the holiday rush and pamper yourself for a change. Get your nails done, perhaps a haircut or massage to really look smashing throughout the holidays. We've located some great offers from some outstanding local shops in the Tampa Bay area to help you save some serious dough. Below is today's featured coupon offers. You can browse ALL townspree Salon Coupons by visit this link here: Tampa FL Day Spa Coupons
When you think of charity, what comes to mind? Donations of time and money or maybe even taking some of your used possessions to the local Goodwill. Don Surenkamp of Patriotic Fireworks in Pasco and Hernando counties gives the biggest fireworks show in the state. The show is offered to The Angelus, an assisted living community, which is for people who have cerebral palsy.
This is Don's 4th annual show at The Angelus House and he has managed to raise over 100k for the residents by doing what he loves, “blowing stuff up”. He has had some help this year from the good people of Remax Sunset Realty. The fireworks were the inspiration; however, they will begin at the end of this show. Gates open at 2 pm and music will kick off at 3:30 pm. Appearances range from The Sweeny Family Band, Nunes at Night, Ricks Stoots, Pete Hunt, and Headlining is Jo Dell. There will be a wide variety of music to make everyone happy.
Look forward to beer vendors, BBQ's, and a lot of games for the kids. This is on 30 acres of fun so come ready to have a great time. The firework's show starts at 9 pm and is $2 per person or $10 per vehicle. Please keep in mind, all proceeds from this event go towards the residents of The Angelus House making certain they get the help they need.
If you want to purchase fireworks, be sure to check out The Angelus House's sponsor: Ron's Patriotic Fireworks & Halloween Superstore
Chef Charlie has a passion for food and a knack for catering. If you are planning a small office event or a wedding reception of 200 guests, Chef on the Bay can deliver a gourmet experience tailored to your individual taste. Every detail is impeccable from preparation to presentation. Make the next office event you plan special. With their in-home cooking service, they can provide dinner for you and your guests. Chef Charlie offers a weekly lunch menu with items that will make your mouth water. Chef on the Bay has an exotic food selection as well as an assortment of menu items such as Grilled Portabella, Crab Cake Burgers, and Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Tomato accompanied by homemade soups. Chef on the Bay offers a catering experience with incredible flair and flavor such as the fresh homemade bread baked daily. Next time you plan a catering event in Tampa Bay, make sure to give Chef Charlie a call. You will be pleasantly surprised and wowed at how she can turn your event in to a culinary experience.
Well, it's a judgment call, but we're going to start out with the fireworks in the fine city of St. Petersburg, at the city's icon, the Pier. There's a full day of family-oriented activities. It starts at noon with Bus Stop, a classic rock band that'll play at The Pier's courtyard stage until 3:00 p.m. Then there's a switcheroo to country-and-western music, with Kim Betts and the Gamble Creek Band. They play from 4 to 7 p.m. Nestled in between the two shows is an act called Baby Grand in the Sand, which is essentially a guy named Joe Lombardo playing his baby grand piano. Lombardo will then play from 7 to 8 p.m., when soulRcoaster takes the stage, playing pop rock hits until 11 p.m. That's the music. There will also be face-painting from noon to 9 p.m. And for those who would like to leave their faces as they are, who would actually like to take their faces and put them on a different body, there's Dance Heads," a video set-up where people can star in their own videos, then take a DVD copy of the video home with them. By the way, you get to pick your own song. This is available from 2 to 5 p.m. Need more? From 1 to 8 p.m., Fritz, a balloon-twisting, unicycle-riding funny man, will be out and about, drawing chuckles from the crowd with his hilarious antics. And the Power Skipper will be there, too, from 1 to 5 p.m. with leaps and bounds almost in Superman's league. There will also be the "One Man Band," who will be strolling about The Pier's grounds from 4 to 8 p.m. That'll take you almost right up to the fireworks, which begin at 9 p.m.
Another city that's taking the time to put together a nice July 4th event is Clearwater. It's at Coachman Park, which, like The Pier, is on the water, the Intracoastal Waterway, to be exact. This free event begins at 4 p.m. There will be lots of children's activities, including games, face-painting and a mascot parade. The Mostly Pops Orchestra, which has some 40 musicians, is scheduled to play at 7 p.m. or so, and they will be accompanied by singers John Wilson, the WTVT Fox 13 anchor, and his wife, Mary K. Wilson, who teaches singing at St. Petersburg College. The fun-filled day will end at 9:30 p.m. with fireworks that are synchronized to music. Clearwater boasts this is the largest fireworks display in the Tampa Bay area. Any questions? You can call (727) 562-4700.
Now, if the Coachman Park fireworks are to your liking, or if you live in Clearwater or north Pinellas, or if you are making the jaunt across Tampa Bay from Hillsborough County, we have a suggestion. Tropics Boat Tours, which is at 25 Causeway Blvd., Slip 5, (or right across from the Pier 60 parking lot in Clearwater) is offering a special July 4th tour. You can go on a sunset cruise aboard Tropics' dandy two-level boat, and catch the fireworks from the boat's second, open top deck. The cruise lasts two and a half hours. Boarding is at 7:30 p.m., with a departure scheduled for 8 p.m. For more information, seeTropics Boat Tours July 4th Cruise
The fireworks at The Pier and Coachman Park are essentially at city parks. If you want to watch fireworks, with your toes in the sand, you have a couple of options. Treasure Island's fireworks are on the beach, at 104th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard, and they begin at 9 p.m. St. Pete Beach has fireworks, too. They will be launched from a barge in the Gulf of Mexico, directly west of the Dolphin Village Shopping Center, which is at 4615 Gulf Blvd. The fireworks begin when it gets dark. All the regular beach and parking ordinances will be in effect. Want more information? Call (727) 367-2735.
The big fireworks in Tampa are at Channelside, the residential and entertainment district at 615 Channelside Drive just east of downtown Tampa. They begin at 9 p.m. You might consider watching the display from the Florida Aquarium, which is only charging $10 after 3 p.m. Typically, the aquarium charges $21.95 for an adult. This way, you can avoid the crowds. Another way to view the fireworks is from the Yacht Starship, which is offering a special July 4th cruise and dinner from one of their splendid yachts. Yacht Starship also has a yacht in Clearwater, so you can sign up for a dinner cruise there, and catch the Coachman Park fireworks. For more information, go to: Yacht StarShip
There are also some fireworks in Pasco County, but they are nowhere near the water. One, called Sparklebration, is at the Pasco County Fairgrounds at 36722 State Road 52 in Dade City. Gates open at 4. Admission is $5, parking is $5, but kids 12 and under get in for free. There's a lot going on at this event. Critters to pet. An Elvis impersonator. At least three eating contests (water melon, apple pie and hot dogs). Pony rides. A funny hypnotist. And musical delights such as the fetching Laura Dewees. Bring your lawnchair and blankets, but don't bring any booze or coolers.
There is also another fireworks display in Pasco County, but it's not on the fourth. This one is at Sims Park in New Port Richey's historic downtown, and it's on June 30, from 2 to 11 p.m. There will be arts and crafts on display, a Miss Firecracker contest, and a kids' activity area, plus a bunch of bands, including the nationally-known Aerosmith cover band called Draw the Line. For more information, go to: New Port Richey Main Street
Busch Gardens has the unique distinction of having fireworks on July 4th AND June 30 AND pretty much on every night from June 9th through August 12. It's more of a celebration of the summer than it is a celebration of Independence Day. In fact, it's called Summer Nights. They are set off after that spectacular mix of rock music and acrobatics called Kinetix, that takes place at the Gwazi Park stage. While you are there, try the Cheetah Hunt ride in the dark. Yikes.
It seems Jalapeno Mexican Grill Tampa is getting more and more popular. Miguel Espinosa's happening restaurant -- which is probably the only Mexican restaurant in Tampa which also serves sushi -- just got a nice little write-up in the summer edition of Bay Pop Magazine, a lifestyle glossy that covers the Tampa Bay area. On page 120, writer Eric Snider does a great job profiling the restaurant. And we applaud him for homing in on the restaurant's quesadillas -- the fresh ingredients used, and the meticulous way in which they are prepared. We would have mentioned the flan, but who's to quibble. Nice work all.
Read About Jalapeno Mexican Grill here: BAYPOP Magazine - Page 121
Well, it's time again for one of the biggest charitable events of the year in Plant City -- the golf classic sponsored by O'Brien's Irish Pub (the Plant City O'Brien's, obviously, for those of you who don't know there are O'Brien's Irish pubs in Tampa and Brandon). The classic is in its sixth year, so naturally, it's called the Sixth Annual O'Brien's Plant City Golf Classic. It takes place on June 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and it'll be at the Walden Lake Golf and Country Club. This is a great opportunity to get out there, play some golf, and enjoy good company - and it's all for a good cause. This year, the beneficiary of the Plant City's community's philanthropic effort is the United Food Bank & Services of Plant City, a good group whose mission is to eradicate hunger in East Hillsborough County, and help folks become self-reliant.
If you are interested, you should sign up now, as the tournament is limited to 36 paid teams. Go to: O'Brien's Plant City Golf Classic
Golf, Range Balls, Lunch, Beverages, Goody Bags, an O’Brien’s Golf Shirt, Award Ceremony & Buffet @ O’Brien’s Plant City.
Gator Fred's Fun & Party Center, one of the best Tampa indoor jump house and play arenas around, has figured out what to do with those little bundles of energy during these hot, sweltering months in the Sunshine state. There are two groups that need to keep on reading. One? Parents. The second group? Day camps. Both are often at a loss as to what to do with their little charges, especially when it's raining. Fred Medina, the owner of Gator Fred's Tampa, has come up with a couple of ideas designed to give your kids something to do -- and save you some money.
First, we'll deal with the camps, you know, like the YMCA, for instance. If the activities directors at these camps need some ideas, Fred suggests they book in advance two-hour time slots at Gator Fred's so the kids can take advantage of its 11,000 square feet of bounce houses and numerous play areas. Gator Fred's will only charge $5 per child (it's usually $8 to get in the door). And, on top of that, he'll throw in a $50 mark-down from what it usually costs the camps to bring a big bounce house to their facilities. Since the bounce houses usually cost upwards of $100, we're talking close to 50 percent off.
Now, let's talk about those parents with their kids at home. Fred is offering this: for $30, a parent can bring a child to Gator Fred's for 30 days in a row. Now, remember it usually costs $8 for one day, so this is quite a deal. We suggest moms buy it, just to have it in their back pockets if the need arises. For two kids, Fred's only going to charge you $50 (not $60, as you might expect). And three kids? $70, not $90.
And remember, Gator Fred's is one of the few places open seven days a week.
Learn more about this Indoor Play Center by visiting their profile: Gator Fred's Fun & Party Center
Gator Fred's Tampa
5360 Ehrlich Road
Tampa Florida 33625
It's Manny Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley in the World Boxing Organization's Welterweight Championship fight, straight from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. But you don't have to go to Las Vegas to catch what many believe is THE boxing event of the year (though going to Vegas WOULD be fun). You can watch it at Walter's Press Box Sports Emporium and Eatery starting at 9 p.m. on June 9. Some think this will be Pacquiao's most contested fight in a while, others think Bradley's in for a whooping. See for yourself at the Press Box while you enjoy a couple of beers and maybe some of the fine food there. The Press Box, after all, is south Tampa's premier sports bar.
Watch the fight at Press Box Sports Emporium & Eatery
After a three-year absence, the No Way Out wrestling smackdown returns to the big screen in a pay-per-view event you can catch at Prime Time Sports Grill, that happening Carrollwood sports bar at 14404 North Dale Mabry Highway. It's on June 17, and it starts at 8 p.m. Broadcast from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., Now Way Out is featuring three exciting match-ups -- John Cena vs. Big Show in a steel cage match; Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio for the world heavyweight championship; and CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Kane for the WWE championship. Del Rio and Sheamus are, of course, vying for the grandest prize, but the Punk-Bryan-Kane contest should be the most entertaining, as fans wonder whether Kane will be used as a pawn, or how.
Come June 12, Working Women of Tampa Bay is paying a visit at Tate & Tilly's, that cool collection of chic boutiques. WWOTB is a group of enterprising entrepreneurs that does what it can, which is a lot, to generate synergy for female professionals and women business owners. As a matter of fact, it’s won a couple of networking awards in a contest sponsored by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. The event at Tate & Tilly’s begins at 6.30 p.m., and it’s called Girls Night Out. There will be cocktails and scrumptious cupcakes courtesy of Li’bb cupcake -- and networking and networking and networking. Oh, and everyone will receive a swag bag courtesy of WWOTB. In case you’ve forgotten, Tate N Tilly’s is located at 14349 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. If you’re interested, and you should be if you are of the feminine persuasion, sign up here: Working Women of Tampa Bay Networking Event