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Tampa At A Glance

Tampa Bay – the second largest metro area in Florida – offers a variety of treasures in the communities that surround its beautiful waters. From gleaming high rises and the rich Latin heritage of Tampa, to St. Petersburg’s European-style charm of café-lined streets along the nation’s most beautiful waterfront, and to Clearwater’s white sand beaches, Tampa Bay offers everything under the sun.

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Surprising St. Pete Your Sunshine City

Recently, the New York Times named St. Petersburg as one of the “52 must see places in the world”. Yes, the world! Touting its museums and rich cultural, a thriving craft beer industry, and its ranking as one of America’s Top 10 most beautiful cities, St. Petersburg’s a must-see stop on any traveler’s Tampa Bay itinerary.

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Each day, thousands of people – people just like you – provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world.

We roll up our sleeves and donate time, money and blood. We learn or teach life-saving skills so our communities can be better prepared when the need arises. We do this every day because the Red Cross is needed – every day.

Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies.

Please Donate to the Red Cross Today.

Clearwater For Everything Under the Sun

From its renowned white sand beaches, amazing marine life and glorious weather, to fabulous dining, shopping, cultural attractions and festivals, Clearwater has it all. Lots of sports and recreational activities here also make it a perfect place to stay and play.

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Gainesville At A Glance

Uncover the unexpected in North Central Florida! Gainesville isn’t like any other place in Florida. Our combination of college-town vitality and protected natural beauty makes us one of a kind—a place “where nature and culture meet.”  Gainesville offers 30+ miles of biking and hiking trails while spotting wildlife like birds, bison, wild horses or alligators in seven area Florida State Parks.

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Skyway: The Force Be With You!

Star Wars™ And The Power Of Costume
November 11 – April 1

St Petersburg: When George Lucas released his epic space opera, “Star Wars™” in 1977, it instantly became a global phenomenon. Today, this movie franchise remains incredibly popular and continues to have a major impact on modern pop culture. Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume,” an incredible exhibition at The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, takes you on a journey into the Star Wars™ universe where characters from all seven Star Wars™ movies are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 60 original costumes.
From Darth Vader’s imposing black armor to many of Queen Amidala’s ornate gowns, this fascinating exhibit explores the artistry of the world’s most recognized cinematic costumes, including Chewbacca, X-Wing Pilots and the endearing Droids, C-3PO and R2-D2.
Two exhibition videos and multiple digital flip-books allow you to see and hear from the designers, actors and George Lucas himself.
You’ll discover all about the challenges and triumphs of dressing a mythical universe. From the mind of creator George Lucas, to the concept artists who put these ideas to paper, to the artisans and costume designers who produced these fantastical iconic wardrobes, “Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume” examines the exciting process of turning ideas into a dynamic reality.
It’s one powerful and engaging exhibition that you don’t want to miss! Catch it from November 11 – April 1 at The Museum Of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr., NE, St. Petersburg. Info: 727-896-2667; mfastpete.org.

DAYTONA 500
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

FEB 18, 2018


Venture behind-the-scenes and discover what makes DAYTONA the “World Center of Racing” and the leader in motorsports entertainment. DIS offers three separate tours throughout the year that take race fans inside the hallowed grounds of NASCAR’s marquee race track. An experience to remember for any race fan! Admission to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and its spectacular displays is included as part of your tour!

1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach • 386-681-5588
Tour dates are listed online at: daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours

Key West Food & Wine Festival

January 24 – 28

The festival’s indoor and outdoor events showcase local chefs’ culinary flair and favorite indigenous ingredients, intriguing libations and distinctive Florida Keys atmosphere.
Festival events include informative wine seminars, the intriguingly named “Bad Ass Brunch Series” and a traditional shrimp boil featuring Key West pink shrimp. In addition, the popular Key West Kitchen Tour turned to the Key West Tropical Garden Tour & Tasting, specialty brunches festival goers can choose to attend the Master Chefs Classic culinary competition that showcases the talents of local chefs. A VIP “connoisseur experience” package is available covering admission to multiple events and exclusive benefits, or attendees can purchase tickets for individual events. Festival information and tickets: kwfoodwinefest.com

CAPE CORAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

DOWNTOWN CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA
JAN 13 & 14 2018

The Cape Coral Festival of the Arts is one of the largest art shows in Southwest Florida and is considered one of the top 75 best art fests in the country. There are over 300 juried artists in the categories of painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, photography, metal works, mixed media, and fine crafts. There are activities, sidewalk sales, and food.

The festival is located on Cape Coral Pkwy near Vincennes and is free. Merchants also take part in the activities with sidewalk sales and special offerings during this Cape Coral festival.

You will find paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, clothing, metalwork, and fine crafts.

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