Central Florida Hunter Jumper Association (CFHJA) Horse Show

CFHJA Horse Show

Tampa Fairgrounds Equestrian Center
Friday, May 11, 2012, 08:00
To Sunday, May 13, 2012

The purpose of the Central Florida Hunter Jumper Association (CFHJA) is to foster the breeding, use and showing of hunters and jumpers. The Association endeavors to create a better understanding among breeders, owners and exhibitors of such horses. It encourages acceptance of uniform rules in regard to showing and cooperation with management of all shows in planning better hunter and jumper divisions.

2012 Show Results
For more information contact the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at 813-627-4217
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Tampa Carnival USA Caribbean Festival – Islands in the Park

Coming to the Tampa Florida Fairgrounds
Saturday June 9 and Sunday June 10, 2012
7th Annual Islands in the Park

Tampa Carnival USA Caribbean Festival – Islands in the Park spotlighting Caribbean culture and heritage will again have authentic, Caribbean food and drink, live music and stage shows, and  activities  for kids and adults.

Gates open at 3pm each day with adult tickets $15 per day and kids under 10 FREE.

The U.S. men’s soccer team’s path to the 2014 World Cup will go through Tampa.
Team USA will host Antigua and Barbuda at Raymond James Stadium on June 8.
Come on out and celebrate.

Dance to live DJs throughout the carnival, watch the parade of bands march throughout the park, break it down to the sights and sounds of the African Dance Group.

Come out an listen to Red Hot Flames, Iwer Geroge, Terry Gajraj, Tallpredd,  Serani, Jafari Band Zuberi & Crew.

For more information call 813 325-5584 or 813 445-9010

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2012 GOP/RNC National Convention coming to Tampa Florida

Coming to Tampa starting August 27, the 2012 GOP/RNC National Convention is set to be bigger than any  Superbowl to come to this Florida City.

Downtown Tampa is getting all cleaned up with new landscaping and road repairs. Restaurants are planning special events, menus and hours to accommodate conventioneers.

While most of the nearby hotel rooms have been long reserved, there is still time to book a private home or condo for the event. For those of you lucky enough to be living near the ROP Convention Center along Channelside and won’t be in town for the event, you can register and rent your home through a trusted online company.

This promises to the THE event that puts Tampa Bay on the map for the rest of the world.

Along with the GOP Convention, there are many other things to see and do in an around Tampa Bay.

Get the latest GOP Convention news and event information online.

On the Road to Tampa

Dolphin Cruise from Downtown Tampa

The Florida Aquarium has a special tour boat that leaves downtown Channelside daily at 2PM. This tour is usually sold out each day, so making reservations ahead of time is a must. There is a new boat that is very stable and very fast. Parking is right across the street.

We spent part of the time inside, looking out the windows, and part of the time on the covered upper deck to catch the breeze. From here we could see a cruise ship in port, a restored Navy ship and the Aquarium. We got a great view of downtown Tampa and the waterfront homes along the bay. Nice way to live!

It didn’t take long to get out into the main part of Tampa Bay, and sure enough there were dolphins out there playing around. We even saw what looked like a family of dolphins with a little one.

We had no idea that Tampa was such a busy commercial port. Who would have thought that big ships and wild animals could coexist so well?

The trip was smooth and no one got sick. The boat is designed to be very stable in all kinds of conditions. After the boat tour you can tour the Florida Aquarium which is right there.

Channelside Tampa

Channelside Tampa

A short walk from the dolphin tour and aquarium is the Channelside restaurant and shopping district.

From here we could walk back to our hotel, also on the bay the, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina, and is right across the street from the Tampa Convention Center.

Here is a Google map of the hotel where you can also see where channelside and the aquarium is located.

Orlando Downtown Food and Wine Fest

Downtown Food & Wine Fest
Pairs Culinary Treats with National Celebrity

Chef Appearances and Live Entertainment

March 31 – April 1 at Lake Eola


Saturday Morning, Chamberlain SquareORLANDO, Fla. (February 21, 2012) – Mouth-watering food and global wines are paired with world-class entertainment and national celebrity chef appearances at the Downtown Food & Wine Fest at Lake Eola on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1, 2012.

Located in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola on Robinson Street, the two-day Fest features mouth-watering dishes from 40 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, domestic and international wines, and live entertainment.

Revitalized by popular demand, the Fest is presented and produced by Orlando favorites MIX 105.1 FM and 1059 SUNNY FM in partnership with the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association. A portion of the event’s proceeds benefit the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation.

Celebrity Chef’s Stage*

Bright House Networks hosts live cooking demonstrations on the Chef’s Stage with fan meet-and-greet opportunities with the following celebrity chefs:

  • BRAVO’s Top Chef Just Desserts Season 1 Chef’testant Erika Davis (Saturday)
  • Food Network’s Extreme Chef Amadeus, winner of the “Mexican Showdown” (Saturday)
  • BRAVO’s Top Chef Season 9 Chef’testant Finalist Lindsay Autry (photo at right) (Sunday)

Live Entertainment*

Saturday, March 31 (noon to 9 p.m.)

Live Hart

John Smith and Tropical Steel

Simulcast with Scott McKenzie of MIX 105.1 FM and Bob Frier of FOX 35

American Idol Winner David Cook                             


Sunday, April 1 (noon to 7 p.m.)

CeCe Teneal

My Generation

Little River Band

* Appearances and entertainment subject to change without notice.

Tickets on Sale Now

Admission is $10 per person, per day with advance online purchase at Centennial Bank and Mercedes-Benz locations throughout Central Florida.  Admission at the door is $15 per person, per day. Admission for children under age 12 is free.  Food tickets are available at the event for $2 each; food and wine tastings range from 1-4 tickets.

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Seminole Hard Rock Job Fair Tampa, Florida

     The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa
plans to hire over 400 new employees.

Monday, April 16, 2012,  9:00am – 5:00pm

The new positions will include chefs, cooks, restaurant servers, bartenders, cocktail servers, and other restaurant/lounge team members. New gaming jobs will include cashiers, Player’s Club representatives, and technicians. Other openings will be in security, building/grounds maintenance and housekeeping departments.

Hard Rock is undergoing a massive multi-million dollar expansion and giving the Tampa economy a big boost. They already employ over 3,100 Floridians in the community – now they want to hire over 400 more! This Job Fair will be held on Monday, April 16 from 9AM – 5PM at the Florida State Fairgrounds located at 4800 N. US Highway 301, Tampa, FL. You must apply online beforehand. Hard Rock is looking for positive, energetic people for all kinds of positions. From dealers and cashiers to Player’s Club representatives, cocktail servers, security, and chefs. One of them could be you!


The best part about working at the Seminole Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa is going to work in a fun atmosphere with great people. But on top of that employees enjoy additional benefits like competitive pay, tuition reimbursement, employee recognition program, in-house promotions, paid training, medical benefits, opportunities to advance and an excellent 401K program. They are proud to be part of the growing local economy here in Tampa!


Working at Hard Rock Tampa will be even more exciting  to be part of history in the making. Once expansion is complete, this  will be one of the top ten largest casinos in the world which will include:

  • Over 222,000 square feet of gaming
  • Over 5,000 slot machines
  • 105 table games
  • 3 parking garages boasting over 5,000 parking spaces – including our new 5 story garage, Winners Way, with more than 1,300 spaces
  • 6 restaurants including Tampa’s next great Bakery and Bistro, Rise™ Kitchen and Bakery
  • 5 bars and lounges
  • Newly renovated pool area and bar
  • 250 AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel rooms
  • Spa
  • Over 1,500 authentic Rock & Roll memorabilia pieces

Job applicants must apply online beforehand. Applications are now available online or call the Job Hotline # 813-627-6650.
Location : Charles M. Davis Special Events Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds

2012 Tampa Fossil Fest

Fossil Fest
Florida State Fairgrounds
Tampa, Florida

From Saturday, March 24, 2012 –  09:00am
To Sunday, March 25, 2012 – 04:00pm

Florida’s largest prehistoric show!

Fossils & Artifacts
Gems * Minerals * Shells
Exhibits * Workshops
Kids Games * Fossil Mine * Raffles
Door Prizes * Silent Auction

Learn about Florida’s prehistoric past in a FossilFest workshop!
Experienced collectors will teach you how to find, identify, and preserve fossil treasure of your very own!

All workshops are FREE to FossilFest attendees!

Admission Fees> Adults $6.00, Kids 12 and under are FREE!

Show Hours
Saturday – 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Parking Fees are $5.00 per Car or $10.00 per RV or Bus
Visitors enter at the Martin Luther King Boulevard entrance. Entrance gate opens 1 hour prior to the event.
Location : Charles M. Davis Special Events Center West

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2012 Taste of Pinellas

Benefiting All Children’s Hospital -
Johns Hopkins Medicine,
the 2012 Taste of Pinellas
will return to Vinoy Park in
St. Petersburg, Florida May 4 – 6

Friday, May 4 – Dynamic duo Big & Rich with country sensation Joe Nichols.
Saturday, May 5 – Nine time Grammy Award winning artist, Sheryl Crow and the reggae beats of Ziggy Marley.
Sunday, May 6 – The All-American Rejects will perform along with a special acoustic solo performance from Dashboard Confessional.

The event will also feature over 40 restaurants from all throughout the Tampa Bay area, serving tastes of their most popular dishes. A family fun zone, cooking demonstrations, fireworks and other family-friendly activities will also be featured at this year’s event.

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2012 Florida Grapefruit League Baseball Spring Training

Spring will soon be upon us and with its arrival we greet the opening of Florida’s 2012 Grapefruit League Spring Training season starting February 29 and running through April 4, 2012.

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Download a Complete 2012 Schedule of Home and Away Grapefruit Games

This year, 15 training camps are up and swinging throughout Florida:

Atlanta Braves

Champion Stadium
Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex
Kissimmee, FL 34747

Baltimore Orioles

Ed Smith Stadium
2700 12th Street
Sarasota, FL 34237

Boston Red Sox

Jet Blue Park
11581 Daniels Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33913

Detroit Tigers

Joker Marchant Stadium
2125 North Lake Drive
Lakeland, FL 33805

Miami Marlins

Roger Dean Stadium
4751 Main Street
Jupiter, FL 33458

Houston Astros

Osceola County Stadium
631 Heritage Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34744

Minnesota Twins

Hammond Stadium at Lee County Sports Complex
14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway
Ft. Myers, FL 33912

New York Mets

Digital Domain Park
525 N.W. Peacock Boulevard
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

New York Yankees

Steinbrenner Field
1 Steinbrenner Drive
Tampa, FL 33614

Philadelphia Phillies

Bright House Networks Field
601 N. Old Coachman Road
Clearwater, FL 33765

Pittsburgh Pirates

McKechnie Field
17th Avenue West & Ninth Street
Bradenton, FL 34206

St. Louis Cardinals

Roger Dean Stadium
4751 Main Street
Jupiter, FL 33458

Tampa Bay Rays

Charlotte Sports Park
2300 El Jobean
Road Port Charlotte, FL 33948

Toronto Blue Jays

Dunedin Stadium
373 Douglas Avenue
Dunedin, FL 34698

Washington Nationals

Space Coast Stadium
5800 Stadium Parkway
Viera, FL 32940

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2012 Florida State Fair Entertainment Schedule


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