TAMPA BAY, Fla. - If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend (June 1-3), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area. When: 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Where: Central Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Street, Downtown St. PeteCost: FreeInfo: On the first Friday of every month, the heart of downtown becomes St. Pete’s biggest block party. First Friday St. Pete is a showcase for the great bands, great drinks, and great food that makes St. Pete one of Florida’s most exciting cities. The party starts at 5:30pm and goes until 10. Your admission is free, the music is live, and vendors and restaurants offer a wide variety of food and drink.Story: Celebrate National Donut Day at Bubble Bar in Lakeland Riverview First Friday Food Truck Festival When: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Where: Summerfield Crossings Golf Club at 13050 Summerfield Boulevard, RiverviewCost: FreeInfo: Join the fun for the First Friday Food Truck Rally in Riverview! This free event … [Read more...] about What’s happening in Tampa Bay this weekend?
Thousands of Verizon outages are being reported across the Tampa Bay area.The entire area appears to be affected by the outage, with reports coming from Tampa, St. Pete, Lakeland and beyond.Mobile internet, mobile phone and landline internet services have all been reported.The company has not commented on the outage at this time. … [Read more...] about Widespread Verizon issues reported in Tampa Bay area
TAMPA, Fla. — Busch Gardens Tampa Bay shared an adorable video that's going viral of a gorilla mimicking his trainer."Take a look at this progression of enrichment moments with Bolingo and animal care specialist, Rachel," Busch Gardens Tampa Bay wrote. "This type of training enables us to build trusting and positive relationships with the animals that call Busch Gardens Tampa Bay home in order to provide them with the most mentally and physically stimulating environment possible."Rachel Hale, 28, is an Animal Care Specialist at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay that works specifically with primates including gorillas and chimpanzees.Hale says that she loves working with Bolingo because of his personality."He is often times goofy, energetic and intelligent and because of this, my goal each and every day is to find new ways to keep him engaged. He’s picky about what interests him, so the session that you are seeing in the video is me having to think outside the box for new ideas! … [Read more...] about Viral video shows gorilla mimicking his trainer at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays finally pulled out a close game to win for the first time since their opener. And they were more than a little relieved to stop the slide."You probably can't overstate it," manager Kevin Cash said.Mallex Smith matched a career-high with four hits, Alex Colome worked out of a jam in the ninth inning and the Rays stopped an eight-game losing streak by hanging on to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 on a snowy and soggy Monday.A bullpen that blew late leads in two of the three games at Boston last weekend got the job done after a shaky start by Chris Archer (1-0). Colome escaped a second-and-third jam in the ninth by getting three straight groundouts, retiring Leury Garcia on a game-ending bouncer to first.Tampa Bay had not won since beating the Red Sox on March 29.Chicago lost for the sixth time in seven games and fell to 0-4 at Guaranteed Rate Field, matching its worst home start since 1987.Smith had an RBI triple in the fourth, then singled and … [Read more...] about Mallex Smith ties career high with 4 hits, Tampa Bay Rays beat Chicago White Sox 5-4
A YMCA program helping those with Parkinson's disease is expanding in the Tampa Bay area.Pedaling for Parkinson's is now at 4 Tampa Bay YMCA locations. A national study found indoor cycling can decrease the symptoms of the disease by nearly 35%. The Tampa YMCA first started Pedaling for Parkinson's back in 2016 and members say they're seeing a difference. "Whenever you come here, you could be down. You have to push yourself to keep moving but when you finish, you're on a high. It's been wonderful," says Judy Smith. The one-hour indoor class is free with a Y membership. But, if you're not a member it's free for the first 8 weeks. To participate, you have been 30-75 years old and be diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson's disease. Classes are currently held and the times listed below. For more information, click here. North Brandon Family YMCA Mondays and Fridays at 10:30amNew Tampa Family YMCA : Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30amBob Sierra North Tampa … [Read more...] about Pedaling for Parkinson’s expands in Tampa Bay