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Donate blood, get in free at Bay Area Renaissance Fest

Posted Feb 27, 2014 by Janine Dorsey

Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 11:39 AM

It’s the second weekend of the annual Bay Area Renaissance Fest and here’s another way to save on admission.

Donate blood with the OneBlood Bloodmobile on-site Saturday, March 1 – Sunday, March 2 or Saturday, March 8 – Sunday, March 9 and receive a free admission ticket.

You can also donate at the Tampa Donor Center, located at 11315 N. 46th St., Tampa daily Saturday, March 1st - Sunday, March 9th from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

All blood donors will receive a free ticket to the 2014 Bay Area Renaissance Festival, a limited edition Renaissance Festival T-shirt and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening.

Visit the OneBlood website for requirements of blood donation. 

Discounts and free tickets cannot be combined with any other offer.

Regular admission at the gate is $19.95 for adults, $15.95 for seniors and $11.95 for children ages 5 - 12. 

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI is located at 11315 North 46th St., Tampa.

Donate food at St. Patrick’s event, score a free tee

Posted Feb 26, 2014 by Janine Dorsey

Updated Feb 26, 2014 at 01:14 PM

You’ll think you have the luck of the Irish when you visit downtown Tampa on Saturday, March 15.

From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. the city of Tampa will once again celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a big, green way with a free street fest and dyeing of the Hillsborough River.

There will be free entertainment, including Irish band Lucid Druids, Tampa Gymnastic and Dance Show Stars, and the Scariff Hardiman School of Irish Dance on the Krewe of Shamrock stage. Food trucks and kids activities, including games, Inflatables, arts and crafts, Lucky Charms Eating contest and Irish Jig contest in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park will round out the day.

The big attraction, however, will be the Hillsborough River getting dyed a vibrant kelly green between Cass Street Bridge and Kennedy Bridge in celebration of the day.

The dye is non-toxic, and biodegradable.

Anyone who brings three non-perishable food items will receive a green “Saint Patrick’s Army” shirt provided by the Salvation Army. All donations will benefit the Salvation Army

Curtis Hixon Park is at 600 N Ashley Dr., Tampa.

For information, visit the city’s website.

Senior health expo features free breakfast, health screenings

Posted Feb 26, 2014 by Janine Dorsey

Updated Feb 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Seniors can have fun while learning about valuable services that cater to their needs at the annual Temple Terrace Senior Expo.

On Friday, March 7 vendors and local organizations will present information on their services and products at the Family Recreation Complex, 6610 Whiteway Dr., Temple Terrace from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The event will also feature musical entertainment, door prizes, bingo and freebies. 

BayCare Health System will provide free blood pressure and glucose screenings and a free continental breakfast will be available beginning at 8 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

The expo is free and open to the public.

Participating agencies and vendors include:
West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging
Elder Justice Center
Lifepath Hospice
AARP Foundation for Senior Employment
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Rocky Creek Retirement Village
Nantucket Bay Senior Apartments
Museum of Science and Industry
and others

Seniors are invited to bring old, unwanted medicines between 9 a.m. and noon for safe disposal at a hazardous waste facility free of charge.

For more information, call (813) 506-6630.

Donate blood, get a free meal from Evos

Posted Feb 25, 2014 by Janine Dorsey

Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 12:41 PM

On Friday, Feb. 28 Evos restaurants ( invites members of the community to “Share Your Power” at their blood drive.

All blood donors will get a free meal coupon from Evos and a OneBlood T-shirt. Donors always get a wellness checkup with blood pressure, temperature, iron count and a cholesterol screening.

Bloodmobiles will be at the following Tampa Bay Evos locations from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. :

10205 Lake Carroll Way, Tampa

2631 4th St. N., St. Petersburg

609 S. Howard Ave., Tampa

Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. For more information, visit or call (800)682-5663. 

Free smoothies for National Strawberry Day

Posted Feb 25, 2014 by Janine Dorsey

Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Xtreme Juice in South Tampa is celebrating National Strawberry Day with free smoothies for customers.

On Thursday, Feb. 27 stop in for a free 8 oz. Strawberry Scream smoothie (strawberry-apple juice, strawberries, fresh banana, nonfat frozen yogurt, strawberry sherbet and ice).

The store is open from 6:45 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on that day.

Xtreme Juice is located at 619 S. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa.

For more information, call (813) 879-6033 or visit their website at