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LOCALICIOUS Week Community Pot-luck/Picnic Kick-off: Tree Climbing, Crafts, Food and More!

The Independent Business Alliance, Keep Saint Petersburg Local, presents LOCALICIOUS, the First Annual Eat LOCAL/Drink LOCAL Week in St. Pete. Savor local flavor all week and beyond as we highlight locally-made food and drink, restaurants, breweries, growers, markets, community gardens and more. LOCALICIOUS Week is presented by Rollin’ Oats. The week kicks off with a family event at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement.


LOCALICIOUS Community Pot-luck/Picnic Kick-off
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Location: Pinellas Pioneer Settlement
Cost: FREE admission and parking. Bring a dish (using local ingredients) to share.
Register/Info: (813) 500-7708; Keep Saint Petersburg Local Website; Keep Saint Peterburg Local Facebook Page (Click on the Events tab.)

What’s Doing?
This is a family-friendly event for the community to kick off LOCALICIOUS Week. Everyone participating is asked to bring a dish(es) made with local ingredients to share with others. Come out and celebrate local flavor! A fun afternoon of activities is planned for the day:
– Community Garden tours
– Live music at the General Store with Gypsy Wind
– Tree Climb with Pathfinder Outdoor Education
– Money-stamping party/kids crafts at the Print Shop (The Southern Letterpress will be there with letterpress keepsakes.)
– FREE Localicious Week “plantable seed coaster souvenir”

Pinellas Pioneer Settlement
2900 31st Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33705



More LOCALICIOUS events will be taking place throughout the week. Here is a brief highlight of what’s coming up:
– Thursday, October 16 (6-10 p.m.): LOCAL MELTDOWN, “A Grilled Cheese/Mac-n-Cheese/Anything Awesome with Cheese Throwdown” at NOVA 535. 12 amateur chefs compete in 3 cheesy categories (grilled cheese/mac-n-cheese/anything awesome you can create with cheese). Your “tasting ticket” will allow you to vote for the best creation in each category (People’s Choice).
– Friday, October 17 (6-10 p.m.): “The Grand Treats & Tunes Trolley Hop” in the Grand Central District. A local “sweet treats” vendor (think cakes, cupcakes, donuts & more) + a local musician pop-up in front of several locations in the Grand Central District. Your wrist-band will allow you to hop aboard the open-air Looper Trolley to travel from stop to stop and it will also get you drink specials.
– Saturday, October 18 (3 p.m.-12 a.m.): LOCAL BUDS: An OctoBEER Farmer’s Market at Green Bench Brewing Co.
– Sunday, October 19 (2-5 p.m.): The Museum of Fine Arts presents an event with artist and chef, Ernesto Piloto-Marquez Piloto-Marquez, (of ART + FOOD + EXPERIMENT + SOCIETY), that aims to help erase the preconceived ideas about what separates the culinary arts and the visual arts.

Visit the Keep St. Petersburg Local website for more information on all of these events.


1. Star Wars Read Day 2014 Events in Tampa Bay
2. Shake Out Cancer at PDQ Restaurants This October & Get FREE Milkshakes
3. Hyde Park Village’s Annual Fall Festival & Craft Beer BREWhaha + Pumpkin Patch

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LOCALICIOUS Week flyer image courtesy of Keep Saint Petersburg Local.

Baycare Outpatient Center Presents … Health-O-Ween 2014

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Monday, October 20, 2014
Location: BayCare Outpatient Center (Westchase)
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 443-2083; BayCare Health-O-Ween Web Page; Register online for Health-O-Ween and FREE Car Seat Inspection.

What’s Doing?
BayCare Outpatient Center in Westchase will host a fun day filled with autumn activities for the entire family. Hillsborough County Schools have a day off, so mark your calendar and join the festivities. Activities for the kids will include:
— Games, prizes and treats
– Kids are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes and have a FREE professional photograph taken at the event.
– Contests and prizes by St. Joe’s Kids Club

Parents will appreciate:
— FREE body mass index screenings
– FREE blood sugar screenings
– FREE complete lipids screenings
– FREE sleep health assessments
– FREE blood pressure readings
– Adult and pediatric flu shots: $25
(NOTE: All screenings are only for adults age 18+.)

BOOster Seat Giveaway and FREE Car Seat Check
FREE BOOster seats are extremely limited and given ONLY to those who pre-register and are provided an appointment. BOOster seats require your child to be present, he/she must be at least 40 pounds AND 5 years old, and your vehicle must have head support. Your child’s weight will be confirmed at time of appointment. Call for an appointment.

FREE Car Seat Inspections
FREE car seat inspections are also limited, and again, you must pre-register. ALL pre-registration appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online.

NOTE: This is a day off of school for Hillsborough County school children.

Health-O-Ween 2014 Flyer

BayCare Outpatient Center (Westchase)
12780 Race Track Road
Tampa, FL 33626

1. 2014 Spooktacular at Veterans Memorial Park
2. HorsePower for Kids 2014 Fall Festival Fundraiser
3. Hyde Park Village’s Annual Fall Festival & Craft Beer BREWhaha + Pumpkin Patch

Super hero kids image courtesy of AKARAKINGDOMS / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Health-O-Ween 2014 Flyer image courtesy of Baycare Health System

Tampa Streetcar Fest 2014

Time: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Location: Ybor City, Channelside & Downtown Tampa
Cost: 25 Cent Rides; FREE music and entertainment
Register/Info: (813) 254-4278; Events in Downtown Tampa Facebook Page

What’s Doing?
Hop aboard Tampa’s Streetcar for the old-timey price of just 25 cents and experience a little bit of Tampa history. FREE live music and entertainment will follow throughout the day and evening:
– 12:15-1 p.m. (Centro Ybor): Philip & Henry – Magic
– 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Centro Ybor): Tribal Style
– 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Centro Ybor): Holey Miss Moley
– 6-8 p.m. (On Board Streetcar): The Applebutter Express

Tampa Streetcar Fest 2014 Flyer

Centro Ybor
1600 East 8th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605

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Tampa Streetcar Fest 2014 Flyer image courtesy of TECO Line Streetcar

Seal Swim School Family Fun Festival & Pumpkin Patch

Time: 4-8 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2013
Location: Seal Swim School
Cost: Purchase tickets for activities, pumpkins, food and raffles; Parking is FREE
Info: (813) 229-7946; Seal Swim School Website

What’s Doing?
Bring your little ghouls and boys in their Halloween costumes for the Family Fun Festival, which will feature a costume parade (around 6 p.m.), as well as fun activities for families.

Even Better! Seal Swim School’s annual Pumpkin Patch will be open through October 31. Pick out your pumpkins, and bring the camera to take pictures of the kids in the patch.

Seal Swim School
19509 North Dale Mabry Highway
Lutz, FL 33549

1. Baby’s First Halloween Event at Babies “R” Us Stores
2. 2014 Fall Festival at The Grove at Wesley Chapel
3. 2014 Halloween Event at the Land O’Lakes Recreation Complex

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Seal Swim School 7th Annual Family Fall Festival flyer image courtesy of Seal Swim School

Brickworld Tampa 2014

Building bricksTime: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.)
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014 & Sunday, October 26, 2014
Location: Florida State Fairgrounds
Cost: General Admission: $10 in advance or $11 day of show, $8/Military Member & First Responder (At the Door Only. Must show ID), and FREE for children age 3 and younger. Pay to park at the Fairgrounds.
Register/Info: For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit the Brickworld Tampa Web Page

What’s Doing?
Cities, zombies, trains, minions, robots and more! Explore hundreds of spectacular creations, play area and vendors.

Bring the entire family for a day of fun, and explore 40,000-square-feet of spectacular creations – all built from LEGO bricks by local LEGO enthusiasts. Enjoy interactive activities such as the LEGO and DUPLO play brick areas, seek and finds, and fighting robots, and buy your favorite LEGO sets, minifigures and LEGO accessories from participating vendors.

Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 US Highway 301 North
Tampa, FL 33610

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Halloween Fun is Coming Up! October Kids Nights at Texas Roadhouse (Wesley Chapel)

Time: 5-8 p.m.
Date: Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2014
Location: Texas Roadhouse (Wesley Chapel)
Cost: The activities are FREE. Purchase food and beverages.
Register/Info: Call the restaurant at (813) 907-8188 for more details.

What’s Doing?
Kids Night in October will be a spooky good time!
– October 7: Celebrate Child Health Day (New Tampa Pediatric Dental)
– October 14: Bounce House (Kangaroo Bouncers)
– October 21: Pumpkin Decorating
– October 28: Halloween Bash – Costume Parade every hour, Broom races, sinister snacks, and more!

Kids Night Flyer

Texas Roadhouse
26409 Silver Maple Parkway
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

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Kids Night Flyer image courtesy of Texas Roadhouse in Wesley Chapel, FL

Scary Face Pancakes are Back at IHOP! Kids Get One FREE on Halloween!

Time: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Date: On the Menu: Now through Friday, October 31, 2014; FREE Scary Face Pancake on October 31, 2014
Location: All participating IHOP restaurants
Cost: Menu price applies except for on Halloween (Oct. 31) when it’s FREE!
Register/Info: Call your favorite IHOP restaurant for more details and to confirm participation; IHOP Website

What’s Doing?
Through October 31, 2014 IHOP menus include the Scary Face Pancake on the kids menu. This special menu item is am original buttermilk pancake decorated with a whipped topping eyes and mouth and strawberry nose. It comes with a decorating kit – two mini OREO® cookies and a handful of candy corn – so that kids can finish decorating the pancake to make their own, unique scary face pancake.

Even Better! Kids age 12 and younger can get a FREE Scary Face Pancake on October 31, 2014 from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. at participating IHOP restaurants. No purchase necessary. Dine-in only. One pancake per child.

Scary Face Pancake at IHOP Flyer

Find an IHOP near you.

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Scary Face Pancake at IHOP Flyer image courtesy of IHOP IP, LLC

Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza Celebrates YOU! Join the Fun During Customer Appreciation Week

Balloons and a bowTime: FRIDAY – Lunch with the Cow: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; SATURDAY – Family 80s Night: 5-7 p.m.
Date: Friday, October 10, 2014
Location: Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza
Cost: The activities are FREE. Food available at regular menu prices.
Register/Info: (813) 286-0534; Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza Website

What’s Doing?
Chick-fil-A appreciation you, and they showing their appreciation with tons of family-friendly fun. All week, guests will be randomly surprised with FREE Chick-fil-A and prizes. Plus!

– Friday, October 10: Stop by and have lunch with Cow between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The first 150 guests will receive a very special goody bag! Plus, there will be contests and fun with the Cow.

– Saturday, October 11: Bring the family for a final Customer Appreciation Week Celebration – Family 80s Night – with old school fun and games for everyone from 5-7 p.m.!

Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza
241-A Westshore Plaza
Tampa, FL 33609


Chick-fil-A, WestShore Plaza also hosts a monthly Mommy & Me Story Time. Bring your child for a story reading and activity. The next event will take place on Thursday, October 16 from 10-11 a.m.


1. Enjoy FREE THRIVE Farmers Coffee (Hot or Iced) at Bay Area Chick-fil-A’s for a Month
2. Halloween Kid’s Night at Qdoba (Brandon, FL Location Only)
3. A Night at the Museum: Family Trick-or-Treat at Tampa Bay History Center

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Mr. Tommy’s Halloween Special Pirate & Princess Party at The Shops at Wiregrass

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Location: The Shops at Wiregrass (Parking Structure)
Cost: The activities are FREE; Registration Fee required to participate in the Costume Contest.
Register/Info: (813) 994-2242; The Shops at Wiregrass Website

What’s Doing?
The Shops at Wiregrass Kids Club will be transformed into a Halloween Extravaganza hosted Mr. Tommy and sponsored by Greg Stepanski, D.D.S., P.A. The celebration will feature live entertainment, cookie decorating, photo booth, pony rides, balloon art, face painting, fun crafts and their first-ever …

Kids’ Halloween Costume Contest
This special Kids Club event will feature Wiregrass’ first Kids’ Halloween Costume Contest sponsored by Dr. William Scheu, DC, New Tampa Chiropractic & Injury Center. Proceeds will benefit The American Cancer Society Making Strides. Early Costume Contest Registration is encouraged, and first place winners will receive a family four-pack to LEGOLAND, Florida.

Registration/Entry Fee:
– Early Registration (due before 9 p.m. on Monday, October 20, 2014): $10
– Regular Registration (any time after 9 p.m. Monday, October 20 through 9 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, 2014): $15
– Day of Event Registration (no later than 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 29, 2014): $20
Click here for complete contest details and to download a Registration Packet.

Mr. Tommy Halloween Special Pirate & Princess Party Flyer

The Shops at Wiregrass
28211 Paseo Drive
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

1. 2014 Spooktacular at Veterans Memorial Park
2. 2014 Fall Festival at The Grove at Wesley Chapel
3. Baby’s First Halloween Event at Babies “R” Us Stores
4. Bring the Little Ones for Playtime in the Pumpkin Patch at Harvester UMC

Mr. Tommy Halloween Special Pirate & Princess Party Flyer image courtesy of The Shops at Wiregrass

Annual Temple Terrace Fire Station Open House & Temple Terrace Reads! Day

Little girls reading booksTime: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Location: Between Temple Terrace Fire Department and Temple Terrace Public Library
Cost: FREE admission and parking; Food available for purchase; Bring gently used books to exchange.
Info: Fire Dept. Open House: (813) 506-6700; Temple Terrace Reads: (813) 987-6903, ext. 228; Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce Website

What’s Doing?
Once again, the Temple Terrace Fire Department will hold its annual Open House in conjunction with the Temple Terrace Reads family literacy festival. This joint annual event will include entertainment, interactive activities, crafts and more:
– The Fire Department will offer interactive exhibits and an opportunity for kids to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter by putting out simulated house fires with water hoses, and learning how to safely escape a smoke-filled room.
– The Literacy Festival will feature literacy booths, kids crafts, musical performances, storytellers, games, face painting, and a book exchange.

Fire Station No. 1
124 Bullard Parkway
Temple Terrace, FL 33617

Temple Terrace Public Library
202 Bullard Parkway
Temple Terrace, FL 33617

1. Touch-a-Truck, Cake Walk & More at St. James UMC Annual Fall Festival
2. Star Wars Read Day 2014 Events in Tampa Bay
3. The Village Presents … Halloween In The Halls 2014

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Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge when I publish each event. However, event hosts can reschedule, change or cancel any event at any time. Consequently, I highly recommend both calling ahead and having a back-up plan.

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