Two complimentary beers during every visit will be offered through August 5 at Busch Garden’s Tampa Bay Garden Gate Café, what was once the Hospitality House.

Hillsborough Feeding Hungry Kids This Summer

Hillsborough County is once again participating in the Summer Food Service Program, which provides free nutritious lunches and afternoon snacks to children at more than 50 sites throughout the county. This year’s program runs through Friday, August 3.

The Summer Food Service Program will provide a balanced meal during summer vacation when school meals are not available. The meals and snacks will be offered at local parks and other convenient locations to children under18. Applications are not required.The Summer Food Service program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered locally by Hillsborough County Aging Services. The department will provide fun and interactive nutrition education to promote healthy eating and lifestyle choices.

The Summer Food Service program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, an equal opportunity provider and employer. 

The following locations will be participating locally:

Boyette Springs Elementary School, 10141 Sedgebrook Dr. in Riverview; United Hearts, 11311 Boyette Rd. in Riverview; Camp Cristina, 9840 Balm Rivreview Rd. in Riverview; Riverview Elementary School, 10809 Hanna Way Dr. in Riverview, Riverview Boys and Girls Club, 6809 Krycul Ave. in Riverview; Kids Doing Business Academy Prep, 6520 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. in Riverview; Symmes Elementary School, 6280 Watson Rd. in Riverview; Brandon Skate Park, 5720 Providence Rd. in Riverview; Summerfield Elementary School, 11990 Big Bend Rd., Riverview; SouthShore Charter Academy, 11667 Big Bend Rd., Apollo Beach; Family Y at Big Bend Rd. in Apollo Beach; Eisenhower Middle School, 7620 Old Big Bend Rd. in Gibsonton, Doby Elementary School, 6720 Covington Garden Dr. in Apollo Beach, East Bay Senior High School, 7710 Old Big Bend Rd. in Gibsonton; Apollo Beach Rec Center, 664 Golf and Sea Blvd. in Apollo Beach.

For more information, email or call 276-8625.

Plan Now Being Made For Flight To Honor Mission #5

Flight to Honor announced plans for Mission #5 to be conducted during the April 2019 Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in. The Mission will depart from and return to Lakeland Linder International Airport for the one day visit to Washington DC. The purpose of the program is to safely transport veterans to Washington DC to visit the memorials erected in their honor for their service to our country; provide an opportunity for the community to express their appreciation for their service; and reinforce the importance of service above self.

All veterans are eligible to apply for the mission provided they have not been on a previous Flight to Honor or Honor Flight Mission. Guardians wishing to accompany veterans are also encouraged to apply. Applications for both can be downloaded at Finalizing plans for Mission #5 will depend on the number of Veterans and Guardians who apply. Applications are being accepted now.

Donations toward the cost of the mission are also being accepted. Tax deductible contributions can be made to: GiveWell Community Foundation Flight to Honor 1501 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33803.

Beer Is Back At Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is going back to its roots with the return of free beer all summer long, and the introduction of a new Busch Gardens Brew Club program. From complimentary seasonal offerings to brand new featured programs, guests age 21 and older can toast to new adventures each time they visit the park.

Through Sunday, August 5, guests can get a taste of the park’s beer garden history when they visit the former Hospitality House, now called the Garden Gate Café, to receive two complimentary beers during every visit to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Every two weeks, new featured beer brands will be highlighted.

Guest favorites will be on rotation throughout the summer, including Bud Light, Founders All Day IPA, M.I.A 305, Miller Light, Shock Top and Yuengling. Guests can return to the park each day through August 5 to enjoy two complimentary 7-ounce beers, included in their park admission.

Tapping into the growing Tampa beer culture, guests can sign up to join the Busch Gardens Brew Club, an all-new beer stein program featuring memberships that include a reserved Stein on display at the park, and 5 dollar refills from more than 20 on-tap brews all year-long.

Beer appreciation reaches new heights with the Busch Gardens all-new Bier Fest event, bringing more than 200 years of Oktoberfest and Tampa Bay’s hottest beer culture to life each weekend from Saturday, August 25 to Sunday, September 16. The festival selection features 100 brews from local and global breweries along with traditional German cuisine and festive music. Guests can join in the celebration of Bier Fest with regular theme park admission.

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Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.