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Monday, Dec 05, 2016

Free and Cheap

A deals blog by Janine Dorsey

Janine Dorsey loves to save money: it doesn’t matter if it’s hers or someone else’s. She rounds up all the best deals and freebies to be found in the Tampa Bay area -  in shopping, dining, entertainment and more – to help you save, too.

Westshore Plaza restaurants offer deals through October

October means free candy for young trick-or-treaters dressed as their favorite characters.

For those who have surpassed the trick-or-treating age, October can still mean free food during Restaurant Month at Westshore Plaza.

From now through Oct. 31 guests can take advantage of meal deals from appetizers to desserts at some of the mall’s most popular restaurants.

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Genealogy: Family Heritage Fest has something for genealogy pros as well as newbies

Wherever your roots grow, the second annual Family Heritage Festival sponsored by the Hillsborough Public Library should have something for both newcomers and experienced family historians.

The featured speakers are local genealogists George Morgan and Drew Smith. Morgan will present “Introduction to U. S. Immigration Passenger Lists,” while Smith will present “DNA 101: The Basics for Beginners” and “DNA 102: Understanding and Using Test Results.”

Florida History and Genealogy Library staff members will present programs on “Tips and Tricks for Ancestry” and “Building Tampa’s Golden Age: The Tumult of the 1880s.” Staff members will also assist patrons in scanning photos, documents and slides.

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Riverview Chamber offers annual Halloween event full of treats, no tricks

RIVERVIEW—Pushing her way through crowds of costume-clad kids hyped up on sugary candy wasn’t Theresa Turner’s definition of fun.

But she had promised her nephews, age 4 and 7, she would take them to the event at Riverview High School called Trick or Treat Street. And she didn’t want to disappoint them.

“It was 2005. I’d moved to Riverview the year before and didn’t know much about Trick or Treat Street,” Turner said. “Honestly, I was kind of dreading it. I’m not a crowd person and wasn’t looking forward to trying to keep up with these two little boys who were bouncing around in my back seat.”

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Dunk a politicial at the Keystone family festival

KEYSTONE — Here’s your chance to drop a politician into a dunk tank.

Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez, Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer and Tampa City Council member Guido Maniscalco have volunteered to perch over a dunk tank as citizens try to hit the target with a ball and send them splashing.

Keystone Family Fun Day, a celebration of the northwest Hillsborough County community’s heritage, will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Keystone Recreation Center, 17928 Gunn Highway, just north of the intersection of Van Dyke Road. Admission is free.

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