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Mingle with other business professionals

Mingle with other business professionals

Tampa, Florida -- Now's the time to mark the calender if you've been looking for a way to get to know other business professionals in the Westchase area.

The Westchase Area Business Association hosts a Happy Hour the first Monday of every month at World of Beer Westchase and Blend from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

That means the next mix and mingle is June 6. 

This is not a formal event, just an opportunity to meet other  business professionals and get to know businesses in your area.

Festival for Florida's Future heading to fairgrounds

Festival for Florida's Future heading to fairgrounds

Florida State Fairgrounds -- On Saturday, June 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., families from across the state will celebrate what it means to be a working Floridian.  Instead of focusing on creating jobs and addressing high unemployment, Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature proved that they are out of touch with real Floridians, the families living paycheck to paycheck, the retirees surviving on meager state pensions, the unemployed searching for jobs that are not there and students working their way through college.

The Festival will combine activism, education and music while serving as a kick-off for a sustained campaign to organize and mobilize working people from all backgrounds and walks-of-life, to demand meaningful action by the state Legislature and make a difference in the lives of all Floridians. 

At the festival, attendees can participate in workshops to learn how they can fight for Florida.  They can participate in direct actions such as writing letters and recording video messages.  They can also register to vote in the upcoming elections in 2012.

More complaints surface for Texaco Xpress Lubes

More complaints surface for Texaco Xpress Lubes

Tampa, Florida-- They're accused of taking advantage of customers by over charging and doing inaccurate work. Now, more people are stepping forward about Texaco Xpress Lube, which is one of the largest of its kind in the state.

In our first story about the company, we explained why a former employee has filed a federal lawsuit claiming it is cheating customers. Now more people have come forward with more accusations.

Paula Moran, a former customer, says it makes her furious because people are tight on money and Texaco Xpress Lube is ripping people off. Former Employee Ulysses Marshall says it is coming straight from the top.

Seminole Casino's Mega Bad Beat hit in Tampa marks its 20th!

Seminole Casino's Mega Bad Beat hit in Tampa marks its 20th!

Tampa, FL -- The Seminole Casinos Mega Bad Beat Jackpot is back home again.

After visiting the east coast of Florida at sister property, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood on April 30 for $200,158 and May 19 for $228,909, a table of poker players hit for $121,851 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa on May 21.

The bad beat last hit in Tampa on Mar. 23 for $114,396.

Alex M. won $60,922 with his “losing” hand of 10 high straight flush, beaten by Nicholas F., who took home $36,553 with queen high straight flush. The six remaining players at the table won $3,047 each.

Streetcar Charlie's closes in Ybor City

Streetcar Charlie's closes in Ybor City

Tampa, FL -- Streetcar Charlie's Bar and Grille in Ybor City has closed.

The establishment, located at 1811 N. 15th St. closed Sunday evening.

Streetcar Charlie's opened in 2008 but Manny Alvarez, who helped launch the restaurant, says declining business forced the owners to close shop.

Alvarez says he hopes to have an announcement soon as to what may replace Streetcar Charlie's.

Want a deal on some new duds?

Want a deal on some new duds?

Citrus Park -- Have some clothes you don't wear anymore? Looking to get a deal on some sweet new threads?

From now until May 29, bring in your used clothes to any Gap store at Westfield Citrus Park.

They'll give you 30% off your entire purchase and make sure your old threads get to the folks at Goodwill.

Horse riding program hopes to survive budget cuts

Horse riding program hopes to survive budget cuts

Hillsborough County, Florida -- Deni Andretta has been physically disabled for more than three decades.

In 1979, her vehicle collided with a tractor trailer, sending her into a several-month coma.  When she woke up, she could only move her fingers and her eyes.  Since then, she has slowly but miraculously recovered.

And for some of that, she thanks the horses at the Bakas Riding Center in northwest Hillsborough County.  It seems their hooves helped give her back her legs.

"The way the horse moves, it helps me walk.  I don't think I'd be walking today, because I'm very arthritic now, without riding because of the patterning," she said. "It keeps me a lot looser than I would be if I weren't riding."