The Westchase Charitable Foundation (WCF) supports families in the Tampa Bay area and beyond who are faced with an unexpected illness or tragedy. Through fundraising events such as golf outings and Christmas parades, it raises money to help ease families’ financial burden and emotional strain. Since its inception in 2004, WCF has hand-delivered more than $110,000 in checks to help cover expenses such as medical bills, rent, and groceries.
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With its plush couch and bookcase stocked with esoteric objects, the stage at Side Splitters Comedy Club might make audiences feel as though they’re watching the evening’s comedian in their own living room, right down to the emcee who keeps announcing what’s about to happen. The homey stage’s brick walls and off-kilter neon sign have played host to numerous local comedians, as well as talents such as Tom Arnold and Gilbert Gottfried.
Mixers sates all senses with its menu of classic bar cuisine, lively libations, and 18 HD television screens. Plates of macho nachos stick their esophageal landings via chili, cheese, and jalapeños ($6.75), and smoking wings let garlic and barbecue sauce do all the squawking ($5.75 for 10). Sample variations of burgers ($6.75+) or traditional philly sandwiches loaded with steak, onions, peppers, provolone ($7), and desires to punch slabs of raw meat. Pair pub-centric specialties of shepherd's pie ($7.75) and irish fish 'n' chips ($9.25) with frosty pints of Stella ($4.75 each) or a glass of house wine ($4.25).
Narcosis Scuba prepares divers of all skill levels for open sea exploration by giving them the education and equipment they need to safely explore the ocean's criminal underworld. An open water certification course outfits submerged swimmers with a designation from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, the world's top training organization for scuba diving. Depending on whether you choose an evening, daytime, or weekend class, the curriculum spans one to two weeks and consists of two to four classroom sessions, two dives in an enclosed pool, and a weekend on the open water. Narcosis provides the heavy-duty equipment for each class, so students can leave their harpoon guns at home. However, students must supply their own mask, snorkel, fins, booties, gloves, and weight belt—all of which can be rented from Narcosis for an extra charge. Once they've completed the course, aquatic adventurers can freely probe the briny deep on their own and play the fishbone xylophone during its many undersea musical numbers.
There’s a no-nonsense intensity to the fitness approach at CrossFit Jaguar's gym—its mission statement declares that “routine is the enemy” and demands you to “release your inner beast.” To achieve these goals, the certified CrossFit trainers unleash their students to tackle various machines and workouts that work to transform health, appearance, and resolve.
No two workouts will ever be the same: in one session, you might find yourself on the tug-of-war ropes, obstacle courses, and the occasional piggyback ride. Olympic sports such as weightlifting and track and field inspire many of the exercises, from barbell squats to sprinting while jumping hurdles. Beginners can master CrossFit basics during small-group Foundations courses, which can teach you more about presses and cleans than a professor of laundry studies.
Along the way, the coaches aim to help you find success in your career and family life as well as in workouts. They often hold nutrition consultations and personal-training sessions to teach strategies for setting goals and managing your time.
Reporters at this bimonthly lifestyle magazine sift through the local dining, art, and social scenes to present the gems to readers on glossy, colorful pages. Each issue carries an expansive dining guide that curates the city's culinary landscape, turning readers on to chic new bistros, hidden gems, and bars that have the most elegant spittoons.