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Mersey Beatles Heading To Largo

  • 4:39 am Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Okay, I’ll admit this much – talking with Steven Howard of the Mersey Beatles with that Liverpool accent was just way too much fun. In the back of my mind I was flashing back to Paul McCartney at Amalie Arena and a whole lot of singing along. And I apologize to those of watching on Facebook live who had to endure that. But I digress. Take a step back to those cooler times when all you wanted was to meet “the cute one” or try on one of Sgt. Pepper’s costumes.  The Mersey Beatles, the only Liverpool born and [More]

Denali’s Story

  • 4:10 am Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Denali’s story is not an easy one to hear or to actually see. It’s beyond my comprehension how someone could allegedly set two dogs on fire in a house and just leave them there. But that’s not how Denali’s story ends thanks to the Suncoast Animal League.

The first post I saw on social media from Executive Director Rick Chaboudy carried a warning on how graphic the pictures of Denali were and I hope to never see animal abuse like this again.  We all cried when we saw them and prayed that the wonderful folks like Dr. Lee at [More]

A 20 Year Ann-Venture With TSO

  • 4:45 am Thursday, September 13th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

The numbers are impressive for Trans-Siberian Orchestra – 20 years, over 2,000 shows and more that $15 million dollars donated to charity. It’s always a pleasure to have TSO back for the holidays and to talk with original member Al Pitrelli. who handles double-duty as musical director and plays guitar. When TSO takes the stage on December 16th at Amalie Arena it will be for two shows; the first at 3 pm, the second at 7 pm. The group donates $1-$2 from every ticket sold for those two shows to charity.

This season TSO will head out on the road [More]

Irma Memories, Active Tropics

  • 4:45 pm Saturday, September 8th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

Like so many of you there’s one emotion I can’t shake from Hurricane Irma. Fear. From the time we first started watching the storm to the minute I walked out of the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center it was always there. Would I have a home to come back to, would my friends be safe and what would it be like walking out the doors of the EOC when it was safe enough to leave.

I blogged live from the EOC starting at 10 am Saturday, September 9th at 10 with my final entry posted Monday, September 11th at 4 [More]

Let’s Go Robotic

  • 5:00 am Monday, August 27th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

This was a happy coincidence kind of Ann-Venture. I was headed down to Hyde Park for brunch Sunday and stopped in at the Publix on Gandy. When I was leaving I ran into a great bunch of students from Plant High School in South Tampa that are trying to raise enough money to get to special event for Team 7203 KNO3 – that’s what they call their team from Plant High School Robotics. Thanks to Coach Sue Brown for a little background on the team; “Our name, KNO3, stands for “potassium nitrate” a chemical compound found in fertilizers, tree stump [More]

National Dog Day? It’s Everyday!

  • 4:58 am Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 by Ann Kelly

But if you want to get technical, it’s this Sunday. So in honor of National Dog Day, take a moment to check in with some of my favorites for their special weekend events.

At the Suncoast Animal League, it’s a clean sweep on Saturday with a Doggie Wash at Fairway Pizza and Sports Page Pub. Bring your dirty doggie over between 11 am and 2 pm with pricing according to your pet’s size. Great time also to ask about volunteer and foster opportunities. Looking for a new furever friend? How about Daisy? Meet Daisy. Terrier/lab mix Daisy has spent the past two [More]

It’s Simply Wonderful!

  • 4:48 am Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 by Ann Kelly

When I bought my house some years ago I knew it needed updates. Like that guest bathroom stuck in the 70’s with an avocado green bathtub and sink, fixtures that were just plain sad and don’t even get me started on the curling linoleum and fluorescent lighting. Ugly and in need of a more than serious update – it needed a full remodel. Enter the wonderful Larissa Hicks from S & W Kitchens and a crew that brought new life to an old bathroom. It’s the best room in the house now. What made me choose S & W? I [More]

Here They Grow!

  • 6:28 am Friday, August 10th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

My friends at the Suncoast Animal League have been enjoying great success with the Suncoast Animal League Thrift Shop on Alternate 19 in Palm Harbor, just around the corner from the shelter. That means they could use a little help  from their friends in the form of volunteers at the shop. It’s a fantastic place to find bargains, cute handmade items for your pets and if you’re very lucky the place to meet one of the shelter pets getting socialized. Yes, that means you get to cuddle and pet them! Just click on that link for all you [More]

Lazy Sunday Mornings

  • 2:55 pm Sunday, August 5th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

What is a warm, sunny Sunday morning meant for? A quiet walk among on the boardwalk of Brooker Creek Preserve where the loudest noise might be the croak of a frog, the cry of a hawk and if you’re lucky the grunt of a gator. But this Sunday morning was literally all about the trees reflecting on the water and sun spilling through those trees. It’s one of my favorite ways to start my day and always makes for a peaceful Ann-Venture. Enjoy.

And by the way if there’s somewhere you’d like to suggest I take a Sunday morning Ann-Venture [More]

A Book For The Birds

  • 5:42 am Monday, July 30th, 2018 by Ann Kelly

For all the Ann-Ventures I’ve been on I still need to work on my bird identifying skills. I love being outdoors but I’d love it even more if I knew the names of all the beautiful fine feathered friends I’ve taking pictures of. But once again National Geographic for Kids has come up with a book that I’m keeping a copy of in my car – Bird Guide of North American from Jonathan Alderfer. He’s the expert having spent ten years as National Geographic’s resident birding expert at their headquarters in Washington, D.C., along with writing. editing and illustrating more than [More]

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