Plus, plans for a new St. Pete Yacht Club.
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91° | Afternoon thunderstorms | 45% chance of rain | Sunrise: 7:18 a.m. | Set: 7:26 p.m. | Tides | Old Tampa Bay | High: 11:34 a.m. | Low: 7:40 p.m. | Clearwater Beach | High: 8:20 a.m. + 11 p.m. | Low: 3:59 p.m.

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The field will be used by Tampa Parks & Recreation for flag football programs. | Photo via City of Tampa
Hut, hut, hike. A new generation of Port Tampa high schoolers will soon have a brand-new natural turf field to run drills + play football on at Southwest Port Tampa Park.

The City of Tampa + Children’s Athletic Network and Dance Opportunities just received a $100,000 grant for the project from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The funds come from the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program, according to a release.

The plans entail renovating the current fields into high school football field + youth field, Sherisha Hills, Tampa Parks & Recreation director, said in a release. Once the construction is complete, Port Tampa residents will be able to use the space for other sports, clinics, camps, and community events.

“At the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, we believe everyone deserves a level playing field,” said Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, owner of the Bucs, “We are excited to help provide the Port Tampa area with a field of its own that members of the community can be proud of, with hope that it helps inspire children to reach their potential on the athletic field and in life.”

We’ll continue to keep you updated on a start date for construction.
Friday, June 2
  • Pride Immersive Experience | Friday, June 2-Friday, June 30 | 12-7:30 p.m. | Fairgrounds St. Pete, 2606 Fairfield Ave S., St. Petersburg | $25-$35 | The whimsical playground’s attractions will be immersed in new colors to celebrate Pride Month.
  • “The Terminator” | Friday, June 2 | 10:30 p.m. | Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa | $9 | Watch Arnold Schwarzenegger’s breakthrough 1984 film at the historic theater.
Saturday, June 3
  • GET FIT: Yoga in the Park | Saturday, June 3 | 9-10 a.m. | Crescent Lake Park, 1320 Fifth St. N., St. Petersburg | Free | The Body Electric Yoga Company leads a flow in the scenic lakefront park — register for a free Get Fit Membership.
  • Devon Kennard | Saturday, June 3 | 12-2 p.m. | Oxford Exchange, 420 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa | $0-$20 | The investor, philanthropist, and former Arizona Cardinal shares from his new book, “It All Adds Up.”
  • 2nd Annual Summer Rum & Seafood Festival | Saturday, June 3 | 4-10 p.m. | Tampa Premium Outlets, 2398 Grand Cypress Dr., Lutz | $10-$75 | Sample rum from local and national distilleries, and taste fare from 12 seafood vendors and local Wesley Chapel restaurants.
Sunday, June 4
  • Live Music at The Dalí | Sunday, June 4 | 12-2 p.m. | The Dalí Museum, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg | Free | End your weekend with a performance by the St. Petersburg Saxophone Quartet in the Raymond James Community Room.
  • Kids Market | Sunday, June 4, Sunday, July 2 | 2-6 p.m. | Teaki Tavern, 530 49th St. S., St. Petersburg | Free | This monthly market lets young entrepreneurs sell their goods.
  • Trey Kennedy | Sunday, June 4 | 8 p.m. | Seminole Hard Rock, 5223 Orient Rd., Tampa | $179-$232 | The comic and YouTube star performs on his “Grow Up” tour.
Monday, June 5
  • Canvas Painting for Adults | Monday, June 5 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library, 11211 Countryway Blvd., Tampa | Free | Channel your inner artist during this guided painting class — registration encouraged.
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Tip or Mistake? 5 ways to withdraw investments
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SmartAsset’s no-cost tool makes it easy to find vetted financial advisors who serve your area. | Photo by Dean Mitchell
Whether you’re almost ready to retire or just (wisely) planning ahead, there are five tips that can help optimize savings when withdrawing your investments.

Test your knowledge:
  1. Don’t dive straight into your 401(k) or IRA — you could cost yourself years’ worth of income in retirement savings. Tip or Mistake?
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News Notes
  • Driving on city roads after a hurricane can be difficult or impossible. That’s why the City of Tampa is using drones this year to help monitor hurricane + storm damage in unreachable areas. Read more about the program. (WUSF News)
  • Tampa Height’s YMCA could be replaced with a new “miniature city.” Ellison Development wants the city to rezone 6.2-acres along North Florida Avenue in order to build a mixed-use campus with a luxe hotel, housing, and of course, a new YMCA. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
  • The St. Pete Yacht Club’s longtime Central Avenue home is coming down. The club plans to tear down the 1920s-era building + construct a new facility in the same location. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
  • Want a peek inside St. Pete’s new Galaxy Hotel? The teal and yellow Downtown tower should open this summer + features 92 rooms, a parking garage, and panoramic windows. (St. Pete Catalyst)
Plan Ahead
  • Get those ENOs at the ready. The Hammock Festival returns to the St. Pete Pier Saturday, June 10 from 6-10 p.m. This year’s event features food trucks, live tunes, and beer sampling. Buy tickets online. (I Love the Burg)
  • Are you a newb to financial aid? Southeastern University answers the most commonly asked financial aid questions (think: loans, FAFSA, no interest payment plans, scholarships vs. grants + more) in its “Financial Aid: A Beginner’s Guide.” See the guide — and take advantage of first-come, first-served aid opportunities.*
  • The next time you get hangry while boating, you can order a pizza straight to your charter. Madison Avenue’s Pizza Skiff delivers pies, drinks, chicken tendies, and other snacks to boats from Anclote to Indian Rocks Beach. (That’s So Tampa)
  • Fancy a hookup for Babushka’s Hyde Park? We know how you can get $20 off dinner — with an Offline membership, the social club that gives you money off two local restaurants each month. Hello, caviar bar and handmade potato dumplings. Sign up with code “TBTODAY.”*
🗓️ Bookmark these Juneteenth events, TBAY
The City of Tampa is also hosting a Juneteenth flag raising Friday, June 16 at Old City Hall. | Photo via City of Tampa
Juneteenth, the federal holiday which marks the end of institutional slavery in the US, is closely approaching, TBAY.

This year’s holiday falls on Monday, June 19, but celebrations start as early as this week. Plus, it’s never too early to text the groupchat to put some plans on the calendar.
  • Juneteenth Jam Brunch | Saturday, June 3 | 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Center for Health Equity, 2333 34th St. S., St. Petersburg | Free | Join St. Pete leaders and residents for a community conversation over brunch — make sure to register.
  • R.O.C. the Block | Saturday, June 17 | 3 p.m. | Raymond James Stadium | $10-$200 | The third annual Tampa festival features DJs, a massive kid zone with basketball courts and bouncy houses, and lots of local eats.
  • AfroCAN Fest | Sunday, June 18 | 5-9 p.m. | Perry Harvey Sr. Park, Tampa | $0-$75 | Grab a picnic blanket + pack a cooler to celebrate on the lawn. Or opt for the VIP experience — with a luxe bistro table, chock full of light apps curated by local black chefs, designed by Picnic Ave.
Are you or your organziation hosting a Juneteenth event? Submit your event to our calendar.
The Wrap
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I for one am celebrating peony season with great gusto. And you can too — TBAY’s Posies Flower Truck is selling Alaskan peonies. Preorder and pick up the buttermilk yellow and pale blush stems from the truck now through August.
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