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Move Over, Beatles: Friendly Kia Owner Stars on Boomer Magazine Cover

John Gilliss Boomerz Magazine Cover New Port Richey FL

When you think of Baby Boomers (born between around 1945 and 1964), it’s natural to associate them with people and events that were big in the 1960s: The Beatles, TV shows like “Laugh-In,” Woodstock.  But Boomers have remained vibrant for several decades because of their cultural relevance, social influence, and their sheer numbers.  It’s hard to ignore their impact, nor do we want to.

Well, Florida is home to a large number of Boomers who like the warm climate and the advantages of living near water.  Friendly Kia is right in the thick of the action in New Port Richey, run by none other than owner John Gilliss, who was featured on the October cover of Boomerz magazine.  The magazine is, unsurprisingly, primarily meant for Baby Boomers, and the feature article on page nine is about Gilliss’ business approach.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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New Port Richey Area Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Events

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Candy may not be the glue that holds our country together, but for a few nights or weeks every year in October it is the reason for the Halloween season.  Whether it’s Laffy Taffy or candied apples; Snickers or Pixy Stix, kids the nation over can’t wait to get their Halloween sugar fix.  Besides the candy, your kids can dress up like a Minion or SpongeBob SquarePants and pick out which bag or pillow they want the trick-or-treat sweets to be dumped in, and that’s always fun, too.

With that thought in mind, we have highlighted some safe, kid-friendly Halloween events for New Port Richey and the surrounding area, both children’s parties and trick-or-treating extravaganzas. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Win Taylor Swift Halloween Concert Tickets at Friendly Kia!

Friendly Kia Car Wash Taylor Swift and Stewie New Port Richey FL

Where in the world can you find Taylor Swift tickets, tons of great cars and someone dressed as Stewie from TV’s “Family Guy”?  We know this question has been on your lips for some time now – what an explosion of fun that would be, right?

Well, the wait is over, as Friendly Kia along with MOR is holding a free car wash event on Saturday, Oct. 17.  The event takes place at Mr. Friendly Auto Spa, which is located at the Friendly Kia dealership lot in New Port Richey, so get ready for both you and your car to have some good, clean fun! Read the rest of this entry >>

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Events in the Tampa Area, Oct. 5-11: Zombies are a Real Thriller

Things to Do in Tampa FL for October

Tampa has no idea what’s about to go down, as events both wild and wacky are popping up all over the area.  During these seven days, you can prep for a group zombie dance, check out robots, or watch comedian Gilbert Gottfried do something bizarre, yet funny on stage.  Better yet, check out zombies taking a bite out of a literary classic.

On second thought, let’s call this list of events ghastly and ghoulish, but in the most fun way possible.

Here’s a list of a dozen things to do in Tampa, Oct. 5-11, 2015.

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Events in Tampa, Sept. 28-Oct. 4: Whimsy, Nostalgia Make a Tasty Treat

Autumn 2015 Tampa Bay FL Area Events

The week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4 in the Tampa area features an interesting mix of community events, whimsy and nostalgia. Usher in the fall season with a fun race around Tampa, take a bite out of your health regimen with The Great American Bacon Race, and see and hear the sounds of the 1960s at two different events.

There’s plenty more to see in addition to those aforementioned events. Read on to see how you can enjoy that bacon as well as a Q&A with a teen movie icon, among other tasty fall treats. Read the rest of this entry >>

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These Tampa-Area Places are a Real Scream

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If you’re one of those people who says “PS, I love you” where PS means “pumpkin spice,” then your favorite time of year is coming.  The autumn brings with it conversations of ghosts, Halloween costumes, candy, and plenty of gourd-themed drinks.  From Starbucks coffees all the way to Tampa’s own Cigar City brewery and its Good Gourd beer, pumpkin-themed drinks are as inevitable as taxes but much better for your mental health.

Do you have a comforting pumpkin spice drink ready?  Good, because you might need it as you take a tour of haunted houses (and other locations) in the Clearwater, Florida area. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Buccaneers Season Preview: It Takes Team to Tango

Tampa Bay Bucs 2015 Preseason Predictions

In the middle of the wreckage (don’t worry, the pirate ship is fine) of last season’s 2-14 record, it was hard to see why we should be too optimistic about the Buccaneers’ future. Sure, the Bucs had a lot of talent, like Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, 2014 rookie stud wide receiver Mike Evans, and star linebacker Lavonte David. But the team went through a variety of running backs, starting quarterback Mike Glennon was benched before the season was even halfway over, and the defense ranked near the bottom in points allowed.

The gift, as it often is for struggling teams in the NFL, came at the end of the season, with the confirmation the Bucs had scored the top pick in the draft. Enter gunslinger Jameis Winston, winner of the 2014 National Championship as well as the 2013 Heisman Trophy, and an elite talent at quarterback. Winston is expected to start at quarterback right away, and he brings an ability the team hasn’t seen at the position in years, since perhaps the playoff teams of Brad Johnson in the 2000s or Doug Williams in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Events in the Tampa Area, Sept. 21-27: Old-Time Rock N’ Roll Rules the Region

Things to do in Tampa Bay Area September 21 to 27

To quote Neil Young, “Rock N’ Roll can never die.” It thrives among bands new and old, from arena-fillers like Foo fighters or U2 to the club-dwellers at local haunts like Crowbar. This week is proof that although it takes a while to get to the top, there’s a lot of musicians who have made it their life’s work to stay up there. Choose from snarling 80s icon Billy Idol, pop powerhouse Janet Jackson, or legends like Delbert McClinton, among others.

Don’t forget to check out a Halloween preview and a superhero-themed event for the family to get your quotient of fun in the Tampa sun. It’s also time to pay our respects to some iconic and accomplished musicians this week.

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Events in the Tampa Area, Sept. 14-20: Building Up Excitement

Things to do in Tampa Bay Area September 2015

The week of Sept. 14-20 in the Tampa area has something for all tastes. Everything is awesome for LEGO-lovers, as they can build to their heart’s delight. And the music slate, featuring Blues Traveler, won’t give you the “Runaround.

Read on to see all the family-friendly, music and stage events that are in the area. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Lightning Stay on Course for Run at Stanley Cup

Tampa Bay Lightning 2015 Offseason

The Lightning may have lost the Stanley Cup Finals to the Chicago Blackhawks this summer, but they have not given up hope. They are poised to rule the rink this fall, with all sticks pointed toward them hoisting Lord Stanley’s cup in 2016.

All great quests need to start somewhere, so let’s get into what’s happened during the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2015 offseason. Superstar center Steven Stamkos returns, as does stud goaltender Ben Bishop and the triplets line of center Tyler Johnson and wingers Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat, so last year’s top-scoring team is ready to blow up the opposition’s nets once again. Read the rest of this entry >>