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George Takei to visit St. Pete/Clearwater Oct 4th

By: @jenvargas

“Oh myyy…” Set all St. Pete/Clearwater phasers to FABULOUS!! An Evening with George Takei is coming to town on October 4th, 2014!

Of all the hats he’s worn in life (and the many he currently wears) George Takei clearly wears all with a deep honor, dignity and shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. As an actor, activist, Survivor, author, social media enthusiast, Grammy nominee, blogger, husband and Board Member, it is definitely Okay To Be Takei!

Most know Mr. Takei from his breakout role as Lieutenant Sulu on the original Star Trek series and their subsequent motion pictures. His film and television credits may date back to the 1950’s but he’s just as – if not more – relevant today. He will also grace the broadway stage soon portraying Vetertan and WWII war hero Sam Kimura in the musical “Allegience” by Composer Jay Kuo, and he also stars in Matt Zarley’s upcoming musical film called “Hopeful Romantic,” debuting on February 10th, 2015.

We are BIG fans here at Central Florida Top 5! We love following Mr. Takei on Twitter, Tumblr and most recognizably on his award-winning Facebook page, where he makes it rain with clever puns and crazy memes. NEVER a dull moment there.

On a personal note, I hope to get the opportunity to meet and chat with Mr. Takei next month. In 2013, I was honored to have been included on TechRepublic’s 10 Tech Heroes of 2013 alongside Mr. Takei. Also, individually, we have been recognized by the Shorty Awards, as well as have explored using Google Glass. If we do meet, all of you will know first! Keep an eye peeled to our Facebook and Twitter pages…


 Star Trek’s George Takei Hosts VSPC Film Commission Q&AOct. 4 Event at Sullivan Studios Gives Locals, Visitors Rare Chance to Mingle with Star
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The St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commission is proud to announce a first-ever partnership with actor, producer, radio host and social media sensation George Takei. An Evening with George Takei, which will take place from 7-10 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Sullivan Studios, will offer locals and visitors alike the chance to hear from the star in an intimate setting.

The event coincides with Takei’s visit to St. Pete/Clearwater to produce experiential and promotional videos for the Film Commission. Takei, who is best known for his portrayal of Lieutenant Sulu in Star Trek, has grown into a digital media star, too, with more than 10 million followers and fans.

“George Takei is a bonafide star, and his brand is a perfect fit for a hip, fun destination like ours,” said St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commissioner Tony Armer. “We want the digital space to be a big part of what we do moving forward, so this partnership makes a lot of sense.”

According to VSPC Interim Director David Downing, this celebrity appearance is the first of many initiatives designed to enhance both the Film Commission’s profile while contributing to the overall marketing mission of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.

“Just like the stars from Dolphin Tale in the video we released last week, our intention is that some of his star power rubs off on the destination,” said Downing. “His appeal is undeniable.”

The event is open to the public and $25 tickets can be purchased here.

Clearwater Florida Top Five Family Fun Opportunities

Family Fun Opportunities in Clearwater, Florida! 

Clearwater is located in Pinellas County, along Florida’s western coast.  Often overshadowed by its popular neighbors,Tampa and St. Petersburg, visitors tend skip this charming city.  However,Clearwater is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to Florida tourism.  Situated between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, the charms of Clear water should not be overlooked.

Is your family planning a vacation to Clearwater?  If so, you are in for a treat!  While you’re there, make sure you check out these top five family fun destinations!

Sunsets at Pier 60

Head out to Pier 60 Park on Clearwater Beach any evening for a free family event.  Weather permitting, winter festivities will start about 4pm and continue until about 8pm.  Expect to find local artisans, crafters, street performers, and musical entertainment.

Come out on Friday or Saturday for a free film screening.  Check the website for additional information including an upcoming film schedule.  The recreational area of the beach has several public playgrounds, volleyball courts, tennis courts and more.  Plus, the bait and tackle shop at the pier will provide everything you need for a bit of fishing.  Stop by and cast your line at the famed fishing spot.

Encounters with Dolphins

Sign up for a sightseeing tour with trained guides who can point out Florida’s abundant wildlife.  See dolphins and other sea creatures in their natural habitat.  This hour and a half excursion on a 40-foot boat will delight everyone in your group.

As part of the tour, you’ll stop at a deserted island to collect shells or take a dip in the crystal clear water.  While you’re docked, you might want to use the snorkel gear on board – it’s free!

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is the home of Winter, the star of the blockbuster movie Dolphin Tale.  Come visit the aquarium and you’ll see turtles, sharks, otters, sting rays, local fish, coral reefs, mangroves, and of course – dolphins!

Each Saturday, the Aquarium leads a 2-hour guided kayak tour.  The group leaves at 10am and will visit the finger islands, identifying wildlife and coastal ecosystems.  Don’t worry about bringing your own gear; CMA will provide everything you need.  Check the website for more information.

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

Pirates and sea adventures dominate the lives of many youngsters.  Why not embrace those fantasies on a real pirate ship?!

Come away with Captain Memo to the less traveled road of briny buccaneers and seafaring seadogs.  Guests will soon be caught up in the excitement of treasure hunts, face painting, water gun games, pirate stories and dancing. Go to the Captain’s website for more information and an online coupon!

Congo River Adventure Golf

Want to take the excitement away from the sand and surf?  Try a round of mini golf.  A visit to Congo River Adventure Golf will be an experience you’ll not soon forget!  Play challenging miniature golf as you explore giant waterfalls, rocky summits, mysterious caves, and tropical rainforests.  Click here for more information including hours of operation, driving directions, and more.

Enjoy your time in Clearwater.  The charming city is sure to please everyone in your family!

Guest author Jarrod Wright is a long-time Clearwater resident.  As owner of his own marketing and design firm, Jarrod spends a lot of time at the office.  However, he also makes a point to get out and spend time with the family.  When Jarrod isn’t playing mini golf or inspecting Winter’s tale fin, he is dealing with internet marketing and graphic design projects.  Find him at Subtle Network Design & Marketing, 1001 S. Myrtle Ave. Suite 1, Clearwater FL 33756. 727-446-5851 http://www.subtlenetwork.com.  Contact him on Twitter if you want to talk about design, SEO or pirate cruises! You can also contact SEO Kotton for SEO from Miami.