Great deals for the week, weekend!
It really feels like fall is kicking in even though the weather refuses to cooperate. There are more events that are popping up on the weekends -- many of them outside. While we still sweat in the 90-degree heat, it's still fun to get out and about and have some fun. Check out what's in store for later this week:
It's the last weekend of regular season baseball at the Trop as the Tampa Bay Rays try to make it to the postseason. From Thursday to Sunday, the Rays will face off against the Minnesota Twins. Tickets start at $9. On Sunday, after the final home game of the regular season, kids can run the bases. And there are many cool giveaways at the Rays games this weekend. Among them: Shirts Off Our Backs -- in which fans who donate $3 get a chance to win player and coach game-worn jerseys, a Kia Borrego SUV, food items and tickets to a 2009 Rays game. Proceeds go to the Rays Baseball Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This one isn’t really free, but the money goes to a good cause and every card is a guaranteed winner; Sit and Win -- Ticket holders selected at random will win prizes, which include subscriptions to the "St. Petersburg Times", two-night stays at the Hilton and MLB 2K8 video games; and also (for differing numbers of fans each night) Rays key and Evan Longoria poster on Friday; Troy Percival figurine on Saturday; and a James Shields T-shirt for kids on Sunday.
Friday through Sunday, the third annual Fall Pow Wow will be at the J.B. Starkey Ranch, 12959 S.R. 54, Odessa. The American Indian festival will feature drumming, dancing, singing, storytelling, bendors and children's activities. There are free hot dogs and chips from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Gates open at 10 a.m. daily There is a $6 donation per car and $3 for each motorcycle. All drums and tee pees are welcome and camping is available. Bring chairs or blankets, shade, bug spray and water.
Take the kids for a scavenger hunt, hands-on art projects and music during Family Day at the Tampa Museum of Art, 2306 N Howard Ave., Tampa, on Saturday. Inspired by the current exhibition, “It’s Not Easy Being Green,” kids will create art with recycled materials. The event is from 1 to 4 p.m. and it's free.
All year, the Lowry Park Zoo has been celebrating it’s 20th birthday with a price break on the 20th of the month. Finally, the 20th falls on a weekend! Take advantage Saturday with a deal of $20 for two tickets for ages 3 and older, plus $2 specials for rides and food. (Admission is normally (18.95 for adults, $14.50 for kids). The zoo is at 1101 W Sligh Ave. in Tampa, and open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the adventurous who like a little sport with their zoo experience, the sixth annual 5K Zoo Run Run will wind through the zoo and along the Hillsborough River. Children can enter a special "Fun Run" which follows the 5K. Registration for the 5K is $25, and $10 for the Fun Run. For more info, call (813) 935-8552.
Fostering Hope for Florida, a group that works to help foster children, will put on their best eye patches and hooks for Pirates in the Park, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Saturday at Anderson Park, 39699 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs. There will be storytelling, face painting and games at the free event. Food and drinks will also be available. Beads and other pirate booty will be given to kids of all ages.
Searching for more fun in the park? Head on over to the Crime Prevention Run and Family Festival at Campbell Park from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The Pinellas County Urban League is sponsoring the event which features the run, music, games and food. It's free, so head on over to the park, 601 14th St. S, St. Petersburg.
If you'd rather stay indoors, check out the Suncoast Model Railroad Club Show on Saturday and Sunday at the Honeywell Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo. The show and club open house will feature about 100 tables of all scales of model trains and memorabilia plus large scale layouts. Tickets are $5 for adults, $1 for tweens and teens ages 12-17, and free for kids under 12.
Do you really have any excuses now for sitting on the couch the rest of the week? We think not.
-- Sherry Robinson and Sharon Kennedy Wynne
[Times files; Associated Press]