1Bucs Training Camp 2012: The series of free practices continues this weekend at One Buc Place in Tampa, including the best part: the free night practice Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. Well, sort of night practice. The time has been changed to 4 p.m., though it goes until 9 p.m. (Is it dark at 9?) Enjoy $1 hot dogs and sodas — and fireworks — while staking out players for autographs. See buccaneers.com for training camp schedule.
4Exotic Bird Fair in Largo: Like a shopping mall stocked with beautifully plumed birds, the Minnreg building in Largo will be bird central at 9 a.m. Sunday with lots of toys, cages and supplies as well as live entertainment, food and more. Admission is $4, 12 and under free at Minnreg Hall, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo.
2Hands Across the Sand: Beach lovers will join hands in protest of offshore drilling at noon Saturday at more than 170 locations across the country. In the Tampa Bay area, they will be joining hands on the beach next to the Gandy Bridge and also behind the TradeWinds resort on St. Pete Beach. There will be some special activities at the TradeWinds beginning at 11 a.m. at the resort's Guy Harvey Outpost including electric bicycle and JetLev jet pack demonstrations. Environmental groups will also be on hand, including Gulf Restoration Network, Defenders of Wildlife and Sierra Club. TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Free.
3Stop! Drop! And Shuffle! The weekly shuffleboard night at the Mirror Lake club in St. Petersburg will be livened up with shopping and music by Can't Do It, Yo! Kissimmee and Luke Preston. Proceeds benefit families that have lost their homes to the Colorado wildfires. Free admission; $5 shuffleboard. St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. Friday at 7 p.m.
5Screen on the Green: This week is the last of this new summer movie series at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and it's a good one: the charming Puss in Boots. There will be popcorn, candy and various Tampa food trucks on site, and you are encouraged to bring blankets and low-back chairs to enjoy the movie. The park's fountains will be on for children to play in if it gets too hot. It's Friday at 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. The movie starts at dusk.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer