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Five things for your radar: Celebrate Aretha's 69th, meet some Indy drivers, watch overhead for screaming fighter jets, have a Blast with Poco and Travolta and our big deal

The Queen of Soul is going to be throwing herself a 69th birthday bash in New York City at a luxury hotel. So she probably won't get to drop by a planned birthday tribute in downtown St. Petersburg. Jayne Trinette celebrates the legendary diva with soul, R&B and gospel hits. Put on your dancing shoes and party hat and come wish Aretha a happy birthday. It's at 6 p.m. at American Stage Theatre Company.

There are several meet-and-greet opportunities with Indy drivers who are in town for the Honda Grand Prix. Team Penske's Will Power, the defending champ, will be at a Verizon Wireless store with Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe at 6:30. And Graham Rahal will be at the Tire Kingdom on Belcher Road in Largo at 6 p.m.

Speaking of the Grand Prix, you might want to be aware that there will be military flyovers as part of the event's air shows. In past years, this has been a fighter jet that's come screaming across the bay and over downtown St. Petersburg. It's kind of a shock and awe sight to see, so if you hear it, run outside for a quick look. Here's the schedule.

It's still a youngish street festival, but Clearwater's Blast Friday is starting to gain some traction with entertainment (Poco is scheduled for this installment) and special events (a Grease Singalong showing at the Capitol Theatre.) The action starts at 5:30.

Today's big deal is perfect for a family outing: Get $10 worth of pool time for $5 at Park Place Billiards.

Five things for your radar: Celebrate Aretha's 69th, meet some Indy drivers, watch overhead for screaming fighter jets, have a Blast with Poco and Travolta and our big deal 03/24/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 25, 2011 8:31am]

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