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On your radar: Catch a bowl game at the Trop, celebrate Hanukkah at Hyde Park, check out Vodka Latke or hit some morning markets

Beef O'Brady's Bowl: The game is Tuesday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, but the festivities start early with a free beach bash 3–6 p.m. Sunday to Tuesday behind Tradewinds on St. Pete Beach and a block party at 5 p.m. Monday at Ferg's, across from the stadium. The game between the FIU (Miami) Panthers and the Marshall, W.V., Thundering Herd starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday. $20. (888) 326-7297.

Hanukkah: The Jewish festival of lights begins at sundown Tuesday, and you can celebrate with a menorah lighting, music, acrobatic show and hot latkes at 5:30 p.m. at Straub Park in St. Petersburg. On Wednesday, a giant menorah will be lit at 6 p.m. in Hyde Park Village in Tampa. Both are free.

Vodka Latke: It's the can't-miss party of the year for young Jewish professionals, starting at 8:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. Bring two nonperishable food items and get a free drink, such as a Potato Vodka Latke Martini, at Mangroves Seafood Grille and Bar in Tampa. $25, $36 after Tuesday. (813) 769-2813.

Markets: Yes, the Downtown Saturday Morning Market in St. Petersburg, the Dunedin Green Market and the Ybor City Saturday Market all open at 9 a.m. Christmas Eve.

Date night

A Rockapella Holiday: The hottie kings of contemporary a cappella put their spin on the holidays at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Tampa Theatre in Tampa. $25.50–$35. (813) 274-8982

Seasonal Sparkle: A classy night by the St. Petersburg Opera that includes portions of La Boheme — set on Christmas Eve in Paris — selections from Messiah by the chorus and dancers in excerpts from The Nutcracker. It's 7:30 tonight at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg. $21.50–$64.50. (727) 823-2040

Woody Allen: The famed filmmaker trades his camera for a clarinet to perform with his New Orleans Jazz Band at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ruth Eckerd Hall. There still may be some tickets left: $45–$95. (727) 791-7400.

Kids and family

Tampa boat parade: It's your last chance of the season to see decorated boats motor through Tampa's waterways. Best viewed from Channelside, the SS American Victory (fee), Davis Islands, Harbor Island and the Convention Center at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Free.

Shana Banana: The children's songwriter knows how to say Merry Chriskwanzanukah. Her show touches on how different cultures celebrate December holidays, at 7 p.m. Friday at Carrollwood Cultural Center in Tampa. $7. (813) 269-1310.

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On your radar: Catch a bowl game at the Trop, celebrate Hanukkah at Hyde Park, check out Vodka Latke or hit some morning markets 12/18/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 19, 2011 7:11am]
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