Friday, February 23, 2018
Features and More

Plan your weekend

Plan your weekend

Pop stars

93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball Brace yourself for the screeching: The lineup for this year's affair is Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Sean Kingston, OneRepublic, Ed Sheeran, Walk the Moon, Zedd and Matthew Koma. The show starts at 6 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $29-$159. As a bonus, Austin Mahone, Bridgit Mendler and The Ready Set will perform a free show outside the Forum at 3 p.m. For details on the event, see jingleballtampa.com.

Oppan Tampa style!

Psy The pop sensation will perform Saturday at Jingle All the Way, a free, radio-sponsored event at University Mall in Tampa. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Psy will perform about 4:30 p.m. 93.3-FLZ will be there all day, giving away Jingle Ball tickets every 15 minutes.

Take the kids

Snow There's real snow for Florida kids to play in this week — well, as real as the snow machines can make it. On Friday is the Miracle on Cleveland Street with snow available for angel-making starting at 5:30 p.m. on the 400 Block of Cleveland Street in Clearwater. In Oldsmar starting at 6 p.m. Friday is the Christmas Wonderland family event with a giant snow slope, inflatables, pictures with Santa, holiday songs and more at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W.

Make it ugly

Tacky Sweater Pub Crawl Don your worst apparel Saturday for a Tacky Sweater Pub Crawl with food and drink specials, drawings and a tackiest sweater contest, starting at Catch Twenty Three. . Other stops include the Remedy, Zen Bistro, Maloney's, World of Beer and the Blend. Benefits Ronald McDonald House charities. $20 advance, $25 at the door. Catch Twenty Three, 10103 Montague St, Tampa. (813) 258-6430, ext. 5. 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Cars

Tampa Bay International Auto Show The annual show will be spinning some new wheels of hundreds of high-end sports cars and trucks, crossovers, alternative-fuel vehicles and ride and drive sessions. Representatives from automotive manufacturers will be available to answer questions. $9, $5 seniors/military/ages 7-12, 6 and younger free. Noon Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. (323) 216-7557.

Eat at Joe's

Thanksmas fundraiser On Friday, a fundraiser for Joe Maddon's annual Thanksmas holiday dinner for the needy includes the same food the Rays manager makes for homeless shelters: A Polish and Italian theme that usually includes spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, pierogies, salad and cake, all served by Rays players, coaches, and maybe even Joe himself. 5 p.m. Friday. Free, but tips benefit meals to be served in Hillsborough and Pinellas. 717 South, 717 S Howard Ave., Tampa. joesthanksmas.com.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]

Comments
Top things to do on Friday, Feb. 23

Top things to do on Friday, Feb. 23

Blast Friday: The Romantics: The family-friendly food and craft vendor festival featuring a free live concert and a beer garden. 5:30 p.m., 400 Block of Cleveland Street, Osceola Avenue and Cleveland Street, Clearwater. Free. (727) 464-7200. Pasco C...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
The Florida Orchestra taps composer Michael Ippolito to capture the state’s sound

The Florida Orchestra taps composer Michael Ippolito to capture the state’s sound

ST. PETERSBURG — The composer sat in semi-darkness, his hand drifting like a slow pendulum at his side. On the Mahaffey Theater stage, the violins led a creaking and mysterious journey through a cypress swamp, the inspiration for the first movement.T...
Published: 02/23/18
A look at new ships and trends in cruising for 2018

A look at new ships and trends in cruising for 2018

What’s new in cruising for 2018? As usual, there’s lots of razzle-dazzle — laser tag, water slides, zip lines and massive LED screens — along with a continued emphasis on healthy lifestyle options, from dining to fitness. But there are also changes u...
Published: 02/23/18
New play focuses on the dangers of seniors falling

New play focuses on the dangers of seniors falling

CLEARWATER — The actor is playing out a common moment. She is an elderly woman, one who cherishes simple possessions — her cat, a favorite rug, her own home. She loses her balance while leaning over. She tumbles to the ground. The stage fades to blac...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Clearwater police chief forms special unit for repeat offenders

Clearwater police chief forms special unit for repeat offenders

CLEARWATER — Police Chief Dan Slaughter started this month a new unit to target repeat offenders and nuisance properties.The Special Enforcement Unit consists of six police officers and a sergeant from within the department to focus on the small grou...
Published: 02/22/18
Jolley Trolley offers free rides to Clearwater Beach

Jolley Trolley offers free rides to Clearwater Beach

CLEARWATER — Spring break kicked off this week with a program offering free rides on the Jolley Trolley between downtown and Clearwater Beach until April 29.The Park N Ride service will pick up riders at two lots downtown every 15 minutes and drop th...
Published: 02/22/18
Ruth Eckerd Hall asks Clearwater for $3 million toward renovations

Ruth Eckerd Hall asks Clearwater for $3 million toward renovations

CLEARWATER — Ruth Eckerd Hall is requesting a $3 million grant from the city to help complete the $21 million renovation of its facility on McMullen Booth Road.The Expanding the Experience project began in 2015 with a renovation of the Murray Theatre...
Published: 02/22/18
This week food fests celebrate collard greens and Jewish foods

This week food fests celebrate collard greens and Jewish foods

FIELD OF GREEN: COLLARD FEST On Saturday you can devote your whole day to the beauty of collard greens. Well, that’s the jumping off point. Collards are the "central ingredient" at the Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival at St. Petersburg’...
Published: 02/21/18
Updated: 02/22/18
As spring approaches, parties, food festivals bloom at Florida’s theme parks

As spring approaches, parties, food festivals bloom at Florida’s theme parks

Can you feel it? The air is gradually thickening with humidity and the layers of clothes are getting thinner. Spring has almost sprung and with it brings a bumper crop of festivals in Florida’s theme parks full of food, wine, concerts and parades. Th...
Published: 02/21/18
An original clarinet and bassoon composition highlights Tampa Bay Symphony concert

An original clarinet and bassoon composition highlights Tampa Bay Symphony concert

ST. PETERSBURG — After the National Anthem and some introductory remarks by the maestro, a teacher from Chattanooga, Tenn., addressed a crowd at the Palladium Tuesday about the short work they were about to hear from the Tampa Bay Symphony."This piec...
Published: 02/21/18