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Things to do on Wednesday, March 11

Yes, it’s a run-of-the-mill shuttle launch, but you won’t get too many more shots at this, so pay attention.

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Yes, it’s a run-of-the-mill shuttle launch, but you won’t get too many more shots at this, so pay attention.

What to do today

It's a bird, it's a plane! Look to the east tonight and you might catch a glimpse of the Space Shuttle Discovery on its way to the International Space Station. With only eight more scheduled missions before being retired, this could be one of your last chances to see the shuttle in flight. Lift-off is scheduled for 9:20 p.m. and the weather is forecast to be perfect.

Set a high score Delayed due to renovation, the "Video Stuff: Electronic Gaming Through the Years" exhibit at the Dunedin Historical Museum is finally open. A retro show worthy of Ms. Pac Man's favors, "Video Stuff" takes you through the history of video games, from the now 30-year-old legend Pong to the Wii and Xbox 360 you pretend are really for the kids. Best of all, the exhibit includes a game area where children (and adults) can take a crack at the early video machines. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 349 Main St., Dunedin. $2 donation. (727) 736-1176.

Tip-off time Though play doesn't begin until Thursday, you can start cheering for your favorite team in the SEC's men's basketball tournament tonight at the Party Under the Stars. Held outside the St. Pete Times Forum, it's free and open to the public with cheerleaders, school bands and live music starting at 7. The Florida Gators face Arkansas in the first round at 9:45 p.m. Thursday. 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500.

— Adam Newman

Coming up

Friday The Rays have moved their spring training home to Port Charlotte, but if you want to cheer on the defending American League champions without making the drive, head over to Dunedin to root, root, root for the home team as they take on the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m.

This weekend If you're one of the few who are shopping instead of saving these days, check out the Tampa Bay Boat Sale at Tropicana Field. Keep an eye out for some amazing deals, or just enjoy the scenery. It starts at 10 a.m. Friday and runs through Sunday.

— Adam Newman

Things to do on Wednesday, March 11 03/10/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 3:23pm]
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