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5 cool things to do in June

1 Shake your booty. More than 25 years ago, Carol Macik of Tierra Verde was working in a Detroit law office when a co-worker inadvertently moved a chair Carol was about to sit on. The result? Two compressed vertebrae that eventually put an end to Carol's sedentary career but opened the door to another: dance instructor. You can join the now 83-year-old on Mondays and Thursdays in Pass-a-Grille for a few fun-filled hours of stretching and dancing at the Warren Webster Community Center, 1500 Pass-a-Grille Way. Both days, Carol has a Body Overhaul class (stretching) from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and Line Dancing from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. On Mondays, a Show Biz class is offered from noon to 1 p.m., and on Thursdays, it's Hawaiian Dance. Take one or take all. (Psst . . . hey, men, you might want to go. You could be the most popular — read: only — guy in the class. "Once in a while, we get a man but we can't seem to hang onto them," Macik said.) $6 per class. Details at

2 Do the Dalí. Influenced by Freud, Salvador Dalí mined his subconscious to create highly autobiographical works. Now you can let his paintings and writings inspire you to write down the stories of your life. The art-inspired Persistence of Memory Memoir Writing Workshop offered by the Dalí Museum is led by Margo Hammond, former Times book editor and founder of the Creative Late Bloomer blog. The class features a hands-on writing session, professional critiques and publishing tips. To get you in the mood, here's a trivia question for all you Dalí-philes: Which painting did Dalí say depicts Freud's take on dreams? (Answer across this page.)

Where: The Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg

When: June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

How much: $65 ($55 for museum members). Preregistration required at or by calling Bethany Mead at (727) 623-4730. (Pssst … if June 21 is a bad day, you can catch the workshop the third Thursday of each month.)

3 Catch the red-hot Rays — and a, gulp, surprise. He's being called — in all sorts of circles online — creepy. But, if you can get past the idea of a teddy bear with the plastic face of an 80-year-old man, you might think he's kind of cute. The Zim Bear, fashioned in tribute to the Tampa Bay Rays' special assistant, Don Zimmer, will be given to the first 10,000 fans June 29 when the Rays take on the Detroit Tigers at 7:10 p.m. The fuzzy Zim might never be worth a lot of money (10,000 is a lot of bears) or a comfort to your 2-year-old (coach Joe Maddon already said there will never be one in his 2-year-old's crib) but Zim Bear will always be a conversation piece.

4 See fireworks. You don't have to wait 'til the Fourth of July to see fireworks — they'll light up the sky over Busch Gardens starting June 9 (and every night after until Aug. 12). The aerial displays will be set to popular music.

Tip: The fireworks can be seen from all over the park but the best views are from Gwazi Park, where the Kinetix show starts at 9 p.m.

5 Expand your mind for free. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USF will present a free lecture on New Media Art: The Mediated Body on June 29. You can find out how "embodied art" explores the intersections of body, performance and new media art. And it's not your mother's lecture; it's interactive — with video, dance and other interdisciplinary works. Interdisciplinary artist Stacey Stormes uses her body in her work, viewing her skin as both a protective material and a point of vulnerability. It's at the USF Tampa campus, Westside Conference Center. Preregistration is required. For more information, visit, call (813) 974-5166 or email

Also, registration for summer classes opens today. See the website for a list of cool summer classes.

Dalí trivia answer: Salvador Dalí said his 1944 Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate One Minute Before Awakening was intended "to express for the first time in images Freud's discovery of the typical dream with a lengthy narrative, the consequence of the instantaneousness of a chance event which causes the sleeper to wake up."

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