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5 things to do in April in the Tampa Bay area

1 Time with the polar bears: To the Arctic, the story of a mother polar bear and her two cubs trying to survive on the ice floes of the frozen north, is opening in only four theaters in Florida on April 20 — and one of them is at MOSI's Imax Dome, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa.

The movie lets you dive into the underwater home of beluga whales, Greenland sharks and walruses and fly above a thundering herd of caribou — all as you see the rapid changes that are occurring because of climate change. IMAX adult tickets are $6.75 for members or $8.95 for nonmembers. Discounted tickets for those 60 and up are $6 for members or $7.95 for nonmembers. mosi.org.

2 Walk Off with Longoria Walk-Off: The first 10,000 fans attending the Rays vs. Twins game April 21 get a collectible figurine of Evan Longoria re-creating that magical moment last September when his walk-off homerun sent the Rays into the playoffs. If you can't make it that night to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, the Rays are giving out T-shirts the night before. tampabayrays.com.

3 South Pacific Buffet: The Tony Award-winning musical is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater for three performances — two matinees and an evening performance — in two days, April 6 and 7. You may have seen the movie or the play before, but you can make it "One Enchanted Evening" (or day) by coming to the show a couple hours early for a pre-show buffet. $17 plus show tickets. rutheckerdhall.com.

4 Blues Fest After-Parties: Hey, night owls, if you've never been to a late-night concert after a blues fest, you don't know what you're missing. They are like command performances and there are a bunch planned for the Friday and Saturday nights of the Tampa Bay Blues Festival, which will be held April 13 to 15 at the Vinoy Waterfront Park in downtown St. Petersburg. The after-parties are just up the street at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N. Tickets are $20 and go fast. The shows are:

April 13: 10:30 p.m. the Alexis P. Suter Band; 11:45 p.m. Johnny Rawls; 1 a.m. Delta Groove Harp Blast featuring Mitch Kashmar, Al Blake and Big Pete.

April 14: 10:30 p.m. Albert Castiglia; 11:45 p.m. Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges; 1 a.m. Trampled Under Foot.

tampabaybluesfest.com.

5 Earth Day Tampa Bay: "Go native" — a push to use native plants in the urban landscape — is the theme of the 42nd Earth Day Tampa Bay event, which will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 at the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free. usf.edu/earthday.

Got a suggestion for an upcoming fun and off-beat event for the 50-and-over crowd? If so, drop a note to LifeTimes editor Patti Ewald at [email protected] Please include your contact information.

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