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5 Things to do in May

1 Smokin' exhibit

Wooden cigar boxes take center stage at the third annual Repurposed DooDad Art & Sculpture Exhibit that opens May 5 and runs through the end of the month at the Tampa History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa. Hundreds of Hillsborough County elementary, middle and high school students created art pieces using (according to the rules) up to 20 of the cigar boxes. The works will be judged May 9, with a special award given to the sculpture that best illustrates the Tampa cigar industry. Details: doodadoftampa.org.

2 Diggin' the Arts

The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation's third annual art event, melding the arts and flora, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Visitors can watch artists, who will compete for prizes, painting along the paths of the gardens or check out the vendors selling food, orchids, jewelry, nature-themed art and more.

4 Taste of Pinellas

Back at a new venue after a two-year hiatus, the storied annual food and music festival will be May 9-10 at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg. Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Loverboy, KC and the Sunshine Band and the Blues Brothers — Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi themselves — will headline the event. There will be food from local restaurants, fireworks, a family zone and more. Tickets are $22.50 in advance, $25 at the gate and $75 for VIP. Details and tickets: tasteofpinellas.com.

5 Dine with the fishes

There will be food from 25 local restaurants and more than 150 wines for guests to try while strolling among sea creatures from around the world at the 13th annual SeaGrapes Fine Wine & Food Festival from 8 to 11 p.m. May 3 at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. The event benefits the aquarium's youth education and conservation programs. Tickets start at $95. For information, call (813) 273-4000 or visit seagrapes.org.

3 Memorial Day events (May 26)

• At 8 a.m., the Knights of Columbus will hold its inaugural parade starting at Dupree Lakes Boulevard off Collier Parkway and ending just past the Baldomero Lopez Memorial Veterans Nursing Home on Parkway Boulevard in Land O'Lakes. (813) 995-2736.

• From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., it's family fun day at the Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N, Largo. $10, $5 ages 12 and younger. (727) 539-8371.

• At 11 a.m., members of the Korean War Veterans Association Suncoast Chapter 14 will honor veterans at Freedom Lake Park, 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park. (727) 541-0895.

• At 7 p.m., a ceremony honoring veterans will be held in Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, Largo. (727) 587-6740.

5 Things to do in May 04/21/14 [Last modified: Monday, April 21, 2014 4:58pm]
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