Saturday, February 24, 2018
News Roundup

Five things for seniors and boomers to do in the Tampa Bay area in February

1 Swing on in to the Florida State Fair from Feb. 7-18 at the State Fairgrounds in Tampa. We know, we know ... everybody goes to the fair for the rides, the food — like chocolate-covered bacon and Redneck Burgers — and the live entertainment, but this year is special. The fair is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Juan Ponce de León in Florida and kicking off a year of statewide festivities with "Florida: 500 Years In the Making." Admission: $8 adults or $4 ages 6-11. Children 5 and younger are free. Ride armbands are $25. Buy tickets online until Feb. 6 at floridastatefair.com, or get them at Walgreens stores or at the fairgrounds box office. Discounts are available.

2 Pasco County Fair: If the State Fair is a little too much for you but you're wishing for a twirl on the Tilt-a-Whirl or some yummy greasy midway concoction, the Pasco County Fair will be Feb. 18-24 at the fairgrounds, 36722 State Route 52 in Dade City. Admission: $8 for adults, $5 for children 6-12. Children younger than 5 free. (All tickets are $3 on Feb. 19.) Entertainment includes Rockin' with Elvis, a demolition derby, rides and a rodeo. Get a schedule and more information at pascocountyfair.com.

3 Meet and greet Robin Williams: If money is no object and you are a big fan, this could be your chance at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Feb. 1 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. The package includes a ticket in the first five rows, a chance to meet and get photographed with Williams, a specially designed concert shirt and tour poster and a yet-to-be-announced gift item. The cost? $475. Don't want to spend that much but still want to see him? Tickets, priced at $125, $89 and $59, can be purchased at rutheckerdhall.com, at the box office, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, or by calling (727) 791-7400.

4 Clearwater Seafood and Blues Fest: The seventh annual two-day Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival will be Feb. 16-17 in Coachman Park on Drew Street. Entertainers on Feb. 16 include blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Magic Slim, the Lee Boys and Hamilton Loomis. On Feb. 17, the party continues with Coco Montoya, Ruthie Foster, Moreland & Arbuckle and Trampled Under Foot. General admission is free. Reserved seating and VIP packages are available at extremetix.com.

5 Boogie Woogie Blues Stomp: On Feb. 23, the Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College welcomes four boogie-woogie and blues pianists, including 84-year-old headliner Bob Seeley, for a night of rockin' good music on two grand pianos. Joining him will be St. Petersburg's own Liz Pennock, and guitarist Dr. Blues. It starts at 8 p.m. in Hough Hall at the theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N. Tickets are $22 in advance, $26 at the door. Go to spcollege.edu/palladium to learn more.

 
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