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5 things to put on your radar: Daring sponge divers, a date with Joe, freeFall's big to-do, seniors rule and Tuesday'sdeal

• Fans of the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks might want to tune in Tuesday nightfor the Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, in which show host Mike Rowe dons a diving suit and scrounges the gulf floor for sponges. Wait, this from a guy who's reached inside a cow's stomach? What's so dirty about sponges? Tune in at 9 p.m. and find out.

• If you're headed to the Rays Fan Fest on Saturday, you might have heard about manager Joe Maddon cooking up a version of his Thanksmas dinner for the fans. They're urging people who want to participate to buy tickets in advance in case there aren't any available at the door. So consider this a prompt. The outgoing Maddon will be available for an hour visit with the fans, but no autographs will be allowed. The cost of the spaghetti and meatballs, pierogi and salad at the Batter's Eye restaurant is $30, $10 for kids. Proceeds will go to the Rays Foundation and to the Salvation Army.

• St. Petersburg's newest stage venue, freeFall Theatre, will have its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the theater, 6099 Central Ave. Mayor Bill Foster and other city officials are expected to attend. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

• It's a good time to be a senior in the area. The Florida State Fair is offering special admission for seniors all day ($6) Tuesday, and the Florida Aquarium is offering $5 off after 1 p.m. every day in February with this coupon.

• Tuesday's big deal is a soothing one: Get a signature facial for $45 (a 53% savings) at Twiggs Studio Salon.

5 things to put on your radar: Daring sponge divers, a date with Joe, freeFall's big to-do, seniors rule and Tuesday'sdeal 02/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 7:44am]
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