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Things to do: Fun in the park, bridal show

16 Today

"It Starts in Parks": Get out with the kids, or act like a kid during parks and recreation month. Curtis Hixon Park offers an afternoon of hula-hooping, basketball for tykes, two-square, giant chess, balance beams, interactive fountain play, demonstrations and live entertainment. Dress to roll in the grass, get wet and have a great time, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 600 N Ashley Drive. Free. Call (813) 274-8615.

Harry Potter's movie series: Catch up on the Harry Potter movies before the new movie comes out. This week's feature is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N Ashley Drive. Free. Call (813) 273-3652.

'Half Dozen the Other': An eclectic offering of six 10-minute plays by local playwrights, at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E Sixth Ave. The plays range from the comical to the macabre, and contain adult material. Tickets are $12 in advance, $6 for students/seniors/military in advance; $15 at the door, $9 students/seniors/military at the door. Call (813) 300-3585 or visit alloutrep.org.

'Dear Aunt Gertrude: Camp Wigglewam': A zany, themed short-form improv show complete with insect repellent, nature hikes and awkward camp dances, 8 p.m. at the Box, 1300 E Seventh Ave. $5. Call (813) 248-3301.

17 Saturday

Civil War battlefield in miniature: Every summer Nuance Gallery owner Robert Rowen constructs an authentic re-creation in miniature of a Civil War battlefield, complete with hand-painted figures, houses and terrain; noon at Nuance Galleries, 804 S Dale Mabry. The focus this year is on Battle of Antietem. Call (813) 875-0511 or visit nuancegalleries.com.

Americana Fest: This annual WMNF event features 12 of Florida's top Americana and roots rock bands including Hindu Cowboys, Have Gun Will Travel and Thomas Wynn & the Believers, from 3 p.m. to midnight at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. Tickets are $12 advance and $15 the day of show. Call (813) 977-6474 or visit skipperssmoke house.com.

IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Championships: Male and female pro bodybuilding event with competitors from around the world, at 6 p.m. at David A. Straz Center for Performing Arts Morsani Hall, 1010 N MacInnes Place. The cost is $25 to $60. Call (813) 229-7827.

Tech-Savvy kids' benefit: Help local at-risk kids as they train to compete in the National Youth Computer Technology Competition as Tampa Black Data Processing Associates holds a fundraiser with wines and cheeses, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 200 N Tampa St. The cost is $25. Call (813) 431-7235 or visit tampabdpa.org.

18 Sunday

$5 Day at the Zoo: See more than 2,000 animals and learn about endangered wildlife for just $5, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave. Visit www.lowryparkzoo.com.

Tampa Bay Bridal Show: Features nearly 100 area businesses showing the latest in fashion, flowers, photography, caterers and more, noon to 4 p.m. at St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. $3 admission. Make sure to register for door prizes including a grand getaway. Call (813) 301-6500.

Classic movie: As part of its summer classics series, the Tampa Theatre presents Psycho, ensuring you won't take a shower for a day or two, at 3 p.m. at 711 N Franklin St. Tickets are $9, $7 for theater members. Call (813) 274-8286.

Yappy hour: Bring your dog out for an afternoon of drink specials and drawings, 4 to 7 p.m. at Pour House at Grand Central, 1208 E Kennedy Blvd., Suite 112. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Tampa Bay Humane Society. Call (813) 402-2923 or visit pourhouse tampa.com.

19 Monday

$1 Bowling: Get there early before the 32 lanes fill up for this deal; from 9 a.m. to noon at Oakfield Lanes of Brandon, 1001 Oakfield Drive. $2 shoe rental. Call (813) 681-4783.

Job and career fair: Meet with representatives from local companies that have immediate positions available for entry-level, skilled trade, health care and top managerial, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. Also, area school will promote continued education for career development. Bring resumes. Free. Call (813) 301-6500.

21 Wednesday

Smashing Pumpkins: After their latest four-track EP, Teargarden By Kaleidyscope, Smashing Pumpkins embarks on a 12-stop summer tour hitting intimate venues along the eastern United States before landing their last show in Tampa at 8 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. Tickets are $42.50 in advance, $45 the day of show with a limited number of $50 VIP seats available. Call (813) 247-2555 or visit theritzybor.com.

22 Thursday

Battle of the Bands: Quest for the Ultimate Opening Act: Thursday nights in July feature a handful of bands battling it out on stage for a spot in the final battle in August, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. $5. Call (813) 247-2555 or visit ritzybor.com.

Tim Dorsey: The journalist turned novelist discusses his wild yet sometimes real Florida-based mysteries, at 7 p.m. at the Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W Mclendon St., Plant City. After the discussion, he will answer questions and sign copies of his books. Free. Call (813) 273-3652.

Showcase | Elvis Festival

The local challenge to find the Elvis tribute artist who "best represents the Elvis legacy" earns the winner a spot in the 2010 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest finals. The festival features family fun including live music, food and Elvis paraphernalia, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at All People's Life Center, 6105 E Sligh Ave. Admission is $10 per show; $25 for all day; children ages 16 and under admitted for half price; children ages 5 and younger admitted free. Call (813) 977-6011 or visit elvistampatcb.com.

Things to do: Fun in the park, bridal show 07/15/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 4:34pm]

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