Friday, November 24, 2017
News Roundup

Things to do: Entertainment calendar


12 Today

Bucs training camp: Watch a Bucs practice, with autograph sessions, free parking, a merchandise tent, discounted concessions and appearances by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders and Captain Fear, 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. at 1 Buc Place,. Free. Call (813) 870-2700.

Nature program: Park rangers guide children ages 9 to 15, and children at heart, through fun and informative activities, including "Raising Chickens In Your Back Yard," 10 a.m. at Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave. $5 per child, adults with children free, adult only $5. Call (813) 987-6204.

Classic film series: The Tampa Theatre features The Lodger as part of its summer series, 3 p.m. at the Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St. $9, $7 members. For more information, call (813) 274-8982.

Helen Keaney: The comedian, who played the Comic Strip and co-hosted Comedy Central's Short Attention Span Theater, and Home Shopping Network host performs, 7 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave. $10. Call (813) 864-4000.

Benefit show: Enjoy music and stories from Black & Tenn, the reggae/surf duo of Tribal Style members Black Blake and Mugabe Tenn. Donations to benefit the music showcase Summer Jam 8 in Ybor City, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel, 200 N Ashley Drive. Free. Call (813) 784-2972.

Skipper's has the blues, again: The Backtrack Blues Band plays with the T.C. Carr Band at 5 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. Call toll-free 1-800-594-8499 or visit

13 Monday

Bike ride: The weekly guided bike ride breaks into groups for slow and fast riders and ends at a bar or restaurant for socializing. Lights required, helmets suggested, 6 p.m. at City Bike Tampa, 212 E Cass St. Free. Call (813) 225-1777.

Members night: The aquarium's back-to-school bash for members only includes DJ dancing, crafts, a bake sale, mermaid shows and games for the kids. Also includes Swim with the Fishes for $50 per person and Bay Spirit II harbor cruises, $15 adult, $10 child, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. Members free, $5 additional guests (reservations required). Call (813) 273-4568.

14 Tuesday

RNC town hall meeting: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhown will answer questions about the Republican National Convention and its effects on the Tampa area, 6 p.m. at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. Free. Also 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Stetson Law Center, 1700 N. Tampa St., and 6 p.m. Thursday at the Kate Jackson Community Center at Anderson Park, 821 S Rome Ave. Call (813) 273-4000.

Madonna's Birthday Party: The Material Girl turns 54 and Timpanos is throwing this birthday party with a look-a-like contest, sing-a-longs and "Madonna-tinis", 7 to 11 p.m. at Timpano Italian Chop House, 1610 W Swann Ave. No cover. Call (813) 254-5870.

,Jason Mraz: The singer-songwriter performs, 7:30 p.m. at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N. $23-$59.50. Call (813) 740-2446.

15 Wednesday

Chair yoga: A low stress, slow-movement introduction to yoga, 10:30 a.m. at the Lutz Branch Library, 101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road, Lutz. Free. Call (813) 264-3827.

Vegucated: WMNF presents the documentary that follows three meat-and-cheese lovers on a trip to a totally vegan lifestyle for six weeks, followed by a panel discussion, 7 p.m. at the Roosevelt 2.0, 1812 N 15th St., Ybor City. $9. Call (813) 248-1904.

Nathaniel Sewell Book Signing and Wine Tasting: Buy a copy of Bobby's Socks, the debut novel by Nathaniel Sewell, and have it signed from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jenn's Wine Bar, 11724 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. The evening features tastes of French Champagnes, smoked salmon and blinis, tempura vegetables with dipping sauces, escargot in mushroom caps and cupcakes from Elaina Reville of SideBern's. Admission is $20 and half the proceeds benefit the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. Call (813) 960-4808 or visit

Future Tense: The drama follows four college students who went to high school together and reunite during a tumultuous storm, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E Sixth Ave., Ybor City. $12, $8 students. Call (813) 300-3585.

16 Thursday

Yogatailates: Dress comfortably and come out for exercises that combine yoga, tai chi and Pilates, 10 to 11 a.m. at Memorial Hospital of Tampa, 2901 W Swann Ave. Free. Call (813) 342-1313.

Read, build, play: The family day includes songs and free Lego Duplo build time, 11 a.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N Ashley Drive. Free. Call (813) 273-3652.

Yoga 101: The moderately paced introduction class for adults teaches basic yoga postures and yogic breathing, 12:15 p.m. at the Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library, 3910 S Manhattan Ave. Free. Call (813) 273-3652.

Tech Jam: Chris McCarty and the Underground Movement will perform at the event that mixes technology, food, music, cocktails and an auction in a fundraiser for the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Pepin's Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St. $50, $95 VIP. Call (813) 425-9635.

School Boy Humor: The band headlines this pop-rock show, with St. Petersburg's Two Weeks Time opening, 6 p.m. at the Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $10 advance, $13 day of show. Call (813) 248-9500.

Latin Nights: Enjoy the Nalisio & Son Salvaje Band, a 30-minute dance lesson, and cash bar and tapas menu, 8 p.m. at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $15. Call (813) 229-7827.

Elvis: A Concert Experience: Remember the King of Rock 'n' Roll on the 35th anniversary of his death at a show performed by Jim Jinelli at 8 p.m. at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $17-$21 in advance, $19-$23 at the door. Call (813) 269-1310 or visit

Elmer the Elf: Carrollwood Players Theatre performs Elmer the Elf at 8 p.m. at the Carrollwood Playhouse, 4335 Gunn Highway, Tampa. The play is about a series of misfortunes in delivering Santa's gifts and an elf who dreams of helping deliver them. $12. Call (813) 265-4000 or visit

.Avenue Q: The raunchy musical uses puppets to tell the story of a recent college grad who moves into a shabby New York apartment. For mature audiences only, 8 p.m. Thursday in the Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place. $20. Call (813) 229-7827.

Trump wants to end welfare as Bill Clinton knows it

Trump wants to end welfare as Bill Clinton knows it

WASHINGTON — Overhauling welfare was one of the defining goals of Bill Clinton’s presidency, starting with a campaign promise to "end welfare as we know it," continuing with a bitter policy fight and producing change that remains hotly debated 20 yea...
Updated: 9 minutes ago

Three dead in wrong-way, head-on crash Thursday on I-75 in Gibsonton

Three people in their early 20s died Thursday when a car driving the wrong way on Interstate 75 slammed head-on into another car, killing both drivers and a passenger in the car that was struckThe accident happened about 10 p.m. just south of Gibsont...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Murky waters: Chartering the wrong boat can have tragic consequences

Murky waters: Chartering the wrong boat can have tragic consequences

Captain Dan Peretz noticed the same charter boats overloaded with passengers again and again. He thought, "This is how people die.’’ So he sent emails to the Coast Guard, sharing his concerns, naming specific boats, including the Jaguar....
Updated: 2 hours ago
Jon Mott wins record fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

Jon Mott wins record fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

By BOB PUTNAMCLEARWATER — The Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot has long been a fixture on Jon Mott’s sporting calendar. Not even a 103-degree fever Tuesday could keep him away from the event, in its 39th year. Mott, a record four-time 10k champion, added ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Bucs players, coaches say they cherish getting game balls for special feats

Bucs players, coaches say they cherish getting game balls for special feats

TAMPA — In the jubilant moments after a Bucs win, Dirk Koetter will sometimes ask for a game-used ball from his equipment staff, hold it high in the locker room and present it to the player who was most crucial to the victory.NFL players can ask for ...
Published: 11/23/17

Published: 11/23/17

Published: 11/23/17
Woman killed in Largo motorcycle crash could ‘out-game any dude’

Woman killed in Largo motorcycle crash could ‘out-game any dude’

LARGO — Sydney Pender, 27, loved riding her motorcycle, even though she knew the dangers. Three years ago, her friend said, a delivery truck hit her. But she kept riding. On Thanksgiving, it was a crash with a taxi cab that killed her.Pender, a St. P...
Published: 11/23/17

Valrico intersection closed after car-sized hole opens in road

VALRICO — A hole the size of a vehicle opened up beneath the intersection of Nature’s Way Boulevard and Elm Grove Lane, Hillsborough officials said.The cause of the depression is unclear, but the intersection was blocked off to traffic.Hillsborough C...
Published: 11/23/17
Days after a high fever, Jon Mott wins his fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

Days after a high fever, Jon Mott wins his fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

CLEARWATER — On Tuesday, Jon Mott had a 103-degree fever. That was not enough to keep him from maintaining his dominance Thursday at the 39th Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot.The former Northeast standout added to his record with his fifth title in the ev...
Published: 11/23/17