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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 skipperssmokehouse.com.

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 jennswines.com.

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 carrollwoodcenter.org.

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 carrollwoodplayers.com.

.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.

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