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  1. Monthly Audubon bird strolls bring discoveries, but require patience



    The morning fog had settled in and so had the birds, making it a quiet trek for the dozen or so hikers ambling through a swath of blooming dog fennel along the Bluebird Trail in Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park.

    Birding is the main focus of those who attend the West Pasco Audubon Society’s morning bird walks at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey, but other creatures are often out as well. Here a gopher tortoise hangs out in his burrow.
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 18


    Ben Vereen: The Tony Award-winner returns to Clearwater with his band at 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $35-$60. (727) 791-7400.

    Photo by CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
  3. Ticket Window: Santana, Diana Ross


    Tickets for the following events go on sale this week:

  4. Plan your weekend Dec. 19-21


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    Fleetwood Mac With singer-keyboardist Christine McVie returning after a 16-year absence, this Tampa date at Amalie Arena is the Mac's last show of the year. There won't be any solo material, but who needs that when you can have hits like Never Going Back Again, …

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  5. No AirFest at MacDill in 2015


    TAMPA — In an era of tight defense budgets, there will be no Tampa Bay AirFest at MacDill Air Force Base next year and even a 2016 air show "isn't set in stone," a MacDill spokesman said.

     Two of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds perform a maneuver called "Calypso" during the first day of the Tampa Bay AirFest at MacDill Air Force Base on  March 22, 2014.
  6. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 17


    Phantom of the Opera: Opening night: After an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, this production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical has reinvented staging and a cast and orchestra of 52 for the tale of a beautiful soprano who is the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius. It opens …

    Katie Travis and Chris Mann in "The Phantom of the Opera."