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Runners await the start of the 5K race during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Feb. 20, 2016, in downtown Tampa.ZACK WITTMAN | Times (2016)

Things to Do Planner: Dinos Alive at the zoo, Gasparilla Distance Classic

RETRO REPTILES: Dinos Alive at the zoo On Saturday, Lowry Park Zoo opens a limited-time, outdoor exhibit called Dinos Alive that features towering dinosaurs that move, blink and roar. Open daily through August, the prehistoric park will also have activity areas with a Fossil Fun dig site, a new live show called "Di …


  1. 'Rebuilt' Steinbrenner Field welcomes fans


    TAMPA — New York Yankees followers have found some surprises at George M. Steinbrenner Field as spring training baseball began this weekend.

    Lindsay Wiggins of Lake City interacts with a goose on the grounds of Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. on Thursday, February 23, 2017.  The Yankees are touting $40 million in renovations to its spring training home.
  2. Lutz school house to come alive at annul flea market


    LUTZ — Antiques, collectibles, furniture, plants and more will fill the Old Lutz School House when the Lutz-Land O' Lakes Woman's Club has its annual flea market Friday (March 3) and Saturday (March 4).

    Lois Cohen of the Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club prepares holiday and craft items for this weekend’s flea market at the Old Lutz School House.
  3. Shred Fest features all kinds of 'shredding'


    Like a definition from the dictionary, Hillsborough County will provide multiple meanings of the word "shred" at Shred Fest 2017 on Saturday (March 4) at the Apollo Beach Park and Recreation Center, 664 Golf and Sea Blvd.

    The county will open an 11,000-square foot skate park in Apollo Beach Saturday. It features an area shaped like a three-pointed star with the center part elevated to allow for some skate elements.
  4. Before coming to Tampa, Carl Hiaasen talks writing satire in the age of Trump


    When Carl Hiaasen speaks on March 5 at the Straz Center in Tampa, he says, "I'll probably talk about the headlines, politics, Florida's role in the national death augur."

    Hiaasen: “What’s going on in Tallahassee is laughable, too, but it has a bigger impact. ... Did you hear that Rick Scott has started tweeting? And now he’s doing robocalls. Well, look at him — what other kind of call could he do?”
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 26


    Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Chocolate Fantasy: The festival continues with a Chocolate Fantasy including a fencing competition, whirlwind wedding wars, mural competition and a chocolate festival. 10 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $17.95 advance, $20.95 day of; $9.95 …

    You can take in one tradition at the Florida State Fairgrounds this weekend, then head over to the Museum of Science and Industry to enjoy another, as the 38th annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival gets underway on its grounds. [
  6. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 25


    Stomp!: The troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments in an explosive performance. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$100. (727) 791-7400.

    STOMP, an eight-member percussion group, performs Feb. 25, 2017, at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Courtesy of STOMP.