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  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 7

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    American Idol Live: The singing competition's 37-show tour launches from Clearwater in what promises to be an intimate showcase of the final five competitors from Season 14. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $39-$64. (727) 791-7400.

    The five finalists starring in American Idol Live; left to right, Nick Fradiani, Jax, Clark Beckham, Tyanna Jones and Rayvon Owen.  American Idol Live tour, which kicks off July 7 at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of July 6-12

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    America II: Extreme Mud Wars: This wildly popular day of mud slinging returns to Spa Beach on Saturday and Sunday with more than 600 people competing in ultimate football, an obstacle course, joust pit, belly bumper pit, mud tug-of-war, the eliminator, dodge ball and mud ball frenzy. It's free for spectators; …

    Vanja Kravarusic, 31, from St. Petersburg, is covered in mud as he emerges from crawling under a net while maneuvering through the obstacle course during the Tampa Bay Club Sport Extreme Mud Wars at Spa Beach Park in St. Petersburg Sunday afternoon (07/14/13). Kravarusic was one of six on team Tampa Muay Thai. The two day event included dodgeball, belly bumpers, joust, obstacle course, tug-a-war, eliminator, ball frenzy and football. All teams required six competitors (including at least two females).
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  4. Where to watch the Women's World Cup Final Sunday

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    Local bars and restaurants are looking forward to an extended celebration of the red, white and blue this weekend.

    United States’ Carli Lloyd (10) reacts after scoring on a penalty kick against Germany as Meghan Klingenberg (22) follows during a semifinal in the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament Tuesday.
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 5

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    Hawk and Wayne's This Is a Comedy Show: The critically acclaimed comedy duo weave together a totally improvised one-act play based on audience suggestions. 6 p.m., American Stage Theatre Company at Raymond James Theater, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 823-7529.

    Ricky Wayne, left, and Gavin Hawk present their improv show, "321," at American Stage Theatre Company's "After Hours" series. Photo: American Stage Theatre Company
  6. Plan your weekend: July 3-5

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    Plan your weekend

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    July 4: Independence Day falls on Saturday this year, but you can see fireworks early in Channelside on Friday and at the Threshers game in Clearwater today and Friday. On Saturday, there are more options: downtown St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Tarpon …

    Fireworks light up the sky above Channelside Bay Plaza in Tampa.