Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Events

5 things to do under $5 Jan. 14-20: Kite festival, best-selling authors, AKC dog show

1 Treasure Island Kite Festival: Come fly a kite behind the Thunderbird Resort in Treasure Island this weekend. Competitors send their kites to the sky in this Martin Luther King holiday weekend salute featuring dual-line and multi-line sport kite flying set to music. The show features tricks, precision flying, huge themed kites, a lighted night fly and giant bubbles. Free. 10700 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 320-9463. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

2 Jammin' For Freedom: In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, WFLA-Ch. 8 hosts Gayle Guyardo and Leslee Lacey serve as special guests for this event on Tampa's River Walk with music, food trucks, face painting, caricatures and a candlelight vigil to celebrate progress toward building a safe home campus for rescued child sex trafficking victims. Free. Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, 601 Old Water St., Tampa. (813) 274-8615. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday.

3 Writers in Paradise Evening Reading Series: A lineup of bestselling authors here for a writers conference at Eckerd College will read from their works and give book signings. On Saturday, Gilbert King will read from the book that won him the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys. Sunday, bestselling author Laura Lippman will read from Hush, Hush and Sterling Watson will read from Suitcase City. Monday, Ann Hood will read from The Knitting Circle and Les Standiford will read from Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct and the Rise of Los Angeles. Tuesday, Scott Ward will read from Wayward Passages, Aimee Nezhukumatathil will read from Lucky Fish and Campbell McGrath will read from In the Kingdom of Sea Monkeys. All readings include a light reception and book sale in the lobby. Free. Eckerd College Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 864-7994. 8 p.m. Saturday-Tuesday.

4 Gasparilla: Tall Tales and Scandalous Stories: Ye Mystic Grenadiers Shamus Warren, Todd Burnett, L.B. Sierra and Frank Smith provide an evening of story telling and adventurous escapades to kick off the "Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition" exhibit at the Henry B. Plant Museum, which remains open through Feb. 21. Free. 6:45-7:45 p.m. Friday at the museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 254-1891.

5 Florida Gulf Coast Clusters: At Florida's largest dog show you can admire the tallest, the smallest, the fluffiest, the sleekest and the most regal in a variety of all-breed shows sponsored by Purina and hosted by several Tampa Bay kennel clubs. It boasts 10 American Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Shows, specialty shows, conformation, junior showmanship, obedience trials, rally trials and free show tours to learn about AKC dog shows. Visitors can go behind the scenes and meet dog handlers. Free, $5 parking. Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, Brooksville. (813) 480-3975. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Jan. 24.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 25

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 25

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 24

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Black Maria Film Festival brings 10 short films to Richey Suncoast Theatre

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Published: 04/23/18

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