1Blast Friday with the Robin Zander Band: The headliner for this month's free street party in downtown Clearwater is the band arranged by Robin Zander, lead singer of Cheap Trick. Zander has lived in the Tampa Bay area for more than 20 years, and he has enlisted ax man Mark Hitt, who played guitar with the Tubes, John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, and Jack Bruce of Cream; Larry Hobbs of the Juice on bass, and longtime friend and drummer Steve Luongo, who has performed or recorded with John Entwistle, the Who, members of AC/DC, Todd Rundgren and Leslie West/Mountain to name a few. Blast Friday is a family-friendly street celebration that features vendors, food, family activities and contests. It starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday on the 400 block of Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater. Free.
2Wing Fling: Largo's Southwest Pool has invited a variety of restaurants to compete in its Wing Fling competition. Families can enjoy a swim in the Olympic-sized pool and vote on their favorites to pick a winner. The party runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the pool at 13120 Vonn Road. Admission is $3; $5 for nonresidents. (727)518-3126.
3Celebrate Cuba: Tampa International Airport has launched a new website, Gotocuba.org, to provide details on travel to Cuba, and every Friday in June has held a celebration in the main terminal, level 3, between Airsides A and C to celebrate Cuban culture and learn more about travel to the island nation from Tampa. This week will feature a festive party including a cigar rolling demonstration, Juan Carlos Santana painting demonstration, Cigar City Brewery beer tasting and live music by Son De Mi Tiera. It's free from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Tampa International Airport, 4100 George J. Bean Parkway, Tampa.
4Peel the Fence: The city of Safety Harbor is "peeling back the fence" around the Water Front Park at 110 Veterans Memorial Lane and opening it to the public Saturday to christen the park with a water balloon fight, games and free food for the first 80 people. The fun begins at 11 a.m. in Safety Harbor. Free.
5Freedom Festival: Get a jump on Independence Day on Wednesday at the day-early celebration at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, with fireworks, a bicycle decorating contest, watermelon eating contest, Little Miss and Mr. Firecracker pageants starting at 4 p.m. at the mall at 28211 Paseo Drive. Free.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer