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  1. The Force is strong with these Star Wars Day events in Tampa Bay

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    Can you feel a disturbance in the Force?

    Monday is Star Wars Day, as in, "May the Fourth be with you," and the nerdosphere is tingling with special excitement this year with The Force Awakens due in December and Star Wars Weekends at Disney World bringing Frank Oz (Yoda) and Ian McDiarmid (Palpatine) for …

    Get your Mos Eisley Cantina on at the Bricks, the Glazer Children’s Museum and more. (This Cantina set is at Star Wars Celebration 2015 in California, though.)
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday May 3

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    Fun 'n Country Festival: The newly named festival will feature headliner, The Eli Young Band who scored No. 1 country hits with Crazy Girl and Even If It Breaks Your Heart. Joining them are Thompson Square, Gloriana and Jana Kramer. Bring towels, blankets and chairs. 12:30 p.m., Coachman Park, 301 …

    INDIO, CA - APRIL 27:  Musicians James Young (L) and Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band perform onstage  during the Stagecoach Country Music Festival held at the Empire Polo Field on April 27, 2012 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Stagecoach)
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday May 2

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    Tampa RiverFest: Tampa aims to show off the Riverwalk with its first RiverFest with an array of activities at 11 locations along the Hillsborough River. This morning brings the Pengquin Waddle fun run from the Florida Aquarium at 8:30 a.m. ($10-$32) and the Mayor's Mac and Cheese Throwdown ($10 for five tastings …

    Michael Silver, 35, gets a hand with a spoonful of mac and cheese from Dianne Triplett during the Mac N Cheese Throwdown in Curtis Hixon Park in 2014.The contest, hosted by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Friends of the Riverwalk, highlighted more than 25 local eateries. 
JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times
  4. Country club celebrates history by going back to hickory

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    CLEARWATER

    Hickory-shafted golf clubs were readily available at garage sales and pro shops when Bob Anderson started collecting the antique equipment some 40 years ago. • It's harder to find them these days, said Anderson, 80, who splits time in Clearwater and Pennsylvania. He has about 25 of the old wooden …

    Harrison McClimans demonstrates hitting an old hickory-shafted iron at the Clearwater Country Club driving range.
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday May 1

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    Joan Armatrading: The award-winning singer-songwriter will celebrate her last major world tour and her first solo performance where she will accompany herself on guitar and piano at 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $53.75-$78.75.

    LONDON - APRIL 13:  Singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading performs during the sixth and final night of a series of concerts and events in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust organised by charity Patron Roger Daltrey, at the Royal Albert Hall on April 13, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
  6. RiverFest will show off Tampa's Riverwalk with weekend loaded with events

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    It took 40 years to realize the dream of a 1.8-mile Riverwalk, and Tampa aims to show off its jewel with a big new event this weekend, its first RiverFest. There will be an array of activities at 11 locations along the Hillsborough River. The most high-profile will be the Mayor's Mac and Cheese Throwdown on Saturday and …

    Michael Silver gets a spoonful of mac and cheese from Dianne Triplett at the Mac N Cheese Throwdown last year.