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Column: Do more with less money using this deal this Leap Day

Sinking into a big tub of plastic balls at the Great Explorations children’s museum in St. Petersburg is a great way to spend Leap Day.

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Sinking into a big tub of plastic balls at the Great Explorations children’s museum in St. Petersburg is a great way to spend Leap Day.

This week, we ponder:

What would you do if you had an extra day in the year?

This year, you do.

Monday is Leap Day, which means you get a full 366 days to see and do all the things you always talk about doing.

Read Robbyn Mitchell's story for suggestions that range from learning to fly a plane to finally organizing your nightmare of a night stand to taking a spa day for your poor, tired feet. Maybe you'd rather visit a museum you've never been to, or take the kids to Great Explorations.

In that spirit, here's a solution. Leap Day feels like good timing to talk about the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay's new program to help you get the most fun for your dollar.

The foundation, which links donors with nonprofits, has created something called a Community Pass in celebration of its 25th year. Since it was founded in 1990, the Community Foundation has connected nonprofits all over the country with more than $175 million from donors.

Here's the deal. The Community Pass is free and it gets you buy-one-get-one admission to Great Explorations Children's Museum, Palladium Presents shows at the Palladium Theater, the St. Petersburg Museum of History and the Tampa Museum of Art.

The pass also gets you 25 percent off admission to the Florida Holocaust Museum, $5 off admission to the Gasparilla Music Festival on March 13 and $10 off admission to the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. The pass is good through April 30. Head to cftampabay.org to get one.

THIS WEEKEND, CHECK OUT: Movie critic Steve Persall says Eddie the Eagle fares better in the inspirational biopic lane than its Olympic predecessor, Race. And the Oscars are this weekend, along with Tampa Theatre’s annual fete.

Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest is back, and it’s notoriously popular. Last year 16,000 people showed up. Check out this year’s offerings. 

Your musical options are rich, pop music/culture critic Jay Cridlin says, from Josh Groban to the Steve Miller Band to — swoon — John Stamos and the Beach Boys.

And finally, in an event close to my heart, the Dress for Success Tampa Bay clothing sale is back. Yours truly will be out in Tampa on Saturday afternoon to demonstrate how the charity’s volunteer personal shoppers put outfits together for disadvantaged women to nail their job interviews. See you there?


Column: Do more with less money using this deal this Leap Day 02/24/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 2:01pm]
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