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Call your dad
Father's Day Sunday is Father's Day so we're giving you a heads up to call the old fellow. Or better yet, take him out. The following attractions offer free entry for dads with one regular admission paid by you, Junior. Dinosaur World, Glazer Children's Museum, Florida Aquarium, Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa Bay Automobile Museum, Old McMicky's farm and patting zoo in Odessa and the Henry B. Plant Museum.
An Evening With Cesar Millan The dog trainer brings a live multimedia seminar to share his secrets on how to transform dogs (and their owners). He's even going to bring out local shelter dogs he's just met to show that it's not just clever editing that gets him to get dogs to listen. Tickets start at $35.75 Saturday at 8 p.m. at Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa.
Rock 'n' roll memorabilia show For music history buffs, the Hard Rock Cafe has a rock 'n' roll memorabilia show opening Friday that pays tribute to music greats whose lives were cut short, including an outfit worn by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes from TLC's CrazySexyCool tour, an eighth grade yearbook from Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley's custom-made karate uniform and the Guild 12-string acoustic guitar Bob Marley used to record Is This Love. Items will be on display 24 hours a day in the casino and inside the cafe Friday through June 22. It's free to see the exhibit at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5223 N Orient Road, Tampa.
Tampa Bay Rays There's so much to do at the Trop this weekend you'll almost forget to watch the game. Saturday is UF Day, and Gator fans can pay $25 to "chomp" in a lower level seat and get a Gator themed Rays hat. Feeling romantic? It's June, so there will be an on-field marriage vow renewal ceremony after the Rays take on the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. Purchase an on-field access wristband for $15 and receive a commemorative Renew Your Vows champagne flute to toast the occasion. A ticket to the game must be purchased separately. On Sunday — also Father's Day! — it's the second Bark in the Park, where you bring your pooch to the tbt* Party Deck and get special doggie swag. The deadline to buy the $30 package is Friday. Kids 14 and under get free Jeremy Hellickson headphones and they can stick around after the game for a free performance by the Imagination Movers. Saturday's game is at 4:10 p.m., and Sunday's starts at 1:40 p.m. See raysbaseball.com/specialevents for tickets.
Grizzly Bear They're finally coming to Florida! The Brooklynites have booked just two Sunshine State dates (they say "bienvendios" to Miami a day before their Ybor stop), and you shouldn't be surprised to arrive Wednesday to see hordes of Gen X and Y fans chomping at the bit to see this band, which hasn't played a headlining show in Florida since they formed almost a decade ago. The show, with Majical Cloudz, starts at 7 p.m. at Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $28.50 and up. (813) 247-2555.
Jason Smith Benefit Concert A whole lot of St. Pete's best musicians will be at the State Theatre to lend a hand to longtime sound engineer Jason Smith who nearly lost his life when a drunken driver hit his bicycle in April, including Luxury Mane, Pretty Voices, the Gita, Zulu Wave, Flyingsnakes, John McNicholas, the Semis, Memphis Train Union, the Mother Machine and more. The show starts Saturday at 5 p.m., State Theatre and the Local 662, 600 block of Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-3045.
Gelatin Plunge Watch as local personalities jiggle around a gigantic pool of blue gelatin to benefit the Children's Cancer Center. Among the plungers going into the drink are Tampa police Chief Jane Castor, Tamp fire chief Thomas Forward, Ch. 10 news anchor Reginald Roundtree, radio host Ron Diaz of the Sports Animal 620-AM WDAE, and more. To take the plunge it costs $500 individual, $300 per person team through fundraising. Ribit's Bar-B-Que, 401 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 367-5437. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne [email protected]