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Look for Paula at Hard Rock

Pop star and former American Idol and X Factor judge Paula Abdul will play in the first hand dealt on the new "hi-limit" gaming tables and Asian-themed Jubao Palace at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Abdul's appearance is invite-only — but you might (emphasize might) be able to catch a glimpse of her at the after-party celebration with entertainment by DJ/drummer Ravi Drums in the Hard Rock Cafe. They aren't making any promises. The party goes on until 5 a.m., but we can't guarantee how long Paula will stick around. It's free and open to the public at 5223 N Orient Road, Tampa, on Friday. The after-party starts at 11:30 p.m.


Stroll and graze

At Brews and Bites on Friday it's a rolling celebration on the Tampa Riverwalk that features a fleet of food trucks, a beer garden and live entertainment from local musicians in a waterfront setting. Menu prices vary. Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-7317. 6-10 p.m. Friday.

Wine your way in town

Celebrate the second Friday of the month at Dunedin Wine and Art Walk with more than 35 merchants offering art exhibits, wine tastings, food, entertainment by Ed Carter and merchant specials. $10 wristbands to get special offers from merchants. Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin. (727) 734-8671. 5:30 p.m. Friday.


Food trucks kick off semester

Food trucks roll in to the USF St. Pete Food Truck Rally on Saturday for an array of cuisine, along with live music and entertainment. Menu prices vary. USF St. Petersburg, 140 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (813-679-7718). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Treetop course opens

Bradenton's TreeUmph! Adventure Course is billing itself as Southwest Florida's first treetop obstacle course. It will host a grand-opening celebration on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 21805 State Road 70 E in Bradenton. Get 10 percent off if you make a reservation for Saturday and Sunday. Call (855) 322-2130 or For ages 7 and older, adventurers will make their way through the treetops. Challenges include wobbly bridges, hanging nets, bungee swings and a 650-foot-long zip line.


Donations get dino deal

Dinosaur World in Plant City is offering half-off admission this Sunday and Jan. 27 when you bring some food to donate to the local food bank. Bring two canned goods and take half off the regular price, which is $14.95 for adults, $11.95 for children 3 to 12 and $12.95 for seniors. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Parking is free. Pets on leashes are welcome. 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City; (813) 717-9865;


Florida RV SuperShow

Dealers from across Florida show and sell new and used RV units at this event with booths representing campgrounds, finance companies and insurance agencies. Entertainment includes clowns, unicycle riders, barbershop quartets and bagpipe bands. $10, 15 and younger free. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (813) 741-0488. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.


'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro

In this interactive event, Valastro, the baker and star of TLC's Cake Boss, will share stories behind his show, answer audience questions and give a live demonstration of his cake art techniques. Audience members will be invited on stage. $35-$85. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 791-7400. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

5 under $5

FREE Downtown Dunedin Art Festival: One of the better art festivals in the area held on the lovely lane of Main Street in Dunedin, this annual festival draws some high-quality artists, many of whom will be on site with their artwork. It runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

FREE Shakespeare Festival: On Saturday at 1 p.m., the Dali will have a free screening of Prospero's Books, a retelling of The Tempest in a film about an exiled magician finding revenge muted when his daughter and the son of his chief enemy fall in love. Also this week, though not free, the Dali Museum opens an exhibit of Shakespearean comedies and tragedies as 31 dry point engravings. There are other events running through Jan. 27 at

$5 Family Campfire Night: An all-ages evening around the campfire with stories, a short hike and s'mores. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $5. Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326. 6-7:30 p.m. Friday.

FREE Herm Edwards: The football analyst and former coach comes five days before Martin Luther King Day to discuss King's legacy as part of the USF Lecture Series. The former head coach of the Jets and Chiefs now works as a philanthropist and ESPN analyst. The talk is 8 p.m. Wednesday at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free.

$4 Soggy Doggy Day: The Temple Terrace Family Recreation Complex will host its first wet dog party with the pups taking over the heated swimming pool. It starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and entry is $5 per dog (free for owners). No people will be allowed in the pool. There will be vendors, refreshments, competitions and contests, including an owner/dog look-alike contest, fastest swimmer (25 yards), best swimsuit and fastest retriever. It runs until 3:30 p.m. at the complex, 6610 Whiteway Drive.

The planner (things to do) 01/10/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 10, 2013 3:57pm]
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