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Things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 14

Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest: Kick off the hockey season with player autograph sessions, concession discounts and kids activities in the Lightning Kids Zone. Lightning players will hit the ice between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and autograph sessions are at 11:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Doors open at 8 a.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 301-2500.

I Like It Hot Festival: The 13th annual spicy food festival includes a pepper eating contest, amateur hot sauce competition and hundreds of fiery foods for sale. It starts at 10 a.m. at the Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo. $5 admission, 12 and younger free. (727) 423-8433.

Loretta Lynn: The sassy 81-year-old country music legend performs at 8 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $29.50-$59.50. (727) 893-7832.

Fashion and Bridal Brunch: Enjoy brunch while checking out a vintage collection of bridal dresses and discussing wedding trends with area professionals. It starts at 2 p.m. at Piquant, 1633 W Snow Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 675-9274.

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe: A self-proclaimed crazy person uncovers commonalities with dozens of strangers in this comedy. Show starts at 8 p.m. at American Stage Theatre, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. Pay what you can. (727) 823-7529.

TO WATCH

Hell on Wheels, 9 p.m., AMC Cullen must find fresh water to prevent an outbreak of cholera. Hey, if they'd just finish the freakin' railroad already, maybe they could all go to a hospital.

RoboCroc, 9 p.m., Syfy Suggested tagline: "Dead or alive, you're chum for me."

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