FANCY CATS: TICA Championship Cat Show
The International Cat Association brings judges from across the country for the TICA Championship Cat Show this weekend, an all-breed show with cats in 12 rings. TICA, the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats, recognizes more new breeds than other cat fancy organizations, and it allows household pets to compete, too.
What you get is variety of strange and unusual cats at the show, hosted by the local Skyway Cat Club. More than 140 cats will be entered, from kitties that look like striped tigers or a large cat with leopardlike spots.
Recent shows have brought out the new breed Lykoi, whose name comes from the Greek word for wolf, said show manager Theresa Kempton of the Skyway club. Lykoi look like scruffy little werewolves but not as terrifying. Some of the more popular breeds locally, Kempton said, are the adorable stubby-legged Munchkins — "the dachshund of the cat world" — and the giant shaggy Maine coon cats. Keep an eye out for some of the rarer breeds like the Russian hairless with pointy tail, called the Peterbald, or the elf cats, with curved ears that make it a dead ringer for Dobby the House Elf from the Harry Potter films.
But you don't have to be a fancy cat to be a cat fancier here. Household cats of any breed or mix can be entered. They just have to be healthy, Kempton said, "and the judge may just like the color of their blue eyes" to give them a top prize.
There will be adoptable cats available and vendors selling cat-related items at the Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo. Admission is $6, $3 children, 5 and younger free, and you can save $1 if you bring a can of cat food to donate. It runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. skywaycatclub.com.
HONEY DO: Tampa Home Show
Chip Wade of HGTV's Curb Appeal will be a handy man to have around this weekend at the Tampa Home Show. As the contractor and master carpenter on HGTV's many makeover shows, as well as for Oprah and Ellen's Design Challenge, Wade is a pro at explaining and demonstrating the tools needed for renovation for a generation that didn't grow up holding their dad's hammer like he did. If you are filling out your honey-do list, the annual home and garden show boasts more than 600 exhibits with new products and home improvement ideas. Admission is $8. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. Toll-free, 1-877-730-7469.
FIREWORKS: Super Hero Night at the Threshers
Threshers fans assemble! Saturday is Super Hero Night with a free post-game fireworks show. Grab your cape and shield for the popular night at the ballpark where dozens of characters from the Makers United for Children's Hope Foundation will be available for pictures on the concourse and for in-game entertainment. The evening serves as a fundraiser for the MUCH Foundation's mission to provide personal visits from familiar costumed characters to brighten the days of children who are hospitalized or under medical care. Gates open at 5 p.m. for the 6:15 game against the Daytona Tortugas. Tickets are $6-$10 at Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. (727) 467-4457.