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Things to Do Planner: Lightning Fan Fest, model Nyle DiMarco, horror convention, Lego Mustang

GO BOLTS: Lightning Fan Fest

Time to hit the ice, Bolts fans. Sunday brings a free day to get ramped up for hockey season at the Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest. There will be player autograph sessions, team scrimmages, selfie stations with players, a high school hockey shootout, food and beverage discounts, merchandise specials, a hockey equipment sale and activities in the Lightning Kids Zone. It may lack a little star power this year but for a good reason: The Lightning has 12 players, as well as head coach Jon Cooper, representing various countries at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey through Oct. 1. The team hasn't released a roster of players at Fan Fest, but there will be loads of activities starting at 11 a.m. Sunday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa.

CULT CINEMA: Bay of Blood

Just as Halloween spooks are rising, the Bay of Blood horror film convention arrives in Tampa this weekend for fans of campy cult cinema and horror flicks of the 1970s and '80s. The convention brings cast members from My Bloody Valentine, above; Friday the 13th Part II; and The Burning for meet-and-greets, autographs and photo sessions. There will also be panel discussions, film screenings and vendors selling horror paraphernalia. It runs 5-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; see a full schedule and get tickets at bayofbloodweekend.com. $30 Friday and Sunday, $35 Saturday; $60 weekend, $175 VIP (includes early admission each day). Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore, 700 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (813) 289-8200.

USF Lecture Series: Nyle DiMarco

Actor and model Nyle DiMarco, the first deaf winner of America's Next Top Model and Dancing With the Stars, will be the first speaker for the University of South Florida's annual lecture series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The affable reality TV champion is more than just professionally good-looking. He tries to use fame to advocate for deaf people. He started a foundation that encourages early access to sign language classes to get deaf children ready for kindergarten. At a recent Human Rights Campaign gala, he gave a beautiful speech about embracing differences and said being deaf isn't all bad. "Don't you want to sometimes just turn the volume off completely when Donald Trump starts to rant? I have a tremendous advantage there as well. I don't hear a thing." The free talk is open to the public, but it's a good idea to arrive early because seating is limited. USF Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 974-1001.

BRICK PONY: See the Lego Fort Mustang

If you are heading to the Bucs game on Sunday, bring your tailgating party over to the south side of the stadium to check out the life-size model of a Ford Mustang from Legoland. Based on the 1964 iconic pony car, this one is made completely out of Lego bricks. It has working lights, flashing light-up blinkers, a working horn and the authentic sound of the Mustang's engine that can be controlled with the push of a button. It's free to check it out from 10 a.m.-4:05 p.m. Sunday before the Bucs play the Rams at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

Things to Do Planner: Lightning Fan Fest, model Nyle DiMarco, horror convention, Lego Mustang 09/21/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 10:58am]
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