Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Events

Things to do planner: Pops in the Park, sunflower mazes, CatCon DogFest for pet lovers

POPS PERFORMANCES: Free Florida Orchestra shows

As the Florida Orchestra's season winds down, the popular free Pops in the Park concert returns Sunday to Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park. Calling it a show of "Star Wars under the stars," the orchestra will have music from The Force Awakens, a tribute to the Beatles, the Olympic fanfare, Champagne Polka, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and a fireworks finale. It's all free at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, so pack a picnic — and don't forget canned goods for the annual Tampa Bay Harvest food drive. The park is at 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. You can get a preview the night before with another free show that's more of a pop-up performance at Westfield Countryside mall in Clearwater. Christian Baldini conducts music from Star Wars, the Beatles and Tchaikovsky at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on the lower level near Sears, 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater.

LOSE YOURSELF: Sunflower fields

What better way to welcome summer than to lose yourself in a field of sunflowers? Two farms have set up fun outings to that effect. Single R Ranch in Plant City has nice pathways for strolling through fields of giant sunflowers and colorful zinnias, plus games, swings, badminton, corn hole, rubber duck races and "corn box," like a sand box for kids, except filled with corn. It's open this weekend and next from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $8, $7 children, 2 and younger free, $1 parking at Single R Ranch, 3002 Charlie Taylor Road N, Plant City. (770) 862-0655. The Sweetfields Sunflower Maze in Masaryktown is a 6-acre labyrinth of sunflowers. Sweetfields Farm will also have hay rides, a veggie cannon, farm animals, pig and rubber duck races, a tree fort and storytelling times from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through the end of May. Admission is $9.50, $5 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free at 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown. (352) 279-0977.

PET POWER: CatCon DogFest

It's dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria! But it's not the "disaster of biblical proportions" predicted by Ghostbusters, it's CatCon DogFest, a new event by Friends of Strays Animal Shelter at Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. The event is expected to draw pet enthusiasts from throughout the Tampa Bay area on Saturday for a day when we can all get along. You'll find a puppy kissing booth and a kitten play zone, as well as flyball and police K-9 unit demonstrations, animal-themed vendors and artists, food trucks for the humans and treats for the four-legged friends 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg. $10, $25 VIP. (727) 459-0797.

 
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