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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 8

Busch Gardens' newest ride is a drop tower ride called Falcon's Fury, and it will reach speeds of 60 mph and 3.5 G's when braking.


Busch Gardens' newest ride is a drop tower ride called Falcon's Fury, and it will reach speeds of 60 mph and 3.5 G's when braking.

Summer Nights: Yes, it's hot out, but celebrate summer with Busch Gardens until things cool off, because the park is now open until 9 p.m. and has a rock-fueled acrobatic show, fireworks and DJ dancing. Park opens at 9:30 a.m. at 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $89, $81 ages 3-9. (813) 987-5600.

Urbanism on Tap: The theme of this open mic event designed to generate conversation on hot topics within the community is "Youthpreneurs." It starts at 5:30 p.m. at Pour House at Grand Central, 1208 E Kennedy Blvd., Suite 112, Tampa. Free. (239) 823-1645.

Aspiring Teen Writers Workshop: Speaking of young entrepreneurs, the wordy ones 12 and older can focus on several key elements of writing, including subject, plot, character and story development, pacing, setting, dialogue and more in this workshop starting at 4:30 p.m. at Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N. Free. (727) 724-1525, ext. 4118.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals: Catch the Rays at 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Ticket prices vary. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

Jammin for Justin: Blues/R & B groups Blue Dice and Dukes of Juke perform along with the classic country group Sara Rose Band and rock 'n' rollers Freight Train Annie for this benefit concert for a community member. Catch the show at 7 p.m. at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $10 suggested donation. (813) 977-6474.


Puppet Show: The Lorax: The Lorax speaks for the trees and forest creatures in this beloved environmental tale by Dr. Seuss for ages 3 and up. There are two shows: 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Lutz Branch Library, 101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road. Free. (813) 264-3827.


History Detectives Special Investigations, 9 p.m., PBS "The Disappearance of Glenn Miller'' takes a look at what happened when the famed bandleader flew from England to France to entertain soldiers during World War II. Spoiler alert: He disappeared.


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Ray LaMontagne: Fresh off the release of Supernova, the folk singer-songwriter plays Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday. $53.25-$125; (727) 791-7400.

Inventing Van Gogh: In this hallucinatory mystery-drama, a contemporary painter is hired to forge Van Gogh's final self-portrait. Jobsite Theater opens the show Friday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts' Shimberg Playhouse for $28. But catch $14 preview performances Wednesday and Thursday. (813) 229-7827.

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 8 07/07/14 [Last modified: Monday, July 7, 2014 1:56pm]
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