Monday, December 11, 2017
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for March 8

Florida Strawberry Festival and Concerts: Trace Adkins: Festival goers will also enjoy the games, rides and attractions featured at the Midway and concerts with headliners taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. every night. See the lineup at flstrawberryfestival.com. $20-$25. The country singer and actor performs at 7:30 while Dick Fox's Golden Boys starring Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobbie Rydell go on at 3:30 p.m. 10 a.m., Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds, 303 N Lemon St., Plant City. $10, $5 ages 6 to 12, 5 and younger free. Concert tickets are extra. (813) 752-9194. Denny Laine: The legendary guitarist played alongside Paul McCartney in the '70s group, Wings. The Cryers open. 7 p.m., Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $15-$20. (813) 971-0666.

National Pancake Day: Get a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m at all IHOP locations when you make a donation to the Children's Miracle Network. 7 a.m., IHOP, 5800 34th St. N, St. Petersburg. By donation. (727) 527-7577.

SunLit Festival: Mother Goose Storytime: This spring time celebration of literature connects literary circles with other arts and cultural endeavors. Check www.sunlitfestival.org for event themes, times and locations.

August Burns Red and Between The Buried And Me: The metalcore acts team up for a tour with openers, The Faceless and Good Tiger. 5:30 p.m., Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $23-$25. (727) 565-0550.

Journalism in the Age of Black Lives Matter: Talking about the pitfalls and progress made in covering race in America, Eric Deggans NPR TV critic and author of Race Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation. 7 p.m., Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 867-1166.

Tony Orlando: Knock Three Times for the former frontman of the '70s pop group, Tony Orlando and Dawn. 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $30-$75. (727) 791-7400.

Murder for Two: A hilarious musical murder mystery, in which one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all the other roles, and they both play piano. Through May 1. 7:30 p.m., Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $40. (813) 229-7827.

The Veer Union: The Canadian rock band was formed in 2004 by vocalist Crispin Earl and guitarist Eric Schreaeder. 8 p.m., Venom Custom Choppers , 7430 US Hwy 19, New Port Richey. $12-$15. (727) 816-8700.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Puddle Jumpers: Children ages 3 to 4 can enjoy a nature story, crafts and outdoor exploration. 9:30 a.m., Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 893-7326.

TO WATCH

SERIES PREMIERE Of Kings and Prophets, 10 p.m, ABC. The epic biblical drama saga is seen through the eyes of the battle-weary King Saul, the resentful prophet Samuel and the resourceful young shepherd David. In the opener, Saul arranges a strategic marriage for his daughter Merav, which he hopes will unify the 12 Israelite tribes against the Philistines.

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