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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 3

Amy Grant: During her 25 year career she transformed into an iconic Christian pop star, songwriter and television personality, winning six Grammy Awards. 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $55-$100. (727) 791-7400.

Shark Con: To raise awareness of ocean conservation, this two day "Shark Week" themed event includes presentations from shark experts around the globe, a mobile aquarium, stand-up paddle board clinic, Jaws memorabilia display (and a screening), shark and sea urchin touch tanks, a photo gallery and vendors. 9 a.m., Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. $19.99 for adults, $4.99 for children; military/teachers $18. To add Florida Aquarium admission to your ticket, the price is $34.99 for adults and $19.99 for children. (941) 539-0833; shark-con.com.

Kentucky Derby Day at the Downs: Tampa Bay Downs celebrates the 140th Kentucky Derby with a huge reserved seating only party. Partygoers are treated to a buffet lunch, Tampa Bay Downs racing program, a mint julep served in a Kentucky Derby glass and entry into a Derby hat contest. But you can also watch the action on screen with just general admission. 10:30 a.m., Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa. $45.95 for the party. (813) 855-4401.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Life Amplified: KidzHelpingKidz: The kid-emceed show features various talents by teenaged kids and younger. Benefits Bricks 4 the Brave to provide Legos for children getting cancer treatment at St. Joseph's Childrens Hospital. 1:30 p.m., Carrollwood Playhouse, 4335 Gunn Highway, Tampa. $8 advance, $10 at the door ($2 discount with Lego donation). (813) 416-2068.

Free Comic Book Day: Participating shops around the world give away comic books to anyone who comes by. No, you can't just pick whatever you want. Participating stores offer up comics from a select list, while supplies last. Go to freecomicbookday.com to find the shop nearest you. 12 p.m., Emerald City Comics, Games and Toys , 4902 113th Ave North, Clearwater. Free. (727) 398-2665.

TO WATCH

140th Kentucky Derby, 4 p.m., NBC The first leg of thoroughbred racing's coveted Triple Crown is run at 1 1/4 miles. Sure, that's great, but what about the hats? The mint juleps? Oh, some people actually care about the racing? Gotcha.

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for May 3 05/02/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 2, 2014 12:41pm]

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