Monday, September 24, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 5

Leslie Jordan: The Emmy Award-winning actor/comedian brings his one man comedy show to the Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The popular Scott and Patti Show opens. 7 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $35-$100. (813) 274-8982.

Davis Islands Garden Club: The club meets with different garden topics. Learn about different nursery products and gardening services from David Whitwam of Whitwam Organics. 11 a.m., Davis Islands Garden Club, 81 Columbia Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 251-3123.

Tea Dances: The historic St. Petersburg Coliseum welcomes USA Dance at the season opening Tea Dance as the Suncoast Chapter of USA Dance celebrates its 25th Anniversary. 12:30 p.m., Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $7 or $10 with instruction. (727) 892-5715.

Tampa Bay Rowdies: vs. MNU: 7:30 p.m., Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. $17-$40. Toll-free 1-877-769-3437.

Ghost Tours (Tampa): A costumed walking tour to discover the haunted past of the city once described as "the damnedest town this side of Hell." 8 p.m., The Franklin, 510 N Franklin St., Tampa. $15, $10 ages 4-12. (727) 398-5200.

Florida's Funniest Comedian: A statewide competition judged by industry experts. The winner gets their own 10 week Florida tour of the clubs that participated in the contest. 8 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $5. (813) 864-4000.

KIDS AND FAMILY

4-H National Youth Science Day: 2016 National Science Challenge - Drone Discovery - open to all youth ages 8-18. 9 a.m., Chester Ochs 4-H Educational Center, 14644 113th Ave. N, Largo. Free. (727) 582-2597.

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

Empire, 9 p.m., Fox. Mariah Carey makes a guest appearance in what promises to be a diva-licious episode.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Find more events for kids at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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