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Rock climbing, concerts and beer: Mother's Day activities that don't involve brunch

Rock climbing, concerts and beer: Mother's Day activities that don't involve brunch

Brunch on the water. Flowers. A spa day. There's nothing wrong with any of it. But, just like dads with their grilling and sports and gadgets, moms can fall victim to a sea of well-meant cliches. …


  1. After last year's drug-related deaths, Tampa's Sunset Music Festival says it's stepping up safety, security

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Alex Haynes worked three jobs. He had a fiance and an infant son. He owned his own home in Melbourne. Last summer, the 22-year-old attended the Sunset Musical Festival at Raymond James Stadium.

    He left in an ambulance.

    Last year’s Sunset Music Festival was marked by dozens of medical emergencies.
  2. Restaurant review: Tampa wine bar Cru Cellars also a worthy spot to indulge in sophisticated plates

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA -- One of the joys of writing about businesses in a particular market over a long period of time is watching some of them find their footing, mature and blossom. Cru Cellars has seriously come into its own.

    Citrus Panzanella, with blood orange, grapefruit, orange, fennel and crouton, at Cru Cellars in Tampa.
  3. Restaurant review: Ocean Hai on Clearwater Beach is pretty, but the food needs finesse

    Food & Dining


    The modern restaurant is frequently described as a by-product of the French Revolution — hundreds of food service professionals in the royal household and homes of the aristocracy all of a sudden needed to find something else to do when the cooks' guilds were abolished. But there were public …

    Kristin Zeiter prepares to serve Autumn Wolf, center, and Wendy Harris, both of Selinsgrove, Pa., an edamame appetizer at Ocean Hai. The restaurant opened in February.
  4. 'Mompreneur' book spells out balancing family, business

    Human Interest

    It's been a little over three years since Collette Hannah-Glover started her online shoe store for young girls and tweens who wear women's sizes, Hannah's Shoebox.

    Colette Glover-Hannah is the owner of Hannah’s Shoebox, an online store for age-appropriate shoes in women’s sizes for tween girls.
  5. 10 Tampa Bay attractions where mom gets in free for Mother's Day


    Those of us who are shopping-challenged have long learned the very best gift you can give your mother is your attention. Luckily, several attractions in the area are giving moms free admission this weekend with at least one paid admission by her adoring minions. Among them:

    Visitors enjoy an installation at the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg. [LANCE ROTHSTEIN   |  Special to the Times]
  6. X singer Exene Cervenka reflects on growing up in St. Petersburg, her band's legacy

    Music & Concerts

    Holidays are a blur for Exene Cervenka.

    "Christmas, New Year's, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Fourth of July, we're always on the road," the singer for the seminal punk band X said by phone from Los Angeles. "But we're spending it with our fans and the people that love us, and that we mean something to. They're giving …

    X has had the same lineup since it was formed in the ’70s: from left, D.J. Bonebrake, John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Billy Zoom. The band performs Sunday at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg.
  7. Ways to celebrate more than just mom this Mother's Day


    For many people, Mother's Day brings out the very best. Families pig out at brunch, enjoy breakfast in bed, post some lovely new springtime Facebook pictures.

  8. 9 concerts to take mom to this weekend: The Weeknd, John Legend, Bell Biv DeVoe

    Music & Concerts

    Great news for moms who love music: One of the busiest concert weekends of 2017 falls around Mother's Day. Celebrate at one of these killer shows.

    Singer John Legend.
  9. Best bets this week: A cat circus, 'Girl on the Train' author Paula Hawkins


    AUTHOR TALK:Paula Hawkins and Edan Lepucki

    Paula Hawkins’ last novel, The Girl on the Train, sold 20 million copies. She comes to Tampa on her book tour for Into the Water.
  10. Here's where to take Mom for high tea this Mother's Day

    Food & Dining

    Afternoon high tea is about as Mother's Day-appropriate as it gets. Little pinkie extended. One lump or two, Mother dear? Care for a watercress sandwich? The Tampa Bay area has a number of places to take the lovely lady for an afternoon of crumpets and such.

    The Royal Tea Room features a three-tiered caddy with scones, savory bites and delicious desserts.