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  1. Things to do planner: RiverFest, Star Wars Day, comics Chris Kattan and Frank Caliendo


    TAMPA RIVERFEST: Rolling on the Riverwalk

    Get your fill of comfort food at the Mayor’s Mac and Cheese Throwdown in Curtis Hixon Park on Saturday.
  2. 5 things to do under $5: Movies and Music in the Park, Prince's 'Purple Rain'


    1Purple Rain: Saddened fans of Prince can gather at Tampa Theatre on Saturday when the historic movie house hosts a free screening of Prince's 1984 film Purple Rain. Doors will open at 8 p.m. Saturday for the 9 p.m. screening. No tickets are required, but arrive early as seating is limited at 711 Franklin …

    DETROIT, MI - APRIL 09:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Prince performs onstage during the "HitnRun" tour at The Fox Theatre on April 9, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for NPG Records 2015)
  3. Theme park news: Universal gets 'Exorcist' for Halloween, veterans get price break at Busch Gardens


    It may seem early to talk about Halloween, but for horror fans, there's a reason. Universal announced Tuesday that Halloween Horror Nights will welcome The Exorcist as a haunted house this year.

    Military veterans can take 50 percent off up to six single-day admission tickets to Busch Gardens through the end of May.
  4. Cute baby sloths born at Busch Gardens (w/video)


    Busch Gardens has baby news: Two sloths have been born at the Tampa theme park in recent weeks, and the pictures are adorable.

    This Linne’s two-toed sloth that was born on April 2 to first-time mother Daisy and father Mario. The baby is currently healthy and being cared for by its mother with the animal care team monitoring closely.
  5. 5 things to do under $5 April 21-27: Earth Day, Tampa Fourth Friday, Green Thumb Festival


    1Green Thumb Festival: The surest sign of spring is this annual festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, where you can get your tools sharpened and your soil tested, browse a wide variety of plants, pick up free mulch and buy trees for $5. Don't miss the flower show and children's plant fair set up in the …

    LARA CERRI   |   Times (2011)
  6. Sugar Sand Festival turns Clearwater Beach into gallery of music-themed sculptures



    He made Bob Marley rise up, and the Beatles were bobbling along in a sandy submarine behind him. Then sand sculptor Dean Arscott, 29, turned his attention to Lady Gaga for his music-themed sand sculptures at this year's Clearwater Beach Sugar Sand Festival.

    Sand sculptor Dean Arscott of St. Petersburg blows away remnants of sand from his rendition of Lady Gaga.
  7. Plan your weekend: Spamalot, Sugar Sand Festival, Mainsail Art Festival


    Plan your weekend


  8. 5 things to do under $5, April 7-13: Beach music, Pepper Fest, Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade


    1Pepper Fest: This annual festival of food that hurts will turn up the heat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday with spicy sauces, salsas and hot pepper foods. There will also be pepper plants for sale, live music, a car show, a pepper eating contest and hot sauce competitions. Benefits Elizabeth's …

  9. SeaWorld announces opening date for Mako, Orlando's highest and fastest roller coaster


    Brace yourself thrill seekers, the fastest, tallest and longest roller coaster in Orlando will open June 10, SeaWorld announced Monday.

    Construction is near completion at SeaWorld of Mako, the fastest, tallest and longest roller coaster in Orlando. It will open June 10, SeaWorld announced Monday.
  10. 5 things to do under $5: Humans of New York creator, Largo family festival


    1Humans of New York's Brandon Stanton: The University of South Florida lecture series is bringing the photographer and creator of the popular blog and book Humans of New York for a free talk. Stanton, who recently made news when he called Donald's Trump's inflammatory statements about Muslims …

    Brandon Stanton (L), creator of the Humans of New York blog, shows an image he took of a man named Carl February 22, 2013 across the street from Union Square in New York. Some like New York’s skyscrapers, bridges, his energy, taxis or lights. But Brandon Stanton has set himself another challenge: photograph of 10,000 inhabitants for a blog now famous “Humans of New York.”  In two years, he has photographed 5,000 New Yorkers, children leaving school, tramps, fashionistas, New York with a bouquet of tulips, old lady with a cane, municipal employees, etc. And nearly 560,000 fans now follow his Facebook page.AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA        (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)