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  1. Pasco libraries offer relief from the heat with reading programs, activities


    HOLIDAY — Angelina Ponzo has a goal this summer: to read as many books as possible.

    Alexis Ponzo, left, uses watercolor crayons to draw a heart tattoo on her daughter Angelina's arm during a recent summer reading program event at Centennial Park Library in Holiday. Local libraries are hosting reading programs and a variety of educational, entertaining and family friendly events throughout the summer months.
  2. Plan your weekend June 23-25: Pride parade, Lego art, Tampa Theatre beer fest 'Barley's Angels'


    Plan your weekend


    St. Pete Pride: More than 200,000 people are expected to revel on a new route Saturday along downtown St. Petersburg's scenic waterfront for a parade that has grown into the largest in the Southeast. There will be a free concert on Friday in Straub Park …

    Andy Garcia of Miami watches the group of anti gay protest era speak to the crowd before the start of the St. Pete Pride Parade in St. Petersburg.  [Saturday, June 25, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  3. Nonprofit group promises family fun at Saturday event in Dade City


    DADE CITY — Family-friendly competitions and a lot of other fun. That's what's in store at Color Me Abstract's Family Field Day, which will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village.

  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay this week: Lego exhibit (w/video), Rays Star War Night


    THE ART OF THE BRICK: More than child's play

    Swimmer by Nathan Sawaya.
  5. Lego artist Nathan Sawaya, coming to Tampa, left a law career to toy with art


    Nathan Sawaya left the world of corporate law at 31 to become a Lego artist.

    Nathan Sawaya poses with a sculpture from “The Art of the Brick,” coming to Tampa thanks to the Vinik Family Foundation.
  6. Sneak peek: We rode SeaWorld's Kraken coaster while wearing virtual reality goggles


    Even without virtual reality goggles, the Kraken rollercoaster at SeaWorld can be scary. It climbs to 150 feet, turns riders upside down seven times and reaches speeds of 65 mph.

    Riders use the VR goggles for SeaWorld's Kraken roller coaster. (Sharon Kennedy Wynne  |  Times)
  7. Plan your weekend June 16-18: Father's Day fun, Tig Notaro, Jim Jefferies, Dierks Bentley


    Plan your weekend

    Call your dad

    Father's Day: This Sunday you can skip getting another tie or bucket of golf balls for Dad and spend time together instead. Dad eats free at the GameTime arcade in Ybor City with the purchase of an entree, appetizer or kids meal. And they get in …

    In this Jan. 26, 2015 photo, Tig Notaro poses for a portrait to promote the film, "Tig", at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
  8. Where Dad gets free admission and food plus more events for Father's Day


    Skip getting another tie or bucket of golf balls for Dad. Here are some places around town offering ways to spend time together.

    The Tampa Bay History Center is among the places offereing free admission for dads. [Times files]
  9. 5 things to do under $5: Go Skateboarding Day, St. Pete Beach Grand Prix


    1 Sunshine State Clusters: Ready to see dogs with way better grooming habits than most people? Thousands of dogs in all breeds, even junior dogs, will compete 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds. There will also be a dock diving competition and a special …

    Emily Cloudman of DeLand pets her Golden Retriever, Lani, 1, during an American Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show hosted by the Greater Venice Florida Dog Club at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa in 2014.
  10. 5 things to do under $5: 'Stranger Things' Escape Room, kids fly free, Summer RV Show


    1 Young Eagles Flight Rally: Kids ages 8 to 17 can get a free 15-minute plane ride with an experienced pilot to explore the world of aviation. Each young "pilot" gets one-on-one time with pilots to learn how airplanes work and how safety comes first. Weather will be monitored; check Kids can explore the world of aviation on June 10 during a free 15-minute plane ride at Clearwater Airpark.