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  1. 'Big Mike' from 'The Blind Side' combats bullying in Pasco talk Tuesday


    Quinton Aaron, the actor who starred as Michael Oher — a.k.a. "Big Mike" — in The Blind Side alongside Sandra Bullock, will give a talk about bullying at Saint Leo University in Pasco County. Aaron was bullied as a kid and is the founder of the Quinton Aaron Foundation, which focuses on bullying and …

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: Actor Quinton Aaron attends The Weinstein Company & Netflix's 2014 Golden Globes After Party presented by Bombardier, FIJI Water, Lexus, Laura Mercier, Marie Claire and Yucaipa Films at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
  2. Plan your weekend Jan. 23-25


    Plan your weekend

    G-rated Gasparilla

    Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza Since 1947, this parade for kids has taken place the weekend before Tampa's boozy bead-dazzled bacchanal on Bayshore. Things start off at 11 a.m. with a bicycle and safety rodeo at 11 a.m., followed by the …

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  3. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 Jan. 22-28


    1 Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza: A kids parade is part of this more-sedate version of Gasparilla, held since 1947 the weekend before the boozy bead-dazzled bacchanal on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa. Things start off at 11 a.m. Saturday with a bicycle and safety rodeo, followed by the Preschooler's Stroll at …

    Kids will get to explore and get on an array of vehicles at the Touch A Truck event Saturday at Largo Central Park.
  4. Cuteness alert! Adorable baby gorilla at Busch Gardens needs a name


    Fans on Facebook will get to pick the name of the new baby gorilla at Busch Gardens. The adorable babe, a male, was born Dec. 16 at the Tampa theme park to 12-year-old endangered western lowland gorilla Pele. Potential names for the 1-month-old baby boy on the park's Facebook page are Birungi, meaning "bringer of good …

    Fans on Facebook will get to vote on a name for this baby gorilla born on Dec. 16 at Busch Gardens to 12-year old endangered western lowland gorilla, Pele.  [Busch Gardens Tampa]
  5. Turning 40, Disney's Space Mountain still evokes 'thrill of the unknown'


    Compared to today's mega thrill rides, Walt Disney World's Space Mountain is a simple spin.

    Space Mountain opened in the Magic Kingdom in 1975. (Times file photo)
  6. Where to find parades and MLK Day celebrations in Tampa Bay


    Drum Major for Justice Awards Banquet

  7. Florida residents get a Disney deal: 3 days for $139


    Once again, January brings a Disney deal for Florida residents only: We can visit three Disney World theme parks for $139. Sorry everyone else, a three-day ticket for nonresidents costs $274. The "Discover Disney" tickets must be used by June 4, and there are blackout dates for the Magic Kingdon around Easter, from …

    Fireworks explode over Cinderella's Castle in Disney's Magic Kingdom.
  8. Busch Gardens announces ticket deals, free Preschool Pass


    Busch Gardens is kicking off 2015 with some deals, including a free pass to the Adventure Island water park, a Preschool Pass that lets kids 5 and under in free and a $99 two-park ticket for any two of the four SeaWorld-owned theme parks in Florida. The Tampa theme park announced Monday that you can get a free pass to …

  9. Dazzling glow-in-the-dark show coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall


    This brightly lit creature is the Ugly Duckling and is the star of the Lightwire Theater show coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Jan. 20.

    This brightly lit creature is The Ugly Duckling and is the star of the Lightwire Theater show coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall Jan. 20.
  10. Gemma the Jet adds youthful exuberance to circus' human cannonball act


    ELLENTON — Gemma Kirby's workspace is dark and confined.

    Gemma Kirby peeks from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey cannon.