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  1. 5 things to do under $5: Night of Protest Poetry, Dollar Pool Night, Tampa Bay Home Show

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    1A Night of Protest Poetry and Poetry of Witness: Florida's poet laureate, Peter Meinke, right, and other poets, spoken word artists and institutional leaders join Sunday for poetry readings, photo exhibits, music and live painting. The outpouring is in memory of those killed in the police ambush in Dallas …

    Peter Meinke, Lucky Bones
  2. Dining planner: 5 of the best places to get a milk shake in Tampa Bay

    Food & Dining

    SUMMER TREAT: SHAKE IT UP

    You feeling it yet? Car seats like the surface of the sun; house windows sweating from within. I think it's officially the dog days of summer in Tampa Bay, time for something quenching, cooling and refreshing.

    A strawberry milk shake at Munch’s.
  3. Things to do Planner: Metrocon, Straight Outta Oz, Snooty the manatee's birthday

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    ANIME ACTION: Metrocon

    The focus of Metrocon is anime, the style of flashy Japanese animation and artwork familiar to anyone who has seen Speed Racer or Sailor Moon. Now Florida's largest anime convention, Metrocon has grow into a four-day extravaganza where more than 12,000 attendees …

    The crew from Turn Up Furs of Orlando pose for a photo at MetroCon 2014 Anime Convention at the Tampa Convention Center.
  4. Take it Outside Planner: Withlacoochee State Forest, finding butterflies, mini lobster season begins

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    SPOTLIGHT: Withlacoochee State Forest

    Mist rising off the Withlacoochee.
  5. Amalie Arena getting a free 'beach' made of opaque balls; no sunscreen required (w/video)

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    TAMPA — Imagine a simulated ocean of translucent bubbles crashing onto a white turf carpet beach inside Amalie Arena.

    A boy enjoys the Beach installation at the National Building Museum in August 2015 in Washington, D.C. The Beach is an interactive architectural installation, with an "ocean" of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls, that brings the experience of going to the beach indoors.  (Getty Images)
  6. Theme park news: Busch Gardens holds a Pokémon event, Kong ride opens at Universal

    Florida

    As we enter the height of vacation season, Florida's theme parks continue to roll out new attractions, including the official opening of the King Kong ride at Universal Orlando and a new lush Caribbean-themed hotel and some lures for Pokémon Go players.

    Universal's Islands of Adventure surprised visitors Wednesday with the official opening of its newest mega attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong. (Universal Orlando)
  7. Six local attractions to highlight a staycation around Tampa Bay

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    While visitors spend thousands of dollars to vacation in Tampa Bay, many locals haven't taken the time out of their busy schedules to see some of the best sights in the area.

    We can help.

    Cobra’s Curse is the newest roller coaster at Busch Gardens in Tampa.
  8. King Kong's reign begins as Universal opens Skull Island ride

    Florida

    Universal's Islands of Adventure surprised visitors Wednesday with the official opening of its newest mega attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

    Universal's Islands of Adventure surprised visitors Wednesday with the official opening of its newest mega attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong. (Universal Orlando)
  9. 5 things to do under $5: Kids Day, Pokemon turns 20, stars of 'Moonshiners'

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    1 Pokémon party: It began with playing cards tucked neatly inside plastic sleeves, then as a franchise for the original Game Boy. Pokémon has blown up the Internet with the new app for smartphones. Now Pokémon is firmly a pop culture icon, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year just to …

    Competitor Jeffrey Chang from Washington state, reviews his hand, as he competes for a last chance qualifier spot in the Pok?mon trading card game for the 2014 Pok?mon World Championships in Washington, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.     (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  10. Take it Outside Planner: Scallop season is here, paddle the preserve, emergency beacon rental

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    HIT THE TRAIL: Local preserves

    Take advantage and give back to local nature preserves this weekend. Friends of Brooker Creek invite nature lovers to Return the Preserve Day 8-11 a.m. Saturday to help rid the preserve of exotic, invasive vegetation and nuisance plants. Bring work gloves and yard …

    The gulf floor off Homosassa is prime scalloping territory.