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  1. It's possible to do Tampa Bay Comic Con on a budget. Here's how.


    One of the best parts about being a geek is going to conventions. Huge halls packed with cosplayers, celebrities, comic books, collectibles and a community of like-minded weirdos. It's paradise.

    Luis Romero of Tampa has five Spider-Man suits and has made 25 different covers and inside panels out of $3 presentation boards. 
“I spent three years of research trying to find the perfect red and blue classic Spider-Man suit,” the 37-year-old said.
  2. Plan your weekend: DJ Kitty Onesie, Taking Back Sunday, Kid Day, comic Felipe Esparza



    DJ Kitty Onesie: The first 15,000 ticket holders who arrive to the Rays-Rangers game Saturday will score the most questionable fashion statement of the season: a free adult-sized DJ Kitty Onesie. It's complete with a tail, a hood featuring a cat face and "DJ Kitty" written across the back. …

    An adult-sized DJ Kitty onesie will be the giveaway when the Tampa Bay Rays play the Rangers July 22.
  3. Snag a DJ Kitty onsie for adults at Saturday's Rays game


    The first 15,000 ticketholders who arrive to the Rays-Rangers game Saturday will score the most questionable fashion statement of the season: a free adult-sized DJ Kitty Onesie.

    An adult-sized DJ Kitty onesie will be the giveaway when the Tampa Bay Rays play the Rangers July 22.
  4. Top things to do this week: Celebrate Shark Week and Snooty the manatee



    Shark Week starts Sunday on the Discovery Channel and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is using the occasion to highlight its toothy residents, Thelma and Louise. A special $25 Shark Adoption gets you a tote bag, a plush shark and a bio on the aquarium's two nurse sharks. CMA is also launching a …

    Tyler Wann looks at one of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s two nurse sharks, who are stars (other than the human ones of Dolphin Tale) at the aquarium’s Shark Week.
  5. Quick! Do these fun things with the kids before school starts!


    Three weekends. That's all we have left before the new school year is upon us.

    Ya'riah Ellison,6 of Tampa works on a pop art self portrait at the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa on Friday, July 14, 2017. On Monday, July 20th, a new pop art exhibition will open in which children will be able to create self portraits in a variety of ways including screen printing, pointillism and pop art methods.
  6. Disney news: Tron ride, 'Guardians of Galaxy' ride and a 'Star Wars' hotel coming to Florida


    In case you missed it, this weekend brought a rush of news for Disney World fans at D23, the official Disney fan club in Anaheim, Calif., and visitors to the four theme parks in Florida can look forward to more attractions for teens and roller coaster fans.

    Artist renderings of Disney's plans for an immersive Star Wars-themed hotel show guests would wear costumes and  interact with "Star Wars" creatures and droids. The multi-day experience would guests their own story line and each window of the hotel would look out into space.
Photo courtesy Walt Disney World
  7. 5 things to do under $5: Kids golf free, home show, poolside Christmas in July


    1 Kids Golf Free: Thanks to the First Tee of Clearwater, kids ages 15 and younger can join a paying adult for one free round of golf this summer through Sept. 1. The Clearwater Junior Tees have provided shortened, manageable distances for children. Open 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily at the Chi Chi …

    Cody Hollenbeck, 9, of Safety Harbor, center, marks up at the 14th green where he eventually putted for birdie while golfing with Dominic Huey, 8, of Clearwater, left, and Jake Spindler, 7, of Clearwater. The boys were participating in the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation’s First Tee of Clearwater’s youth golf program on June 2, 2016. The activity runs through Sept. 1 this year.
  8. Could a Tron coaster replace Disney's Tomorrowland Speedway?


    Is a high-tech coaster based on Tron replacing the very low-tech Tomorrowland Speedway in Disney's Magic Kingdom? The rumor mills are buzzing.

    Photo by Rob Clark Jr.
  9. Oh thank heaven for July 11 — it's Free Slurpee Day


    Tuesday is National Brain Freeze Day — or at least that's what it should be called when there will be lines out the door at 7-Eleven convenience stores to get a free Slurpee to celebrate the chain's birthday on 7/11.

    Tuesday, July 11, is Free Slurpee Day as 7-Eleven celebrates its 90th birthday.
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  10. Plan your weekend July 8-10: Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper, Shark Con, Etsy party, Incubus


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    Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper: Two of music's most acclaimed artists and powerhouse live performers arrive at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Saturday when Grammy Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart is joined by Tony winner Cyndi Lauper. The show is …

     Jack Smith, 5, and his father, John Smith, of Tampa look at the jaw and teeth of a tiger shark at the Sea World booth during the first annual Shark Con at the Tampa Convention Center on Sunday, May 04, 2014 in Tampa, Florida.