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  1. Florida Aquarium celebrates 20th on Tuesday with cake for all, even otters


    The Florida Aquarium has been celebrating its 20th anniversary all month, but Tuesday is the actual anniversary of the Tampa aquarium opening its doors. To celebrate, some of its cutest animals, the otters and lemurs, will be getting animal-safe birthday cakes and partying with visitors, staff and scuba divers at the …

    Times files (2011) An otter at the Florida Aquarium.
  2. Fireworks, 5K and more things to do as part of Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg


    That buzz you hear around downtown St. Petersburg isn't in your head. Fast cars are whipping through the streets in the leadup to Sunday's big race that kicks off the season for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

    Times files 2014
  3. Get out your tartans for Dunedin Highland Games are this weekend


    BAGPIPE BATTLES: Dunedin Highland Games

    Times files (2009)
  4. Easter events springing up around Tampa Bay


    Dog Easter Egg Hunt

    The Easter Bunny will help dogs hunt for special eggs he's hidden in the play yard. Children can also do crafts and hunt for eggs in the "Rabbit Resort." Dog hunts will be at 11:30 a.m., noon, and 12:30, 1, 1:30 and 2 p.m. Children hunt once at 11 a.m. with activities till 2 p.m. $5. Humane …

  5. Festival brings bluegrass stars Tyler Williams, IIIrd Tyme Out to Hernando's Sertoma Ranch

    Music & Concerts

    BROOKSVILLE — When Tyler Williams takes the stage for his first appearance at Sertoma Youth Ranch's annual Spring Bluegrass Festival, event promoter Ernie Evans will be standing nearby, taking it all in.

    Award winners Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out headline Saturday at the Spring Bluegrass Festival.
  6. Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of March 23-29


    Firestone Grand Prix: Can you hear the buzz already? The Verizon IndyCar Series season takes off this week in the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, with the big race Sunday. $20-$135. (727) 898-4639.

    Marco Andretti, on right, looks to make a move around Simona De Silvestro heading into turn 1 in a battle for third place on race day at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 24, 2013.
  7. Review: 'Insurgent,' part two of four 'Divergent' films, entertainingly bides time (w/trailer)


    Armed with divergent skills and a freshly self-inflicted, no-fuss hairdo, Tris Prior is feeling Insurgent, and we're down with that. This franchise is one of the more entertaining examples of three popular books stretched to four movies when two would do.

    The stakes are raised, the tension is higher in Insurgent, the second in the Divergent series.
  8. International Tree Climbing Championship comes to Tampa this weekend


    Remember when you were a kid and your mom told you to quit climbing trees? Now's not the time to listen to Mom.

    Associated Press (2005)
  9. Busch Gardens closes railroad to make way for new attraction in 2016


    Busch Gardens has announced that its Serengeti Railway is closed while the Tampa theme park reroutes the track to make way for a new attraction coming in 2016. Busch Gardens has not yet revealed what the new attraction will be, but it will be pretty large. In plans filed with regulators last month the park said it will …

    Busch Gardens' Serengeti Railway will be temporarily down during construction for a new ride.
  10. 'Pay what you will' to see Tampa Museum of Art Norman Rockwell exhibit Saturday


    It's normally $15 to visit the Tampa Museum of Art to see the Norman Rockwell exhibit, but for Saturday's Family Day it will be "pay as you will" admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be live music, cafe tastings and docent-led drop-in tours at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. The Rockwell exhibit, which runs through May …

    Norman Rockwell, No Swimming, Cover Illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, June 4, 1921. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections