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  1. Dia de los Muertos celebration in Dunedin canceled this year by hurricane

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    Chalk up one more closure to Hurricane Irma: The huge Dia de los Muertos Fiesta originally planned for Saturday in Dunedin has been scrapped for what would have been its 25th year.

    At last year’s Dia de los Muertos, Casa Tina owner Tina Marie Avila (crouching) shows her “Ofrenda,” or Day of the Dead alter. What would have been the 25th annual Dia de los Muertos Fiesta on Saturday had to be canceled this year because of Hurricane Irma. The folk festival will be back next year.
JIM DAMASKE   |   Times (2016)
  2. Authors R.L. Stine, Neil DeGrasse Tyson coming to Tampa Bay this week

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    AUTHORS: Neil deGrasse Tyson, R. L. Stine, Finn Murphy

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12:  Author R.L. Stine attends “Goosebumps” New York premiere at AMC Empire 25 theater on October 12, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
  3. 5 things to do under $5: Wiener dog racing, Streetcar Festival, Clearwater chalk art, postcard show

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    1Wienerfest: They had us at wiener dog racing. This day devoted to dachshunds features racing, a dog costume contest, food trucks, photo booth and raffles at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday. Leashed dogs of all breeds welcome. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Free admission. (407) …

    Dachshunds racing in a field.
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  4. We asked Neil deGrasse Tyson to rate 'space things' like 'Star Wars' vs. 'Star Trek'

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    Neil deGrasse Tyson is making a habit out of visiting Tampa.

    Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday. We talked to him ahead of time. Check out what he had to say. [Patrick Eccelsine/FOX]
  5. Top things to do this week: Shopkins Live, Florida Birding and Nature Fest, authors Lisa Under, Rhonda Shear, Friday the 13th

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    AUTHOR TALKS:Lisa Unger, Rhonda Shear

    Clearwater author Lisa Unger.
  6. 5 things to do under $5: Nacho concert, free movies at Capitol, Tampa Theatre

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    1Nacho: Venezuelan singer Nacho is performing at the Hispanic Heritage Festival in Clearwater on Sunday, but he's also playing a free show at the Ritz Ybor on Oct. 18 courtesy of Pandora. Karol G will open. All you have to do is RSVP at spectru …

    Actor Sterling Hayden in a scene with Peter Sellers, left,  in the film "Dr. Strangelove." 	
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  7. Adventure Island is adding a slide with a floor that drops out from under you

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    A pair of new drop slides in an attraction called Vanish Point is coming to Adventure Island in Tampa in March, bringing another gut-check for adrenaline junkies at the 30-acre water park adjacent to Busch Gardens.

     A pair of new drop slides in an attraction called Vanish Point is coming to Adventure Island water park in Tampa in March, bringing another gut-check thrill to the 30-acre park adjacent to Busch Gardens.   The heart-stopping attraction will put riders inside a capsule and then they wait for the floor to vanish and go into a free fall, or they can get horizontal on a 455-foot long slide ending with a high speed finale   The name Vanish Point was inspired by the point on a wave where water and gravity form a perfect partnership, a park news release said. Credit: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
  8. Meet Winifred, the 140-pound baby rhino at Busch Gardens

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    Busch Gardens has a new bouncing baby rhino, a girl named Winnifred, who at 3 days old weighs 140 pounds.

    Busch Gardens has a new bouncing baby rhino, a girl named Winifred, who at 3 days old weighs 140 pounds. Native to the southern part of Africa, the white rhinoceros is the largest of the five species of rhinoceros, so Winifred can be expected to weigh more tham 3,000 pounds as an adult. 
Photo courtesy Busch Gardens
  9. Can you come up with a name for this two-headed calf?

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    The freaky two-headed calf born in Safety Harbor in the 1920s has long been a popular oddity at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, where its stuffed carcass has been on display.

    But it has never had a name.

    Among the St Petersburg History Museum artifacts is this two-headed calf. It was born in Safety Harbor in 1925 with two heads and six legs. The museum is holding a naming contest and the winner will be announced at the Nov. 3 Two-Headed Calf Fest. DAVID W DOONAN | Special To The Times
  10. Top things to do this week: Chris Tucker, Winter the dolphin's birthday, TIGLFF, Lightning home opener

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    COMEDY: Chris Tucker and D.L. Hughley

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 15:  Actor Chris Tucker attends Cinespia Presents “The Fifth Element” at Hollywood Forever on July 15, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Cinespia)