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  1. USF Lecture Series: Dustin Lance Black

    Editor's pick

    University of South Florida Marshall Student Center

    University Area : 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33620

    The University of South Florida presents its annual lecture series, featuring a variety of renowned guests discussing everything from religion and politics to fame and technology. A question-and-answer session follows each lecture.The event is open to the public but it's a good idea to arrive ea …

    The Oscar-winning screenwriter of Milk and J. Edgar talks. 

    Price: Free.

  2. Justin Hayward

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    Capitol Theatre

    Downtown Clearwater : 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 33755

    The legendary singer/songwriter is on tour in support of his latest album release, Spirits Of The Western Sky. He will be performing songs from the album, as well as Moody Blues favorites.

    Price: $45-$65.

  3. RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships

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    Pier 60

    Clearwater Beach : 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach, 33767

    Last year's competition, held in Italy, attracted  athletes from 17 nations on four continents. This is the first time this international event has been held in the U.S. and more than 100 domestic and international athletes are expected to compete. All of the competitors are 18 and under, a …

    Price: Free for spectators.

  4. Coming Home

    PTEC St. Petersburg

    St. Petersburg : 901 34th St. S, St. Petersburg, 33711

    Representatives from more than 40 social services agencies offer ex-offenders information on how to improve their lives through use of the mobile medical unit, education services, referral services, resume help, Department of Motor Vehicles, voter registration, clothing referral, identification  …

    Price: Free.

  5. Tour of Ofrendas

    Casa Tina Gourmet Mexican & Vegetarian

    Dunedin : 365 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    Take a self guided walk tour of the downtown shopping district and view Dia de los Muertos ofrendas (altars) created by area businesses. Traditionally, the altars are made from candles, flowers, leaves, photos and colorful paper as a dedication to lost relatives or pets. Merchants will have thei …

    Price: Free.

  6. EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival 2014

    Epcot at Walt Disney World

    Lake Buena Vista : 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 32830

    From Sept. 19 through Nov. 10, take your taste buds on a trip around the world to sample tapas-sized treats, learn culinary secrets and sip exotic beverages while touring World Showcase. Other events include Food and Wine pairing dinners, Wine "Schools'', the Eat to the Beat Concert series  …

    Today's Eat to the Beat concert features Smash Mouth.

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  7. Halloween Costume Swap

    East Lake Community Library

    East Lake : 4125 East Lake Road, East Lake, 34685

    Parents don't have to buy their children a new costume every year. Just take them and their old costume to the library and trade it for a new one. Don't have a costume to trade? Make a $5 donation and your child can still take home a new costume. Takes place during library hours through Oct. 30. …

    Price: Free with costume, $5 without costume.

  8. Sweetfields Corn Maze

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    Sweetfields Farm

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 17250 Benes Roush Road, Masaryktown, 34604

    Get lost in a life-sized 5-acre labyrinth made of corn. Guides are available to make sure you don't cheat or get lost. Clues to finding the exit are hidden along the way. Minors 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Along with the maze will be children's activities, farm animals, hay r …

    Price: $9.50; $5 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free.

  9. Where the Wild Things Are Day

    Glazer Children's Museum

    Downtown Tampa : 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    School is out, so join an adventure to start a rumpus with the creatures of Where the Wild Things Are. Wear your pajamas for a $3 discount off admission.

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  10. Pumpkin Patch for Dogs

    Humane Society of Tampa Bay

    Tampa : 3607 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, 33607

    Bring your children and your pets for photos among thousands of pumpkins and gourds and festive Halloween decorations. Pick out a plump pumpkin or a painted jack-o-lantern to take home. Pumpkin sales benefit homeless pets.

    Price: Cost of pumpkins only.

  11. Ikebana International: Industrial Arrangements

    Chapel on the Hill

    Seminole : 12601 Park Blvd., Seminole, 33776

    Ikebana International Chapter #65 welcomes guests to explore the ancient Japanese art of floral and natural material arranging. Regular meetings free to first time guests, then $10 thereafter, unless otherwise noted.

    Susan Thorpe, of the Ohara school of ikebana, presents challenging program of using automotive or industrial parts in an ikebana composition. Bring lunch.

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  12. A Nightmare on Franklin Street: Balcony to Backstage Tour: Ghost Stories

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    Tampa Theatre

    Downtown Tampa : 711 Franklin St., Tampa, 33672

    A Halloween series featuring 15 nights of classic horror films, family friendly spooky movies, creepy cult favorites, ghastly ghost tours and bloodcurdling special guests. The concession stand even adds a holiday twist with Halloween themed craft beers including Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Newcastle Wer …

    Hear haunting tales of Tampa Theatre's secrets, stories, art and architecture on this 90-minute tour. $7.50, $5 ages 2-12, members free.

    Price: Price varies by event. Neverending Nightmare Pass (all movies) $100.

  13. Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament

    Countryside Country Club

    Countryside : 3001 Countryside Blvd, Clearwater, 33761

    The 18-hole, four-person scramble with a shotgun start includes contest for hole-in-one, longest drive and closest to the pin, silent auction, raffle and a 19th hole party.

    Price: $125.

  14. Holocaust Survivors as Educators

    University of South Florida Gibbons Alumni Center

    University Area : 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33620

    Holocaust survivors Toni Rinde, Jerry Rawicki and Judith Szentivanyi describe how telling their individual stories has affected them and their audiences over time. A panel discussion follows.

    Price: Free.

  15. Chow and Ciao

    Il Panificio

    Sarasota : 6630 Gateway Ave., Sarasota, 34231

    Food, fun and language lessons, as students enjoy pizza at each class while exploring the culture and language of Italy. Four-week series Mondays Oct. 20 through Nov. 10.

    Price: $225 per person for four week class.

  16. Bromeliad Guild

    Christ the King Catholic Church

    South Tampa : 821 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33609

    Bromeliad Guild of Tampa Bay meets the third Monday of every month with advice for growing the colorful tropical plants; with door prizes and raffle.

    Dennis Cathcart, hybridizer, collector, bromeliad expert and owner of Tropiflora Nursery, presents program: New Explorations and Discoveries in Brazil, Part I.

    Price: Free.

  17. Focus on Your Talent (Clearwater)

    Menaul Art Gallery

    Clearwater : 1750 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater, 33765

    This 5-week journey of discovery of everyone's potential for creating a solid body of photography work based upon a single concept is at the core of this intensive seminar. The topics explored will revolve around ideas and concepts, intent, intended outcomes, genres, techniques and their individ …

    Price: $125.

  18. A Nightmare on Franklin Street: Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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    Tampa Theatre

    Downtown Tampa : 711 Franklin St., Tampa, 33672

    A Halloween series featuring 15 nights of classic horror films, family friendly spooky movies, creepy cult favorites, ghastly ghost tours and bloodcurdling special guests. The concession stand even adds a holiday twist with Halloween themed craft beers including Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Newcastle Wer …

    In the 1991 version of Silence of the Lambs, Jodie Foster portrays a young FBI agent assigned to help find a deranged serial killer who skins his female victims' corpses. $10, $8 members.

    Price: Price varies by event. Neverending Nightmare Pass (all movies) $100.

  19. Reflections Chamber Ensemble

    HCC Ybor Campus Main Stage Theater

    Ybor City : 2204 N 15th Street, Tampa, 33605

    For their first concert of the season, the program will feature Waves, 1976 by Toru Takemitsu, Quarter for Clarinet, Horn, Cello and Side Drum by Bohuslay Martinu, Pitch City from 1972 by William Duckworth, the premiere of Night Wind, a collaborative work for trombone and live electronics and mo …

    Price: $10, free students and faculty.

  20. Breath and Yoga for a Happy Birth Pregnancy Series

    Green Locus Yoga and Organics

    Westchase : 9564 W Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, 33626

    Expectant parents will practice yoga and conscious breathing while also learning about labor, including the emotional and physical changes that take place, positions for labor, partner support and massage techniques. Class runs every Monday in October.

    Price: $199, $229 after September 30.

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