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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer

Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Sharon Kennedy Wynne is a Tampa Bay Times writer and editor who focuses mostly on events and fun Things To Do, but also veers off into stories of parenting on the Whoa, Momma! blog, as well as cool gadgets or whatever captures her short attention span. A lifelong St. Petersburg resident, she has been a journalist since 1988 and joined her hometown Times in 1994. She is married and has two sons.

Phone: (727) 893-8595

Email: wynne@tampabay.com

Twitter: @SharonKWn

Blog: Whoa, Momma!

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  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday March 27

    Events

    Fast Friday Grand Prix Block Party: Racing starts today at 8 a.m. to kick off the Firestone Grand Prix weekend, the city is throwing a block party with live entertainment and family friendly race-themed activities at 5:30 p.m., Second Street N and Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. Free. For the Grand Prix, tickets are $20-$55 general, and there's a a free shuttle from Tropicana Field (parking is $10) and the Downtown Looper Trolley will be running 50-cent rides, under 5 free; see StPeteTrolley.com. ...

    The Grand Prix in St. Petersburg (Visit St. Pete Clearwater (2013))
  2. Adorable kitten born at zoo offers hope for endangered clouded leopard (w/ video)

    Events

    A tiny spotted kitten is being called a "milestone accomplishment" by vets at the Lowry Park Zoo who welcomed the birth of an endangered clouded leopard on March 7.

    The wee male is the first kitten born to the zoo's pair of 4-year-old clouded leopards, and the offspring introduces new genetics into the managed population in North America. Now two weeks old, zoo vets say he is thriving and "has become a worldwide ambassador for his imperiled species."...

    A tiny spotted kitten is being called a "milestone accomplishment'' by vets at the Lowry Park Zoo who welcomed the birth of an endangered clouded leopard on March 7. [Lowry Park Zoo]
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for March 26

    Events

    Clean Bandit: This band blew up with their hit Rather Be, and now you can dance to the feel good song, live. 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $23.75. (727) 895-3045; statetheatreconcerts.com.

    Jackie Evancho: The 14-year-old America's Got Talent runner-up is on tour in support of new album, featuring hits like The Rains of Castamere, from the TV series Game of Thrones and classical songs like Rachmaninoff's Vocalise. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $49.50-$89.50. ...

  4. Fireworks, 5K and more things to do as part of Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

    Events

    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.

    There will be fireworks Thursday after the VIP welcome party, but we non-VIPs will be able to see them from the street. The city is throwing a Fast Friday block party on Central Avenue between Second and Third streets. There will be live music and family-friendly race-themed activities 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday. Think of it as an after-party for the folks running the 5K that night on the race course. ...

    Times files 2014
  5. New Tampa Riverwalk segment gets pop-up bar, family fun for weekend

    Events

    Five Tampa mayors, a pop-up bar and a family fun zone will welcome the ribbon cutting for the Kennedy segment of Tampa's Riverwalk this weekend.

    Former mayors Sandy Freedman, Dick Greco, Pam Iorio and Gov. Bob Martinez along with current Mayor Bob Buckhorn will be there at 5 p.m. Friday for a ribbon cutting of the Kennedy Boulevard segment, followed by family fun in Curtis Hixon Park .

    The Plank, Tampa's first waterfront pop-up bar, will also open in the park throughout the weekend. It takes its name from the wooden planks that were originally sold as part of the Tampa Riverwalk....

     Runners make their way down the Tampa Riverwalk in 2014.
  6. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for March 25

    Events

    Free Food Greek Independence Day: What are you willing to do for free food? Wear a toga to one of the Little Greek restaurants in the Tampa Bay area today and you'll get a free Greek salad and a char-grilled chicken breast. If you are more modest, they also have a price break this week for Greek Independence Day, selling the salad and chicken meal for only $5. Most are open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. See mylittlegreek.com for locations. ...

    Students at Challenger K-8 School wear togas in a Greek Day of events in 2006.  
MAURICE RIVENBARK  |  Times (2006)
  7. Movie theaters to show 'Breakfast Club' for 30th anniversary

    Movies

    The Breakfast Club, the ultimate Gen X teen comedy, welcomes middle age and its 30th anniversary with a big-screen showing Thursday and March 31 in movie theaters, with a special feature about cast members and filmmakers. If you want to feel old, think about how Judd Nelson is now eight years older than Principal Vernon was in the movie, fretting that this generation would be running the world when he became an old man. The movie is playing at Pinellas Park's Regal Park Place Stadium 16, Regency 20 in Brandon, Woodland Square 20 in Oldsmar and other locations at 7:30 p.m. Price varies. See fathomevents.com/event/the-breakfast-club. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer...

    From left, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez and Molly Ringwald are the young performers who comprise the ensemble cast of The Breakfast Club.
  8. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 March 26-April 1

    Events

    1Fin Harp sonic sculpture: On April 1 the Straz Center for the Performing Arts opens an eye-popping piece of public art called Fin Harp, a "sonic" sculpture that will stretch 14 brass wires more than 1,000 feet in a harp form that will scale the roof of the Straz Center. Created by Luke Rothschild, the composer and instrument designer for the ensemble String Theory, it is one of a long line of his large-scale installments. Docents will be available to play and discuss the harp, as well as give the public an opportunity to make some music, during the annual Best of Tampa Bay event on April 11 and prior to performances of Pippin (April 13-19), Mythbusters: Jamie & Adam Uunleashed! (April 23), Celtic Woman (April 25) and the Florida Orchestra (April 10, 17 and 24). The sculpture opens at 10 a.m. Wednesday and will remain on view through May 3 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Free....

    
  9. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for March 24

    Events

    Gasparilla International Film Festival: Sean Astin of The Lord of the Rings will be at tonight's opening night reception at Tampa Theatre, showing off his indie flick The Surface, along with co-star Chris Mulkey, director Gil Cates Jr. and others involved in the production. (Read our critic Steve Persall's interview with Astin at tbtim.es/frp.) Come early to enjoy drinks and samples of food. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and the movie screens at 8 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $55. (813) 260-4433. The festival runs through March 29 with 140 features, documentaries and shorts, in a variety of divisions. Our preview is posted at tbtim.es/fro. The festival's website is gasparillafilmfestival.com....

    Sean Astin and Chris Mulkey will accompany "The Surface" at Tuesday night's showing for the opening night of the Gasparilla International Film Festival.
  10. Finally, public will get good look at Busch Gardens' cheetah and gorilla babies (w/video)

    Florida

    Busch Gardens has had a bit of a baby boom lately.

    This gives us a chance here at the Times to rerun pictures of adorable baby cheetahs and gorillas, but the better news is starting today park visitors will have a chance to be among the first to see these endangered species during special interactions and keeper talks in the park.

    This week and next Tuesdays through Thursdays, you can see the cheetah cubs and baby gorillas and meet the keepers who care for them. ...

    Enzi cuddles with his mother, Pele, a 13-year-old Western Lowland gorilla. Enzi was born Dec. 16.
  11. Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of March 23-29

    Events

    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.

    Tampa Pride Parade: The LGBT community and Hillsborough County make peace Saturday. Entertainment starts at 10 a.m. in Centro Ybor, and the parade follows at 1 p.m. down Ybor City's Seventh Avenue. Free....

    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.
  12. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday March 22

    Events

    Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival: The a cappella sensations Pentatonix perform today. They won a Grammy this year for their Daft Punk medley. The food and wine festival runs 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. and the concert is included with admission. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $95, $90 for ages 3-9.

    Cuban Sandwich Festival: Today is the day dubbed The Big Smackdown to settle who has the best Cuban sandwich. But we are pretty sure the smack talk between Tampa and South Florida won't end. There will also be live music and a myriad of food, art and cultural exhibitors. 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. ...

    L-R:Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstie Maldonado and Kevin Olusola, known as Pentatonix, winners of Best arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella, for their A Cappella medley of classic Daft Punk songs, pose in the press room at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
  13. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday March 21

    Events

    Cuban Sandwich Festival: Local restaurants and celebrities join together in an attempt to build a 105-foot long Cuban sandwich. 11 a.m., Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus, 2112 North 15th St., Tampa. Free (food/drink additional). TheCubanSandwichFestival.com.

    Spring Beer Fling: A nostalgic-retro-surf rock festival featuring fireworks, seasonal spring beers and drinks, a lineup of surf-rock bands, including headliner The Black Lips. 21 and older only. Opens at noon, Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $25 at the gate, $125 VIP. ...

    Ismael Gerena with the Country Market and Deli in St. Petersburg slices a Cuban sandwich during the 2nd Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City on Saturday. The contest had three categories: traditional, non-traditional and popular vote favorite, which was determined by Facebook and text message votes. There were 20 restaurants competing in the contest, which was in conjunction with the Ybor City Saturday Market. Michelle Faedo's On The Go, a Tampa food truck, won both the traditional and non-traditional Cuban sandwich categories. Organizers said the popular vote will be tallied Monday.
  14. Disney tests breakfast at popular Be Our Guest restaurant

    Florida

    Disney World's hugely popular Magic Kingdom restaurant Be Our Guest is now testing a breakfast option through June 18. Like all things in the Beauty and the Beast-themed castle, it has a French flare for the cuisine served 8 to 10 a.m., and reservations are being accepted.

    Dinner reservations have been in high demand since the castle eatery opened in fall 2012, with the restaurant fully booked months in advance. That has forced those who wanted to check it out to wait in very long lines for lunch, which only recently started taking reservations....

    Located within Beast's Castle in the Magic Kingdom, Be Our Guest Restaurant will serve French-inspired cuisine for quick-service lunch and table-service dinner. Part of New Fantasyland, the stylish restaurant will grand open Dec. 6, 2012 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Gene Duncan, photographer)
  15. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday March 20

    Events

    John Mellencamp: The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer gives his second show of the week at 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. Tickets are $43.25-$136.75.

    Mike Calta's Brew Ha-Ha: Radio personality Mike Calta brings some of his favorite comics, Artie Lange, Jim Norton and Robert Kelly, to the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 8 p.m. $39-$59.

    Delbert McClinton: The three-time Grammy Award winning roots musician performs at 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $50-$60. ...