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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


Twitter: @SharonKWn

Blog: Whoa, Momma!

  1. Do-gooders unite in Give Day Tampa Bay 24-hour fundraising event


    Tuesday is Give Day Tampa Bay, a 24-hour fundraising event that benefits a wide range of local nonprofit charities. It's also a competition of sorts, with charities vying for added bonuses from corporate sponsors and foundations.

    The online giving challenge at , presented by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, aims to make it easy to find your favorite cause and give it a boost. Now in its third year, it has a roster of 595 nonprofit organizations from all over the Tampa Bay area. Join in on social media using #GiveDayTampaBay, #LiveHere and #GiveHere....

    NOMAD Studio, which stands for Neighborhood-Oriented Mobile Art and Design Studio,which takes its art bus to places like foster homes and inner-city schools, will be raising money on Tuesday's Give Day Tampa Bay, a 24-hour fundraising event for local nonprofits. In addition to conducting art classes, the white bus gets painted with tempura paint that is later washed off. For Give Day on May 3, the white NOMAD bus will be roaming the town from 10:30 a.m. to midnight letting anyone paint on the sides of the bus. Find eal-time location and donation updates from their @NOMADartbus accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook page.
  2. Plan your weekend: Beyonce, Tropical Heatwave, RiverFest


    Plan your weekend


    Beyoncé: This is not a drill, people. Queen Bey is in Tampa Friday night, with DJ Khaled opening the show at 7:30 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Tickets start at $45 via Ticketmaster. The stadium box office will open at 10 a.m., parking lots at 4:30 p.m., gates at 5:30. Stuff you can bring: Signs and banners that won't obstruct the views of those around you; decorative lights that use no more than 3 batteries. Stuff you can't bring: GoPro or video cameras, professional cameras and lenses, selfie sticks, lasers, umbrellas, strollers, drones, beach balls, backpacks or large bags. For a full list of rules and more details about the show, see r

  3. Things to do planner: RiverFest, Star Wars Day, comics Chris Kattan and Frank Caliendo


    TAMPA RIVERFEST: Rolling on the Riverwalk

    For its second year, RiverFest will highlight the Tampa Riverwalk with loads of activities along the 1.8 mile path by the Hillsborough River. The scenic stretch, completed last March, took four decades, six mayors and millions of dollars. See the full lineup at, but here are some highlights:...

    PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 28: Comedian Frank Caliendo performs onstage during Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XXI at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
  4. 5 things to do under $5: Movies and Music in the Park, Prince's 'Purple Rain'


    1Purple Rain: Saddened fans of Prince can gather at Tampa Theatre on Saturday when the historic movie house hosts a free screening of Prince's 1984 film Purple Rain. Doors will open at 8 p.m. Saturday for the 9 p.m. screening. No tickets are required, but arrive early as seating is limited at 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982.

    DETROIT, MI - APRIL 09:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Prince performs onstage during the "HitnRun" tour at The Fox Theatre on April 9, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for NPG Records 2015)
  5. Theme park news: Universal gets 'Exorcist' for Halloween, veterans get price break at Busch Gardens


    It may seem early to talk about Halloween, but for horror fans, there's a reason. Universal announced Tuesday that Halloween Horror Nights will welcome The Exorcist as a haunted house this year.

    Considered one of the scariest movies in film history, the 1973 story of a possessed child will be an all-new haunted maze for Halloween Horror Nights, which will run for 30 select nights between Sept. 16 and Oct. 31. ...

    Military veterans can take 50 percent off up to six single-day admission tickets to Busch Gardens through the end of May.
  6. Veterans get 50 percent off Busch Gardens tickets


    Military veterans can take 50 percent off up to six single-day admission tickets to Busch Gardens, a savings of almost $50 per ticket through the end of May.

    The offer can be used by active, retired and honorably discharged officers and enlisted personnel.

    "This special offer is a small way of saying thank you to those who serve and have served our country," Jim Dean, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay park president, said in a news release. "It is an honor to be able to host members of the military and their families in our park and this offer is a small token of our appreciation."...

    About 2,500 Florida National Guard members at Busch Gardens Tampa in 2006.

[DANIEL WALLACE | Times (2006)]
  7. To mourn Prince, Tampa Theatre offers free screening of 'Purple Rain'


    Devastated fans of Prince can gather at Tampa Theatre on April 30 when the historic movie house hosts a free screening of Prince's 1984 film Purple Rain.

    "Yesterday, the world lost a larger-than-life legend when the vibrant pop icon Prince died at the age of 57," the theater said in a news release.

    Purple Rain was Prince's first movie, and he won an Oscar for the score. The movie, the single and the album all hit No. 1, cementing his arrival as a legend. ...

    Prince and Apollonia starred in the 1984 movie Purple Rain, showing on April 30.
  8. Cute baby sloths born at Busch Gardens (w/video)


    Busch Gardens has baby news: Two sloths have been born at the Tampa theme park in recent weeks, and the pictures are adorable.

    The babes are a Hoffman's two-toed sloth born March 24 and a Linne's two-toed sloth born on April 2.

    They are still under the watch of the park's animal care team, but visitors will be able see both baby sloths in the coming weeks in the park and at Jambo Junction....

    This Linne’s two-toed sloth that was born on April 2 to first-time mother Daisy and father Mario. The baby is currently healthy and being cared for by its mother with the animal care team monitoring closely.
  9. Plan your weekend April 22-24: Sugar Sand Festival, Blue Collar Comedy, Bloody Mary Festival


    Plan your weekend

    Take the kids

    Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival: A walk-through display of nearly 1,000 tons of sand in music-themed sculptures, and adjacent free activities include sand sculpting classes at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; "speed sculpting" demonstrations at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; movies on the beach at dusk Friday and Saturday; fireworks at 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and beach-front concerts Friday-Sunday evenings. There is free parking in downtown Clearwater and at the Harborview Center. Park and take the Jolley Trolley ($2.25 per trip; $5 all day) or the Clearwater ferry at 42 Drew St. to the beach marina ($2 each way). See schedules at and Admission: $10, $7 seniors/military, $5 ages 6-17, 5 and younger free. It's open at 10 a.m. daily through Sunday at Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. ...

  10. New 'Frozen' boat ride to open in June at Disney's Epcot


    Disney World forecast a Frozen summer on Wednesday, revealing a June opening date for the new ride Frozen Ever After at Epcot as well as news on the expansion of its popular Soarin' ride, a slew of new nighttime attractions at Animal Kingdom and the final expansion of its shopping and dining area, Disney Springs.

    At a media preview this week, the theme park giant showed a "behind the wall" peek in Epcot's Norway pavilion that revealed a rustic cottage under construction that will be the Royal Sommerhus, where guests can meet and greet characters Anna and Elsa from the hit animated movie. The former Maelstrom ride at Norway is being transformed into Frozen Ever After, a boat ride to Queen Elsa's ice palace. An exact opening date in June was not released....

    This rendering shows Frozen Ever After, opening at Epcot’s Norway pavilion in June.
  11. 5 things to do under $5 April 21-27: Earth Day, Tampa Fourth Friday, Green Thumb Festival


    1Green Thumb Festival: The surest sign of spring is this annual festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, where you can get your tools sharpened and your soil tested, browse a wide variety of plants, pick up free mulch and buy trees for $5. Don't miss the flower show and children's plant fair set up in the adjacent recreation center at Walter Fuller Park, 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. ...

    LARA CERRI   |   Times (2011)
  12. Things to do planner: Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy, David Sedaris


    HE TALK PRETTY: David Sedaris

    The works of humorist and essayist David Sedaris are meant to be read out loud, and on Friday fans can celebrate the paperback release of Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls with the author at Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Sedaris was discovered by National Public Radio's Ira Glass and his debut in 1992 reading SantaLand Diaries about his experiences as a Christmas elf at Macy's launched a phenomenon. He has since released eight collections of essays and stories including the bestsellers Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. Fun fact: Sedaris ranks at No. 25 on because "people go crazy and pay to hear him read from his own book. Let me say that again: People will pay to see someone read from a book they have already read." He appears in Tampa at 7:30 p.m. Friday. $30-$55. (813) 229-7827.

    David Sedaris.
  13. Sugar Sand Festival turns Clearwater Beach into gallery of music-themed sculptures



    He made Bob Marley rise up, and the Beatles were bobbling along in a sandy submarine behind him. Then sand sculptor Dean Arscott, 29, turned his attention to Lady Gaga for his music-themed sand sculptures at this year's Clearwater Beach Sugar Sand Festival.

    Of the many looks of Gaga, Arscott finds inspiration in her long, platinum blond hair and very winged eyeliner, like when she wowed the 2016 Super Bowl singing the national anthem....

    Sand sculptor Dean Arscott of St. Petersburg blows away remnants of sand from his rendition of Lady Gaga.
  14. Runners to take off at Tampa airport's charity 5K on the runway


    People who like to run on the hot tarmac of an airport runway — and there appear to be a lot of them — will get a chance next weekend with Tampa International Airport's 5K Runway Fun Run.

    This event has sold old out the past three years, so if you want to hoof it on a wide open runway, head to to sign up. ...

    Tampa International Airport will close a runway to air traffic to open it for an annual 5K race April 23.
  15. Plan your weekend: Spamalot, Sugar Sand Festival, Mainsail Art Festival


    Plan your weekend


    Monty Python's Spamalot: Pack a picnic — American Stage in the Park this year embraces the full-blown silliness of Monty Python's Spamalot, a satirical take on England's medieval past and present, which debuted on Broadway in 2005. The show includes hurled cows, killer bunnies, people being slapped in the face with fish and a coming-out party for a member of King Arthur's court. The show opens Saturday and runs through May 8 at Demens Landing, Bayshore Drive and Second Avenue S, St. Petersburg. $16-$38. A "pay what you can" preview performance is at 8 p.m. today . Gala Under the Stars, a fundraiser, starts at 6 p.m. Friday with gourmet dinner, an open bar, auctions and the opening performance of Spamalot for $200. (727) 823-7529.