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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. 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

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  1. Take it Outside Planner: Shark Week, Summer RV Show, water bottles

    Outdoors

    SHARK WEEK: See the real thing

    Discovery Channel's most popular slate of programming — Shark Week — returns for its 28th year in a series of specials Sunday through July 3. Scientists love to hate Shark Week, or maybe it's that they hate themselves when they love it. It's great that Discovery Channel spends so much time talking about sharks, one of the most threatened species on the planet thanks to overfishing. But it's hard to get people to care about protecting them when they are portrayed as terrifying. Critics are a must-read during Shark Week, like shark biologist David Shiffman's Twitter account @WhySharksMatter when he calls out the nonsense. ("Sharks bend hooks all the time. It doesn't make them mythical Hitler sharks.") ...

    Yeti Rambler, 64-ounce bottle.
  2. Things to do planner: WWE Raw, Busch Gardens fireworks, Monty Python party

    Events

    MUSCLE BOUND: WWE Raw in Tampa

    World Wrestling Entertainment fans have been buzzing about the great chemistry coming from John Cena's feud with A.J. Styles, if only because Styles is helping the former WWE champion bring out some of his best performances. So look for more of that when WWE Raw comes Monday to Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Cena, who has a home in Land O'Lakes, has been making big crossover points lately in self-deprecating comedic roles in the movie Trainwreck and new variety show Maya & Marty. WWE Raw will also bring Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family, the Big Show, Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens and the WWE Divas. Card subject to change up until bell time. If you don't have tickets ($20-$115) for the 7:30 p.m. show, Raw will be live on the USA network starting at 8 p.m. (813) 301-2500. wwe.com....

    Former WWE champ John Cena will be part of WWE Raw, which hits Amalie Arena on Monday.
  3. 5 things to do under $5: June 23-29

    Events

    1 Author Kate DiCamillo: Bestselling author Kate DiCamillo will discuss her new book for young readers Raymie Nightingale at the Robert W. Saunders Sr. Public Library from 6-7 p.m. Friday. The book will be available for purchase and signing after the discussion. DiCamillo has won two Newbery Medals recognizing her novels The Tale of Despereaux (2003) and Flora and Ulysses (2013). Her best-known books for young children are the Mercy Watson series. The talk is free. 1505 Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 273-3652. For more with Kate DiCamillo, see tbtim.es/12tk....

    The Pirate Water Taxi picks up passengers at a dock behind the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
  4. Plan your weekend June 17-19: New coaster opens at Busch Gardens, Father's Day, The Fray at the Rays

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Dance fever

    Maks and Val Live on Tour: Our Way: Brothers Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, stars of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, bring a theatrical dance tour that is based on their lives to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Friday. The hunky Ukrainian brothers overcame their immigrant struggles thanks to dance and the arts (and even did a guest spot on Fuller House). 8 p.m. Friday, Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. $41.75-$81.75. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com. ...

    DANCING WITH THE STARS - LAILA ALI - Ali, an undefeated world champion female boxer and youngest daughter of sports legend Muhammad Ali, takes her footwork to the ballroom dance floor on "Dancing with the Stars." Outside the ring, Ali has graced countless international magazine covers such as Glamour and Italian Vogue, and authored the inspiring autobiography Reach! She joins MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, who returns for his third season. "Dancing with the Stars" returns MONDAY, MARCH 19 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. (ABC/JAMES SORENSEN)
  5. Take it Outside Planner: Rainbow Springs State Park, mini lobster season, headlamps

    Outdoors

    SPOTLIGHT: Rainbow Springs State Park

    With the kids out of school, now is a good time to explore Florida's original water parks, the more than 700 springs that beckon with cool, clear water. One of the best is the Rainbow River, a stunningly beautiful system of springs about two hours north of Tampa. It's popular with snorkelers for its remarkably clear water but also for inner tube trips, canoeing, kayaking, camping and walking some of the most scenic nature trails in Florida. Archaeological evidence indicates that people have been using Florida's fourth-largest spring for nearly 10,000 years. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at the headsprings, where tubing is not allowed. Tubers launch at a special entrance on SW 180th Avenue Road about 2 miles north of County Road 484 in Dunnellon. For state park information, call (352) 465-8555. For inner tube rental see rainbowspringspark.com....

    David Cruz of Homosassa takes a giant leap in the Rainbow Springs, one several state parks with natural swimming holes in Florida.
  6. 5 things to do under $5: Go Skateboarding Day, award-winning authors at UT

    Events

    1Go Skateboarding Day: It's an official holiday, at least according to skateboard companies and skateparks around the globe who use it to promote skateboarding. In that spirit, Tuesday brings free skateboarding and contests from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. Also, Northwest Skate Park, 8612 Jackson Springs Road in Tampa, will have free skating and contests from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday....

    Ishod Wair of New Jersey practices at the Skatepark of Tampa, which is celebrating Go Skateboarding Day on Tuesday.
  7. Things to Do Planner: The Fray plays after the Rays, golf-themed Beerfest

    Events

    TAMPA BAY RAYS: Retro night and The Fray

    Saturday brings the Tampa Bay Rays' popular Turn Back the Clock Night with players in "vintage" uniforms and a postgame concert by the Fray, the first in the Summer Concert Series. The Rays play the Giants at 4:10 p.m. Saturday, and you can expect lots of music from the '70s and free '70s-themed posters for the first 10,000 fans. Concession prices will roll back for a day, including $2 popcorn, peanuts and Pepsi drinks. After the game, the Grammy-winning foursome the Fray (How to Save a Life, Over My Head) takes the field. The concert is free with game admission (which starts at $25) but if you want to get closer, field access passes are available at raysbaseball.com/concerts. ...

    The head of an 80-foot golden snake statue on Cobra’s Curse at Busch Gardens, a ride expected to open this summer.
  8. Opening soon at Disney: Frozen ride, Soarin' and Star Wars fireworks

    Florida

    Next week at Walt Disney World, Star Wars fans will find amped-up fireworks and the return of Soarin', and little girls will finally get their Anna and Elsa attraction when Frozen Ever After opens at Epcot on June 21.

    The theme park giant has a number of new attractions that are finally opening for summer vacation season.

    The most-anticipated one is the Frozen ride. It comes at the expense of Maelstrom, the well-liked boat ride through Norwegian history and folklore. ...

    A rendering shows the "Frozen Ever After" attraction opening at Epcot on June 21. Courtesy of Disney
  9. Busch Gardens' Cobra's Curse opens June 17; Adventure Island's sunset celebrations to begin

    Florida

    Busch Gardens on Friday announced that its much-anticipated Cobra's Curse roller coaster will open to the public on June 17.

    The spin coaster — which features a 70-foot vertical lift and 40-miles-per-hour drop down 2,100 feet of track, along with an exotic snake exhibit in the queue — is Busch Gardens' first new coaster since Falcon's Fury in 2014. For info on the coaster, see cobrascurse.com....

    Cobra’s Curse features an 80-foot golden snake statue. Riders will go forward, backward and freely spin.
  10. Review: SeaWorld's Mako, open Friday, full of high speeds and weightlessness

    Florida

    ORLANDO — The hype surrounding the hypercoaster Mako opening Friday at SeaWorld has been breathless, just like the riders who got a sneak preview of the coaster Thursday.

    "Hypercoaster" means there are no loop-de-loops, just high speed (73 mph) and that weightless feeling you get when G-forces send riders up out of their seats as Mako roars down the other side of the hill.

    It is tall, it is fast, and it is a very smooth ride when you haven't been lifted out of your seat in nine designed moments of airtime....

    SeaWorld’s Mako is the fastest, tallest and longest roller coaster in Orlando, set in an area entirely dedicated to sharks. It opens to the public this week.
  11. Plan your weekend June 10-12: Journey, Star Wars Night at the Rays, Kidz Bop

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Concert

    Journey, Doobie Brothers, Dave Mason: You never know when you might witness a rare collaboration when these legends perform Friday at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. They have been stepping in at unexpected moments during the tour. Even if the three bands don't share a stage, it'll be a night of wall-to-wall hits, including the new national anthem, Don't Stop Believin'. Show time is 7 p.m. Friday at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $25 and up. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com....

    Dave Mason
  12. 5 things to do under $5: Cheap kid movies, Ferris Bueller party, teen book fest

    Events

    1 Cheap kid movies: Movie theater chains are getting parents through the long hot summer with a series of weekday moves that are cheap and sometimes include snacks. The Carmike chain, which includes Muvico Sundial in St. Petersburg and Centro Ybor, has movies at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays for $4 with a free drink and popcorn. This Tuesday features Epic, the spoof of fantasy movies. See carmike.com. Regal theaters will have $1 movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting with The Lego Movie and Max at 10 a.m. Tuesday; see regmovies.com. And Cobb theaters in St. Petersburg and Countryside will have free movies at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays starting this week with Norm of the North and Shaun the Sheep; s ee cobbtheatres.com....

    The Lego Movie is $1 at Regal theaters Tuesday and Wednesday.
  13. Take it Outside Planner: Running in the heat, World Ocean's Day, best flip-flops

    Events

    WATER WORKERS: World Oceans Day cleanup

    Officially recognized by the United Nations, World Oceans Day was June 8, but this weekend Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is calling all kayakers, canoers, paddleboarders, boaters, divers and anyone else who wants to pitch in to spend Saturday morning cleaning up local waterways. There are several spots staked out along the Hillsborough River, including Tampa's Water Works Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., and Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, 601 Old Water St. From 9-11 a.m. Saturday, volunteers will aim to make the waterways trash-free. Register online, sign waiver forms and download the Marine Debris Tracker app at keeptampabaybeautiful.org. But you can pick any one of your favorite beaches to clean up and join in this weekend's worldwide effort. Post the trash or treasure found with #trashortreasure and #cleanyourbeach....

    Participants start the race during the Undy 5000 Run/Walk at Al Lopez Park in Tampa.
  14. Things to Do Planner: Star Wars Night at the Rays, Mako coaster opens at Seaworld, Kidz Bop

    Events

    FORCE FIELD: Star Wars Night at the Rays

    The Tampa Bay Rays' popular Star Wars Night at Tropicana Field is Saturday when the team battles the Dark Side — or, the Houston Astros. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be photo opportunities and lots of music and images from the movies shown throughout the game. But the best part is the night's giveaway: the Chris Archer stormtrooper bobblehead. Past Star Wars Nights have brought bobbleheads like the rebel pilot Wil Myers or the Evan Longoria "Han Longo." But those were special event tickets you had to buy just to get the giveaway. This time, the Archer bobblehead will be given to all ticket holders while supplies last. The game is at 4:10 p.m. Saturday. Also at the Trop, Sunday is Family Fun Day, and kids get to run the bases after the 1:10 p.m. game and play games at the DJ Kitty dance party with mascot appearances. Kids 14 and younger will get a free Rays Bucket Hat while supplies last. Ticket prices vary by game. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297. raysbaseball.com....

    For Star Wars Night at the Rays game June 11 fans will get this Chris  Archer Stormtrooper bobble
  15. Kidz Bop's Matt Martinez talks about touring as a tween, training for future stardom and more

    Blog

    Ask any kid who has belted out a tune in front of the mirror with a hairbrush as a microphone. Matt Martinez is a 13-year-old living the dream as one of the stars of the Kidz Bop Life of the Party Tour coming to Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Friday.

    In a phone call from a 50-city tour stop in Washington, D.C., Martinez talked of life as one of the Kidz, performing pop songs and dance moves in an interactive show with cleaned-up lyrics. The job allows the Kidz to live the life, sorta, of a pop star — hitting the road, making videos, performing with the Rockettes at Christmas at Radio City Music Hall....

    Matt Martinez, left, and his fellow Kidz Bop singers will perform in Clearwater on June 10.