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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. Corona and the app Klink will deliver beer on Madeira Beach on Saturday

    Events

    In a publicity stunt aimed at thirsty beachgoers, Corona beer has partnered with the alcohol delivery service Klink for beach-side beer delivery for one day only on Madeira Beach this weekend.

    From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, you'll be able to order a six-pack of tall boys for $6.99 while sitting on a beach blanket in Archibald Beach Park in Madeira Beach. The app is free and there is no delivery charge, said a spokeswoman. ...

    Writer-director Richard Tanne, center, poses with stars Tika Sumpter, left, and Parker Sawyers, who play young Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama in Southside With You.
  2. Insider tips: Your last chance to play in 1.2 million balls at Amalie Arena

    Events

    It turns out plenty of people in Tampa Bay want to play in a ball pit.

    It doesn't hurt that it's free to flop around in the stunning exhibit of all-white plastic bubbles at the Beach Tampa in Amalie Arena. But it's also just plain fun, so more than 80,000 people have snapped up free tickets so far, an arena spokeswoman said. It's on track to hit the 100,000 mark by the time the exhibit ends on Thursday. ...

    Lance Tejo, 15; Bryce Navarro, 15; and Hailey Alimo, 12, of Wesley Chapel cannonball into the Beach Tampa’s 1.2 million balls. The free installation ends Thursday at Amalie Arena.
  3. Grim news kept people away from Disney, Universal and other theme parks, analysts say

    Florida

    ORLANDO — It's 9:01 a.m. and a stream of sweaty tourists is pressing through the entrance gates and hoofing it to the back of the park at Universal's Islands of Adventure. At this moment in early August, it's a 45-minute wait for the behemoth ride called Skull Island: Reign of Kong, which opened July 14. The wait will grow to more than 80 minutes for the rest of the day.

    That may seem long. But the wait times actually belie a slower-than-usual summer at Florida theme parks. Experts expect the final tally to show a slight fizzle to the state's previously sizzling attendance figures. Now, they are looking ahead to the horrors of Halloween for some hope....

    Guests ride the Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster at Islands of Adventure, a theme park at Universal Orlando Resort, in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. The ride, which is very popular with theme park guests, often requires a long wait in line. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. For Glazer museum's birthday: $6 admission, free weekend in September

    Events

    Forget those birthday party goody bags stuffed with plastic junk. The Glazer Children's Museum is celebrating its sixth birthday with $6 admission for almost the whole month of September, capped off by free admission Sept. 24-25 for a science-filled Particle Party.

    The hands-on museum opened its doors next to Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park on Sept. 25, 2010, revealing 53,000 square feet and three levels of play stations. It drew about 215,000 visitors last year, including summer campers, for its mission to bring brain-building and science lessons to playtime for kids 10 and younger....

    The museum has a variety of play stations, including this kitchen and food one.
  5. Plan your weekend: Dixie Chicks, Rays cut prices for sellout crowd, comedians Brad Williams, Jamie Kennedy

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Concert

    The Dixie Chicks: Natalie Maines and sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer take the stage in Tampa Friday for their first tour in a decade. Vintage Trouble and Smooth Hound Smith open at 7 p.m. Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $35 and up. (813) 740-2446. livenation.com....

  6. Things to do planner: Championship cat show, Tampa Home Show, Superheroes Night

    Events

    FANCY CATS: TICA Championship Cat Show

    The International Cat Association brings judges from across the country for the TICA Championship Cat Show this weekend, an all-breed show with cats in 12 rings. TICA, the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats, recognizes more new breeds than other cat fancy organizations, and it allows household pets to compete, too.

    What you get is variety of strange and unusual cats at the show, hosted by the local Skyway Cat Club. More than 140 cats will be entered, from kitties that look like striped tigers or a large cat with leopardlike spots. ...

    SP_356526_SHAD_JULY4TH_01  (07/04/12 ST. PETE)  Fireworks explode over the Tampa Bay with the St. Petersburg Pier pictured at right during what may be this particular pier's last fireworks show during the July 4th celebrations in downtown St. Petersburg Wednesday evening. (NOTE: picture taken form the 27th floor of the Bayfront Towers at One Beach Drive).  [DIRK SHADD   |  Times]
  7. Take It Outside Planner: Free national parks, Great Bay Scallop Search, best mosquito repellents

    Outdoors

    DO GOOD: Volunteer and get outside at the same time

    If you love snorkeling for scallops or tromping through the woods, you can put your outdoorsy ways to good use by volunteering to help keep nature preserves as pristine as possible. Here's some opportunities just this week:

    Great Bay Scallop Search: This Saturday, Tampa Bay Watch is looking for volunteers with shallow draft boats to help monitor the progress of the Tampa Bay area scallop populations. Snorkelers will count scallops along each side of weighted 50-meter transect lines. Registered volunteers must meet at the Fort De Soto boat ramp in Tierra Verde to receive survey equipment and instructions. Positions are also available for volunteers with canoes and kayaks. A limited number of snorkelers without boats will be pair up with boaters who have room aboard their vessels 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Call (727) 867-8166, ext. 233. Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. ...

    SCOTT KEELER   |   Times  Visitors to Everglades National Park ride in an airboat chartered from  Coopertown Airboats Tours, Miami. Coopertown is one of several airboat operators with access to the park near the Tamiami Trail.
  8. 5 things to do under $5: Last week of Beach Tampa, free ice skating, cupcake contest

    Events

    1The Beach Tampa: This is the last week to play in the free installation of 1.2 million white plastic balls designed to look like an ocean of bubbles at Tampa's Amalie Arena. Free timed tickets and parking vouchers are available through thebeachtampa.com. Most weekend times have already been snapped up online, but you can still play in the ball pit, if you have flexibility. There are walk-up tickets available at the box office, though you might be told to come back hours later on a busy Saturday. The exhibit's last day is Aug. 25. Hours are noon-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500. ...

    AMY SCHERZER | Times photo Beach bathing beauties post at The Beach Tampa opening night VIP party Aug. 4 at Amalie Arena.
  9. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Aug. 15-21

    Events

    Dixie Chicks: The chart-topping country stars stop at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at 7 p.m. Friday for their first American tour in a decade. $35-$129. livenation.com.

    Tampa Home Show: Chip Wade of HGTV's Curb Appeal will be at this annual show at the Tampa Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday. $8. tampahomeshow.com.

    Date Night

    Ash Bash: A stogie soiree Saturday at Tampa's Channelside Bay Plaza will have lots of cigar smoking for aficionados, elixir drinking and party foods. $25-$194. www. ashbashtampa.com....

    The Dixie Chicks, Sony Music
  10. Perseid meteor shower bringing unusually large light show this week

    Events

    The annual summer Perseid meteor shower is going to be the best sky show in decades, NASA predicts, and it is peaking in the wee hours of Thursday night into early Friday.

    You could already see some streaks across the sky earlier this week and will also be able to see some over the weekend. But this year astronomers expect an outburst of 100 to 200 meteors per hour — about double the usual rate — that will peak from 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., according to Earthsky.org. ...

    Astronomers expect an outburst of 100 to 200 meteors per hour - about double the usual rate - for this year's Perseid meteor shower beginning late Thursday until about dawn Friday morning. This is a view of the Perseid shower in 2013.  [Associated Press]
  11. Plan your weekend Aug. 12-14: Brad Paisley, Fetish Con, My Little Pony fans

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Take the dog

    Dog Swim Day: For the annual day of pups in the pool on Saturday, St. Petersburg Recreation Department offers two sessions to let man's best friend paddle around Fossil Park Pool and even leap off the diving boards. The first session is 9:30-11 a.m. and the second is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for leash-free swim and play for pups before the pool closes for the season. Register at either start time with proof of dog's current vaccination. But sorry, kids, no swimming for humans. $5 per session for dogs, humans free. Fossil Park Pool, 6739 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7732. ...

    Dirk Shadd/tbt* (2013)
  12. Things to Do Planner: Grand Brony Gala, Fetish Con, Dog Swim Day, comic David Liebe Hart

    Events

    ALTERNATIVE COMIC: David Liebe Hart

    Fans of alternative comedy can catch David Liebe Hart at New World Brewery on Saturday but it's difficult to categorize what they will find. The off-kilter comic, musician and puppeteer is best known for his appearances on Adult Swim's Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! He scored some cult hits (Father & Son, Salame) from his bizarre catalog of songs about aliens, religion and failed relationships and he has an assortment of eclectic puppets and tells oddly endearing stories of paranormal encounters. It turns out one of Adult Swim show's most popular personalities isn't acting. He is that weird, and his die-hard fans love him for it. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave. in Ybor City at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. $10. ticketfly.com....

    The Grand Brony Gala returns this weekend at the Sheraton Tampa East. The even is an annual haven for lovers of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic show, dubbed Bronies and Pegasisters. Pictured: Stills from the show, Quibble Pants and Rainbow Dash Pictured: The Mane Six: Apple Jack, Pinkie Pie, Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash and Rarity
  13. Take It Outside Planner: How to watch Perseid meteor shower, Shark Days at Mote

    Outdoors

    SUMMER SKY: Perseid meteor shower viewing

    Skywatchers' summertime favorite the Perseid meteor shower returns this week, and this year astronomers expect an outburst of 100 to 200 meteors per hour — about double the usual rate. Peak times are from 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday, according to Earthsky.org. Those of us in the South will have about a third less of an outburst, but you can still expect about 50 to 80 meteors an hour, NASA predicts. But you need to find a dark enough place to appreciate it late into the night. The best recommendation is to go camping and try to watch in the wee hours or watch in shifts with bunk mates. Barring a campsite, the very-dark Dade Battlefield Historic State Park in Bushnell is opening its gates 8-10 p.m. Friday to invite visitors to take a night walk along trails before stopping to view shooting stars. Entry is $3 per vehicle, $2 for those walking or on bicycles. The park is at 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. (352) 793-4781. ...

    Photo credit: Mote Marine Laboratory.
  14. 5 things to do under $5: Bike ride to Tarpon Springs, back-to-school party, summer beers

    Events

    1 Sunday Bicycle Rides: The Pinellas Trail is one of Florida's best bicycle trails, and the spot the Tampa Bay Sunday Bicyclers will tour this week is widely considered its prettiest section. From the Old Train Depot in Dunedin, the ride will head north on the Pinellas Trail through Ozona, Palm Harbor and Crystal Beach to Tarpon Springs and then out to beautiful Fred Howard Park and beach. The route is scenic and shady, with one biking bridge over Alt U.S. 19 to add a small challenge. The group will return to Dunedin via the trail and walk to breakfast at a bike-friendly cafe. It's free to join the 29-mile ride. Meet at the Dunedin Historical Museum at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, 349 Main St. Helmets are required and riders maintain speeds of 12 to 16 mph. For information, call Wayne Green at (801) 520-0350....

    After kayaking from St. Petersburg, Jim Hartnett rides on Davis Islands in Tampa. From there he biked up to Tarpon Springs and then down the Pinellas Trail to make one big circle. 

Courtesy of Jim Hartnett
  15. Tickets going fast for Amalie Arena's free Beach Tampa, opening Friday

    Events

    TAMPA — The Beach Tampa opens Friday at Amalie Arena, and the free tickets to float on an ocean of 1.2 million white balls are already hard to come by on weekends.

    The exhibit, created by New York design firm Snarkitecture, is set up in a space the size of the ice rink the Tampa Bay Lightning play in. It took nine tractor-trailer trucks full of the antimicrobial balls to fill the stark white "beach" setting, which will remain through Aug. 25....

    Ivan Crawford, an Amalie Arena facilities supervisor, empties a box full of polyurethane balls onto the arena floor Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 in Tampa. Workers were busy Tuesday setting up "The Beach Tampa" an interactive art installation which features 1.2 million, 3 inch diameter balls. The event will run from Friday, Aug. 5-25 and is free to the public. CHRIS URSO  |   Times