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: @SharonKWynne

Blog: Whoa, Momma!

  1. 5 things to do under $5 April 24-30

    Events

    1 Spring Postcard Show: Deltiology, or postcard collecting, is the third-largest collecting hobby in the world, behind coins and stamps, but postcards offer a rich treasure of images of old-time tourism and vacations of another era. The Sunshine Post Card Club is having its spring show with dozens of dealers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express, 4750 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Free parking, $3 admission for nonmembers....

  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 23

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    IIFA Stomp: To celebrate the "Bollywood Oscars" descending on Tampa this week, this free block party will have DJs and lots of dancing. It starts at 7 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free. For complete coverage of this week's IIFA events, go to tampabay.com/bollywood.

    Wednesdays By the Water: This week features a cornhole tournament with a special menu and prizes at the 360-degree waterfront bar on the Riverwalk. Starts at 5 p.m. at Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. Free. ...

  3. Update: 'Today' show cancels Universal broadcast

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    UPDATE: WESH TV, the NBC affiliate in Orlando, is reporting that Today show producers have canceled the planned broadcast from Universal Orlando Resort on Friday.

    When the news of the show being in Orlando was first announced Tuesday, it sent speculation flying faster than a Firebolt that muggles will finally be told when the opening day of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion, Diagon Alley. There was no word from NBC or Universal if the decision had anything to do with the theme park expansion's progress....

    The Escape from Gringotts thrill ride and the  Hogwarts Express train will be some of the big features of the theme park expansion, letting visitors travel between the two parks on the iconic train and shop in the wizarding business district of Diagon Alley.
  4. Comedian Tom Arnold brings standup act to Tampa

    Stage

    We loved Tom Arnold best in True Lies, the least when he was starring in tabloid drama with his ex-wife Roseanne Barr. Lately the newly skinny comic has returned to his standup roots with a Showtime special coming out this year and is touring in comedy clubs. He lost 100 pounds in the past 18 months, inspired by the birth of his first child, who recently turned 1. You can see him Friday and Saturday at shows 8 and 10:15 p.m. at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $25-$32. (813) 960-1197. sidesplitterscomedy.com. ...

  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 22

    Events

    Ghost: The Musical: If you've seen the 1990 movie, you're familiar with the story of this Broadway musical: Young couple Sam and Molly deal with Sam's untimely death that leaves him trapped between two worlds. Show is at 7:30 p.m. at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. $46.50-$81.50. (813) 229-7827.

    St. Petersburg College Jazz Band: Enjoy an evening of jazz and big band music starting at 7:30 p.m. at St. Petersburg College Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 341-7984....

  6. Epcot adds adults-only after party starting Thursday

    Florida

    Walt Disney World has announced a new feature, but no kids are allowed. The new After Hours Wind Down experience at Epcot will cost $35 for appetizers and a beverage flight for adults 21 and older when the park closes at 9 p.m. After the park's Illuminations fireworks show, the kids will clear out and guests will have a chance to wine and dine at four of Epcot's restaurants from 9:20 to 11 p.m.: La Cava del Tequila (Mexico), Spice Road Table (Morocco), Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar (Italy) and Rose & Crown Pub (United Kingdom). The event will run Thursday through Sunday until Sept. 15. For reservations: (407) 939-3463 or go to disneyworld.com/spring. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer...

  7. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 20

    Events

    Mainsail Arts Festival: This annual festival is one of the area's best outdoor shows with more than 250 artists on display. Today features music by Shaun Hopper (1-2 p.m.), Come Back Alice (2:15-3:30 p.m.) and TC Carr and the Bolts of Blue with Josh Nelms (3:45-5 p.m.). It starts at 10 a.m., Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free.

    Family Favorites Film Series: Kids get to see some of their parents' most beloved childhood films on the big screen. This week it's The Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio, learning life lessons from Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). Rated PG. 3 p.m., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $10, $8 12 and younger. (813) 274-8982....

  8. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 19

    Events

    Record Store Day: Today is a glorious all-day bonanza for geeked-out vinyl and music fans, with lots of exclusive one-day-only merchandise at indie record shops. Daddy Kool, Mojo Books and Music in Tampa, Bananas Music and Movies, Microgroove Records and more will be spinning, selling, even serving up drinks and live music. See recordstoreday.com for a full list. And for tips on navigating the day, watch the #PlayTampaBay video at tampabay.com/things-to-do. ...

  9. Bollywood star to throw out first pitch at Rays game

    Events

    Wednesday is Bollywood Night at the Tampa Bay Rays game, when the Rays play the Twins and the team has enlisted Bollywood star Shahid Kapoor to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Think this comes out of left field? Not when the area is celebrating the International Indian Film Academy making its first U.S. stop in Tampa next week. You can get a discounted seat in the Press Level and a Rays Bollywood-themed T-shirt for $25 at raysbaseball.com/specialevents. Use promotion code JAIHO1. Kapoor, 33, is a Bollywood heartthrob who has appeared in dozens of Hindi films. He will co-host the IIFA award show — the "Bollywood Oscars" — with actor-director Farhan Akhtar, a charming duo who hosted the award show when it was in Singapore in 2012. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer...

  10. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 18

    Events

    Jamie Lynn Spears: At the Clearwater Threshers game against the Lakeland Flying Tigers you get a free concert by aspiring country singer Jamie Lynn Spears (yes, Britney's sister). Also, a Jimmy Rollins Bobble will be handed out to commemorate his induction into the Florida State League Hall of Fame. Game is at 6:30 p.m. at Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. $5-$9.50....

  11. Rhonda Shear to revive 'Up All Night' on Tampa's Ch. 38

    Blog

    Rhonda Shear is about to go up all night again.

    The comedian and B-movie actor, who now runs a fast-growing shapewear and intimates firm in St. Petersburg, became a cult classic in the ‘90s on the USA Network show Up All Night, a show that bookended comedy bits around truly awful movies like Vampires on Bikini Beach that played in the wee morning hours....

    Rhonda Shear during Up All Night's heyday
  12. Evan Longoria home runs will once again benefit animal shelter

    Events

    As the Rays prepare for their first home stand against the Yankees this season, All Star third baseman Evan Longoria will once again be swinging for the puppies. For the third season, Longo has promised that every home run he hits will benefit the Pet Pal Animal Shelter, a no-kill, nonprofit shelter in St. Petersburg. So for every dinger, Bright House Sports Network, the Rays and Ducky's Sports Lounge will each donate $100 to the shelter. Despite missing more than half the 2012 season with a partially torn left hamstring, Longoria's 49 home runs the past two seasons have generated more than $20,000 for Pet Pal. Longoria and his fiancee, Jaime Edmondson, have two rescue dogs, Jango, a 9-year-old bull terrier and Tatum, a 5-year-old Boerboel mastiff. To donate or for additional information, visit petpalanimalshelter.com or call (727) 328-7738. The Rays play the Yankees at home Thursday through Sunday and the Twins at the Trop next week. —Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer...

  13. 5 things to do under $5 April 17-23

    Events

    1 The Organizing Queen: Professional organizer Betty Arnold will demonstrate simple tips and practices from her organizational therapy program, "The Queen Wears Prada," that she promises will make life easier and more manageable. She will also share ways to reduce clutter, free up time and energy and enhance living space, both physical and emotional. It's free at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. (813) 273-3652. ...

  14. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 15

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    Live Radio Theatre Project: Be part of the live studio audience and watch actors present the latest chapter in the ongoing series The Continuing Adventures of Noel Berlin Cabaret Detective. It's at 7 p.m. at Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Pay what you can at the door.

    The Sounds: The Swedish indie rock band plays with Blondfire and Ghost Beach tonight at 7 p.m. at State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $20. (727) 895-3045....

  15. Tip of the hat (and wag of the finger) for Colbert as Letterman's replacement

    The Feed

    Well that was fast. Just days after David Letterman shocked fans and even family with his decision to retire from the Late Show in 2015, CBS has announced that Comedy Central satire king Stephen Colbert, 49, will take over his desk.

    Colbert has helmed an award-winning fake news show on Comedy Central since 2005. He is known for his right-wing mockery, once famously quipping in a performance for President George W. Bush that "reality has a well-known liberal bias." And he introduced us to the word "truthiness" to explain why pundits have a gut feeling they are right despite all evidence. ...

    David Letterman will pass the Late Show helm next year to Stephen Colbert, who already hosts a late-night Comedy Central show.