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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. Plan your weekend Feb. 12-14: Sant' Yago Knight Parade, Valentine's Day ideas, Hillsong United

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Parade

    Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade: Just as we are recovering from Gasparilla, the Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade hits the streets of Ybor City Saturday with a night-time parade of floats, marching bands, krewes and their royalty. Before the parade, there will be a meet and greet at Centro Ybor at 4 p.m. by Divorce Court's Judge Lynn Toler, Tampa Bay Rays mascots Raymond and DJ Kitty. The parade starts at 7 p.m. with Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier and pitcher Jake Odorizzi in attendance. It heads down Seventh Avenue at Seventh Avenue and Nuccio Parkway. The parade is free but you can get $25 bleacher seats at knightparade.com. ...

    Aries Spears
  2. Epcot adds weekends, announces concerts for Flower & Garden Festival

    Florida

    This year's Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will have two more weekends and 13 bands in the lineup for its Garden Rocks concert series of classic rock and pop acts.

    Running March 2 through May 30, the festival will extend from 75 days to 90 days this year, and bring a range of Disney characters in topiary form as well as new outdoor kitchens and festival kiosks surrounding the World Showcase Promenade. ...

    The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival this year is March 2 through May 30. (Times files)
  3. 5 things to do under $5 Feb. 11-17: Chinese New Year party, USF public art tour

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    1 Chinese New Year: Celebrate the year of the monkey by trying your hand at traditional Chinese crafts and activities at this celebration in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive, on Saturday. There will be colorful Chinese exhibits, lion and dragon dances, kung fu and Chinese instrument demonstrations, as well as food samples and vendors 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It's free, though wristbands will be required for some children's activities. ...

    The 2013 Tampa Bay Chinese New Year Celebration at Largo’s Central Park. This year’s is Saturday, celebrating the year of the monkey.
  4. Things to do Planner: Sant' Yago Knight Parade, Tweed Ride, Florida State Fair continues

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    BEAD IT: Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade

    Just as we are recovering from Gasparilla, the Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade hits the streets of Ybor City Saturday with a night-time parade featuring more than 100 illuminated floats, marching bands, krewes and their royalty. Before the parade at Centro Ybor at 4 p.m. there will be a meet and greet Divorce Court's Judge Lynn Toler, the parade's grand marshal, and Tampa Bay Rays mascots Raymond and DJ Kitty. The parade, which starts at 7 p.m. Saturday with Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier and pitcher Jake Odorizzi in atttendance, heads down Seventh Avenue and Nuccio Parkway, then east on Seventh to 22nd Street, the parade's end. A Crash Party takes place at the Cuban Club after the parade. The parade is free but you can get $25 bleacher seats at knightparade.com. ...

    Folks dressed in their finest tweed or seersucker to ride through downtown St. Petersburg as a part of the Tweed Ride at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club.
  5. Plan your weekend Feb. 5-7: Florida State Fair, orchestra salutes Final Fantasy video game music, Monster Jam returns

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    Plan your weekend

    Food on a stick

    Florida State Fair: The fair returns today and runs through Feb. 15 with rides, exhibits, entertainment, animals and of course lots of deep-fried food on a stick. Admission is $11-$13 at the gate at 4802 U.S. 301 N in Tampa. You can save money if you buy tickets in advance for $9, $5 ages 6-11 at FloridaStateFair.com. Concerts this weekend include Lazy Bonez, 3 p.m. Feb. 6 and 1 p.m. Feb. 7 on the Coca-Cola Headline Stage. An '80s rock tribute band. and Beatlemania, 7 p.m. Feb. 6 on the Coca-Cola Headline Stage. Included with admission....

    Stage Masters of Illusion The family-friendly spectacular features grand illusions, vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and audience participation. Performers, from the hit CW television show Masters of Illusion, include Jonathan Pendragon, who was on Magic Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential magicians; Greg Gleason, above, who makes a helicopter materialize on stage; Las Vegas favorite Michael Turco, who was a finalist on America’s Got Talent; and magic-comedian Nathan Phan. $22-$52 at Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Pete. 8 p.m. Friday. (727) 893-7832. mahaffeytheater.com.
  6. 5 things to do under $5 Feb. 4-10: Dali and 'Alice in Wonderland,' Plant Museum anniversary, Lightning watch party

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    1 Alice in Wonderland: If you've seen the new exhibit examining the friendship between Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí and the surrealist's influence on Disney films, you might want to check out this week's free showing as part of the Dalí and Beyond Film Series. The 13th animated feature film by Walt Disney, Alice in Wonderland, reflects the surrealist influences with wild images, out-of-proportion characters and 3-D effects. See it at 1 p.m. Saturday in the museum's lobby theater. Free. 1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. If you want to check out the multimedia exhibition through June 12, admission is $24, $22 seniors, $17 students and children ages 13-17, $10 children ages 6-12. There's a price break on Thursdays when admission is $10 from 5 to 8 p.m. (727) 823-3767. thedali.org. (To read a review of the "Disney and Dalí" exhibit, see Sunday's Latitudes section.)...

    Author Lynn Waddell will give a talk in Largo on Tuesday.
  7. Things to do Planner: Renaissance Festival, Masters of Illusion, Undy Run

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    HUZZAH! Bay Area Renaissance Festival

    Verily, alas, 'tis opening weekend for the 38th annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival, which runs hither and yon weekends through March 20 in a time-travel village of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match. This weekend's theme is "Pillage the Village," with an arm wrestling, tattoo and pirate costume competition. $17.95 advance, $20.95 day of; $9.95 advance, $12.95 day of for ages 5-12; $16.95 seniors/students; $10 dogs. It's held on the grounds next to the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. bayarearenfest.com....

    “Masters of Illusion” comes to the Mahaffey Theater stage in St. Petersburg on Friday.
  8. Florida cool brings hot deals at Disney, Busch Gardens and more

    Florida

    Aside from the lack of snow and ice, it's great to be a Floridian in winter for the deals theme parks and attractions roll out during the slow time. The bargains come when the weather and the crowds are tepid.

    Some of this year's Florida resident deals, especially at Walt Disney World, are pricier than in years past. With parks adding more-elaborate attractions every year, and with one-day tickets climbing over the $100 barrier, some theme park veterans worry that the days of deep discounts are dwindling....

    A Brazilian couple take a selfie near Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
  9. 'Dinosaurs in Motion' exhibit brings ancient life to struggling MOSI

    Events

    The metal dinosaurs look more like pieces of art than the dusty fossils you'd expect in a museum. Controlling the ferocious chomp of T. rex jaws gives the new "Dinosaurs in Motion" exhibit at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry a primal thrill.

    The show, which opened Saturday, runs through May 8, with a collection of 14 metal sculptures inspired by actual fossils. They are brought to life in steampunk fashion with modern tools like pulleys, springs, gears, gaskets, using parts of old motorcycles for hip bones and pieces of screen doors for wings. ...

    Using gears and levers, visitors to MOSI's Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit opening Jan. 30 can take control of life-size metal dino skeletons, including a 44-foot-long T. rex.
  10. Plan your weekend Jan. 29-31: Gasparilla, country mega show, MOSI dinosaurs

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    Plan your weekend

    Pirates

    Gasparilla: Arr, mateys, it be that time again for the booze and the beads and that pirate costume buried in your treasure chest. Festivities include Pre-Invasion Celebration on Friday in Curtis Hixon Park with The Voice winners the Swon Brothers ($20). On Saturday, events start at 10 a.m. with live music on stages at Curtis Hixon Park and at MacDill Park for the Pirate Fest, which runs until 6 p.m. The flotilla shows up at the Tampa Convention Center between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the parade of pirates along Bayshore Boulevard is from 2 to 5 p.m., from Bay to Bay Boulevard north into downtown Tampa. You can reserve a seat starting at $45 at gasparillatreasures.com....

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14:  Actor Jim Jefferies (L) and FX Network president John Landgraf pose at the after party for the screening of FX's new comedy series 'Legit' on January 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
  11. Things to Do Planner: Dancing With the Stars, dinosaurs at MOSI and a 3-D arty party

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    OFF THE WALL: Visual Mayhem 3-D art party

     

    The Bloom Art Center in downtown St. Petersburg will hand out 3-D glasses for its arty party on Saturday called Visual Mayhem, a night of eye-popping, multidimensional murals, live music, live screen printing, open artist studios, a donation bar and a book shop. The $5 admission includes 3-D glasses and a maze of artwork by nearly a dozen local artists. Some of the 2-foot and 4-foot panels from the murals created for the show will be for sale, managing partner Mitzi Gordon said. Set in the right light, she said, you can have the 3D experience at home. It's not a matter of special paint, but technique. "It's how you apply the colors," said Gordon, who, along with partner muralist James Oleson, made over the nondescript St. Petersburg warehouse almost two years ago into what's become like a community art center. "The blues will sink into the background and the reds and warm colors will pop forward. So the way the artist uses the paint creates the 3-D effect," Gordon said. There will be some black-light areas of the gallery but often it merely takes dim lighting and 3-D glasses to make the art come off the wall, she said. 910 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 6-11 p.m. Saturday. (352) 777-3723....

    A 3-D triptych painting by James Oleson, Bloom Art Center founder.
  12. 5 things to do under $5 Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Naughty by Nature show, Sims Park reopens, home show

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    1 Naughty By Nature: The '90s hip-hop heroes embark on their 25th anniversary tour and their show Saturday at Jannus Live is free for 21 and older, thanks to sponsor Bud Light. 8 p.m., 200 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0550. jannuslive.com.

    2 Sims Park Grand Reopening: The landmark wooden playground built more than 20 years ago in Sims Park in New Port Richey was demolished, and the park has been closed for months while the city completed long-anticipated renovations including a new playground. It's now fully accessible to the disabled with a wheelchair swing to boot. The free event is from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday 5547 Main St., New Port Richey....

    Using gears and levers, visitors to MOSI's Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit opening Jan. 30 can take control of life-size metal dino skeletons, including a 44-foot-long T. rex.
  13. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 27

    Events

    Real Music Series: The Drifters: The Busch Garden series of classic acts today will have shows by the doo-wap masters The Drifters. Performances held at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Included with daily admission. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. $97, $92 for ages 3-9. (888) 800-5447; buschgardens.com.

    Ana Popovic: The blues guitarist and singer blends electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and tight blues groove with soulful vocals. 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $25-$30. (727) 791-7400; rutheckerdhall.com....

    Times files (1998)
The Drifters.
  14. All In: A Gasparilla 2016 guide and insider tips

    Events

    More than 200,000 carousers are expected to gather for the pirate invasion of Tampa that is Gasparilla 2016. It takes a special breed of swashbuckler to wade into that sea of humanity and say, "Blimey! I have a fierce fire in me belly to go."

    All the fuss centers around the legend of Jose Gaspar (nicknamed Gasparilla), a mythical Spanish pirate captain who supposedly operated in southwest Florida. The festival was founded in 1904 by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla — the prominent bunch of Tampa citizens who were the first to dress up as pirates to "invade" the city....

    Thousands of Gasparilla revelers pack Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa to watch the parade that stretches from t Bay to Bay Boulevard to Cass Street in downtown Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES, Times]
  15. Interactive dinosaur exhibit coming to MOSI in Tampa

    Events

    An interactive dinosaur exhibit is coming to Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry, officials announced Thursday.

    Dinosaurs in Motion uses gears and levers to let visitors take control of life-size, massive metal skeletons, including a 44-foot-long T. Rex.

    The traveling exhibit last shown at the Arizona Science Center opens Jan. 30 and will run through May 8, included with MOSI admission. ...

    Using gears and levers, visitors to MOSI's Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit opening Jan. 30 can take control of life-size metal dino skeletons, including a 44-foot-long T. rex.