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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: @SharonKWynne

Blog: Whoa, Momma!

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  1. $15 days coming to zoo for 15 days in August

    Events

    For 15 days, it will be only $15 for Florida residents to attend Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. Adults must present valid state-issued identification at ticket windows to purchase tickets at this rate for ages 3 and up from Aug. 2-16, and it cannot be combined with any other discounts. Single day admission to the zoo is normally $27.95 and $20.95 for kids. The zoo is open from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. —Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer, swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn....

    One of the sea lions sticks their tongue out after a dress rehearsal for a daily presentation that will be a part of a new exhibit called Sea Lion Splash at Lowry Park Zoo on Friday, February 28, 2014. The exhibit will begin on March 1.
  2. Tampa Bay amputee cyclist featured on premiere of TLC show from Mark Burnett, Roma Downey

    The Feed

    A Tampa Bay amputee cyclist who recently rode across the United States will be featured in the premiere episode Sunday of Answered Prayers, a new TLC series from the power couple of Roma Downey and producer Mark Burnett.

    Each Answered Prayers episode will showcase people in dire straits who sought divine intervention and received help. "Boston Bill" Hansbury's segment promises to be a weeper, airing at 10 p.m. Sunday, as it centers on Hansbury's encounter with young Jake Bainter and his parents in 2009. The Bainter family was on its way to have Jake's leg amputated following a lawnmower accident when they saw Hansbury on the side of the road tending to his bike....

    Bill “Boston Bill” Hansbury and Jake Bainter in 2011. Jake and Bill met in 2008 when Jake underwent the amputation of his right leg.
  3. Hillsborough library patrons get in free next week at Glazer museum

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    If you have a Hillsborough County library card, you can get free admission at the Glazer Children's Museum and bring along three free guests Sunday through Aug. 1. If you don't have a library card, you can get one right across the street from the children's museum at the John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, or by applying online at hcplc.org and picking up your card at any library branch. Regular admission to the museum is $15, $9.50 for ages 1-12, $12.50 for seniors and military. The museum is open daily and located at 110 W Gasparilla Drive, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. glazermuseum.org. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer...

  4. Plan your weekend July 24-26

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    Plan your weekend

    Cult Classics

    Fanboy Expo To the comic con, Robin! The Fanboy Expo at Tampa's Grand Hyatt this weekend will reunite TV's Batman and Robin, Adam West and Burt Ward, the caped crusader and boy wonder of the campy '60s superhero series. The comic con also will bring actor Barry Bostwick, who may have a long acting resume including the the mayor of Spin City but to fanboys he's Brad Majors from the cult classic movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Also on hand will be James Marsters of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel; Doctor Who's Neve McIntosh, Dan Starkey and Marnix Van Den Broeke; and many more artists and celebrities. Admission is $20 Friday or Sunday, $25 Saturday, $50 all weekend; 12 and younger free. Tickets are available at fanboyexpo.com/tampa. Autographs are additional. The con runs 4-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Hyatt Tampa, 2900 Bayport Drive. (865) 280-2023. ...

    Adam West, left, and Burt Ward at the filming of Return To The Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt. TV’s Batman and Robin will be at the Fanboy Expo at Tampa’s Grand Hyatt this weekend.
  5. Comic writes a 'Dear Tampa' letter of apology in postponing Improv show

    Stage

    A last-minute cancelation means that comic Iliza Shlesinger won't be performing at the Tampa Improv this weekend, as reported in Thursday's Weekend section, which is printed in advance.

    But considering that she wrote us a personal apology on her Facebook page that starts, "Dear comedy lovers of Tampa," we just can't stay mad at her. She says she will be back at a date to be determined, and we believe her. Shlesigner is the only woman to win Last Comic Standing after seven seasons. ...

    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 04:  Comeidan  Iliza Shlesinger performs at KROQ Presents Kevin & Bean's April Foolishness at The Shrine Auditorium on April 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
  6. Things to Do Planner: Fanboy Expo, sing-along 'Sound of Music,' Bricks of Ybor block party

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    TO THE CON, ROBIN! FANBOY EXPO BRINGS CAPED CRUSADER TO TAMPA

     

    Holy autograph hound, Batman! The Fanboy Expo at Tampa's Grand Hyatt this weekend will reunite TV's Batman and Robin, Adam West and Burt Ward, the caped crusader and boy wonder of the campy '60s superhero series. The comic con also will bring actor Barry Bostwick, who starred as the mayor of Spin City but is known as Brad Majors from the cult classic movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Also on hand will be James Marsters of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel; the voice actors behind Belle and Gaston from Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Paige O'Hara and Richard White); Doctor Who's Neve McIntosh, Dan Starkey and Marnix Van Den Broeke; and many more artists and celebrities. Admission is $20 Friday or Sunday, $25 Saturday, $50 all weekend; 12 and younger free. Tickets are available at fanboyexpo.com/tampa. Autographs are additional. There will be panels and vendors, and on Saturday night there will be a pajama party at 11 p.m. with a screening of Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves with a special appearance by Bostwick and Helen Keller director and star Ross Patterson at the Grand Hyatt Tampa, 2900 Bayport Drive. (865) 280-2023. The con runs 4-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday....

    Adam West, right, and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin in 1976.
  7. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 July 23-29

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    1 Out in the Open: To close the exhibition of sound art called "With Hidden Noise," Friday features a night of live sound art and experimental music performances at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum curated by Jesse Vance of the Venture Compound, the experimental art studio. "Noise art" performances will happen live at different parts of the museum starting at 7 p.m., 3821 Holly Drive, Tampa. (813) 974-2849. Free....

    USF head football coach Willie Taggart talks to his players after their Spring football game. USF Spring football Game was held at Corbett Stadium in Tampa on Saturday, March 28, 2015.
  8. Willow Shields of 'Hunger Games' coming to Wesley Chapel mall

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    You can meet Primrose Everdeen when Willow Shields, the actor from the Hunger Games series, makes a stop at the Shops at Wiregrass from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 1 for the Wesley Chapel mall's Back to School Bash.

    The first 500 guests in line that day, which opens in Center Court at 10 a.m., will get a free Macy's BTS Style Guide featuring a photo of Shields to get her autograph. The first 1,500 in line will receive a colored wristband that holds their place in line to meet Shields, and Macy's will also have a mini fashion show....

    Willow Shields at Comic-Con International on July 9 in San Diego, Calif. (Invision/AP)
  9. Tampa 'Big Brother' contestant on the chopping block

    Blog

    Are you a terrible person to hate-watch a reality show? As someone who judges the hamsters on Big Brother every summer I have to admit, yes, probably so. And I'm OK with that.  But what kind of person volunteers to be on a reality show?

    I'm thinking of Jeff Weldon, the Tampa salesman who has been on not one, but two of the most popular reality shows going, The Amazing Race and this summer he volunteered to be locked in a house for three months as a contestant on Big Brother. It's become a mini career for him to be watched by the world as he navigates a difficult social situation...

    Tampa's Jeff Weldon, left, talks with Julie Chen soon after being evicted from the Big Brother house and explains why he distanced himself from his Amazing Race partner Jackie.
  10. To whet our appetites, Sharknado Week brings Sharktopus, tarantula volcano

    The Feed

    In the slow circling swim before Florida-centric Sharknado 3 (subtitled: Oh Hell No!) premieres on Wednesday, the Syfy channel is unleashing Sharknado Week to showcase original weird gory movies featuring bloodthirsty creatures and B-list heroes saving humanity.

    The lineup brings a return of Skarktopus, as well as a volcano that spews lava-breathing tarantulas and a three-headed shark. And in between, we get the schlocky-on-purpose Sharknado 3, which will look familiar to Florida residents because this time the cloud of sharks blows through Orlando....

    Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!premieres on Wednesday at 9 p.m.
  11. Plan your weekend: July 17-19

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    Plan your weekend

    Fashion

    Trashion See how designers go from bleak to chic at the ARTpool Gallery's biggest show of the year. Gussy up your favorite upcycled ensemble and swing by ARTpool for the eighth annual Trashion Fashion event Saturday, a summer soiree where more than 30 local designers will grace the runway with experimental looks created from recycled and unorthodox materials. All ages welcome. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the 10 p.m. runway show. The official after-party takes place at Enigma Bar. $20. $45 VIP. 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878. artpoolrules.com....

  12. Things To Do Planner: Snooty the manatee, pop-up cat cafe highlight week of July 16

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    BIRTHDAY BOY: Snooty turns 67

    Guinness World Records has made it official, though we've known it for years. Snooty, the very well-fed and much-loved manatee of Bradenton's South Florida Museum has earned the title of the "Oldest Manatee in Captivity." It's been verified and everything so Saturday's birthday party for the 67-year-old manatee at the museum will be especially festive with children's games, art activities, food and a display of his birthday cards starting at 10 a.m. ...

     Snooty, the very well-fed and much-loved manatee of Bradenton’s South Florida Museum, turns 67 this week.
  13. 5 things to do under $5 July 16-22

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    1 World on a String: Collector and puppeteer Greg Pellone will give a talk about the puppets he has collected from around the world as part of the new exhibition at Florida CraftArt in St. Petersburg, which runs through Aug. 15, called "World on a String: Masters of Puppetry." The exhibition aims to stretch the definition many of us have of puppets. A classic Punch and Judy puppet show follows his talk and then you can check out the exhibition of 100 varied puppets from Pellone's collection and others created by Florida artists. It's free at 11 a.m. Saturday at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg....

    Pinocchio puppet from the Pellone/Barrett Collection.
  14. Busch Gardens summer deal lets pass holders bring a friend for $25

    Florida

    Busch Gardens on Friday announced a summer deal for Fun Card holders that allows them to bring a friend to the Tampa theme park for $25 — a savings of more than $70 — and they are throwing in $15 in Busch Gardens Bucks for anyone who buys a Fun Card online. The $97 Fun Card gives a visitor unlimited access to Busch Gardens through Dec. 31. Busch Gardens Bucks must be redeemed by Sept. 30 and will be valid only on the date the voucher is redeemed at the park. For more information, visit buschgardenstampa.com. The summer deal also lets Pass Members and Fun Card holders bring up to two friends for only $25 each this summer for one visit to Busch Gardens and is only available online through Aug. 16 when you register your pass at http://tbtim.es/l6l....

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  15. Recap: On 'Big Brother' transgender is the new black

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    My guilty summer pleasure of watching human hamsters on Big Brother got even more awkward last night when poker dealer Da’Vonne Rogers laid her cards on the table in her exit interview with Julie Chen and said political correctness is the reason she was evicted.

    Everyone was gunning for Audrey Middleton, and Da’Vonne shrewdly won Kathy Griffin’s “Last Laugh” bonus of winning the power to bench three votes, including Tampa’s Jeff Weldon. So why did she lose by a 7-2 vote for eviction? Her theory: The house guests are too polite to evict Audrey, the first transgender woman to play Big Brother. So they evict a whip-smart woman who is the only African-American player in the house....

    Da'Vonne Rogers was the second houseguest evicted on Big Brother, and said political correctness was the root cause.