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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. Florida Aquarium celebrates 20th on Tuesday with cake for all, even otters

    Events

    The Florida Aquarium has been celebrating its 20th anniversary all month, but Tuesday is the actual anniversary of the Tampa aquarium opening its doors. To celebrate, some of its cutest animals, the otters and lemurs, will be getting animal-safe birthday cakes and partying with visitors, staff and scuba divers at the 500,000-gallon Coral Reef Exhibit. The otters get their cake at 10:45 a.m., followed by the lemurs at 11. At 11:20, aquarium staff and divers will sing Happy Birthday in front of the panoramic window in the Coral Reef Gallery with a large underwater birthday cake and aquarium-themed birthday cookies for visitors. The Florida Aquarium is at 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Admission is $23.95, $20.95 for seniors, $18.95 for kids 3-12. Prices are usually about $2 cheaper if you buy them online at flaquarium.org. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer...

    Times files (2011) An otter at the Florida Aquarium.
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday March 29

    Events

    Jay Leno: A year after leaving the Tonight Show behind, the hardest-working retiree brings a wickedly funny evening of stand-up. 7:30 p.m., Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa.

    Sarah McLachlan: The multi-platinum and Grammy award-winner is on the second leg of her North America Shine On tour. Cue the tears when she performs I Will Remember You. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, Clearwater. $53.75-$104.75....

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  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday March 28

    Events

    Eric Church: The country hitmaker storms into the Amalie Arena with Cadillac Three opening. 7:30 p.m., 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $28.25-$62.75.

    Tampa Pride Parade: The grand marshals are Tampa police Chief Jane Castor and Hamburger Mary's owner Kurt King, and the pet friendly parade kicks off from Nuccio Boulevard and travels down Seventh Avenue to 20th Street starting at 1 p.m. in Ybor City. Lots of entertainment is lined up before and after the parade in Centro Ybor. ...

    Luis Santana  |   Times (3/16/2013, Tampa, FL)  Eric Church performs on stage at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on opening night as part of Kenny Chesney's No Shoes Nation 2013 tour. [Luis Santana | Times]
  4. Epcot's Innoventions West to close at Disney World for overhaul

    Florida

    How will kids learn to save up enough money to go to Disney World now that Epcot's financial education game, the Great Piggy Bank Adventure, is closing? The Innoventions West attraction at Epcot will be closed as the area undergoes an overhaul, and these little piggies will not stay home. The Piggy Bank Adventure sponsored by T. Rowe Price will be gone, as will Where's the Fire safety games presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Think presented by IBM, one of the original sponsors of Innoventions in 1994. "We've reached the end of our sponsorship agreements with the exhibitors in Innoventions West and will temporarily close the space in early May to begin preparing for a new experience," a Disney spokeswoman said. Disney has not announced what replacements will be. The last day for Innoventions West will be April 29. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer...

    In this May 18, 2009 photo,Toni Corkil, right, of Marshall, Mo. and her daughter Grace, 8, learn about saving and investing through a series of interactive video games at the Great Piggy Bank Adventure in the EPCOT theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The exhibit is aimed at teaching kids ages 8 to 13 basic lessons in personal finance.(AP Photo/John Raoux)
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday March 27

    Events

    Fast Friday Grand Prix Block Party: Racing starts today at 8 a.m. to kick off the Firestone Grand Prix weekend, the city is throwing a block party with live entertainment and family friendly race-themed activities at 5:30 p.m., Second Street N and Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. Free. For the Grand Prix, tickets are $20-$55 general, and there's a a free shuttle from Tropicana Field (parking is $10) and the Downtown Looper Trolley will be running 50-cent rides, under 5 free; see StPeteTrolley.com....

    The Grand Prix in St. Petersburg (Visit St. Pete Clearwater (2013))
  6. Adorable kitten born at zoo offers hope for endangered clouded leopard (w/ video)

    Events

    A tiny spotted kitten is being called a "milestone accomplishment" by vets at the Lowry Park Zoo who welcomed the birth of an endangered clouded leopard on March 7.

    The wee male is the first kitten born to the zoo's pair of 4-year-old clouded leopards, and the offspring introduces new genetics into the managed population in North America. Now two weeks old, zoo vets say he is thriving and "has become a worldwide ambassador for his imperiled species."...

    A tiny spotted kitten is being called a "milestone accomplishment'' by vets at the Lowry Park Zoo who welcomed the birth of an endangered clouded leopard on March 7. [Lowry Park Zoo]
  7. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for March 26

    Events

    Clean Bandit: This band blew up with their hit Rather Be, and now you can dance to the feel good song, live. 7 p.m., State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $23.75. (727) 895-3045; statetheatreconcerts.com.

    Jackie Evancho: The 14-year-old America's Got Talent runner-up is on tour in support of new album, featuring hits like The Rains of Castamere, from the TV series Game of Thrones and classical songs like Rachmaninoff's Vocalise. 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater. $49.50-$89.50. ...

  8. Fireworks, 5K and more things to do as part of Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

    Events

    That buzz you hear around downtown St. Petersburg isn't in your head. Fast cars are whipping through the streets in the leadup to Sunday's big race that kicks off the season for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

    There will be fireworks Thursday after the VIP welcome party, but we non-VIPs will be able to see them from the street. The city is throwing a Fast Friday block party on Central Avenue between Second and Third streets. There will be live music and family-friendly race-themed activities 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday. Think of it as an after-party for the folks running the 5K that night on the race course. ...

    Times files 2014
  9. New Tampa Riverwalk segment gets pop-up bar, family fun for weekend

    Events

    Five Tampa mayors, a pop-up bar and a family fun zone will welcome the ribbon cutting for the Kennedy segment of Tampa's Riverwalk this weekend.

    Former mayors Sandy Freedman, Dick Greco, Pam Iorio and Gov. Bob Martinez along with current Mayor Bob Buckhorn will be there at 5 p.m. Friday for a ribbon cutting of the Kennedy Boulevard segment, followed by family fun in Curtis Hixon Park .

    The Plank, Tampa's first waterfront pop-up bar, will also open in the park throughout the weekend. It takes its name from the wooden planks that were originally sold as part of the Tampa Riverwalk....

     Runners make their way down the Tampa Riverwalk in 2014.
  10. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for March 25

    Events

    Free Food Greek Independence Day: What are you willing to do for free food? Wear a toga to one of the Little Greek restaurants in the Tampa Bay area today and you'll get a free Greek salad and a char-grilled chicken breast. If you are more modest, they also have a price break this week for Greek Independence Day, selling the salad and chicken meal for only $5. Most are open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. See mylittlegreek.com for locations. ...

    Students at Challenger K-8 School wear togas in a Greek Day of events in 2006.  
MAURICE RIVENBARK  |  Times (2006)
  11. Movie theaters to show 'Breakfast Club' for 30th anniversary

    Movies

    The Breakfast Club, the ultimate Gen X teen comedy, welcomes middle age and its 30th anniversary with a big-screen showing Thursday and March 31 in movie theaters, with a special feature about cast members and filmmakers. If you want to feel old, think about how Judd Nelson is now eight years older than Principal Vernon was in the movie, fretting that this generation would be running the world when he became an old man. The movie is playing at Pinellas Park's Regal Park Place Stadium 16, Regency 20 in Brandon, Woodland Square 20 in Oldsmar and other locations at 7:30 p.m. Price varies. See fathomevents.com/event/the-breakfast-club. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer...

    Molly Ringwald, right, and Ally Sheedy talk to the media on the red carpet for The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary Restoration premier.
  12. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 March 26-April 1

    Events

    1Fin Harp sonic sculpture: On April 1 the Straz Center for the Performing Arts opens an eye-popping piece of public art called Fin Harp, a "sonic" sculpture that will stretch 14 brass wires more than 1,000 feet in a harp form that will scale the roof of the Straz Center. Created by Luke Rothschild, the composer and instrument designer for the ensemble String Theory, it is one of a long line of his large-scale installments. Docents will be available to play and discuss the harp, as well as give the public an opportunity to make some music, during the annual Best of Tampa Bay event on April 11 and prior to performances of Pippin (April 13-19), Mythbusters: Jamie & Adam Uunleashed! (April 23), Celtic Woman (April 25) and the Florida Orchestra (April 10, 17 and 24). The sculpture opens at 10 a.m. Wednesday and will remain on view through May 3 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Free....

    
  13. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for March 24

    Events

    Gasparilla International Film Festival: Sean Astin of The Lord of the Rings will be at tonight's opening night reception at Tampa Theatre, showing off his indie flick The Surface, along with co-star Chris Mulkey, director Gil Cates Jr. and others involved in the production. (Read our critic Steve Persall's interview with Astin at tbtim.es/frp.) Come early to enjoy drinks and samples of food. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and the movie screens at 8 p.m. at Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $55. (813) 260-4433. The festival runs through March 29 with 140 features, documentaries and shorts, in a variety of divisions. Our preview is posted at tbtim.es/fro. The festival's website is gasparillafilmfestival.com....

    Sean Astin and Chris Mulkey will accompany "The Surface" at Tuesday night's showing for the opening night of the Gasparilla International Film Festival.
  14. Finally, public will get good look at Busch Gardens' cheetah and gorilla babies (w/video)

    Florida

    Busch Gardens has had a bit of a baby boom lately.

    This gives us a chance here at the Times to rerun pictures of adorable baby cheetahs and gorillas, but the better news is starting today park visitors will have a chance to be among the first to see these endangered species during special interactions and keeper talks in the park.

    This week and next Tuesdays through Thursdays, you can see the cheetah cubs and baby gorillas and meet the keepers who care for them. ...

    This week and next on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, visitors to Busch Gardens will be able to see the park's new cheetah cubs and baby gorillas and meet the keepers who care for them. [Busch Gardens]
  15. Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of March 23-29

    Events

    Firestone Grand Prix: Can you hear the buzz already? The Verizon IndyCar Series season takes off this week in the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, with the big race Sunday. $20-$135. (727) 898-4639.

    Tampa Pride Parade: The LGBT community and Hillsborough County make peace Saturday. Entertainment starts at 10 a.m. in Centro Ybor, and the parade follows at 1 p.m. down Ybor City's Seventh Avenue. Free....

    Marco Andretti, on right, looks to make a move around Simona De Silvestro heading into turn 1 in a battle for third place on race day at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 24, 2013.