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8 Today

'The Serpent': The Jobsite production takes a unique comedic approach and mixes it with a little myth and reality to tell the story of creation. This performance runs through Dec. 17. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays; Special performances are 8 p.m. Thursday and 4 p.m. Dec. 16; Shimberg Playhouse, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; $15.50. Call 229-7827.

Shin Do Kumate XI: The sport of mixed martial arts has grown so much in popularity because of its fusion of high-octane contact fighting and adrenaline-inducing energy. Now the sport returns to the bay area for a night of skills and thrills. 8 p.m.; St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa; $16.75-$151.75. Call 301-2500.

9 Saturday

Fresh Market: The Brandon Fresh Market is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the corner of Bloomingdale and Providence avenues. The market features food, flowers and unique gifts. Visit www.brandon

Spaghetti dinner: Cub Scout Pack 110 holds its third annual spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. at Apostles Lutheran Church, 200 N Kingsway Road, Brandon. Dinner is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Call 684-5076.

Lunch with Santa: Children are invited to have lunch with Santa Claus at 11 a.m. at Center Place, 619 Vonderburg Drive. Children can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus after lunch. Parents, don't forget the camera. Tickets are $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers. All adults and children will need tickets. Call 685-8888.

Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade: Watch lights sparkle across the water when decorated kayaks, canoes and traditional craft float upriver from Lowry Park past the illuminated Sulphur Springs Tower. Boaters can participate by gathering at Lowry Park Boat Ramp at 5:30 p.m. 6-8 p.m., Lowry Park to Sulphur Springs Tower; free. 237-8497.

Tampa Bay Lightning Reindeer Run and Festival: Lightning Community Ambassador Dave Andreychuk and Heather St. Louis, wife of Lightning star Martin St. Louis, will lead a 5K run to raise funds for the Lightning Foundation and Epilepsy Charities. 8 a.m.-noon; St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa; $15-$30. Call 301-6590 or visit

Jim Gaffigan: From television shows like The Ellen Show and Ed to movies like Three Kings and Road Trip, actor/writer/comic Jim Gaffigan has what it takes to get a laugh out of his audience. Now he will bring his clever humor to the area. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Ferguson Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa; $34. Call 229-7827.

12 Tuesday

'Hairspray': The spunky Tony Award-winning musical is based on a 16-year-old girl who sports a large bouffant and lands a spot on a popular television dance show. This production runs through Dec. 17. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays; Morsani Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa; $30.50-$65.50. Call 229-7827.

14 Thursday

Who's your great-great-grandma?: Learn how to find information about your female ancestors at 1 p.m. at Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Call 273-3652.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Creole Christmas: The flavorful sounds of Bourbon Street make their way to the stage via musicians full of New Orleans soul. 8 p.m.; Morsani Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa; $19.50-$32.50. Call 229-7827.

Next week

Tony Bennett: Dec. 15, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater.

Florida Orchestra: Dec. 15, Idlewild Baptist Church, Lutz.

Kenny Rankin: Dec. 18, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa.

'The Nutcracker': Dec. 21, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa.

Compiled by Jonathan Milton, Helen Anne Travis