Wounded dolphin helps wounded vets
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic fin, is giving a show of support Friday and Saturday for veterans who have suffered combat-related injuries. For theFins for Limbs promotion, there will be special displays and donations at the door to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The aquarium opens at 9 a.m. at 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. Admission $14.95, $10.95 ages 60 and older, $9.95 ages 3-12 ($4 off for kids of Florida residents this summer) 2 and younger free. (727) 441-1790, seewinter.com.
Get down, Get Downtown
There's music, food and a lively crowd at the monthly block party known as the Get Downtown First Friday Music Series. Join the festivities between Second and Third streets on Central Avenue with music by Backyard Bone starting at 5:30 p.m., Downtown St. Petersburg, various locations from 30th Street to the Pier. Free; refreshments extra. (727) 393-3597; firstfridaystpete.com.
Last chance for Mamet
This is your last weekend to catch November, American Stage's production of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and director David Mamet's new comedy. It's an Oval Office romp, but be prepared for very strong language. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday, American Stage, 163 Third St. N, St. Petersburg. $26-$45 depending on day and time of performance. (727) 823-7529; americanstage.org.
Crawl by yourself
It's Round 2 of this summer's monthly Ybor Pub Crawl. Unlike other crawls, where the group gathers at one bar and goes down the street, stopping at each one together, this one is DIY. Buying a specially designed T-shirt signals the server to give you drink and food specials, so you can gather your friends and hop around at your own pace. You only have to buy the $12 T-shirt once, and then you can use it each month. See details at theyborpubcrawl.com.
Wheels up, dude
The first Saturday of each month is Extreme Jams, free for bike riders and skaters at Largo Skate Park. It's bikes only from noon to 3 p.m. and skate only from 3 to 6 p.m. Helmets are required. It starts at noon at Largo Skate Park, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. Free. (727) 518-3016; largo.com.
Pedal and protest
At the Independence from Oil Bike Ride, rise, shine and ride on Independence Day, and maybe even thumb your nose at the gas stations you pass by. Pick one of two rides, 11 or 24 miles. Rides are fun and leisurely at 12 to 14 mph along the waterfront. Riders should gather between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m., with the race starting at 8 a.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Free.
Light up the golf course
The Glow Golf Benefit Tournament is golfing with a fun and challenging twist: Nine holes of the course are lined with glow sticks, plus the sticks are dropped into the holes. And you're playing with balls that light up. Let's see the pros beat you now! If you don't want to play glow golf, there are also children's activities, a poolside cookout, swimming, a family putting contest, fireworks, free driving-range balls and much more. It all benefits Dogma, a no-kill pet rescue group. It starts at 6 p.m. Sunday at The Eagles Golf Club, 16101 Nine Eagles Drive, Odessa. $45 advance, $60 at the door, nongolfers free. (813) 920-6681; eaglesgolf.com.
Little ones join splash zone
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday this summer, Itty Bitty Splashtime means little kids get to take over Largo's Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center without big kids knocking them over or hogging the water slides. Parents and kids ages 5 and younger enjoy the sprayground, slides and splash area for two hours starting at 9:45 a.m. for just $1.50, free for 2 and younger. But don't feel bad for big kids. Teen Tidal Wave Tuesdays is all about them, starting at 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays this summer. Admission is $3. The aquatic center is at 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 518-3016.
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FREEDon't worry if you're not Mr. Super Speedy in bicycle shorts. Every week the Thursday Night Group Bicycle Ride is a guided fun ride that breaks into groups for slow and fast riders and safely follows the streets of Tampa. The best part? It ends at a select bar or restaurant to quench your thirst. Lights required. Helmets suggested. It's free, at 7 p.m. Thursdays. City Bike Tampa, 212 E Cass St., Tampa. (813) 225-1777.
FREEEvery Thursday night this summer, Singing Stone gallery in Tampa hosts Artsy Evenings with free wine, cigars and an eclectic collection of contemporary craft, fine art and designer jewelry. It's at 5 p.m. Thursdays at 1903 N 19th St. in Tampa. Free. (813) 247-2787.
FREE Explore the mysteries of the Brooker Creek Preserve at the Trail Mystery Scavenger Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday. Find clues along the trails and solve the mysteries to win a prize. All ages welcome. Call (727) 453-6800 to reserve your spot. The preserve is at 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs.
$3What can be more American on July Fourth weekend than baseball and fireworks? At the Hometown USA at Dunedin Stadium, see a minor-league game at 4:15 p.m. Saturday. Kids get free jerseys, and there's a post-game concert by De Lei'ed Parrots at 7:30 p.m. (There will also be a kids' zone set up in the half-field down the third base line that includes a jump house and other activities during the concert). After the concert? Fireworks. Tickets are $3, 12 and younger free at 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. It's free after 6 p.m. For more Fourth of July events, see Page 37.
DONATIONS Pioneer Park in Dunedin will host an evening of hot blues music at the Summer Blues Bash Benefit, with including Pasco Lefty, What She Said, Jessica Wagner, Deacon Blues Band and the Tampa Bay Blues Brothers. It's free, but donations benefit the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The park is at Main Street and Douglas Avenue in Dunedin.