The Tampa Bay Lightning will hold a viewing party for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Champps Americana Sports Bar at International Plaza from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday. The draft will be held in Pittsburgh, and the Lightning hold the 10th and 19th overall selections in the first round. The Lightning will also unveil a 20th anniversary logo at the event and fans will be able to win free 20th anniversary merchandise. Former Lightning greats Dave Andreychuk and Chris Dingman will be on hand. One fan will win a Tampa Bay jersey of the Lightning's first draft choice, while everyone in attendance will receive a free Lightning Yearbook and the chance to win other prizes. ThunderBug, as well as the Lightning girls, will mingle fans. For more info, see lightning.nhl.com.
Ride, party with Ryan
In the Experience the Power of Giving Limo Hunt, teams of two to 21 people follow clues and race to secret locations in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Once they solve the clue and find the location, all team members must perform a task, find a treasure or pose for a photo in front of the secret location. Throughout the challenge, retired Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ryan Nece will be tweeting throughout the course. Registration is open as long as limos are available. It begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Neiman Marcus, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Entry is $600-$4,500, and includes admission to the Ryan Nece Foundation Gala later in the evening. At the gala, formal attire is required, and there will be hors d'oeuvres, a bar, silent auction and more. Prizes for the limo hunt will be awarded at the gala. Gala admission is $100 advance, $125 day of, $200 VIP, and does not include participation in the limo hunt. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Pepin Hospitality Centre, 4121 N 50th St., Tampa. For info on both events, see (813) 785-9249.
Hot summer nights
Lowry Park Zoo's summer series Summer Safari Nights returns Saturday with free rides after 5 p.m. and special animal encounters including a ladybug release. 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. $23.95, $21.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. (813) 935-8552.
Go for the gold
Grab two to five friends and come up with a crazy jock or cheerleader theme for the Beer Olympics, a five-stop pub crawl with games including cornhole, flip cup, beer pong, darts and more. Participants get a free beer at each stop. Top three teams win a prize. Proceeds benefit Rotary International. 7 p.m. Saturday. $20. The Boxcar, 349 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 738-4936.
Here, kitty, kitty
Eight judges from across the country judge hundreds of cats at this weekend's CFA Championship and Household Pet Cat Show. Six of the CFA-Iams Ambassador Cats will make appearances. (Oh, they just can't wait to be king!) Tickets are $12, $10 seniors/children, free ages 6 and younger. Those with feline allergies should avoid the Tampa Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. (813) 274-8511.
Tour the Trop
Next week, take a 90-minute, wheelchair-accessible, behind-the-scenes tour of the home of the Tampa Bay Rays, Tropicana Field. See the Rays' dugout, press box, Touch Tank, RaysVision control room, the Hitters Hall of Fame and more. 10 a.m. Tuesday-Wednesday. $9, $8 ages 65 and older, $7 ages 3-14, 2 and younger free. Tropicana Field, 1 Stadium Drive, St. Petersburg. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.
We can't even imagine
Admit it: You've always wanted to pretend to be Andy Dufresne and escape from prison through a river of foulness. (Okay, maybe not.) But in the 3- to 6-mile Prison Break Mud Run, you can live out your Shawshank Redemption fantasies by pretending you're a prisoner who has escaped from the Hillsborough County Correctional Facility. Run for your life through the forest, jumping logs, crossing creeks and sneaking through fields in an attempt to avoid police snipers (with paintball guns). 8 a.m. Saturday. $10-$60. In the Breeze Horse Ranch, 7514 Gardner Road, Tampa. (813) 264-1919.
5 under $5
FREE Gulfport salutes its waterfront with Aquamania, a festival that includes a recycled regatta, water slides, arts and crafts vendors, children's entertainment, live music, kayak and paddleboard races, badminton, a cornhole tournament and a potato sack race. It starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Gulfport Beach Park, 5730 Shore Blvd.
FREEThe Fourth Friday Food Truck Festival brings a lineup of food trucks of various cuisines to Corey Avenue starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday. This month features "Karaoke on Corey," with food by Wicked Wiches, Keep'n it Reel, Killer Samich, Americanwiener, 3 Suns Organic Bistro, Maggie on the Move and more at 155 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach.
FREE Got a hankering for a free movie in the great outdoors? This week's Screen on the Green film isShrek, starring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz. It's at 8 p.m. Friday at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. In Treasure Island, Friday's Flicks in the Park bring a blanket or lawn chair for a screening ofPuss in Boots. The night begins at 7 p.m. with food vendors and children's activities, and the movie starts at 9 p.m. Treasure Island Community Park, One Park Place and 106th Ave., Treasure Island. Or head to Clearwater Beach for Sunset Cinema at Pier 60 to plop on the sand and watch The Adventures of Tintin on Friday and Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows on Saturday. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. (727) 434-6060. Shows start at dusk.
FREE Each Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. it's free to visit the Tampa Museum of Art. This summer is a good time to take advantage of that deal to see two intriguing exhibits. "A Hundred Years - A Hundred Chairs" comes from the Vitra Design Museum, and should appeal to the whole family (although it may be tough to keep anyone from trying to sit on the art). The exhibit runs through Sept. 16. Also on display through Sept. 9 is "Masterworks of 20th Century Sculpture," which chronicles important developments in sculpture in the second half of the 20th century. The museum is in downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 120 Gasparilla Plaza.
$5Fresh off their head-spinning set at Bonnaroo, the four-piece ukulele-driven string band The Applebutter Express is putting on a $5 show in Gulfport. Playing a blend of country, bluegrass and jam-band grooves, the group performs at 8 p.m. Friday at the Blueberry Patch, 4923 20th Ave. S, Gulfport.