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Events for the week of May 25-31

This week brings a lot of grownup-friendly content.
Manchego, jamon serrano, drunken goat cheese, chorizo and mixed olives may be among the items included in ABC's wine and cheese virtual tasting seminar.
Manchego, jamon serrano, drunken goat cheese, chorizo and mixed olives may be among the items included in ABC's wine and cheese virtual tasting seminar.
Published May 25, 2020

We’ve got virtual thrill rides, PG-rated games, wine and spirits tastings, and free training to help you get a new job. Here are some events happening this week:

Virtual coaster rides

Missing the thrill of theme park coasters? Take a virtual ride on SeaWorld Orlando’s Manta, Super Grover Box Car Derby and Mako. Want more? Virtually ride San Antonio’s Wave Breaker, Great White and Texas Stingray and San Diego’s Manta, Electric Eel and Journey to Atlantis. Ride them all at Free. Anytime daily.

Stageworks Stagecation

The Stageworks team can’t perform, so actor Betty Jane Parks takes to the virtual stage reading Big Max to children. Also, Ericka Womack practices her singing skills as she performs Valerie. Find them both at the Stageworks YouTube channel. Free. Anytime daily.

ABC Virtual Wine and Spirits Tastings

  • Wine and Cheese: Join ABC wine experts to learn how to match wine with cheese to impress fellow wine drinkers. Free. 6-7 p.m. Monday.
  • Nolet’s Gin: Join Carl Nolet Jr., president and CEO of Nolet Spirits USA, to learn about Nolet’s Silver Gin history. Taste the gin and follow along for a cocktail demonstration of Nolet’s Silver Peach Lemonade. Free. 5-6 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Zuccardi Wines: Join Sebastian Zuccardi, third-generation winemaker of Zuccardi Wines, as he takes you through the history of the family’s winery, Mendoza’s wine-growing region, subregions and diverse terroirs, and their wine styles. Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Spellbound Wines: Join Peter Krauter, apprentice winemaker of Spellbound Wines, as he discusses Spellbound’s pedigree, the different styles of wine and the winemaking team. Free. 5-6 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Horse Soldier Bourbons: Join real-life war hero Scott Neil to sample award-winning Horse Soldier Bourbon. Learn about Horse Soldier and its founders and the production of the bourbon, and discuss tasting notes. Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Marietta Cellars: Join Scot Bilbro, owner and winemaker of Marietta Cellars, to learn about the history of the wine, the graphics on the label and the future of the winery. Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • Cigar City Brewing: Join Neil Callaghan, veteran, Advanced Cicerone, Certified BJCP Beer Judge and Cigar City’s brand manager, to learn about the history of Cigar City Brewing, the story behind the beer community in Tampa and Cigar City’s sour beer brewing techniques. Free. 5-6 p.m. Friday.
  • Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs: Join second-generation owner Hugh Davies for an overview of the historic Schrambsberg property. Learn about the history of Blanc de Blancs, how to pair sparkling wine throughout a meal and how to saber a bottle. Free. 6-7 p.m. Friday.

For all ABC tasting experiences, pick up products to be sampled at ABC Fine Wine and Spirits and go to for the Zoom meeting ID.

Virtual Career Event for Students and Entry Level Workers

Servers, baristas, Uber drivers, cashiers, customer service reps and interns are invited to learn about federal training and service learning programs. No degrees or experience required. Sign up at for participation instructions. Free. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Stonewall Programming

Historian and educator Julio Capo Jr. talks about queer life in South Florida in the early part of the 20th century. Register at under public programming for a Zoom code. Free. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Florida Supernature

Join UF/IFAS Extension Specialist James Stevenson for a series of webinars exploring the wonders of plants and animals in Florida. This week features “Kitchen Botany.” Registration required at Free. 2-3 p.m. Wednesday.

Florida Orchestra

We can’t go to concert halls, so the Florida Orchestra comes to us in weekly radio shows. This week features Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Tune in at WSMR-FM 89.1 and 103.9 FM radio or online at Free. 7 p.m. Thursday.


The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival goes virtual. Watch Breaking Fast anytime from 7 p.m. Thursday to 11:59 p.m. Saturday. In the film, a practicing Muslim man and an ordinary white man meet each night for dinner to break the holy fast. Go to to purchase a viewing. $10. 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

The Mother of All Baby Showers

The giant adults-only night for expectant and new parents turns into a virtual popup party with online education and networking with experts. Tune in on the event’s Facebook page. Free. Noon Friday.

Free Virtual Whiskey Tasting

Call Tosti’s at (727) 867-7772 to reserve your sample pack. Stop in and pick up your free vials of whiskey on Friday. Tune in to the Zoom meeting number provided with your sample pack and discuss the flavors. Free. 7 p.m. Friday.

Great Ex Games: Virtual Game Night!

This night of adult-oriented, virtual games benefits Great Explorations Children’s Museum. Register at to get the Zoom code. Parental discretion is advised for child participation. $25 per household. 7-8:30 p.m. Friday. (727) 821-8992.

Intuition to Heal the World

Bestselling author Laura Day discusses Practical Intuition and Thriving in Captivity in Community on the First Unity Spiritual Campus Facebook page. Donations appreciated. 11:30 a.m. Sunday. (727) 322-4610.