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Kelly A. Stefani - Editorial Assistant — Things To Do and Pets

Editorial Assistant — Things To Do and Pets

I am known as the events maven for the Tampa Bay Times. I dig up and write about thousands of events and activities to keep you and your family busy. Area event promoters keep my job interesting. After 32 years, I've seen everything from "Eggstravaganzas" and "Spooktaculars," to naked mud wars and New Year's Eve fetish parties. Who wouldn't love writing about that? If you know of something interesting happening, shoot me a note.

  1. American Idol announced it will hold Idol Across America, the first ever virtual auditions for the show. The judges aren't involved yet.
  2. Amelia and Bambi are two of many animals looking for forever homes. [Times]
  3. Tampa Bay area residents can receive or donate school supplies at several back-to-school events across the area in the coming days. [Times (2012)]
  4. Piff the Magic Dragon, a star of America’s Got Talent, will have a virtual show “live from Las Vegas” that will be online Aug. 9 at 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets for the one-hour show will be $35.75 at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Photo courtesy Ruth Eckerd Hall [Ruth Eckerd Hall]
  5. Meatball and Liberty are two of many animals awaiting adoption in the Tampa Bay area. [Times]
  6. Plain, brown wrapped mystery boxes arrive adorned with bright downtownpete.com stickers. [downtownpete.com]
  7. Westfield Mall in Countryside and Brandon hold a Stuff the Bus drive. Drop off school supplies from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. this week. [Times (2012)]
  8. SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are offering free admission to active duty military and veterans through Nov. 11. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  9. Evie and Dahlia are looking for forever homes. [Times]
  10. A large mural by Joy Gilleard and Hayley Garner, an artistic duo known as Nomad Clan from Manchester, England, is one of 9 featured in the Drive-In Mural Theater. (Martha Asencio Rhine, Times) [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  11. Calling itself the “next evolution in drive-in entertainment,” the Parking Lot Social will take over Raymond James Stadium July 15-19 with a stage set for “Car-A-Oke,” a silent disco, live bands, trivia contests and movie nights. [XL Event Labs]
  12. Jul. 15• Life & Culture
    One swimming dog and a bonded pair of kittens are three of six animals looking for forever homes. [Times]
  13. A large mural by Joy Gilleard and Hayley Garner, an artistic duo known as Nomad Clan from Manchester, England, is one of nine murals in the Shine Drive-In Mural Theater. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  14. Darbi and Liberty are among many Tampa Bay area pets in need of a home. [Times]
  15. Tampa Theatre went dark due to coronavirus in March. Since the closure the historic downtown venue and movie house has gone to a virtual format. Nearly two dozen titles were recently added to its list of movies available for streaming at home. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  16. A portion of the Enigma, the 75-foot-tall glass entryway at the Dali Museum, is illuminated with blue light. The museum in downtown St. Petersburg has reopened. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  17. Ella and Montana need your love. [Times]
  18. To safely add a little cheer to the Fourth of July holiday, the City of Largo is holding a drive-by parade Saturday.
  19. Children can cross the tower moat and sit in front of the Great Brass Door for storytime at Bok Tower Gardens. [Times (2006)]
  20. Brer Rabbit, from the movie "Song of the South," is depicted near the entrance to the Splash Mountain ride at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando. The ride's theme is changing. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  21. LilyMae and Benson want to become part of your family. [Times]
  22. Tilikum is the subject of Blackfish. The whale is emotionally damaged and has been involved in three human deaths. Blackfish will be shown in part of the Tampa Theater Virtual Theater series.