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Sharon Kennedy Wynne - Events, Family and Travel reporter

Events, Family and Travel reporter

I’m an editor who writes, or maybe a writer who edits. I spend time poring over hundreds of events and fun diversions in the Tampa Bay area. I used to cover City Hall and now I ride rollercoasters on a workday. But I view this as a consumer beat. I’m looking for deals and I intend to call out what’s lame or magical. I’m a lifelong St. Petersburg resident and University of Florida grad. I cut my teeth covering politics for the Fort Myers News-Press, where a county commissioner I investigated went to jail. I joined my hometown Times in 1994 where my love of pop culture led me to tbt* and now our features team. Send me a tip when you see something fun.

  1. Paul Bettany, who plays Vision in the Marvel series of films, will make an appearance at Tampa Bay Comic Convention July 29-31.
  2. A camera captures the last glimpse of the James Webb Space Telescope as it heads to its final destination 1 million miles from Earth. Tampa Bay libraries and museums such as MOSI and Great Explorations will have special events this summer to glimpse Webb's first pictures from outer space.
  3. Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot performs during St. Pete Pride's concert on Friday.
  4. There hasn't been a St. Pete Pride since 2019, shown here with colorful marchers. Organizers expect to draw more than 300,000 people to the festivities in St. Petersburg on June 25.
  5. Gente disfrutando Iron Gwazi, la atracción  nueva de  Busch Gardens Tampa Bay que alcanza 76 millas de velocidad por hora.
  6. Parkgoers are seen riding Cobra's Curse at Busch Gardens in Tampa. The park is offering a flash sale of $99 for a two-park pass with Adventure Island through Sunday. It's a $75 savings.
  7. Assistant manager Cristian Jimenez, left, helps Randall Conley of St. Petersburg locate fireworks on Tuesday at Phantom Fireworks in Tampa. Sales of personal fireworks exploded during the pandemic and it looks like people haven’t leveled off even though big city shows are back on this year.
  8. Walter Evans teaches Shotokan, a traditional form of karate, and Sanuces Ryu jiujitsu to beginner students on Monday, May 9, 2022, at the North Greenwood Recreation Center in Clearwater. Evans founded the Shihan School of Survival in 2005 and provides programs that combat the increase in youth obesity, diabetes, violence, bullying, gang activities, criminal behavior, suicide, drug use and other societal issues.
  9. Jun. 13• CENTRO
    '3E THE THUNDER'. Tucker McFall, de 38 años, de St. Petersburg, compra camisetas de la final de la Copa Stanley de Tampa Bay Lightning 2022 en la tienda del equipo en el  Amalie Arena  en Tampa.
  10. Dave Uyak of Charleston, South Carolina, shops with his sister SueEllen Byers of Tampa, at the Amalie Arena Lightning team store on Monday. “He comes down from Charleston every home playoff game,” Byers said of her brother. “My husband is bad luck so during the playoffs he’s not allowed to come anymore.”
  11. An artist rendering shows the entrance of the Majeed Discovery Garden, a children’s learning and play area set to open in March 2023 at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.
  12. This photo from 2014's Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando shows the first time they had a haunted house based on the 1978 movie "Halloween."
  13. In the early morning hours in June, the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will align in planetary order, according to the American Astronomical Society.
  14. The driver suffered fatal injuries at the scene of the crash.
  15. Felissa Rose, as shown here in the 1983 cult-horror movie Sleepaway Camp, will make an appearance at the Tampa Bay Screams Horror Convention June 11-12.
  16. ZooTampa is offering one-time free admission for active-duty military and up to three family members June 1-Sept. 1. The offer is only valid by going online and getting a unique promo code.
  17. Regal presentará los favoritos de los niños como “The Lego Movie” por $2 los martes y miércoles por la mañana este verano.
  18. Regal will feature kid favorites such as “The Lego Movie” for $2 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings this summer. In the movie, Lego Batman is voiced by Will Arnett; Wyldstyle is voiced by Elizabeth Banks; and Emmet Brickowski is voiced by Chris Pratt.
  19. Signs around Universal Studios in Orlando encourage guests to "skip the regular lines" with its Universal Express Pass, which starts at $79.99, to skip the line at most popular attractions at least one time. Theme park experts say line-cutting fees are becoming more of an issue as the busy vacation season approaches.
  20. Young guests enjoy seeing Winnie The Pooh, and Tigger, too, at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in May 2021 shortly after guests were allowed to go maskless in outdoor areas of the parks, but characters still maintained a social distance.
  21. To celebrate the Magic Kingdom's 50th birthday, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are dressed in sparkling new looks custom made for the 18-month event, highlighted by embroidered impressions of Cinderella Castle on multitoned, irridescent fabric punctuated with pops of gold.
  22. Ginny Skoglund, 11, jugando frente a la nueva entrada de Adventure Island en Tampa .
  23. At the opening of Iron Gwazi in February, passengers ride to a 206-foot-tall peak, the tallest in Florida, and then plunge into a 91-degree drop before it reaches 76 miles per hour.
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