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Best things to do in Tampa Bay: Last hurrahs before school, Acrobotic aerial show

As students gear up for the 2019-20 school year, there are several last hurrah parties — and supply drives — planned in Tampa this weekend. [Times (2008)]
As students gear up for the 2019-20 school year, there are several last hurrah parties — and supply drives — planned in Tampa this weekend. [Times (2008)]
Published Jul. 30, 2019

IT'S TIME: Back to school

The countdown is on. Now that we've entered August, it's just two weeks before most Tampa Bay area schools are back in session. And this weekend brings a load of last hurrah parties, school supply drives and free physicals and haircuts. Among them:

• A huge outdoor mobile skating rink will be set up for Saturday's Back to School Skate Party at Curtis Hixon Park with games, food, prizes and school supply giveaways. Free, $15 for skate rental. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.

• You don't have to be a teacher to benefit from Teacher Appreciation Day at the Henry B. Plant Museum. Teachers get in free and anyone who donates school supplies gets admission for $3. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

• Adults can have their fun, too. Saturday brings a Back to School Pub Crawl in Ybor City, calling all jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, teachers and prom kings and queens to dress in costume for a four-stop pub crawl with a raffle and prizes for best costumes. Report to home room at Elmer's Sports Cafe, 2003 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, at 6 p.m. First period will be at Zydeco Brew Works 1902 E Seventh Ave., followed by the Big Easy and Gaspar's Grotto. This is put on by the krewe of the Sirens of the Golden Sabre to support its charities. $18.

AERIAL ARTS: Acrobotic

Performer and body artist Nicole Hays brings Acrobotic to the Gallery at Creative Pinellas in Largo this weekend. The futuristic circus arts production will feature six acts of acrobatics, improvisation and an original "spinning sphere" act. Before the show, you can view her fine art body-painting prints created in collaboration with local photographers Michael Sheehan and James Henderson. Free, funded by the ArtsUp Grant from Creative Pinellas. 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo.

BIG SCREEN: TV at the movies

Fathom Events has had great success bringing special screenings to movie theaters, from the Bolshoi Ballet to the 80th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz. Next week, two events are bringing much-loved TV shows to the big screen:

• Some of the most famous episodes of I Love Lucy are headed to theaters in celebration of Lucille Ball's birthday, Aug. 6, 1911. Movie theaters will have five uncut, colorized episodes, along with information on the colorization process. See Lucy's famous chocolate scene and her commercial for the "Vitameatavegamin" health tonic. $13.40 (price may vary by theater). 7 p.m. Tuesday. Woodlands Square 20, 3128 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, as well as Citrus Park 20 in Tampa.

Doctor Who fans get to see the 10th Doctor, David Tennant, on the big screen. Thirteen actors have headlined the series, with the transition written into the plot of the show as a new incarnation. Jodie Whittaker became the 13th and first female incarnation of the Doctor for the 2018 season. The popular Doctor Who: The End of Time was a two-part special that originally aired in January 2010. It was the final episode for Tennant's official tenure as the Doctor. Guests not only will get to see the two episodes on the big screen, but will see a new interview with Tennant, reflecting on Doctor Who and how it has impacted his life. $12.50 (price may vary by theater). 7 p.m. Aug. 7. Park Place Stadium 16, 7200 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park, Woodlands Square 20 in Oldsmar and Regal Citrus Park 20 in Tampa.


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