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Live and virtual events for the week: July 27-Aug. 2

This week finds us getting ready for school and taking in cultural events.

Schools are opening the doors to students soon and need your help preparing for them. This week brings us both virtual and live Stuff the Bus opportunities. There are also plenty of options for culture, fitness and family events. If you do decide to attend live events, please stay safe and follow all CDC recommended guidelines.

Live events


Dalí’s Sacred Science — Religion and Mysticism: This exhibition presents five mixed-media print suites, with additional mixed-media objects that deal with science, religion, mythology, alchemy and mysticism. Remains on display through Nov. 1. $10-$25. Prepurchased online timed tickets are required. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767.

Summer Sunday Special: The museum offers $5 admission to everyone every Sunday through Aug. 30. $5. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 300-1700.

Passages by Bertil Vallien: Explore the mythical dreamlike world of the Swedish master artist. $15, $13 seniors, $10 students, 6 and younger free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 300-1700.

Civil Rights in the Sunshine State: This traveling exhibit from the Florida Museum of History uses lavishly illustrated historic panels to tell the story of the fight for equal justice in Florida. Masks and social distancing are required. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center, 1101 E River Cove St., Tampa. (813) 935-9402.


Kundalini Yoga: Kundalini yoga uses breath work (pranayama), exercise sets (kriyas) that are done in a specific order and time for a specific purpose, meditation and chanting. The gong is used to assist the students in their meditation, relaxation and/or kriyas. $10-$15. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Psycho Gong Yoga, 11561 Walsingham Road, Largo. (727) 914-4900.

Cardio Drumming: Use a ball and drumsticks to exercise to a beat. $7. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 9-10 a.m. Saturday. The Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. (727) 520-5543.

Open Water Swimming: Swimmers ages 8 to 80 are invited to join a weekly open water swim. Departs from the shore adjacent to the red lifeguard stand. Free. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Sand Key Park, 1060 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater. Also taking place at 7 a.m. Wednesday from Upham Beach Park, Gulf Boulevard and 68th Street, St. Pete Beach; 7 a.m. Sunday from Spa Beach at the Pier approach, 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg; and 8 a.m. Sunday near tower 7 at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, 7 Rockaway St., Clearwater. (727) 455-0748.

Gong Meditation/Relaxation: Bring your own mat, blanket and pillows for a short stretching and breathing exercise followed by sound wave and vibration relaxation set to gongs. $10-$15. 6-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Psycho Gong Yoga, 11561 Walsingham Road, Largo. (727) 914-4900.

Pickleball: Ages 15 and older can play the racket sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. $3, $25 for 10 sessions. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor. (727) 771-6000.

Golf and a Meal: Enjoy a round of golf along with a bratwurst, sauerkraut and a beer. $28. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Wentworth Golf Club, 2990 Wentworth Way, Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-4760.

Golf Clinic: Get matched with a professional golfer for a one-hour skills development clinic. $20, members free. 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Wentworth Golf Club, 2990 Wentworth Way, Tarpon Springs. (727) 942-4760.

Local professional golfers teach you skills so you can golf like Tiger Woods. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) [ DARRON CUMMINGS | AP ]

Intermediate and Advanced Kayak and Paddleboard: Get paired with a master instructor to brush up on your skills or learn more advanced techniques. Closed-toe shoes required. $65-$130. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 422-0042.


Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive: Westfield Countryside will accept school supplies during its monthlong drive at a colorful display area inside the mall. On Friday, people can either participate at a contactless dropoff area outside the center beside a Pinellas County Schools bus or bring donations inside to the Stuff the Bus display area. Free. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 796-1079. Also taking place 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily at Westfield Brandon, 303 Brandon Town Center. (813) 661-6255.

Tales from the Tower: Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to cross the moat to sit in front of the Great Brass Door for story time. Registration required. Included with admission. Noon-12:30 p.m. and 2-2:30 p.m. Friday. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. (863) 676-1408.

Kiwanis Family Fun Fishing: Children 14 and younger can try their hand at fishing. Gear and bait are provided, or bring your own. Prizes for first fish caught, most fish caught, smallest fish caught and more. Free. 8-11 a.m. Saturday. John S. Taylor Park, 9294 111th St. N, Seminole. (727) 873-7852.

Back 2 School Health Clinic: The Back 2 School Coalition of Hillsborough County presents the 2020 Back 2 School Health Clinics to serve students entering kindergarten through high school who need a school physical, immunization and/or shot record update for school enrollment. Registration required at Limit one parent-guardian per child or group of children. Masks are required. Free. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Blake High School, 1701 North Blvd., Tampa. (813) 276-5671. Also taking place 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Bowers/Whitley Career Center, 13609 N 22nd St., Tampa. (813) 276-5671.

Jenny’s Zoo: Take the family to a giant farm with a petting zoo, animal rides and feed available for a small fee. Donations appreciated. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Jenny’s Zoo, 12611 Andrews Road, Wimauma. (813) 362-0336.


Extended Hours and Sundown Special: Visit Winter the Dolphin and all of the rescued animals at Clearwater Marine Aquarium with extended hours during the Sundown Special. $15.99 (additional charge for boat rides). 4-8 p.m. daily. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. (727) 441-1790.

A Taste of Seven Seas: Guests can sample international street food exclusively at SeaWorld’s Lakeside Patio. This week’s theme is North Atlantic Market. 11:30 a.m. Friday-Sunday. SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive, Orlando. Toll-free 1-800-327-2424.

Electric Ocean Remix: The park stays open for extra hours of the Taste of the Seven Seas food festival and Electric Ocean Remix party. Included with admission. Food/drink additional. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. SeaWorld, 7007 SeaWorld Drive, Orlando. Toll-free 1-800-327-2424.

Summer Nights: The summer heats up at Busch Gardens with extended hours, classic summer eats, cool cocktails and a new laser and fireworks finale. Included with admission. Food/drink additional. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386.

Summer Nights at Busch Gardens provides extend hours of thrill rides like the Cheetah Hunt roller coaster. (AP Photo/Busch Gardens) [ AP/Busch Gardens ]


Parkview Terrace Summer Concert Series: Bands are surrounded by tables arranged under an oak tree canopy overlooking Largo Central Park. Music by Reverend Barry and the Funk. $80 per four-person table. 8 p.m. Saturday. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. (727) 587-6751.

Tampa Bay Dance Club: Dance to mixed music by DJ Mike Unwin. Masks are required and participants must follow CDC guidelines. $12. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday. Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, 8401 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. (813) 390-7160.


727 to 813 Events: Celebrate 727 week and National Cheesecake Day with free cheesecake. Buy any slice of cheesecake and mention 727 to 813 to get another slice for free. RSVP at Cost of one slice of cheesecake. 4-8 p.m. Thursday. C House, 6005 N Florida Ave., Tampa.

Pay It Forward: Waterfront mix and mingle with all-you-can-drink cocktails. Benefits the Humane Society. $20. 5-7 p.m. Friday. The Godfrey Hotel and Cabanas, 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. (727) 490-9835.

Open Air Craft Market: A weekly open air market with 100 vendors. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Oldsmar Flea Market, 180 Race Track Road. (715) 347-5703.

Ybor City Historic Walking Tours: Hear about the history and diversity of Ybor City on this walking tour. $20, $10 children. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. daily. Ybor City Historic Walking Tour at Centro Ybor, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 505-6779.

Virtual events


The Dalí Museum’s “Midnight in Paris, 1929” Online Exhibit: Explore 20th century works from the renowned Centre Pompidou in Paris. The exhibit brings to life the relationships and passions that threatened to tear apart the Surrealism movement. Find it at Free. Anytime daily. (727) 823-3767.

Testimony From Ruth Bielski Ehrreich: The daughter of Holocaust survivor Tuvia Bielski talks about the Bielski Brothers and the community they built to hide from the Nazis. A question-and-answer session follows. Find it on the Florida Holocaust Museum’s Facebook page. Free. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. (727) 820-0100.

Artifact Wednesday: The Florida Holocaust Museum highlights artifacts from its collection. A question-and-answer session with the curator follows. Watch it on TheFHM Facebook page. Free. 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Dreams of Dalí in Virtual Reality (at home): Travel through Dreams of Dalí using your home virtual reality systems. Go to and download the tool that fits your device. Free. 9 a.m. daily.

Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of Coronavirus: A virtual exhibition expressing artist impressions of the current reality of the coronavirus. Find it at Remains on virtual display through Dec. 12. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. (813) 974-4329.


Imagine our Florida’s Virtual 5K: Run or walk at your own pace and on your own time. Sign up at for the link to self-report your time. You can run on a treadmill, around the block or out in nature. You have until Dec. 31 to complete your run. $25. (727) 742-2029.

Save the Manatee Virtual 5K: Run, walk or bike your favorite course near home and receive a manatee T-shirt, finisher’s medal and race bib. Benefits Save the Manatee Club’s manatee conservation efforts. Sign up at Donations appreciated. Anytime daily. (407) 539-0990.

Yoga as a Quiet Meditation: Certified yoga instructor Aileen Curtin leads an hour of quiet meditation. Find it on the First Unity Spiritual Campus Facebook page. Free. Donations appreciated. 6-7 p.m. Monday. (727) 322-4610.

First Unity Spiritual Campus offers yoga virtually on their Facebook page. [ Courtesy of Kera Holzinger ]

Mindfulness Meditation: Learn mindfulness practices to help you reduce stress, focus your intention, experience greater happiness and improve your health. Find it on the First Unity Spiritual Campus Facebook page. Free. Donations appreciated. Noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday. (727) 322-4610.

Medical Issue of the Month: Alzheimer’s Disease: The Rev. Nicole Reed discusses Alzheimer’s disease-related topics. Register on Eventbrite for a Zoom ID. $2. 1-2 p.m. Wednesday. (727) 322-4610.

Mindful Meditation for Professionals: Learn mindfulness practices to help you reduce stress, focus your intention, experience greater happiness and improve your health. Find it on the First Unity Spiritual Campus Facebook page. Donations appreciated. Noon-12:45 p.m. Thursday. (727) 322-4610.


United Way of Hernando County’s Stuff the Bus: This year’s Stuff the Bus for Hernando County goes virtual. Go to and shop online for school supplies through Friday. In August, United Way will receive a shipment of purchased items to distribute evenly among Hernando County schools. Donations appreciated. Anytime through Friday. (352) 688-2026.

Hillsborough County Virtual Recreation: You don’t have to be there in person to enjoy Hillsborough County library and recreation center activities. Most activities can be found online and are updated weekly to keep your family entertained. Find it at Free. 9 a.m. daily. (813) 272-5900.

FRIENDS Virtual Dance Party: Special-needs families can burn some energy with a virtual dance party via Zoom. Disney attire encouraged. Join at Free. 7-9 p.m. Saturday. (813) 245-2782.


Tampa Theatre Virtual Cinema: Tampa Theatre is holding a virtual film festival of art house films available for streaming at home.

  • Quarantine Cat Film Festival (70 min.): A compilation of cat videos created during the COVID-19 crisis. $12.
  • The Audition (99 min.): In the 2020 drama, a violin instructor neglects her life for the benefit of a student, who fails his audition test. Filmed in German and French with English subtitles. $12.
  • House of Hummingbird (138 min.): The 2020 drama follows a teenage Korean girl as she moves through life searching for sweetness. Filmed in Korean with English subtitles. $12.
  • All I Can Say (102 min.): A 2020 documentary in which Shannon Hoon, lead singer of the rock band Blind Melon, filmed himself up until a few hours before his death at the age of 28. $12.
  • One Small Step (84 min.): Created in 2020, this is a compilation of 12 short animated films. $7.99.
  • A Regular Woman (90 min.): The 2018 drama portrays a glimpse of life for a free-spirited young woman living with an ultra-conservative Turkish Muslim family in Berlin. $10.
  • Denise Ho: Becoming the Song (83 min.): The 2020 documentary profiles the openly gay singer and Hong Kong human rights activist. $12.
  • Beats (101 min.): The 2019 Scottish comedy tells the story of friendship, rebellion and the power of music. $12.
  • Fisherman’s Friends (113 min.): In the 2018 drama, a cynical London music executive is forced to reevaluate himself after being assigned the impossible challenge of signing a small-town group of singing fishermen. $12.
  • Dirt Music (104 min.): The 2020 romance tells the story of love and redemption in the Australian fishing trade. $12.
  • Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things (90 min.): The 2018 biography traces the star’s life from being a 15-year-old street kid who won a talent contest, to stardom. $12.
  • Carmilla (96 min.): In the 2019 drama, a 15-year-old girl lives in seclusion on a country estate with her father and strict governess. $12.
  • Waiting for the Barbarians (103 min.): A 2020 adventure in which a young colonel conducts ruthless interrogations in barbarian border town. $12.
  • John Lewis: Good Trouble (96 min.): The 2020 documentary chronicles the career of John Lewis and his 60-plus years of social and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health care reform and immigration. $12.
  • Guest of Honour (120 min.): In the 2020 thriller, a hoax instigated by a bus driver goes very wrong. $12.
  • We Are Little Zombies (120 min.): The 2020 comedy looks at the lives of four Japanese children who can’t cry after their parents are cremated. Filmed in Japanese with English subtitles. $12.
  • The Tobbaconist: In the 2018 drama, a 17-year-old becomes an apprentice in a tobacco shop. $12.

To watch films, register at Most films are available until roughly Aug. 20. Price varies by film.

The Tampa Theatre went dark due to coronavirus in March, 2020. Even though they could re-open, the theater elects to offer virtual cinema. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

Pioneers of Queer Cinema: See three movies for the price of one. For 10 days, get unlimited streaming of gay-themed films including Victor and Victoria, Madchen and Uniform and Michael. To purchase the films, go to and search for “Pioneers of Queer Cinema.” Benefits the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. $15. Anytime Monday-Friday. (813) 879-4220.


Calendar Contest: Gulfside Healthcare Services is holding a photo contest for its 2021 calendar. Photographers are invited to submit up to five photos of iconic Pasco County sites, wildlife, sunsets and more. All photos must be taken in Pasco County and be sizable to 12 inches wide by 9 inches high. Send submissions to Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Sept. 15. Winners will be notified by Oct. 15 and receive five printed calendars and a gift certificate redeemable at any Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppe. Free. Anytime daily. (727) 845-5707.

Painting Giveaway: Syd Entel Galleries and artist Maya Eventov will give away a 3D acrylic painting, with custom framing, to someone who has been on the frontline. Go to to nominate any doctor, nurse, first responder, EMT or health care provider. Submissions may be made through Monday. Free. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. (727) 725-1808.

Tampa Virtual Game Night: Sessions of virtual trivia, charades, drawing and other games. Find them on the Let’s Roam YouTube page. Free. 5-11 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Toll-free 1-833-202-7626.

Virtual Wine Tasting: Go to to purchase a wine or cheese-tasting package for curbside pickup. Then, go to the Vintage Wine Cellars Facebook page for a live-steamed tasting. Watch for free; wine and cheese packages $70-$150. 7-8 p.m. Friday. (813) 879-2931.


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 Eventbrite. Free. 7 a.m. Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Develop a Resume With Impact: Tampa Bay Job Links will help you polish your resume. Call for a Zoom ID. Free. 1-2 p.m. Tuesday. (813) 344-0200.


Virtual Book Talk With Rob Sanders: The author talks about his book Mayor Pete, which introduces audiences to Pete Buttigieg. Call Tombolo Books for a Zoom ID. Free. 1-2 p.m. Monday. (727) 755-9456.

Author Rob Sanders talks about his book Mayor Pete. (Santiago Flores/South Bend Tribune via AP) [ SANTIAGO FLORES | AP ]

Artist Laureate Conversation: Enjoy live-streamed events and conversations with area artists and art leaders. This portion features Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse. Find it live on the Creative Pinellas Facebook page. Free. 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Stonewall Conversation: Writer Paul Lisicky: The author talks about his latest book, Later: My Life at the Edge of the World, the story of an AIDS-worn Provincetown and the struggle to simply survive. Register at for a Zoom ID. Free. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Beauty and the Burg: Talks by representatives of top arts learning institutions in Pinellas County, including Alex Harris from the Arts Conservatory for Teens; Brian Melton, executive director of the St. Petersburg Ballet Conservatory; and Keven Renken, theater chairman for the Pinellas County Center for the Arts. Also features student performances. Takes place on the Creative Pinellas Facebook page. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Suffragist Saturdays: Florida Studio Theatre celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage with in-depth talks by leading women from the community. This portion features Jane Plitt, the first executive director of the National Organization for Women. Register at for a Zoom ID. Free. 4 p.m. Saturday. (941) 366-9000.


Jengle Slap: The show starts with solo trumpet by Chuck Weirich and builds to a full Jengle Slap fusion ensemble performance. Takes place on the Studio@620 Facebook page. Free. 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Bucket Drumming: Artist Alvon Griffin teaches kids 10 to 14 how to create rhythms using a “Math Music” method. This is the first of weekly classes held Saturdays through Sept. 26. To register, go to and click on “education.” $100. 1-2 p.m. Saturday.


“Pants Optional” Improv Comedy: Enjoy a night of virtual comedy and improv by performers from Florida, Ohio and the U.K. Benefits Project PUP. Sign up and pay at Free-$25. 6-7 p.m. Wednesday. (813) 598-9653.

Poetry Open Mic: Bring your poetry to the mic virtually. Takes place on the Studio@620 and Keep St. Pete Lit Facebook pages. Free. 7 p.m. Wednesday.

American Stage Presents Virtual Stories: New Shorts: In July, American Stage continues Virtual Stories with New Shorts! Each evening, enjoy two unique and entertaining short plays from some of today’s hottest playwrights, and take part in a talk-back with the actors, director and playwrights. Call the theater for a Zoom ID and registration information. Donations appreciated. 8-9 p.m. Thursday. (727) 823-7529.

Creative Drama: A Zoom class in which students ages 10 to 14 work with games, improv, articulation, projection and dramatic exercises. This is the first class of weekly classes held Saturdays through Sept. 26. To sign up, go to and click on “education.” $100. 11 a.m. Saturday.