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Top 10 things to do Sept. 14-20: scallop season, and good laughs

It’s scallop season in the North Suncoast, and you can take the kids to learn at the Marine Science Fest. You can also catch some comedians.

It’s a big marine weekend. Take the family to dive for scallops. Then, go to Marine Science Fest to learn about what you saw while snorkeling. Here are some of the top things to do in the Tampa Bay area this week.

Dive for Scallops: Scallop season in Hernando and Citrus counties runs through Sept. 24. Cool off while searching for live scallops in 4 feet of water. Think of it as a watery Easter egg hunt. Did you know scallops can swim? This is a fun and educational activity for kids. Go to Hernando Beach Marina, 4139 Shoal Line Blvd., Spring Hill, to launch a boat, or find a charter boat company in the Spring Hill area. Remember, you need a fishing license to bring your scallops ashore if you dock your own boat. Find information at

Outdoor Museum Exhibition: Even though the Florida Holocaust Museum remains closed, a new exhibit can be seen outside the museum. The works of Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak depict the horrors he endured and attempt to spread a message of hope throughout the community. It can be viewed anytime beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Free. Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 820-0100.

Stephen Lynch: Standup comedian, songwriter, musician and Tony Award-nominated actor Stephen Lynch returns to the Capitol Theatre on the My Old Heart Tour. His music-based comedy has earned him fiercely loyal fans. $25-$36.50. 8 p.m. Friday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Stretch and Sip Sundays: Bring your yoga mat and find your ultimate peace at this outdoor 60-minute yoga session with samples of Michelob Ultra’s newest brews. Then, relax to music by WPOI-FM 101.5 DJ Ekin. Open to all experience levels. 21 and older only. Free. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday. Mahaffey Theater lawn, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 300-2000.

Classic Movie Series: The Classic Movie Series at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre offers moviegoers the opportunity to watch old favorites on the big screen. This week brings the 1998 comedy The Big Lebowski. Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. Arrive early for a movie-related trivia contest. $10, $30 for four. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

Tony Woods: A night of belly laughs will lighten the tone. Woods' credits include a 30-minute Comedy Central special, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and Showtime at the Apollo. $14-$16. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Side Splitters Comedy Club, 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 960-1197.

Parents' Night Out: It’s date night for parents as the children enjoy some themed fun and pizza. Drop them off and pick them up after your five-hour date. $15, $10 with rec card. 6-11 p.m. Friday. Cypress Forest Recreation Center, 650 Pine Ave. N, Oldsmar. (813) 749-1152.

Marine Science Fest Weekend: The Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s education team has set up stations throughout the aquarium for crafts, games and other activities for children. Included with admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage. (410) 507-1453.

Taco Festival: Tacos are the focus of this festival with more than 100 Latin-themed food and craft vendors, entertainment by American Idol finalist Angie Rae and Soneros D Tampa, cornhole, mini monster truck races and the Paul Bunyan Experience show. $8 advance, $10 at the door. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Grove 16 parking lot, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. (217) 825-9023.

Docent Tour: This is the first week docent tours return to the St. Petersburg Museum of History. Join a docent to hear stories about the city’s history as they point out museum highlights. Groups are limited to eight people at a time. Included with admission. $9-$15. 2 p.m. Saturday. St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE. (727) 894-1052.