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  1. The team behind the popular chef's table dinner series Abandon Izakaya has opened a street food-themed brick-and-mortar restaurant in Seminole.
  2. Dozens of people gather to watch the Sylvan Ramble light show on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 in Tampa. Created by Sam Johnson, the computerized light show features special effects such as flames and dancing lights synchronized to music and lasts 20 minutes. In addition to his Halloween light show, Johnson also has a popular Christmas themed show all to raise money for charity.
  3. Fresh stone crab claws are for sale at Frenchy's Stone Crab Co. in Palm Harbor. Crab season runs Oct. 15-May 1, two weeks shorter than in past years, and the state has upped the claw size minimum to combat overfishing.
  4. Come Out St. Pete offers four National Coming Out Day events to help LGBTQ+ individuals come out of the closet with pride and comfort. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  5. Skate Park of Tampa brings us the 27th annual Tampa Pro this weekend.
  6. Clearwater native Leon Majcen shares a moment with fans following his performance during the Gasparilla Music Festival last weekend. The event joined other concert promoters in requiring vaccination cards or negative COVID tests for entry.
  7. Young guests enjoy seeing Winnie The Pooh, and Tigger too, at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Disney has announced there will be more socially distanced character encounters and live shows in the coming months,
  8. A COVID-19 particle is pictured in this image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  9. The Battery, a new bourbon-focused restaurant and wine bar in Sparkman Wharf in Tampa, is now open.
  10. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts is holding a free block party on Oct. 16.
  11. The venues that put on concerts have sometimes felt like they landed in the middle of the COVID-19 debates. Audience bristle at the rules, and sometimes it is the artists who put them there.
  12. Fans wait for Tampa Bay Rays players to return to the field from the clubhouse after becoming the 2021 American League East Division Champions at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Sept. 25. The team will be handing out free Rays Up yard signs this weekend as they head to the ALDS playoffs.
  13. At Pho 813 in South Tampa, restaurant manager Richard May activates a robot server to deliver food to a customer. The restaurant is the first in the Tampa Bay area to start using robots to address staffing shortages.
  14. A cabin on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World will make guests feel like they on board a spaceship. The Star Wars-themed hotel opens March 1.
  15. The 80-foot lighted pine Christmas tree shines tall in the center of the maze at Enchant Christmas in 2019, when Tropicana Field was turned into a massive holiday display. The light maze is returning Nov. 26-Jan. 2.
  16. The first weekend of every month, Largo Central Railroad offers free train rides through Largo Central Park.
  17. Ashley Smith and the Random Occurrence perform at the Gasparilla Music Festival on March 7, 2020. The festival returns to downtown Tampa this weekend.
  18. Dead & Company, a supergroup of remaining Grateful Dead artists and John Mayer on guitar, performs in Virginia in 2018. The group was set to appear in Tampa in October but has canceled its sold-out Florida shows.
  19. Walt Disney World employees from left, Chuck Milam, Earliene Anderson and Forrest Bahruth gather at the Magic Kingdom in August to celebrate their 50 years working at the park.
  20. The St. Pete Pier will bring back its fall pumpkin patch Oct. 9-17. In addition to the hay bales and pumpkins all around, there’s a free family photo booth set up.
  21. The sculpture of Walt Disney in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista. The castle got a major makeover to celebrate its 50th anniversary and there are loads of attractions opening to mark the Oct. 1 anniversary.
  22. Walt Disney World is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The Magic Kingdom theme park and resort opened Oct. 1, 1971, and is now the world's most-attended tourist attraction.
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