1. The dachshund rescue group that would have put on the wiener dog races for Tampa's Riverfest has decided to go ahead and hold its own event. There will be races, raffles and adoptable dogs on hand for a day of long and low sausage-loving dogs.
  2. The Beach Boys perform on stage with special guest John Stamos at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Jan. 7, 2015.
  3. Jimmy Buffett, shown here in Tampa in 2017, will be at Amalie Arena on Dec. 4.
  4. Iliza Shlesinger, shown in a still from her 2019 Netflix special "Unveiled," will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on May 15.
  5. Shelia E. performs during the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Music Festival Sunday in Curtis Hixon Park.
  6. Big Storm Brewing Co.  plans to open an 11,000-square-foot taproom and restaurant in the Centro Ybor building by the end of the year.
  7. Pongo the orangutan recently celebrated his 25th birthday at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor. The animal sanctuary is giving moms free admission Saturday and Sunday for Mother's Day weekend.
  8. The Carnival Pride cruise ship arrived at PortMiami April 7, 2020, in Miami as the cruise ship industry extendd the suspension of U.S. sailing operations. The CDC says they could set sail again by mid-July if there's a high vaccination rate among crew and passengers.
  9. Military members perform a sunrise salute to the flag on top of the SheiKra coaster at Busch Gardens in Tampa. The park is offering free admission for military, veterans and three family members this spring.
  10. Chocolate and raspberries make French toast even more of a treat for Mother's Day. Here are 30 suggestions on where to find a no-cook meal for mom.
  11. The Disney Wish will set sail in the summer of 2022, with bookings opening up May 27.
  12. A free summer arts camp will be held June 14 through July 9 at the Childs Park YMCA in St. Petersburg. Children will lessons in the violin, piano and visual art.
  13. A human oddities exhibition tent at the Florida State Fair during the early 1970s.
  14. The super pink moon is seen Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in Safety Harbor.
  15. Some of the scenes readers are dreaming of in a post-pandemic future: A grandmother taking her grandson to Publix for a free bakery cookie. Friends reuniting over drinks at a crowded bar. Families having people over for dinner and hugs.
  16. This pickle pizza is one of the new offerings at the Florida State Fair this year. From Angela's Pizza, it has a white garlic sauce base and is topped with mozzarella cheese and dill pickles. After it comes out of the oven it's garnished with ranch and dill seasoning.
  17. Opera Tampa, which presented "The Pirates of Penzance" in January of 2020, will bring the show back to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in March of 2022.
  18. Jason Beckstead, left, and Web Beckstead work to make a manual cross cut while Lee LeCaptain, center, uses a chainsaw during a log cutting exhibition, part of the lumberjack show, on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the opening day of the 2021 Florida State Fair, at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.
  19. The Florida State Fair, pictured in February 2020, will kick off Thursday in Tampa.
  20. The Bay Area Renaissance Festival has moved from its usual location at MOSI to the Withlacoochee River Park in Dade City. The festival will be held weekends through May 23.
  21. Celebrities and fans turned out by the dozens at the Palladium in St. Petersburg for the Sunscreen Film Festival in 2017. Kirstie Alley was among the actors who attended the event.
  22. This pickle pizza is one of the new offerings at the Florida State Fair this year.
  23. Starting May 28, the new acrobatic show "Cirque Electric" will be open at Busch Gardens with modified operations in the park’s theaters.

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