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  1. The University of South Florida has announced that college of arts performances are now free. The USF Jazztet will perform Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Barness Recital Hall.
  2. Joan and Kevin DiMaggio dressed as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg on Halloween in 2021.
  3. Twenty-one Chilean flamingos, left, sheltered in the ladies' bathroom off the main lobby of Sunken Gardens during Hurricane Ian. Staff members including Emily Mastoroudis, right, carried them carefully inside one at a time.
  4. Because of Hurricane Ian, Disney issued an announcement that its four theme parks would be closed on Wednesday and Thursday and Disney Springs, its shopping and entertainment center, would also close,
  5. Kayla and Lennon are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  6. The Florida Aquarium and its administrative offices will be closed effective at 3 p.m. Monday because of Hurricane Ian. Administrators have not decided when it will reopen.
  7. Brothers Steven, Paul, and Vinny DeCosmo pose for a portrait during a soft opening at the new DeCosmo Italian Market on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022 in Pinellas Park.
  8. Sept. 19 has for more than 20 years been declared Talk Like a Pirate Day, making it easy on David Jones of Tampa, shown in January's Gasparilla Parade of Pirates as part of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.
  9. Bruno and Queen Bee are two of many animals hoping to find "fur"ever homes.
  10. A Joseph Mozier marble statue on display during free museum day at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg was a part of the annual Arts Alive! event in St. Petersburg in 2013, which annually coincides with the Smithsonian's Free Museum Day. It will be held this year on Sept. 17.
  11. After a scary couple of years dealing with a pandemic, Central Florida is back in the horror business for the 2022 Halloween season.
  12. Sir Henry himself, owner Zach Glaros, poses near one of his custom-made haunted houses in 2019. There are three outdoor haunted mazes to choose from at the Plant City attraction.
  13. Flags representing man Hispanic countries fly above the field at The Lake House in Hernando County. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated Sept. 15-Oct. 15.
  14. The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare house features the music of the musician and goes inside his dark mind at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights.
  15. Times staff writer Gabrielle Calise takes her inflatable kayak to the mangrove-lined waters of Upper Tampa Bay Park.
  16. Howl-O-Scream opens at Busch Gardens Sept. 9 with five haunted houses and seven scare zones scattered throughout the Tampa park.
  17. Margaritaville at Sea cruise line's first ship, The Paradise, launched in May.
  18. Actors emerge from a simulated farmhouse at the center of the Infected haunted house at Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City in 2019. The scare park returns for its eighth year with five haunted houses and Zombie Paintball Assault from Sept. 9-Oct. 31.
  19. A juvenile alligator shows off its teeth while it rests along the banks of Lake Maggiore at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg. Healthy St. Pete offers a fun run along the preserve trails every second Saturday for free with a fitness instructor.
  20. Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field, shown here in 2019, will return to St. Petersburg Nov. 25. Tickets go on sale Sept. 15.
  21. This Tuesday brings free admission to the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa, a perk offered on the first Tuesday of each month via the Hillsborough Children’s Board.
  22. Anime cosplayers, like this one from Tampa's Metrocon in July, will descend on St. Petersburg's first anime convention Sept. 17-18 at the Coliseum. In this picture, Eunique Durbin, 22, of Port Richey was at Metrocon dressed as Tengen Uzui of "Demon Slayer."
  23. Tree frogs, such as this one, are part of the hands-on Ribbit Exhibit at the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center at the St. Pete Pier.
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