1. Singer-songwriter Sam Hunt has been announced as the replacement for Lady A as the headliner for the Tampa Pig Jig, coming up Oct. 22 at Julian B. Lane Park.
  2. A new organizer, Tampa Bay Nightlife TV, has taken over and will again have a First Friday party on Sept. 2.
  3. The character Hiccup is voiced by Jay Baruchel in DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World." It is among the $2 movies offered this summer as part of Regal's summer family movie promotion every Tuesday and Wednesday.
  4. After taking two years off because of the pandemic, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom is getting its earliest start ever, opening on select nights starting Aug. 12.
  5. The annual Perseid meteor shower streak across the sky, seen here in 2014, started up on July 17 and will continue to dot the night sky through Aug. 24. The peak this year, when the most meteors will shoot across the sky, is expected to be Aug. 11-13.
  6. Roxanne and Harold Weir of Utah, dressed as characters from “Galaxy Quest,” greet David Broxterman of Lakeland, who is dressed as Capt. Kirk from “Star Trek: The Original Series,” at the 2021 Tampa Bay Comic Convention at the Tampa Convention Center. The people-watching is half the fun as fans show up in elaborate costumes to shop merchandise, listen to panels, play games and get autographs at the Tampa Convention Center.
  7. Tampa Bay Times chairman and CEO Paul Tash, who led the Times for more than 18 years, stepped down as Times chairman on July 1.
  8. Actor Paul Bettany, who plays Vision in the Marvel universe, canceled his appearance at this weekend's Tampa Bay Comic Convention.
  9. Parents looking for a head start on school can stop by Verizon retailers on July 31 to pick up a free backpack loaded with school supplies. They can also register to win a $10,000 scholarship.
  10. The Woodson African American Museum of Florida is in St. Petersburg
  11. Steven Ball, 42, is the resident artist at Tampa Theatre. On Aug. 28, as part of its Summer Classics series, he will play the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, a magnificent, 1,400-pipe instrument, to accompany silent movies.
  12. The Disney Wish, which is provisioned at Port Canaveral, is the fifth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, with its inaugural cruise for guests set for July 14.
  13. This combo of images provided by NASA on Tuesday shows a side-by-side comparison of observations of the Southern Ring Nebula in near-infrared light, at left, and mid-infrared light, at right, from the Webb Telescope.
  14. This image provided by NASA on Monday shows galaxy cluster SMACS 0723, captured by the James Webb Space Telescope. The telescope is designed to peer back so far that scientists can get a glimpse of the dawn of the universe about 13.7 billion years ago and zoom in on closer cosmic objects, even our own solar system, with sharper focus.
  15. Children visit with Hope at her home at the Ruth and J.O. Stone Dolphin Complex at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This facility has opened an immersive exhibit called Dolphintopia that explores the science of dolphins and also their connection to humans throughout history.
  16. Ayr’Reka’s Angels help students go back to school in style by offering free hair cuts and braids.
  17. Paul Bettany, who plays Vision in the Marvel series of films, will make an appearance at Tampa Bay Comic Convention July 29-31.
  18. A camera captures the last glimpse of the James Webb Space Telescope as it heads to its final destination 1 million miles from Earth. Tampa Bay libraries and museums such as MOSI and Great Explorations will have special events this summer to glimpse Webb's first pictures from outer space.
  19. There hasn't been a St. Pete Pride since 2019, shown here with colorful marchers. Organizers expect to draw more than 300,000 people to the festivities in St. Petersburg on June 25.
  20. Parkgoers are seen riding Cobra's Curse at Busch Gardens in Tampa. The park is offering a flash sale of $99 for a two-park pass with Adventure Island through Sunday. It's a $75 savings.
  21. Assistant manager Cristian Jimenez, left, helps Randall Conley of St. Petersburg locate fireworks on Tuesday at Phantom Fireworks in Tampa. Sales of personal fireworks exploded during the pandemic and it looks like people haven’t leveled off even though big city shows are back on this year.
  22. Walter Evans teaches Shotokan, a traditional form of karate, and Sanuces Ryu jiujitsu to beginner students on Monday, May 9, 2022, at the North Greenwood Recreation Center in Clearwater. Evans founded the Shihan School of Survival in 2005 and provides programs that combat the increase in youth obesity, diabetes, violence, bullying, gang activities, criminal behavior, suicide, drug use and other societal issues.
  23. Dave Uyak of Charleston, South Carolina, shops with his sister SueEllen Byers of Tampa, at the Amalie Arena Lightning team store on Monday. “He comes down from Charleston every home playoff game,” Byers said of her brother. “My husband is bad luck so during the playoffs he’s not allowed to come anymore.”
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