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  1. Kaisen Henry puts on the costume of Tigertastic Car at the Glazer Children’s Museum’s visiting exhibition "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood." The Tampa museum offers free admission the first Tuesday of every month.
  2. A photograph from a 1976 Tampa Bay Times story detailing how a St. Petersburg Pier laser art installation did not go as planned.
  3. A large rehabilitation pool at Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Fred Howard Park facility in Tarpon Springs. The aquarium announced Wednesday that they are speeding up their efforts to get the facility ready to rehabilitate manatees.
  4. WWE star Titus O'Neil, right, talks to students at Sligh Middle School, one of the many schools his charitable Bullard Foundation supports. They are hosting a Back to School Bash Aug. 7 with an appearance by rapper Flo Rida and will give away 30,000 backpacks stocked with school supplies.
  5. Smoke billows off the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship as it carries members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla along Seddon Channel for the 2020 parade in Tampa. After canceling Tampa’s signature event this year because of COVID-19 concerns, the Gasparilla parades will sail on in January of 2022, with advance tickets going on sale this week.
  6. President Joe Biden speaks during an event on the American Jobs Plan in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus in Washington. It includes soft infrastructure items like investments in child care, family tax credits and other domestic programs.
  7. Teens started slowly then warmed up to an energetic bucket-drumming session, a way to get them working together during a week-long LGBTQ+ camp at Allendale United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg.
  8. Parkgoers are seen riding Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The theme park has dropped its reservation requirement that was put in place to limit crowd sizes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  9. Fans at the 2016 Metrocon pose for a photo at the Tampa Convention Center. The convention for anime fans was canceled last year but returns July 23-25.
  10. Luna and Miles are just two puppies, among many animals, available for adoption.
  11. Wendy's picked ZooTampa at Lowry Park as the first test market for its new Frosty cart concept. The cart is located at the zoo's Wallaroo area.
  12. Author Lenore Skenazy created the book, blog and movement called Free Range Kids that urges parents to give kids more independence, similar to what they had as kids. She has updated her book in the wake of three states passing laws to protect parents from legal issues.
  13. The Alps, a marketplace coming Oct. 1 at this year's Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, will feature a gooey hunk of warm raclette Swiss cheese.
  14. A juvenile alligator shows off its teeth and mouth while it rests along the banks of Lake Maggiore at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg. A newly opened exhibit at the Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center in Tampa explores our enduring fascination with the alligator and the alligator’s symbolic role in Florida history.
  15. Kids love to play in the sheet of falling water at the Kiwanis Sprayground in Dunedin. The 3,000-square-foot splash pad in Highlander Park has been flush with children seeking refuge from higher temperatures and humidity, though it limits capacity to 60 people at a time.
  16. Busch Gardens will give out free 7-ounce glasses of beer to visitors for the rest of July to celebrate the Tampa Bay Lightning.
  17. Nikita Kucherov celebrates with the Stanley Cup after the Lighting defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 Wednesday night at Amalie Arena.
  18. Members of the Tampa Bay Lightning make their way down the Hillsborough River as they are greeted by fans during their Boat Parade celebrating their 2020 Stanley Cup
  19. A variety of imitation Pop It! popping toys, the summer's hottest fidget item.
  20. Jacob Baker, 7, works with neighbor, Dan Meegan at the 49th Street Neighborhood Center where people were busy filling sand bags in preparation for Tropical Storm Elsa on Sunday in Gulfport. Involving kids in storm preparation can give them added confidence and help with anxiety, experts say.
  21. Bert and Ernie command a parade float rolling in front of Mr. Hooper's store at SeaWorld Orlando's Sesame Street land, which opened in March 2019. The parade of characters will resume on Fridays and Saturdays starting July 10.
  22. A fireworks and laser light show are seen on the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship docked in front of the Tampa Convention Center for Super Bowl 55 in Tampa. Despite a new state law making personal fireworks legal on July 4, Pinellas County says its ban supersedes state law.
  23. Isabelle Hayes of South Tampa plays in the toy trolley at the Glazer Children’s Museum’s new exhibition, "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood." The Tampa museum offers free admission on the first Tuesday of every month.
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