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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Nov. 24 (Saturday)

The Tampa Bay Water Ski Team, shown performing here at Carrollwood's 4th of July picnic on Lake Carroll, performs a free show Saturday at Tower Lake in Oldsmar.
The Tampa Bay Water Ski Team, shown performing here at Carrollwood's 4th of July picnic on Lake Carroll, performs a free show Saturday at Tower Lake in Oldsmar.
Published Nov. 24, 2018

Water Ski Show: Elf Holiday Show: Skiers ages 6 to 60 perform theatrical water shows similar to those seen at Cypress Gardens. All performances include barefoot, jump, ballet, adagio and pyramid acts. Come early for a pre-show. 1 and 4 p.m., Tower Lake, 130 Burbank Road, Oldsmar. Free. (727) 480-9365; www.tampawaterski.com.

Benji Brown: He was an on air personality on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show and appeared on Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza. 8 p.m., Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $24.50-$39.50. (813) 229-7827; strazcenter.org.

Ian Bagg: The Canadian comedian. 7:30 and 10 p.m., Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 864-4000; improvtampa.com.

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2018 : Grammy-nominated saxophonist will perform Christmas classic and hit songs with special guests Grammy nominated jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair, vocalist Jonathan Butler and smooth jazz keyboardist Keiko Matsui. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$100. (727) 791-7400; rutheckerdhall.com.

Nothing,Nowhere: Rising emo-rap artist. 6 p.m., The Orpheum, 1915 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. $18-$35. (813) 248-9500; www.theorpheum.com.

Girls Meetup and Skate: Female skateboarders can chill, link up and learn from each other at this women-only skate day with free pizza and giveaways. 10 a.m., Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. Free. (813) 621-6793; www.skateparkoftampa.com/spot/about.aspx.

Thanksgiving Art and Craft Festival: The 28th annual Small Business Saturday event features original works of new and upcoming talent as well as established artists and crafters. 10 a.m., Downtown Tarpon Springs, 1 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Free. (727) 322-5217.

Shopapalooza: The annual Black Friday alternative event brings double the fun with two days of shopping local with almost 150 vendors, artists, and local businesses with specials, food and children's entertainment. 10 a.m., Straub Park (Center), at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE, St. Petersburg. Free (items individually priced). (727) 637-5586.

Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival: 11:30 a.m., Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. $20-35. (828) 265-9929; sertomayouthranch.com.

Christmas in the Wild: The animals come out at night for the zoo's holiday party. 4 p.m., ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Zoo admission: $34.95, $25.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free. (813) 935-8552.

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Ant Man and the Wasp (PG-13): Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch free movies on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. 5:45 p.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 449-1036; www.sunsetsatpier60.com.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Little Surrealists Tour: Kids ages 5 to 13 meet on the third floor overlook for an age appropriate tour of the museum. Included with admission. 11 a.m., Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. $24, $22 seniors, $17 students/ages 13-17, $10 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. $10 after 5 p.m. Thursdays. (727) 823-3767; thedali.org.

TO WATCH

Tomb Raider, 8 p.m., HBO: The 2018 action film makes its TV debut. Alicia Vikander stars as the athletic archaeologist Lara Croft, who investigates the disappearance of her adventurer father by following him to a mysterious island.

MORE TO EXPLORE

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  1. As with last year’s Christmas program at Northcliffe Baptist Church, the special event this year will include music, narration and skits. [Northcliffe Baptist Church]
  2. Alligator Attraction started offering sloth yoga classes in November. [kissagator.com]
    Sloth yoga and other sloth activities are becoming more popular around the Tampa Bay area, but some say it puts the animals in peril.
  3. Charlie explains to his parents and sister, Beth, that the best thing about church is that there are no Herdmans there. Pictured, from left: Sarah Krug as Mother (Grace Bradley), Amber Marino as Beth, Frank Miller as Father (Bob Bradley) and Jude Mys as Charlie. [Kristina Mitten]
    Live Oak Theatre presents ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever'
  4. Classic Reflections Carriages is offering carriage rides starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 19-21 throughout downtown Brooksville. Reservations are made in person on each event date, starting at 4 p.m., in front of the historic courthouse. [Brooksville Main Street]
    Holiday events in Pasco and Hernando counties
  5. Glenn Woods, 62, shapes a decorative bottle made with a blend of porcelain clays at Pottery Boys Clay Studios on Nov. 18  in Palm Harbor. Woods and his partner, Keith Herbrand, 56, have created dozens of pieces, including holiday decorations, vases, coffee cups, bowls and platters for the Tour de Clay, a progressive tour of five pottery studios in the Tampa Bay area featuring the work of 33 artists from near and far. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  TImes]
    The annual effort supports working artists and benefits charity.
  6. Ari Shipley, 5, (left) reads to a golden retriever named Turbo, while her brother, Jett, 3, looks on. Reading to Turbo is a new program at the Spring Hill/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library. [MICHELE MILLER  |  Times]
    Specially trained therapy dogs help youngsters grow their reading skills.
  7. Hundreds of demonstrators protest a Trump administration announcement that reversed an Obama-era order allowing transgender students to use school bathrooms matching their gender identities, outside of The Stonewall Inn in New York, Feb. 23, 2017. Activists in the LGBTQ community mobilized a fast and fierce campaign on Oct. 21, 2018, to say transgender people cannot be expunged from society, in response to an unreleased Trump administration memo that proposes a strict definition of gender based on a person's genitalia at birth. [Times Files] [YANA PASKOVA  |  NYT]
    Local vigils will be held in Tampa on Nov. 20 to honor those who lost their lives due to violence against the transgender community.
  8. A cat named Karma finds a comfortable spot in the lap of Taylor McKenzie during the Kitty Cats and Yoga Mats wellness activity at the Land O' Lakes Library. [Michele Miller]
    Two Pasco County agencies partner to bring the interactive activity to local libraries.
  9. Spanx founder and Clearwater native Sara Blakely will be the keynote speaker at the Synapse Summit 2020 innovation convention, scheduled for Feb. 11 and 12 at Amalie Arena in Tampa. (Times file photo)
    Organizers say the Clearwater native is a game-changer for the event on Feb. 11-12 at Amalie Arena. It is expected to draw more than 6,000 entrepreneurs.
  10. John C. Pelczynski of Massachusetts untangles the lines on his kite at the Veterans Day Fall Fly on TI. [Tampa Bay Times (2014)]
    Museums and aquariums are offering free admission, plus there are parades on land on sea in honor of Veterans Day
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