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Kelly A. Stefani - Editorial Assistant — Things To Do and Pets

Editorial Assistant — Things To Do and Pets

I am known as the events maven for the Tampa Bay Times. I dig up and write about thousands of events and activities to keep you and your family busy. Area event promoters keep my job interesting. After 32 years, I've seen everything from "Eggstravaganzas" and "Spooktaculars," to naked mud wars and New Year's Eve fetish parties. Who wouldn't love writing about that? If you know of something interesting happening, shoot me a note.

  1. The Riviera Resort is one of the Disney Vacation Club hotels set to reopen June 22. [Walt Disney World]
  2. May 26• Community News
    Pets in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Hernando and Pasco counties are looking for forever homes. [Times]
  3. May 25• Arts & Entertainment
    Manchego, jamon serrano, drunken goat cheese, chorizo and mixed olives may be among the items included in ABC's wine and cheese virtual tasting seminar.
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  5. Tampa Bay-area communities mark Memorial Day and salute those who lost their lives for our country.
  6. The National Cemetery Administration will not hold the mass placement and retrieval of grave site flags this year.
  7. Pork Chop, Hennessey, Blake and Monkey are waiting to share their love with you. [Times]
  8. May 18• Arts & Entertainment
    Regal Railways will hold a live train show this week. Social distancing rules must be followed. [Tampa Bay Times files]
  9. Murphy, Louis, Alexander and Sunny are looking for loving homes. [Times]
  10. May 11• Arts & Entertainment
    Bats pour out of their houses and fly around the edge of the trees at dusk. Join the Pinellas County Extension service to learn more about bats and their behavior. 

About half a million bats live in the largest occupied bat houses on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida. There are two barns and one house on the property. Nearly every night the bats all take flight about 15 minutes after sunset,  Oct. 17, 2019, heading out to eat an estimated 2 1/2 billion insects. [TRACEE STOCWELL  |  Times]
  11. A bee collects pollen from pentas. [Times (2013)]
  12. The thriller "Darkness in Tenement 45" about a tenement building that boards up due to Soviet threats is one of the highlights of the Sarasota Film Festival. The film is directed by Nicole Groton. [Sarasota Film Festival]
  13. Treat Mom to a takeout meal from a local restaurant. Some meals come with flower bouquets.
  14. May 5• Arts & Entertainment
    A 2020 Model 3 sedan sits at a Tesla dealership in Littleton, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) [DAVID ZALUBOWSKI  |  AP]
  15. Pets looking for forever homes. [Hand outs to the Times]
  16. Adoptable pets are waiting for love. [Hand outs to the Times]
  17. Apr. 27• Arts & Entertainment
    A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from Kennedy Space Center on April 22. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  18. Tampa Theatre has illuminated its marquee to show gratitude to essential workers and those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  19. Tomatoes like these are easy to grow in your backyard in Florida.
  20. Planet Earth. [NASA] Happy Earth Day!
  21. Apr. 20• Arts & Entertainment
    Students can participate in the global production of a zombie film.  Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens.
  22. Old live oak trees are among some trees that may be seen on the Traveling Trees Walk in Brooker Creek Preserve. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  23. Tiny home dwellers around the world filmed a YouTube video discouraging toilet paper hoarding. [YouTube]
  24. Melissa Etheridge promises to give us a free Facebook concert every day until social distancing ends. [Lauren Dukoff]