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Runners await the start of the 5K race during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Feb. 20, 2016, in downtown Tampa.ZACK WITTMAN | Times (2016)

Things to Do Planner: Dinos Alive at the zoo, Gasparilla Distance Classic

RETRO REPTILES: Dinos Alive at the zoo On Saturday, Lowry Park Zoo opens a limited-time, outdoor exhibit called Dinos Alive that features towering dinosaurs that move, blink and roar. Open daily through August, the prehistoric park will also have activity areas with a Fossil Fun dig site, a new live show called "Di …


  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Feb. 27-March 5


    Florida Strawberry Festival: In Plant City, the red berry is king but the music lineup is pretty sweet, too. Willie Nelson, Little Big Town and 3 Doors Down will be there, along with a midway of rides, exhibits and free daily entertainment starting Thursday. $10, $5 ages 6-12, free for 5 and …

    Chef Tony DeFrancesco carefully prepares a four-pound pile of strawberry shortcake for the Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest sponsored by St. Clement's at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City Thursday. Contestants were give ten minutes to attempt to finish the portion, a feat that no one managed to complete.
  2. Book captures 82 years of Plant City Strawberry Festival history



    In 1993, 3-year-old Lauren McNair, standing all of about 3 feet tall, showed a 1,000-pound dairy cow in the pee wee showmanship at the Florida Strawberry Festival.

    1974 queen and court are pictured with country singer Lynn Anderson.
  3. 'Rebuilt' Steinbrenner field welcomes fans


    TAMPA — New York Yankees followers have found some surprises at George M. Steinbrenner Field as spring training baseball began this weekend.

    Lindsay Wiggins of Lake City interacts with a goose on the grounds of Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. on Thursday, February 23, 2017.  The Yankees are touting $40 million in renovations to its spring training home.
  4. Lutz school house to come alive at annul flea market


    LUTZ — Antiques, collectibles, furniture, plants and more will fill the Old Lutz School House when the Lutz-Land O' Lakes Woman's Club has its annual flea market Friday (March 3) and Saturday (March 4).

    Lois Cohen of the Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club prepares holiday and craft items for the group’s annual flea market at the Old Lutz School House.
  5. Shred Fest features all kinds of 'shredding'


    Like a definition from the dictionary, Hillsborough County will provide multiple meanings of the word "shred" at Shred Fest 2017 on Saturday (March 4) at the Apollo Beach Park and Recreation Center, 664 Golf and Sea Blvd.

    The county will open an 11,000-square foot skate park in Apollo Beach Saturday. It features an area shaped like a three-pointed star with the center part elevated to allow for some skate elements.
  6. Before coming to Tampa, Carl Hiaasen talks writing satire in the age of Trump


    When Carl Hiaasen speaks on March 5 at the Straz Center in Tampa, he says, "I'll probably talk about the headlines, politics, Florida's role in the national death augur."

    Hiaasen: “What’s going on in Tallahassee is laughable, too, but it has a bigger impact. ... Did you hear that Rick Scott has started tweeting? And now he’s doing robocalls. Well, look at him — what other kind of call could he do?”