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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer

Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Sharon Kennedy Wynne is a Tampa Bay Times writer and editor who focuses mostly on events and fun Things to Do. A lifelong St. Petersburg resident, she has been a journalist since 1988 and joined her hometown Times in 1994. She is married and has two sons.

Phone: (727) 893-8595

Email: wynne@tampabay.com

Twitter: @SharonKWn

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  1. Plan your weekend: DJ Kitty Onesie, Taking Back Sunday, Kid Day, comic Felipe Esparza

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    Fashion

    DJ Kitty Onesie: The first 15,000 ticket holders who arrive to the Rays-Rangers game Saturday will score the most questionable fashion statement of the season: a free adult-sized DJ Kitty Onesie. It's complete with a tail, a hood featuring a cat face and "DJ Kitty" written across the back. Saturday is also "Baseball Forever Night" and the city of St. Petersburg wants fans to pack the stadium to show the team how much they love them. Mayor Rick Kriseman will throw out the first pitch at 7:10 p.m. Saturday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297. raysbaseball.com....

    An adult-sized DJ Kitty onesie will be the giveaway when the Tampa Bay Rays play the Rangers July 22.
  2. Snag a DJ Kitty onsie for adults at Saturday's Rays game

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    The first 15,000 ticketholders who arrive to the Rays-Rangers game Saturday will score the most questionable fashion statement of the season: a free adult-sized DJ Kitty Onesie.

    The Tampa Bay Rays have pushed the envelope on game day giveaways before, like with the sorta creepy Zim Bear, a teddy with the face of the late adviser Don Zimmer. And earlier this season Evan Longoria looked like the king of Westeros as a Game of Thrones-themed bobblehead....

    An adult-sized DJ Kitty onesie will be the giveaway when the Tampa Bay Rays play the Rangers July 22.
  3. Top things to do this week: Celebrate Shark Week and Snooty the manatee

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    TAKE A BITE: Aquarium salutes Shark Week

    Shark Week starts Sunday on the Discovery Channel and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is using the occasion to highlight its toothy residents, Thelma and Louise. A special $25 Shark Adoption gets you a tote bag, a plush shark and a bio on the aquarium's two nurse sharks. CMA is also launching a social media contest on Facebook. The picture of a kid in a shark costume with the most likes on CMA's Facebook page will win a Shark Prize Package. Three of the stars from the Dolphin Tale movies, Nathan Gamble (Sawyer), Cozi Zuehlsdorff (Hazel) and Austin Highsmith (Phoebe) will be making appearances at the aquarium Saturday through July 29. Check seewinter.com for details on the times and locations. For Shark Week, Zuehlsdorff and Highsmith will be at the aquarium to feed the sharks at 2 p.m. on July 28. CMA will carry this live on its Facebook page if you can't make it in person. Admission is $21.95, $19.95 ages 60-older, $16.95 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free at 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. (727) 441-1790....

    Snooty the manatee is the oldest documented manatee in captivity.
  4. 5 things to do under $5: Ringling Museum, mobile photo class, 'Iron Giant' in the park

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    1. Iron Giant: You can see a free Movie on the Green in Curtis Hixon Park on Friday, when an inflatable screen will be set up to show the animated favorite Iron Giant at 8:30 p.m. at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on. Concessions will be available for purchase.

    2. Free museum admission: Every Monday, the Ringling Museum of Art offers free admission, including special exhibition galleries. This is a museum with a world-class collection including a Rubens gallery, Asian art and classical sculptures that fill the grand courtyard. It's free to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, but regular admission applies to the Circus Museum or Ca'd'Zan, the mansion of John and Mable Ringling. Regular museum admission is $25, $23 seniors, $5 children/students, 5 and younger free. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. (941) 359-5700. ringling.org....

    THE IRON GIANT, from left:  The Iron Giant, Hogarth Hughes, 1999.
  5. Quick! Do these fun things with the kids before school starts!

    Kids

    Three weekends. That's all we have left before the new school year is upon us.

    Because Florida kids have to go back so much earlier than their Northeast cousins who get all the way through Labor Day before the school bell rings, our summers can slip away from us. Schools open for students in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties on Aug. 10, and in Pasco and Hernando counties Aug. 14....

    Daniella Mellman, 8, of Kensington, MD sits next to a Lego sculpture at The Art of the Brick Lego art exhibit in Tampa, Fla. on Friday, June 22, 2017.   The Art of the Brick is the world's largest and most elaborate display of Lego brick art featuring more than 100 artworks by acclaimed contemporary artist, Nathan Sawaya.
  6. Disney news: Tron ride, 'Guardians of Galaxy' ride and a 'Star Wars' hotel coming to Florida

    Florida

    In case you missed it, this weekend brought a rush of news for Disney World fans at D23, the official Disney fan club in Anaheim, Calif., and visitors to the four theme parks in Florida can look forward to more attractions for teens and roller coaster fans.

    Coming soon will be a Guardians of the Galaxy ride at Epcot, as well as a much-hailed ride based on the Tron series at the Magic Kingdom. And an elite Star Wars-themed resort will make you feel like you are spending the night at a space station....

    Artist renderings of Disney's plans for an immersive Star Wars-themed hotel show guests would wear costumes and  interact with "Star Wars" creatures and droids. The multi-day experience would guests their own story line and each window of the hotel would look out into space.
Photo courtesy Walt Disney World
  7. Plan your weekend July 14-16: Sam Hunt, New Kids and '90s stars, Mud Wars, Little Mermaid

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    Concert

    Sam Hunt: The country hunk's Body Like a Back Road, the first single from his forthcoming sophomore album, has been the No. 1 country song in America since mid-February, putting it within spitting distance of Florida Georgia Line's Cruise as the longest-running No. 1 in country history. You can also hear Hero, the stellar debut by fellow Nashville new-schooler Maren Morris, who owns the middle slot on Hunt's stacked summer tour (Buy Me a Boat rambler Chris Jansen and Ryan Follese open the show). 7 p.m. Friday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. The show is virtually sold out; check livenation.com or call (813) 740-2446 for availability....

    Disney Broadway hit "The Little Mermaid" is coming to Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts July 11-16.
  8. Get messy this weekend at Mud Wars or a water balloon fight/pub crawl

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    MESSY FUN: Pub crawl, Mud Wars and Great Mess-Plorations

    It's the dog days of summer, so there's just no use fighting the battle to keep your hair or makeup intact. It's all coming down in a sweaty mess. So embrace it with some messy fun this week.

    • The Sun, Swimsuits and Suds pub crawl Saturday in Ybor City will have stops at local pubs and restaurants, but the twist is you will end up in Super Soaker wars and water balloon fights in the street. Included in the ticket price ($25 through Friday and $30 the day of) is a 5-ounce beverage and a small giveaway at each bar. The first 150 to sign up get a T-shirt. The block party runs 2-6 p.m. Saturday, with an after-party at Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Tampa. ybor.org/events....

    One of the creations at ARTpool’s Trashion Fashion event. Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 15, and the runway begins at 10 p.m.
  9. 5 things to do under $5: Kids golf free, home show, poolside Christmas in July

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    1 Kids Golf Free: Thanks to the First Tee of Clearwater, kids ages 15 and younger can join a paying adult for one free round of golf this summer through Sept. 1. The Clearwater Junior Tees have provided shortened, manageable distances for children. Open 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily at the Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club, 3030 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. (727) 726-4673.

    2 Back to School Bash: The Westfield Brandon mall is getting a jump on things with kid-friendly fun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday — so maybe they won't notice there's only four more weeks of summer vacation left. The first 250 kids to complete a scavenger hunt get free backpacks. There will also be giveaways and area mascots, princesses and superheroes, as well as interactive sports, craft activities and a play area. The mall itself will have information kiosks on school resources, health and wellness services and after-school programs. Free. 459 Brandon Town Center, Brandon. (727) 674-1464. ...

    Cody Hollenbeck, 9, of Safety Harbor, center, marks up at the 14th green where he eventually putted for birdie while golfing with Dominic Huey, 8, of Clearwater, left, and Jake Spindler, 7, of Clearwater. The boys were participating in the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation’s First Tee of Clearwater’s youth golf program on June 2, 2016. The activity runs through Sept. 1 this year.
  10. Instant Pot pressure cooker again picks up steam on Amazon Prime Day

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    Once again, the Instant Pot pressure cooker is slaying Amazon's Prime Day, according to early indications.

    Last year Amazon sold more than 215,000 in a single day, earning it the title of the world's first viral kitchen gadget.

    Today, a similar deal is back, though not as deep of a discount as last year when the $69 sale on Prime Day — down from its usual $99 price — was the tipping point for the cult of Instant Pot. ...

    This Italian Chickpea Stew is made in 20 minutes in the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker, instead of the typical 90-minute cooking time for dried chickpeas.
 Recipe from Janet A. Zimmerman?'s new cookbook "Instant Pot Obsession."

Image credit: Susan Brooks-Dammann/Stocksy United
  11. Could a Tron coaster replace Disney's Tomorrowland Speedway?

    Florida

    Is a high-tech coaster based on Tron replacing the very low-tech Tomorrowland Speedway in Disney's Magic Kingdom? The rumor mills are buzzing.

    The announcement is expected to be made official at the D23 Expo July 14-16 in Anaheim, Calif., but Disney fan sites such as WDW News say they hear from multiple sources that the news is coming.

    D23 is the official Disney fan club, named in honor of the year 1923, when Walt Disney left Kansas City and headed for Hollywood. The biennial expo events are often used to announce major company news and attractions....

    Photo by Rob Clark Jr.
  12. Oh thank heaven for July 11 — it's Free Slurpee Day

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    Tuesday is National Brain Freeze Day — or at least that's what it should be called when there will be lines out the door at 7-Eleven convenience stores to get a free Slurpee to celebrate the chain's birthday on 7/11.

    Customers can get a free small Slurpee at any 7-Eleven location from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. while supplies last. Some stores will also be carrying selfie swag for the new Slurpee chrome dome lids and chrome dome cups. Anyone who gets it is asked to post a selfie on social media with #Slurpfies and tag @7Eleven....

    Tuesday, July 11, is Free Slurpee Day as 7-Eleven celebrates its 90th birthday.
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  13. Killer deals for Halloween scare zones at Busch Gardens, Universal

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    Halloween may be a long way off, but if you like to get the wits scared out of you in haunted houses, you can save money by buying tickets now.

    Busch Gardens has a deal now for $29.99 Howl-O-Scream tickets, good any day of the event. But the offer will vanish from buschgardenstampa.com on Aug. 16. This year's regular ticket prices haven't been announced yet, but last year they started at $45.99 and got more expensive closer to Halloween....

    USF student  Lindsay Weppelman, played a Zombie Bride in one Busch gardens open-air scare zones in 2016's Howl-O-Scream.
  14. Plan your weekend July 8-10: Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper, Shark Con, Etsy party, Incubus

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    Plan your weekend

    Concert

    Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper: Two of music's most acclaimed artists and powerhouse live performers arrive at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Saturday when Grammy Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart is joined by Tony winner Cyndi Lauper. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $31-$141. amaliearena.com....

     Jack Smith, 5, and his father, John Smith, of Tampa look at the jaw and teeth of a tiger shark at the Sea World booth during the first annual Shark Con at the Tampa Convention Center on Sunday, May 04, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. 
KENT NISHIMURA   |   Times
  15. NPR’s popular 'Snap Judgment’ to bring live show to Tampa Theatre

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    For seven years, Glynn Washington has built a cult following as the host of NPR’s Snap Judgment, an experimental storytelling show, and on Sept. 29, you can see the tales spun live when it comes to the Tampa Theatre.

    Check out their great work here:

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    NPR's "Snap Judgment" was created and is hosted by Detroit native Glynn Washington. He will bring his live show to Tampa Theatre Sept. 29.