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Wounded Military Benefit Dinner

May 2, 6pm at Armature Works.  Cooked by Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine in support of ‘19 Warrior Games hosted by U.S. SOCOM in Tampa and transitioning wounded, ill, and injured service-members, their families, and caregivers. Keynote Speaker: Col Cary Harbaugh, Director of Warrior Care Program at U.S. SOCOM & Director of 2019 Warrior Games.  Purchase tickets at www.usvccevents.org/wounded-military-benefit-dinner

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Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby Watch Party 

May 4, 2-7pm at Armature Works.  Live music, live stream of the Derby, Mint Julep drink specials, hat contests, games & more.  Free, VIP available for purchase. armatureworks.com

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Balloon Glow at Tampa Riverfest 

May 4, 8:30-9pm.  While anchored to the ground, these 70’ tall balloons will illuminate The Tampa Riverwalk. Stop by early and enjoy Tampa Riverfest 2019 all day including the Wiener Dog Derby and TacoFest!  A full schedule of events can be found here thetampariverwalk.com/events-riverfest-schedule/

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5th Annual OE Book Fair 

May 5, 9am - 4pm at the Oxford Exchange.  An open platform for local authors to connect with the community face-to-face. Featured, are local authors and their publications, workshops, and more. Bring gently used books (Pre-K thru grade 12) to benefit the Hillsborough Education Foundation’s Teaching Tools Store. Learn more: oxfordexchange.com/pages/oe-book-fair

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Tampa Riverwalk Food + Art Festival 

May 11, 10am - 7pm at Waterworks Park, 1710 N. Highland Avenue, Tampa.  Enjoy live entertainment, sample specialty foods, shop for cool art! Yourtampamarkets.com

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Kristin Chenoweth 

May 17, 8pm.  Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall to perform an array of her most memorable songs and Broadway tunes, including music from Wicked, Promises Promises, and Glee! Chenoweth’s career spans film, television, voiceover, and stage.  www.rutheckerdhall.com (727) 791-7400

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Kinky Boots 

May 17 - 19 at the Straz Center.  Winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography, with songs by Cyndi Lauper, this musical is about the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.  Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.  www.strazcenter.org

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Ice Cream 5K to Benefit Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital 

May 25, 8am - noon at Al Lopez Park.   A family-friendly event featuring a Baby Crawl, Toddler Race, Kids 1 Mile Run and a 5K. The after-party features ice cream, awards, music, free face painting, family games and more. Icecreamrun5k.com

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Make an Artisanal Chopping Board 

May 25, 11am - 3:30pm at the Florida School of Woodwork, 1609 N Franklin St, Tampa.  Mill up and then glue together strips of wood.  After its dried you’ll cut to final length, sand and apply a finish.  You will learn: workshop basics, how to use a jointer, a planer, and a chopsaw, sanding, and finishing.  No experience needed. schoolofwoodwork.com

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That’s the Spirit 

May 30, 6:30 - 8:30pm at Maestro’s Restaurant. Pair five courses with specialty cocktails inspired by a featured spirit. This sit-down dinner presents curated, hand-crafted dishes and drinks by five celebrated chefs and mixologists in the Tampa Bay area. www.strazcenter.org

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