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Art Spot 

Saturdays at the Tampa Museum of Art from 11am - 2pm.  Bring your little ones for a free, drop-in art making activity based on current exhibitions at the TMA. Great for all ages and skill levels, and provides an introduction to the art displayed in the galleries.  (813) 274-8130 tampamuseum.org

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Boom by the Bay 

July 4, 4-9:30pm.  Family-friendly activities, live entertainment, and FOUR fireworks displays spanning 2.5 miles along the waterfront. The celebration will be spread out across Waterworks Park and Armature Works, Julian B Lane Riverfront Park, The Tampa Convention Center and The Sail Sparkman Wharf.  

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Etsy Craft Party 

July 6, 11:30am - 4pm at the St. Pete Coliseum.  The area’s most vibrant makers, artisans, and vintage sellers together for a FREE, ALL AGES event with Live Skill Demonstrations and free Make & Take projects for all! Raffle benefiting Ready for Life, Inc. - an organization serving youth and young adults transitioning out of the foster care system.  FB@TampaBayEtsyCrew

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The 2nd Annual Independence Run 5k / 10k 

July 7, 8:00am on a course utilizing the Al Lopez Park loops.  Virtual run offered. Proceeds benefiting the Stano Foundation, a non-profit organization that puts together care packages for troops serving overseas. Register at runsignup.com.

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Summer Classics Sing-Along: Grease 

July 7, 3pm at the Tampa Theatre.  Follow the lyrics on the screen and sing along to all your favorite songs from Grease (PG13) 1978.  (813) 274-8286 tampatheatre.org

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Beginner Jam Making: Peach Bourbon + Brown Sugar 

July 13, 12-2pm at The Urban Canning Company in St. Pete.  Learn canning for beginners and create Peach Bourbon + Brown Sugar together! Everyone will walk away with lots of food preservation knowledge and a jar of jam you make during class.  theurbancanningcompany.com

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A Night in Spain 

July 26 - 28 at the Straz Center.  A Night in Spain features La Verbena de la Paloma, the sizzling zarzuela with the Opera Tampa Singers is a comedic performance of Spanish-inspired music and dance.  (813) 229-7827 strazcenter.org

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Tampa Mini Maker Faire 

July 27, 10am - 6pm at Glazer Children’s Museum.  From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Family-friendly!  MakerFaireTampa.com

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BeerFest:  Ferris Brewer’s Day Off 

July 27, 7-10pm at with an evening of craft beers and local brewers, plus snacks and samples from some of the city’s top restaurants.  BeerFest guests are invited to don their cheetah-print vest and sneakers, dress as their favorite Ferris Bueller character, or come in a costume inspired by the movie. 

(813) 274-8286 tampatheatre.org

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Lifelong Learning Series:  Woody Guthrie 

July 31, 1:30 - 3pm at the The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art in St. Pete.  Join educator Joy Katzen-Guthrie for a discussion about the experiences and the views that made Woody Guthrie’s life and music unique.  $25; $15 for members. Space is limited; advanced registration required. (727) 892-4200 thejamesmuseum.org

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