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Getting out “Events in and out of the area” 2-11-10
Feb 11, 2010 - 11:36:13 PM

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Compiled by Julie Ball

Friday February 12

The Skate Park of Tampa (4215 E Columbus Drive in Tampa) is hosting A Night at the Skatepark starting at 7pm. The Ergo skate team brings professional skateboarders Kris Markovich, David Loy, Andrew Cannon, Shawn Hale, Norman Woods and more to the Bay Area. Admission to watch is free and for a session, $8 for non members and $5 for members. For more information call (813) 621-6793 or visit
The Bradenton Motorsports Park is putting on the NHRA Oil Drag Racing Series throughout the weekend at 21000 SR 64 in Bradenton. Categories include top alcohol dragster and funny car, comp eliminator, sportsman and top dragster. The racing begins at 10 a.m. Feb. 12 and 9 a.m. Feb. 13-14. Admission ranges from $15 Fri., $20 per day Sat.-Sun.; or $50 three days. Ages 11 and younger free with paid adult. Call 941-748-1320

Saturday February 13
In honor of Valentine’s Day, singles, couples and groups of friends (ages 21 and up) are invited to the Lowry Park Zoo for a lighthearted look at love in the animal kingdom.  This fifth annual tour and progressive dinner will entertain guests with interesting stories about the pairing, partnering and mating habits of our animal residents. Guests are welcomed with romantic refreshments and up-close animal encounters, where they will proceed to various animal habitat areas stopping for salads, candlelight dinner and dessert.  The event is open bar.  Two tours are offered each night of the event, lasting approximately 3.5 hours.  Reservations are required.  Tickets are $55 per person; Annual Zoo Pass members receive a $5 off discount per ticket). Call 813-935-8552 ext. 239 for more information.
In the past 50 years, Amalia Hernandez and the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico have been honored with more than 200 awards in recognition of their artistic merits. The ballet works and musical pieces reflect various regions and folk music genres of Mexico.There is a postshow talk-back in the theater following the performance. Showtimes are 3 and 7:30pm with tickets beginning at $29.50 at the David Stratz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. Macinnes Place, Tampa. 813-222-1000.

Sunday February 14

Bring your sweetie to Dino World on Valentines’ Day for free today with a paid adult admission. Dino World is located at 5145 Harvey Tew Road in Plant City and features forrests filled with over 150 life size dinosaurs. While you are there, check out the fossil dig, museum, skeleton garden, caves, boneyards and gift shop. Admission price is $12.75 for adults,  $10.75 for seniors and $9.75 for children. For more information call 813-717-9865 or visit

Coming off a successful starring run on Broadway playing the role of ‘Edna Turnblad’ in the hit musical ‘Hairspray,’ John Pinette has returned to the stand-up stage. When asked to describe his stand-up, John Pinette says, “I talk about my life, it is the funniest thing I can think of.” The Improv located at Centro Ybor in Ybor City will host Pinette at 7pm for their Valentine’s Day Dinner Show. Tickets are $22 and do not include dinner. Visit the box office at 1600 E. Eighth Ave., call (813) 864-4000 or visit for more information.

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