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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


Twitter: @SharonKWn

  1. Plan your weekend Oct. 13-15: Oktoberfest, Florida Georgia Line and Nelly, free shows at Tampa Theatre, Florida Orchestra pops


    Plan your weekend


    Oktoberfest: It's time to hoist a stein and yell, "Prost!" (cheers) for Oktoberfest in Tampa Bay. Tampa's competition-heavy party this weekend in Curtis Hixon Park expects some 10,000 people for the largest Oktoberfest gathering in the area. There will be a giant beer garden set up and tons of competitions and interactive games, such as stein hoisting and the Carry the Wench race. $10, $25 weekend; 12 and younger free. 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 397-8722.

    TP_361086_WALL_Oktoberfest_4 (10/13/2012  Tampa) Game host Erik Cattelle (CQ) demonstrates how to hold a stein for the beer stein holding competition portion of the Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest Tampa at Curtis Hixon Park on Saturday. Between brews, visitors can play in Oktoberfest Games, like stein holding, carry the wench, cornhole, tug-of-war and others. The event continues Sunday from 11-6, admission starts at $10. [DANIEL WALLACE, Times]
  2. Top things to do this week: Shopkins Live, Florida Birding and Nature Fest, authors Lisa Under, Rhonda Shear, Friday the 13th


    AUTHOR TALKS:Lisa Unger, Rhonda Shear

    Two Tampa Bay residents who also have bestselling books will be giving talks this weekend. New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger will talk about her inventive character-driven thrillers in a fundraiser for Tampa library programming at noon Friday at the University Club, 1 Tampa City Center, 38th floor, Tampa. To reserve your seat, go to $40 includes lunch. ...

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 05:  Actress/designer Rhonda Shear attends the Norby Walters’ 16th Annual Night Of 100 Stars Oscar Gala held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on March 5, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
  3. Busch Gardens offers free admission to first responders, family discounts


    Busch Gardens is giving first responders free admission through Nov. 24, with discounted tickets for their friends and family.

    "A first responder's mission is to selflessly protect us each day, and this special offer is a small way to show our appreciation of their dedication to the communities they call home," said Stewart Clark, president and general manager of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay....

    Busch Gardens new ride Cobra's Curse ride.
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  4. 5 things to do under $5: Nacho concert, free movies at Capitol, Tampa Theatre


    1Nacho: Venezuelan singer Nacho is performing at the Hispanic Heritage Festival in Clearwater on Sunday, but he's also playing a free show at the Ritz Ybor on Oct. 18 courtesy of Pandora. Karol G will open. All you have to do is RSVP at 7 p.m. Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa....

    Actor Sterling Hayden in a scene with Peter Sellers, left,  in the film "Dr. Strangelove." 	
  5. It's time to hoist a stein for Oktoberfest in Tampa Bay


    Even though the official Oktoberfest celebration in Germany wrapped up already, that doesn't stop parties around the globe from mimicking the celebration, including loads of Bavarian-flavored parties in Tampa Bay.

    With flowing pints of beer, giant pretzels and partiers donning their best dirndls and lederhosen, the nod to the world's largest beer festival keeps getting bigger and longer in the Tampa Bay area. ...

    Just in time for Oktoberfest, The Hofbrauhaus is opening in downtown St. Petersburg on Tuesday. FACEBOOK
  6. Adventure Island is adding a slide with a floor that drops out from under you


    A pair of new drop slides in an attraction called Vanish Point is coming to Adventure Island in Tampa in March, bringing another gut-check for adrenaline junkies at the 30-acre water park adjacent to Busch Gardens.

    The heart-stopping attraction will put riders inside a capsule where they will wait for the floor to vanish and go into a free fall. For those who chicken out of the drop floor, a third slide will zoom riders to the bottom horizontally for 455 feet, ending with a high-speed finale. ...

     A pair of new drop slides in an attraction called Vanish Point is coming to Adventure Island water park in Tampa in March, bringing another gut-check thrill to the 30-acre park adjacent to Busch Gardens.   The heart-stopping attraction will put riders inside a capsule and then they wait for the floor to vanish and go into a free fall, or they can get horizontal on a 455-foot long slide ending with a high speed finale   The name Vanish Point was inspired by the point on a wave where water and gravity form a perfect partnership, a park news release said. Credit: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
  7. Meet Winifred, the 140-pound baby rhino at Busch Gardens


    Busch Gardens has a new bouncing baby rhino, a girl named Winnifred, who at 3 days old weighs 140 pounds.

    And she will grow quickly, gaining as much as four pounds a day, said Peter Black, a senior veterinarian at the Tampa theme park.

    The name Winnifred is Afrikaans for "white" or "fair." Native to the southern part of Africa, the white rhinoceros is the largest of the five species of rhinoceros, so Winnifred can be expected to weigh more than 3,000 pounds as an adult. Although the white rhino species is growing, they are still threatened to risks like poaching, mainly for their horns, Black said....

    A new baby rhino born this week at Busch Gardens has  been named Winifred, who at 3 days old weighs 140 pounds.  You can see the family in the park's  Serengeti Plain.
Photo courtesy Busch Gardens
  8. Can you come up with a name for this two-headed calf?


    The freaky two-headed calf born in Safety Harbor in the 1920s has long been a popular oddity at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, where its stuffed carcass has been on display.

    But it has never had a name.

    Deuce? Maybe famous twins, like Ashley and Mary-Kate? Ronde and Tiki?

    On Nov. 3, the museum is holding a Two-Headed Calf Fest where attendees will vote for a name, earning the winner a weekend at the downtown Courtyard Marriott, as well as a free shuttle and gift certificates to five local breweries....

    Among the St Petersburg History Museum artifacts is this two-headed calf. It was born in Safety Harbor in 1925 with two heads and six legs. The museum is holding a naming contest and the winner will be announced at the Nov. 3 Two-Headed Calf Fest. DAVID W DOONAN | Special To The Times
  9. Plan your weekend Oct. 5-7: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, Chris Tucker, dog film fest, Saturday market returns


    Plan your weekend


    AC² — Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen: These two very funny talkers love to push each others' buttons. As viewers of Cohen's Bravo talk show Watch What Happens Live well know, there isn't much he considers off the table. And Cooper's reputation as a journalist aside, he loves to dish. The night of conversation begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at the David J. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. $59.50 and up. (813) 229-7827.

    D.L. Hughley
  10. Top things to do this week: Chris Tucker, Winter the dolphin's birthday, TIGLFF, Lightning home opener


    COMEDY: Chris Tucker and D.L. Hughley

    Hurricane Irma postponed the original Sept. 8 show, so if you bought a ticket it's still valid for Saturday's standup spectacle featuring Rush Hour star Chris Tucker, left. He will be joined by D.L. Hughley, one of the original Kings of Comedy, at 8 p.m. at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $41.75 and $61.75. (813) 301-2500.

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 15:  Actor Chris Tucker attends Cinespia Presents “The Fifth Element” at Hollywood Forever on July 15, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Cinespia)
  11. 5 things to do under $5: Saturday Market returns, Shine Mural Festival, Roboticon


    1. Judah Friedlander: With his trademark oversized glasses, shaggy hair and trucker hat, the comedian best known for playing one of Tina Fey's writers on 30 Rock will perform with the Lucas Brothers at the annual USF Stampede comedy show at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday during Homecoming Week. Free for students and the community at the Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 974-3004....

    Little Pond Farm staffer Willie Bonner stacks produce at the Saturday Morning Market 
LARA CERRI   |   Times (2016)
  12. Muggles can't resist: More Harry Potter orchestra shows coming


    This comes as no surprise after last weekend's four, yes count 'em four shows, featuring the Florida Orchestra performing live while Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone played on the big screen. They will do it again for the muggles who just can't get enough of the boy wizard....

    Tickets were snapped up so fast, the Florida Orchestra played four shows last weekend as the first Harry Potter film played on the big screen.
  13. Orchestra to play along for second chapter of Harry Potter film series


    Coming off a weekend when muggles snapped up enough tickets for four shows of live orchestra music played alongside a showing of the first Harry Potter film, the Florida Orchestra announced Monday that the second film in the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, will get also the live score treatment.

    Accio wallet!

    The orchestra will perform John Williams' score while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen at two shows Dec. 28-29 at Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $49-$99 on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 at and at noon by phone at (813) 229-7827 or in person at the Straz Center box office....

    Courtesy Universal Studios.
  14. Young chimpanzee Keeva killed within her troop at Lowry Park Zoo (w/video)


    The scene at Lowry Park Zoo Thursday was somber. Two chimpanzees sat quietly in their living area, the site of a tragedy the day before.

    In an office at the zoo, Lee Ann Rottman, Lowry Park's Zoo's top primate specialist, was baffled by what had happened to Keeva. The young chimpanzee she hand-raised as a baby was found dead in the primate sleeping quarters Wednesday morning, the victim of an apparent attack by other chimps....

Orphaned chimp Keeva with her surrogate mom in 2015.
  15. Theme park news: Epcot marks 35th birthday, Legoland gets virtual reality, Daytona revs up holiday lights


    This Sunday Epcot will mark its 35th anniversary with a special ceremony at 10:01 a.m. followed by a day of exclusive swag and a special fireworks show.

    The morning ceremony on the Fountain View stage will mark the moment in 1982 Disney opened its second theme park in Florida. Its name came from the acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, a utopian city of the future planned by Walt Disney himself. '...

    The Lego Pirate Captain will be among the characters inserted into a virtual reality experience on the park's Project X roller coaster, which will be turned into The Great Lego Race VR Coaster sometime next year.

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