We've got a lot of famous people coming to town this weekend - if only in spirit and images - then a benefit for a very worthy and urgent cause, and a call to lay down arms for a few bucks and other benefits, a chance for the kids to hone and test their sports skills and a terrific movie which features one of those famous people we are expecting - if only in spirit.
RIDE 2 RECOVERY HONOR RIDE Saturday, Feb. 2 8:30 a.m.
If ever there was a good cause and a reason to get some great exercise, this is it. Join injured vets for bicycle rides of 20, 38 or 68 miles, and a special 200 meter ride for the five to ten-year olds. The rides begin and end at the Tampa Convention Center and benefits participation of injured vets in cycling programs on 38 military bases across the U.S. $75 $125 families $10 for the kids ride.
Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk 333 S. Franklin St. Tampa 33602 609-792-0709 sailpavilion
TO SEE AS ARTISTS SEE Saturday, Feb. 2 11 a.m.
We have been waiting for this for so long. It's the famous art collection from the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. A collection of 107 paintings from the collection of Duncan Phillips, founder of the country's first museum of modern art. And it features some of the most important paintings from the 1850s through the 1960s done by, among others, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keefe, Edward Hopper, Grandma Moses, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. The show will run through April 28. If you are an art lover, do not miss this show. Admission is $12, $10 Seniors and military and $5 for students, and don't forget on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. it's art on the house, so it's either free or pay what you can.
Tampa Museum of Art 120 Gasparilla Plaza Tampa 33602 813-274-8130 tampamuseum
GUN BUYBACK Saturday, Feb. 2 10 a.m.
Show us your guns! Better yet, bring them to this event and you will receive $75 and a "Fan Pack" consisting of vouchers for a Tampa Lightning game and a Tampa Rays game all firearms must be unloaded. Ammo, BB guns, pellet guns and paintball guns can be turned in too, but no reward. All guns will be destroyed, and no questions asked.This event is sponsored by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The nearest location to downtown Tampa is posted below.
Sheriff's Office 20008 E. Eighth Ave. Tampa 33607 813-247-0600
TEAM UP! Saturday, Feb. 2 10 a.m.
This is a great chance for the kids to find out if they have what it takes to be a sports champ, or just to have some great fun. There will be a virtual reality soccer and snowboarding machine; a radar equipped pitching booth to see how fast you can throw a fast ball; a tennis ball bounce court, and a hoop shooting set up. And some sports agents on hand ready to sign you up. Admission is $15 adults $12.50 kids $9.50 seniors and military. Under one is free.
Glazer Children's Museum 110 Gasparilla Plaza Tampa 33602 813-443-3861 glazermuseum
THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH Sunday, Feb. 3 3 p.m.
Yeah, it's her, Marilyn. In that famous scene with the subway vent and the white skirt and a great story in this 1955 Billy Wilder comedy which still can knock your socks off..even without that vent. Admission $9 $7 members
Tampa Theatre 711 N. Franklin St. Tampa 33602 813-274-8982 tampatheatre