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Runners await the start of the 5K race during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Feb. 20, 2016, in downtown Tampa.ZACK WITTMAN | Times (2016)

Things to Do Planner: Dinos Alive at the zoo, Gasparilla Distance Classic

RETRO REPTILES: Dinos Alive at the zoo On Saturday, Lowry Park Zoo opens a limited-time, outdoor exhibit called Dinos Alive that features towering dinosaurs that move, blink and roar. Open daily through August, the prehistoric park will also have activity areas with a Fossil Fun dig site, a new live show called "Di …

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  1. Plan your weekend Feb. 24-26: Gasparilla Distance Classic, Mardi Gras pops, dinos at the zoo

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    Plan your weekend

    Road runners

    Gasparilla Distance Classic: One of Tampa's best-known road races floods Bayshore Boulevard with runners this weekend for the Gasparilla Distance Classic. The race attracts elite runners and first-timers alike for the lovely route that the 15K takes …

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12:  TV personality Steve-O attends the 10th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Club Nokia on May 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 23

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    Lucinda Williams: The songwriter tours in support of The Ghosts of Highway 20. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $48.50-$66. (727) 791-7400.

    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 10: Lucinda Williams performs on stage during The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All Star Concert Celebration at DAR Constitution Hall on January 10, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Blackbird Productions) 531436107
  3. 5 things to do under $5: Florida Orchestra, Black Arts Festival, Peter Max and Fiesta Day

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    1Florida Orchestra Family Concerts: This family-friendly "pay what you can" show brings husband-and-wife musicians Anna Kate Mackle, principal harp for the Florida Orchestra, and John Shaw, principal percussion, who will demonstrate their instruments and play together. Arrive early for art activities and the …

     John Shaw, principal percussionist and his wife, Anna Kate Mackie, principal harpist, both of the Florida Orchestra, pose at home in St. Petersburg.
  4. Dining Planner: Local roasters compete at CoffeeFest in Nashville, chocolate festival at Ren Fest

    Food & Dining

    What's the buzz: CoffeeFest

    Florida has more than 70 coffee roasters and more than 200 coffee shops, even keeping Daddy Starbucks out of the mix. Two establishments in the state have been selected to participate in the cold-brew competition at CoffeeFest in Nashville, Tenn., March 17-19. …

    Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters owners James and Heather Cook have been tapped to compete in the cold brew category at CoffeeFest in Nashville, Tenn.
  5. Things to Do Planner: Dinos Alive at the zoo, Gasparilla Distance Classic

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    RETRO REPTILES: Dinos Alive at the zoo

    Runners await the start of the 5K race during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Feb. 20, 2016, in downtown Tampa.
  6. Here's where to let the good times roll for Mardi Gras

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    Just about every party this month gets called Mardi Gras, but next week brings the actual Fat Tuesday celebration of Carnival that is supposed to be your one last hurrah before Lent. If you can't make it to New Orleans, there are plenty of Cajun-flavored goodies to "laissez les bon temps rouler" (let the …

     Bryana Armstrong and friend Chelsea Castleberry scream to get the attention of bead tossers during Dunedin's Mardi Gras parade in 2012.  [Luis Santana | TIMES]