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By MARY ELMORE

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 4, 2001


BIKE RODEO: If you've got a child who likes to ride a bike, come to Kid City for crafts, games and a brush-up course in bicycle safety. They'll also see a talking car, 911 simulator and a contingent from the Tampa Police Department that includes McGruff the crime dog.

All children who arrive on bicycles or scooters will be challenged to complete an obstacle course and demonstrate their awareness of bike and scooter safety. Those who do not have helmets can borrow some from Kid City's helmets. Those with their own helmets will be inspected for proper fit.

Officers will also instruct children on what to do in an emergency, and parents can have their children fingerprinted.

The first 100 riders to register at Kid City will receive new helmets. Kids also can enter a drawing for a new bike. The Tampa Police Explorers will provide hot dogs, chips and beverages.

The bike rodeo is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and is free with a regular $4 admission to the Children's Museum of Tampa. Members and children under 2 are admitted free. Kid City is at 7550 North Boulevard. For information, call (813) 935-8441.

DANCE RECITALS AT WHARTON: The New Tampa Dance Theatre takes the stage tonight and Saturday at Wharton High School. Students 9 and older perform ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip-hop numbers at 7:30 tonight and at 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for ages 3 to 12; no charge for 2 and under. Younger students perform "A Trip to the Zoo" at 11 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children. An ensemble show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday is free to those with ticket stubs, $10 for adults and $5 for children. Buy tickets at the door or at the school, 19651 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. For information, call (813) 991-4343.

LORIN ROWAN COMES TO SKIPPER'S: Guitarist, singer and songwriter Lorin Rowan performs as a soloist and as a member of both The Lorin Rowan Trio and the Rowan Brothers. His music encompasses acoustic folk and smooth electric slide guitar in rock, complementing his clear tenor vocals. With powerful melodies and intriguing lyrics, his songs evoke many moods and layers of human emotions, from the title cut of his solo CD, My Father's Son, to his upbeat, Saving Grace.

Several of his songs have been recorded by national artists including Soldier of the Cross by country artist Ricky Skaggs. He has headlined the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Telluride Music Festival and performed with Randy Travis, Shawn Colvin, James Taylor, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alison Krauss, Nancy Griffith, Little Feat, Leon Russell and the late Jerry Garcia from the Grateful Dead.

The performance is at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road. Tickets are $8 at the door. For information, call (813) 971-0666.

KIDS SHOW AT SKIPPER'S: The Rainbow Funshine Kids Show with Brian Funshine will perform two sets of interactive music from the new Rainbow Fun CD for children 2 to 10, and from Kids at Heart. Songs include The Alphabet Limbo, Ed the Dino and A Different Kind of Animal.

The show at Skipper's Smokehouse is from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door. For information, call (813) 971-0666.

- If you have cultural or entertainment news, write to Mary Elmore at North of Tampa, St. Petersburg Times, 14358-B N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618. Fax: (813) 226-3352. Or e-mail us at northtampa@sptimes.com.

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