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Remembering 9/11: Memorial events scheduled around Tampa area

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Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 09:33 PM

Saturday

Remembrance Ride and Patriot Day Celebration: Fran M. Haasch Law Group and AMVETS Post 44 host a family friendly tribute, featuring food, music and live entertainment; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday; $15, free for first responders and military personnel in uniform; International Independent Showmen's Club, 6915 Riverview Drive, Riverview; (813) 240-6996

Ribbons of Peace: First United Church of Christ and the Islamic Community of Tampa host the first of two interfaith celebrations, which includes food, speakers and a Ribbons for Peace project that features children's messages of hope; 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday; free; Islamic Community of Tampa, 5901 E. 130th Ave., Tampa; (813) 985-9433

Tampa Bay Patriot Day 2011: The two-part tribute includes a viewing of the 9/11 memorial at the WWII American Victory Ship Mariners Museum, hosted by Channel 10's Reginald Roundtree, followed by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn appearing at an observance and memorial dedication at the Tampa Bay Firefighter Museum; 8 to 8:45 a.m. at American Victory Ship, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa; 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tampa Firefighters Museum, 720 E. Zack St., Tampa; free; (813) 228-8766, www.americanvictory.org and www.tfmmemorialevent.com

Sunday

9/11 10th Anniversary Mega Poker Run: The motorcycle run begins in New Port Richey and ends in Brandon, with proceeds benefiting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and The Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation; registration 9 a.m. Sunday; Harley-Davidson of New Port Richey, 5814 SR 54, New Port Richey to Harley-Davidson of Brandon, 9841 E. Adamo Drive, Tampa; $10; (727) 842-4547 and www.tampaharley.com

9/11 10th Anniversary Mega Poker Run After-Ride Party: Radio personalities Dave McKay, Mason Dixon and Radical Randy host a post-ride fete, featuring live music with the Jason Young Band, food and drinks, prizes and a Sept. 11 memorial ceremony; 1 p.m. Sunday; free; Harley-Davidson of Brandon, 9841 E. Adamo Drive, Tampa; (813) 740-9898 and www.tampaharley.com

9/11 Freedom Walk: Safety Harbor hosts a tribute in conjunction with "America Supports You," a nationwide program that features a walking timeline commemorating Sept. 11; ceremony 11 a.m. Sunday, walk 11:15 a.m. Sunday; free; Veterans Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane, Safety Harbor; (727) 724-1572 and www.cityofsafetyharbor.com

9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk: The family-friendly inaugural race benefits Home for Our Troops National, a service organization that aids veterans; registration from 6:15 to 7:15 a.m. Sunday, race at 7:30 a.m. Sunday; $20 in advance, $25 day-of race; begin at Gulf Harbors Club House, 4610 Floramar Terrace, New Port Richey; (727) 505-2011 and www.911-5k.com

Bok Tower Gardens Remembers: The National Historic Landmark offers a time of quiet reflection and a ceremony that includes planting an oak tree dedicated to world peace and sharing thoughts on garden markers; 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday; included with regular admission, $3 to $16; Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales; (863) 676-1408 and www.boktowergardens.org

Tampa Bay Buccaneers game-day commemoration: The Bucs observe Sept. 11 with a pregame military supply drive – soliciting donations of coffee, hygiene items, non-perishable food and new or slightly used CDs and DVDs – and first responder displays, along with in-game elements like flag pins and a special half-time presentation; supply drive 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, game 1 p.m. Sunday; game $17.50 to $109; www.buccaneers.com/community

Freedom Walk: The commemorative walk supports military families and first responders; 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday; $5, free for kids; Fred Bell Park, 2621 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa; (813) 455-4684 and www.operationhomefront.net

Pinellas Park High Sept. 11th Memorial: The event will include guest speakers, a dedication ceremony and a moment of silence at the time the first plane struck; 8 to 9 a.m. Sunday; free; Pinellas Park High School, 6305 118th Ave. N., Largo; (727) 538-7410

Roundtable discussion: The talk features Kent Lydecker, who worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City when the attacks occurred, and Gary Mormino, the Frank E. Duckwall professor of history and director of USF's Florida Studies Program, speaking as part of the "September 11 Freedom Celebration"; the exhibit "Remembering September 11," by photographer Len Prince, also opens; 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday; $17, free for law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel; The Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg; (727) 896-2667 and www.fine-arts.org

Rugby match: USF's Men's Rugby Football Club presents a match between the USF Bulls and the USF Rugby Alumni Matadors to raise funds for the 9/11 Memorial Fund; 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday; free, donations encouraged; USF Tampa Campus Sycamore Fields, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa; www.ctr.usf.edu/usfrugby

September 11th Freedom Celebration: The family-friendly tribute features a display of emergency vehicles – a helicopter, fire engines, ambulances and police cars – plus games and face-painting for kids, along with area emergency responders posing for a photo to honor those who died during the attacks; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday; free; North Straub Park, Second Avenue North and Second Street North, St. Petersburg; (727) 345-7111

Tapestry for Peace: First United Church of Christ and the Islamic Community of Tampa host a second interfaith celebration that includes speakers, poetry readings, dramatic presentations and music, with participants asked to bring a candle for a closing candlelight ceremony and a three-foot piece of ribbon to help weave the Tapestry for Peace; 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Sunday; free; Jaeb Theatre at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa; (813) 988-4321

Tenth Anniversary Commemorative Concert: Bach Festival of Central Florida and Florida Southern College present a tribute of traditionally American music, featuring choruses, orchestras, bands and other music ensembles; 4 p.m. Sunday; free; FSC's Branscomb Auditorium, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland; (863) 299-2555 and www.bachfestivalofcentralflorida.org

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