5 Things to Do This Weekend

Patch picks the best happenings in the area this weekend, Nov. 5 - 6.

1. Marvel at the USAF Thunderbirds, WWII-era planes and other aircrafts at the 2011 MacDill AirFest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Dale Mabry Highway and MacDill Avenue gates to the MacDill AFB will open to the public at 8 a.m. Free admission and parking. For more info, call (813) 828-SHOW, or visit www. macdill-airfest.com. For updates, follow the MacDill AirFest’s facebook page.

2. Ken Ballen will discuss and sign his new book, Terrorists in Love, at , 216 S Armenia Ave., at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Drawing on unprecedented access, over 5 years and over 100 interviews, Ballen vividly explores the lives of six terrorists to offer an astonishing portrait in his book. Ballen’s research took him all over the Muslim world. His close access allowed insights into what motivates a terrorist, how the Pakistani Intelligence Agency funds and protects Taliban leadership, fascinating back stories about 9/11, and what we can expect in the future. Ballen is a former federal prosecutor, Congressional investigator, and head of the not-for-profit organization Terror Free Tomorrow. The event is free.

3. Storm Fest 2012 is at 6 p.m. Saturday at the St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. Fans will have the opportunity to meet team President Derrick Brooks and Storm players, get a first peek at the new logo and uniform design, tour the arena and learn about new season ticket member benefits. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a Tampa Bay Storm t-shirt featuring the new logo. Immediately following the unveiling, fans will also have the opportunity to mingle with team players and cheerleaders. Additionally, there will be interactive skills challenges for children on the field with Storm players. Hot dogs and beverages will be available at concessions for only $1. For more info, visit www.tampabaystorm.com. The event is free.

4. The second annual Ybor Jazz Festival is coming to an end. Catch the last shows Saturday and Sunday. Prelude by "Thick as Thieves" is at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Festival Concert with New Groove City with Guumbi Ortiz, Butch Thomas, Carlos Marchena, and Lemay Olano James at 8 p.m. The Festival Concert with the New Orleans Jazz, Funk, and Gospel Extravaganza featuring the Jim Morey Band, Quadivium with Dwayne White, The Distinguished Men of Brass, and the St Petersburg College Gospel Chorus starts at 3 p.m. Sunday. Daily passes are $15; $5 for students and free for HCC students, staff and faculty with ID. Tickets will be available for cash only at the door 45 minutes prior to the performances at Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City, corner of N 15th Street and E Palm Avenue. For more information, call 813-259-6490.

5. is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy local foods, hand crafts, and live music. The market takes place the first Sunday of every month.


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