TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, June 18.
(1) Khaled Hosseini in Tampa
The best-selling author of The Kite Runner will appear at the Tampa Theatre at 7:30 p.m.on Tuesday night.
Khaled Hosseini will be giving a live discussion and be signing his new novel, And the Mountains Echoed.
The book is Hosseini's first new novel in six years. Entertainment Weekly says Hosseini "broadens the scope with a multigenerational family saga that takes places in locations around the world."
Tickets for the one-night-only event can be purchased at Oxford Exchange or Inkwood Books or online at tampatheatre.com as a $35 package, which includes two tickets to the event, a copy of the book and a ticket to have the book signed.
(2) World's Largest Swimming Lesson
Dozens of children will be at the New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center on Tuesday to participate in a world record attempt.
Children across the world are participating in The World's Largest Swimming Lesson.
The event was created to spread the word swimming lessons save lives. Drowning is the leading cause of unintended, injury-related death of children between the ages of 1 to 5. Research shows if a child doesn't learn to swim before the 3rd grade, they likely never will.
The kick off to the event begins at 10:00 a.m. with the world record attempt starting at 11:00 a.m.
(3) Millennium Dancesport Championship
Amateur and professionals dancers will begin competing in the Millennium Dancesport Championship on Tuesday.
The five-day ballroom and Latin dance competition will see couples compete in multiple categories. The theme of this year's championship is "An Evening at the Tropicana."
The event is being held at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina.
Session tickets cost between $25 and $150. A complete list of sessions can be found at www.m2dance.com .
The dance action concludes Saturday night with the WDC World Professional Latin Showdance Championships.
(4) Heart in concert
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rock group Heart performs in concert at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Tuesday night.
Heart formed in 1972. While their members were from Seattle, the band was based in Vancouver, British Columbia from 1973 to 1976.
While there have been plenty of different band members through the years, Ann Wilson and sister Nancy Wilson have been a part of Heart since 1974.
Heart has had Top 10 albums in four decades: 1976's Dreamboat Annie, 1977's Little Queen, 1980's Bebe le Strange, 1985's Heart, 1987's Bad Animals, 1990's Brigade and 2010's Red Velvet Car. The group also has had two #1 singles: 1986's These Dreams and 1987's Alone.
Tonight's concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices begin $25. For more information, call (813) 740-2446.
To learn more about Heart, visit the band's official website at www.heart-music.com .
(5) Billy Idol in concert
Punk rock singer Billy Idol performs in concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Tuesday night.
Idol is best known for his hit singles Dancing with Myself, White Wedding, Cradle of Love and Shock to the System.
While the 57-year-old has been performing professional since 1973, Idol did not hit it big until the early 1980s when MTV aired his music videos.
He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards and won an MTV Video Music Award and a BRIT Award.
Tonight's concert begins at 8:00 p.m. Ticket prices begin at $51. For more information, call (727) 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com .
To learn more about Billy Idol, visit his official website at billyidol.net .
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