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5 things to do in Tampa Bay for under $5

1Dog Swim Day: The doggie paddle rules the pool Saturday when Fossil Park Pool offers leash-free (and human-free) swimming and play before the pool closes for the season. Bring proof of vaccinations and register for one of three 90-minute sessions, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The SPCA will be taking donations of dry Iams or Science Diet dog food, Nylabones, bleach, dish soap, trash bags, newspapers, clean towels and blankets at the pool, 6739 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. $5 per session. (727) 893-7732

2I Like It Hot Festival: This 10th annual festival is going to make you sweat with barbecue and other fiery foods, sauces to sample, a pepper-eating contest and an amateur hot sauce and salsa competition. Free parking, $5 for adults, free for children 12 and younger. There's live music starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and music and comedy starting at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo.

3Back to School Community Celebration: The Make-A-Wish Foundation benefits from this party, which includes a bounce house, face painting, snow cones, karaoke for kids, Zumba for kids, free school supplies and the chance to touch and climb aboard a fire engine. Baked goods will be available for purchase. Starts at noon Sunday at Brewer and Sons, 3328 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Free, but a $5 donation is appreciated.

4Frolic with frogs: Things that go ribbit in the night get the attention of the Tampa Audubon Society on Friday. There will be a Nature Auction and Frolic with Frogs outing at Lake Park, 17302 N Dale Mabry Highway, about 3 miles north of Bearss and Ehrlich in Tampa. You can learn about the variety of frogs found in our area, then take a walk to see and hear them in their natural habitat. Come early at 6 p.m. to bid at the silent auction for frog-, bird- and nature-related items. The frog frolicking starts at 7:30 with a nature walk at 8:15. It's $2 per car to enter the park. Bring flashlights. Call (813) 310-7676 or e-mail usarealty@msn.com to reserve a spot as space may be limited.

5Great Bay Scallop Search: The Tampa Bay Watch and Tampa Bay Estuary Program need your help tracking local scallop populations. Nearly 200 snorkelers are needed to search for scallops in select areas within Boca Ciega and Lower Tampa Bay areas. The goal is to monitor and document the health and status of the bay scallop population. Meet at the Fort De Soto Park boat ramp. Any interested boaters or snorkelers should register at www.tampabaywatch.org. Free (preregistration required). It's at 9 a.m. Saturday at Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. (727) 867-8166.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do in Tampa Bay for under $5 08/25/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 1:20am]
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