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5 things to do in Tampa Bay under $5

Phil Stacey of American Idol fame.

Phil Stacey of American Idol fame.

1. Phil Phest: Nicknamed after its founder, the Phil Phest, brought to you by the Philip A. Bryant Melanoma Foundation, will have another Phil — Phil Stacey, the chrome-domed American Idol finalist (shown here) — on hand for entertainment. There will also be games and barbecue but the aim is to keep you safe in the sun. There will be free skin screenings, but also face paintings, kids activities and live music by Jay Maddox, Delusions of Grandeur, Shaky Ground, Kevin Toon, Black Honkeys and more. Chairs, blankets and umbrellas welcome. No coolers. It's $3 admission, kids free, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W in Oldsmar. Proceeds benefit cancer research.

2. Swap and Shuffle: A family day full of lawn bowling, music by the Channel Cats, food, shuffleboard and items for swap and sale will be set up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Mirror Lake Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive, St. Petersburg. It's free to play, $10 to secure your own swap space. (727) 893-7190.

3. Movie Under the Stars: The free movie in Seminole City Park on Friday should come with a caveat: They are showing the PG-13-rated Land of the Lost, a Will Ferrell flick that has salty language, characters getting stoned and lots of fart, poop and dinosaur pee jokes, so Cinderella it ain't. (My middle schooler loved it, of course.) Bring lawn chairs and blankets, and there will be food available for purchase at the park at 7464 Ridge Road in Seminole. It starts at 8 p.m.

4. Biker Bash: The Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa will have a motorcycle party Sunday with a 10-class bike contest, live music, poolside barbecue and a poker run. It starts at noon at the casino and hotel at 5223 N Orient Road in Tampa. Free admission.

5. WMNF Radio Theatre Project: Be part of a live studio audience and participate in authentic radio theater, complete with sound effects. The program will be recorded live for broadcast on WMNF's Soundstage, which airs at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings. The show will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the Studio@620. Pay what you can at the door, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do in Tampa Bay under $5 04/07/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 8, 2010 7:42am]
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