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5 things to do under $5 — Nov. 11-13

1Tampa Bay Comic Con: This huge convention will have 100 tables of comics, videos, toys, action figures, anime, Star Wars memorabilia, artwork, trading cards and more. Guests include artists Bob Camp (co-creator of Ren and Stimpy), actor Larry Mainland (The Walking Dead, Contagion), veteran artist Bob McLeod (Spider-Man, New Mutants), Paul Pelletier (Fall of the Hulks, Incredible Hulk), Cary Nord (Conan, Daredevil), Alex Saviuk (The Amazing Spider-Man Sunday strip) and actress Sonya Thompson (The Walking Dead, Zombieland). It runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Tampa's Doubletree Hotel, 4500 W Cypress St. $5, 12 and younger free.

2 Tampa Bay Home Show: Line up your honey-do list. There are 600 exhibits to help you get through your DIY home improvement and landscaping projects. Also includes live entertainment, seminars, demonstrations, giveaways and do-it-yourself ideas from experts. It opens at 10 a.m. Friday through Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Free.

3Free comedy show: Veteran comic Tom Rhodes will perform at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Sunday. He had his own sitcom in 1996 (NBC's Mr. Rhodes) for one season and he has filmed specials for Comedy Central. He has traveled the world doing standup, even hosting a talk show in the Netherlands. See him at 8:30 p.m. at the Hard Rock, 5223 N Orient Road, Tampa. Must be 18 years or older to attend. Free.

4Special Olympics Family Festival: Saturday will be packed with activities at Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park, including wall climbing, ice skating, dancing to DJs and live music, arcade games, mini golf, a giant croquet game, arts and crafts, the Lightning Fanland, giant air rides, a bounce gym, prizes and giveaways. It's from noon to 5 p.m. at the park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $5; proceeds benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Florida.

5Ybor Thunder Bike Fest: Starting Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at noon, Seventh Avenue in Ybor City will be open to motorcycle and foot traffic only for this festival that includes a Veterans Day military salute, live music by the Bobby Friss Band and Greg Billings Band, a military and ride-in bike show, pinup contest, tattoo contest, live auction and an appearance by the Coyote Ugly Girls. Free admission.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 — Nov. 11-13 11/09/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 3:30am]
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