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5 things to do under $5 Aug. 23-29

1Dog Swim Day: It will be dog paddling only on Saturday when St. Petersburg's Fossil Park Pool holds its annual end-of-summer tradition of opening up the pool to pups. There will be three sessions — 9 to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. — of leash-free swim and play for dogs. Register at the pool with proof of the dog's current vaccination. No swimming for humans. It's $5 per session for dogs, humans free at 6739 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7732.

2Bohemian Bash: Cafe Bohemia is hosting a free show with seven Florida acts including Big Blu House, Primavista, Villanova Junction and other regional groups specializing in blues, hip-hop, metal and rockgrass tunes. The music gets started at 4 p.m. Saturday at Cafe Bohemia, 937 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-4495.

4Art on the house: It's free to tour the Tampa Museum of Art on Friday starting at 4 p.m. (and this might be a good time to check out all preparations for the Republican National Convention). You might want to build extra time into getting there since the museum is in the heart of downtown Tampa and the heart of the RNC madness and congestion is starting to build. Current exhibits include Masterworks of 20th Century Sculpture and Art of the Poison Pens, a collection of political cartoons. The Tampa Museum of Art is at 120 Gasparilla Plaza.

5Fish-a-thon: The lake behind the St. Petersburg Main Public Library hosts this annual Dennis Crenshaw Memorial Fish-a-thon for both kids and adults. Fishing takes place in nine 15-minute periods ending with judging for prizes in age groups. Fishing poles and bait provided. No personal fishing equipment allowed. Starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Free. The library is at 3745 Ninth Ave. N. (727) 893-7441.

3Guided tours of Lettuce Lake: One of Hillsborough County's prettiest patches of green, this 240-acre park just outside the city limits of Tampa on Fletcher Avenue is loaded with alligators, turtles, snakes, birds, armadillos — you name it. On Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 a.m., park rangers will lead a tour through the boardwalk area and along Hillsborough River. Those brave enough can climb the five-story observation tower for a scenic view. Stay afterward for a picnic or take the kids to the playground. There's also a bicycle path/jogging trail, complete with a fitness course, that meanders through the park. A new canoe launch area has boats for rent to experience a whole new side of the park. The tour is free, and it's $2 per vehicle for park entry, 6920 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 Aug. 23-29 08/22/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 4:30am]
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