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5 things to do under $5 Dec. 27-Jan. 3

1 Blast Friday: This monthly block party is more like a warmup for New Year's Eve with a free concert by Molly Hatchet and a fireworks display. The street party itself will have vendors, food, beer and wine in the 400 block of Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Free.

2 Fourth Friday Food Truck Festival: The St. Pete Beach street festival brings a lineup of food trucks with varying cuisines and an array of menu choices. This month adds a special holiday twist with a karaoke sing-along and three blocks of Corey Avenue decorated with thousands of lights. It starts at 5 p.m. Friday. Free admission.

3 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship Qualification: Have you got the moves on ice skates? Spots will be available for walk-on signups for the Red Bull Crashed Ice competition next Thursday, a combination of hockey, boardercross and downhill skiing. The best participants will be selected to compete in the U.S. finals in St. Paul, Minn, on Jan. 26. Doors open at 5 p.m.; qualifying begins at 6 p.m. Required equipment includes shin pads, breezers, skates and helmet. Elbow pads, shoulder pads and face masks are recommended but not required. Must be 18 years old to participate. If you don't have skate moves, it's free to watch as they put the skaters through lots of obstacles Jan. 3 at Tampa Bay Skating Academy, 255 Forest Lakes Blvd. N, Oldsmar.

4 Screen on the Green: See a free showing of the Shrek spinoff Puss in Boots in Curtis Hixon park at 7 p.m. Friday. Blankets, low chairs, coolers and pets on leashes are permitted. And, it's not free, but don't forget, Tampa's Downtown on Ice, the outdoor ice skating rink, is also open until 10 p.m. and concessions will be available in the park. It's all at 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.

5 Kwanzaa: The African American Arts Council begins the weeklong celebration of Kwanzaa on Wednesday. For seven days, life-affirming values are honored starting with Unity (or "Umoha" in Swahili) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Banyan Tree Project's Help Us, Help You Inc., 313 18th Ave. S in St. Petersburg. Each of the seven values is named in both English and Swahili and is carried out at various venues before ending on Jan. 1 with "Imani" or Faith, at 6:30 p.m. at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S in St. Petersburg. For information call (727) 687-1109.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 Dec. 27-Jan. 3 12/26/12 [Last modified: Friday, December 21, 2012 10:36pm]
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