Friday, January 19, 2018
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5 things to do under $5 Feb. 9-15

1Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: A hometown hero is the star of the free movie Friday on Clearwater Beach. Dolphin Tale tells the story of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's own Winter, the dolphin with the prosthetic tail. Bring blankets, low lawn chairs or towels. Movie starts at dusk. Concessions for sale. No alcohol at 10 Pier 60 Drive.

2Stargazing: We've got two good stargazing opportunities this weekend, but one involves a road trip and bug spray. But if you do head to the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve on Saturday, which is north of Homosassa in Yankeetown, you will be rewarded with a laser show of the winter constellations and several large telescopes set up to take advantage of extra-dark setting thanks to a late-rising moon and low artificial lighting that city dwellers rarely get. Arrive before 6 p.m. so you are in place before it gets too dark. Bring a flashlight and bug spray. Visit withlacoochee gulfpreserve.com for directions and more information. Or, if you want to stick closer to the city, telescopes will be set up outside the Museum of Science and Industry on Saturday at sundown. It's free and experts will be on hand to answer questions about what you see. MOSI is at 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. mosi.org

3SPC Laptop Ensemble: An eclectic group of musicians will use the latest technology combined with traditional rock instruments to deliver an unusual and interactive experience for the audience with a variety of sights and sounds at St. Petersburg College's Seminole campus "Digitorium," 9200 113th St. N. The free show is at 7 p.m. Friday.

4Drag Queen Bingo: With risque banter by the hostess, this is not your grandma's bingo game. The free bingo starts at 11 p.m. Saturday followed by an amateur drag queen show. It's $5 admission at the Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

5Trashy Treasures: The Dunedin Fine Art Center brings back this popular art garage sale of donated artwork and supplies. They are also bringing back the Contain it! show, with artists using the interior of PODS as their canvas. Step inside each POD and feel transported into the artist's imagination. And this year brings a new feature: a mini food truck rally that will include 3 Ballers Travelling Bistro, FoodeeZ Mobile Catering, La Creperia Cafe "Crepes to Go" and more. The opening night party on Friday features live music, food and drinks, in addition to the three events. Admission is $5. Saturday, the sale starts at 9 a.m., and admission to the PODS exhibit is free. The Dunedin Fine Art Center is at 1143 Michigan Blvd.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

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