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5 things to do under $5 for Sept. 13-19

1Rosario Dawson: Her new high school reunion movie 10 Years with Channing Tatum is slowly rolling out, but the actor is becoming almost as well known for her organization Voto Latino, which aims to get Latino voters involved in the political process. Her talk, called "I Vote, Because..." also will veer off into her career in acting and singing, which she showed off in Rent, Men in Black II and Sin City. USF students with an ID, plus one guest, will receive priority seating at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; doors open to the public at 7:45 at the university's Marshall Student Center ballroom. Free.

4Mexican Independence Day: A street fiesta in Clearwater celebrates "El Grito," which refers to the shout for independence that marked the beginning of the struggle for Mexico's independence from Spain. Starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, the Clearwater East Gateway District at Cleveland Street and Betty Lane will have an outdoor street fiesta with live bands, mariachi music, face painting, bounce houses, Mexican food, beer and soft drinks. Free.

3Meet Guy Harvey: This week, the newly renamed Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort, celebrates the rebranding of its Sandpiper property with the famed artist, scientist, conservationist and peddler of fishing fashions. Today there is a meet and greet from 11 a.m. to noon at the resort's new Guy Harvey Outfitter Shop in the lobby of the resort at 6000 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, where he will be signing autographs and taking photos with fans. On Saturday there will be a film festival down the road at the other TradeWinds property, the Island Grand, showing two of Harvey's award-winning documentaries, This is Your Ocean: Sharks and Mystery of the Grouper Moon starting at 7 p.m. at 5500 Gulf Blvd. on St. Pete Beach. Free admission, $5 parking.

2National Chicken Lovers Day: Having witnessed hundreds of people willing to dress like a cow for free food at Chick-fil-A, we are guessing Pollo Tropical will have no shortage of people willing to trade their dignity for a free meal on Saturday. Pollo Tropical will give you a free quarter-chicken meal that day, complete with rice and beans, to anyone who dresses from head to toe in yellow and clucks like a chicken. The offer is good from 2 to 7 p.m. Visit for locations.

5Celebrate Pinellas County's 100th Birthday: Help commemorate Pinellas County's centennial at a pioneer-style celebration at Heritage Village this weekend with children's activities, blacksmithing, antique cars, fiber arts demonstrations, author signings and historical house tours. It's free, but donations are appreciated. It's Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at 11909 125th St., Largo.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 for Sept. 13-19 09/12/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:30am]
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