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5 things to do under $5 in the Tampa Bay area

1Tampa Bay Buccaneers Night Practice With Fireworks: Recharge your Pewter Power! It's the final Bucs training session that the public gets to watch, and they are moving it into the big house at Raymond James Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by a fireworks show to kick off football season. No tickets are required. Hotdogs and soft drinks will also be available for $1. Go to for information on practice sessions today and Friday.

2Tampa Comic Book and Toy Convention: Dress as your favorite comic book hero or sci-fi legend for a chance in the costume contest. Guests include Greg Horn (Blackest Night: Wonder Woman), Michael Golden (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), Alex Saviuk (Spider-Man), Chuck Dixon (Batman), Steve Scott (X-Men) and others on Sunday starting at 10 a.m. at the Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo. There will be 85 tables of comics, videos, toys, action figures, anime, Star Wars memorabilia, artwork, trading cards and more. It's $5 (12 and younger free). See

3Tony Dungy: Super Bowl-winning coach and Tampa favorite Tony Dungy will be signing copies of his new book The Mentor Leader at the Barnes & Noble in Carrollwood. The book, which discusses his secrets to building teams that win, tells potential super bosses, "Your only job is to help your players be better." Dungy will sign books, but leave your footballs and Bucs jerseys at home because he won't be signing memorabilia. Wristbands will be distributed beginning at noon, and the coach will be there at 3 p.m. Wednesday, at 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa.

4Sunset cinema: Twilight movies: This will get the attention of your teen: See two Twilight saga films for free this weekend on Clearwater Beach. The Sunsets at Pier 60 Festival will show Twilight on Friday and New Moon on Saturday, starting at 8:30 p.m. both nights. Bring your blankets, low lawn chairs, or towels. Concessions available. (727) 434-6060;

5 Ybor ArtWalk: Put on your walking shoes and stroll through the artists' studios of Ybor City on Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m. A special attraction this month is meeting artist Olga Londono at the Singing Stone Gallery, 1903 N 19th St., where she will be demonstrating her techniques of painting on glass. Other shops will be offering discounts during the ArtWalk, and We-Lit (a poet-driven drum group) will be performing on the sidewalks from 1 to 3 p.m. Free.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 in the Tampa Bay area 08/04/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 6:42pm]
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