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5 things to do under $5 Jan. 3-10

1 Epiphany: In celebration of the baptism of Christ, the city of Tarpon Springs — which boasts the largest Epiphany event in the Western Hemisphere — will once again draw Greek Americans from across the country this weekend. On Saturday, clergy will bless fishermen and their vessels at noon at the city's Sponge Docks. Then on Sunday, church services start at 8 and 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, followed by a noon procession to the waterfront of Spring Bayou, where teenage boys dive into the chilly water in an attempt to be the first to find the sunken cross. The annual Glendi (festival) with food, drink, live music and traditional Greek dancing is at a new location this year, Craig Park, 5 Beekman Way, and it's free. The Glendi will honor the Epiphany divers and the cross victor with food, drink, dancing to live music, children's games, activities and traditional Greek dance performances by Levendia, the award-winning Greek dance troupe.

2 Roosevelt Rowing Regatta: This annual outdoor festival in downtown Tampa is held on the first Saturday and Sunday in January to show off rowing races on the Hillsborough River. There will be rowing, paddle board, kayak and dragon boat races with a seafood competition, low country shrimp and stone crab boil, food trucks, cash bar and games. It runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 251-0500. Free (but there are VIP tickets available for $35-$100).

3 Target Tuesday: Take the kids to the Glazer Children's Museum from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, when the hands-on experience is free to everyone. The museum is at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861.

4 'Lectores' Speaker Series: The University of Tampa speaker series, "Lectores," will feature eight nights of high-caliber writers giving free readings. The headliner is Denis Johnson, National Book Award-winner for Tree of Smoke and a cult favorite for his 1992 book Jesus' Son (later made into a movie). Other guest writers include Ben Lerner, prize-winning poet and author; Deborah Treisman, fiction editor of the New Yorker; and Eli Horowitz, former editor of McSweeney's. Johnson and poet Erica Dawson will have the opening reading at 7 p.m. Friday at the UT campus Vaughn Center. There will be a staged reading of Johnson's play Psychos Never Dream by A Simple Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Jaeb Theatre at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. All readings and events are free and open to the public in their respective venues. For a complete lineup go Free.

5 Rock School Workshop: Music lovers of all skill levels are invited to participate in this workshop Saturday afternoon at the Patel Conservatory. Join rock school instructors and students who will demonstrate the skills and thrills of performing in a band. Participants are invited to bring an electric guitar, bass or drumsticks and join the fun during the workshop at 1 p.m. at the Performing Arts Camps, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Free.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 Jan. 3-10 01/02/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 31, 2012 11:52am]
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