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5 things to do under $5 March 15-21

1Blast Friday: It's a spring break edition of Clearwater's monthly block party. The headliner is pop-rocker Ryan Star, who gained fame as a contestant on CBS TV's reality show Rock Star: Supernova before his major label debut album 11:59 hit the Top 10 on Billboard's Rock Albums chart this year. The family-friendly street celebration also will have Junior Doctor, a Cocoa Beach guitarist who delivers energetic live shows, and Clearwater native Lauran Irion, who co-stars in the new ABC show GCB. There will also be a food truck rally, drinks and contests. The street fair begins at 5:30 p.m., with entertainment outside until 10 p.m. in the 400 block of the Cleveland Street district in downtown Clearwater.

2Star gazing: Watch the night skies with some help from experts this week. Friday at 6:30 p.m. is Astronomy Night at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, with the St. Pete Astronomy Club bringing along their power gazers. It's $3, $1.50 children at the preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7326. On Saturday night, MOSI will have its telescopes and astronomy experts on hand to show the universe up close. It's free in front of the science museum, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. All weather permitting.

3Country in the Park: Pinellas Park's 22nd annual festival and trade show includes a performance by the Kentucky Headhunters, plus local musicians, arts and crafts, pony rides, car show and children's activities. Food and beverages available at the England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. It runs 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Free.

4St. Kerouac's Night: While everyone else is drinking green beer on Saturday, fans of Jack Kerouac will toast the Beat Generation writer with poetry readings and live music by Ronny Elliott, Pat Barmore, Pete Gallagher, Rebekah Pulley, the Spark Notes, Keith Hope, Dylan Cowles and Scotty Lee. Kerouac (whose birthday would have been this week) died in St. Petersburg in 1969, and legend holds that he had his last drink at this watering hole, the Flamingo Sports Bar, 1230 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. The party gets started at 8 p.m. Saturday. No cover.

5X Etnies: Skate with professional and amateur skateboarders from the Etnies team (Andrew Brophy, Cairo Foster, Jose Rojo, Nick Garcia, Willow and Tyler Bledsoe) at a benefit for Skatepark of Tampa's Boards for Bros program. Bring old skateboard equipment to donate and get in free from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. There's also free food and drinks with a donation at Skatepark, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 March 15-21 03/14/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 4:30am]
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