Thursday, January 18, 2018
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5 things to do under $5 May 10-17

1Brandon Skate Park Grand Opening: The park has already been open a few weeks (bad weather hosed the original grand opening party a few weeks ago). Still, skaters have waited a long time to invite the community to the grand opening ceremony of its new 11,000 square-foot "obstacle street and bowl" in Brandon. After the ribbon cutting ceremony with muckety mucks, the dudes take over with demonstrations by local skateboarders. Entrance is free all summer. After that, skate fees will be $4 per day, and annual skate park's passes are available at $150. The event is 1 p.m. Saturday at 5720 Providence Road, Riverview. (813) 635-3500.

2Music and Movies in the Park: Bring a picnic basket and enjoy the water view today as John Kelly and his band open the night with some live music before Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey light up the big screen. The music starts at 7 p.m., and the films start at dark at North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. Free.

3John Levique Pirate Days Celebrate the discovery of John's Pass with a variety of pirate-themed events including a sea battle and a boat parade, a family treasure hunt and costume contests. Plus lots of vendors for shopping and food and a bounty of pirate performers. Free at John's Pass Village and Boardwalk in Madeira Beach (though Friday's Pirate's Ball from 7-11 p.m. is $20), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

4St. Pete Bike n' Eat: Bike from stop to stop on this restaurant hop with free samples at each stop starting at 3 p.m. Saturday. Follow the leader, grab a snack and roll on to the next stop. The group meets at Trek Bicycle Store and makes stops at Casita Taqueria (3:15 p.m.), Meze 119 (3:45 p.m.), the Ale and the Witch (4:20 p.m.), Parkshore Grill (4:50 p.m.) and back to Trek (5:30 p.m.) for a party designed to promote physical fitness and economic growth within St. Petersburg community. Registration required at (727) 498-8655. It's free, with free samples at the stops, but drinks and menu items additional. Trek Bicycle Store of St. Petersburg, 3169 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg.

5National Train Day: The historic Union Station in Tampa — which is celebrating its centennial — is marking National Train Day with live music, tours of Amtrak equipment, model railroad displays and exhibits, telegraph demonstrations, food trucks and a history program. It's all free at 601 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

 
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