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5 things to do under $5

1SPCA 3K Pet Walk: After 21 years, this big fundraiser for SPCA Tampa Bay has grown into a community happening. Bring your pup along for the fun 1.8-mile walk around downtown St. Petersburg's waterfront Straub Park. There will be water bowls scattered throughout the park and lots of goodies for the humans, too, from a free IHOP breakfast for registered fundraisers ($25 to register yourself or a team) to an adoptable pet parade, pet boutique, amateur agility course, best-dressed pet competition, a doggie spa, face painting and clowns. The fun starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, and the walk begins at 10:15 at Beach Drive and Fifth Avenue NE. Free.

2Soggy Doggie Splash Party: It's a puppy pool party with a Halloween theme Saturday at Largo's Highland Recreation Complex. Enter your pup in the costume contest or the owner/dog relay race. Dogs less than 18 inches swim from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; dogs taller than 18 inches swim from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Owners must provide proof of vaccination. No swimming for people. 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. $5 per dog; free for owners. (727) 518-3018.

3Happy Dal-Loween! This Halloween party for dogs of all breeds benefits Dalmatian Rescue of Tampa Bay. There will be a pet costume contest, a Dalmatian smooching booth, a bone bob, pumpkin toss, nail clippings, doggie treats and games, auctions and drawings. It's at the Lake Park dog park in Lutz, 17302 N Dale Mabry Highway, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. It's $2 per car up to eight people; fees vary for contests and games.

4Tails on Tap: The Sports Bar & Grill on Bay Pines is planning pet- and kid-friendly activities including a doggie kissing booth, nail trims for dogs, karate demonstration, pet sketches and a pie throwing contest. There also will be prize drawings, an auction and live music by Screamin' Donkey. Proceeds benefit the Pet Pal Animal Shelter. No cover; charges for food and drinks. It starts at noon Saturday at 9685 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg.

5Puppy Tales Reading Time: At the Southeastern Guide Dogs Discovery Center in Sarasota, quiet older dogs are brought in, and kids are invited to read to them. This has proved to be a good pairing, especially for struggling readers who blossom with a warm, nonjudgmental canine audience to listen to them. It starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at the organization's Discovery Center at 1618 Main St., Sarasota. (941) 953-2892.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 10/12/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 4:30am]
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