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5 under $5: Cheap things to do in Tampa Bay

1Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fan Fest: This annual meet and greet will have Buccaneers cheerleaders, pirate ship tours and interactive games, but get there early and be prepared to stand in line to get your favorite player autographs. You'll need to pick up a voucher at a designated spot before you can get in the autograph line. And thanks to the lousy economy and lousier win-loss record, the Buccaneers are now offering deals such as partial season ticket packages and discounts for kids. It runs 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Raymond James Stadium. See www.buccaneers.com. Free.

2Donate blood: Sunday is World Blood Donor Day and you can get free stuff by donating blood, from movie tickets to free smoothies. And on Monday and June 29 you can get a $10 Wal-Mart gift card. See www.fbsblood.org for a list of donor sites and giveaways. Free.

3John Levique Pirate Days: Dress like a pirate, celebrate the discovery of John's Pass and get prepared for hurricane season at the eighth annual festival of all things peg-legged. Friday night kicks things off with a Pirate Ball. On Saturday, activities include a kayak race, fight circle, corn hole tournament, bar brawl, kids costume contest, rum party and live music. Sunday will offer a street parade at 1 p.m. See www.johnspassfestivals.com for info. Free.

4Art Mixer: Step out of the heat and into some cool art at the Tampa Artist Emporium's mixer filled with unique jewelry, pottery, glass and artwork by 70 local artists. Free wine bar, and photographer Dave Pritchard will take your picture for $5 at the gallery at 3415 Bay to Bay Blvd. in Tampa. It runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Free.

5Waterfront concert: The jazz and blues group Jennifer Leigh and Her New Digs will kick off a new series of summer waterfront concerts on Friday, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. behind the Gulfport Recreation Center at Shore Boulevard and 58th Street S. Bring a beach blanket or chair, but no coolers. Community groups will be selling refreshments.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 under $5: Cheap things to do in Tampa Bay 06/10/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 4:30am]
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