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Five things to do for under $5

Headliners for this year’s Clearwater Sea Blues Festival include the Robert Cray Band.

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Headliners for this year’s Clearwater Sea Blues Festival include the Robert Cray Band.

Clearwater Sea Blues Festival: The annual three-day music fest kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. in Clearwater, and dishes up lots of seafood to go along with a heaping helping of blues. This year's headliners include Tab Benoit (9 p.m. Fri.), the Robert Cray Band (8:30 p.m. Sat.) and John Mayall (6:30 p.m. Sun.). Admission is free, with reserved seats available at Ticketmaster. Food and drink for sale. No pets.

Farm Animal Interaction Days: The Saddle Up Riding Club invites the public to escape city life on the club's 7-acre farm in Pinellas Park, where they have horses, rabbits, ponies, a miniature horse, chickens, roosters, guinea pigs, a pet rat named Violet and Rosie the pig. The club suggests a $2 donation, but it is not required. Horse rides will cost $5 per ride at 6080 94th Ave., Pinellas Park. It's from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Closed-toed shoes are recommended; (727) 520-3132.

Dragon Boat Mini Regatta: If you've ever entertained the idea of joining this paddling sport, Saturday's event is designed to help paddlers gain experience to participate in the Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Race on May 1. It's $5 to grab a paddle. Spectators and teams registered in May's race are free. Hours are 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday behind the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. See

Fire Rescue Open House: Here is your opportunity to ride a fire engine, see the "Jaws of Life" work and tour Largo Fire Rescue Station 41 at 180 Fourth St. SW. The day also features a chili cookoff, puppet shows, photos for kids and raffles. Proceeds from raffle tickets and donations for chili tastings benefit the Children's Burn Foundation of Florida. It's free from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Sci-Fi and Sky Night: The Science Center of Pinellas County is hosting a stargazing and sci-fi movie night Saturday with planetarium shows from 5:30 to 9:15 p.m., an astronomy lecture by professor Daryl Schrader at 7:15 p.m., a screening of the film Aliens vs. Monsters at 6:30 p.m., Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen at 8:15 p.m. and telescope viewings from 7:45 to 11:30 p.m. Register to have your name sent around Earth in the Glory Mission. Pizza and beverages will be sold from 6 to 9 p.m. The Science Center is at 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. A $3 donation is requested. Call (727) 384-0027 to make a reservation.

Five things to do for under $5 02/17/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 18, 2010 10:16am]
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