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'Creature' feature we love

In case you need reasons to see a 1954 science fiction/horror classic, Creature from the Black Lagoon, we'll give you two. It's considered one of the most memorable 3D movies from this so-called golden era of 3D, so you get to slip on those dorky glasses. And you're bound as a Floridian to see it, because it was filmed in Wakulla Springs. Part of the Summer Classic Movie Series at the historic Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. Doors open at 2 p.m. for guided theater tours and the film starts at 3. $8, $40 six pack. (813) 274-8286.


Donate food, get free tickets

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, anyone who takes 10 nonperishable food items — canned meat and vegetables, boxes of rice, cereal, etc. — to the McDonald's Box Office at the St. Pete Times Forum will get a free ticket to the opening night show of Disney on Ice Princess Classics, coming in September. Tickets for the ice show will also be on sale Friday morning for $16-$75. A minimum donation of 10 items is required to receive a ticket and there is a limit of four tickets per family. The free tickets are for the opening night performance at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10.


Strikes and spares for cats and dogs

Teams of up to five people can bowl for prizes and bid on auction items at Bowl for Pets Sake on Saturday. The $25 admission, or $125 per team, includes food, shoes, bowling ball and lane fees. Benefits the St. Francis Society Animal Rescue from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at AMF University Lanes, 13109 N 56th St., Tampa. (813) 545-7093.


MOSI deal coming to a close

Sunday is the last day to take advantage of free admission for kids (with the purchase of a full-priced adult) at the Museum of Science and Industry with the purchase of a full-priced adult or senior general admission ticket. Includes Animation, all exhibit galleries and one standard IMAX film. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Fri.; and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $25.95 adults (13-59), $19.95 child (2-12), and $22.45 seniors (60+). (813) 987-6000.

Like a tapas serving of Broadway

The highly lauded Broadway Theatre Project this summer workshopped songs from Frank Wildhorn's Bonnie & Clyde, with the composer coaching a number from his musical about Depression-era bank robbers that will also premiere in the fall, at the LaJolla Playhouse in California. The Bonnie & Clyde number and other stage works will showcase BTP's talented young actors, singers and dancers in a four-show festival this weekend in Theatre 1 at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Show times are 4 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10 for matinees, $35 for evening performances, or $75 for all four. (813) 974-2323; (search for BTP).


Last Fun Day digs in

The final Monday Fun Days event at the Tampa Bay History Center is "Archaeology Adventures." Kids can dig in to Florida's past with hands-on activities that help them investigate artifacts, solve a historical mystery and learn about the tools of archaeology. It's from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa. Free with museum admission for adults; $2 additional for children. (813) 228-0097. www.Tampabayhistory

A movie with a view

The Summer Sunset Film Festival lets you take in the movie and the view on the rooftop of Push Ultra Lounge with Sabrina, the romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn, William Holden and Humphrey Bogart. In conjunction with Studio@620. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Monday at 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-7874. Free.

5 under $5

We're halfway through the year and halfway through our bank accounts. Here's some free and cheap things to do before the Christmas bonuses arrive (as if!).

Free Take your dog on a date, it's a great ice-breaker. and Wag Pet Boutique host Pets About Town, a monthly get together for pets and owners on South Howard including live music and giveaways on the patio at MacDinton's Irish Pub, 405 Howard Ave. S, in Tampa from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Free. (813) 251-8999.

Free The Family Fishing Fun Day Kids will have kids acting like Moby Dick at this free fishing event with prizes awarded in wacky categories. Poles and bait provided or bring your own to Walsingham Park, 12615 102nd Ave. N in Largo from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday. (727) 464-3347.

Free Pack a picnic and bring something to sit on for Indian storytelling. You'll hear old and new Native American stories while musician Phil Penne sets the mood with soft Indian flute music. It all takes place on the Indian mound known as Sacred Lands on Park Street in St. Petersburg. It starts at 7 p.m. Friday at 1620 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. It's free but donations are appreciated for the educational efforts. See

Free Beat the heat with citrus wine sampling from Florida Orange Groves Winery at Tropic Nights Tasting on Corey, a tropical shirt contest, scavenger hunt and live music in the Corey Avenue area of St. Pete Beach from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Free.

$3 To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, the Science Center of Pinellas County will have you mooning over 15-minute planetarium shows Sci-Fi and Sky Night from 5:15 p.m. through 8:15 p.m. Saturday night. There will also be an astronomy lecture by Professor Darryl Schrader from St. Petersburg College at 7:15 p.m. in the auditorium and a screening of the film Apollo 13 in the rear courtyard (bring something to sit on). Then add your name to be included on a microchip that NASA will send to Mars as part of the Mars Science Laboratory mission scheduled to launch in 2011. There will be beer, wine, pizza and beverages available for purchase after 6 p.m. at the science center, 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. RSVP is required at (727) 384-0027 ext. 223.

The planner (free and cheap things to do) 07/30/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 30, 2009 3:08pm]
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