The planner {free things to do}

Sure, there are ticketed events around town over the next few days, such as comic actor Eddie Izzard's sold-out shows at the Tampa Theatre (for the details on that and other upcoming concerts, see Page 26). But this week, we're all about easing the burden on your wallet. So take a look at some other events that are going on this weekend. They're all worth your time, even at the bargain price of FREE!

YOUTH GONE WILD

FM-102.5 "The Bone" presents Cowhead Live 3, a free all-day event with a Guitar Hero contest, lots of giveaways and a free concert by headliners Skid Row (minus Sebastian Bach, unfortunately, but hey, at least the price is right). It starts at 2 p.m. Friday at the State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-3045.

OH NO! GAMERA WILL DESTROY US ALL!

Pass the popcorn, it's free movie time. You can see the classic sci-fi horror flick Gamera at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Beach Theatre, 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. Or you can go for classic comedy with a Laurel and Hardy comedy short — there will be free screenings of The Finishing Touch, Angora Love, Be Big and Brats, hosted by local chapter of Sons of the Desert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pinellas Park Library, 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park. Free. (813) 854-4818.

STOP, SHOP AND STROLL

The New Port Richey Shop 'N' Stroll on Saturday celebrates the fruits of the summer, including melons, berries, corn and more with sidewalk sales by merchants and trash-to-treasures vendors. There's also art, crafts and horse-drawn carriage rides from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Main Street and Grand Boulevard and nearby area. Free.

DRINKING AND WALKING

For a nice free date night, take a stroll at the Broadway Wine Walk on Friday in Dunedin. Stroll shops, sip wines and enjoy live music from 5 to 8 p.m. in the 700 block of Broadway in Dunedin.

THOSE CRAFTY DEVILS

Head down to Sarasota this weekend for the annual St. Armands Craft Festival, where you'll see works of pottery, woodworking and jewelry by more than 100 crafters. To get to St. Armands Circle, take Interstate 75 to exit 38, then go west to U.S. 41 N, then take that until you come to John Ringling Boulevard. Go west until you reach St. Armands Circle. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. (954) 472-3755, artfestival.com.

GET DOWN(TOWN)

Downtown Live After Five returns to Tampa this Friday for an end-of-the-season blowout. Alcohol sales benefit Gasparilla Film Festival, but if you make your way to N Franklin Street from at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. you can catch a free concert by the soul-infused folk rock band Shane Meade & The Sound just outside the doors of the Fly Bar and Restaurant, 1202 N Franklin St. in downtown Tampa.

OUT AT THE MOVIES

The New Port Richey Public Library presents Reel Pride, 15 free films for its annual GLBT film fest. The movies start at 6 and 8 p.m. every Saturday in June and include selections for a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered audience. This week's show at 6 p.m. is Everything Relative and Desert Hearts and at 8 p.m., Claire of the Moon and Cruising. (727) 853-1279, nprlibrary.org/reelpride.

GET MIXED UP IN ART, FASHION

Cutting edge fashion and a live studio photographer make up this month's Tampa Art and Fashion Mixer. Held at the Tampa Artist Emporium, the mixer Saturday will have a wine bar and works by local artists, including a charity wall with works by disabled men and women from the MacDonald Training Center. Free. Tampa Artist Emporium, 1618 Snow Ave. Tampa. tampaartistemporium.com

HOP ON THE BUS

A free mini bus makes the gallery-hopping easier in the heat at this Saturday's Downtown Art Walk at various galleries in St. Petersburg. Many of the galleries also have free wine, nibbles and music going as well. See stpetearts.com for a list. The strolling starts at 5:30 p.m.

BETSY ROSS WOULD BE PROUD

In honor of Flag Day on Saturday, Channelside is offering American Victory — Flags and Dads Special, which grants free admission to the ship's restoration tours of the SS American Victory, World War II-era cargo carrier, if you bring a distressed or non-serviceable American flag (which will be disposed of in the proper manner). All dads get a free admission. Offers apply on Saturday and Sunday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat.; noon to 4 p.m. Sun. 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Admission for non-dads is $8; $7 seniors, military, veterans; $4 ages 4-12. (813) 228-8766. americanvictory.org. For a list of more attractions that are giving dads a free pass this weekend, see Page 29.



FLY LIKE AN EAGLE

Get free airplane rides at Albert Whitted Airport on Saturday at their Young Eagles Day event, sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association. It's for kids ages 8-17, and in addition to the flight, they can learn about airplanes and safety from pilots. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat. at Albert Whitted Airport, 107 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-1532, youngeagles.org.

BUGGY FEVER

Bring the kids for a free bug hunt at the Insect Safari Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Brooker Creek Preserve. Children ages 6 to 10 get a classroom talk about why insects are important, and where the best places to find them are, followed by a walk outside to see for themselves. Space is limited, so call (727) 453-6800 to register. Seepinellascounty.org/environment.

CRIBS FOR YOUR CORGI

The BOWser Abode Tour makes going to the doghouse look like an episode of MTV Cribs. The 2008 Rescue Rally and Celebration is a touring display of nine designer doghouses created by local architects, builders, artists and designers. It's now at the Seminole Mall, where doghouses will be on display through June 26. The celebration includes a "Tricky Dog Show," as well as animal rescue groups on site and pet CPR demonstrations. After touring area sites, doghouses will auctioned off in November at the Bark-i-tecture Bash, to benefit the Pinellas Animal Foundation. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat. Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd., Seminole. Free. (727) 347-7387, pinellasanimalfoundation.org.

BE A GREEN MACHINE

Learn how to pump up the greens at a free Veggie Salads cooking class at 11 a.m. Saturday at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 443-6703, naturesfoodpatch.com.

The planner {free things to do} 06/12/08 [Last modified: Thursday, June 12, 2008 6:58pm]

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