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5 things to do under $5 April 18-24

1Croc Encounters Sneak Peek Saturdays: This nonprofit organization in eastern Hillsborough County is undergoing renovations, but every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. they let visitors take a self-guided tour of the 22-acre sanctuary, a haven for crocodiles, turtles, frogs, snakes and lizards. See more than 250 rescued reptiles in the newly renovated alligator and crocodile ponds, tortoise exhibits, many smaller reptile displays, a hands-on animal encounter and a live alligator handling show. It's $5, or $3 with coupon from the website at Croc Encounters is at 8703 Bowles Road in Tampa, 2 miles north of the Florida State Fairgrounds off U.S. 301. (813) 217-4400.

2Happy Birthday NOVA 535: The downtown St. Petersburg hipster hangout started off five years ago as an "art lounge" by owner Michael S. Novilla, but it's now billed as an event space for weddings or concerts or even a Gong Show-like talent competition. To thank the community, the owners are throwing a free family-friendly party on Saturday with appetizers, entertainment, juice, soda and a cash bar. There will be a bounce house, kids games, music, clowns, free popcorn and cotton candy for the kids starting at noon. Starting at 9 p.m., it becomes a 21-and-up dance party with music and live art. Free at 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-6682.

3Locker Room Lunch: Bulls fans get a lunchtime treat from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday when the University of South Florida's head football coach Willie Taggart visits St. Petersburg to talk about the team and how to be a leader on and off the field. The talk includes a free lunch and a question and answer session with the coach. An RSVP is required at to reserve your seat. The talk will be at the USF St. Petersburg Student Center, 200 Sixth Ave. S. (727) 873-4519.

4Live Radio Theatre Project: See plays performed by local actors, which will also be translated for the deaf by a sign language expert, at 7 p.m. Monday. The plays, which will be broadcast at a later day on WMNF 88.5-FM, are WAIT! by Julie Jensen and directed by Richard Rice about a girl on the edge of a summer that will change her life, and another episode of The Continuing Adventures Of Noel Berlin, Cabaret Detective. It's free at the [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

5Movies in the Park: Largo Central Park will be creating a free family-friendly movie night on select Fridays in April and May starting this week with Pixar's Scottish fairy tale Brave. There will be themed activities for kids and a special campfire around the fire pit starting at 7 p.m., followed by the movie at dusk. On-site parking and concessions will be available. The park is at 101 Central Park Drive. For a list of movie titles and dates, visit or call (727) 587-6755.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 April 18-24 04/17/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 7:03pm]
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