Sunday, June 24, 2018
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5 things to do under $5 April 4-10

1Charity Strawberry U-Pick: Every year at the end of the growing season, Plant City's Wish Farms, the state's largest strawberry grower, opens its fields to the public for a charity strawberry U-pick, where you can get a whole flat of strawberries for only $5 and the proceeds go to Redlands Christian Migrant Association. It runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the company's strawberry farm in Duette (37381 State Road 62). Food banks that supply their own containers will be allowed to pick for free. Charitable groups must present documentation of their organization.

2Aquamania: Now that we have finally shaken off the cold weather, reclaim the beach at this watersports weekend in Gulfport. There will be a cornhole tournament, standup paddleboard and kayak races, but the highlight is the ProHydro-X-Tour, which is kind of like motocross on the water, with personal watercraft races on both a closed course and a freestyle competition. It's free admission both days from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday on the Gulfport beachfront next to the Yakes Recreation Complex Field, 5730 Shore Blvd. S.

3Live music at St. Pete Shuffle: The Friday night shuffleboard scene in downtown St. Petersburg bills itself as the best cheap date in town, and this week they are adding live music. St. Pete Shuffle is hosting New Granada Night, in honor of the Tampa Bay record label, and will have artists Red Room Cinema, Rec Center and Mrence (pronounced Mister E-N-C). The rock acts should be your first tip that shuffleboard is no longer just for the retirees. The family-friendly complex attracts the young date-night crowd with its mix of leisurely shuffle, cool music and a discreet BYOB policy. Regulars are friendly and eager to offer tips on keeping score. And don't forget to leave some love in the donation box to keep the cool vibe going. It's free from 7 to 11 p.m, Friday at the Mirror Lake St. Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg.

4Phil Phest Benefit: The Philip A. Bryant Melanoma Foundation holds this annual benefit with music and food at the scenic R.E. Olds Park in Oldsmar. Headliners Black Honkeys play at 7:30 p.m. and other artists scheduled include the Greg Billings Band, Shaky Ground, Spark Plugs, Kevin Toon, D.O.G., The Hughes Brothers, That Pack and Homegrown. There will be free skin screenings from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a balloon release in honor of loved ones lost at 6 p.m. The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team will perform at noon and there will be kids' activities. It's free admission and runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the park at 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar.

5Pawfest: This annual Kiwanis Club carnival for kids and canines returns with free train rides, tree climbing, a play house, vendors, food and a K-9 demonstration by "Murphy," a dog the Kiwanians purchased for the Largo Police Department last year. It runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

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