1 National Dog Day: While Monday is the official National Dog Day to highlight pooches that need to be rescued (and to raise a paw to the one creature in your life who is so stinking happy to see you when you get home), there are some ways to take your dog out on the town. Fossil Park Pool closes for the summer with Dog Swim Day, which has expanded to two days, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for leash-free swimming (but no humans in the pool). It's $5 per session at 6739 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg with proof of dog vaccination required. On Saturday, the Artists' Faire Gallery in Tarpon Springs invites you to bring your canine friend to Dog Daze of Summer with free human and dog treats and a professional photographer taking pictures for free. It starts at noon at 111 E Tarpon Ave. Finally, the Sail Pavilion celebrates National Dog Day from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday with free dog treats, Frosty Paws for purchase and drink specials for dog owners on the Riverwalk, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa.
2 Balcony-to-Backstage Tour: The Tampa Theatre has a rich history with some playful quirks thrown in at the historic movie house. This Saturday you can find out where the Mighty Wurlitzer organ goes when the movie starts. And why are there stuffed peacocks perched around the proscenium? (And what is a "proscenium" anyway?). These tours have become so popular that the theater added a second one. The 90-minute tours will kick off in the lobby at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 2 to 12 at the box office at 711 Franklin St., Tampa.
3 White Party: Break out your snappiest white attire for this party at the Zone Lounge on Saturday with live music, fire dancers, raffles and a silent auction. Your $5 entry benefits the charity of your choice of the 1:FaceWatch foundation. That's the slick time piece company that made news for its innovative way of raising money for world charities. (One white watch feeds 16 African children; one black watch supports eight cancer patients) The party starts at 7 p.m. at 121 E Tarpon Ave. (727) 934-5599.
4 Fish-a-Thon: The lake behind the St. Petersburg Main Library will be the fishing hole for the annual Dennis Crenshaw Memorial Fish-a-Thon for kids, teens and adults starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Fishing takes place in nine 15-minute fishing periods ending with judging for prizes by age groups. Fishing poles and bait provided. No personal fishing equipment allowed. Free. The library is at 3745 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-7441.
5 Tailgate Practice: Football season is upon us and while the team is doing wind sprints, we fans need to get in some practice, too. The Tampa Bay Buccaneer cheerleaders will be at the Clearwater Smokey Bones BBQ to help get fans fired up with a tailgate party that includes free beer and food samples, $5 Smokey Bones coupon booklets, giveaways and a raffle for a team jersey. Free entry from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at 2693 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 712-1930.
By Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer