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5 things to do under $5 Dec. 10-17: Walking history tours, Fox News' Brian Kilmeade, Porsches in the Park

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1 St. Petersburg Preservation walking tours: The history club conducts these tours year-round, but December is a great time to check out the St. Petersburg Preservation walking tours in the cool weather, and the tours are only $5. This week there is a Downtown Lunchtime Tour on Friday at noon that meets in front of Mickey's Cafe and Organics, 318 Central Ave., to check out some of St. Petersburg's unique architecture. The Waterfront Tour is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday (and also Jan. 9). It starts at the Saturday Morning Market main entrance at the corner of First Street NE and First Avenue S. Learn about the civic visionaries who transformed a working waterfront into one of the largest waterfront park systems in the country. Each third Saturday of the month (Dec. 19 this month) there is a Downtown Walking Tour with a Literary Twist that starts in front of City Hall, 205 Fifth St. N. The club teams up with St. Pete Lit, which supplies local writers to read from their work for the tour. Reservations aren't required but you can check the group's website at stpetepreservation.org or call (727) 824 7802.

2 Author appearances: Brandon book worms have two celebrity author appearances to choose from on Saturday. The voice of the Rays, Dewayne Staats, and Fox News commentator Brian Kilmeade are both talking and signing books in the Westfield Brandon mall. The Fox News Channel host will speak and sign copies of his new book, Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Books-A-Million. Staats, who has spent 40 years as a Major League Baseball broadcaster and commentator, recently released his memoir Position to Win. His appearance from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble coincides with a Bookfair fundraiser for Randall Middle School. Free.

3 Happy Hour Solstice Party: Technically, Dec. 22 — the winter solstice — will be the shortest day and the longest night of the year, but it's dark enough already to join YellowJacket Press and celebrate with a night of poetry, readings, open mic and the debut of Glass Bottom Sky as well as a new chapbook, Looking for Water by author Wendy Buffington. The Seminole Heights gathering from 7-9 p.m. Saturday is free at the Upward Spiral Center, 6718 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 494-7593.

4 Porsches in the Park: There's lots of eye candy for car enthusiasts Saturday when Porsches from all over Florida will be on display in the center of St. Armands Circle in Sarasota. It's free to wander the display from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 411 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota.

5 Live & Local concert: For two years now the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts has hosted a Live & Local series of free, pre-show performances by local musicians to showcase Tampa Bay musical talent. This Saturday at 1:45 p.m. (prior to a performance of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical) you can show your kids what one of the most talented teens in the area can do. Sixteen-year-old Hillsborough High School student, Francesca Giorgianni, in September took the top spot in Wild 94.1's Tampa Bay Talent Search against a bevy of much older music veterans. The singer-songwriter, who will perform outside on the Riverwalk, has been studying classical piano since she was 6 years old. But now the teenager with the sweet voice brings along rhythm and bass guitar, plus numerous other instruments, to her broad repertoire of pop, R&B and Christian rock music.

 
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