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5 things to do under $5 Dec. 26-Jan. 1

1 First Flight 2014: In celebration of 100 years of commercial flight, Kermit Weeks, founder and CEO of Fantasy of Flight, will fly his reproduction of the original Benoist airboat biplane that flew across Tampa Bay to the POK Seaplane Basin to re-enact Tony Jannus' first flight carrying a paying customer, making Tampa Bay the birthplace of commercial airline travel. Celebrated as the "World's First Airline," the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line began on Jan. 1, 1914. The celebration begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The flight will take off from the Yacht Basin, 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg, at 10 and land at the seaplane basin at Peter O. Knight Airport in Tampa. There will be two large screens set up in St. Petersburg and Tampa with live feeds. Free.

2 Blast Friday with the Little River Band: This month's block party in downtown Clearwater features a free concert by the Little River Band, the Aussies who ruled radio in the '70s and '80s (Help Is On Its Way, Happy Anniversary, Reminiscing, Lady). The party gets started at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the 400 block of Cleveland Street. The family-friendly celebration includes vendors, food, family activities and contests. Free.

3 Switchfoot: Radio station 97X is bringing Grammy-winning band Switchfoot, one of the most popular crossover Christian acts in the country, to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Friday. The show is free, but you need a ticket. For details, go to 97xonline.com/s/lastfreeshow. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at 200 First Ave. N. For details, see SoundCheck, Page 13.

4 Winter Break Best Trick Contest: Skaters will perform their most elaborate tricks for judges in a competition at public skate parks in Riverview and Apollo Beach on Friday. Even if you aren't a skater the sessions are fun to watch. There are two categories: 15 and under, and 16 and older. Participants must have a current notarized waiver on file at the skate offices. Start times are noon at Brandon Skate Park, 5720 Providence Road, Riverview, and 5 p.m. at Apollo Beach Skate Park, 664 Golf and Sea Blvd. Free. (813) 671-7635.

5 Wildflower Walk: Each month a new group of wildflowers blooms at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg, and the last Saturday of each month, the preserve offers a guided stroll to learn more about the flowers. The tour heads out at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at 1101 Country Club Way S. $3 adults, $1.50 children. (727) 893-7326.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

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