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5 things to do under $5 Dec. 5-11

1 Celebrating 80 Years of Haslam's: Founded in the Great Depression by two avid readers, John and Mary Haslam, who opened the store in 1933, one of the last indie bookstores in the area has weathered all manner of storms and is now a legitimate tourist stop. Jack Kerouac was a frequent customer, as is pretty much any author coming through town or any reader who longs to peruse its massive mixture of new and used books, cheapo paperbacks and valuable collectibles. At 2 p.m. Sunday, historian Ray Arsenault is guest speaker for the St. Petersburg Preservation salute to the book store's eight decades of service in St. Petersburg. The party then moves to Craftsman House Gallery for cake at 3:30 p.m. The gathering is free at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 463-4612.

2 $5 Day at MOSI: Everyone is admitted to MOSI's exhibit galleries including the Amazing You exhibit, Kids in Charge! and more than 450 interactive exhibits for just $5 on Saturday and Santa will be on the ropes course from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The zip line and ropes course are not included, but can be purchased separately. The Museum of Science and Industry is at 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000.

3 Tony Zappone: The author of John F. Kennedy: A President and a Kid With a Camera will talk about the day he spent photographing John F. Kennedy during the president's trip to Tampa, just four days before his assassination. Zappone received a press pass for JFK's five-hour Tampa visit after presenting officials with a letter from the faculty adviser of his school paper. At the time, Zappone was in the 11th grade at Tampa's Jefferson High School. The free talk will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Charles Fendig Public Library, 3903 W Neptune St., Tampa. (813) 273-3652.

4 Canopy Tree Climbing: It's only $5 to ascend into the heights of a live oak using harnesses this month if you bring a donation of food, clothing or cash for Operation Attack, a church relief organization for low-income families. Climbers ages 6 and older use harnesses and a rope pulley system similar to those used in the Amazon rain forests. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Pathfinder Outdoor Education at Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 1310 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 328-0300.

5 Library book sales: Just in time for holiday shopping, two libraries are putting loads of books up for sale cheap. Browse thousands of used hardcover, paperback and children's books on sale to benefit the library programs. Most only cost $1. The sales are at the St. Petersburg North Branch Library (starting at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday), 861 70th Ave. N, and the Safety Harbor Library (9 a.m. Saturday), 101 Second St. N.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 Dec. 5-11 12/02/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 5:39pm]
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