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5 things to do under $5 Feb. 28-March 6

3Jerry Greenfield: The Ben & Jerry's co-founder returns to USF for its free University Lecture Series. He will speak on entrepreneurship and sustainability in business — two things important to the ice cream wizards dedicated to sustainable dairy farming. And yes, there will be ice cream. The talk is free at 8 p.m. Monday at the Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave. in Tampa.

5Gasparilla's Outbound Voyage: The Return to Sea: Because two weekends of pirates just weren't enough, this epilogue to the epic party known as Gasparilla puts a finishing touch on the festivities. The captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla will meet with the mayor of Tampa on Saturday, seeking the return of the key to the city. After a brief interaction, the captain and his mates board the Jose Gasparilla and push off with a final cannon salute launched toward downtown Tampa. And then guess what? Party! It starts at noon Saturday at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. Free admission.

1USF College of Education's Children's Festival: The college's annual festival will have more than two dozen booths, including "Busch Gardens Live," with learning activities sponsored by classes, clubs, and organizations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tampa campus. The Florida Center for Instructional Technology's iTeach Lounge will be open, featuring several stations with activities designed for children, including photo booth software with fun-house mirror filters that can be used to create funny images. There will be learning games related to geography, typing, music, visual arts and more. It's all free and there's free parking in the unreserved spaces surrounding the College of Education (Lot 1) and the Leroy Collins Boulevard parking deck at the USF campus, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.

4Blues and Brews: This is the third year that the Old Palm Harbor Main Street association has gathered to celebrate music, family, friends, and some craft beers while local artists sing the blues. From 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Liz Mandville with Lauren Mitchell and Ellie Lee and Blues Fury will perform at this benefit for the community's street light fund. It's free at 1190 Georgia Ave., Palm Harbor.

2 Gregorian Chants for Lent: Florida Pro Musica's annual Gregorian chant performances are hugely popular during the Christmas season. While it might seem odd that such arcane music — Gregorian chant goes back to Pope Gregory I, about 600 A.D. — can draw a crowd, it's obvious people long for a calm respite. Get there early if you want to see the ensemble, under the direction of Larry Kent, perform a diverse repertoire of music from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. It's 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary Our Lady of Grace, 515 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. Free.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

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