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5 things to do under $5 for Sept. 5-11

1 U.S. Soccer Watch Party: Get out to the Tampa Bay Times Forum's West Plaza Tuesday to cheer on the U.S. Men's National Team on a big screen as they take on Mexico at the Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Get there early for a pre-event roundtable discussion with members of the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the USF Men's Soccer team (7 p.m.). Bring your own blankets or chairs. There will be a cash bar and concessions available. No outside coolers will be permitted. Free. Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 342-4077. The game starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

2 Kid's Art Fest: This year's multicultural-themed hands-on exhibition features games, food, music and take-home art activities Saturday for kids from preschool to age 12 at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. There will be a drum circle around 11:30 a.m. and the Dance and Circus Arts of Tampa Bay will be putting on an aerial display. The festive day runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include the ever-popular paint-a-car activity, where kids get to paint their designs on a real automobile supplied by Florida Auto Exchange. It's free at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd.

3 Music in the Park: This free weekly concert series begins Friday at Seminole City Park. This week the local musical ensemble SPAN will be playing the music of Frank Sinatra and friends. Firefighters will be selling food and the show starts at 7 p.m. at 7464 Ridge Road. The series will run Fridays through Oct. 11. Bring your chairs and blankets, but alcohol and glass containers are not permitted in the park. See myseminole.com or call (727) 391-8345.

4 Happy Hour with the Historian: Historian and author Dr. J. Michael Francis will discuss what Ponce de Leon might think of the current state of Florida in "Rethinking La Florida — From Ponce de Leon to Jamestown" from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Cash bar available and the museum will be open for viewing. $5. St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-1052.

5 Park Ranger Nature Educational Program: Each weekend, the rangers at Lettuce Lake Park hold themed hands-on workshops exploring elements of nature. This week, they'll show kids how to make a water color jelly fish to take home. Programs are at 10 a.m. and noon Saturdays and Sundays. $5 per child and one adult; $2 park entry up to eight people at 6920 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 for Sept. 5-11 09/03/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 6:05pm]
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