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5 things to do under $5: Go Skateboarding Day, award-winning authors at UT

Ishod Wair of New Jersey practices at the Skatepark of Tampa, which is celebrating Go Skateboarding Day on Tuesday.

ZACK WITTMAN | Times

Ishod Wair of New Jersey practices at the Skatepark of Tampa, which is celebrating Go Skateboarding Day on Tuesday.

1Go Skateboarding Day: It's an official holiday, at least according to skateboard companies and skateparks around the globe who use it to promote skateboarding. In that spirit, Tuesday brings free skateboarding and contests from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa. Also, Northwest Skate Park, 8612 Jackson Springs Road in Tampa, will have free skating and contests from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

2Astro Skate anniversary: In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the original Astro Skate location, kids can make company owner Chris Maganias a birthday card and get in for $3.50 on Friday. That card will be entered into a contest to win $135. Bring an old photo of the original location for a chance to win $50. All former employees and their families get free admission, pizza and a drink. Offer good at all four Astro Skate locations (Bradenton, Orlando, Tarpon Springs and Pinellas Park). astroskatingcenter.com.

3Harboritaville: Main Street in downtown Safety Harbor will be closed to traffic on Friday so everyone can enjoy music by the Trop Rock Junkies and a variety of special booths and attractions. Proceeds help the Kiwanis Club of Safety Harbor support local charities. Free entry 6-10 p.m. Friday. (727) 724-1555.

4Juneteenth: WMNF on Sunday will offer an eclectic mix of music and public affairs programming while the station holds an open house and potluck meal for Juneteenth, an annual celebration to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States. The open house at the station, 1210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, will be 3:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday. There will be a poetry slam, voter registration and the films Akeelah and the Bee (3:30 p.m.) and Nothing but a Man (6 p.m.). On Saturday, Port Richey will have a Juneteenth Community Empowerment Festival, a celebration of freedom and remembrance with entertainment, food, vendors, music, games, a giant water slide, magic show, petting zoo, health screenings and more. Free. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Booker T. Washington Schoolhouse, 6105 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey. (727) 372-2459.

5Lectores Speaker Series: The annual University of Tampa series brings a number of award-winning authors to campus for free readings, signings and discussions. Among them are Friday's readings by Kelley Benham French, a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist for her Tampa Bay Times series "Never Let Go," and Thomas French, who won a 1998 Pulitzer for his Times series "Angels and Demons" and is the author of Zoo Story about Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. Saturday brings Annie Liontas, whose debut novel, Let Me Explain, was an editor's choice in New York Times Book Review. Award-winning poet Jeffery Renard Allen speaks Monday. The series runs through June 23. For the full lineup, see ut.edu/mfacw/lectores. All talks begin at 7:30 p.m. in Falk Theatre, 428 W Kennedy Blvd.

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