This week's 5 under $5 list keeps in mind those New Year's resolutions to get active and lose weight. So we found some good-for-you things to do this week to get a jump start on feeling better.
1 Farm Tour and Open House: The Sweetwater Organic Community Farm hosts an open house Sunday at 1 p.m. Learn about agriculture and get information to help you make better food choices to reduce environmental impact, then check out the farmers market where you can shop for organic fruits, vegetables, handmade goods, artisan breads, local honey, take-home foods and more at the family- and dog-friendly market with live music (12:30-2:30 p.m.), open mike sessions (2:30-4 p.m.) and self-guided tours of the farm, located in Town 'N Country at 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. Free.
2 Guided hikes: You can get outside and also learn something at one of the many guided hikes available at local nature preserves. Saturday at 8 a.m. there's a bird walk at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S in St. Petersburg, where you can see for yourself that migration time is here and help find and count the birds. The walk is free and there are a limited number of binoculars available for loan. On Weedon Island, 1800 Weedon Drive NE in St. Petersburg, there is a guided hike on Saturday at 9 a.m. Wear shoes that you don't mind getting dirty as you learn about the coastal environment. Bring water and a hat for this free hike. In Tarpon Springs, take a guided hike through the Brooker Creek Preserve, where you'll find out how the land has changed over time, on Saturday at 9 a.m. It's free at the preserve, 3940 Keystone Road.
3 Scottish Country Dancing: They hop, step and skip about the Scottish American Society Hall at these weekly classes. Beginners will learn basic steps, figures and easy dances and take part in basic social dancing on Sunday at 6 p.m. A social dancing class for more experienced dancers is from 7 to 9:30. The first visit is free, then it's $3 per night at the Scottish American Society Hall, 917 Louden St., Dunedin.
4 Creative Exercise: Every Monday and Friday at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve there is a toning, stretching, laughing, dancing, "I feel good" class with lively music. Designed for those 50 and older, it's $3 per class, or $16 per month, at 10:15 a.m. Mondays and Fridays at 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg.
5 Walking tours: St. Petersburg Preservation's walking tours show off the city's history as you stroll the streets. On Friday there will be a one-hour Downtown Lunch Time Walking Tour that begins at noon. Preservationist Emily Elwyn will share her insight on the city's history and architecture as well as the growth of the city, and there will be stops at churches, hotels and some civic buildings. On Saturday at 10 a.m. you can take part in the "original" Downtown Walking Tour. Tourgoers will see some of the best of the city's architecture while learning about the city's history from the coming of the Orange Belt Railroad, through the 1920s boom and bust to the rise and fall of the city's trademark green benches. The tour will note preservation success stories like the restored Pennsylvania Hotel and include a special "insider" stop at one of the city's gems. Both tours start in front of Cafe del Mar at 243 Central Ave. and cost $5.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer