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5 things to do under $5 Jan. 9-15

1 MIT Glass Lab Exhibition: The most popular class at MIT is an introductory glass blowing class offered to all students regardless of their field of study. No credit is offered, but it is so popular that there's a lottery to get in. No surprise there, once you see the work that comes out of it. St. Petersburg's Duncan McClellan Gallery has the mathematician/artists from the MIT Glass Lab in town with an exhibition of the work of Peter Houk, the leader of the lab since 1997, Martin Demaine, an instructor who is an artist and mathematician, and Erik Demaine, the 32-year-old former child prodigy who earned his first degree at age 14 and became the youngest professor in MIT history at age 20. There will be a free reception at 5 p.m. Saturday, when the gallery doors will open to reveal the creativity that flows out of MIT. You can browse, enjoy an adult beverage, soda or water for a donation (which benefits the gallery's School Project).

It's not under $5, but if you want more, on Sunday at 2 p.m., the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, hosts Hot Gatherings, Cool Conversations, when the three give a talk about their work. It's included with museum admission, which is $17 adults, $15 seniors, $10 ages 7 and older. An artists' reception and glass blowing demonstration at the Duncan McClellan Gallery will follow the lecture at the museum.

Duncan McClellan Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. for the exhibition, which runs through Feb. 3 at 550 24th St. S, St. Petersburg. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, is at 255 Beach Drive NE.

2 Doggie Date Night: When was the last time you and the dog had a night out? Spend some quality time out at the park Friday night with your family and your four-legged friend. There will be dog crafts, dog trick contests, a scavenger hunt and pet photo booth, and it's all free from 6 to 8 p.m. at Safety Harbor City Park, 940 Seventh St. S, Safety Harbor.

3 Sunday Bicycle Rides: This week's group bicycle ride will explore the surprisingly hilly terrain of Temple Terrace. The group will meet in the Lowry Park Zoo's parking lot, 1101 W Sligh Ave., and then take a hilly 30-mile ride that follows the Hillsborough River from Seminole Heights to Temple Terrace. Helmets are required, and riders must maintain a speed of 12-14 mph. Free at 8 a.m. Sunday.

4 Campfire Sing-along: They will have a campfire, which of course is perfect for making s'mores, so bring chairs and blankets and be ready to sing along at 7 p.m. Friday at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. $3.

5 Feast By the Beach: This two-day celebration in Madeira Beach will feature a variety of beach-inspired foods and drinks with cooking demos, craft vendors, beach and nautical accessories, food samples and shopping in the Madeira Way district. It will be set up at the intersection of Madeira Way and 150th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission; food and drink extra.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 Jan. 9-15 01/07/14 [Last modified: Monday, January 20, 2014 6:29am]
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