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5 things to do under $5, July 18-25

1The World Wing-Eating Championship: Next Thursday, July 25, champion eaters return to the Original Hooters in Clearwater, including A-lister Joey "Jaws" Chestnut who recently broke his own record by downing 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes at Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. Chestnut ate 144 wings in 10 minutes last year, edging Adrian "The Rabbit" Morgan (140) and Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas (131) to claim the $7,500 first-place prize. The competition takes place at 7 p.m. at the Original Hooters, 2800 Gulf to Bay Blvd. It's free for spectators, but if you go, plan to carpool and get there early — parking last year was a beast, with Hooters shuttling folks in from a distant parking lot.

2Scream on the Green: Dawn of the Dead: The midnight movie series in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park for insomniac adults loving horror movies resumes Friday with Dawn of the Dead. This is the 2004 version, not the 1978 movie. The free midnight movie is not recommended for kids under 18. Kettle corn, roasted nuts, lemonade, snow cones, and cotton candy will be sold, and there will be a food truck on site. Careful with the red meat. Low-back chairs, coolers and leashed dogs are allowed. Alcohol is prohibited. The park is at 600 N Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa.

3Tropical Fruit Tasting: Taste exotic fruits from around the world in treats like snow cones and smoothies, chutneys, pies, and more at this sampling. Fruit trees from lychee to white sapote and more than 20 varieties of mangos are among the hundreds of trees and plants for sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Jene's Tropicals, 6831 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 344-1668. tropicalfruit.com.

4Play: Toys & Games Made By Artists: This summer has been lots of fun for Florida Craftsmen Gallery artists filling the place with clever toys and games that are part hands-on entertainment and part sculptural objects. These include innovative chess sets, memory games, winged cars and so much more. Each Thursday the rest of us join the fun with Game Night at the gallery. This week offers a corn hole tournament and next month a night will be devoted to Kung Fu Battle Slots, a new game played on your phone. See floridacraftsmen.net for the game night schedule running through Aug. 22. Game night starts at 5:30 p.m. at the gallery, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. It's free and there will be snacks and a "donation bar" with drinks.

5Tampa Bay Home Show: Get out your honey-do list. The largest home show in Florida's west coast brings the area's top home improvement experts, along with more than 600 exhibits with everything related to Florida homes, home improvement, entertainment and landscaping. There will also be entertainment and seminars. The Tricky Dogs Show starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, there are cooking demonstrations and you can learn how to use Splat Paint to create faux finishes. It runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Free admission and parking.

5 things to do under $5, July 18-25 07/17/13 [Last modified: Friday, July 19, 2013 12:01pm]
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