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5 things to do under $5 June 20-27

1 Go Skateboarding Day: The Apollo Beach Skate Park and the Brandon Skate Park combine their first anniversary with a Go Skateboarding Day celebration that includes free food, giveaways and a best trick contest. It's all free at the Brandon Skate Park, 5720 Providence Road, Riverview, from noon to 2 p.m. Friday; and at the Apollo Beach Skate Park, 664 Golf and Sea Blvd., Apollo Beach, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

2 Fritzy Brothers One-Man Circus: He swallows fire, juggles and pedals a unicycle around the library shelves. Yes, quiet time will be suspended at several Tampa libraries this week when Fritzy, also known as Steve Lombardo, juggles a basketball, baseball and Tic Tac breath mint or conducts a volunteer cowbell band. The shows are free and aimed at ages 5 to 12 at Charles Fendig Public Library, 3903 W Neptune St., Tampa, at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Also Jimmie B. Keel library, 2902 W Bearss Ave., at 2:30 p.m. Friday; Seffner-Mango Branch Library, 410 N Kingsway Road, Seffner, at 3 p.m. Tuesday; and Temple Terrace Library, 202 Bullard Parkway, Temple Terrace, at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

3 Author talks: Just in time to settle in for some beach reads, a number of authors will make stops in the Tampa Bay area this week. On Saturday, Diana Gabaldon, the author of the bestselling Outlander series will be signing her latest, Outlander: 20th Anniversary Edition, from 2 to 3:50 p.m. at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Also Saturday, Jack Woodville London, the grandnephew of adventure writer Jack London, will read from and sign copies of his French Letters series. He will be at the Old Tampa Book Company, 507 N Tampa St., Tampa, at noon Saturday. On Friday, George Packer of the New Yorker will sign copies of his latest book The Unwinding, a narrative look at a cross-section of Americans, including Tampa families impacted by the financial and real estate crisis, at the Oxford Exchange, 2420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, at 7 p.m. Friday. Today at Inkwood in Tampa, Beatriz Williams — whose novel Overseas made NPR's list of "Summer's Hidden Gems" in 2012 — will discusses and sign her latest, A Hundred Summers, at 7 p.m. And on June 27, Lori Roy, who won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel, will discuss and sign her latest suspense novel, Until She Comes Home. She will be at Inkwood Books in South Tampa at 7 p.m.

4Balcony-to-Backstage Tours: Take a guided tour of Tampa Theatre, built in 1926, which includes a demonstration of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ and the old movie house's secrets, stories, art and architecture. The tour at 11 a.m. Saturday benefits Tampa Theatre's restoration and operations. $5, $2 ages 2-12, Tampa Theatre members/1 and younger free. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 274-8982.

5 Waterfront Bike Tour: Take a 25-mile bicycle ride to explore Oldsmar's sparkling waterfront parks. Helmets are required and riders must maintain a speed of 12 to 16 mph. It's free. Meet at Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor, at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. (727) 415-8993.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 June 20-27 06/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 5:59pm]
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