1Family Fishing Day: When Capt. Sergio Atanes offered up this free day for families to learn about fishing at the Tampa Harbour Yacht Club last year, more than 100 people showed up and thanked him profusely afterward. "Children today are tethered to video games and electronic stimuli," said Atanes of S&I Charters. "Our goal is to encourage families and their children to take advantage of the wonderful sport fishery that the state of Florida has to offer." The program runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with eight captains on hand to teach about knot tying, baits, identifying local fish, selecting the right tackle and to give fishing lessons. The first 130 kids registered get a swag bag of fishing tackle. Register in advance at email@example.com or call (813) 973-7132 and indicate the number of people attending. Check in at 9 a.m. at the Tampa Harbour Club, 5200 W Tyson Ave. Tampa on Saturday. Free (registration required).
3Bring in the Weekend: Fridays in June, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa will host this poolside party series from 7 to 10 p.m., and it's free for 21 and up. The pool party includes a free sampling from craft beer and liquor brands as well as entertainment, cigar rollers, plus a chance to meet the master brewers. A full bar will be available poolside for additional purchases. Elite and Xcard members enjoy a free open bar during the event. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel, 5223 N Orient Road, Tampa.
2Butterfly, Herb and Native Plant Fair: The USF Botanical Gardens hosts the 15th year of this wild time in the gardens. You can learn about adding butterfly-friendly plants as well as herbs and native plants from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. There will be various talks on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., plus tours of the butterfly garden. Children can create things in the activity area, and the Native Plant Society will be available to answer questions. Admission is $5; garden members and children under 12 are free at the gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa.
4Ace Atkins: The New York Times bestselling novelist, former crime reporter in Tampa and author of more than a dozen books, including the forthcoming The Broken Places, will discuss and sign his latest novel about what happens when a county sheriff is forced to deal with a returning pardoned killer. The book discussion will be Friday at 7 p.m. at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave. in Tampa.
5Simon Kidgits Club Lil Chefs: Aspiring chefs and little foodies ages 3 to 8 can get a taste of how to cook at this Tyrone Square Mall event. On Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. in Center Court, there will be cooking demonstrations, etiquette lessons and craft-making with meal items such as rolling pretzels. Kids are encouraged to help those in need by bringing a nonperishable food item to be donated to a local food bank. It's free at the mall, 6901 Tyrone Square, St. Petersburg.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer