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5 things to do under $5 May 23-29

5Tropical Hibiscus Show and Sale: Vibrant — some would say high-voltage — tropical blooms from growers throughout Florida fill the Pinellas Park Auditorium on Sunday when the Sunset Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society holds its annual judged show. Inside the auditorium, view a sea of hibiscus flowers, some the size of dinner plates, single and double blooms, in an array of color combinations, and see which won Best in Show. Outside, hybrid hibiscus plants are for sale in out-of-the-ordinary colors and styles not found in big box stores. There will also be experts on hand to offer advice on keeping the plants healthy and blooming. Sale begins at 10 a.m. and the hibiscus show is on display from 1 to 4 p.m. Keep in mind that popular varieties sell out quickly. It's free Sunday at 7690 59th St. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 530-9118. sunsetchapter.org.

3Farewell to the Pier Bike Ride: Expect heavy loads of nostalgia when Bike St. Pete leads a ride from Weedon Island to downtown St. Petersburg on Sunday, where the group will cycle around the St. Petersburg Pier for a farewell ride before the landmark closes at the end of the month. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Weedon Island history center parking lot at the end of Pinellas County's Weedon Island Park. The group will ride 25 miles at 12-14 mph, riding to St. Petersburg via Snell Isle, scenic Coffee Pot Bayou, Old Northeast and downtown St. Pete. There will be a breakfast stop at a local downtown St. Pete cafe before the return ride back to Weedon Island. Call (813) 964-9193 or visit www.tampabaysundaybicycle.blogspot.com for information. Helmets are mandatory. Free.

1Fourth Friday Food Truck Festival: This week is the "season finale" for the monthly food truck rally on Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach. It runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday with live music by Dixie Land Jazz and food trucks including Killer Samich, Keep'n It Reel, Tasty Stacy, Gone Bananas, Smoothin & Shaken, PAO Truck, Mobile Munchiez, Rolling Zoinks, Americanwiener and Mr I Got 'Em BBQ. Chairs welcome; coolers/alcohol prohibited. coreyave.com.

2Wearable Art Show and Sale: It's always fun to see what artists come up with when given the challenge to create wearable art. You've got an inner tube and four yards of red silk chiffon: Go! From bling to blue jeans, the first annual Wearable Art Show and Sale comes to Madeira Beach on Saturday and Sunday with creations for women, men and children including clothing, hats, shoes, jewelry, handbags, knits, hair and wardrobe accessories, costumes, masks, "upcycled" apparel and body art. Free admission. It runs 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Madeira Way and 150th Avenue in Madeira Beach.

4Equestrian Speed Show: Local horse riders show off their speed in an exhibition show featuring barrels, poles, hairpin, jackpot and Texas barrels and flags. It's free to watch Saturday at 6 p.m. at Helen Howarth Community Park Horse Arena in Pinellas Park, 6301 94th Ave. N.

5 things to do under $5 May 23-29 05/22/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 6:34pm]
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