1 Fun in the park: With the weather cooling off (Fall is coming soon? Right?), city parks are hosting nights of movies and music in the park, perfect for a family picnic or cheap date night. The popular October Music and Movies in the Park gets under way today in North Straub Park in St. Petersburg starting with music by Charlie Dandelion before a screening of Driving Miss Daisy. Bring a picnic and enjoy the water view. Next week brings the romantic classic Breakfast at Tiffany's and music by the Dead Ichthyologists. The music starts at 6 p.m., and the films start at dark. Free (donations appreciated). In St. Pete Beach, you can wind down at 7 p.m. Friday at the Concert in the Park Series. This week you can boogie under the stars to disco tunes by the Hunks of Funk. It's free and there will be concessions available at the St. Pete Beach Community Center and Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach.
2 FootGolf Open House: What's that you say? Never heard of FootGolf? Largo has a new course set up and there is an open house Saturday to check it out. To play FootGolf, athletes use soccer balls on a traditional golf course with 21-inch diameter cups and follow rules similar to golf. Call to reserve a slot between 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday. It's free at the Largo Golf Course, 12500 Vonn Road, Largo. (727) 518-3024. There will also be food, drinks and music as you try your hand, or foot, at FootGolf.
3 Soggy Doggy Splash Party: Well-mannered dogs can splash around and swim in the pool this weekend at Largo's Highland Family Aquatic Center. The theme for this year's event is Mardi Gras, so dress your dog for activities and contests, and bring proof of vaccination. On Saturday, dogs less than 18 inches tall swim from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; dogs taller than 18 inches swim from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, all dogs can swim from noon to 3 p.m. For health reasons, no swimming for people. Entry is $5 per dog (only $2 if you bring your Saturday receipt on Sunday) and owners enter free. The Highland Family Aquatic Center is at 400 Highland Ave NE. (727)518-3016; largopools.com.
4 Achieva Box Car Rally: Drivers of homemade and custom-built box cars line up to race off the ramp and downhill into the Cleveland Street district of Clearwater. The day also includes face painting, children's games, balloons, music and food. Free for spectators from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Cleveland Street and Osceola Avenue.
5 Blessing of the Animals: This weekend marks observances for St. Francis of Assisi, known for his love of animals and reverence for nature, and a number of churches in the Tampa Bay area will be holding special services to bless family pets. St. Catherine of Alexandria Episcopal Church, 502 Druid Hills Road in Temple Terrace, will have a special outdoor altar for a celebration followed by a picnic at noon Saturday. A light lunch will be available at St. Clement's Episcopal Church after the service at 10 a.m. Saturday, 706 W 113th Ave., Tampa. The Good Samaritan Church, 6085 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park is inviting all family pets 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday for a blessing, with the Pinellas Park mounted police. Bring pet behavior questions for "Ask the Trainer." Donations benefit spay-neuter programs. Animals can get an individual blessing from a friar and have their picture taken with the friar at St. Mary Our Lady of Grace, 515 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer