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5 things to do under $5 Oct. 8-14: Roboticon, Tampa Bay Lightning pep rally, fall plant sales

1 Eat at Joe's Lunch and Concert Series: This monthly lunch and concert party turns into a Tampa Bay Lightning pep rally when the Bolt Brigade shows up with alumni players, the Lightning Girls, ThunderBug and the team's Rolling Thunder Truck with giveaways. Food trucks will be on site and there will be free live music. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday in the Joe Chillura Courthouse Square.

2 Find some fall plants: With the growing season in Florida running October to May, now is the time to stock up on plants and luckily there are a couple of fall plant sales to choose from this weekend. The USF Botanical Gardens is holding its Fall Plant Festival with more than 50 vendors, local plant clubs and societies, a kids' activity area, and workshops on vegetable gardening (11 a.m. Saturday), orchids for beginners (noon Saturday) and beekeeping with sampling honey (noon Sunday). $5, free for members and kids younger than 12 at 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa. (813) 974-2329. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Or check out the Garden Club of St. Petersburg Plant Sale with yard art, planters, tools, local honey products (Saturday only) and an advice booth. Free admission at the Garden Club of St. Petersburg, 500 Sunset Drive S, St. Petersburg. (727) 381-8920. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

3 Born on the Bayou: Wish Gulfport a happy birthday at this celebration with guided kayak tours, crowning of the mullet king, trolley tours, mullet toss, kids' games and Fishermen Feats of Strength. Free. Gulfport Historical Society Museum, 5301 28th Ave. S, Gulfport. (727) 327-0505. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

4 Pollywog Pups Dog Swim: Dogs take over Pinellas Park's Skyview Pool on Saturday. Well-behaved dogs with proof of vaccinations can enjoy an off-leash day of swimming for $2 per pup. Small dogs swim at 10 a.m. and large dogs dive in at 12:30 p.m. at 9040 54th Way, Pinellas Park. (727) 369-5702. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

5 Roboticon: You can watch a full-scale competition and see a variety of robots in various stages of construction and operation at this day of robot love at the Bob Martinez Sports Complex in Tampa on Saturday. There will be a college and career fair to learn more about math, science and tech careers in Tampa Bay. On Sunday, a competition will feature 120-pound student-built robots playing Recycle Rush on a field the size of a basketball court. It's free at 312 N Boulevard, Tampa. (813) 728-2822. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

5 things to do under $5 Oct. 8-14: Roboticon, Tampa Bay Lightning pep rally, fall plant sales 10/06/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 4:40pm]
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