1 African Children's Choir: You might remember this charming choir from their performance at the 2005 Live 8 concert in London with Mariah Carey and Paul McCartney. They also have performed for presidents, heads of state and most recently at Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. You can see them Sunday at the 10:15 a.m. service at the Plant City Church of God, 2103 Mud Lake Road. The program will feature children's songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. Donations are welcome.
2 National Public Lands Day: Do-gooders around the Tampa Bay area will be cleaning up parks and shorelines in celebration of the estuaries and conservation areas. Tampa Bay Watch and Audubon Florida are gathering volunteers to help clean shoreline areas of Fort De Soto Park, Tierra Verde and the Sunshine Skyway. Boaters also are needed to clean Tampa Bay's colonial bird nesting islands and shorelines to reduce the threat of entanglement of marine animals. Free. Call (727) 867-8166, ext. 233. The cleanup is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Volunteers in canoes and kayaks will be cleaning the shoreline at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500. It's also from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
3 $5 Days: This is the last week to enjoy $5 admission at the Glazer Children's Museum. The hands-on learning museum is celebrating its third birthday by giving visitors the price break through Monday. The museum is at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861.
4 Stein Hoisting Contest: Test your strength and celebrate Oktoberfest at this contest to see who can straight-arm a full stein of beer the longest. Winners take home their steins and a Samuel Adams sweat shirt. Arrive early to register. It's 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Smokey Bones BBQ & Grill, 2693 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Free admission. (727) 712-1930.
5 Inter-Tribal Native American Holiday Pow-Wow: This celebration of American Indian heritage at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park in Bushnell will include a grand entry, native crafts, demonstrations, dancing, storytelling and native food. Blankets, chairs and pets welcome. $3, 11 and younger free at 7200 County Road 603. It runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. (352) 793-5154.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer