1 Free and cheap family movies: With kids out for summer, local movie theaters are offering free or low-cost admission to see relatively recent movies, usually on a weekday morning. The Regal Summer Movie Express will have $1 showings Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. (this week is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days and Parental Guidance ). At Muvico, there are free kid movies Tuesdays through Thursdays at 10 a.m. This week is Despicable Me and next week is Madagasgar 3.
2 Dive-in movies: This popular summertime activity is back at the St. Pete Beach city pool with its huge Olympic swimming lanes, a spray play area for kids and two large water slides. Bring your noodles, floats and chairs for movie watching. Gates open at 8 p.m. Friday, and Shark Tale starts after sunset. Admission is $4 at St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-9264.
3 Author readings: Denis Johnson, the author of Jesus' Son and National Book Award Winner Tree of Smoke holds a reading as part of the University of Tampa speaker series, "Lectores," which will feature seven nights of reading with interesting contemporary writers. Another highlight will be Miranda July, the filmmaker (Cannes favorite Me and You and Everyone We Know), performance artist and author, who will hold a reading Saturday. The readings are free in the Falk Theatre, 428 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Johnson's will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and July's will be at 7 p.m. Saturday. For a list of Lectores speakers, see ut.edu/mfacw/lectores.
4 Young Eagles flight rally: Kids ages 8 to 17 can take flight and explore the world of aviation for free. Volunteer pilots will take children on a 15-minute flight from the Clearwater Airpark, heading north over Countryside and to the gulf beaches area. Each young "pilot" gets one-on-one time with pilots to learn how airplanes work and how safety comes first. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and closes at 11 a.m. Saturday. Weather will be monitored; check eaa282.org for possible cancellation. Free. Clearwater Airpark, 1000 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. (727) 458-4420.
5 Brews and Bites: Tampa's Riverwalk provides the backdrop for this rolling celebration on the second Friday of the month, with a fleet of food trucks, beer garden and craft beers, live entertainment from local musicians, a "Build Your Own Mojito" bar and a 360-degree waterfront bar. It's from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 373-1193.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer