Preseason Tailgate Party: Root for the home team, the University of South Florida, at this family friendly gathering. Pinellas County alumni get together to watch the best of highlights of the 2006 season and meet the coaching staff, 2-6 p.m., Capogna's Dugout, 1653 Gulf to Bay Blvd. Includes head coach Jim Leavitt and book signings by author Tony Grier. Also features kids' games and entertainment. Ages 12 and under eat free. Call 873-4561.
Summer reading special events: Mark Byrne and "It's New to Me Magic Show," 2:30 p.m., Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. Free. Call 893-1074.
Monty Python's Life of Brian: The film is a unique and scathing parody of the problems caused by people in organized religion, 6 p.m., Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Free with museum admission ($5 after 5 p.m. every Thursday). Beer for sale, free refreshments. Call 823-3767.
Get downtown: First Friday street party featuring Les Sabler and Citi Heat, 5:30-10 p.m., on Central Avenue between Second and Third streets. Proceeds from beer and wine street sales benefit the Battle Foundation. Free. Call 393-3597.
Mudwars: Time to get down and dirty at the annual TASCO event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Spa Beach, 615 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Registration begins at 8 a.m. for the event that includes an obstacle course, tug of war, joust pit, belly-bumper pit, balloon drop, maze and two surprise events. Teams consist of 10 active participants and two alternates and must have a minimum of four participants of the opposite sex. Bring a change of clothes, a towel and sunscreen. Concessions will be sold. A $500 first-place prize, $250 second-place prize and $100 third-place prize will be awarded, along with individual and team trophies. Call 892-5060.
Family Fun Fishing Day: Get hooked on fishing at this family event, 8 a.m.-11 a.m., Ridgecrest Park, 12000 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Fishing poles and bait are provided, so even the most inexperienced anglers can participate; or bring your own pole. Coffee or juice and a doughnut are offered for $1, that supports the purchase of fishing worms. Free admission. For more information or to register, call 464-3347.
Fish-a-Thon: Celebrate the 59th annual end-of-summer event for kids age 3 to 12, 9 a.m., Lake Jorgensen, behind the Main Library at 37th Street and Ninth Avenue N in St. Petersburg. It honors Dennis Crenshaw, a former high school teacher and advocate for youth outdoor recreation activities. Final judging is at 11:15 a.m. Prizes will be awarded throughout the event. Cane poles and live bait will be provided. Wear appropriate foot attire and sunscreen. Personal fishing equipment is not allowed. Free. Registration on event day. Call 893-7441.
Community build day: Join your neighbors and help clean up and landscape three community facilities, 7:30 a.m., Childs Park Sports Complex, 601 45th St. S, St. Petersburg. Call 892-5087.
Pancake breakfast: Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, bacon, hash browns, grits, coffee and juice and learn about the historic waterfront airport, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Albert Whitted Airport, 451 Eighth Ave. S.E., St. Petersburg. $10, $2 children under 12. Call 822-1532 or check the Web at www.awaps.org.
Simple living: Gerald Iversen, National Coordinator for Alternatives for Simple Living, speaks at 6:30 p.m., Chapel Hill United Church of Christ, 12601 Park Blvd., Seminole. The organization aims to equip the faithful to challenge consumerism, live justly and celebrate responsibly by emphasizing relationships and traditions over things. The group was founded in 1973 as a protest against commercialization of Christmas and encourages celebrations year-round that reflect conscientious ways of living. Free. Call 397-9087.