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Published Sep. 10, 2009

1 Rays Watch Party: It's more fun to yell at the TV when it's a jumbo screen on the beach. Head to the Tradewinds, 5500 Gulf Blvd. in St. Pete Beach, on Sunday for the last of its free baseball watching parties this season. The fun starts at 12:30 p.m. with a live pregame show by WDAE-AM 620; the game against the Red Sox starts at 1:35. It's free to park there and plant yourself on the sand. There will be trivia contests and giveaways, and food and beverages, including grilled burgers and chicken sandwiches, wings and bratwurst with sauerkraut, will be sold.

2 Sunken Gardens: It's half-priced admission and a fall plant sale on Saturday at the lush oasis at 1825 Fourth St. N in St. Petersburg. It's open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Replenish the landscape with drought-tolerant Florida natives, ornamental grasses, orchids, bromeliads, ferns, plumeria and more. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 kids ages 2-11.

3 G.L.A.S.S.: The new dance party at Vintage Ultra lounge will run from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Wednesday with a variety of entertainment and even fashion. (Go-go dancer models will be dressed up by local designers each week like human Barbies.) There will be lots of giveaways and drink specials but the focus is on dancing. It's $3 to get in at 16 Second St. N in St. Petersburg.

4 Trash to Treasure Swap Meet: Help reduce your carbon footprint while getting some "new to you" stuff. Drop off your old, but still in good condition items and take home someone else's at this swap meet Saturday at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road in Tarpon Springs. Items include family-friendly books, videos, DVDs, music CDs, board games, artwork and small kitchen household items. It runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.

5 Kids Art Fest in Dunedin: The Dunedin Fine Art Center on Saturday offers a hands-on exhibition with inflatables, games, food, music, take-home art activities and the ever popular paint-a-car at 1143 Michigan Blvd. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A $3 donation is appreciated; museum admission free.