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5 things to do under $5 in Tampa Bay this weekend: Jan. 10-12

Watch one of the biggest dog shows in the state, get some pet care tips, look through MOSI’s telescopes and more.
Jennifer Pearce of Ocala guides Leslie, an Afghan hound, around the ring in 2015 during the Florida Gulf Coast Clusters Dog Show at Florida Classic Park in Brooksville. [Tampa Bay Times (2015)]
Jennifer Pearce of Ocala guides Leslie, an Afghan hound, around the ring in 2015 during the Florida Gulf Coast Clusters Dog Show at Florida Classic Park in Brooksville. [Tampa Bay Times (2015)]
Published Jan. 8

1. Florida Gulf Coast Clusters of Dog Shows: The annual Brooksville show is a big one, with more than 15,000 dogs expected over the next 10 days. See an array of American Kennel Club breeds for dog shows, agility trials, contests and a new event, a coursing ability test. Visitors can go behind the scenes and learn how a dog is judged, meet dog handlers and more. There will be numerous vendors and a food court. It’s free for spectators and parking is $5. Bring a travel chair for seating. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Jan. 19. Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. (352) 799-5180.

2. Pet Parent Social Workshop: Customers are invited to bring their pets to all participating Pet Supermarket stores from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday to ask pet-specific questions, receive advice and let their pets socialize with other pets. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enter a pet-themed raffle and enjoy refreshments, as well as doodle in some pet-themed coloring books. Free. For a store near you, visit

3. Lightning Street Hockey Clinic: This one-day clinic is designed to introduce kids in grades 1 through 6 to the game. They can join Tampa Bay Lightning players and coaches to learn. Free (registration required at First- and second-graders begin at 9 a.m., third- and fourth-graders at 10 and fifth- and sixth-graders at 11 a.m. Saturday. Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. (727) 376-7733.

Kids, like the one pictured here in 2018 at the Jeff and Penny Vinik Family Club at Winston Park in Tampa, can learn about street hockey on Jan. 11 at New Port Richey's Calvary Chapel Worship Center. [SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times (2018)]

4. SkyWatch: Each month, guests can look at a variety of different cosmic objects through MOSI’s telescopes as astronomers explain what’s up there. This month, Venus continues to retrograde while the Orion Nebula and Pleiades star cluster become staples of the winter night sky. Free. 6 p.m. Saturday. Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000.

5. Pinellas Geological Society 44th Annual Gem Show: Peruse cut gems, silver and gold jewelry, wire wrap, beading, cabochons (polished stones) and rocks and minerals at the 44th show and sale. Free activities for the children include a sand box treasure hunt and giveaways at vendor stations. $2 admission for 12 and up. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.


  1. Marc Maron, show here during his Netflix special "Marc Maron: Too Real," will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Feb. 15, 2020.
  2. In this Sept. 15, 2004 file photo, recording artist Whitney Houston performs at the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Arena in Las Vegas. Houston is about to appear on the concert stage again. Eight years after her death, five years after the show was conceived and a year after production began, a holographic Houston will embark on a European tour starting Feb. 25, with U.S. dates expected to follow. The singer's sister-in-law and former manager Pat Houston says it's the right time for a revival, and says it's a show Whitney Houston would've wanted. The concerts will feature a projected Houston performing most of her biggest hits, including “I Will Always Love You," with real backup dancers and a live band. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, file)
  3. Twitter user Ashley Bower asked what movies traumatized people as children, prompting a deluge of responses and a spattering of old movies to trend on Twitter on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.
  4. The Shamrock Shake returns to stores nationwide today for the first time since 2017 as McDonald’s celebrates the 50th anniversary of the mint-flavored treat.
  5. Rare Schwinn bicycles will be among the collection of vintage bikes at Burchard Galleries' auction in St. Petersburg on Feb. 23.
  6. Earlier today• Arts & Entertainment
    Expect to see lots of traditional Mardi Gras masks like this during the annual Mardi Gras parade in downtown Dunedin on Feb. 22.
  7. After nearly four decades of operating a restaurant on Fourth Avenue in Ybor City, Cephas Gilbert has a new location. He now runs a juice hut inside Tequilas Ybor in Tampa.
  8. The Tampa Bay Jewish Food Festival, which will return to Temple B'nai Israel in Clearwater on Sunday, has featured desserts like mini linzer tarts in the past.
  9. Earlier today• Arts & Entertainment
    Plant City's Fancy Farms off County Line Road will host its annual U-pick event on Feb. 22.
  10. Jeff Foxworthy will perform at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa on Feb. 20.
  11. Joe Bonamassa will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Feb. 24-25.
  12. John C. Turner played saxophone and oboe for the Florida A&M University "Marching 100," and later became marching band director for the high-stepping Plant High School band in the '70s and early '80s. For a while, he also performed in a band during Tampa Bay Buccaneers games. He died on Feb. 9, 2020.