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5 things to do under $5 in Tampa Bay this weekend: Feb. 14-16

Admire the night sky’s stars, attend an unconventional Valentine’s Day celebration and more.
There are two free opportunities in Tampa and New Port Richey this weekend for star gazers to use powerful telescopes to view the night sky. [CAROLYN KASTER  |  AP]
There are two free opportunities in Tampa and New Port Richey this weekend for star gazers to use powerful telescopes to view the night sky. [CAROLYN KASTER | AP]
Published Feb. 12

1. Star gazing: There are two ways to look at the stars this weekend with the help of some powerful telescopes. Each month, MOSI’s SkyWatch lets guests examine a variety of different cosmic objects through the Museum of Science and Industry’s telescopes as astronomers explain what’s up there. This month see Venus continuing to retrograde alongside the Orion Nebula and Pleiades star cluster. In addition, Leo rising east means you might just get a view of the Leo triplets. Free. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000. And Stargazing at Starkey invites Pasco astronomers to study the stars in one of the darker parks in the area. Free. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, 10550 Wilderness Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 255-3083.

2. Anti V-Day Block Party: If Valentine’s Day has you grumpy, put on an all-black outfit (“the color of our hearts”) and join the party in front of MacDinton’s and the Yard of Ale in downtown St. Petersburg, where revelers will find $4 anti V-Day shots, a kissing both and prizes. No cover. 4-11 p.m. Friday. 260 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

3. Home Runs and History: Baseball great Lou Piniella serves as host and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor throws out the “first pitch” for this festival with team mascots, games, Major League Baseball alumni, music and a high school coaches panel. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Centennial Park Ybor City, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-1434.

Lou Piniella, shown here in 2014 during his induction into the Mariners' Hall of Fame, will host Home Runs and History at Centennial Park in Tampa on Feb. 15. [AP]

4. Tampa Bay Bridal Show: Bring your wedding to-do list and get help finding a wedding dress, flowers, a venue, DJ, photographer or caterer at this event with more than 100 local vendors. It’s a Tampa Bay Times expo. $5. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

5. Sip N Sing Party: Music & Me, the play-based music program for young children, is celebrating its 10th birthday at Cage Brewing with a family sing-along party with craft beer, children’s activities, a pizza truck and music. No cover (food/drink additional). 4-6 p.m. Sunday. 2001 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (813) 409-4244.


  1. Four-time Latin Grammy winner Alex Cuba will play the Jaeb Theater at Tampa's Straz Center on June 5.
  2. Danielle Wade, Megan Masako Haley, Mariah Rose Faith and Jonalyn Saxer in the nationally touring company of the musical "Mean Girls." The role of Regina George was played by English Bernhardt, not Faith, for the Feb. 18 performance.
  3. This undated image provided by Olay shows, from left, retired astronaut Nicole Stott, Lilly Singh and Busy Philipps in a scene from the company's 2020 Super Bowl NFL football spot.  (Olay via AP)
  4. Yesterday• Visual Arts
    Graciela Iturbide's 1986 photograph, "Fiesta de las Velas, Juchitan,Oaxaca," is on display in the Tampa Museum of Art's "Modern Women: Modern Vision" exhibition, opening Feb. 20, 2020.
  5. "Brahms: The Boy II" stars Katie Holmes.
  6. Marc Maron, show here during his Netflix special "Marc Maron: Too Real," will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Feb. 15, 2020.
  7. 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)
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Rare Schwinn bicycles will be among the collection of vintage bikes at Burchard Galleries' auction in St. Petersburg on Feb. 23.
  11. Expect to see lots of traditional Mardi Gras masks like this during the annual Mardi Gras parade in downtown Dunedin on Feb. 22.
  12. 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.