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5 things to do under $5 Oct. 9-15

1 Roboticon: See a full-scale robotics competition with scrimmages, practice games, pit tours, demos, vendors and the opportunity to learn more about technical, math and science-oriented careers. Kelley Jones, a fluid systems design engineer at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, will be there, along with prosthetics, robotics and industrial displays from businesses and the University of South Florida. It's free for spectators at the Bob Martinez Sports Complex, 312 N Blvd., Tampa. It runs 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

2 African-American Heritage Trail Opening: A three-day festival marks the opening of the path featuring more than 20 markers detailing the people, places and events that made the 22nd Street S and Ninth Avenue neighborhood St. Petersburg's most vibrant African-American community. There will be a garden reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. On Saturday, a street festival including a small parade by the Mount Zion drum line, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on "the Deuces" — 22nd Street's enduring nickname — and part of the street will be closed off. Guided tours and vendors will be set up. Sunday will be given over to music. A Singin' and Swingin' Sunday Gospel Brunch ($13.95) is 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Sylvia's Restaurant, 642 22nd St. S. A jazz program presented by the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association starts at 6 p.m. in the Manhattan Casino, on the second floor over Sylvia's.

3 Rocktoberfest: Palm Harbor merchants celebrate Oktoberfest with music by the Michael Allman Band (he's the son of Gregg Allman and the spitting image of the old man). Also playing are Hope Darling and Radio Crime and there will be food, craft beer and wine sold, as well as other vendors. It's free admission in downtown Palm Harbor, along Florida Avenue, from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

4 Localicious Community Pot Luck: The kick-off event by the small business booster group Keep Saint Petersburg Local features a pot luck family picnic with live music, community garden tours, kids crafts and a money stamping party. Bring a dish to share. It's free 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. But this is just the kickoff. There's a full week of Localicious events Oct. 12-19 to encourage everyone to "eat local and drink local," including a mac and cheese competition and a trolly hop to several bars, restaurants and breweries. See keepsaintpetersburglocal.org for the full slate of events.

5 Tampa Bay Boat Show: See the latest in boats, trailers, watercraft, fishing supplies and accessories all set up at the Florida State Fairgrounds, with lots of exhibits, showcasing area boat dealers and manufacturers. Free admission at 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (727) 893-8523. It runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

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