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Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 Aug. 20-27

1 TIA welcomes Lufthansa: Tampa International Airport is welcoming its new nonstop service to Frankfurt on Lufthansa Airlines with a German village square set up at the airport starting Friday. Constructed in the main terminal between Airsides E and F, the oompah bands and the smell of strudel and schnitzel will be part of a monthlong celebration of German music, food, beer, wine tasting and other entertainment. The airport gallery also will exhibit the work of Otto Neumann, a German expressionist painter and printmaker. The five-day-a-week nonstop air service on Lufthansa begins Sept. 25.

2 $1 days at Schakolad: The Schakolad Chocolate Factory (pronounced shaq-oh-LAD) is one of the truly custom retail chocolate boutiques in the business, so this information could be dangerous for dieters: They are having dollar days through the end of August. It's weekdays only, but each day through Aug. 29 brings a treat. Mondays bring frozen chocolate-covered bananas for $1. Tuesday is chocolate-covered graham crackers, Wednesday strawberries and Thursday chocolate-dipped Oreos. Friday brings iced coffee to go with your sugar coma. The shop is in the Snell Arcade Building in downtown St. Petersburg at 401 Central Ave.

3 Author talk with Tim Dorsey: One of Florida's funniest crime novelists used to be a crime reporter in Tampa, so he's got lots of material. The author of the bestselling Serge Storms series of crime fiction novels set in Florida, his latest book is titled Shark Skin Suite, the 18th in the series. Hear Dorsey talk about his novels at a book signing Wednesday at Tampa's Platt Library, followed by a question-and-answer session. It's from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library, 3910 S Manhattan Ave., Tampa. (813) 273-3652. Free.

4 Color Your Cares Away: Adult coloring books have exploded in popularity lately, and what's not to love? It's especially engrossing now that there are whole series of labyrinthine illustrations made just for grownups with their freshly sharpened colored pencils. Find like-minded adults at Pinellas Park's Barbara S. Ponce Public Library, 7770 52nd St. N, where they are setting aside space at 6 p.m. Tuesday for an adult coloring session. Free.

5 Back to School Splash Party: It's the last weekend before public schools start, so New Port Richey's Recreation and Aquatic Center is giving families a final opportunity to cool down at this "all ages" party that includes swimming, music and food from Chick-fil-A. Admission is $5 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at 6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey. (727) 841-4560.

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