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5 things to do under $5 Dec. 6-12

1Play in the snow: There's real snow for Florida kids to play in this week — well, as real as the snow machines can make it. On Friday, there is the Miracle on Cleveland Street with snow available for angel-making starting at 5:30 p.m. on the 400 Block of Cleveland Street in Clearwater. Also on Friday, starting at 4 p.m., snow (the flaky kind, not the cold stuff) will be falling on Tarpon Avenue for the Snow Place Like Tarpon party with real reindeer, holiday hay rides, shopping, vendors, music, food and a mailbox for letters to Santa. It's free on Tarpon Avenue and Alt. U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs. In Oldsmar starting at 6 p.m. Friday is the Christmas Wonderland family event with a giant snow slope, inflatables, pictures with Santa, holiday songs and more at R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W. An honorable mention goes to Snow Fest in Safety Harbor, which starts at 4 p.m. Saturday. They don't have snowballs and snow machines, but this one does have a snow ramp with a sled, as well as carnival games, a 37-foot inflatable slide and more for a $2 entry, or $7 wristband that includes entry and all games and rides. Safety Harbor City Park, 940 Seventh St. S, Safety Harbor. For more holiday events this week, see Page 28.

2Rock the Park: This free monthly music series starts today at 6:30 p.m., and the first 400 people at Curtis Hixon Park will receive free chips and salsa from Chipotle Mexican Grill. Taking the stage will be Red Room Cinema, lauded for their ambitious, sweeping art rock, Tampa pop-rock duo November Rush and the Grammy-nominated Dan McMillion & High Octane, the jazz orchestra led by its namesake high-octane trumpeter. It's all free in the lovely park at 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. There will be food vendors on site or you can pack a picnic.

3St. Pete Shuffle with Wet Nurse: The usual free Friday evening of shuffleboard gets live music from Orlando-based girl band Wet Nurse, as well as Gentlemen Please and Gino and the Goons. It's free Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Mirror Lake St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg.

4Wheel of Fortune auditions: The popular game show's "Wheelmobile" pulls into the Mahaffey Theater on Sunday and Monday in search of contestants. Applicants will be drawn at random to play mini games during six one-hour shows. The auditions will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, with doors open at noon, and from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, with doors open at 3 p.m. The Mahaffey Theater is at 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, go to

5ArtOn the Bay: The artists collective known as ArtOn Central sets up camp on the waterfront property of the St. Petersburg History Museum to display the works of up to 100 artists in various booths and tents. A sad but touching last-minute addition is a collection of pieces donated by artists to raise funds for the Bill "Woo" Correira memorial on Central Avenue. The memorial pays tribute to the gregarious gallery owner, known simply as Woo, who died in his shop Nov. 26. The art festival runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the museum grounds at 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Free.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 Dec. 6-12 12/05/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 3:30am]
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