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Weekend best bets

Cool ideas for your time off

By WILMA NORTON
Published August 26, 2005


SUMMER SPARKLERS

Tonight is the last chance to catch two summer celebrations: S'REAL Fridays happy hour at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg and the summer fireworks at Channelside in Tampa. The Dali do has music, silent films, museum tours and a cash bar from 5 to 8 p.m. at the museum, 1000 Third St. S. Admission is $5. 727 823-3767; www.salvadordalimuseum.org The fireworks at 9 p.m. are launched from a barge in Garrison Channel and can be seen from all around the Channelside area.

ALL ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS

Families can learn more about the Girl Scouts and enjoy lots of free hands-on activities at Kaleidoscope from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. Expect representatives of MOSI, Lowry Park Zoo and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and a chance to check out activities that include backpacking, butterfly identification, horseback riding, songs and more. Free admission. Parking is $5. Toll-free 1-800-881-4475, ext. 294, or (813) 621-7821.

CALLING COMICS CONNOISSEURS

Fans of comic books and action figures can find lots to choose from Sunday at the Tampa Comic Book and Toy Convention, which features artists from Marvel, DC and others, plus movies, vendors and costumed characters. It's from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 4500 W Cypress St. $5, kids free. 727 522-9032; www.comicbookconventions.com

EXTRA HEAT ON THE BEACH

Rev up your taste buds for a good cause at Fire on the Beach, a chili cookoff and salsa competition with local chefs to raise money for the Faces of Courage Foundation. The kickoff party is at 7 tonight at Rum Runners at the Sirata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. The cookoff is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the hotel, with tastings from 2 to 4 and judging at 3. It costs $5 to sample all the entries. On-site parking is limited, but shuttle service is available from Gulfport Boulevard and Pasadena Avenue from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for $3 per person or $10 per family. 727 363-0071; www.fireonthebeach.org

[Last modified August 25, 2005, 14:17:03]


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