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ASPEC public forum: Panel members Paula Rechnitz, Linda Reimer, Eleanor Wolf, Vera Green and Rhee Lyon (of the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College) present "Women on the Supreme Court: Their Lives, Their Influence" at 3:30 p.m. today at Lewis House on the Eckerd College Campus, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Free. For information, call (727) 864-8834 or visit eckerd.edu/aspec.

Gulf Beaches Spring Fling: Four days of carnival rides, live entertainment with both local and national acts, food and craft vendors. American Idol finalist Michael Lynche will headline on Saturday night. The Spring Fling is open 3 to 11 p.m. Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Treasure Island Community Park, One Park Place and 106th Avenue. Free admission. For information, call (727) 547-4575, ext. 237 or visit mytreasureisland.org.

St. Paul's Annual Festival: The annual giant festival includes bingo, carnival rides, games, crafts, food, dancing and live music by the HubTones (Thursday), the Ocean Road Band (Friday), the Surfin' Raccoons (Saturday) and the Defactos (Sunday). The festival is open 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Catholic Church, 1800 12th St. N., St. Petersburg. No admission; $1 ride/food tickets, $75 wristbands (through today). For information, call (727) 822-3481.

'Bag It' documentary screening: Jeb Berrier follows the plastic bag from its creation, to how it is used and what happens after it is disposed of in this screening at 7 p.m. Thursday at the [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. This award-winning film reveals how our plastic addiction (the Sierra Club says Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes) has caught up with us and what we can do about it. $5 (suggested donation). Call (727) 895-6620 or visit www.thestudioat620.org.

Pedaling for Pink: The inaugural bicycle ride on paved roads throughout Pinellas County in distances of 64 miles, 25 miles and a short family fun ride begins at 7 a.m. Saturday at John S. Taylor Park, 1100 Eighth Ave. SW, Largo. All rides begin and end in the park. Proceeds benefit Tampa Bay families affected by a breast cancer diagnosis. $35-$65, $10 ages 10-17. For information, call (727) 238-7488 or visit p4pvlc.kintera.org.

Harvey's 5K: This 5K or 1-mile run along the downtown waterfront is part of St. Petersburg's annual Festival of States celebration beginning at 7:45 a.m. Saturday in North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive. $20 (5K), $10 (1 mile). For information, call (727) 821-9888.

Mutt Strut: The 20th annual Mutt Strut includes vendors, pet games, demonstrations, adoptable dogs, Wag Bags and hundreds of participants and their pets for a walk along the paved trail around the lake from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Eagle Lake Park, 1800 Keene Road, Largo. Walk for monetary pledges. For information, call (727) 797-7722 or visit humanesocietyofpinellas.org.

Marine yard sale: This annual sale, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, includes used boats, motors, accessories and marine electronics sold at a discount rate, and is held at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Benefits the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team. Free to attend. For information, call (727) 864-8555 or visit eckerd.edu.

Antiques in the Park: An outdoor antiques and collectibles fair with vendors showing and selling estate jewelry, old pottery, art, postcards, china/glassware, books, clocks, tools, linens, kitchen collectibles, toys, small furnishings, primitives/folk, country and vintage Aloha shirts will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Clymer Park, Gulfport Boulevard S and Beach Boulevard S, Gulfport. Free. For information, call (727) 421-0441.

Suncoast Mustang Club Car Show: Includes any Mustang, Shelby or Shelby Cobra, Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, or Ford-powered car or truck in show condition or still a "work in progress." The show will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Town Square Plaza Park, 5120 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. $10-$25 car registration; spectators free. For information, call (727) 786-3048 or visit suncoastmustangclub.com.

Seminole Stampede: Dust off your jogging and walking shoes, it's almost time for the 19th Annual Seminole Stampede. The Stampede, sponsored by the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, will be held March 31 near Pavilion 8 at Walsingham Park, 12620 102nd Ave. N. Registration for the 5K race is $20 before March 27 and $25 after March 27. Registration for the 1-mile Family Fun Run is $10 before March 27 and $15 after. Groups of 10 or more will receive an additional $5 discount. Register online at active.com; by mail to the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, 7985 113th St. N, Suite 208, Seminole, FL 33772; or in person at the Seminole Chamber or MA Fitness Center, 9104 Seminole Blvd. For information, call (727) 392-3245.

St. Petersburg Republican Club: John Burgess, longtime civic activist, will address the members and friends of the club at 7 p.m. today at Piccadilly Cafeteria, 1900 34th St. N, St. Petersburg. Burgess will address the potential increase in the sales tax to fund expansion of the PSTA bus service and the development of a light-rail system from St. Petersburg to Clearwater. Free. For information, call (727) 864-0312.

Community news near you 03/13/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 5:10pm]
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