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Tilar Mazzeo, the bestselling nonfiction author and biographer, will speak at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg on Thursday at 11 a.m. Mazzeo teaches English at Colby College and has written several books, including the New York Times bestseller The Widow Cliquot (2008), about the widow who built a champagne empire. Join her in Lynn Pippenger Hall at 700 Fourth St. S.

St. Petersburg College will waive its $40 application fee during the Explore SPC event from Monday through Thursday. Those who attend will be able to explore SPC campuses, degrees and training programs while talking about career choices and the financial aid process with college advisors. Prospective students can also learn about the FUSE program, a partnership with the University of South Florida System that guarantees qualifying SPC students admission into certain USF programs. More information can be found at Here's where to find the event:

•Monday, Midtown Campus, 1300 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. (This event also features Titan Talks: Shining Stories, in which SPC students will talk about their obstacles and achievements in the classroom in the style of a TED Talk, at 5 p.m.)

•Tuesday, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N.

•Wednesday, Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St. and Downtown St. Petersburg Campus, 244 Second Ave. N.

•Thursday, Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N, and Tarpon Springs Campus, 600 Klosterman Road.

Judge Anthony Lucky of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea comes to the Stetson University College of Law to deliver a free lecture on Thursday. The tribunal is an independent judicial body created by the United Nations to deal with the law of the sea. Lucky will speak in the Great Hall at noon on the Gulfport campus, 1401 61st St. S.

A free pasta dinner, documentary screening and panel discussion about the foster care system will be held at the Stetson University College of Law on Wednesday. The film, Foster Shock, follows abused and neglected children through Florida's foster care system, raising questions about how privatization has impacted the most vulnerable. Former foster children will then discuss what it was like to grow up in the system. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the one-hour screening and panel discussion in the Great Hall. The event is sponsored by the Child Advocates of Stetson Law and the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay. RSVP at

To benefit Eckerd College Search and Rescue, the college is hosting its 31st annual marine yard sale with a wide range of used boats, parts, accessories and electronics sold at discounted rates. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday along the Eckerd waterfront at 4200 54th Ave. S. All sales are final, with proceeds benefiting Search and Rescue. To donate items or learn more, call Scott Ferrara at (727) 864-8555.

Pinellas colleges notebook 03/24/17 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 5:09pm]
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