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Rummage sale: The Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 305 will host a rummage, art and collectables sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 6999 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Proceeds will benefit the Girls State program. For more information, call 367-1596.

Student ballet: Students from the Academy of Ballet Arts perform a mixed program, 3 p.m., Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The program includes pieces choreographed by guest artists. $10. Call 327-4401.

8 Wednesday

Summer Reading special events: K-5 Summer Reading fun ends with talent show, food, crafts and prizes, 2:30 p.m., Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. Free. Call 893-1074.

Ironweed Film Club: Two films, 8 p.m., Studio@620, 620 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Includes a short, All That I Can Be produced by students about the concept of joining the Army in exchange for a college education. The feature film The War Tapes is a documentary that is neither pro- nor anti-war about three National Guardsmen who film their lives in Iraq. $5. Call 895-6620

10 Friday

Friday Night Films: Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death, 7 p.m., Uhuru Solidarity Center, 541 16th St. N. St. Petersburg. Film chronicles King Leopold II of Belgium's brutal 19th century colonization of Congo during which millions of Africans died in forced labor camps harvesting rubber. Free. Call 824-5685.

'Living Things We Love to Hate': The slimy slug, the slithering snake and the darting bat make many of us squirm, shudder and recoil and some of us never get over our fear of them. Learn to understand and appreciate these creatures in a lighthearted, yet scientific exploration of our cultural attitudes in the movie, Living Things We Love to Hate, 7 p.m., Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Free. Registration required. Call 453-6500.

Skateboarding competition: Family friendly event, 5:30-9 p.m., Largo Skate Park 400 Highland Ave. Prizes and giveaways during this competition. All skaters must have a liability waiver on file. Skaters younger than 18 must have a parent sign their waiver form. Helmets are required. Waivers available prior to event. Call 518-3022.

11 Saturday

Seabirds beach celebration: View baby birds, watch the acrobatic sunset landings of seabirds, and enjoy food and fun from 6-8:30 p.m., at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. Visit with more than 500 rehabilitating birds at the largest wild bird hospital and rehabilitation center in the United States (based on the admission of more than 10,000 birds per year). Festivities include a fish fry, sand-castle building contest and music featuring Michelle Glean and Pat Barmore. Free. Call 391-2473 or seabirdsanctuary.org.

Rain barrel workshop: Learn how to set up a recycled plastic barrel to collect rain from your roof to use in watering your garden and landscape plants., 11:30 a.m., Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. Barrels available for attendees to purchase. Call 551-3100 for reservations.

Fashion show: Luncheon and fashion show, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Wine Cellar, 17307 Gulf Blvd., North Redington Shores. Proceeds benefit Benedict Haven home for the disabled. $25. Call for reservations 527-2257.

Tent of Blessings gala: Meet NFL analyst and Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw at a dinner and auction to benefit Esther's School, 7:30 p.m., Trade Winds Island Resort Pavilion, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Listen to stories of Bradshaw's life experiences in an alcohol-free evening. Esther's School is a Christian-based school providing an innovative educational program for physically and intellectually challenged children. $75; $150 VIP with reception. Call for reservations at 528-6484.

12 Sunday

Photographs of the famous: Photographer Herb Snitzer celebrates 50 years as a photographer with the opening of an exhibit of his work, 3 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. He is especially known for his portraits of such jazz greats as John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis. The exhibition runs through Sept. 11. Free with museum admission. Call 896-2667.

Band concert: The Masonic Band of St. Petersburg, conducted by Peter Harris, presents a free concert, 4 p.m., in the Masonic Home, 3201 First St. NE, St. Petersburg. Call 584-1391.

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