5 Things to Know in St. Pete: May 29

Solar Panels at the Coliseum, MLS in Town, "St. Pete Together", Red Snapper Season and Patch newsletters are five things you need to know today.

1. This morning, the city of St. Pete will unveil new solar panels during a . The Coliseum is one of 21 city facilities outfitted with energy saving solar water heater systems since the $2.38 million project began in January 2010.

2. Major League Soccer is coming to St. Petersburg tonight. The Tampa Bay Rowdies host Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids May 29 in the third round match of the 99th annual Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Al Lang Stadium. The U.S. Open Cup is America’s oldest national soccer tournament featuring the best U.S. teams. A win Tuesday would advance the Rowdies to the next round on June 5. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. match start at $10 and are available at 813-287-1539, tickets@rowdiessoccer.com or rowdiessoccer.com.

3. "St. Pete Together" is community action group being formed in the city of St. Petersburg. Membership will include individuals that live or work in the city of St. Petersburg who are interested in participating in inclusive dialogue that promotes equality, harmony and unity. The group is an independent association, and not part of city government. An application for membership and a copy of the association's Principles of Understanding can be found at the association's website, stpetetogether.org.

4. The 2012 Gulf of Mexico red snapper recreational harvest season begins June 1 in state and federal waters. The last day of the 40-day season is July 10. This year’s state season, which is the same as the 2012 federal recreational red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico, was set in May at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting.

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