5 Things to Know: March 5

Book Fair, Spring Training Baseball, Staged Reading, Business Listings and Mayor's Night Out are five things you need to know today.

1. The 31st Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair returns to St. Pete's Historic Coliseum March 9 to 11. The book fair features more than 100 specialized dealers from all over the country. This year's "Book Sail" theme celebrates the long maritime history of the Tampa Bay area and Florida. Admission is $10 Friday and is good for the entire weekend. Saturday and Sunday, tickets are $6 for the day or $10 for the weekend.

2.  St. Petersburg's rich tradition of baseball spring training returns to historic Al Lang Stadium this year with the second season of St. Petersburg International Baseball. An exciting 11-game spring series will be played March 6 to 18 as two visiting national teams from Canada and the Netherlands play each other and squads from seven Major League Baseball teams. For game schedules and ticket information, visit www.stpeteinternationalbaseball.com

3. On Tuesday, the  presents a staged reading of "Requiem for an Empty Field" by Maureen Cassidy Jenkins, about a woman in 1921 Ireland fighting for the right to inherit her family's farm. The event begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15. 

4. St. Petersburg businesses, have you claimed your business listing on Patch? If not, go to your listing under 'places' and click 'claim your listing'. It's free, easy and the best way to stay connected with your community in St. Petersburg. Have a question? Can't find your business? Please email Old Northeast Patch editor William Mansell at William.Mansell@Patch.com

5. St. Pete residents are invited to ask questions and share comments or thoughts with Mayor Foster and city staff when Mayor's Night Out' visits Shore Acres Center, 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. N., on Thursday, March 8. Mayor's Night Out' gives city residents an opportunity to speak directly with Mayor Foster without visiting City Hall. Mayor's Night Out' begins at 6 p.m. 


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