5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, February 15

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, February 15.

(1) Girl Scout Cookie deliveries

Girl Scout Cookie deliveries will begin on Friday.

Bay Area residents who pre-ordered their cookies in January can expect to receive their boxes of Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos, Dulce de Leche, Thank You Berry Munch, Savannah Smiles and Trefoils starting today.

Friday, February 22 marks the start of booth sales. You can visit www.gswcf.org and search for a Girl Scout Cookie Booth by zip code using the cookie booth locater system.

Cookie fans with smart phones can download the free Girl Scout Cookie Locator app by calling **GSCOOKIES  (**472665437) from their phones, or by searching for "Cookie Locator" in the iPhone App Store or Android Market Place.

Cookie booth sales end Sunday, March 17.

For more information regarding purchasing Girl Scout Cookies, visit www.gswcf.org/cookies or call (800) 881-4475, ext. 1778.

(2) Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design Regatta

The largest and most storied sailboat racing circuit in the United States comes to St. Petersburg on Friday.

The Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta series launches its 26th season today.

"St. Pete is always a great venue to open the Sperry Top Sider NOOD Regatta season," said George Brengle, Sailing World's director of marketing. "The locals are extremely passionate and skilled sailors and the event always draws a talented pool of racers from around the country."

The three-day nautical competition will be the first stop on the six-city tour. Approximately 1,000 sailors will compete this weekend for chance to win a trip to the British Virgin Islands to compete in the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Championship Regatta.

In addition to the on-water sailing, U.S. Olympic and Sperry Top-Sider Team sailors Paige and Zach Railey will be hosting an onshore sailing clinic for junior sailors at the St. Pete Yacht Club immediately following today's racing.

For more information visit, www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas .

(3) Nuclear Cowboyz

Some of the world's best freestyle motorcross riders (FMX) will be performing at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Friday night.

The Nuclear Cowboyz freestyle motocross tour will be at the Forum tonight through Sunday.

The show features jaw-dropping freestyle motocross tricks meshed with stimulating pyrotechnic and laser displays all synchronized to heavy metal, rock alternative and electronic dubstep music.

"Fans will be mesmerized as two, three, then four riders flip together," said producer Juliette Feld. "These thrills are heightened by the most radiant pyrotechnic and laser effects ever seen indoors. Nuclear Cowboyz 2013 is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on every fan."

Performers include X Games 2012 medalists Ronnie Faisst, Mike Mason, Taka Higashino and Winter X Games gold and silver medalist Colten Moore.

Tickets start at $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 2 to 15. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


For more information, call (813) 301-2500 or visit tampabaytimesforum.com.


(4) 4th annual India International Film Festival Tampa Bay

Bollywood comes to Tampa with the start of the 4th annual India International Film Festival Tampa Bay on Friday.

The three-day festival at the Muvico in Centro Ybor showcases 22 short films, feature films and documentaries in a wide realm of genres from comedy to drama. There are also 14 world premieres at this year's featival.

The festival begins with an opening night reception tonight at 6:30 p.m. Filmmakers, actors and screenwriters from around the world walk on the red carpet with traditional Indian attire.

The opening night feature, Listen..Amaya is a directorial debut by Avinash Kumar Singh and Geeta Singh, who will both attend the screening. The film brings together one of Bollywood's most loved onscreen pair from the 1980's, Farooq Shaikh and Deepti Naval, after over 25 years.

Listen..Amaya is a contemporary film about relationships, family dynamics, pre-conceptions and priorities.

The second and third day of the festival will start at 1:00 p.m. with film screenings in two theaters simultaneously.

Ybor City will come alive with vibrant Indian cultural performances in the Centro Ybor courtyard from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The performances by accomplished local performers are free and open to everyone.

Individual movie tickets are $10. Tickets are available online at www.iifftampa.com and at the Muvico Centro Ybor box office.

(5) Academy Award-nominated Short Films

The Tampa Theatre is giving people a unique opportunity to see the Academy Award-nominated short films starting on Friday night. Each of the two programs will be shown multiple times at the historic theatre in downtown Tampa over the next week.

The Animated Shorts program includes the five nominated films, including Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare. The 88-minute program

also includes three additional shorts.

Show times for the Animated Oscar shorts are: Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

The 114-minute Live Action shorts program features the five nominated films, including Buzkashi Boys, a coming-of-age story of two best friend, a charismatic street urchin and a defiant blacksmith's son, set in contemporary Afghanistan.

Show times for the Live Action Oscar shorts are Saturday at 5:00 p.m., and Monday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for each program are $10 for adults and $8 for Tampa Theatre members, seniors and military. For more information, please call the 24-hour information line at (813) 274-8981 or visit www.tampatheatre.org .

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