5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, February 21, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, February 21, 2014.

(1) Vaping Convention

The first Bay Area electronic cigarette convention opens at the Tampa Convention Center on Friday.

The convention will allow those who are looking to stop smoking regular cigarettes to try and buy vaping gear and eliquids.

Special guests at the convention include Phil Busardo, who hosts his "Beginners Guide to E-Cigs" channel on YouTube, and Elaine Keller, President of the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives (CASAA).

The convention is open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 on Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The entry fee is $10 at the door for both days. For more information, visit www.vapingcc.com .

E-cigarettes are gaining a lot of attention. Just this week the Florida Senate approved a proposal to ban their sale to minors.

(2) Winter Haven Tip-A-Cop

Winter Haven Police Department officers will donate time on Friday to raise money for Special Olympics Florida.

During the Tip-A-Cop event today and Saturday, officers will be at the Chick-fil-A, Panera Bread and Starbucks at 123 Landings Boulevard in Winter Haven. The officers will deliver food and clear tables for tips. They will event accept funs through the drive-thru from the roofs of the restaurants.

All proceeds will be donated to the Special Olympics Florida.

The Tip-A-Cop event will occur today and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you cannot donate in person, you can help out Special Olympics Florida by making a donation at specialolympicsflorida.org .

(3) Firehouse Subs police equipment donation

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation will donate much needed equipment on Friday to the Temple Terrace Fire Department and the University of South Florida Police Department.

Temple Terrace Fire Department will receive 30 residential lock box units worth more than $5,370. The equipment will give homeowners peace of mind knowing first responders can quickly enter their homes in case of life-threatening situations and emergencies.

The USF Police will receive 15 automated external defibrillators (AEDs), worth more than $29,440. The devices will be placed in patrol cars allowing officers to provide life-saving assistance if a citizen goes into cardiac arrest.

The equipment will be given to the two departments at a new conference at the Firehouse Subs Restaurant on Fowler Avenue in Tampa today at 10:30 a.m.

(4) 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.

This year's Nuclear Cowboyz features a brand new storyline with more than 1,000 gravity-defying freestyle tricks performed by the world's most dominant freestyle athletes. The motorcross riding is enhanced by laser effects; the largest indoor pyrotechnics show; a soundtrack of heavy metal, electronic dub step and alternative hip hop; and dazzling dancers.

Performers include multi-time X Games medalists Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg, Taka Higashino, Mike Mason, Matt Buyten, Ronnie Faisst and Colten Moore.

Tickets start at $10 for teens. Show times 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 .

(5) Girl Scout cookie booths begin

Girl Scouts of West Central Florida troops will be setting up their cookie booths on Friday.

The booths will be throughout west central Florida (Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Marion, Pasco, Polk, Pinellas and Sumter Counties) through March 16.

Each box of Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Dulce De Leche, Thank U Berry Munch or Savannah Smiles costs $4.

You can search for the nearest Girl Scout cookie booth by zip code using the cookie locator system on visiting cookielocator.littlebrownie.com .

Cookie fans can also search for booths using the "Cookie Locator" app in the iPhone App Store or Android Market Place.

For more information about the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, visit www.gswcf.org .

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