5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, June 6, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, June 6, 2014.

(1) Mark Hamill at Star Wars Weekends

The Force will be extremely strong at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Friday.

For the past three weekends, Star Wars fans from around the world have felt the power of the dark side during Star Wars Weekends.

This weekend brings the hero of the Rebellion to Disney World. For the first time ever, Mark Hamill who played "Luke Skywalker," appears at Star Wars Weekends. Hamill will not be signing autographs.

Other actors appearing over the next three days include Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) and Ray Park (Darth Maul).

There will be Q&A sessions, autograph sessions, special parades and shows, exclusive merchandise and character appearances.

This weekend actors Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla from Star Wars Rebels) will be signing autographs.

Star Wars Weekends is included in the regular price of admission to Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The final weekend for Star Wars oevents at Disney World in 2014 will be June 13 to 15. For more information, visit www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/guides/mgm/events/st-starwars-weekend.htm .

(2) LeAnn Rimes in concert

Grammy award-winning country music star LeAnn Rimes will be in concert at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa on Friday night.

Since the debut of her first album, Blue, in 1996, Rimes has sold more than 37 million records worldwide. The 31-year-old Mississippi native has won two Grammys, three ACMs, a CMA and 12 Billboard Music Awards.

Rimes most recent album, Spitfire, was released in June 2013.

Tickets to the event are $55 per person for standing room only. They can be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet, Ticketmaster.com and the Rock Shop inside the Seminole Hard Rock.

The concert begins at 9:00 p.m. You must be 21 or older to attend.

To learn more about LeAnn Rimes, visit her official website at www.leannrimesworld.com .

(3) Hillsborough County last day of school

Nearly all Tampa Bay area students will be on summer break after Friday.

Today is the final day of classes for public school students in Hillsborough County.

Students are already on break in Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota Counties.

Manatee County is final local county to end the school year. The final day there is Monday, June 9.

The first Bay Area county to have students return to class for the 2014-15 school year will be Citrus County. Students will be back in classes on August 6.

(4) Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation's National Lemonade Days

Starting on Friday and for the next three days, volunteers across Florida and the nation will host thousands of Alex's Lemonade Stands to raise money for childhood cancer research.

The Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra "Alex" Scott (1996-2004).

In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer.

The Foundation has raised more than $80 million, funding over 450 pediatric cancer research projects nationally.

In the Tampa Bay area there are four Alex's Lemonade Stand events over the next three days:

"Washing out childhood cancer 1 dollar at a time"
Friday at 6:00 a.m. to Sunday at 12:00 a.m.
1735 S. Ridgewood Point
Inverness

"Alex's Lemonade Stand for Kevin R"
Saturday, June 7, 2014 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 4:00 p.m.
8632 18th Way North
St. Petersburg

"Hero's Lemons!"
Saturday at 11:00 a.m. to Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
1869 whispering way
Tarpon Springs

"Madisyn's Lemonade Stand"
Saturday at 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
28211 Paseo Drive
Wesley Chapel
Saturday at 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.alexslemonade.org .

(5) National Donut Day

Friday is the 77th annual National Donut Day. The "holiday" is always celebrated on the first Friday in June.

National Donut Day was established by the Chicago Salvation Army in 1938 to raise money for the Great Depression and commemorate the work its volunteers who helped feed soldiers during the First World War.

A number of donut retailers are offering free deals today.

Participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants are giving away one free donut of any variety with any beverage purchase. The offer is good while supplies last.

All Krispy Kreme stores are offering customers one free donut of any variety while supplies last. No purchase is necessary.

Winn-Dixie stores in Florida are offering customers a free jumbo doughnut hole in the in-store bakery. The offer is limited to one per customer while supplies last. Customers can choose from cake, powdered or cinnamon flavors.

To learn more about National Donut Day, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/donut_day

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