5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, May 25

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, May 25.

(1) Edelweiss Air lands in Tampa

The first non-stop flight from Zurich, Switzerland to Tampa will land in at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Friday.

Edelweiss Air is starting once-a-week service between Zurich and Tampa beginning today.

"This is a milestone for Tampa Bay," said Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano. "It's the airport's first new nonstop flight to mainland Europe in years. By opening this door to Zurich, we're creating exciting new tourism and business opportunities for the entire Tampa Bay region."

Flights will travel between the two cities on Fridays through July 2 on Fridays before moving to Tuesdays from July 3 to August 21.

Planes are scheduled to take off from Zurich around 1:00 p.m. and land in Tampa at 5:15 p.m. A return flight to Zurich will leave Tampa at 7:05 p.m. and land back in Switzerland at 10:15 a.m. the following morning.

TIA is hosting a celebration today for the lucky travelers on inaugural departing flight. They will enjoy a party at the gate with more treats and a little taste of Switzerland.

For more information on travel to Switzerland on Edelweiss Air, visit www.edelweissair.ch/en/ .

(2) Riverwalk ribbon cutting ceremony

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will hold a ribbon cutting on Friday to celebrate the completion of the next two sections of the Tampa Riverwalk.

"I want the Hillsborough River to be at the center of our downtown and that means we need to continue to develop our waterfront and build on the Riverwalk," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "Today is another step in making that happen."

Today's public ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the Brownstone property at 111 South Ashley Drive.

The just completed areas are the Brorein Street Underpass and the Brownstone Segment. This segment extends the southern part of the existing walkway an additional 550 feet, bringing the length of contiguous walkway just shy of a mile.

The next segment to the north, the CapTrust segment, is already under construction and is scheduled to be completed in August before the Republican National Convention. It will link the Brownstone segment to MacDill Park.

For more information on the Riverwalk project, visit www.tampagov.net/riverwalk .

(3) NCAA Tampa Super Regional

The University of South Florida women's softball team will host an NCAA Super Regional in Tampa beginning on Friday.

The Lady Bulls went 3-0 in the Gainesville Regional defeating teams from the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University.

USF's opponent is the Hofstra Pride. Tickets for tonight's game one have sold out but seats are still available for game two and, if necessary, game 3.

In anticipation of large crowds and potentially long lines, fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

Current USF Students will be admitted free of charge by presenting a valid USF Student ID on game day. Children ages 1 and younger will be admitted free of charge.

The Tampa Super Regional is a best-of-3 series taking place at the USF Softball Field. The winner will advance to the eight-team College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Game times are as follows:

  • Friday, May 25 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 26 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 26 - 5:00 p.m. (if necessary)

Tickets may be purchased online at ticketmaster.com , by calling (800) 745-3000 or in person today from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the USF Baseball/Softball Ticket Office.

(4) Kung Fu Panda 2

The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department and the Tampa Downtown Partnership will begin their Screen on the Green movie series on Friday night.

The free, family event will take place in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa beginning around 8:00 p.m. Tonight's featured movie is Kung Fu Panda 2.

Before the film, a number of short animations from IFF will be shown.

Kahwa Coffee will be selling drinks and sweets. Popcorn, candy and food trucks will also be available on site. Blankets, low-back chairs and picnic baskets are allowed in the park but alcohol, glass bottles and umbrellas are prohibited.

The Screen on the Green series will continue every other Friday with a G- or PG-rated movie through August 3:

  • June 8: Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • June 22: Shrek
  • July 6: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • July 20: Beetlejuice
  • August 3: Puss in Boots

For more information, visit www.tampagov.net/dept_parks_and_recreation/news_and_events/screen_on_the_green.asp .

(5) Goofy's 80th birthday.

Friday is the 80th birthday of one of America's most loved cartoon characters: Goofy.

On May 25, 1932, Goofy first appeared in movie theaters in a Mickey Mouse short titled "Mickey's


In the audience watching Mickey was a canine character with long droopy ears, two protruding teeth and a weird goofy face. First known as Dippy Dawg, his named was later changed to Goofy to better reflect his personality.

There are questions if Goofy is his official name or just a nickname. At various times over the decades, he has given his name as George G. Geef, James Boyd and Goofus D. Dawg.

If you want to celebrate Goofy's birthday, there is no better way that to do your best "ah-hyuck!" chuckle.

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