5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, October 12

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, October 12.

(1) Michael Lester competency hearing

A Polk County judge will hear arguments on Friday in a hearing to determine the competency of Michael Lester.

Lester is the man accused of shooting Auburndale police officer Stacy Booth in September 2011.

Lester's attorney contest their client is incompetent to stand trial. Prosecutors say otherwise. Both the State and defense will call witness during today's hearing.

Investigators say Lester shot Booth in the wrist and the abdomen with an assault rifle. Booth was standing outside the door to his home after responding to a call of a domestic dispute.

According to police, Booth dragged herself to the next-door neighbor's garage. That neighbor called 911.

Lester was arrested following a standoff with SWAT officers.

Booth required multiple surgeries after being shot.

Today's hearing is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. in Bartow.

(2) USF's 5th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Students at the University of South Florida in Tampa will show their solidarity to end domestic violence against women by participating in the 5th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes on Friday.

Men from the school will march a mile wearing high heels beginning at 12:00 p.m. at the USF Marshall Student Center.

Participants will hear from domestic violence survivor Audrey Mabrey and will be asked to take the REAL Men's Promise. The Promise is a commitment to stand up against violence towards women and the culture supporting it.

The event will conclude with a celebration that includes music, games and contests.

For more information on the national Walk a Mile in Her Shoes campaign, visit www.walkamileinhershoes.org .

(3) Florida Orchestra opens 2012-2013 season

The Florida Orchestra will open their 2012-2013 season at the Straz Center on Friday night.

For the next three days pianist Sara Davis Buecher will explore what is described as "a kaleidoscope of moods" from thought-provoking to spirited motifs in Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety.

The concert also includes Beethoven's Coriolan Overture and Schumann's stately yet joyous Symphony No. 3, Rhenish.

Attendees can enjoy a pre-concert talk about the music and the composers, in the concert hall beginning one hour prior to curtain call.

Tonight's performance begins at 8:00 in Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center in downtown Tampa.

Saturday the Orchestra will perform at 8:00 p.m. at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Sunday's concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall in St. Petersburg.

Ticket prices begin at $15. For more information, visit www.floridaorchestra.org .

Future performances this season features works by Simon & Garfunkel and Beethoven. The Florida Orchestra will also play two free park concerts during this year.

(4) Brews By The Bay

The Florida Aquarium hosts their 4th annual craft beer celebration on Friday.

Brews By The Bay features more than 85 craft beers and food from over 18 area restaurants to sample. Beers from over thirty different breweries from across the United States, Europe and Asia will be available to taste.

There will also be live entertainment by Kings County, Roberto DeBourg and Dj Chris Craze.

Brews By The Bay is a fundraiser event for non-profit The Florida Aquarium. Tickets for the 3-hour-long event which begins at 8:00 p.m. are sold out.

To learn more about Brews By the Bay and see the complete list of beers available at the event, visit the event section at www.flaquarium.org .

(5) World Egg Day

Friday is World Egg Day.

The International Egg Commission IEC proclaims the second Friday in October as World Egg Day to help raise awareness of the benefits of eggs and is celebrated in countries all around the world.

According to the IEC here are a ten reasons to celebrate eggs today:

  1. Eggs are one of the most versatile foods on the market.
  2. Eggs provide 12% of the Daily Value for protein and a wide variety of other nutrients for little calories.
  3. Scientists often use eggs as the standard by which the protein quality of other foods is measured.
  4. Two-thirds of fat found in eggs is the healthy unsaturated kind.
  5. Eggs have always been a bargain, nutritionally and economically.
  6. Any time of the day is right for eggs.
  7. Egg yolk is an excellent source of choline, a nutrient now considered essential for human health.
  8. Lutein and zeaxanthin are two newly-recognized nutrients that have put eggs in the "functional foods" category.
  9. Eggs can be elegant such as in a puffy omelet, a crepe or cheesecake.
  10. Egg protein is a great source of nutrition for growing children to build muscle.

For more information on World Egg Day, visit www.internationalegg.com/corporate/eggindustry/section.asp?id=26


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