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

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, October 5.

(1) Mitt Romney in St. Petersburg

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will attend a rally in St. Petersburg on Friday.

The Victory Rally will take place at Pier Park. Doors open at 3:45 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:15 p.m.

A ticket is required for the event and may be obtained online at mittromney.com/FL or at Romney Campaign Victory Offices in St. Petersburg, Oldsmar, Clearwater, Brandon, Tampa and Temple Terrace.

The former Massachusetts Governor will continue his three-day campaign tour in Florida on Saturday in Apopka with a rally at the Fields of Fame at Northwest Recreation Complex in Apopka at 6:35 p.m.

Romney will then attend a rally on Sunday at the Tradition Town Square in Port St. Lucie at 3:10 p.m. Tickets are also required to attend the rallies in Apopka and Port St. Lucie.

(2) Tampa couple on Shark Tank

A Tampa Bay area couple will appear on ABC's Shark Tank on Friday.

Nique and David Mealey own the company Back 9 Dips. They create dips that remind you of your favorite game day snacks and sandwiches. One of their creations is called Bubba's Buffalo Chicken Dip which is a "Chicken Wing on a Chip."

Nique Mealey says they use the freshest and highest quality ingredients made in small batches to insure the best tasting dips on the market.

The couple is hosting a viewing party Friday night with family and friends at their Land O' Lakes home, so everyone can find out if the Mealeys "survived" the shark tank.

Shark Tank features five self-made investors who are looking to invest their money in product ideas people bring to the show's producers. If multiple investors, or "Sharks," believe the product has potential they bid against each other for the right to invest.

Shark Tank airs tonight at 8:00 p.m.

(3) Bananarama in concert

English pop duo Bananarama will perform in concert on Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa as part of the Hard Rock International's 13th annual Pinktober campaign.

Pinktober raises awareness and money for breast cancer.

Bananarama are the 2012 Pinktober brand ambassadors and are playing at seven Hard Rock Cafes across American this month.

"Everyone knows someone whose life has been affected by breast cancer," said Sara Dallin, cofounder of Bananarama. "So when Hard Rock offered us the opportunity to take part in Pinktober and support a great cause in a fun way, we jumped at the chance."

It was 30 years ago when Bananarama released their first hit single, It Ain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It). That song went to #4 on the UK Singles chart.

Their biggest success in the United States came in 1986 with their number one hit song, Venus.

While Bananarama has not had a Gold-certified selling album in America since 1988, the group has continued to tour and release studio albums.

To learn more about Bananarama, visit their official website at www.bananarama.co.uk .

Tickets to tonight's concert are $15 for the general admission standing-room-only show. You can purchase tickets at the Hard Rock Store, by calling (800) 745-3000, or visiting www.ticketmaster.com .

A portion of the proceeds will benefit American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

(4) Sesame StreetLive Elmo Makes Music

Elmo and many of your favorite Sesame Street characters will take to the stage at the USF Sun Dome on Friday in Sesame Street Live Elmo Makes Music.

The musical event tells the story of Jenny, an enthusiastic new music teacher, who arrives on Sesame Street only to discover her instruments are missing.

Jenny's new Muppet friends, including Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, The Count and more, quickly come to the rescue and discover "instruments" they never knew existed: rubber duckies, trash can lids and cookie jars.

The Sesame Street characters teach children everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together.

Elmo Makes Music will play five performances at the USF Sun Dome over the next three days: Friday at 7:00 p.m., Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and Sunday at 1:00 and 4:30 p.m.

Ticket prices start at $12. For more information, call (813) 974-3004 or visit www.sesamestreetlive.com .

(5) Alessi Bakery 100th anniversary celebration

Alessi Bakery in Tampa will begin celebrating their 100th anniversary on Friday. Owner Jason Alessi said the bakery will hold special celebrations through Sunday.

Currently located at 2909 West Cypress Street, Alessi Bakery was founded by Italian immigrant Nicolo Alessi in 1912 on Cherry Street.

Incorporated as Phil's Cake Box Bakeries, Alessi Bakery filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on September 5. In documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's Middle District of Florida, the business reported assets of $14.5 million and liabilities of $14.7 million.

The company borrowed a lot of money to buy and expand a new plant in the Town

'N Country area in 2007. Unfortunately, that expansion occurred right before the recession hit.

The bakery is not currently planning to lay off any of its 150 employees.

To learn more about Alessi Bakery, call the store at (813) 879-4544.

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