5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, July 21, 2014

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

(1) NASA building renaming ceremony

NASA's Kennedy Space Center will rename one of its iconic facilities on Monday in honor of Neil Armstrong.

The legendary astronaut was the first person to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. Armstrong passed away in August 2012 at age 82.

The facility that will be renamed in honor of Armstrong is the Operations and Checkout Building. It was built in 1964 and was previously known as the Manned Spacecraft Operations Building.

The facility's high bay was used during the Apollo program to process and test the command, service and lunar modules.

Currently the building is being used today to process and assemble NASA's Orion spacecraft, which will take astronauts to an asteroid and Mars.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Kennedy Center Director Robert Cabana and Apollo 11 crew members Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin are scheduled to speak during today's renaming ceremony.

You can watch the ceremony live on NASA TV and at www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/ starting at 9:00 a.m.

(2) Port Tampa Bay Panama business forum

Port Tampa Bay will host a two-hour forum on Monday at Cruise Terminal 6 to highlight business opportunities in Panama,

The forum will showcase the opportunities that now exist for Florida companies who want to expand operations to the Central American country. Panama is becoming a very strategic global trade hub with the Panama Canal's expansion project nearing completion.

Last fall Copa Airlines, Panama's flag carrier, began non-stop flights between Tampa International Airport and Panama City.

Among the officials taking part in the forum are: Paul Anderson, President & CEO, Port Tampa Bay; Joe Lopano, CEO, Tampa International Airport; and Ricardo Pedroza, General Manager (North America) - Copa Airlines.

(3) Smokin J's BBQ hosts fundraiser

A fundraiser will be held on Monday evening Smokin J's BBQ in Gulfport for the three women killed in a fiery hit-and-run crash on June 26.

Police say the three women, who were all mothers, were in a Saturn that was hit by a Chrysler car believed to be driving in the wrong direction on 16th Street South in St. Petersburg.

23-year-old Briana Campbell and 21-year-old Jame'sia Lang passed away at the accident scene. The driver of Saturn, 25-year-old Grace Collier, died at Tampa General Hospital after her family decided to take her off life support.

A $10 donation you will be able to receive a BBQ Chicken dinner with beans, coleslaw, a roll and a drink at Smokin J's BBQ from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

A raffle will also take place with gift certificates to Gulfport area businesses and restaurants.

All proceeds for the fundraiser will go to the 3 Angels with 6 Blessings foundation at Bank of America.

Smokin J's BBQ is located at 5145 Gulfport Boulevard in Gulfport.

(4) Gecko Ball geckos go on display

Nine larger-than-life steel geckos will go on display in Gulfport beginning on Monday.

The geckos will be put on display throughout the Gulfport Waterfront District. They will auctioned off during the 6th annual Gecko Ball on Saturday, August 23.

Each gecko will be a unique piece of artwork reimagined and decorated in a variety of media by local artists. The winners of the auctions will receive a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

The nine finished geckos will be on display at Blue Café, Beach Bazaar, Domain Home Accessories & Gallery, Little Tommie's Tiki, Mangia Gourmet, Peg's Cantina & Brewpub, Pia's Trattoria, Stella's Deli and Yummy's.

Artists creating this year's geckos are: Michael Chapman, Denise Keegan, Denise Lange, Lenne' Nicklaus-Ball, Stephen Oliver, Owen Pach, Hugo Porcaro, Jonathan Schork and Cindy Tremaine.

Advance bids will be accepted for geckos at the preview locations. Tickets to the Gecko Ball are $35 and are available now at Gulfport Beach Bazaar.

A portion of proceeds from Gecko Ball will benefit local charities and fund the commission of a public art installation.

For more information, visit www.gulfportma.com .

(5) The Fray in concert

Multi-platinum rock band The Fray will perform in concert on Monday night at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

The Denver-based group are touring in support of their fourth studio album, Helios, which was released in February.

The band had their major successful in 2005 with their singles Over My Head (Cable Car) and How to Save a Life.

Opening acts tonight will be Oh Honey And Barcelona.

Ticket prices start at $43.25. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (727) 791-7400 or visit www.RuthEckerdHall.com .

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