5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, August 16

Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, August 16.

(1) Occupy Tampa Report

With just 11 days left before the Republican National Convention begins in Tampa, the City Council is deciding what will become of Occupy Tampa.

At a 9:00 a.m. meeting, the Council is expected to receive a report saying whether it has the power to shut down Occupy Tampa's headquarters.  With 15,000 protesters expected to flood into town for the RNC, the decision has residents concerned. 

More than 100 people have signed a petition asking the council to evict the group from the Voice of Freedom Park in West Tampa.

(2) Final RNC Town Hall Meeting

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will host the last of three town hall meetings tonight before the Republican National Convention to discuss community concerns and the impact of the convention on area businesses.

Representatives from the Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Tampa Fire Rescue, Transportation and Parking Divisions, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management, and the Office of Special Events will also be on hand to share information and answer questions.

Kate Jackson Community Center
821 S. Rome Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
All meetings are free and open to the public.

(3) Career and Networking Expo

Congressman Dennis Ross will host the second annual Career and Networking Expo in Hillsborough County today at the Tampa/Brandon campus of Rasmussen College, which can be found at:

4042 Park Oaks Boulevard #100
Tampa, FL 33619

The event will host dozens of employers in a variety of industries who are ready to hire, as jobs and the economy remain a serious concern in the state.

When announcing this job fair, Congressman Ross said the Expo "offers a tremendous opportunity for many to obtain an initial interview, make an impression, show their motivation to work and get a job."

The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., but veterans will be admitted at 10:00 a.m.

(4) MDA Lock-Up

A number of Tampa Bay's finest community leaders will find themselves behind bars today as The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Tampa Bay holds their "Tampa Executive Lock-Up" at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse on West Shore Boulevard in Tampa.

People "arrested" will be taken to the restaurant where mugshots will be taken. The "suspects" will then be required to make phone calls to get people to "bail" them out.

The Lock-Up event is a fundraiser for the local MDA chapter ahead of the annual Labor Day telethon airing on ABC Action News.

To donate to MDA of Tampa Bay during the Lock-Up, click here.

(5) Tech Jam 2012

Rising local artist Chris McCarty, among other, is set to rock Tech Jam 2012 tonight at the Pepin Hospitality Centre on North 50th Street in Tampa. 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  General admission is $50.

For the 11th year, the Tampa Bay Technology Forum Foundation is hosting the event to raise money for their foundation programs, which support local at-risk youth in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math through a scholarship program, career training and computer labs.

The TBTF Foundation has raised over $1 million since 2000, providing 51 College scholarships and 28 computer labs at Boys and Girls Clubs as well as one at Metropolitan Ministries.

Tonight's event features live entertainment from recording artists Chris McCarty and the Underground Movement , Woody and the Nutcrackers, and Christie Lenée.  McCarty was recently featured on NBC's "America's Got Talent."

Tech Jam hosts hundreds of community leaders, business professionals and techies for an evening of music, great food, cocktails and a silent auction with over 50 unique items.

The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.  General admission is $50.

For more information or to purchase tickets, you can visit the event website.

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