5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, August 29

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, August 29.

(1) Fast food workers strike

Tampa fast food workers are scheduled to protest on Thursday over what they claim are unlivable wages.

The West Central Florida Federation of Labor wants workers to join them for an informational picket and rally starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Wendy's at 1507 East Fowler Avenue.

The labor organization says workers deserve to be paid a living wage of $15 an hour and should have the right to organize without retaliation.

Currently, the median pay for fast food workers across the country is just over $9 an hour.

The rally will see workers travel between five local fast food restaurants.

Similar rallies are occurring today in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, New York, Oakland and Raleigh.

(2) Lightning part-time job fair

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Times Forum are hosting a part-time job fair on Thursday.

The job fair is being held to fill position for the upcoming Lightning season and other events scheduled for the Forum.

Positions available include suite attendants, club attendants, bartenders, housekeeping, ushers and carving chefs. All positions are part-time.

Candidates are asked to dress professionally and bring five copies of their résumé along with written references.

The fair is being held from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the Promenade Level at the Forum. Applicants are asked to park in the Forum West Lot and enter via the main staircase.

For more information, visit www.tampabaylightning.com .

(3) Black & Denim Apparel Company grand opening

Black & Denim Apparel Company, a Tampa start-up clothing company, will open its first retail store in Ybor City on Thursday.

The business has had an online presence for a few years and its clothes are currently available in some boutique and department stores.

Co-founder Roberto Torres has big plans for his company if the shop is successful. He would like to move Black & Denim's manufacturing operations to Tampa and open at least two more retail stores in the Bay Area in the next two years.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will cut the ribbon for today's grand opening ceremony at 2:00 p.m.

Black & Denim's retail store will be located at 1910 East 7th Avenue.

(4) Akron vs. UCF

The University of Central Florida kicks off the college football season for Florida school on Thursday night.

The Knights are playing host to the Akron Zips at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando.

The 2013 season marks the first for UCF in the newly created American Athletic Conference. Last year Central Florida won 10 games.

USF returns a number of starters including quarterback Blake Bortles who passed for 25 touchdowns and more than 3,000 yards.

Kick off is schedule for 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com .

(5) Washington Redskins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will wrap up their pre-season schedule on Thursday night when they host the Washington Redskins at Raymond James Stadium.

With a win the Buccaneers would end the pre-season with a 2-2 record. Meanwhile, the Redskins are looking to secure their first undefeated preseason since 1985.

Washington star quarterback Robert Griffin III remains out as he recovers from offseason surgery on his right knee. Griffin could be cleared today to play in next week's regular season opener.

Neither team is expected to play their starters for much more than a quarter.

Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The game will not be televised live in the Tampa Bay area as it did not sell out before the NFL deadline.

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