TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, January 30.
(1) Rays load spring training truck
Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse staff will start packing up for spring training on Thursday.
Ballclub staff will load equipment and supplies onto to a truck at Tropicana Field beginning at 9:00 a.m. The truck will then be driven to the Rays spring home at Charlotte Sports Park in Charlotte County.
Rays pitchers and catchers will report for spring training on Friday, February 14. The full-squad reports on Wednesday, February 19.
The Rays begin their fourth spring training season in Charlotte County on Friday, February 28 against the Baltimore Orioles at 1:05 p.m. Single-game tickets will range in price from $10 to $29 for all 14 games at Charlotte Sports Park.
For more information, visit tampabay.rays.mlb.com .
(2) Commissioner Putnam discusses Panama trip
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam will recap his recent trade development mission to Panama on Thursday.
Putname traveled to help Florida capitalize on opportunities from the expansion of the Panama Canal and promote Fresh From Florida products. He was accompanied by a delegation of Florida growers and the director of PortMiami.
The Panama Cnal expansion, which is scheduled to be finished next year, is intended to double the canal's capacity by creating a new lane of traffic to allow more and larger ships to transit the Panama isthmus.
For more information on Florida agricultural products, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com .
(3) Pinellas WIC offices closed
The Florida Department of Health WIC (Women, Infants & Children) offices in Pinellas County will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
WIC is a federally-funded supplemental nutrition program that provides healthy foods to expectant and new mothers and their children.
The offices will be closed for all services to allow technicians to upgrade computer systems to hand the new EBT (electronic benefits transfer) card.
The EBT cards will allow families greater convenience at food stores by upgrading from the paper checks that stores found cumbersome to handle.
The Pinellas WIC website, www.pinellashealth.com/WIC.asp, provides more information about the WIC program, including income guidelines and eligibility.
A similar WIC office closure will occur in Hernando County on Friday. WIC offices will resume regular hours on Monday, February 3. For more information on the WIC program in Hernando County, call (354) 540-6800 ext. 83050 or visit hernandohealth.org .
(4) Our Town Conversation
The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg is inviting city residents to meet new St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman on Thursday night.
Kriseman will be the featured guest during the museum's Our Town Conversation. The once-a-month event features people who are engage in significant issues and topics in St. Petersburg and Pinellas County.
Kreiseman is a graduate of St. Petersburg's Boca Ciega High School. He served on the St. Petersburg City Council from 2000 to 2006 before serving the city in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006 to 2012.
Our Town Conversation is free for Dalí Museum members. The cost is $5 for the general public. No RSVP is required.
For more information, call (727) 823-3767 or visit thedali.org .
(5) Free Kahwa Coffee
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will serve up free coffee at the new Kahwa Coffee location on Thursday.
The store, located at 3928 West Henderson Boulevard in South Tampa, is giving drive-thru customers any coffee-based drink on the menu today from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
The new Kahwa Coffee is the company's third in Tampa and its first to feature a drive-thru.
Creative Loading readers have voted Kahwa Coffee the "Best Coffee in the Bay" for four consecutive years. Kahwa began roasting its own coffee beans in St. Petersburg in 2005.
For more information, visit www.kahwacoffee.com .