5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, June 27

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, June 27.

(1) Tampa panhandling ordinance discussion

The Tampa City Council is scheduled on Thursday to discuss a new ordinance curtailing panhandling in Tampa.

The proposed ordinance would tighten or prohibit all solicitation in front of banks, ATMs, sidewalk cafes and in specific areas, like downtown Tampa or Ybor City, where large amounts of pedestrians are confined.

The ordinance is being proposed to try and help police deal with an increase in public nuisance and harassing behavior calls they have received over the past year.

The city's legal department is scheduled to discuss the ordinance during the City Council's normal meeting today which begins at 10:00 a.m.

(2) National HIV Testing Day

Thursday is National HIV Testing Day, a day when health department across Florida and the country offer free, confidential testing for HIV and other sexually-transmitted diseases.

In Pasco County, free HIV, Hepatitis and Syphilis tests will be provided from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. by the Mobile Medical Van at Advanced Auto Parts at 15826 County Line Road in Spring Hill.

In Polk County, from HIV testing will be offered from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Florida Department of Health clinics in Auburndale, Bartow, Haines City, Lake Wales and Lakeland. Free HIV Rapid Testing will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Community Development Center in Florence Villa at 111 Avenue R N.E. in Winter Haven.

In Hillsborough County, free HIV and STD tests will be provided on Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Health Department office at 1105 East Kennedy Boulevard in downtown Tampa.

Additional information is available online at www.aids.gov/awareness-days and www.doh.state.fl.us/disease_ctrl/aids/ .

(3) Americanarama Festival of Music

Bob Dylan brings his Americanarama Festival of Music to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Thursday.

The concert brings together three of the biggest names in Americana-inspired rock: Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket.

Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir will play a solo acoustic set during tonight's show.

The concert begins at 5:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $30.

For more information, visit livenation.com .

(4) Daniel Tosh: The June Gloom Tour

Central Florida native Daniel Tosh brings his June Gloom Tour to the Straz Center on Thursday.

The comedian grew up in Titusville and graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1996 with a degree in marketing.

Almost immediately after graduating from UCF, the 38-year-old Tosh started touring on the comedy club circuit. His big break occurred in 2001 when he appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Tosh's own television show on Comedy Central, Tosh.0, premiered in 2009.

Tosh performs two shows at the Straz Center tonight at 7:00 and 9:30 p.m. Both shows are sold out, but you may be able to purchase a returned ticket by calling (813) 229-7827.

For more information, visit www.strazcenter.org .

(5) 30th Anniversary Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant

Hooters of America is hosting 60 of the most beautiful Hooters girls from around the country in Las Vegas on Thursday.

The women are competing in the 30th anniversary Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant.

Two of the Hooters girls are from the Bay Area: Kiera Adams is from Tampa and Casey Lucky is from Lakeland.

Kiera is a Colorado native who enjoying camping, hiking, mudding and skiing. Casey loves to surf, holds a degree in mass communications and is currently studying to be a personal trainer.

The first place contestant in the pageant will receive a $30,000 cash prize.

Fans can watch the pageant live exclusively at Hooters locations across the country beginning at 9:00 p.m. For more information, visit pageant.hooters.com .

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