5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, June 7

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, June 7.

(1) Lens Pier Project design meeting

The first of four public meetings over the next thirty days to further refine the Lens Pier Project will be held in St. Petersburg on Thursday.

The St. Pete City Council voted on May 17 to enter into an agreement with Michael Maltzan Architecture to design and construction of the new Pier.

The Lens design features a loop that goes over the water with twin bridge paths and a view of an underwater reef.

In February, council members approved a jury's ranking of the Lens design over two other finalists. The city plans to tear dear down the current Pier's famous ‘inverted pyramid' design that has been in place since 1973.

The four meetings are for gathering public input on refining and perfecting the Lens in preparation for final design.

Tonight's meeting takes place at 6:00 p.m. at The Coliseum at 535 Fourth Avenue North.

Future meetings are all scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. and will take place:

  • June 12 - Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Avenue South
  • June 14 - J.W. Cate Recreation Center, 5801 22nd Avenue North
  • June 19 - Lake Vista Recreation Center, 1401 62nd Avenue South

For more on the Pier design competition, visit www.stpete.org/pierdesign/ .

(2) Sacred Heart Academy closes

Sacred Heart Academy will close its doors for good once the spring semester officially ends on Thursday.

The school is the parish school of Sacred Heart Catholic Church downtown. It is run by the Franciscans and has been open for 81 years.

Academy officials say enrollment has been declining for a number of years and the cost to the church to run the school has become too great.

Annual tuition at Sacred Heart us $5,400, but the school's principal the actual cost of educating a child is double that amount.

The decision to close the school was made by Rev. George Corrigan, the church's pastor.

The 110 students currently enrolled at Sacred Heart Academy and its 21 staff members will have to find a new school for next year.

(3) Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance job fair

Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance (TBWA) is hosting a job fair on Thursday. It is free and open to the public.

A total of 68 employers and vendors seeking workers will be attending the event. To see a listing the companies attending, visit www.workforcetampa.com/pages/TBWA_job_fair .

The job fair will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 9215 North Florida Avenue in Tampa.

For more information about the job fair, call (813) 930-7400. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities by calling TTY/TDD 711.

(4) Bon Iver in concert

Two-time Grammy Award winning folk band Bon Iver, will perform in Tampa on Thursday night.

Bon Iver won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 2012.

The band was founded in 2007 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. He released Bon Iver's debut For Emma, Forever Ago in July 2007. The majority of that album was recorded while Vernon spent four months in a cabin in Wisconsin.

The group's second album Bon Iver, Bon Iver was released on June 21, 2011. It debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The album won the 2012 Grammy for Best Alternative Album, beating out albums by Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, Foster the People and My Morning Jacket.

The name Bon Iver is derived from the French phase "bon hiver", meaning "good winter."

Bon Iver plays Carol Morsani Hall at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts at 8:00 p.m. For more information or tickets, call (813) 229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org .

To learn more about Bon Iver, visit the band's official website at boniver.org .

(5) US Soccer practice at Raymond James Stadium

The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team holds a practice session at Raymond James Stadium from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday.

The practice will be free an opening to the public. Parking at the stadium will also be free.

On Friday, the U.S. team will play Antigua and Barbuda in their first semi-final qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup.

The United States, Antigua and Barbuda, Guatemala and Jamaica are CONCACAF Group A.

Each opponent will meet twice, once at home and once away, in round robin play. The top teams from each of three groups will advance to the Final Round of qualifying, which will take place in 2013.

Three teams will automatically qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while the fourth place team will play in a two-leg playoff against the winner of the Oceania region.

Friday's game begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN. It will be Team USA's first World Cup qualifier in the state of Florida since USA defeated Mexico 2-1 on Nov. 23, 1980.

Tickets are still available. Prices begin at $22 and are on sale at ussoccer.com , by phone at (800) 745-3000 and at ticketmaster.com .

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