5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, May 1, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

(1) SunRail commuter train begins operations

Orlando's new light-rail commuter train system begins taking its first customers on Thursday.

SunRail will operate initially during weekdays. Trains will run every thirty minutes from 5:30 to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m.

During non-rush hours from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. trains will operate every two hours.

Officials say they will eventually offer special runs for downtown Orlando events if the demand is there.

There are 12 stops on SunRail's 31.5-mile route in Volusia and Orange Counties. The train starts in DeBary and ends at Sand Lake Road. It will stop in Sanford, Lake Mary, Longwood, Altamonte Springs, Maitland, Winter Park and four places in Orlando.

One-way fares are $2 within one county, and $3 for travel between Volusia and Orange Counties. Discounts are available for seniors, students and commuters who purchase passes.

There are plans to expand SunRail into Osceola County as soon as 2016,

For more information, visit www.sunrail.com .

(2) SeaWorld Orlando hiring event

SeaWorld is hosting a hiring event on Thursday for hundreds of summer positions at its three Orlando theme parks.

The company is looking to fill approximately 300 jobs for a variety of positions, including lifeguards, park quality hosts, food service attendants, park operations hosts, games/vending hosts, prep cooks and more.

The pay ranges from $8.30 to $10.00 per hour. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Employees will be eligible for a number of benefits including free entry to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica, park tickets for friends and family, and access to team member events.

Those interested in applying must first apply online at seaworldjobs.com and then attend today's special hiring event at SeaWorld Orlando's Ports of Call facility. The hiring event runs from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Applicants can enter through SeaWorld's main tolls entrance and then park in front of Ports of Call building.

(3) Hillsborough County homeless count released

The Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative will release the results of its 2014 homeless count on Thursday morning.

The data collected will list the number of homeless living in Hillsborough County on February 27. It will also list the number of people who are chronically homeless or are veterans.

The count will be used to sustain funding to much needed services to assist the county's homeless population.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making more funding for homeless programs available based on measured success of a community's efforts in moving people from the streets to permanent housing.

The homeless count will be released at 9:00 a.m. For more information, visit www.homelessofhc.org .

(4) 9th annual Sunscreen Film Festival

The 9th annual Sunscreen Film Festival opens in St. Petersburg on Thursday with a red carpet event featuring WWE stars.

Professional wrestlers John Cena and Nicole Bella will walk the red carpet at the Palladium Theater in support of Confessions of a Womanizer.

The film stars Brianna Garcia and Nicole Garcia, who perform as The Bella twins in the WWE and in E! Total Divas. The comedy also stars Gary Busey, C. Thomas Howell and Andrew Lawrence.

Following the red carpet event at 6:30 p.m., there will be a film Q&A from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Palladium. A Sunscreen Film Festival opening party follows at NOVA 535 starting at 10:00 p.m.

Dozens of films will be screened in St. Petersburg during the four-day festival. Movies will play at Studio 620, The Museum of Fine Arts and American Stage.

For more information or to purchase tickets to any event, visit www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com .

(5) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play the Big Guava pre-festival kick-off concert at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater on Thursday night.

The 64-year-old singer-songwriter is touring in support of his 14th studio album, High Hopes, released in January.

Springsteen, known as "The Boss," has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide and won 21 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award. Seven of his studio albums have been number one of Billboard chart.

The 3-day Big Guava Music Festival opens on Friday at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Headlining acts include Outkast, Vampire Weekend, Foster The People, Slightly Stoopid, Ckae, Tegan And Sara, and Violent Femmes.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (800) 745-3000 or visit www.livenation.com .

To learn more about Springsteen, visit his official website at brucespringsteen.net .

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