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

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

(1) Warren Sapp's mansion auctioned

FormerTampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp's multi-million dollar Windermere mansion will be auctioned on Thursday in Orlando.

The 15,000-square-foot mansion was built in 2005 for nearly $7 million. It features 10,100 square-feet of living space including four large bedrooms, a wine cellar, movie theater, resort-style swimming pool with waterslide and lazy river, and a dock on Lake Butler.

The mansion is located in the exclusive Reserve at Lake Butler Sound development in Windermere. It is being auctioned off as part of Sapp's Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

The auction will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Orlando Airport Marriott. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Bidders must be pre-qualified. For more information, visit www.fisherauction.com .

(2) Whole Foods Market Carrollwood opens

Whole Foods Market opens their second Tampa Bay area location in Carrollwood on Thursday.

The natural and organic foods grocer opens their store at 9:00 a.m.

The opening will follow a free continental breakfast in the parking lot, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. The breakfast will feature live entertainment from the Gaither High School Band and Cheerleaders and a Bread Breaking Ceremony.

The rest of the day will be filled with activities and food samplings in every department.

The Whole Foods Market Carrollwood store is located at 3802 Northdale Boulevard. For more information, visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/carrollwood .

(3) Toys for Tots campaign begins

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation begins their annual Toys for Tots campaign on Thursday.

Local Marine units will be stationed at four Bay Area Toys"R"Us stores today and Friday to help kick off the annual holiday toy drive.

Customers may donate new, unwrapped toys and baby products at any Toys"R"Us or Babies"R"Us store through Sunday, December 2. All donated items will stay within the community, making the Toys For Tots campaign a truly local program.

Since 2004, Toys"R"Us has raised more than $27.6 million and collected 3.4 million toys for the campaign.

Marines will be stationed at the following Toys"R"Us store today and tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:

  • Clearwater- 26286 U.S. 19 North
  • Port Richey - 6233 Tacoma Drive
  • St. Petersburg- 1900 Tyrone Boulevard
  • Wesley Chapel - 6105 Wesley Chapel Boulevard

For more information, visit www.Toysrus.com/ToysforTots .

(4) 4th annual Christmas Light Trade-In

Home Depot begins their 4th annual Christmas Light Trade-In program on Thursday.

From November 1 to 14 customers can bring in their old working or non-working incandescent Christmas light strings to any Home Depot location to be recycled. You will then receive coupons from $3 to $5 off the purchase of energy efficient seasonal LED string lights.

You will receive a coupon for each string recycled. Limit 5 coupons per customer.

For more information, visit the customer service department at your local Home Depot store.

(5) Punkin' Chunkin' 2012

Before the Christmas lights go up, you have a fun way to dispose of leftover Halloween pumpkins on Thursday.

The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce host Punkin' Chunkin' 2012 in Tampa this evening.

The family friendly event features a local business showcase, children's activities, games, a bounce house, live music, prizes and punkin' chunkin'.

The event takes place from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Uncle Mike's Smokehouse Grill at 9847 East Adamo Drive, located behind the Harley Davidson store.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to Operation Patriot, a local non-profit organization

For more information, visit www.brandonchamber.com .

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