5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, November 15

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, November 15.

(1) JobNewsTampa.com job fair

Over 35 companies will be participating in JobNewsTampa.com's job fair on Thursday.

"Tampa companies are continuing to hire as we see unemployment rates dropping again here in Tampa," says Fara Kneitel, JobNewsTampa.com' General Sales Manager.

Opportunities range from entry-level to management to seasonal positions, and are in a wide variety of industries.

Participating companies include Vitera Healthcare Solutions, JP Morgan Chase, Coca-Cola Company, Macy's, New York Life Insurance Co., Amerilife, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, USAA, Northwestern Mutual, Verizon Wireless, One-Touch Direct, Cintas Corporation, DataComm, Courtesy Auto Group and many others.

Ultimate Staffing will attend the event offering free resume reviews for all job seekers!

The job fair is free will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

For a complete list of companies attending or to pre-register, visit www.JobNewsTampa.com .

(2) Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent opens

Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent opens on Thursday to serve families in need for the holiday season.

The tent is located at a new location this year. It is set up at 400 West Palm Avenue in Tampa.

Thousands of local volunteers will help clients shop for their Thanksgiving meals inside the tent.  Metropolitan Ministries expects to give meals and toys to nearly 26,000 poor and homeless families at the tent over the next six weeks. 

The tent opens today at 10:00 a.m.

For more information, call (813) 209-1000 or visit www.metromin.org .

(3) 37th annual Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society sponsors the 37th annual Great American Smokeout on Thursday.

The event, held every year on the third Thursday of November, attempts to help thousands of smokers put down the cigarettes for a day in the hope they will quit smoking permanently.

Stopping to smoke begin affecting your body positively within minutes of your last puff. About 20 minutes after you quit your blood pressure goes down and your pulse rate slows.

Around 10 hours later the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal. Within two days nerve endings deadened by smoking have begun to regenerate and your sense of taste and smell begins to improve.

To help stop you stop smoking, call The Florida Quitline at (877) 822-6669, the American Lung Association at (800) 548-8252, the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345 or the Gulfcoast North Area Health Center at (888) 546-2432.

For information about the Great American Smokeout, visit www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/index .

(4) 2012 Great American Teach-In

Hillsborough and Pinellas County public schools are participating in the 2012 Great American Teach-In on Thursday.

The day allows parents, grandparents and community members to visit school classrooms and share their work and life experiences with students.

Speakers this year include active members and veterans of the Armed Forces; police, firefighters and paramedics; and attorneys, chefs, elected officials, musicians, and School Board members.

Two ABC Action News anchors are participating in the Teach-In this year.

Bill Logan will be visiting Pride Elementary School in New Tampa and Coleman Middle School in South Tampa; meteorologist Wayne Shattuck will be at G. F. Folsom Elementary School in Thonotosassa; and Dan Shaffer will visit Adams Middle School in Tampa.

(5) Jeff Corwin at USF

Animal and nature conservationist Jeff Corwin is the November speaker at the University of South Florida's Lecture Series on Thursday.

Corwin is best known for his Emmy Award-winning shows on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel, and as the host of ABC's Ocean Mysteries.

He has also been a special correspondent on science and the environment for NBC News.

During tonight's lecture, Tales from the Field with Jeff Corwin, Corwin will share his animal adventures as well as the importance of wildlife conservation and sustainability. The lecture will feature various live animals, potentially including a cougar, alligator, coati and Burmese python.

The lecture is free to USF students, faculty, staff and the public.

The event begins at 8:00 p.m. in USF's Marshall Student Center Ballroom. University staff and the general public will be admitted 15 minutes prior to the event's start time.

For more information, call (813) 974-1001 or visit uls.usf.edu .

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