5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, March 19

TAMPA BAY - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, March 19.

(1) Jeff Bush celebration of life service

A public celebration of life service will be held for Jeff Bush in Brandon on Thursday night.

Bush is the Seffner man who was sucked downed into a sinkhole that opened up underneath the bedroom of his home. Emergency crews were unable to save Bush or the house.

The Bush family home was demolished with many lifelong personal items inside. The sinkhole was filled in with Jeff Bush's body inside.

The service will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Bell Shoals Baptist Church located at 2102 Bell Shoals Road in Brandon. It is open to the public.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to the Sinkhole Family Relief Fund. Checks can be made out to the Brandon Foundation and sent to:

Brandon Foundation

Attn., Sinkhole Family Relief

PO Box 3197

Brandon, FL 33509

(2) Gasparilla International Film Festival

The 7th annual Gasparilla International Film Festival opens in Tampa on Tuesday.

Films will be screened at the CineBistro Hyde Park, the Muvico Centro Ybor and the Tampa Theatre.

The festival opens with the red carpet world premiere of the crime drama Empire State. Director Dito Montiel and stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Emma Roberts and Jerry Ferrara are scheduled to attend the premiere.

The screening of Empire State will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Theatre. As of Tuesday morning, tickets are still available for the world premiere.

Over 120 full-length movies, short films and panel discussions are being held as part of the Festival over the next six days in Tampa.

More than 10,000 people attended screenings during last year's Gasparilla International Film Festival.

For a complete schedule of movies and events or to purchase tickets, visit GasparillaFilmFestival.com .

(3) A.J. Green at Remington College-Tampa Campus

Singer A.J. Green will perform a short concert for blood donors at noon on Wednesday at Remington College-Tampa Campus.

Green is the national spokesperson for 3 Lives, a national effort to recruit minority blood donors and help supply local hospitals with blood.

"There are tens of thousands of people like me who require regular donations as part of our treatment," said Green. "My goal is to get more people of color to become regular blood donors and help save lives."

Green has been battling sickle cell disease for most of his life and requires monthly blood transfusions.

Remington College will be holding a blood donor drive at its Tampa Campus today from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.

For more information, please visit remingtoncollege.edu .

(4) LEGOLAND expansion announcement

LEGOLAND Florida will make an announcement on Tuesday regarding a major expansion at the Winter Haven theme park.

The new attraction will add to the park's line up of more than 50 rides, shows and attractions that are geared towards children ages 2 to 12 and their families.

All LEGOLAND officials would say ahead of the announcement is the new themed land will include a ride and an interactive play area. A teaser video promoting today's announcement was posted on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX5o93oWhp4 .

uncement will take place at 10:00 a.m.

For more information, visit www.legoland.com .

(5) Atlas 5 rocket launch

An Atlas 5 rocket is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 41 on Tuesday.

The rocket is carrying U.S. military's second missile early-warning detection Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite (SBIRS GEO 2).

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guests may view the launch from the Apollo/Saturn V Center, the closest possible public viewing area, or a special area at the Visitor Complex.

The launch window for the rocket is from 5:21 to 6:01 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets for today's launch, call (877) 313-2610 or visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com .

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