5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, May 6, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

(1) Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park Master Plan meeting

The City of Tampa is asking the community for assistance on Tuesday night to help re-image Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park.

The 23-acre park opened in 1977. It is located along the west bank of the Hillsborough River, south of I-275 and adjacent to the University of Tampa campus.

"The reshaping of Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park is the first step in revitalizing the West River area around the Hillsborough River," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "The community's ideas and input will determine what the park will become and will help us bring their vision into reality."

Through a series of community meetings during the summer, a team led by Denver-based firm Civitas will start a conversation on how to best improve access and activity to the park.

Tonight's meeting is free and open to the public. It is being held at 6:00 p.m. at Blake High School at 1701 North Boulevard.

(2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor announcement

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will hold a news conference on Tuesday afternoon to announce the newest member of the team's Ring of Honor.

The inductee will by the sixth to be Honor by the Buccaneers. Previous honorees are former coach John McKay, defensive end Le Roy Selmon, Jimmie Giles, tackle Paul Gruber and defensive tackle Warren Sapp.

Sapp was enshrined into the Ring of Honor last year, just months after he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

In February, former Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks learned he will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer. Many believe that vote will influence whether Brooks will also be put into the Ring of Honor this fall.

The inductee will be honored during a half-time ceremony during one of the Buccaneers home games this year.

(3) Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays return home from a 10-game road trip to host the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night.

The Rays ended the road trip winning four of their last five games, including sweeping a day-night doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox on May 1.

Tampa Bay will play six games on its home stand, three against Baltimore and three against the Cleveland Indians.

The first 20,000 fans to Saturday night's game will receive a DJ Kitty Plush Hat and the first 10,000 women on Sunday will receive a Mother's Day Rays Sun Hat.

All three games against the Baltimore Orioles start at 7:10 p.m. To purchase tickets, call (888) FAN-RAYS or visit raysbaseball.com .

(4) IKEA Tampa 5th birthday celebration

IKEA Tampa will hold a special 5th birthday celebration on Tuesday. The store first opened to the public on May 6, 2009.

"Tampa is our home and we want to show our appreciation to the community for five great years," said Monica Varela, IKEA Tampa store manager.

Everyone who purchases any entrée in the IKEA restaurant will receive a free piece of birthday cake (while supplies last).

Anyone who can show their birthday is also May 6 with a valid ID can receive a free birthday dinner today ($7.99 value).

Kids 12 and under will receive a free kids meal in the restaurant from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Customers will also be randomly selected every two hours today to spin a wheel to win IKEA prizes like gift cards.

(5) Give Day Tampa Bay

Hundreds of Tampa Bay area non-profit organizations are participating in the Give Day Tampa Bay 24-hour online giving challenge on Tuesday.

The challenge runs from 12:01 a.m. to midnight. It is the first time such a program is being run in our region.

Anyone is Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando Counties can contribute to a non-profit of their choice at www.GiveDayTampaBay.org .

Non-profits are competing in challenges throughout the day for their share of a $100,000 prize pool. Examples include a $2,500 prize for the most donations from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.; and a $10,000 prize for most unique donors.

The full list of challenges is available at tinyurl.com/nzztcr3 .

Donors are being encouraged to support the challenge by using the social media hashtag #givedaytampabay today.

For more information, including a full list of Give Day free events and activities, visit www.GiveDayTampaBay.org .

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