5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

(1) Emergency Disaster Drill

The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport will conduct their triennial Emergency Disaster Drill on Wednesday.

Airport officials want people living nearby and those using the airport to not worry about the extra emergency crews on scene this afternoon.

The Federation Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all commercial airports to conduct a full-scale exercise every three years. The drill allows the airport and responding outside agencies to evaluate emergency response procedures in case of an actual emergency.

Approximately 250 people will participate in the disaster drill. Volunteers will act as crash victims with various injuries. Airport personnel and Sarasota and Manatee County employees implement emergency response protocols during the drill.

The drill is scheduled to occur between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. For more information about Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, visit www.srq-airport.com .

(2) Clearwater Dental Center grand opening

Community Health Centers of Pinellas will hold a grand opening for its new Clearwater Dental Center on Wednesday.

The 2,600-square-foot facility expects to serve 2,500 patients in the first year. It will focus on the medically underserved Hispanic and African American communities.

"People have a tendency to forget how important dental health is to a community," says Pat Mabe, CEO of Community Health Centers of Pinellas. "We are very proud to open this beautiful facility to our neighbors in Clearwater of all ages that will serve their dental needs for decades to come."

The center is located at 707 Druid Road East in Clearwater. The grand opening celebration will occur at 10:00 a.m.

(3) Easter Bunny visits pediatric patients

The Easter Bunny will make visits to pediatric patients at two Tampa Bay area hospitals on Wednesday.

Mr. Bunny will visit the Children's Medical Center at Tampa General at 10:00 a.m. before hopping to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital at 1:00 p.m.

The bunny will deliver treats to the ill children frozen treats including Blue Bell Ice Cream and fruit bars.

(4) 31st annual Special Olympics Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run

Member of Hillsborough County law enforcement will participate in the 31st annual Special Olympics Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run on Wednesday.

Every year, the Flame of Hope travels to every Florida county during the Torch Run.

The torch will leave MacDill Air Force Base at approximately 10:00 a.m. It will travel up Bayshore Boulevard. Special Olympic athletes will join the run at the Tarpon Weigh Station staging area. The run will conclude at the Tampa Convention Center around 11:30 a.m.

The torch will continue to be carried until the Opening Ceremonies of Florida's annual State Summer Games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports on May 16.

For more information, visit specialolympicshillsborough.org .

(5) Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning open up the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs by hosting the Montreal Canadiens at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Wednesday night.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk will hoist a banner on the side of the Tampa Municipal Office Building in support of the team at 2:00 p.m.

Expect the series to be close. While the Lightning won three of four games against the Canadiens this season, three of the four games were tied 1-1 after regulation.

The two teams have only met once before in the playoffs, in 2004 when Tampa Bay swept Montreal on their way to winning the Stanley Cup.

The team plans to put a limited number of tickets on sale for the game today.

Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. It will be televised on CNBC. For more information, visit lightning.nhl.com .

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