5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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

(1) School begins in Citrus County

Citrus County public school students return to classes on Wednesday. The county is the first in the Bay Area to begin the 2014-15 school year.

Citrus students will also be the first to have their school year conclude. The last day of classes is this school year is scheduled for May 22, 2015.

Students in eight Bay Area counties (Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, DeSoto, Hernando, Hardee, Manatee, and Sarasota) will return to school on Monday, August 18.

Hillsborough County students will go back to class on Tuesday, August 19.

Highlands County students are the last to return to school. The first day of classes in that counties is Wednesday, August 20.

(2) Bilirakis office hours

Representative Gus Bilirakis will host the first of three office hours in the Tampa Bay area on Wednesday.

The office hours will give constituents a chance to meet with the Congressman face-to-face to discuss any ongoing or pressing issues.

Constituents of District 12 can call (727) 232-2921 to set up an appointment to meet with Rep. Bilirakis. All appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

Today's office hours will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at his New Port Richey office at 7132 Little Road.

Additional office hours will occur in Tarpon Springs on Monday, August 25 and in Wesley Chapel on Thursday, August 28.

The 12th congressional district covers Pasco County and parts of north Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.

(3) Helen Chavez visitation

A visitation for former Tampa City Councilwoman Helen Chavez will be held on Wednesday. She passed away at age 89 on August 2.

Chavez was the first Republican woman elected to the City Council. She served from 1979 to 1987.

Born in Kansas City, she and her late husband George moved to Tampa in 1960. Helen and her daughter Denise owned and operated the now-closed Chavez at Home restaurant in South Tampa. The business still exists as a catering service.

The visitation is scheduled for 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Blount & Curry Funeral Home on South MacDill Avenue in Tampa. The funeral will be held at the funeral home at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday.

(4) Verizon Wireless jobs open house

Verizon Wireless is hosting an open house on Wednesday where applicants can interview for one of roughly 70 available customer specialist positions.

There are opportunities for both English-speaking and bilingual (English and Spanish) candidates.

Interested individuals must first apply online at www.verizon.com/jobs before receiving an on-site interview. English-speaking applicants are encouraged to apply under job ID number 359127 while bilingual speakers are asked to use job ID number 359169.

Those who show up to the open house without applying online will be given access to a computer to fill out the online application form.

Applicants are asked to bring their résumé and ID to the open house.

The open house is being held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless store at 6550 W. Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa.

(5) Food Truck Fiesta

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's Food Truck Fiesta returns for to downtown Tampa on Wednesday.

The August Fiesta features the following nine returning food trucks: Yogurtology, Mixed Breed, Cajun in a Truck, Dude & His Food, Jimmy's Sliders, Michelle Faedo, Ain't No Thang, Hot Mess and HolyHog BBQ.

The Food Truck Fiesta takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Lykes Gaslight Square Park on Franklin Street between Madison Street and Kennedy Boulevard.

For additional information, visit www.tampagov.net/foodtruck .

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