5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

(1) Combating animal cruelty training

Florida law enforcement officers will receive training on Wednesday to help combat animal cruelty and fighting.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the Human Society of the United States are teaming up to run today's seminar.

Dogfighting and cockfighting are both felony offenses in Florida. A new federal law enacted in February makes it a felony to bring a child under 16 to an animal fight and a misdemeanor to attend an animal fight.

Experts will detail ways to combat animal abuse, the proper procedures for investigations, current laws, and the connection between animal fighting and other criminal activity. Officers will also receive training on how to conduct interviews and gather evidence as it relates to animal cruelty cases.

Today's training will take place at the HSCO Training Division Pinebrooke Facility on N. Falkenburg Road.

(2) Pasco County Community Job Fair

Seven Pasco County agencies and organizations are participating in a job fair on Wednesday.

The Pasco County School Board is partnering with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and two Chamber of Commerces to host the job fair at Land O' Lakes High School.

There are job opportunities in accounting, information services, law enforcement, maintenance, drivers, food series, childcare and more.

Attendees can meet with representatives from Pasco County's Clerk of Court, Sheriff's Office, Tax Collector, School and County Government; the Central Pasco and the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerces; and the United Way.

The job fair will run from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the high school which is located at 20325 Gator Lane in Land O' Lakes.

(3) Central Florida Employment Council Job Fair

The Central Florida Employment Council (CFEC) is hosting a job fair with more than 70 participating companies in Orlando on Wednesday.

The job fair is open for everyone. Admission and parking are free. Professional attire is required.

Among the companies and agencies participating include: Aspen Dental Management, CNS Healthcare, Diamond Resorts International, Express Scripts, Hilton Grand Vacations, MasterCorp, Nickelodeon Suites Resort, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orkin Pest Control, Panera Bread, Papa John's Pizza, Pepsico Frito-Lay, the Hertz Corporation, Two Men and a Truck, Wet 'n Wild, WKMG-TV and more.

The job fair is being held from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Central Florida Fair Expo Park at 4603 West Colonial Drive in Orlando.

You can pre-register or find out more information at www.CFEC.org .

(4) National Day of Action for immigration reform

Business, manufacturing, and agriculture groups are coming together on Wednesday to hold a national press conference in Washington, D.C., asking Congress to pass immigration reform.

Events are also taking place in more than 60 congressional districts across 25 states.

As part of the nationwide push, a number of Florida business, agriculture and education leaders will hold their own teleconference today to highlight how important immigration reform is for Florida.

Participants in the teleconference include Steve Johnson, Florida Farm Bureau Director for Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties; Leticia Adams, Director of Infrastructure & Governance Policy at the Florida Chamber of Commerce; Al Cardenas, former Chairman of the American Conservative Union; Brewster Bevis, Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs at the Associated Industries of Florida; and Dr. Ed Moore, President of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida.

(5) Inventing Van Gogh opens

Inventing Van Gogh opens in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center in Tampa on Wednesday.

The drama tells the story of Vincent van Gogh's final self-portrait, painted just before his death. It delves into obsession, madness and the nature of truth.

The key point is the portrait has never been seen, until now, because it never existed. A contemporary painter is hired to forge van Gogh's final masterpiece. Patrick Stone eventually finds himself squaring off with the famous artist across time.

Inventing Van Gogh opens tonight at 8:00 p.m. The play will then be performed Thursdays to Sundays through August 3. Showtimes are at 8:00 p.m., except on Sundays when the curtain rises at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets start at $28. For more information, call (813) 229-7827 or visit strazcenter.org .

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