5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, May 23

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, May 23.

(1) Hillary Clinton in Tampa

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in Tampa on Wednesday.

Clinton will be the keynote speaker at tonight's International Special Operations Forces Week conference dinner.

SOCOM commander Admiral William McRaven invited Special Operations Forces (SOF) delegates from 96 nations to attend the week-long conference taking place at the Tampa Convention Center. The theme of the conference is "Building the Global SOF Partnership."

McRaven helped plan the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

Tonight's dinner is sold-out.

(2) Special Operations mock battle

A combined Special Operations force consisting of troops from ten countries will demonstrate their combined combat capabilities outside the Tampa Convention Center on Wednesday.

Residents of the area should be aware today's demonstration will be loud, but the public will be in no danger as long as they stay out of the coordinated off area.

The best areas to view the demonstration will be on the northern tip of Harbor Island, on and just west of the Harbor Island Bridge, and on the water's edge adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center.

Boats and other water craft will not be allowed in the water in that area during the demonstration.

Special Operations members from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force will work alongside SOF troops from other countries to "assault" mock enemy positions and rescuing "hostages" next to the convention center, both on land and in the bay.

Explosions and blank gunfire will take place throughout the event to replicate battlefield effects.

Vehicles to be used during the demonstration include a CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor, a MH-47 Chinook, a MH-60 Blackhawk and Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats.

The demonstration will begin at 1:00 p.m. and last for a half-hour.

(3) USCIS office open

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will hold a grand opening celebration for its new Tampa field office and application support center on Wednesday.

USCIS is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and oversees the legal immigration system in this country.

The new office is located just north of Tampa International Airport at 5629 Hoover Boulevard. It will provide a range of immigration services, including naturalization interviews, lawful permanent resident processing, fingerprinting and photographic services.

The office will serves residents of 12 Florida counties and will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

USCIS Tampa District Director Ruth Dorochoff and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor will speak at the 11:00 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony.

(4) 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year finalists

Three collegiate softball players from Florida will learn on Wednesday if they are one of three finalists for the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.

The award is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.

Among the players under consideration is University of South Florida sophomore pitcher Sara Nevins. During the regular season, the Pinellas Park native was ranked 3rd in ERA, 8th in wins and 14th in strikeouts. She also threw no-hitters including a one perfect game this year.

Other Florida players up for the award include Michelle Moultrie (University of Florida center fielder from Jacksonville) and Jackie Traina (Alabama pitcher from Naples).

The award will be given out at the opening of the 2012 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City on May 31.

(5) Slurp-free Day

7-Eleven stores across Florida and the country will be offering free Slurpees on Wednesday.

From 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. you can get a free 7.11 ounce Slurpee.

The company is holding the promotion to tout its brand new sugar-free Slurpee Lite drinks.

The Slurpee Lite Fanta Sugar-Free Mango is sweetened with Splenda. An 8-ounce cup only contains 20 calories, compared to 66 calories for the non-lite version.

The Mango flavor is the first of 7-Eleven's summer flavor line-up. In July, stores will debut the Fanta Sugar-Free Strawberry Banana Slurpee Lite while in August you will be able to try the Fanta Sugar-Free Cherry Limeade Slurpee Lite.

The free offer is only good at participating 7-Eleven stores, while supplies last.

If you miss the chance for a free Slurpee today, do not fret, the retailer will offer free Slurpees in six weeks on July 11, or 7-Eleven Day, the day 7-Eleven celebrates its birthday.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/7Eleven .

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