5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, May 7, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

(1) Florida Aquarium celebrates accreditation

The Florida Aquarium will celebrate receiving accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) on Wednesday.

AZA accreditation occurs every five years. It is an extremely detailed process that evaluates the animal management and care of a zoo or aquarium to make sure they meet the AZA's standards.

AZA officials look at living animal environments, social groups, health and nutrition; safety policies and procedures; security; education programs; involvement in conservation and research; physical facilities; guest services; the quality of the institution's staff; and an institution's finances.

The Florida Aquarium will hold an Accreditation Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. today to mark this important milestone.

For more information about the Florida Aquarium, visit www.flaquarium.org .

(2) Food Truck Fiesta

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

Two new food trucks, Kool Breeze and Mixed Bread, join the Fiesta this month.

Returning trucks include Burger Culture, King's Bistro, La Boutique Fashion Truck, I WANNA WOK, Michelle Faedo, Gone Bananas 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 .

(3) National Bike to School Day

Wednesday, May 7 is the 3rd annual National Bike to School Day.

Hundreds of bicycling events are being held across the country today, including 142 in Florida.

Schools, cities, bicycle groups, public health organizations and parents are organizing bike rides and bike trains to schools to highlight and celebrate the benefits of choosing student-powered transportation to school.

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital is hosting a bike safety event from 8:00 to 8:50 a.m. at Buchanan Middle School in Tampa. Injury prevention experts from the hospital will distribute free bike helmets and other safety items.

A National Highway Transportation Safety Associations report lists Florida as the deadliest state for cyclists, with the Tampa Bay area the second worst for bicycle fatalities in the state.

Knowing the rules of the roads and wearing the correct safety equipment will make students' bicycle trip to school safer.

For more information on National Bike to School Day events, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org .

(4) Rays players visits St. Joseph's

Two Tampa Bay Rays players will attempt to cheer up pediatric patients at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital on Wednesday.

Starting pitcher Alex Cobb, who is currently on the disabled list with an oblique strain, and infielder Logan Forsythe will visit kids at the hospital this morning.

Cobb, Forsythe and team mascot Raymond will take photos with the ill children and sign autographs.

The visit by the Rays players is not open to the public.

(5) Taylor Urruela throws out 1st pitch

Iraq War veteran Taylor Urruela will throw out the first pitch at Wednesday night's Tampa Bay Rays game.

Two days before his year-long was to end in 2006, the former Army Sergeant's Humvee was hit by a pair of roadside bombs. The explosion killed Urruela's commander and took the Tampa resident's leg.

In August 2012, he co-founded VETSports, a non-profit organization that provides sports opportunities for returning wounded and combat veterans.

Urruela's story of overcoming his disability is featured in PBS's upcoming three-part documentary, Coming Back with Wes Moore, which premiere May 13 at 8:00 p.m. on WEDU.

Taylor is currently studying writing at the University of Tampa with hopes one day to be a screenwriter and novelist.

The first pitch at Tropicana Field will occur at 7:00 p.m. before the Orioles-Rays game.

For more information on Coming Back with Wes Moore, visit www.pbs.org/coming-back-with-wes-moore/home/ .

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