TAMPA, Fla. - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, October 3.
(1) First Presidential debate
President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will square off in Denver on Wednesday night in the first of three televised debates.
Tonight's 90-minute debate will focus on domestic policy. It will be divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topic selected by moderator Jim Lehrer, host of PBS' NewsHour.
Lehrer will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Lehrer will then use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.
Both the Romney and Obama campaigns are holding watch parties tonight in the Tampa Bay area.
Romney's official watch party is at the Fat Cat Tavern at 16080 US 19 North in Clearwater.
The Obama campaign is having watch parties at volunteer-organized events. You can find the nearest party by visiting www.barackobama.com/debate/find-a-debate-party .
You can also watch the debate live on television, on abcactionnews.com , or on your smart phone or tablet computer via ABC Action News Now! via the ABC Action News app.
Tonight's debate runs from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
There will be three more debates after tonight:
- October 11: Vice Presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky
- October 16: Presidential town meeting debate in Hempstead, New York
- October 22: Presidential foreign policy debate in Boca Raton.
(2) City of Tampa's 24th annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the Hispanic Heritage committee host the City of Tampa's 24th annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration at the Tampa Theatre on Wednesday.
The midnight event celebrates Hispanic heritage and culture. It will begin with Mayor Buckhorn reading a proclamation.
The celebration is hosted by emcee Tedd Wedd. ABC Action News Director Community Affairs Lissette Campos is the keynote speaker.
There will be live entertainment by sultry Latin singers.
The event is free and opens to the public. It scheduled to begin around 11:00 a.m.
(3) International Walk to School Day
Wednesday is the 16th annual International Walk to School Day across Tampa Bay and the country.
You may see more kids walking along sidewalks to their schools day. In Pinellas County alone, more than 30 public elementary schools are participating in the annual event
Having children walk to school today tries to build enthusiasm for walking to school, promote the benefits of walking and bicycling, and bring visibility to safety concerns.
The first National Walk our Children to School Day began in 1997 in Chicago. Currently all 50 states participate in this annual event to promote student safety.
Since 2005, the U.S. Federal Government has funded Safe Routes to School programs in order to make it safer and more appealing for kids to walk and bicycle to school.
For more information about International Walk to School Day, visit www.walktoschool.org .
(4) Food Truck Fiesta
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's Food Truck Fiesta returns to Lykes Gaslight Square Park in downtown Tampa on Wednesday.
People will be able to choose meals from ten different food trucks from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
"Every month we've been able to add new food trucks and satisfy every taste imaginable," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "The fact that we've been able to do that is a testament to how vibrant food trucks are in our community and how people want to come into downtown."
This month features two new food trucks: Blue Bird Bus and The Hogfather BBQ.
The eight returning trucks are: Michelle Faedo, The Dude & His Food, O'macalicious, Fat Tortilla, Hot Dog Gourmet, Cuppin Cake, Rollin Zoinks and Clover Fashion Truck.
(5) Orioles vs. Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays play their last game of the 2012 season on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.
The Rays were eliminated from the postseason when the Oakland Athletics clinched a playoff spot on Monday night.
Despite not having a chance to win the World Series this year, the Rays have a lot to play for tonight.
With a victory over the Baltimore Orioles, the Rays will win their 90th game of the season. That would give the franchise four 90-win seasons in the past five years after not winning more than 70 games in their first 10 seasons as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
A win tonight would also prevent the Baltimore Orioles from having a chance to win the American League East Division for the first time since 1996. The Orioles trail the New York Yankees by one game in the standings.
First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (888) FAN-RAYS or visit raysbaseball.com .