5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, April 5

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, April 5.

(1) General Norman Schwarzkopf tribute dinner

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf will be honored during a tribute dinner on Friday night in Tampa.

The event is being held the day before the 19th annual Sporting Clays Classic, which is being renamed in honor of Gen. Schwarzkopf.

Tonight's dinner is taking place at The Oxford Exchange located at 420 West Kennedy Boulevard. The featured speaker is Cindy Schwarzkopf, daughter of the late general.

Other members of General Schwarzkopf's family will be attending the dinner which benefits The Children's Home.

The cost to attend is $150 and includes a four course meal.

To make a reservation, or to make a donation in honor of General Schwarzkopf, please contact Tania Santos at (813) 864-1532 or tsantos@childrenshome.org. Seating is limited.

For more information, visit childrenshome.org.

(2) Pinellas County sobriety checkpoint

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Friday night in Clearwater.

The checkpoint will be held at Clearwater High School. Deputies will divert eastbound traffic from Gulf to Bay Boulevard into the school parking lot for screening.

From 10:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. deputies will be on the lookout for alcohol and drug impaired drivers, as well as driver license, registration, insurance, and equipment violations.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Mobile Command Bus will be used for breath testing and the processing of arrested individuals.

The checkpoint is dedicated to Steven Thillard who suffered severe head trauma in a crash involving an impaired driver.

For more information, visit www.pcsoweb.com.

(3) Polk County "Fill the Boot" drive

Polk County Fire Rescue firefighters will begin raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) on Friday through their "Fill the Boot" drive.

The money raised in Polk County will stay in the county to help fund MDA program services, including free clinic visits; assistance with the purchase and repairs of wheelchairs, leg braces and communication devices; physical, occupational, and respiratory therapy consultations; support groups and summer camp for children.

Firefighters will be collecting money today and on Friday, April 12 and 19 at the following 14 intersections:

  • Bradley Junction: Old 37 and Main Street
  • Davenport: Hwy 27 and I-4
  • Golfview: Hwy 60 and Buckmoore Road
  • Highland City: Hwy 98 and Clubhouse Road
  • Lake Hamilton: Hwy 27 and Hwy 544
  • Lake Wales: Hwy 27 and Alturas Babson Park Cutoff Road
  • Lakeland: Hwy 92 and Combee Road
  • Lakeland: Hwy 98 and Marcum Road
  • Lakeland: South Florida Avenue and Pipkin Road
  • Poinciana: Cypress Parkway and Marigold Avenue
  • Polk City: SR 559 and I-4
  • Willow Oak: Bailey Road and Shepherd Road
  • Winter Haven: Cypress Gardens Boulevard and Cypress Gardens Road
  • Winter Haven: Hwy 17 and Snively Avenue

For more information on Polk County Fire Rescue visit, www.polkfire.net.

(4) Country Day World School ribbon cutting ceremony

A grand opening celebration for the new Country Day School New World School Campus in Largo will be held on Friday.

The school for Upper Elementary and Middle School students integrates learning spaces for core studies such as advanced math, world humanities and Chinese with special areas for robotics, marine science, a film recording studio and a black box theatre.

City of Largo Mayor Patricia Gerard and members of the Largo City Commission will attend the ribbon cutting and grand opening celebrations which start at 8:45 a.m.

The public can tour the school, located at 11650 131st Street North in Largo, during an open house on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, visit countrydaylargo.com.

(5) University of Tampa dedicates new athletic field

The University of Tampa will dedicate the new Naimoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex on Friday night.

The dedication ceremony will begin with a ribbon cutting event in front of the stadium at 7:25 p.m.

Located on Kennedy Boulevard on the western edge of UT's campus, the complex will support UT's intramural program and club field sports, as well as men's and women's lacrosse and men's and women's soccer. It features a 40-foot high stadium that seats nearly 2,000 spectators.

Following the ceremonies, the Spartans men's lacrosse team will play their first game on the new field at 8:00 p.m. versus Rollins College.

For more information, visit tampaspartans.com.

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