5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, February 7

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, February 7.

(1) Pinellas election ballots mailed out

The Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Office is scheduled to mail out ballots on Friday for the March 11 Special General Election and Municipal elections.

The Special General Election is to fill Congressional District 13 that was left vacant when longtime Rep. C.W. Bill Young passed away last October.

On the ballot, Pinellas County residents will see Republican David Jolly, Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby.

There are also Municipal elections in the following cities: Belleair Bluffs, Clearwater, Gulfport, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, Medeira Beach, Pinellas Park, Redington Shores, Safety Harbor, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach and Tarpon Springs.

The deadline to register to vote for the March 11 election is Monday, February 10.

Early voting will take place from March 1 to 9 at the Supervisor of Elections Offices in Clearwater, Largo and St. Petersburg.

For more information, call (727) 464-6788 or visit votepinellas.com.

(2) Hillsborough County Student Day at the Florida State Fair

Friday is Hillsborough County Student Day at the Florida State Fair. Public school students living in the western part of the county receive the day off to go to the fair. The complimentary fair tickets are distributed through their schools.

The 110th annual Florida State Fair will run through February 17 at the Florida State Fairgrounds near I-4 and I-75. The theme for this year's fair is "1st Place For Fun" to remind fairgoers that the Florida State Fair is the first state fair to be held in the country.

Today is also an armband day. Fairgoers can purchase a $30 armband to receive unlimited rides today. Additional armband days will be held on February 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 and 17.

If you do not wish to purchase a $30 armband but still want to enjoy some fair rides, the Fair is offering a Funcard in place of individual tickets this year.

You can put as much money on your Funcard as you want. At the entrance to any ride the attendant will scan your card deducting the appropriate amount. Funcards are refillable (like a gift card) and do not contain any personal information.

Admission to the fair is $11 for adults Monday to Friday and $13 on weekends. Children ages 6 to 11 are $6 Monday to Friday and $7 on weekends. Children 5 and under are free.

The Fair opens daily at 9:00 a.m., except on February 6, 10, 11, 12 and 13 when it opens at 10:00 a.m. Closing times can vary depending on weather.

For more information on additional discounted Fair offers, visit www.FloridaStateFair.com.

(3) MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition opens

The MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition opens at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa on Friday.

The exhibit features hand-on, interactive exhibits to uncover the truths behind popular myths using scientific method and MythBuster ingenuity.

"It's exciting to see fans take on some of our favorite experiments from the show while drawing their own conclusions and data," said MythBusters co-host Adam Savage. "Although they are tackling the same myths and questions, each guest can have a unique experience within the exhibit."

"We hope people have fun at the exhibit and get a sense of what it is like doing the show." said co-host Jamie Hyneman.

The exhibition showcases a Blueprint Room which serves as an introduction to MythBusting, a Workshop where guests use real science to test myths, and a Live Demonstration Stage where you can participate in live science demonstrations with a team of energetic MythBusting facilitators.

MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition will be on display at MOSI through Thursday, May 8.

Tickets are $24.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors and $19.95 for children 2 to 12. The price includes admission to either MOSI's permanent exhibits or a documentary IMAX film.

MOSI is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, call (813) 987-6000 or visit mosi.org.

(4) Tampa Bay's Most Photogenic Baby

Attention parents of cute babies and toddlers. Starting Friday you can enter your child to win Tampa Bay's Most Photogenic Baby of 2014.

The annual event raises at least $10,000 a year for All Children's Hospital.

Infants through 5-year-olds are eligible to compete. For the $35 entry fee, parents get a professional photo shoot with a fashion photographer.

Photos of all the contestants will be displayed at University Mall on March 1 for judging and voting. Parents get to keep the 8"x10" photos when the contest is over.

Photo shoots will take place at University Mall today and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There are four categories for children to compete in:

  1. Beautiful: Judging is based on a close-up shot with somewhat serious looks preferred.
  2. Comical: Judging is based on funny and goofy expressions or body languages.
  3. Fashionable: Judging is based on a full-body or half-body shots similar to those found in a children's clothing catalog.
  4. Precious: Judging is based smiley expressions. Pajama and diaper shots also work well for this category.

A panel of judges consisting of local talent agents will choose winners from each category and each age group. One winning child will be named Tampa Bay's Most Photogenic Baby of 2013 of Judge's Choice.

The public can vote at the mall for their favorites on Saturday, March 1 for 50 cents a vote. One child will be named Tampa Bay's Most Photogenic Baby of 2013 of Voter's Choice.

An awards ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. on March 2 at University Mall. All winners will be announced and presented at this time.

An entry form for parents can be printed off at www.photogenicbaby.com.

(5) National Wear Red Day

Friday is National Wear Red Day.

The day attempts to increase awareness among women that heart disease is their number one killer.

In 2002 the Heart Truth campaign introduced the red dress as a national symbol for women's heart disease awareness. Women, men and children everywhere are asked to wear a red dress, red shirt, red shoes or red tie to show your support for women and heart disease awareness.

The campaign is aimed especially at women ages 40 to 60 when a woman's risk of heart disease starts to rise.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

Knowing your blood pressure and not smoking are the easiest ways to avoid heart disease.

St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue and the American Heart Association are offering free blood pressure screenings today from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The event will take place in front of the Municipal Services Center at 1 4th Street North in downtown St Petersburg.

To learn more about the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Movement, visit www.goredforwomen.org.

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