5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, November 19

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, November 19.

(1) TALOS body armor presentation

The U.S. Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) is scheduled to demonstrate its new Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) at MacDill Air Force Base on Tuesday.

The idea behind the TALOS is to develop a body armor that is both lighter and offers more protection for soldiers.

When fully developed, the plan is to deploy the TALOS armor on Special Operations soldiers, many who are stationed at U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) at MacDill.

For more information about RDECOM, visit www.army.mil/info/organization/unitsandcommands/commandstructure/rdecom/.

(2) RYDE bone marrow registrations

Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, a global organization that is leading the fight to eradicate blood cancer, will hold a bone marrow registration drive in Tampa on Tuesday.

Florida Blue is supporting a 1,000 mile bike tour called RYDE Florida to help in the fight against blood cancers. The bike tour and bone marrow registrations are taking place at nine Florida Blue centers across the state.

The registration process to become a potential bone marrow donor is very simple. All that is needed is a simple cheek swab that takes less than five minutes.

A potential donor will be contacted if they are determined to be a possible match for more tests.

You can register to be a donor from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Florida Blue Center at 201 N. West Shore Boulevard in Tampa.

For more information, visit www.DeleteBloodCancer.org.

(3) NOPE Middle School presentation

Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE) will hold their first presentation at a Tampa Bay area middle school on Tuesday.

NOPE is a national organization that works to reduce prescription drug abuse. They recently received a $55,000 grant from Hillsborough County to expand their presence in the school district.

Students at Ben Hill Griffin Middle School are scheduled to hear the 911 of a child who died from an overdose of prescription drugs. Relatives of the child will speak before the students.

For more information, visit www.nopetaskforce.org.

(4) Buccaneers NFL Play 60 Grant award

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will award a $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 grant to Fairmount Park Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.

Buccaneers players, cheerleaders and mascot Captain Fear will speak to students during a special assembly about the importance of staying active.

During the visit, the Buccaneers group will lead kids in fitness activities, as part of the NFL's PLAY 60 campaign. The campaign promotes getting children at least 60 minutes of exercise each day.

The $10,000 grant will be used for health and wellness programming or equipment at the school.

For more information on the NFL PLAY 60 campaign, visit www.nflrush.com/play60.

(5) Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang in concert

Blues legend Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang are bringing their tour to Clearwater on Tuesday night.

The 77-year-old Guy is a six-time Grammy Award winner and 2012 Kennedy Center Honoree. His latest album, Rhythm & Blues, was released on July 30.

The 32-year-old Lang broke on the music scene sixteen years ago at age 16. Land found immediate success with his debut album, Lie to Me. In September he released his first studio album in seven years.

Tonight's concert begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (727) 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

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