5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, January 15

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, January 15.

(1) Florida's First Lady in Tarpon Springs

Florida First Lady Ann Scott brings her statewide literacy tour to Tarpon Springs on Wednesday.

Mrs. Scott is touring the state for Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! She will stop at Tarpon Springs Elementary School at 9:30 a.m.

This year's Literacy Week theme is "Reading Accelerates Success." The idea is to show students the value of literacy as it relates to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

As part of the week-long festivities, thousands of volunteers will read to children in classrooms around the state.

For more information about Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, visit www.justreadflorida.com/literacyweek.asp.    

(2) Citrus County Tweet the Heat

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office will hold its first ever Tweet the Heat event on Wednesday.

The event will allow followers to the Sheriff's Office Twitter account, @SheriffCitrus, to experience a virtual ride-along with a Fire Rescue Battalion Chief.

The Chief will use Twitter to share photos of give updates on the calls Fire Rescue is responding to today.

The Tweet the Heat event follows up on the agency's successful Tweet the Beat when citizens followed a patrol sergeant throughout one night in December.

The Fire Rescue Battalion Chief will be tweeting today from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.

(3) Live Nation music festival announcement

Live Nation and the Florida State Fair Authorities are making an announcement on Wednesday on an exclusive Florida music festival.

The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa will host the concert portion of the festival while the surrounding fairgrounds will be filled with midway entertainment, rides, food trucks and a beer garden.

Live Nation says top name musical acts will play at the festival which they hope to make a yearly tradition in Tampa.

The announcement will take place on the stage of the Amphitheatre at 11:00 a.m.

(4) 11th annual Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic Launch Party

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter hosts the Launch Party for his 11th annual Celebrity Golf Classic at the Seminole Hard Rock & Casino on Wednesday night.

Jeter will be joined by more than two dozen celebrity guests, sponsors and supporters at the party for a cocktail reception, dancing, a concert by Grammy Award winning singer Ne-Yo, and a silent auction.

The party and golf classic support Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation charity which helps motivate young people to turn to healthier lifestyles.

Red carpet arrivals for the Launch Party begin at 7:00 p.m.

For more information about Jeter's charity, visit www.turn2foundation.org.

(5) Monster Jam preparations at Raymond James Stadium

Crews will begin preparing Raymond James Stadium on Wednesday for this weekend's Monster Jam monster truck show.

Workers will first cover the entire grass field with a felt-like material at 8:00 a.m.

They will then lay down a wall-to-wall protective polyurethane product. Each sheet is 20 feet long, five feet wide and weighs 130 pounds.

The final step is to move 4,300 tons of dirt from the Tampa Sports Authority parking lot and dump it onto the protective sheets. It will take approximately 300 truckloads to move all that dirt.

The two Monster Jam events at Raymond James Stadium will take place at 7:00 p.m. on January 18 and February 1.

For more information, visit www.MonsterJam.com.

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