5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, July 31

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, July 31.

(1) NASA's Russell Romanella speaks to Bay Area teachers

Russell Romanella, Director for Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, will speak to Tampa Bay area teachers in Tampa on Wednesday.

More than 30 educators from Booker, Largo, Greco, and Mulberry Middle Schools will hear about how to best prepare students for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Around 100 low-income students from each of the schools will participate in the College For Every Student (CFES) STEM program during the 2013-14 school year.

The Bureau of Labor projects there will be 9.2 million STEM jobs by 2020, a key reason Hillsborough County schools are launching the CFES STEM program.

For more information on the CFES STEM program, visit www.collegefes.org.

(2) JK Rowling's birthday Potter Party

The Clearwater Main Library will celebrate JK Rowling's birthday with a Potter Party on Wednesday.

In celebration of the birthday of the author of the Harry Potter book series, guests can make homemade butterbeer, get sorted into a Hogwarts house, and play Harry Potter trivia.

The party is free and begins at 2:00 p.m. The Clearwater Main Library is located at 100 North Osceola Avenue in Clearwater.

For more information, call (727) 562-4970.

(3) Rays visits All Children's Hospital

Two members of the Tampa Bay Rays will visit All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

Starting pitcher Chris Archer, infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez and team mascot Raymond will bring some cheer to pediatric patients.

All three will pose for photographs and sign autographs. The hospital visit begins at 10:00 a.m.

(4) Buccaneers host Special Olympians

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host more than 60 Tampa Bay area Special Olympians at training camp on Wednesday.

The athletes are from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk counties. They will watch a portion of the team's morning practice and then take the field to enjoy football drills and fundamentals with Bucs players.

Following the drills, the Special Olympians will get a chance to receive autographs and photos from Buccaneers players and cheerleaders, and team mascot Captain Fear.

Buccaneers training camp begins at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday. It is free and open to the public.

The Special Olympians will participate in drills beginning at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, visit www.buccaneers.com.

(5) Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

Heavy metal rock enthusiasts will be flocking to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Wednesday for the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.

The musical festival brings together more than 20 acts on three stages, including Rob Zombie, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Five Finger Death Punch and Born of Osiris.

Gates for the Mayhem Festival open at noon. Ticket prices start at $20.

For more information, visit rockstarmayhemfest.com.

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