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5 Things to Know in Gulfport: Veterans Day Parade, Chili Cookoff, Candidates Forum

Happy Monday! There's a lot of upcoming events including a candidates forum, mobile collection and chili cookoff. Check out today's "5 Things" and mark the dates on your calendars.

Vendors Needed: Organizers are seeking local businesses, artists and artisans to fill downtown Gulfport during the upcoming Veteran's Day Parade on Saturday, November 11. For more information contact Bob Worthington at (727) 916-8014 or Javier Centonzio at (913) 706-9340.

Candidate Forum: The Gulfport Democratic Club and St. Petersburg Republican Club are hosting a candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom. All are invited; doors open at 6 p.m. Candidates for the following races are slated to attend: US House Dist 13, Sheriff, Supervisor of Elections, County Commission, FL State House Dist 69, School Board.

Chili Cookoff: Hurry! There's still time to enter your homemade chili or salsa in the Industrial Art Center's "Industrial Strength Chili Cookoff" on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 6 - 10 p.m. in the Art Village Courtyard. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, Sept. 19. For more information check out the IAC's website.

Mobile Collection: Mark your calendar for the free mobil collection on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Gulfport Recreation Center. Pinellas County residents can drop off household and business electronics and chemicals for free from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more information see the attached pdf.

Monday Forescast: Don't forget your umbrella today! We have a 60 percent chance of isolated showers, likely after 2 p.m. Otherwise, it'll be partly sunny with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 98. Tonight, we'll have a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8 p.m. Otherwise, cloudy with a low around 79.

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