5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, April 18, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, April 18, 2014.

(1) Good Friday

Friday is a holy day for Christians around the world.

Today is Good Friday, according to belief it is the day crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The estimated year of his death at Calvary occurred in 33 AD.

Good Friday occurs the Friday before Easter, which is the day Jesus Christ is said to have resurrected from death.

Students attending public schools in every Bay Area county are out of class today. Some local government buildings are also closed today.

Good Friday is not a federal holiday so the post offices are open. Most banks are operating normal hours today.

Today in downtown Tampa the First United Methodist Church of Lutz will re-enact Christ's crucifixion.

The procession begins at 12:00 p.m. on the steps of City Hall before moving to Lykes Park. Participants will be wearing period costumes as part of the demonstration.

At 6:30 p.m. church members will continue the re-enactment on church grounds.

For more information on the re-enactment, visit the church's website at www.fantasticfirst.org .

(2) Easter Bunny at The Florida Aquarium

The Easter Bunny wants you to hop down to the Florida Aquarium on Friday for a special underwater appearance.

The SCUBA-certified East Bunny will be diving in the aquarium's Coral Reef Gallery at 11:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

In addition, The Florida Aquarium will host an Underwater Easter Egg Hunt where guests will have the opportunity to search exhibits for Easter eggs hidden by the Bunny.

For an additional cost, attendees can enjoy a special Easter Picnic in the Explore A Shore Pavilion or have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

The special Easter festivities will continue through Sunday. For more information, call (813) 273-4000 or visit www.flaquarium.org .

(3) Pony Party Weekend

Bill Currie Ford is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang this weekend. The 2-day Pony Party Weekend is raising money for the Children's Cancer Center.

The celebration begins on Friday night with the Get Down and Pony Up at the TPepin's Hospitality Centre in Tampa. The party lasts from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Attendees to the funkalicious 60s and 70s party are encouraged to dress the part like long hair, loud colors and flares are back in style.

You can roll 7 dice to win a brand new $40,000 2014 Mustang. If the dice spell out M-U-S-T-A-N-G you will be driving home in style. The cost for each roll of the dice is $10.

Tickets to the party are $25 at the door. The price includes free beer until 9:30 p.m. and free food.

Pony Party Weekend continues on Saturday with the Drive a Pony, Help a Kid mustang car show.

The car show will feature up to 150 Mustangs from 1964 to the present. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon and the Bucs Cheerleaders will appear at the event.

You will be able to take a test drive a Mustang. Ford Motor Co., Jennifer Currie & Family, and Tijuana Flats' 'Just in Queso' Foundation will each contribute $20 to the Children's Cancer Center for each test drive.

If you want to reserve a test drive time, you are asked to e-mail Gabby Soriano .

The Drive a Pony, Help a Kid event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Bill Currie Ford at 5815 North Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa.

For more information on Pony Party Weekend, visit www.childrenscancercenter.org .

(4) Selmon Expressway reversible express lanes

The Hillsborough Expressway is giving commuters an easy way to access Western Hillsborough county beginning on Friday.

The Reversible Express Lanes (REL) on the Selmon Expressway will open for eastbound operations at 10:00 a.m. today. The lanes will then remain open in the eastbound direction through the entire Easter Weekend.

The lanes will not reverse to their normal westbound (downtown Tampa) direction until 6:00 a.m. on Monday.

Drivers are advised the hours of operation on the Reversible Express Lanes are subject change without notice for construction or maintenance work.

For more information, visit www.tampa-xway.com .

(5) Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: Game 2

The Tampa Bay Lightning will attempt to even up their best-of-seven series with the Montreal Canadiens at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Friday night.

The Canadiens defeated the Lightning 5-4 in overtime on Dale Weise's first career playoff goal on Wednesday night.

The Lightning know they must play better defense. Montreal outshot Tampa Bay 44-25 in the game.

Lightning Captain Steven Stamkos said the five goals his teammates gave up is way too many in the playoffs.

It does not appear injured starting goaltender Ben Bishop will be able to play tonight. Anders Lindback, who made 39 saves Wednesday, is expected to start again.

The game will be televised on CNBC. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit lightning.nhl.com .

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