5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, April 4, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, April 4, 2014.

(1) Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival opens

The 2nd annual Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival opens on Friday on Clearwater Beach.

The 10-day festival celebrates Clearwater's sugar sand beaches. It features sand sculptures of iconic movie characters and scenes.

There will be a variety of free activities including sand sculpting clinics, speed sand demonstrations, children’s play area, and live entertainment.

The Sunset Cinema will extend its normal weekend hours during the festival to play iconic movies like Jaws, Back to the Future and the Harry Potter films. A Beach Egg Hunt will occur at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 13.

A new feature this year is the addition of Frenchy's Sand Bar, where beer and wine will be available for sale.

Cost of admission to the Sugar Sand Festival is $8 for adults; $5 for seniors (55 and up), military and first responders; and $4 for students.

For more information, call (727) 449-1036 or visit www.sugarsandfestival.com .

(2) Manatee Awareness Day

Hernando County and Weeki Wachee Springs State Park are hosting their first Manatee Awareness Day on Friday.

The park will host special manatee boat tours to give visitors the chance to see the endangered species. Those who participate in the boat tour will receive a free admission ticket to return to the park another day, while supplies last.

During the tour you will learn about the manatee's natural habitat, how it is being threatened, and what you can do to protect it.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is open today from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 5131 Commercial Way in Spring Hill.

For more information on the park, visit www.weekiwachee.com .

(3) Blimpie stores celebrate 50th birthday

Tampa Bay area Blimpie stores will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Blimpie on Friday.

The first 200 customers to each of the national chain's stores today will receive a Blimpie Best sub sandwich for just 50 cents.

The original Blimpie store opened fifty years ago in Hoboken, New Jersey. Three high school friends wanted to create the best sub sandwich ever. They called their creation a Blimpie because their sandwich resembled a blimp.

To find the nearest Blimpie to you, visit www.blimpie.com/locator/ ‎.

(4) Rowdies Season Kickoff Party

The Tampa Bay Rowdies are inviting fans to attend their 2013 Season Kickoff Party on Friday night.

The event begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Petersburg.

Fans will be able to meet the entire 2014 Rowdies team, its coaches and management. There will be a sneak peak of the new 2014 jerseys.

Attendees will be able to enjoy complimentary beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres and music by DJ Fresh Events. The Season Kickoff Party is free but parking at the Mahaffey Theater is $5.

You can RSVP to attend tonight's party by e-mailing rsvp@rowdiessoccer.com .

The Rowdies will host their Fan Fest at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Rowdies 2014 season begins on Saturday, April 12.

(5) 10th annual Art of Giving

Fashion expert Tim Gunn will be the celebrity guest at the United Way Suncoast's 10th annual Art of Giving on Friday night.

Proceeds from the charitable event benefit the organization's Early Literacy Initiative which helps children building their reading skills.

The Art of Giving features a private fashion show, food, cocktails, live entertainment and a live auction. The event starts at 6:00 p.m. with the fashion show beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The event is being held at the Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Islands. Cocktail attire is required.

Tickets are $150. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.unitedwaysuncoast.org .

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