5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, December 6

TAMPA - 5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, December 6.

(1) St. Joseph's Children's Hospital opening

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital will open its new and expanded Steinbrenner Children's Emergency/Trauma Center on Friday.

The new facility features 24 private patient rooms and a kids-only lobby designed to provide comfort for children and their families.

There is also two trauma suites with advanced critical care equipment for pediatric patients; six 'fast track' rooms to treat patients with minor emergencies; in-room entertainment system; and kid-friendly decorations like an interactive fish pond in the lobby floor.

A grand opening ribbon cutting event for the new center will take place at 9:00 a.m.

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital is located at 3001 West Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Tampa.

(2) Molly Ferrara Historic Marker dedication

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will join the Hillsborough County Historical Advisory Council (HCHAC) on Friday to dedicate a historic marker honoring Molly Ferrara.

Ferrara was one of Ybor City's greatest citizens. She was the first Alcaldesa, or female Mayor, of Ybor City and was the City of Tampa's first female tax collector.

For her work as a public servant and business woman, Ferrara was awarded the Tom Dooley Service to Humanity Award, Woman of the Year Award, Sertoma Service to Mankind Award, and American Heart Award.

The marker dedication will take place at 2:00 p.m. in front of Centro Ybor in Ybor City.

(3) MOSI After Dark

The Museum of Science and Industry will hosting another MOSI After Dark event on Friday night.

The event features some of Tampa's biggest and best food trucks.

Featured trucks include Hot Box'd Steamed Cheeseburgers, Lizziecakes, Kind Grinds, Roaming Gourmand and T-Bones Famous BBQ.

There will also be games to play and music. During the After Dark event, admission to MOSI's standard exhibit galleries will only cost $5. Additional fees apply for Sky Trail attractions.

For more information, call (813) 987-6000 or visit www.mosi.org .

(4) UCE Toys 4 Tots car meet

University Car Events is hosting a large car meet at the University of South Florida on Friday night.

U.S. Marines will attend the event collecting toys for their Toys 4 Tots holiday toy drive. Everyone who donates a toy will be entered to win one of four passes to Starline Cruises.

Over 600 cars, trucks and bikes are confirmed for tonight's event.

The car meet takes place from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute at 4001 East Fletcher Avenue in Tampa.

Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for military members. Children under 15 get in for free.

For more information, visit www.universitycarevents.com/events/ .

(5) Tampa annual Tree Lighting ceremony

The City of Tampa hosts its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Friday night.

The fun begins with the opening of the Christmas Market at 6:00 p.m. The market will feature unique, one-of-a-kind gifts including handmade jewelry, arts and crafts, ornaments, and other holiday-themed items and foods.

At approximately 8 p.m., Mayor Buckhorn will push the button and light the 30 foot tree.

A free screening of the holiday classic movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation will follow the lighting ceremony. Concessions will be available throughout the event.

Tampa's Downtown on Ice will be open for ice skating until 10:00 p.m.

Blankets and low back chairs are allowed in the park. Alcohol is prohibited.

For more information, visit www.friendsoftamparec.org .

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