5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, January 17
8:13 AM, Jan 17, 2014
10:59 AM, Jan 17, 2014
TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, January 17.
(1) Wesley Chapel business on
Wesley Chapel businessman Ben Alexander will appear on ABC's
Shark Tank on Friday night. Alexander is the owner of Balloon Distractions. He is hoping the Sharks will want to invest in his balloon design company.
Balloon Distractions helps restaurants across the country promote their business using balloon entertainers.
The company is hosting a viewing party at Primebar at the Shops of Wiregrass.
Shark Tank airs on ABC Action News starting at 9:00 p.m.
(2) Monster Jam Day
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will proclaim Friday "Monster Jam Day" in the City of Tampa. This is the 30th year the monster truck event will be held in Tampa.
Mayor Buckhorn will present proclamations to Grave Digger driver Dennis Anderson and Maximum Destruction driver Tom Meents at 10:00 a.m. at Raymond James Stadium.
Each year, more than 110,000 guests attend the Monster Jam events in Tampa. This year's events will take place on January 18 and February 1.
Monster Jam truck Stone Crusher will make an special appearance at Elder Ford of Tampa on Friday afternoon.
People attending the event will get to see Stone Crusher, meet driver Steve Sims and get the chance to win free Monster Jam pit passes and other prizes.
Stone Crusher will be at Elder Ford from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The dealership is located at 9560 N. Florida Avenue in Tampa.
(4) Billy Joel in concert
Legendary singer Billy Joel will perform in concert at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Friday night.
Joel is the third best-selling solo musician in the United States. In his career, which began in the 1960s, the New York City native has sold over 150 million albums worldwide. He had Top 40 hits for three straight decades starting in the 1970s.
Joel has been inducted into both the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. To learn more about Billy Joel, visit his official website at
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay begins their weekend Catsparilla event on Friday.
For the next three days the Humane Society is waiving adoption fees for cats and kittens to people sporting pirate or Gasparilla attire.
Shelter workers hope the promotion will give the felines extra attention this weekend.
"Our dogs will get lots of exposure this weekend at the NAVC conference and during the Children's Parade," said HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk. "We thought it only fitting to show the cats some love by bringing the party to them."
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will be open 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The shelter is located at 3607 N. Armenia Avenue in Tampa. For more information, call (813) 876-7138 or visit