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

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

(1) Pasco County Vet Center opens

The new Pasco County Vet Center opens to the public on Friday. It will provide services to families and veterans who have returned home from combat.

The center's counseling program will provide veterans and their families access to services for PTSD, substance abuse, general mental health, and readjustment counseling.

The Vet Center is part of the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital & Clinics. It is designed to service Pasco and Hernando county veterans and their families.

The center is located at 5139 Deer Park Drive in New Port Richey. The grand opening will occur at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit  www.tampa.va.gov .

(2) Tampa Bay Home Show

The Tampa Bay Home Show opens up at Tropicana Field on Friday. The 3-day show will give homeowners plenty of ideas on how they can improve their property.

There are exhibits in dozens of categories including: building products, remodeling services, decorating products & services, landscaping, windows, doors, air conditioning/heating, furniture, fencing, pools and spas, kitchen cabinets, security systems, flooring, carpets, tile and much more.

There are special presentations on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Jeff Monsein will give painting tips and the faux finshes you can do; Stan "Mr. Green Thumb" Defreitas will talk about Florida trees and the insects we face.

Show hours are Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission and parking to the Home Show is free. For more information, visit tampabayhomeshows.com .

(3) Showstoppers - Film to Footlights

The Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts will put on Showstoppers - Film to Footlights at the Jaeb Theater on Friday and Saturday.

The show is by students in grades 7 to college. Kids from 27 schools will performs songs from popular movies and Broadway musicals.

Performances are Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Straz Center Ticket Office, by calling (813) 229-7827 or online at www.strazcenter.org .

The Patel Conservatory enriches the lives of more than 50,000 students each year through outreach programs and classes in dance, music and theater.

(4) American Idol Live! 2014

The American Idol Season 13 finalists are coming to Clearwater on Friday night.

C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf are scheduled to perform at Ruth Eckard Hall tonight on the American Idol Live! 2014 tour.

Woolf is a Tampa Bay area native. He lives in Bradenton.

A limited number of tickets to the 8:00 p.m. show are still available. Ticket prices start at $60.50. One dollar of each ticket purchased will be donated to The Melanoma Research Alliance to help cure melanoma.

For more information, call (727) 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com .

(5) Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows

MOSI is bringing Harry Potter and Voldemort back to the big screen beginning on Friday night.

For the next eight weeks, MOSI will be screening the two Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows movies at 6:00 p.m. on alternating weekends.

The two-parter sees Harry and his friends race against time to destroy the remaining Horcruxes before the Dark Lord can take over Hogwarts.

  • Part 1 will be shown on July 18 and 19 & August 1, 2, 15, 16, 29 and 30.
  • Part 2 will be show on July 25 and 26 & August 8, 9, 22 and 23, & September 5 and 6.


Potter fans can purchase individual movie tickets or combo tickets in which they will receive a voucher to come back on a subsequent weekend to view part 2.

Adult prices are $10 for one movie or $16 for both. Child prices are $8 for one moive or $14 for both. Discounts are available for MOSI members.

For more information, call (813) 987-6080 or visit MOSI.org .

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