5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, March 15

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, March 15.

(1) Publix accepts digital coupons

Starting on Friday all Publix grocery stores will begin accepting digital coupons.

Customers can sign up for the digital coupon service by visiting www.publix.com/coupon/Home.do .

Once enrolled, you can find and select coupon instantly on Publix's website. Then when you visit a Publix store, all you need is your phone number attached to your account to redeem the coupons.

Customers only have to enter their phone number on the PIN pad in the checkout line and the digital coupons they selected that match the items they are purchasing are automatically applied.

Publix will continue to honor paper coupons at their store locations.

(2) Florida's Largest Spring Home Show

It is ABC Action News Free Friday at Florida's Largest Spring Home Show at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Guests just need to mention ABC Action News and they can get into the show for free on today.

There will be more than 900 exhibit from over 275 participating companies.

Featured events and shows include:

Spring Fling Adopt-A-Pet presented by the Human Society of Tampa Bay and The New Barker. Local rescue groups will have pets ready for adoption. There will be pet behavior seminars and cooking shows to show you how to save money by making your own safe pet treats.

The Wonders Of Nature Wildlife Shows will show you a totally different way to view Florida's native animals.

Warren Caterson, author of Table For Two, The Cookbook For Couples, will demonstrate ways to make frugal and fun entrees in just ten minutes.

Southeastern Fishing & Tackle Sale will showcase fishing, tackle and boating supplies.

Show times are Friday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 55 and older. Children under 12 are free with an adult.

For more information, visit www.bighomeshow.com .

(3) 5th annual Chalk Walk Art Festival

The Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts (TBBCA) will host its fifth annual Chalk Walk art festival in Tampa's Hyde Park Village beginning on Friday.

More than fifty chalk and plein air artists will be covering up village sidewalks with original works of art during the three-day festival. A total of $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded for the best designs.

Times for the Chalk Walk festival are Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, visit www.hydeparkvillage.net .

(4) 10th annual St. Patrick's Hop

The Tampa Rough Riders will hold their 10th annual St. Patrick's Hop in Ybor City on Friday night.

For only $15 you can have dinner at either Gaspar's Grotto or the Spaghetti Factory. Check-ins begin at 6:00 p.m. with food available between 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.

You can then wander the streets Ybor City until midnight enjoy drink specials at Gaspar's Grotto, the Spaghetti Factory, Fuma Bella, Czar, Reservoir Bar, The Castle, JJ's, Centro Cantina, Dogs Bollocks, Bad Monkey, Coyote Ugly, Factoria (Rough Rider Bar) and Boneyard.

Trinkets will he handed out at many locations.

The annual Rough Rider's St. Patrick's Day Parade will roll through Ybor City on Saturday starting at 8:00 p.m. The parade begins at 7th Avenue and Nick Nuccio Parkway, proceeds east on 7th Avenue, before heading north on 20th Street and disbanding at Palm Avenue.

For more information, visit www.tampa-roughriders.org .

(5) Rays shave their heads

Over seventy Tampa Bay Rays players, coaches and staff will shave their heads on Friday as part of the 2013 Cut for a Cure Charity Challenge.

The Challenge benefits the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Last year, more than 70 Rays shaved and raised $7,568. The team's goal this year is to raise $20,000.

To show support for a participant, people are encouraged to donate online at pcfcutforacure.org through Friday, May 3, or in person today.

Attendees at the shaving will also have the opportunity to shave with the Rays for a $100 donation. T-shirts featuring Maddon's "Fortune Favors the Bald" slogan will be on sale at today's game.

"We hope to make this a Rays' tradition every spring," said Rays manager Joe Maddon. "As an organization, we are proud to support organizations and institutions like the Pediatric Cancer Foundation."

The head shaving will take at 11:30 a.m. at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte prior to the Rays-Phillies spring training game. The game begins at 1:05 p.m.

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