5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, March 28, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, March 28, 2014.

(1) Giant inflatable colon at Moffitt

On Friday, Moffitt Cancer Center is inviting the media to tour a giant colon that provides a detailed look at the different stages of the disease.

The inflatable colon is the centerpiece of a bilingual colorectal cancer awareness event being held on Saturday.

Attendees to the Ask the Experts: Colorectal Cancer event will be able to walk through the giant colon to see what polyps and cancer clusters actually look like. When caught early by a colonoscopy, colorectal cancer can be a curable disease.

Saturday's event features a discussion by doctors, nurses, nutritionists and colorectal cancer survivors who will talk about personal risks for colorectal cancer, screening and prevention tips and how diet and exercise can improve outcomes.

The discussion will be held in both English and Spanish. Admission and parking are free. Lunch is included.

Registration on Saturday begins at 8:00 a.m. The event is taking place at Moffitt Cancer Center's Vincent A. Stabile Building in Tampa from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.moffitt.org .

(2) Free Dental Care event

The Florida Dental Association (FDA) is hosting the first Florida Mission of Mercy (MOM) event at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday.

The two-day event will allow Floridians to receive free dental cleanings, fillings and extractions. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Approximately 800 patients are expected to receive dental care each day.

Services will begin at 6:00 a.m. each day and run until the maximum patient quota is met.

The dental care event is taking place inside the Special Events Pavilion at the State Fairgrounds.

(3) Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

IndyCar drivers participating in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will take to the downtown race track for some practice laps on Friday.

Practice sessions will be held at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

An additional practice session will be held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. before the qualifying process for Sunday's race begins at 2:00 p.m. The race is scheduled to begin at 3:20 p.m. on Sunday.

General admission prices for today and tomorrow begin at $20.

There will be a free shuttle service from Tropicana Field to downtown for all Grand Prix events beginning today. Parking in the Tropicana Field parking lots will cost you $10. The shuttle will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information on all Grand Prix activities, visit gpstpete.com .

(4) The Dalí Museum closed

The Dalí Museum will be closed to guests for three days starting on Friday due to the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The museum is using the closure as an opportunity to train its employees.

"We are kicking off a new customer-oriented training program and have chosen that weekend to take a training break as during the Grand Prix weekend we get fewer visitors," said Dr. Hank Hine, Executive Director of The Dalí Museum.

The Dalí Museum will reopen for visitors on Monday, March 31 at 10 a.m. The museum is currently hosting a new exhibit: "Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality" through April 27.

For more information, visit thedali.org .

(5) Scotty McCreery in concert

Platinum-selling country music artist Scotty McCreery brings his smooth baritone voice to the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Friday night.

The 20-year-old American Idol Season 10 winner has sold more than 2 million albums in less than two years. Both his albums debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country albums chart.

McCreery says he will sing songs from his Billboard number one hit debut album Clear As Day, as well as a few classic covers.

Tickets are still available for tonight's concert. Prices start at $39.50. For more information, call (727) 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com .

To learn more about Scotty McCreery, visit his official website at www.scottymccreery.com .

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