5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, November 16

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, November 16.

(1) Shaver twins funeral

The funeral for 3-year-old New Port Richey twins killed in a house fire on Monday will be held on Friday.

Micah and Miah Shaver died when they were trapped inside their Wabayo Street mobile home in the Moon Lake neighborhood. The twins' mother, Shannon Garza, made it out of her home, but neighbors and firefighters were unable to rescue the girl and boy.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but officials believe it started close to the children's bedroom.

The funeral is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Church of Christ at 6767 River Road in New Port Richey. It is open to the public.

A funeral assistance fund for the family is set up at Bank of America. If you wish to donate, you can do so at any Bank of America branch by mentioning the Shaver Funeral and Family Assistance Trust Fund (account #229043991449).

(2) National Adoption Day

Friday is National Adoption Day in Florida and across the country.

In Hillsborough County over 20 foster children will leave with their new forever families during the Hillsborough National Adoption Day celebration at the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa.

The adoption finalized hearings, normally closed to the public, will be open to guests today. The emotional ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue to 1:00 p.m.

More than 25 Pasco County children will officially be granted new parents during the county's annual National Adoption Day observance at the West Pasco Judicial Center in New Port Richey.

Adoption Day goals are to finalize adoptions from foster care, celebrate families who adopt and raise awareness and encourage others to adopt.

For more information on the National Adoption Day program, visit www.nationaladoptionday.org .

(3) James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital Primary Care Annex groundbreaking

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital Primary Care Annex will take place on Friday morning.

The 106,000-square-foot facility will house services currently provided by the nearby James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital. The Annex will enable the hospital to expand healthcare to more than 87,000 veterans living in four Bay Area counties.

In addition to primary care services, the two-story facility will offer women's wellness, radiology, mental health and dental services. Construction is expected to be completed in February 2014.

The Annex is located at 13515 Lake Terrace Lane in Tampa. Today's ceremonies begin at 10:00 a.m.

(4) Enchanted Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Street Party

Hyde Park Village in Tampa kicks off holiday events with their Enchanted Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Street Party on Friday.

The event runs from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and features train rides, cookies, cider, a musical extravaganza, arts and crafts, face painter, gyroscope rides, and plenty of delicious food.

Children will be able to write letters to the North Pole and visit Santa Claus in his cottage for professional photos.

The 30-foot Christmas Tree features an all new musical light show programmed to favorite holiday classics.

For more information, call (813) 251-3500 or visit www.hydeparkvillage.net .

(5) Downtown on Ice

An ice skating rink returns to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa for the third year in a row beginning on Friday.

From today through January 5, 2013, you will be able to enjoy a 90-minute ice skating session for just $10. Each session includes skate rental.

Hours of operation are as follows:

  • Mondays to Thursdays: 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Sundays: 12:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The ice rink will be closed on Thanksgiving, open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on December 24, and from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. on December 25.

Downtown on Ice will be open extended hours during the Hillsborough County school holidays.

For more information, visit www.tampasdowntownonice.com .

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