5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, March 17, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, March 17, 2014.

(1) Tampa Bay Lightning 2004 Stanley Cup Championship 10th anniversary

The Tampa Bay lightning will hold a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the franchise's 2004 Stanley Cup Championship at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Monday night.

The Lightning will play the Vancouver Canucks at the Forum at 7:30 p.m.

All fans in attendance will receive a replica of an actual Stanley Cup ring that each of the 2004 Lightning players received following the championship.

A number of Lightning alumni from the 2004 team will attend the game including captain Dave Andreychuk, Ben Clymer, Jassen Cullimore, Chris Dingman, Pavel Kubina, Brad Lukowich, Fredrik Modin, Stan Neckar, Nolan Pratt, Andre Roy, Tim Taylor and Cory Stillman.

The alumni will be available outside the Forum for autographs and pictures. The Stanley Cup will also be on display for photos.

Following tonight's game, the third period of 2004 Stanley Cup Final will be shown on LightningVision.

For more information, visit lightning.nhl.com .

(2) Seminole Heights Branch Library grand opening

The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System will hold an official grand opening of the new Seminole Heights Branch Library on Monday.

Officials will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at the library at 10:00 a.m.

The new Seminole Heights Branch Library triples the size of the library it replaced. The new 22,000-square-foot building is two stories tall and features a large community room that can hold 130 people, a bookstore and vending café.

For more information on library services, call (813) 273-3652 or visit www.hcplc.org .

(3) Bill Cosby at the Lakeland Center

Comedian Bill Cosby will perform two comedy concerts at the Lakeland Center on Monday.

The 7:30 p.m. performance proved to be so popular, it sold out. The Lakeland Center added a second show at 5:00 p.m.

Cosby is one of the most iconic comedians of the past fifty years. He started performing stand-up routines in the early 1960s. In 1965 he was cast with Robert Culp in the espionage series I Spy.

His Saturday morning cartoon show, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, ran from 1972 to 1979. Cosby produced and starred in the highest rated sitcom of the 1980s, The Cosby Show.

Cosby has won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Mark Twain Prize for American and been honored at the Kennedy Center Honors.

For more information, call (863) 834-8111 or visit www.thelakelandcenter.com .

(4) St. Petersburg celebrates St. Patrick's Day

There will be a few St. Patrick's Day celebrations in downtown St. Petersburg on Monday.

Around 500 green-clad revelers are expected to party by Courigan's Irish pub this morning. The party, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., will force the closure of Beach Drive between central Avenue and 1st Street SE.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend a nearby St. Patrick's Day block party. The party will closure 1st Avenue North between 1st and 2nd Streets between noon at 11:00 p.m.

(5) PaddyFest 2014

Irish 31 in Tampa's historic Hyde Park neighborhood will host the third day of their PaddyFest 2014 on Monday.

Streets in Hyde Park Village will be shut down for live music, food and drinks. Today's festival runs from 3:00 to 11:00 p.m.

UV, a U2 tribute band, will take the stage at 9:00 p.m.

Attendees can enter to win a St. Paddy look-a-like contest for a chance to to win a trip to Ireland. The contest will start at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets to PaddyFest are $60 and include unlimited food and drinks. For more information, visit www.hydeparkvillage.com .

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