TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, October 1.
(1) Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel opens
After 22 months of construction, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel opens for patients on Monday.
The $150 million facility features 83 private rooms, an 18-bed emergency room and the latest in surgical and radiological equipment. More than 175 physicians in a number of specialties, including vascular surgery, cardiac care, urology and obstetrics and gynecology, will practice at the hospital.
The hospital will be home to the first Philips Ambient Experience technology in the region. It system provides soothing sounds, lighting and animations, that are proven to reduce patient stress and help healing.
Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is located 2600 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Wesley Chapel.
For more information, call (813) 929-5000 or visit www.FHWesleyChapel.org .
(2) The Royal Inheritance: Dali Works From the Spanish National Collection
The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg welcomes twelve important Salvador Dali works to the museum on Monday.
The paintings come from the National Collection of Modern Art in Spain. Dali's final will named the Spanish Kingdom as his sole heir.
After Dali died in 1989, works from the former Museo Español de Arte were transferred to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, now one of the world's largest contemporary art museums.
The Royal Inheritance exhibition features paintings which the Kingdom of Spain inherited. This is the first time many of the twelve works have been on view in America.
Among the collection are still lifes, the stunning stereoscopic work Las Meninas, portraits of his wife, Gala, and later works with a mathematical theme
The Royal Inheritance will be shown through March 31, 2013.
For more information, visit thedali.org .
(3) Orioles vs. Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays look to continue their playoff push when they host the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.
Tonight's contest is the first game of the Rays final homestand of the regular season.
To make the playoffs the Rays must beat the Orioles and get a lot of help. The Oakland Athletics must lose all three games to the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim must lose at least one game to the Seattle Mariners.
Tonight the Rays will recognize the University of South Florida softball team for reaching the Women's College World Series for the first time in school history. The Bulls finished the season 50-14.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (888) FAN-RAYS or visit raysbaseball.com .
(4) 2013 Gasparilla tickets on sale
Reserved tickets for three 2013 Gasparilla events go on sale on Monday.
The 2013 Children's Gasparilla Parade is scheduled for Saturday, January 19, 2013. Reserved bleacher seating tickets are $23 per person. "First Mate" front-row tickets are $35 per ticket.
The 2013 Gasparilla Invasion Brunch is scheduled for Saturday, January 26, 2013. Brunch ticket holders can enjoy a bountiful feast and live entertainment at the Tampa Convention Center as the Krewe's fully rigged pirate ship, the Jose Gasparilla, sails up Seddon Channel, accompanied by a flotilla of boats.
Reserved Tickets for the brunch are $70 per adult and $60 per child.
The 2013 Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates will begin at 2:00 p.m. on January 26, 2013. The parade includes 130 units including colorful floats, bands and lots of pirates. Reserved bleacher seating tickets for the Parade of the Pirates are $35 per person.
A combo ticket will be offered for guests who wish to purchase tickets for both the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch and the Parade of the Pirates. Combo ticket prices are $99 per adult and $89 per child.
All Gasparilla tickets include tax, plus a $4 handling charge per ticket, not to exceed a maximum of $24 handling per order.
For additional information or to purchase tickets or officially licensed Gasparilla merchandise, visit www.GasparillaTreasures.com .
(5) Epcot 30th anniversary
Monday marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World.
A number of special Epcot historical presentations will be held in World Showplace today.
- 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. - Designing the Future - Past and Present: A panel of Disney Imagineers remembers 30 years of building tomorrow.
- 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. or 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. - Epcot: How it Changed the World with Marty Sklar.
Guests can also attend an anniversary moment at the America Gardens Theatre at 3:00 p.m., featuring appearances by Disney leaders and include performances by Mariachi Cobre and Voices of Liberty
Tonight's presentation of "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" will also feature a special 30th anniversary tag.
For more information, visit disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2012/09/the-30th-anniversary-of-epcot-kicks-off-today-with-d23-festivities/ .