5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

(1) McDonald's FCAT free breakfast

All Tampa Bay area McDonald's are offering free breakfasts on Tuesday to students who are in the midst of FCAT testing. This is the fifth year in a row local McDonald's have offered the free breakfasts.

Teachers can also receive the complimentary breakfast by showing a valid teacher I.D. card.

The breakfast includes an Egg McMuffin, a choice of one percent milk or a small orange juice, and a package of Apple Slices. The free breakfast is available from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m.

The free food offer is available at participating McDonald's restaurants in Florida and valid while supplies last. No substitutions or group redemptions are permitted. Students under age 15 must be accompanied by a parent and be present to redeem the offer. Teachers must present a valid Florida Teacher's ID to redeem the offer.

(2) Ghost The Musical

Ghost The Musical begins playing at the Straz Center on Tuesday.

The musical is based on the 1990 Academy Award-winning film. It features an original pop score by Dave Stewart (half of the Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (co-writer on Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill album).

Ghost tells the story of Sam and Molly, a young couple in love who find their connection shaken by Sam's untimely death.

Sam refuses to leave Molly behind in the afterlife when he learns she is in grave danger. He turns to a storefront psychic to help protect Molly and avenge his death.

The Associated Press says Ghost The Musical is "eye-poppingly brilliant with glorious songs."

Show times are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.; with matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets start at $46.50. For more information, call (813) 229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org .

(3) Earth Day 2014

Tuesday is the 44th annual Earth Day. With celebrations by nearly one billion people across the world, Earth Day is now the largest secular holiday in the world.

There are a many Earth Day activities occurring across the Tampa Bay region today. We are highlighting just a few.

The Tampa Bay Rays will present a commemorative check for $6,075 to Tampa Bay Watch before tonight's game. The money represents the proceeds of the 2013 season's Break a Bat, Plant a Ball program.

The Rays partner with Tampa Bay Watch, funding the construction of one oyster ball for every bat broken during a home game. The non-profit organization helps protect and restore of the Tampa Bay estuary.

Employees at CA Technologies will spend a couple hours this morning helping to clean up Lowry Park Zoo. They will assist in cleaning up and landscaping the zoo as part of their 7th annual Green Week volunteer initiative.

Hillsborough High School will help celebrate Earth Day will a butterfly release. Members of the school's Environmental Club will each receive an envelope with a butterfly into the school's Positive Park garden.

All Children's Hospital will celebrate Earth Day with a tour of 'Zoes Edible Garden. Students from Bay Point Elementary will decorate the wings of artificial butterflies with inspiring messages for patients at All Children's Hospital. The students will then release thousands of live butterflies into the garden.

(4) Earth Day pet adoption special

The Hernando County Animal Services is offering an Earth Day pet adoption special on Tuesday.

All dog and cats can be adopted for $1 at the shelter today.

Adoptable dogs are vaccinated, de-wormed, tested for heartworms, spayed or neutered and have a county license.

Adoptable cats are vaccinated, tested for feline leukemia, de-wormed, spayed or neutered and have a county license.

The shelter at 19450 Oliver Street in Brooksville will be open today from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call (352) 796-5602 or visit www.hernandocounty.us/animal/ .

(5) NASA Earth Day #GlobalSelfie

NASA is inviting you to participate in its Earth Day #GlobalSelfie event on Tuesday.

For the 44th annual Earth Day, NASA is trying to create an image of the planet from the ground up. The space agency is asking people who take a photo of themselves and post them online using the hashtag GlobalSelfie. The photos will then be used to create a mosaic image of Earth.

The mosaic and a video using the images will be put together and released in May.

The first step is to to take a photo outside showing your location with words written in sand, spelled out with rocks or by using the printable signs at www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/globalselfie/ .

Then post the photo to Twitter, Instagram or Google+ with #GlobalSelfie; or post it to the #GlobalSelfie event page on Facebook .

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