5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, April 26

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, April 26.

(1) National Arbor Day

Friday is National Arbor Day and a number of Bay Area groups are holding tree-planting events today.

The City of Tampa is holding a tree-planting event along the eastern shore of the Hillsborough River near Columbus Drive between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The City of Holmes Beach is planting a Southern red cedar at the trolley stop and canal on 77th Street at the intersection of Marina Drive at 9:30 a.m.

The City of Bradenton will plant five crape myrtles along Manatee Avenue East at the intersection of 9th Street East at noon.

The City of Palmetto will be planting a live oak at Hidden Lake Park at 1720 12th Street West at 1:00 p.m.

For more information about National Arbor Day, visit the official website at www.arborday.org.

(2) Dress for Success Tampa Bay Excess Inventory Sale

Dress for Success Tampa Bay begins their Excess Inventory Sale on Friday. The sale is taking place at the Lions Eye Institute at 1410 North 21st Street in Ybor City.

The event raises money for the non-profit organization which promotes economic independence of disadvantaged women. Proceeds will be used to purchase plus-size business attire, larger-size shoes and help with boutique expenses.

Suits are $6; dresses, blazers, shoes, purses and totes are $5; pants, skirts and shirts are $4; belts are $2; and jewelry is $1.

The sale runs today from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

To see some examples of clothing for sale or to donate to the organization, visit Dress for Success Tampa Bay's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dressforsuccesstampabay.

(3) Oyster shell bar installation

Tampa Bay Watch volunteers and The Mosaic Company employees will help install an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of Green Key on Friday.

Green Key is a small island located south of the mouth of the Alafia River and Bullfrog Creek in southeastern Hillsborough Bay.

Over the next two days volunteers will shovel an estimated eight tons of fossilized oyster shells into mesh bags, transport the bags by outboard motorboat, and then place them on the shoreline.

The goal of the project is to increase the oyster population in Tampa Bay and provide habitats for small organisms prevent erosion and improve water quality.

For more information or to sign up to be a Tampa Bay Watch volunteer, visit www.tampabaywatch.org.

(4) Clearwater's Blast Friday

The 500 block of Cleveland Street in Clearwater will be rocking on Friday night during Clearwater's Blast Friday.

The street festival begins at 5:30 p.m. and features a free outdoor concert by Firefall and plenty of food vendors.

Amanda Drake and the Barnburners will open for Firefall.

Since the 1970s Firefall has toured the world opening for groups such as Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, Lynard Skynard and Chicago. The band is known for hits such as You Are The Woman, Just Remember I Love You, Strange Way and Livin Aint Livin.

A limited number of VIP tickets which include reserved seating in front of the stage, two alcoholic beverages and free slice of pizza are available for at $25 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office, calling (727) 791-7400 or visiting www.atthecap.com.


The Tampa Bay Times Forum will also rock on Friday for 98ROCKFEST.

Sponsored by WXTB 97.9 FM, the annual all-star music festival features Alice in Chains, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm, Young Guns and Gemini Syndrome.

The concert begins at 5:45 p.m.

98ROCKFEST will be preceded by a free show beginning at 3:00 p.m. on the West Plaza outside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Bands performing in the free show include: In This Moment, Otherwise, Beware of Darkness and Surrender the Fall.

Tickets to 98ROCKFEST begin at $29. For more information, visit 98ROCKFEST.com.

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