5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, December 28

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, December 28.

(1) Bill McBride memorial service

The memorial service for longtime Tampa attorney and former Florida gubernatorial candidate Bill McBride will be held on Friday.

The service will be take place at 1:00 p.m. at the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church at 3501 San Jose Street in Tampa. The church is across the street from Plant High School on the Himes Avenue side.

McBride's family will receive friends in the courtyard of the church at the conclusion of the memorial service.

The 67-year-old McBride died of a heart attack on Saturday while visiting the North Carolina hometown of his wife, Alex Sink. He is survived by his wife and children, Bert and Lexi.

McBride ran for governor in 2002, only to lose to Jeb Bush.

(2) Hogan's Beach opens

Hulk Hogan opens his brand new restaurant Hogan's Beach for a special preview on Friday night.

The 22,000 square-foot restaurant on the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa features waterside dining, live outdoor entertainment, authentic Tiki bars, fire pits, volleyball courts, beachfront dance floors, and a mechanical shark ride.

Tonight's special preview for VIPs and media members begins at 5:00 p.m. The official grand opening of Hogan's Beach is New Year's Eve.

Hogan boasted to the Tampa Bay Times his restaurant is "Hooters times 10."

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/HogansBeachTampa.

(3) Russell Athletic Bowl

The Virginia Tech Hokies and Rutgers Scarlet Knights will play in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando on Friday.

Virginia Tech boasts the ACC's second-ranked scoring defense and the conference's third-best total defense. The Hokies are 2-0 against Big East teams in bowl games since 2006.

Rutgers enters the game with a 9-3 record and are looking for their first 10-win season since 2006. The Scarlet Knights are riding a five-game bowl win streak, tied for the nation's longest.

Kick off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPN.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.russellathleticbowl.com.

(4) Outback Bowl Players Night

Events for Outback Bowl week continue in Tampa on Friday.

Players from Michigan and South Carolina will enjoy an evening of fun and gates at Splitsville at Channelside Bay Plaza. The teams will begin bowling at 6:00 p.m. Doors open to the public at 7:15 p.m.

Kickoff for the Outback Bowl is set for 1:00 p.m. on January 1. The game will be televised on ESPN.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.outbackbowl.com.

(5) Puss in Boots free moving screening

The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department and the Tampa Downtown Partnership a free screening of Puss in Boots on Friday night in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

The movie tells the story of Puss who is accompanied by his sidekicks, Humpty Dumpty and Kitty Softpaws. Puss is pitted against Jack and Jill, two murderous outlaws in ownership of legendary magical beans which lead to great fortune.

Puss in Boots stars the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis.

The screening is part of the Screen on the Green, an outdoor family friendly event featuring G- and PG-rated movies with short animations before the main presentation.

Concessions will be available in the park. Blankets, low chairs, coolers and pets on leashes will be permitted.

While at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park you can enjoy Tampa's Downtown on Ice, the Bay area's only outdoor ice skating rink. The ice rink will be open until 10:00 p.m. Skating is $10 for 90 minutes and includes skates.

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