5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, March 14

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, March 14.

(1) Amanda Pierce funeral

The funeral for 18-year-old Amanda Pierce will take place in Tampa on Thursday.

The Plant High School senior was killed in a traffic accident Friday night in Jefferson County.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers say Pierce was driving with a friend to Tallahassee to pick up her sister from Florida State University.

The women were traveling west on Interstate 10 when traffic started to come to a stop due to two other crashes ahead of them.

According to FHP, Pierce swerved to the right to try and avoid hitting the stopped car in front of her. Pierce's car spun around as it headed onto the shoulder of the interstate and then hit a tree.

Pierce died on Saturday. Her friend, 18-year-old Taylor Lazzara, was released from the hospital later that day.

The funeral is taking place at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 509 North Florida Avenue in Tampa.

Grief counselors will be made available to students when they return to Plant High on Monday.

(2) Mayor's Night Out

St. Petersburg residents will have a chance to connect with City Hall on Thursday night during Mayor's Night Out at the Shore Acres Center.

Mayor Bill Foster is encouraging residents to bring their ideas and share their problems with him and city staff members during the meet-and-greet session which starts at 6:00 p.m.

Shore Acres Center is located at 4230 Shore Acres Boulevard North.

For information on the Mayor's community forums, visit www.stpete.org/MayorsNightOut.        

(3) 13th annual Tampa Bay Fights Cancer Night

The Tampa Bay Lightning hosts their 13th annual Tampa Bay Fights Cancer Night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday night.

Tampa Bay Fights Cancer Night helps raise awareness in support of finding a cure for the disease.

More than 2,000 people affected by the disease or helping to find a cure in Tampa Bay are invited to attend the game.

The annual event brings together a multitude of charitable organizations dedicated to dealing with the dreaded disease.

Cancer survivor and Lightning alumnus John Cullen will drop the ceremonial first puck.

Game time for the Lightning's game against the New York Islanders is 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit lightning.nhl.com.

(4) Tampa Bay Championship

The Tampa Bay Championship tees off on Thursday morning at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor.

The golf action begins at 7:40 a.m. with two-time Major winner John Daly among those playing in the opening groups.

Other feature groups include defending champion Luke Donald teeing off on the 1st tee with former winners Jim Furyk and K.J. Choi at 8:30 a.m.

Right behind them will be Sergio Garcia, Webb Simpson and Martin Kaymer at 8:40 a.m.

The tournament will be televised today on the Golf Channel is from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Tickets for tournament rounds cost at $40 and can be purchased at the gate or at TampaBayChampionship.com.

(5) Pi Day

Thursday is Pi Day, the day of the year that matches the number pi in its shortest version: 3.14.

Mathematicians know 3.14 are the first three numbers in pi - the ratio of the circumference of a circle.

This is the 24th year Pi Day is being celebrated. It began at the San Francisco Exploratorium in 1989. Staff and visitors at the science museum walked around one of the circular spaces. They then concluded the celebration by eating slices of fruit pies.

Since then, the Pi Day celebration has gone worldwide. In 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution officially declaring March 14 as National Pi Day.

For more 3.14159265359 fun, take the Pi Day Challenge at www.pidaychallenge.com.

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