Hey, Tampa! Let’s get you started this Thursday with everything you need to know going on today in town.

First, today’s weather:

Brilliant sunshine and humid. High: 82 Low: 65.

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1. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to a report of a fire at Colonial Assisted Living Facility at 11722 North 17th Street at 6:58 a.m. on Tuesday. Firefighters also responded to a fire there on Saturday that appears to be accidental. Colonial ALF will be closed until code enforcement staff reviews the repairs and clears the facility to reopen. (Tampa Patch)

2. Police say there was a shooting outside St. Petersburg restaurant Rush Hour Chicken & Waffles left a man in critical condition on Tuesday night. According to authorities an argument inside spilled into the parking lot where a man was seen shooting into a crowd and the victim was punched in the stomach. (WFLA)

3. Tampa’s iconic Fun-Lan Drive-In & Flea Market has signed to Richman Hillsborough Apartments for $11.34 million. The land is to become multi-family housing, according to the county. The apartment paid $5.84 million more than the original purchaser in December. (Creative Loafing Tampa)

4. Actor Neil Patrick Harris, best known for working on the television series How I Met Your Mother, was spotted on Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Iron Gwazi is the theme park’s newest coaster, stands at 206-feet-tall with a 91-degree drop and travels at 76 mile per hour speeds. (That’s So Tampa)

5. Hillsborough County School District is receiving a record amount of funding for mental health services from the state as demand spikes with students for services. The county will use their $8 million allocation to hire more therapists and start a Mobile Response Team to help students in crisis. (Fox 13 Tampa)

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Today in Tampa:

  • Dunkin’ Launches Bolts Blends to Keep Tampa Bay Lightning Fans Running Throughout the Season. (9:00 AM)
  • City Of Tampa Workshop Meeting at Old City Hall. (9:00 AM)
  • Refashioned at Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex. (1:00 PM)
  • Paws For Literacy at Humane Society Of Tampa Bay. (2:45 PM)
  • Art On The House at Tampa Museum Of Art. (4:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • This weekend, the Gasparilla Music Festival is taking over Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Tickets are now available. (Facebook)
  • City of Tampa’s Diversity Recruiter visited Blake High School to recruit summer interns for fun positions serving our community. They are looking for young adults age 16 to 24 for paid internships with various departments, including Tampa Parks & Recreation. (Facebook)
  • Tickets are still available to see writer, director and comedian Demetri Martin live at Tampa Theatre on Saturday, April 9th. (Facebook)
  • Summer Camp registration is now open for Art+ Members with Household Membership or higher at Tampa Museum of Art (TMA). TMA offers all-day or half-day art camps where campers can create, learn, and play in their newly constructed education center, in the galleries, and in the Curtis Hixon playground. Camps have different themes based on the museum’s permanent collection of antiquities, modern & contemporary art, and exhibitions on view in museum galleries. (Facebook)

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