Weekend calendar


Published: Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 25, 2008 at 6:33 p.m.

Hard Hat to Housewarming: A Celebratory Gala: UF benefit with silent auction, dinner and live music celebrates the opening of the Fackler Foyers, 6:30 p.m.-midnight, Phillips Center, 315 Hull Road. Tickets: $150 per person. (846-3647)

Great Air Potato Round-Up: Volunteers help round up invasive air potatoes. Event is followed by live entertainment, guest speakers, drawings and food, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Morningside Nature Center, 3540 E. University Ave. (334-3327)

Newberry Hospice Rodeo: Calf roping, bull riding and barrel racing benefits Haven Hospice, 7:30 p.m., Canterbury Showplace, 23100 W. Newberry Road. Tickets: $10 general; $5 ages 12 and younger.

Weincek Family Benefit: Yard sale and barbecue, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Hitching Post Mud Bog, U.S. Highway 26. $5 dinner. (472-9326)

North Florida Farmers' Agricultural Day: Tractors, fly-over by the Navy, barbecue dinner and more, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Mason City Community Center, North of I-75, exit 414. Free. (318-9529)

Veterans Awards Banquet: Honoring those who served our country, 6 p.m., Paramount Hotel. $20, dinner. (264-6740)

Alachua Stone Age Fair: Public artifact and fossil collections, displays and speakers, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Alachua Woman's Club, 14565 S. Main St. $3 general; $1 for ages 12 and younger.

Miss Alachua County USA: Preliminary pageant to Miss Florida USA, 2 p.m., Oak Hall School, Cofrin Theatre, 8009 SW 14th Ave. (284-8688)

Venous Screening: 9 a.m., Shands at UF Cardiovascular Center, 1600 SW Archer Road. Free.

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway: 8 a.m.-noon, Bradford Farmers Market, Bradford Health Department, State Road 301. (904-964-2461)

Paynes Prairie: Gentle walk and talk, 9 a.m. Thursdays; Wildlife Walk, 8 a.m. Saturdays, La Chua Trail, 4801 Camp Ranch Road; Stargazing with campfire, hay rides and live music, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Hickory Ranch, 9300 County Road 234. $5 general; free for children. (466-3397)

Stage Managers Intensive Workshop: Training session covering technical theater basics, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St. $35. (538-5516)

Meditation and healing classes: Classes on non-duality led by Tad Leitho, Vedanta instructor, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through April 19, Melrose. Free. (475-1599)

Meet the Author - Sudye Cauthen: "Rooted in a Florida Place," 2 p.m., Headquarters Library. (334-3900)

Kika Silva Pla Planetarium: Children's matinee, 3 p.m.; Black Holes, 5 p.m.; Night Spirits, 7 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets: $4 general; $3 children and seniors at the door, SFCC, 3000 NW 83rd St. (395-5381 or sfcc.edu/planetarium)

SUNDAY

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa: Internationally renowned soprano artist performs, 7:30 p.m., Phillips Center, 315 Hull Road. Tickets: $35-$65. (392-ARTS)

Gallery Talk: Celeste Roberge, professor of sculpture, speaks about Harn's Vision/Revision collection, 3 p.m., Harn Museum of Art. (392-9826)

"Hello Dolly" Auditions: Male and female parts for ages 14 and older. Includes dance and singing audition, 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Vam York Theater, 4039 NW 16th Blvd. (376-4949)

Ken Sizemore in Concert: Folk singer and guitarist performs, 3 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4225 NW 34th St. Reception follows. (377-1669)

Florida Flute Club Recital: 2 p.m., UF campus, Music Building, Room 120.

Introduction to Qigong: 3 p.m., Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Ave. (334-3900)

English Course: 7 p.m., Hawthorne Branch Library. (481-1920)

BOTH DAYS

Hoggetown Medieval Faire: More than 150 artisans, human chess matches, jesters, Robin Hood and more, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Sunday; 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 1; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 2-3, Alachua County Fairgrounds. $12 general; $6 ages 5-17; $5 on Feb. 1. (334-ARTS)

"The Dead Guy:" Reality television brings him fame and fortune, but at the end of the week, viewers decide how he dies, 9 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 5 and 9:30 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 3, Hippodrome State Theater. Tickets: $25-$30 general; $20 seniors; $10 students. (375-HIPP)

"Blithe Spirit:" Noel Coward's supernatural comedy, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, Friday through Feb. 10, Gainesville Community Playhouse, Vam York Theater, 4039 NW 16th Blvd. Tickets: $15 at Omni Books, Vam York Theater Box Office. (376-4949)

Flex Film Festival: The Florida Experimental Film and Video Festival runs today and Sunday, UF campus, Fine Arts Gallery, WARPhaus. Tickets: $5 per program; $15 festival pass. (flexfest.org)Jan. 26-27

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