Around the region for Oct. 27, 2012


Published: Friday, October 26, 2012 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 26, 2012 at 7:51 p.m.

TODAY

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY FALL BOOK SALE: Hundreds of thousands of books, records, games, CDs, DVDs, posters and more on sale to benefit the Alachua County Library District, most prices range from 25 cents to $4, starts today from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., continues 1-6 p.m. Sunday, noon-7 p.m. Monday, noon-7 p.m. Tuesday, noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, Friends of the Library Book House, 430-B N. Main St. (Folacld.org)

FALL PLANT WALK: Walk 1-2 miles with a botanist to learn about plant diversity on the Chacala Trail, 3-5 p.m., Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park’s Chacala Trail, 100 Savannah Blvd., Micanopy. Cost: $4 per person or $6 per vehicle. (466-4100)

ANNUAL FALL DANCE SHOWCASE: Three different programs featuring choreography by UF BAF seniors, faculty and guest artists, also includes “Florida Moves,” a fundraiser featuring original works from five Florida schools, Choreodrama Program A, 2 p.m. Sunday; Choreodrama Program B, 7 p.m. today and 4 p.m. Sunday; “Florida Moves” fundraiser, 2 p.m. today; Nadine McGuire Dance Pavilion G-6 Theatre, UF campus. Cost: $9 showcase for all three days, $10 for “Florida Moves” fundraiser. (392-1653)

CITY OF GAINESVILLE YARD SALE: City of Gainesville is hosting its second annual yard sale with 100 percent of the sales going to support the United Way of North Central Florida, items include gently used toys, bicycles, books, tools, furniture, household items, movies, etc., 8 a.m., Westwood Middle School, 3215 NW 15th Ave. Free. (955-6718)

ALACHUA COUNTY FAIR: Entertainment, rides, food, and attractions, today is the final day, opens 2 p.m., Alachua County Fairgrounds, 2900 NE 39th Ave. Cost: $10. (374-5204)

DANCE PARTY/ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Cathy DeWitt’s band, Moondancer, performs with special guest guitarist Mike Cripe from Tampa playing classic rock, R&B, Beatles and blues for the Unity of Gainesville dance, 8 p.m., Unity Church of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave. Admission: $10, includes ice cream. (494-4731)

39TH ANNUAL FALL ANTIQUE SHOW AND SALE: Fundraiser features more than 20 dealers from all over the country, a crystal repair service, lunch and a bake shop, 10 a.m. today and 11 a.m. Sunday, Gainesville Woman’s Club, 2809 W. University Ave. Cost: $5. (376-3901)

THE FEST 11: Three-day multi-venue music event with more than 300 bands runs Friday through Sunday, venues include the Florida Theater of Gainesville, 8 Seconds, High Dive, and others, see Thefestfl.com for full schedule. Cost: Remaining weekend passes are $125 cash only, at Video Rodeo and Hear Again Music; limited number of walk-up tickets for individual shows available at each venue. (www.thefestfl.com)

8TH ANNUAL FLORIDA BAT FESTIVAL: Visit a working research center and see some of the largest bats in the world. This is the only day of the year when the center is open to the public, activities for the entire family, bouncy huts, fun crafts, a prize raffle, live music, and bat-themed merchandise for sale, 10 a.m., Lubee Bat Conservancy, 1309 NW 192nd Ave. Free, donations appreciated. (485-1250)

McINTOSH 1890s FESTIVAL: Event features 280 arts, crafts and antiques vendors from all over the country, including a blacksmith, a candle maker, a basket weaver, a sand artist and a loom weaver, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Van Ness Park, Ave G & NW 7th Street, McIntosh. Free. (591-4038)

HIGH SPRINGS FESTIVAL: Vendors, baked goods, BBQ, prize drawings, and a craft and gift show hosted by the High Springs Woman’s Club, 10 a.m., James Paul Park, NE 2nd Ave., High Springs. (386-454-3120)

GAINESVILLE’S GREATEST GARAGE SALE: Gainesville Regional Airport partners with Gainesville Television Network to host this multi-family yard sale, featuring more than 50 vendor spaces available; rental fees benefit the March of Dimes, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Gainesville Regional Airport, 3880 NE 39th Ave. (373-0249)

2ND ANNUAL LONGLEAF VILLAGE FUN RUN: Fun run through 1- and 2-mile loop to benefit Peaceful Paths, first 100 participants receive a free T-shirt, registration 8 a.m., run begins 8:30 a.m., Longleaf Village, 8000 block of SW Archer Rd. (335-4140)

ZAC BROWN BAND: Grammy Award-winning country band performs, 7 p.m., Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. Tickets: $27.50-$147. (800-745-3000, Ticketmaster.com)

WORLD POLICE GAMES PISTOL FUNDRAISER: Basic Pistol Class hosted by Levy County Sheriff’s Office that offers qualification for a Florida Concealed Weapons permit, followed by lunch, proceeds will support staff attending the World Police/Fire Games in Belfast, Ireland, 8 a.m., Levy County Sheriff’s Office Classroom, 9150 NE 80th Ave., Bronson. Cost: $60 advance, $75 at door. (Register by calling 443-3611)

HALLOWEEN

HOWL-O-WEEN COSTUME CONTEST POOL PARTY: Annual event hosted by the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, pool will be open for large dogs and splash pad for small dogs, costume contest and prizes, proof of immunization required, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today, Westside Pool, 1001 NW 31st Dr. Cost: $4, includes treat and photo. (334-5067)

MICANOPY FRIGHT NIGHT IN THE FOREST: Haunted trail through the woods for ages 13 and older, unless accompanied by an adult, children’s barn with activities for young children, costumes and food vendors, 7:30-9 p.m. today, Micanopy Native American Heritage Preserve, 600 SE Tuscawilla Road, Micanopy. Cost: $3.

MOTEL 13!: A Haunted House attraction with 13 terrorizing rooms through this 1920s hotel, 8-11 p.m. today, Above Newberry’s Backyard BBQ, 25405 W. Newberry Rd. Cost: $10. (317-2073)

OLD GILCHRIST JAIL GHOST TOURS: The Old Gilchrist Jail Hunters offer guided tours of the Old Haunted Gilchrist Jail to investigate the jail’s paranormal activity, 6-9 p.m. today, 313 NW Second St., Trenton. Free. (386-454-3120)

FOURTH ANNUAL CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY: Event features costume contest, games, trick or treating and more, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. kids and 6:30-8:30 pm. adults on Friday, Zumba Dance Party 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. today, trick or treating and games 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Chiefland Farmers Flea Market, 316 NW 11th Ave., Chiefland. (493-2022)

WALDO FARMERS AND FLEA MARKET COSTUME CONTEST: Children register for contest at the front office, vendors will pass out candy and vote for best costume, winners receive prizes, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. today, Waldo Farmer’s and Flea Market, 17805 US 301, Waldo. Free. (468-2255)

HALLOWEEN MOLECULAR MANIA: Student volunteers from the Chemistry Department of UF will display an array of interactive demonstrations designed to convey chemistry concepts to the youth of our community, demonstrations range from making spider webs and slime, to super-cool chemistry featuring liquid nitrogen, and even imploding soda cans, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Oaks Mall, 6419 W. Newberry Rd. Free. (331-4411)

ONGOING

“SWEENEY TODD, THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET”: Gainesville High Hurricane Players presents the Stephen Sondheim musical, 7:30 Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Gainesville High School, 1900 NW 13th St. (949-3926)

“DRIVING MISS DAISY”: Award-winning dramedy based on the Alfred Uhry play about the relationship of an elderly Southern Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 11, The Actors Warehouse, 608 N. Main St. Cost: $15. (222-3699)

“PAPA’S BLUES”: Play by Javon Johnson about the descendants of an African-American protester killed defending civil rights in the 1960s and their struggle to reconcile their own protests with the demands of domestic life, 8 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Sunday, Acrosstown Repertory Theater, 619 S. Main St. Cost: $10-$12. (234-6278)

“DEATH IN THEM THAR HILLS”: Murder mystery comedy, 8 p.m. today, 4 p.m. Sunday, The Brew Spot Cafe Dinner Theater, 1000 NE 16th Ave., Bldg H. (672-2122)

“DRACULA”: New comedy thriller by Leroy Clark adapted from Bram Stoker’s classic tale, 8 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Sunday, High Springs Community Theater, 130 NE First Ave. Tickets: $11, $8 youth, $9 seniors on Sundays. (386-454-3525)

“CARRIE”: A comedy by Erik Jackson based on the novel by Stephen King, 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 4, Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE Second Place. Tickets: $30-$35, $25 senior citizens, $15 students. (375-4477, www.thehipp.org)

COON HOLLO CORN MAZE: Featuring five-acre corn maze, hayrides to feed the cows, rides on the farm train, putt putt golf, hay fort, obstacle course and more, Nana’s Country Store sells homemade baked goods, breads, jams and jellies, 4-9 p.m. Fridays, noon-9 p.m. Saturdays, 2-7 p.m. Sundays, Coon Hollo, 22480 N. U.S. 441, Micanopy. Cost: $7-$9. (591-0441)

TRINITY PUMPKIN PATCH: Pumpkins for sale and special events on Friday nights and on Saturdays, noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays through Tuesday, Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave. (376-6615)

“THE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON: THROUGH THE LENS”: Curated by Gainesville Sun Photography Editor Rob Witzel, this exhibition features more than 50 of the paper’s finest photographs documenting the University of Florida’s three National Championship football seasons. Exhibit runs 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays through Jan. 5, Thomas Center for the Arts, 302 NE Sixth Ave. Free. (334-5064)

“PEANUTS...NATURALLY: CHARLIE BROWN AND FRIENDS EXPLORE NATURE”: Touring exhibit takes a light-hearted look at Charles Schulz’s exploration of the natural world through “Peanuts” comic strips, videos, objects and interactive stations, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday, Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road. Admission: $4 adults, $3.50 Florida residents, seniors and college students, $3 for ages 3-17. (846-2000)

“OUR ENERGY FUTURE”: Hands-on activities that explore energy consumption and conservation, renewable energy technologies and how individual behavior makes a significant difference, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road. Free. (846-2000)

MILLHOPPER RANGER WALKS: Guided walks with a park ranger available 10 a.m. Saturdays, Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, 12720 NW 109th Lane. (386-462-7905)

ALACHUA COUNTY FARMERS MARKET: 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 5920 NW 13th St., at the corner of 441 and State Road 121. (352-371-8236)

HAILE VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET: 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Haile Village Center, Southwest 91st Terrace. (359-1087)

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Nature Park, State Road 21 (Lawrence Boulevard), across from City Hall, Keystone Heights.

LAKE DESOTO FARMERS MARKET: Local foods and crafts, every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Wilson Park, 778 NE Lake DeSoto Circle, Lake City. (386-719-5766)

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