If you're into Gator sports, you can get your weekend started tonight. The Lacrosse team takes to the field at Dizney Stadium at 6:30 as they face off against UC Davis. Over at the O'Connell Center the red hot gymnastics team is taking on Kentucky at 7, while a short distance away it's baseball versus Florida Gulf Coast, also at 7. If you're wanting to park near the Odome, get there early! Parking on nights like this can be a bit of a challenge. There's more Gator sports in town this weekend. Check the Weekend Planner story on our website for more. Website
At Silver Springs Saturday, country music fans get to see a local boy who's made it big. Easton Corbin, a native of rural Gilchrist County will be performing at the nature park. Corbin is the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two singles make it to number one on the charts. You can catch the star on the rise at 3 pm Saturday at Silver Springs. Website
Also in Marion County, it will be a busy weekend at Rainbow Springs State Park. The park is hosting the Florida Pioneer-Cracker Weekend. Way back before the days of smart phones life was a bit different. Whether it's grinding corn, making butter....or making clothes for that matter, you can see how things were done in the old days. The event (and native plant sale) go from 10 to 4 Saturday and Sunday at Rainbow Springs, located about three miles north of Dunnellon on US41. Website
In Gainesville, Santa Fe College's Teaching Zoo is home to Animal Appreciation Day Saturday. You can not only check out the animals at the zoo, but talk to local adoption agencies about responsible pet ownership. The event runs from 9 am to 2 pm at Santa Fe's NW Gainesville campus. Website
If that's not enough, check out the Palatka Bluegrass Festival...running through Saturday at Rodeheaver Boy's Ranch. Website If you'd like a few laughs, the Gainesville Improv Festival continues tonight and Saturday night at the Phillips Center In Gainesville. Website
Enjoy your weekend!