8:00: The Skin of our teeth, OPENING NIGHT, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, various days – times. In Thornton Wilder's hilarious 1943 Pulitzer-Winning play the ice age is upon us, the floods are coming, war is Inevitable. In suburban Excelsior the Antrobus family and the "Ancient and Honorable Order of Mammals, Subdivision Humans" travel through plagues, heat waves, deep freezes, pestilence and keeps moving forward.
5:30: Please Stand By, OPENING NIGHT, various days – times. Hipp Cinema, Downtown. Wendy sees things differently. She's fiercely independent with a brilliant mind and a mischievous sense of hilarity. Wendy also has autism. Wendy comes of age and escapes from her care home to boldly go and deliver her 500-page Star Trek script to a writing competition in Hollywood.
8:00: The Christian, Hippodrome Theatre, OPENING NIGHT, various days – times, downtown. The play centers around Pastor Paul, who started a conservative christian church in a modest storefront. Over the past 10 years, he grew it into a mega-church and everything changes one Sunday when a sermon shakes his congregation to the core. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
10:00: Fourth Annual Tom Muff Memorial Car Show, Holy Family Catholic Church, 17353 NE U.S. 27 Alt., Williston. Juried car show featuring door prizes, raffles, vendors and live music. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
!0:00: Healthy Kida Day, North Central Florida YMCA, 5201 NW 34th Blvd. Free event and you can learn tips for healthy, active living during this national event, which also features interactive games, swimming, face painting, music and food trucks.
1:30: Earth Day & Heritage Nursery Plant SaleEarth Day & Heritage Nursery Plant Sale, Dudley Farm Historic State ParkDudley Farm Historic State Park, 18730 W. Newberry Rd. Learn about "Florida Friendly Landscaping", "Protect the Environment: What GRU is Doing", "Plants for Pollinators" The farm will be selling heritage plants which grow in Dudley Farm gardens.
2:30: Daniel Blumberg, Local Author Series, Alachua Library District Headquarters, Downtown. Daniel Blumberg will present his second book, The Rise and Fall of MechaniKalle. This Sci-fi/Fastansy novel is about Kalle Talbot, who has always wanted to be a superhero. When her sixteenth birthday passes without her developing any powers, she decides to create her own power armor suit. Join Kalle as she grows as a hero, all while attempting to keep things from blowing up around her.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
9:00: Party for the planet, Santa Fe Teaching Zoo, Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83 St.Earth day celebration featuring activities, face painting, demonstrations, talks and animal encounters. Local conservation organizations will be on hand as will food vandors. $6 for adults; $5 for seniors, children 12 and younger, and UF students and staff; free for children 3 and younger and Santa Fe College students and staff.
12:00: Friends of the Library Book Sale: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday- Wednesday, Friends of the Library Bookhouse, 430-B N. Main St.One of the largest community book sales in the nation features thousands of books and items of media for sale; proceeds help to purchase library materials and implement library programs. FOLLOW THIS LINK for more information.
8:00: Natural Shocks, Y-Not Theatre, Opening Night, Space Yoga Studio, 117 NW 16th Ave. Gainesville's newest theatrical troupe, the Y-Not Theatre presents a new, unpublished play by Lauren Gunderson based on the nunnery scene in Hamlet. The play centers on a woman who is waiting out an imminent tornado in her basement. While locked in the basement, the woman offers insight into the reality of guns in America.
2:00 . Earth Day Celebration, First Magnitude Brewing Company, 1220 SE Veitch St. Free. Local environmental nonprofit We Are Natural hosts this celebration featuring a silent auction and farm-to-table dinner provided by Fables Catering & Such. Live music provided by Uncle Mosie and The Hard Luck Society.
7:00: Spring Concert, Alachua County Youth Orchestra, University Auditorium, 333 Newell Drive. Led by UF professor emeritus Gary Langford the concert showcases the area's most talented youth performers on string, bass, woodwind and percussion featuring more than 100 middle- and high-school student members.