The weekend is here with some great family-friendly events taking place across the area. Make it a good one, and TGIF!

1. Burgers for Backpack Buddies

Skip your regular lunch outing and enjoy a juicy burger served up by Leadership Stephenville Class of 2017 for the Burgers for Backpack Buddies event taking place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today at Stephenville City Park. For just $5 get a hamburger, cheese/veggies, chips and dessert and help raise funds for Backpack Buddies, which provides food for 270 local children. Drive-thru, local delivery (for large orders) and walk-up is available. For more information call 254-592-4909.

2. Spring Star Party at the TSU Observatory

If you’re interested in astronomy then don’t miss the free Spring Star Party taking place at the Tarleton State University Hunewell Ranch Observatory from 6-11 p.m. today. Area residents are invited to view the Texas night sky and catch a glimpse of stars, planets and other deep space objects through several small telescopes. For more information contact Larry Barr at 254-968-0791.

3. Masonic Lodge 67th annual blood drive

Donate blood and show your support at the Stephenville Masonic Lodge’s 67th annual Melvin Kinsey Memorial Blood Drive from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday at the lodge hall, located at 244 S. Columbia. Breakfast will be served to all those donating. For more information visit the lodge’s Facebook page.

4. Faith Lutheran garage sale

Browse a variety of goods while enjoying some freshly popped popcorn at Faith Lutheran Church’s annual garage sale event from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the church, located at 3000 Northwest Loop. The sale will be held in the Faith Lutheran gym. For more information call 254-968-2710.

5. On the Bosque Baseball Tournament

Get ready for some baseball fun at the 50-team On the Bosque Baseball Tournament hosted by the Stephenville Sox taking place Saturday and Sunday at the Stephenville Parks and Recreation Baseball Fields. The event is expected to bring in an estimated 1,800-2,000 visitors to Stephenville.