5 things to do this weekend

Autumn Owens aowens@empiretribune.com Twitter @aowensETnews

The weekend is here with some fun area happenings, including Tarleton Homecoming events and a fundraiser for a little boy. Make it a good one, and TGIF!

1. Annual Fall Star Party

Relax and enjoy a night of star gazing at the annual Fall Star Party from 7-11 p.m. tonight at Tarleton State University’s Hunewell Ranch. The event is free and open to the public with hot chocolate and coffee available as you search the night sky using Tarleton telescopes. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own telescopes and share the view with others. For more information call 254-968-0523 and for directions visit www.tarleton.edu/observatory.

2. TSU's Homecoming Parade

It’s Homecoming for Tarleton State University with events going on all weekend long, including the parade kicking off at 10 a.m. Saturday starting at Memorial Stadium and traveling down Washington Street and onto McIlhaney. The parade will feature marching bands, floats, mounted horseback riders and vintage vehicles. To view Tarleton’s complete Homecoming schedule visit www.tarleton.edu/homecoming.

3. The Wizard of Oz

Round up the kiddos and head over to Tarleton State University’s Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center when the theatre department presents its Young People Series: The Wizard of Oz at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. The play is appropriate for all ages.  a

4. Nathan Beatty fundraiser at City Limits

Show your support for Nathan Beatty, 8, who was diagnosed with a rare, inoperable brain tumor in August, by attending A Night for Nathan fundraiser starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at City Hall at City Limits. The event will feature a brisket supper for $10 and live and silent auctions. For more information contact Karen Sanchez at 254-965-7893.

5. Masonic Lodge open house

Take a tour and learn about the history and freemasonry when Stephenville and Chalk Mountain Masonic Lodges hosts an open house from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the two locations. The event is free and open to the public.