HABIJAX ANNIVERSARY GALA
HabiJax celebrates its 25th anniversary with a gala 7 p.m. April 18 at Main Library, 303 N. Laura St., Downtown. Admission is $75. proceeds benefit HabiJax, building and renovating high quality affordable housing in Jacksonville. 798-4529. habijax.org
The 43rd anniversary of Earth Day and the 23rd anniversary of the Earth Day Ecology Fair at The Jacksonville Landing are held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 20 at The Jacksonville Landing, Downtown. The free local festival helps folks learn about conservation, reducing energy and water use, preventing pollution and how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Local earth-conscious groups offer informational sessions ranging from recycling to protecting manatees. Arts and crafts stations teach kids how to create projects from recycled and reused materials supplied by the Duval County School Board’s Teacher Supply Depot. A bee presentation by Queen Bee Honey, Jacksonville Zoo demonstrations and a manatee obstacle course. Live music is also featured.
LIBRARY RUMMAGE SALE
It’s a different kind of sale for Friends of Jacksonville Public Library – a Rummage Sale. FJPL closed their bookstore in the Main Library a few months ago and some of the stuff left over from that store is on sale 9 a.m.-noon April 20 at the bookstore at University Park Library, 3435 University Blvd. N., Arlington. Bookcases, carpets, file cabinets, even some dolls that were left over are available. Proceeds benefit Jacksonville’s public libraries. 891-7582.
KATIE RIDE FOR LIFE
The ninth annual Katie Ride For Life, to raise funds and awareness of organ and tissue donation, kicks off at 8 a.m. on April 20 with individual and team cyclists riding routes of 100, 62, 36 or 18 miles; an off-road and Family Fun Ride and 5K and 10K walks. Starting point is Atlantic Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Food and live music are featured. Registration is $45 by April 19, $50 at the race. 491-0811. katierideforlife.org
NECKBREATHERS POKER RUN
The First Coast Laryngectomee Club second annual poker run starts registration at 9:30 a.m. April 20, kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. at American Legion Post 88, 3662 Spring Park Rd., Southside. A raffle, DJ Tom, Karaoke and live music by Lazy J & the 420 Band are featured. Proceeds benefit The First Coast Laryngectomee Club, which meets at Mayo Clinic Campus and Shands Faculty Clinic, offering support for speech rehabilitation and a survivor’s prospective of the journey ahead. 247-7944.
This expo is held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 20 at Hyatt Regency Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Dr., Northbank. Discussions from nationally recognized caregiving experts, free health screenings, and more than 90 community exhibitors offering products and services to caregivers are featured. Paula Span is the featured speaker. 407-6146.
MOONLIGHT ON THE MARSH
This black-tie, blue-jeans gala is held 6-9:30 p.m. April 20 along the west bank of the Guana River,
1288 Neck Road, Ponte Vedra. Dinner, a silent auction and music from JB Sessions Jazz Ensemble are featured. Tickets are $100. Proceeds benefit North Florida Land Trust for local land conservation. 285-7020.
An auction gala is held 5-8 p.m. April 21 at St. Johns Golf & Country Club, 205 St. Johns Golf Dr., St. Augustine. A DJ and food are also featured. Proceeds benefit St. Augustine Public Montessori School. 940-3200.
KIDNEY FOUNDATION WALK
This fundraising walk to benefit the National Kidney Foundation is held 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 21 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown Jacksonville.
MOSH AFTER DARK
Dr. Thomas Spelsberg, The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, discusses “Racial Myths: What Does Our DNA Say?” 6 p.m. April 24 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Free. 396-6674, ext. 226.
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION CONFERENCE
The 20th annual convention is held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 24 at Jacksonville Marriott, 4670 Salisbury Road, Southside. The event is held to provide a forum for local organizations to discuss best practices in preventing child abuse and to honor local child abuse prevention advocates. Admission is $100; $50 for luncheon only. exchangeclubfamilycenter.com
First Coast Workforce Development Inc. presents this summit 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 25 at University of North Florida's University Center, 1 UNF Dr., Southside. Del Boyette, of Boyette Strategic Advisors, is the featured speaker. A panel discusses "The New Future in Education and Workforce Development." jaxusa.org
Laser shows are Laser Magic 7 p.m., Laser Opolis 8 p.m., Laser Retro 9 p.m. and Laser Vinyl 10 p.m. April 19 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Online tickets are $5. Saturday shows are held noon and 5 p.m. 396-7062. moshplanetarium.org
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
Performers include Mike King, 10:30 a.m.; Tammerlin with Mary-Lou 11:45 a.m.; Shoni, 2:30-3:30 p.m. April 20 at the market, under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, Downtown. Local and regional art and a farmers market are also featured from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. Admission is free. 554-6865. riversideartsmarket.com
FERNANDINA BEACH MARKETPLACE
The market offers fresh baked goods, organic vegetables and jellies, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat. at North Seventh Street, Fernandina Beach, 557-8229, fernandinabeachmarketplace.com
AMELIA FARMERS MARKET
The market offers farm-direct fruits and vegetables 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat. at The Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 6800 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, ameliafarmersmarket.com.
FARMERS & ARTS MARKET
This market is held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sun. of the month at 2042 Park Ave., Orange Park. Everything is handmade or homegrown. Live entertainment, kids’ activities and food are featured. 264-2635. townoforangepark.com
ST. JOHNS RIVER FARMERS MARKET
Local produce, arts and crafts 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at Alpine Groves Park, 2060 S.R. 13, Switzerland. 347-8900.
FARMERS MARKET OF SAN MARCO
Fresh local and regional produce is offered 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at 1620 Naldo Ave., Swaim Memorial United Methodist Church parking lot, San Marco. Family fun day is the third Sat. 607-9935.
ANCIENT OAKS ARTS & FARMERS MARKET
An open-air farmers market, held noon-4 p.m. every other Sun. at Mandarin Community Club, 12447 Mandarin Rd. 607-9935.
POLITICS, BUSINESS, ACTIVISM
SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB
This business organization gathers 11:30 a.m. April 17 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. Admission is $20 for members, with lunch; $25 for nonmembers, with lunch. 396-5559.
The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets at 4 p.m. April 18 in the Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-7306. coj.net
BOOKS & WRITING
Local suspense writer Whittington appears 5:30-7:20 p.m. April 22 for the Friends of the Library Book Fair, 1690 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Library.
Acerbic comedian Black appears 7 p.m. April 19 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown. 353-2787. ticketmaster.com
Chicago native Davis appears 8 p.m. April 18 and 8 and 10 p.m. April 19 and 20 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets are $25 and $30. Comedy Zone Showcase 8 p.m. April 17. 292-4242. comedyzone.com
COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE
Michael Kosta appears 8:04 p.m. April 18 and 19 and 8:04 and 10:18 p.m. April 20 at the new club, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Tickets range from $6-$25. 646-4277. jacksonvillecomedy.com
THE GYPSY COMEDY CLUB
Rob Holloway and Red appear 8:30 p.m. April 19 and 20 at 828 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $10 and $12. 461-8843.
Mad Cowford Improv performs 8:15 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at Northstar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Downtown. Admission is $5. 860-5451.
THREE LAYERS COFFEEHOUSE
Brian Foley hosts various comedians 7-8 p.m. every Sun. at Three Layers Café, 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791.
NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS
ECO GEEK & GEEZER SERIES
Learn about the latest technology used in environmental research for oyster restoration projects 3-4 p.m. April 17 at GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Rd., South Ponte Vedra Beach. These seemingly simple oysters are creatures incredibly efficient at filtering toxins out of our water. Program is free with paid entrance. RSVP at gtmnerrecogeek.eventbrite.com 823-4500.
The other hometown football team takes on the Iowa Barnstormers at 8 p.m. April 19 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $12-$133. 630-3900.
The Jacksonville RollerGirls play a doubleheader 6 p.m. April 20 at University of North Florida’s Arena, 11852 UNF Dr., Southside. The New Jax City Rollers battle Alamo City Rollergirls at 6 p.m. and mens' team Magic City Misfits vs Carolina Wrecking Balls at 8 p.m. Tickets are $11 in advance, $13 at the door; children 10 and younger are free. jacksonvillerollergirls.com
A park ranger discusses the many common species that inhabit the natural communities of the undeveloped barrier islands of northeast Florida 2 p.m. April 20 at Ribault Club, Ft. George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road. Free. 251-2320. floridastateparks.org/littletalbotisland
The Suns return for a homestand against the Chattanooga Lookouts, 7:05 p.m. April 20 (Bark in the Park) at newly renamed Bragan Field, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Games continue 3:05 p.m. April 21 (Disabled Services Day, Kids Run the Bases) and 12:05 p.m. April 22 (Senior Citizens Day), 7:05 p.m. April 23 (Folio Weekly Fifty Cent Family Feast) and 1:05 p.m. April 24 (Businessperson’s Special). Come on out and cheer for your hometown team! Tickets are $7.50-$25.50. 358-2846. jaxsuns.com
DINOTREK AND TIGERS
The new exhibits are open at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway. Lifelike animatronic “dinosaur” creatures are featured. Admission is $3 for members, $3.50 for nonmembers, plus Zoo admission. Zoo hours are extended until 6 p.m. weekends and holidays through Labor Day. Check out the new Land of the Tigers, too! 757-4463. jacksonvillezoo.org
THE UGLY DUCKLING
The kids’ play about beauty being only skin deep is presented 10:30 a.m. April 17 and 26 and May 1 at Alhambra Theatre & Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd., Southside, $9, 641-1212, alhambrajax.com.
ANTHONY BOURDAIN April 25, T-U Center
12TH ANNUAL BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL
April 27, Tree Hill Nature Center
ISLE OF EIGHT FLAGS SHRIMP FESTIVAL
May 3-5, Fernandina Beach
THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 6-12, TPC Sawgrass
ST. JOHNS SUP RUSH
June 8, Rudder Club of Jacksonville
June 9, The Florida Theatre
GREAT SOUTHERN TAILGATE COOK-OFF
Aug. 23 & 24, Amelia Island
International spiritual leader, teacher, author and channel for healing Devi discusses "By the Sea: A Journey To Freedom and Purpose" 2-6 p.m. April 20 at Ocean Yoga Center, 51 Pine St., Atlantic Beach. Admission is $40 in advance, $50 at the door. For reservations, go to bytheseajourneywithmirabaidevi.eventbrite.com
FRIDAY NIGHT DRUM CIRCLE
A drum circle is held 5:30 p.m. every Friday all summer at 18th Avenue North, Jax Beach, on the beach. meetup.com/jaxdrumcircle
GEARS FOR YEARS
Keep It Together Florida Inc. and St Johns County present this program, which collects bicycles for kids in need. They need donations — children’s bikes, spare parts, tire tubes, chains seats, handle bar grips, bike locks and new helmets — and volunteers to help refurbish bikes and help at the June giveaway. gearsforyears.org
OLD TIME JAM
Mountain-type folk music is played 7 p.m. every Tue. at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown. Open to players of all skill levels. Admission is free. facebook.com/JacksonvilleOldTimeJam
LGBT WORSHIP SERVICES
Services are held 10:30 a.m. every Sun. at First Coast Metropolitan Community Church, 2915 C.R. 214, St. Augustine. 824-2802.
CLASSES & GROUPS
NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
Florida Native Plant Society, Ixia Chapter, gathers 6:30 p.m. April 18 at Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville. Chapter president Barbara Jackson discusses “Florida Native Wildflowers for the Four Seasons.” Admission is free. 655-2550. ixia.fnpschapters.org
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Anastasia State Park and Friends of Anastasia offer a Beach Fitness Workshop 8-9:30 a.m. every Sat., from April 20-May 25 at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A S., St. Augustine. Fee is $60. To register, call 461-2035. floridastateparks.org
Seniors dance to a 3-piece band 7:30 p.m. every Mon. at Orange Park Senior Citizens Center, 414 Stowe Ave., Orange Park. $5 donation. 260-8061.
This Christ-centered recovery program meets 6-8 p.m. every Thur. at 555 Stockton St., Riverside. 476-0278.
12-Step meetings are held 7 p.m. every Thur. at Christian Family Chapel, Bldg. D, 10365 Old St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville. 269-8010.
COMBAT MARTIAL ARTS
Six-week martial arts classes for men and women are offered 7-8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4083 Sunbeam Road, Southside. The fee is $40 a month, which includes access to fitness center. 343-6298.
Young Survivors Group (those diagnosed with cancer at a young age) meets 7-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Mon. each month at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, 5644 Colcord Ave. 722-3000 ext. 224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE YOGA ON THE RIVER
Karen Roumillat, RYT, teaches free gentle yoga 9 a.m. on the fourth Sun. of the month on the boardwalk, weather permitting, at Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin. Bring a mat. 287-0452.
MARINE VETERANS GROUP
The Oldest City Detachment 383 gathers 7 p.m. on first Tue. of the month at Elks Lodge 829, 1420 A1A S., St. Augustine. 461-0139. mclfl383.org
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA
The Duval County Chapter No. 1046 gathers 7 p.m. the first Wed. of every month at the Elks Lodge, 1855 West Road, Southside. 419-8821.
NAMI SUPPORT GROUP
National Alliance on Mental Illness meets 7-8:30 p.m. every first and third Thur. each month at Ortega United Methodist Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd., Westside. Admission is free. 389-5556. ortegaumc.org
NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (NIC-A)
Want to quit smoking or using other forms of nicotine? Nic-A is free, and you don’t have to quit to attend the meetings, held 6:30 p.m. every Wed. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1415 S. McDuff Ave., Westside. 404-6044. nicotineanonymous.org
Q-GROUP ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
This free, open discussion is held 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at Quality Life Center, 11265 Alumni Way, Southside. alcoholicanonymous.org
Do you have a drug problem? Maybe they can help.
358-6262, 723-5683. serenitycoastna.org, firstcoastna.org
DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE
The group meets 6-7:30 p.m. every Tue. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Downtown. 322-4040.