PONTE VEDRA CONCERT HALL DANCE PARTY
Friends of the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall throw a dance party fundraiser 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra. Live music by Toots Lorraine & the Traffic, a raffle of an Epiphone acoustic guitar signed by Taj Mahal, food and a cash bar are featured; free; 209-0399, pvconcerthall.com.
BEACHES BRANCH LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION
The Friends of the Beaches Branch Library host an informational meeting to discuss library repair and construction plans, 6-7 p.m. Aug. 19 in the community room, 600 Third St., Neptune Beach. Library doors will be open at 5:30 p.m., 630-2665, jaxpubliclibrary.org
VIETNAM VETERANS CONVENTION
Vietnam Veterans of America continues its 16th biennial National Convention Aug. 14-17 at Hyatt Regency Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Dr., Downtown. An awards banquet is featured; David Bonior is the featured speaker, vva.org.
BACHELOR CHARITY AUCTION
Single men are up for grabs for a good cause 6-10 p.m. Aug. 16 at Salt Concepts Oasis, 1662 Stockton St., Riverside; proceeds benefit Family Justice Center programs for victims of domestic violence, 923-7258, saltconcepts.com.
FIGHT FOR AIR RUN/WALK
Families, individuals and teams join the American Lung Association to raise awareness for the 35 million Americans who suffer from asthma, 8 a.m. Aug. 17 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown. The theme is the ’80s; come in costume if you wish. Prizes, food and a 1-mile fun run (pets welcome) are featured. jacksonvillelanding.com
FOSSIL I.D. DAY
A panel of scientists are onsite to help you figure out what your mystery item is, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 17, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, free with museum admission, themosh.org.
CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
The play is a foursome captain’s choice format, shotgun start 1 p.m. Aug. 17 at Bent Creek Golf Course, 10440 Tournament Lane, Westside; registration is $89; proceeds benefit ministry programs, 625-0655.
Laser Mania 7 p.m., Laser Beatles 8 p.m., Laser Zeppelin 9 p.m., Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon 10 p.m. Aug. 16; online tickets $5, Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org.
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
Darren Ronan 10:30 a.m., 77D’s noon, Geej Langlois 2:45 p.m. Aug. 17. Local and regional art and a farmers market are featured 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat., 715 Riverside Ave., Riverside, free, 389-2449, riversideartsmarket.com.
BOOKS & WRITING
lizard expert and children's author Magellan ("Those Lively Lizards") offers an interactive program 3:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Ponte Vedra Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra, 827-6950.
Associate Editor Johnny Woodhouse of The Beaches Leader is the featured speaker 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Beaches Museum & History Center's Chapel, 505 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, free, 241-5657, beachesmuseum.org.
COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE
Scott Novotny appears 8:04 p.m. Aug. 15, 8:34 p.m. Aug. 16 and 8:04 p.m. Aug. 17 at 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Tickets are $6-$50; 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com.
Funnyman Caparulo appears 8 p.m. Aug. 15 and 8 and 10 p.m. Aug. 16-17 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin. Tickets are $20 and $25, 292-4242, comedyzone.com.
HOT POTATO STANDUP COMEDY HOUR
Open mic comedy 8 p.m. every Wed. at The Norm, 2952 Roosevelt Blvd., Riverside. Admission is free, northfloridacomedy.com.
JERSEY "HAITIAN SENSATION"
The comic is on 8 p.m. Aug. 16-17 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., Southside, $10, 365-5555, latthirty.com.
FREE AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM K-3
A free literacy-based program for girls in grades K-3 is 3-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 2-6 p.m. on early release Wed., at Fort Caroline Elementary School, 3925 Athore Drive, Arlington and Arlington Heights Elementary School, 1520 Sprinkle Drive, Arlington. 731-9933, girlsincjax.org.
MIND, BODY & SOUL
Free discussions, for adults and youth, 5-6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 and 25 at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2487 A1A S., St. Augustine. To register, call 347-5293 or 471-0335.
Vinyasa Flow, Power Hour, Bliss Flow, Shine & Flow, Blended Flow and Reggae Flow are among the classes offered at Bella Vida Yoga, 510 Shetter Ave., Jax Beach, 654-9216, bellavidayoga.com. Proceeds from some classes benefit the Surfers For Autism program.
Services 10 a.m. every Sun.; bible study 6:30 p.m. every Thur. at Living Witness Family Worship Center, 8716 Lone Star Road, Arlington, 348-0721.
WEIGHT WATCHERS, SMOKING CESSATION, TAI CHI, YOGA
Several classes and info sessions are held 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat., Florida Blue Center, 4855 Town Center Parkway, St. Johns Town Center, 482-0189, 877-352-5830, floridablue.com.
Alateen, for kids bothered by someone else’s drinking, gathers in Orange Park, Westside, Amelia Island and the Beaches; for when and where, call 350-0600.
NATURE, SPORTS & OUTDOORS
The hometown Southern League baseball team takes on the Birmingham Barons 7:05 p.m. Aug. 14 (Great Grocery Giveaway), Aug. 15 (Thursday Night Throwdown), Aug. 16 (Blood Drive) and Aug. 17 (ZOOperstars) at Bragan Field, Baseball Grounds, 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown Jacksonville. Tickets are $7.50-$22.50, 358-2846, jaxsuns.com.
Join a photographer and nature enthusiast for a stroll on the Fairway Loop Trail, 11 a.m. Aug. 17 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road, free; reservations required, RSVP 251-2320.
SEA TURTLE WASHBACK PROGRAM
St. Johns County needs volunteers; an orientation is held 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at City Hall, St. Augustine; for details, call 209-0344 or go to co.st-johns.fl.us.
DINOTREK AT THE ZOO
The exhibit features animatronic “dinosaur” creatures. Admission $3 for members, $3.50 for nonmembers, plus Zoo admission; open until 6 p.m. weekends and holidays through Labor Day, Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, 757-4463, jacksonvillezoo.org.
POLITICS, ACTIVISM & BUSINESS
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
LWV holds a Vietnam veterans volunteer meeting 11 a.m. Aug. 14 at WJCT Studios, 100 Festival Park Ave., Jacksonville, lwvjacksonvilleleague.org.
SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB
Andy Johnson, Better Jacksonville Plan, is the featured speaker 11:30 a.m. Aug. 14 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, $20; for reservations, call 396-5559.
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
AIFBY Chamber gathers 5-7 p.m., Aug. 15 at Sheffield’s at The Palace, 117 Centre St., Fernandina Beach. Admission is $5 for members; $25 for nonmembers, 261-3248 ext. 107.
SMALL BUSINESS ORIENTATION
The Chamber, Jacksonville Women's Business Center, Small Business Administration and SCORE Jacksonville present this free orientation 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at AIFBY Chamber, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Ste. 101G, Amelia Island. Existing small-business owners in business for at least six months or more meet separately with someone from the SBA, Jacksonville Women's Business Center or SCORE. Reservations are required; go to islandchamber.com.
SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP
Get Started in Government Contracting is held 8:30 a.m. Aug. 14 at University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, University of North Florida, Southside, $20, 620-2476, sbdc.unf.edu.
The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets 4 p.m. Aug. 15, Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 630-7306, coj.net.
GREAT SOUTHERN TAILGATE COOKOFF
Aug. 23-24, Amelia Island
JAGUARS VS. CHIEFS
Sept. 8, EverBank Field
SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW
Oct. 17-20, Prime Osborn Convention Center
Nov. 17, The Florida Theatre
ST. JOHNS RIVERKEEPER OYSTER ROAST
Nov. 22, Garden Club of Jacksonville