Aug. 28-Sept. 3 Happenings Calendar
Here's what coming up in events, comedy, classes and more in Northeast Florida
The inaugural Senior Expo, featuring entertainment, speakers, health screenings, Karaoke, Zumba, prizes and exhibits, is held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 28 at Thrasher-Horne Conference Center, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, free admission, 415-0062.
BIG BOOK WAREHOUSE SALE
Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library continue the sale 4-7 p.m. Aug. 29 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 31 ($10 for bag of books), at FJPL Book Warehouse, University Park Library, 3435 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. Proceeds supplement Library budget. FJPL asks shoppers who are registered voters to sign petitions supporting a straw vote to establish a special tax district for the library. 630-2304, fjpl.org.
EAT UP DOWNTOWN
The dining promotion has been extended through Sept. 1, offering three-course dinner menus at $15, $25 or $35 at 13 Downtown restaurants, eatupdowntown.com.
FINE WINE TASTING
This wine tasting, to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, is held 8-10 p.m. Aug. 29 at The Fresh Market, 840 A1A N., Ponte Vedra, $25, 739-2101, jdrf.org.
THE DEPRESSION ERA IN FLORIDA
The Amelia Island Museum of History presents Dr. Joe Knestch, who discusses "Florida in the Great Depression: Desperation and Defiance," which he coauthored with Nick Wynn, 6 p.m. Aug. 30 at the museum's Baker Hall, 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378 ext. 102, ameliamuseum.org.
Laser Mania 7 p.m., Laser Retro 8 p.m., Laser Motown 9 p.m., Laser Country 10 p.m. Aug. 30; online tickets $5, Bryan Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org.
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
JesseCarole Montoya, Wade Williams, John Carver Band and Brent Byrd Aug. 31. Local and regional art and a farmers market are featured 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat., 715 Riverside Ave., free, 389-2449, riversideartsmarket.com.
HEART WALK BENEFIT
This fundraising benefit is held 4-6 p.m. Sept. 1 at Culhane’s Irish Pub, 967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595. A $10 (or more) donation entitles you to a specialty drink or $5 off a $20 order, food or drink. The John Thomas Group performs. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, held 9 a.m. Sept. 21 at Metropolitan Park, Downtown.
PONTE VEDRA PADDLE FOR H.E.A.L.
The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle starts with an 8 a.m. registration, Sept. 2, at Mickler's Landing, A1A S., Ponte Vedra. Proceeds benefit the Healing Every Autistic Life Foundation programs. Music, bounce houses, food and prizes follow the standup paddle. greatpvpaddle.org.
Michael Straley discusses "High Dynamic Range and Panoramic Photography," 6-8 p.m. Sept. 3 at Beaches Library, 600 Third St., Neptune Beach, free, 240-8835, beachesphotographyclub.org.
SQUARE DANCE HOEDOWN
Folks from 9 to 90 can enjoy Florida's official state folk dance, 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at Sandalwood High School, 2750 John Prom Blvd., Southside.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LUNCHEON
Florida Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope is the featured speaker at Clay County Economic Development Council's quarterly luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 4 at Thrasher-Horne Conference Center, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, $35 in advance, $40 day of, 264-2651, claychamber.com.
BOOKS & WRITING
Local author Roman reads and signs copies of her new novel, "Descent (Book One of the Rephaim Series)," 2 p.m. Aug. 31 at Bartram Trail Branch Library, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove. A Q&A with the author follows. 827-6960.
COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE
Andrew Norelli appears 8:04 p.m. Aug. 29, 8:34 p.m. Aug. 30 and 8:04 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. Aug. 31 at 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Tickets are $6-$50; 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com.
Talented comedian Murphy appears 8 p.m. Aug. 29 and 8 and 10 p.m. Aug. 30-31 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin. Tickets are $20-$30, 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.
The comic is on 8 p.m. Aug. 30-31 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., Southside, $10, 365-5555, latthirty.com.
MIND, BODY & SOUL
TAOIST TAI CHI
New Beginner classes start 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Jacksonville Heights Elementary School, 7750 Tempest St., Westside, and Sept. 5 at the Elks Club, 1855 West Rd., Southside, 733-8180, email@example.com.
PRACTICE WORLD PEACE
Brenda Star Walker leads this group 11 a.m.-noon on the first Sun. of each month at Memorial Park, 1620 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Bring a ground cover. Practice suitable for all ages and abilities.
ESTATIC DANCE CHURCH
A free-form spiritual dance experience with Kristi Lee Schatz, MA, is held 10 a.m.-noon every Sun. at Peaceful Living Center, 1250 McDuff Ave. S., Avondale, $5 donation, (707) 616-1864, peacefulproductions.org.
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 Suns wrap up the regular season with a homestand against the Mississippi Braves, 7:05 p.m. Aug. 29 (Thursday Night Throwdown) at Bragan Field, Baseball Grounds, 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown. Games continue 7:05 p.m. Aug. 30 (Bragan Field Replicas Giveaway), 7:05 p.m. Aug. 31 (Suns Cap Giveaway, European Street wieners & sandwiches, AYCD draft beer, soda, water), 7:05 p.m. Sept. 1 (Team Picture Giveaway, Fan Appreciation) and 1:05 p.m. Sept. 2 (Kids Run the Bases). Tickets are $7.50-$25.50. 358-2846. jaxsuns.com.
TALBOT ISLANDS SPIDERS
A park ranger discusses the cuddly eight-legged creatures 2 p.m. Aug. 31 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road; free, 251-2320.
MARINELAND BEACH WALK
GTMRR volunteers lead a free interpretive Beach Walk at River to Sea Preserve Oceanside 8:30-10 a.m. Aug. 28. Meet at GTMRR Marineland field office, 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd., Marineland. To RSVP, call 823-4500 or go to gtmnerrmarinelandbeach.eventbrite.com.
POLITICS, ACTIVISM & BUSINESS
SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB
FSCJ's Sarah Roy and Cindy Depadua are the featured speakers at noon Aug. 28 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is $20. For reservations, call 396-5559.
SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP
Get Your Business Noticed with Blogging! noon-1 p.m. Aug. 28 at Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 1225 W. Beaver St., Westside; $10; laptop not required, 620-2476, sbdc.unf.edu.
The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets 4 p.m. Sept. 19, Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 630-7306, coj.net.
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