Music Is 4 Life networking event, to bring together, inform and educate local independent artists about the music and the entertainment industry, is held 8 p.m. Aug. 7 at Izzy's Pizzeria, 8206 Philips Highway, Ste. 38, Southside; firstname.lastname@example.org, facebook.com/MusicIs4Life904.
The man who can help you hang onto your money — and sometime local resident — discusses and signs copies of his newest book, "Living Large for the Long Haul," 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Books-A-Million, 9400 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 15, Regency Park, 805-0004. clarkhoward.com
SWAMP PEOPLE & MMA UNLEASHED
XSE Live presents those popular badasses, Jay Paul Molinere and R.J. Molinere, from History Channel's "Swamp People," 6:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. VIP) Aug. 9 at Suwannee County Coliseum, 1302 11th St. S.W., Live Oak. The amateur MMA event includes 10-plus bouts, a meet-and-greet with the father and son alligator vigilantes, and ring card girls. Proceed benefit Florida Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch. Tickets range from $25-$125. (386) 362-7366, xselive.com.
CHARITY CAR & CRAFT SHOW
The New Mt. Zion Church holds its third annual Help Us Battle Hunger Car & Craft Show 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 10 at National Guard Armory, 9900 Normandy Blvd., Westside. Crafts are indoors — with raffles, too — cars are outdoors. Free admission and parking. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and Florida Blood Alliance. 779-0879, email@example.com.
A dinner to honor the 2013 Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays scholarship recipients is held 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at University of North Florida’s University center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville. Tickets are $50. pflagjax.org.
Shows are Beach Boys 7 p.m., U2 8 p.m., Laser Retro 9 p.m., Queen 10 p.m. Aug. 9; online tickets $5, $1 laser glasses, Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org.
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
Josh Knight 10:30 a.m., Larry Mangum 11:45 a.m., Lucky Mud 1:15 p.m., Jacob Creel 2:45 p.m. Aug. 10. 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
Florida critically acclaimed, best-selling author Dufresne discusses and signs copies of his well-received quirky mystery, “No Regrets, Coyote,” 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach, 241-9026.
ANASTASIA ISLAND BOOK CLUB
Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" is discussed 6:45 p.m. Aug. 8 at Anastasia Island Branch Library, 124 Sea Grove Main St., St. Augustine, free, 209-3731.
BOOKS PLUS BOOK SIGNINGS
Local author Bill Reynolds signs copies of his Jetty Man books, including the new "Pinky Toe," 10 a.m. Aug. 8 at Books Plus, 107 Centre St., Fernandina Beach. Local writer and former Jax Beach police chief Bruce Thomason signs copies of his books "Body Toll" and "The Six O'Clock Rule" 11 a.m. Aug. 8. 261-0303, booksplusamelia.com.
First Coast Romance Writers hold an open house 10:15 a.m. Aug. 10 at West Regional Library, 1425 Chaffee Road S., Jacksonville. Have the first page of your book critiqued and pitch the book to editors; email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment; firstcoastromancewriters.com
The Clay County Writers Chapter and Florida Writers Association cosponsor Meet the Author 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at Black Horse Winery, 420 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 298-5714, blackhorsewinery.com.
CLASSES & GROUPS
GENTLE STRETCH WITH GINA MARIE
This free class, emphasizing stretching, coordination of breath with movement and attention to alignment, is held 10:30 a.m. Aug. 9 at Main Library, 1060 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. Licensed massage therapist Gina Mercado also offers raindrop therapy, 6 p.m. Aug. 20 and spine strengthening, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 28. Wear loose clothing, bring a towel & mat. 827-6940, sjcpls.org.
Class for beginning and experienced loopy types, ages 10 and older, is held 1-3 p.m. every Wed. at The Players Senior Community Center, 175 Landrum Lane, Ponte Vedra Beach; ongoing class, $70 for six weeks, 280-3233.
COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE
John Deboer 8:04 p.m. Aug. 8, 8:34 p.m. Aug. 9 and 8:04 and 10:10 p.m. Aug. 10 at 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Tickets are $6-$50; 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com.
Pharoah can make noises no other human can make — see him 8 p.m. Aug. 8 and 8 and 10 p.m. Aug. 9-10 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin. Tickets are $20 and $25. Comedy Showcase 8 p.m. Aug. 7, 13-14. 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.
Comedian Panzeca appears 8 p.m. Aug. 9-10 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Highway, Southside, $10, 365-5555, latthirty.com.
CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG
PBS’ Clifford the Big Red Dog arrives for storytime and activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-6674, themosh.org.
FREE AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM K-3
A free literacy-based afterschool program for girls in grades K-3 is offered 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. every Sun. through Aug. 25 at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2487 A1A S., St. Augustine. To register, call 347-5293 or 471-0335.
Services are held 10 a.m. every Sun. and bible studies 6:30 p.m. every Thur. at Living Witness Family Worship Center, 8716 Lone Star Road, Arlington, 348-0721, email@example.com.
WEIGHT WATCHERS, SMOKING CESSATION, TAI CHI, YOGA
Several classes and information sessions are offered weekly, 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 teens bothered by someone else's drinking and sponsored by Al-Anon members, gathers in Orange Park, Westside, Amelia Island and the Beaches; for when and where, call 350-0600.
Getting Free: Becoming the person you want to be, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 10 at Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center, 85 Sailfish Dr. E., Atlantic Beach, $35 ($20 students) includes light vegetarian lunch, 222-8531, meditationinjacksonville.org
NATURE, SPORTS & OUTDOORS
The hometown Southern League baseball team takes on the Birmingham Barons 7:05 p.m. Aug. 13 (Folio Weekly Fifty-Cent Family Feast) at Bragan Field, Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Downtown Jacksonville. Games continue 7:05 p.m. Aug. 14 (Great grocery Giveaway), Aug. 15 (Thursday Night Throwdown), Aug. 16 (Blood Drive) and Aug. 17 (ZOOperstars). Tickets range from $7.50-$22.50, 358-2846, jaxsuns.com.
FLORIDA SEA TURTLE TALK
A park ranger discusses the lifecycle of the sea turtle and the importance of these creatures 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at Ribault Club, Ft. George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road, free, 251-2320, floridastateparks.org.
SEA TURTLE DISCUSSION
A Sea Turtle Volunteer Monitor discusses the current nesting season 11 a.m.-noon Aug. 10 at GTMNERR Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Rd., South Ponte Vedra Beach. To sign up, call 823-4500 or go to gtmnerrwantedtoknow.eventbrite.com.
TOUR DE PAIN
The four-mile beach run is held 7 p.m. Aug. 9 starting on the sand in front of the Seawalk Pavilion, Jax Beach. The 5K is held 7 a.m. Aug. 10, starting at 1st Place Sports, 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, followed by the Mile Sizzler 4:30 p.m. Aug. 10 starting at The Jacksonville Landing, Downtown. Registration is $35 for one race, $65 for all three. 731-3676, 1stplacesports.com.
SEA TURTLE WASHBACK PROGRAM
St. Johns County needs volunteers for its Sea Turtle Washback Program. An orientation is held 5:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at Ponte Vedra Library, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at City Hall, St. Augustine; for details, call 209-0344 or go to co.st-johns.fl.us.
SECOND SATURDAY TRAIL HIKE
GTM Research Reserve hosts a trail walk 8:30-10:30 a.m. Aug. 10 1.5 mile walk Meet at Trailhead Pavilion west of Guana Dam. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. $3/vehicle parking fee. to sign up, call 823-4500 or go to gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com.
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
Marking the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Japan, "Lest We Forget …" Remembrance is held 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at First Amendment Park, adjacent to Stimson Main Gate, NSB Kings Bay, Ga. 504-1004, firstname.lastname@example.org, cutnukes.globalzero.org
SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS
8(a) Essentials is held 9-11:30 a.m. Aug. 7 at Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 1225 W. Beaver St., Jacksonville, $40. Getting Started in Government Contracting 8:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 14 at University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, University of North Florida, Southside, $20, 620-2476, sbdc.unf.edu.
Island Council meets 8:30 a.m. Aug. 7 at The Mustard Seed Cafe, 833 TJ Courson Rd., Fernandina Beach; free for members; $25 for nonmembers, 261-3248 ext. 107, email@example.com. YBiz gathers 8 a.m. Aug. 9 at Barberitos, 1519 Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach. Cost, including breakfast, is $17 for members; $30 for non-members. 261-3248 ext. 107. Register at islandchamber.com
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
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 COOK-OFF
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