Dec. 18-24 Happenings Calendar
What's coming up in events, comedy, classes and more in Northeast Florida
FOOD & CLOTHING GIVEAWAY
The D.I.P. Foundation offers food and clothing 11 a.m. Dec. 21 at 4545 Moncrief Road, Northside; while supplies last; 881-1067, dipfoundation.org.
THIRD ON THIRD LECTURE SERIES
The Amelia Island Museum of History presents Peter Mullen, who discusses “How I Became a Confederate Soldier,” the life story of R.M. Heater, 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at the museum’s Baker Hall, 233 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 261-7378 ext. 102, free for members, $5 for nonmembers, ameliamuseum.org.
SANTA CLAUS & POLAR EXPRESS STEAM LOCOMOTIVE
The Beaches Museum & History Center presents this holiday event 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 21 and noon-3 p.m. Dec. 22 at 381 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Kids meet Santa and crafts, games, cookies and hot chocolate are available. Admission is free. 241-5657, beachesmuseum.org.
A DECEMBER TO REMEMBER
"It's a Wonderful Life" is screened 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., free, 471-1965, staugamp.sjcvenues.com.
SS AMELIA GINGERBREAD PIRATE SHIP
The 17-foot-long, 12-foot-tall ship is displayed through Dec. 28 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, 277-1100.
VILLA ZORAYDA CANDLELIGHT TOURS
The fourth annual event features a courtyard Christmas tree, nativity scene and guided candlelit tours through the historic villa, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 21, 27, 28 and 30, at 83 King St., St. Augustine; tickets are $17; $8 for ages 7-12, 829-9887, villazorayda.com.
COSMIC CONCERTS Laser Holiday 7-8 p.m., U2 9 p.m., Queen 10 p.m. Dec. 20; online tickets $5, Bryan Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org.
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
RAM wraps up the season with Theatre on a Mission at 10:30 a.m., Ruby Beach 11:45 a.m., WestJax Jazz Ensemble 2:30 p.m., local and regional art, gift-wrapping and a farmers market 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 21 at Riverside Arts Market, under Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, 554-6865, 389-2449, riversideartsmarket.com.
SANTA’S STORYBOOK TEA
Fireside reading, photo ops, sandwiches, pastries, candy and cakes are featured noon Dec. 21, at Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway; $49 for adults, $10 for ages 5 and younger. 277-1100.
NIGHTS OF LIGHTS
St. Augustine’s historic district presents its 19th annual holiday event nightly, 6:30 p.m. through January at Plaza de la Constitución, downtown historic district, 825-1004.
CLAY COUNTY FOOD DRIVE
J.A. Long Design Builders accepts nonperishable food items, cash, checks or grocery gift card donations for the Food Pantry through Dec. 20. To make a food or monetary donation, stop by 1677 Wells Road, Ste. D, Orange Park, 264-3073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For details about Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs, call 284-0814.
AMELIA FARMERS MARKET
Farm-direct fruit and vegetables, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat. at Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, 491-4872, ameliafarmersmarket.com.
BOOKS & LIBRARIES
FOOD FOR FINES
St. Johns County Public Libraries offer the resolution of overdue fines and help those in need with this program, accepting non-perishable food items in lieu of overdue fines through Dec. 21. Donations distributed locally to St. Johns County Food Closet. Up to $1 in overdue fines are resolved for each sealed, non-expired, non-perishable item donated. Donation waivers are for library fines only and aren’t applied to fees for printing, lost items, or credit against future fines. No fine? Drop off canned foods at any library branch or bookmobile stop. 827-6925, sjcpls.org.
BRENTWOOD BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Brentwood Library seeks new members; join for $5. Shop for books 10 a.m.-noon and 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at Brentwood Branch Library, 3725 Pearl St., Downtown, 630-0924, jpl.coj.net.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOKSTORE
Hard-back, soft-cover, audio and kids’ books are available 9 a.m.-noon Tue., Thur. and Sat. at University Park Branch Library, 3435 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 630-2304, fjpl.org.
KIDS READING CLUB
Readers read popular favorites to kids 6 months-8 years, 4 p.m. every Wed. (except First Wednesday Art Walk) at Chamblin Bookmine, 215 N. Laura St., Downtown, free, chamblinbookmine.com.
Laney appears 8:04 p.m. Dec. 19 and 8:04 and 10:10 p.m. Dec. 20-21 at The Comedy Club of Jacksonville, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside, $6-$25; 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com.
The comedian appears 8 p.m. Dec. 18-19 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin; $8 and $10; 292-4242, comedyzone.com.
NATURE, SPORTS & OUTDOORS
FRIENDS & FAMILY KAYAK DAY
Ripple Effect Ecotours offers guided kayak tours, noon-2:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 28 at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Reserve. For fees and other details, call 347-1565 or go to rippleeffectecotours.com.
EXPLORE AND CREATE MINI CAMP
Adventures in the Estuary, featuring beach exploration, marine debris clean-up, shell ornament craft, trail hike and palm frond door hanger, for kids ages 7-10, is held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 23 at GTM Research Reserve, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra, 823-4500, gtmnerr.org.
SOUTH BEACH WALK
The walk, led by GTM Research Reserve docents at Guana South beach, is held 8:30-10 a.m. Dec. 21 at 1798 A1A S., Ponte Vedra; reservations required, $3 per vehicle parking fee; 823-4500, gtmnerrbeachexploration.eventbrite.com.
A park ranger discusses edible and medicinal Florida native plants on a hike (bring bug spray and bottled water), 2 p.m. Dec. 21 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Fort George Road; free; 251-2320, floridastateparks.org/littletalbotislands.
JAGUARS VS. BILLS
The Jacksonville Jaguars wrap up regular season play against the Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. Dec. 22 at EverBank Field, 1 EverBank Place, Downtown. Single-game tickets for home games start at $45, 633-2000, jaguars.com.
CLASSES & GROUPS
The Jacksonville Genealogy Society offers an intermediate genealogy class 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 21 at Bartram Trail Branch Library, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove; free, but registration required – email your name, address and phone number to email@example.com.
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.
DEPRESSION, BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE
This group meets 6 p.m. every Tue. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Pavilion Building, Southbank; free; 322-4040 or 294-5720.
PRACTICE WORLD PEACE
Brenda Star Walker leads a group 11 a.m.-noon every first Sun. at Memorial Park, 1620 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Bring a ground cover. Practice suitable for all ages and abilities.
Volunteers are needed in the new Memory Enhancement class to assist with class activities, make coffee and serve lunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tue. and Thur. at Fruit Cove Baptist Church, 501 S.R. 13, St. Johns, 209-3686, stjohnscoa.com.
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.
Debtors Anonymous 12-Step meetings 7 p.m. every Thur. at Christian Family Chapel, Bldg. D, 10365 Old St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville, 269-8010.
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.
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.
JEFF DUNHAM Jan. 24, Veterans Memorial Arena
LILY TOMLIN Feb. 6, The Florida Theatre
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS Feb. 28, Veterans Memorial Arena