Dec. 4-10 Happenings Calendar
What's coming up in events, comedy, classes and more in Northeast Florida
DANIEL KIDS FUNDRAISER
Sterling Joyce hosts this Gatsby-themed fundraiser 6-10 p.m. Dec. 4 at Zeta, 131 First Ave. N., Jax Beach, 372-0727; admission is an unwrapped toy (for ages 4-14, $10 value), sterlingjoycecharityfundraising.com.
SPRINGFIELD HOLIDAY HOME TOUR
The 27th annual tour is held 5-9 p.m. Dec. 6-7, featuring turn-of-the-century decorated homes, light displays and luminarias. Tours begin at the Improvement Association & Archives building, 210 W. Seventh St., Springfield, tickets $10 in advance; $12 at the door. 633-9308, springfieldtour.org.
ART & ANTIQUES SHOW
The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital hosts its 36th annual show 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7-8 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Downtown. Bunny Williams, John Rosselli, Danielle Rollins and James Farmer are among the featured speakers. A tea room and a pastry cafe are featured. Tickets are $15 each day; some events priced separately. 202-2886, womensboardwch.com.
GARDEN CLUB CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES
The 45th annual self-guided tour is held noon-5 p.m. Dec. 8 at six homes dating from the 1800s in historic downtown St. Augustine. An afternoon tea and a boutique are featured. Advance tickets are $20; $25 on the day of the tour; reservations are strongly suggested; 826-6004, 825-4614.
FESTIVAL OF TREES
St. Johns County Convention Center and Renaissance World Golf Village Resort present the ninth annual festival, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. through Dec. 8 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 9 at 500 Legacy Trail, St. Augustine. Donated trees and wreaths are decorated by local businesses, organizations and individuals. Proceeds from a raffle benefit the St. Augustine Record’s Empty Stocking Fund and United Way of St. Johns County. 940-4015, worldgolfhalloffame.org.
Keith Ashley, Ph. D., Archaeology Laboratory, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of North Florida, discusses the native tribe 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Peck Center, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach, wildamelia.com.
SANDBAR SANTA FISH FRY
The 12th annual charity event is held 4-8 p.m. Dec. 11 at The Sandbar Pub, 7025 A1A S., St. Augustine, $10, proceeds benefit Council on Aging, 461-4671.
COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES
Flagler College marks the 125th anniversary of former Hotel Ponce de Leon with its series, “The Hotel Ponce de Leon Deconstructed: Building the Future for Modern America.” Dr. Judith Burdan discusses "Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country: Money, Power, and the 'New Woman' in the Gilded Age," 10 a.m. Dec. 10 in Flagler College's Flagler Room, 74 King St., St. Augustine; $5; reservations required; 819-6282.
SS AMELIA GINGERBREAD PIRATE SHIP
The 17-foot-long, 12-foot-tall ship is on display 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. 5, 7, 10, 13, 17, 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 SHOWS
Laser Holiday 7 p.m., Wish You Were Here 8 p.m., Dark Side of the Moon 9 p.m., and The Wall 10 p.m. Dec. 6; online tickets $5, Bryan Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org.
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
Folk is People 10:30 a.m., Spiral Bound 11:30 a.m., Four Families 1:15 p.m., Pine Forest School of the Arts 2:45 p.m., local and regional art, gift-wrapping, live music and a farmers market 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7 at Riverside Arts Market, under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue. 554-6865. riversideartsmarket.com
SANTA’S STORYBOOK TEA
Fireside reading, photo ops, sandwiches, pastries, candy and cakes are featured noon Dec. 7, 14 and 21, at Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway; $49 for adults, $10 for ages 5 and younger. 277-1100.
A DECEMBER TO REMEMBER
A Charlie Brown Christmas with David Benoit is held 7 p.m. Dec. 9-10 at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S., free, 471-1965, staugamp.sjcvenues.com.
NIGHTS OF LIGHTS
St. Augustine’s historic district presents its 19th annual holiday event nightly, 6:30 p.m. through Jan. 31 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 email@example.com. For details about Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs, call 284-0814.
AMELIA FARMERS MARKET
Fernandina Beach farmers market offers local produce, gourmet-prepared foods and landscape plants, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat. at the Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, 491-4872, ameliafarmersmarket.com.
BOOKS & LIBRARIES
Local poet Price signs copies of his book, “The Wild Woods Edge,” 5-8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Chamblin's Uptown, 215 N. Laura St., Downtown, 674-0868, chamblinbookmine.com.
COZY MYSTERY BOOK CLUB
Mysteries discussed are "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" by Laurie R. King and "Nutty as a Fruitcake" by Mary Daheim, 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Orange Park Library, 2054 Plainfield Ave., 278-4750, ccpl.lib.fl.us.
KAT LAMONS, TRISH DIGGINS
Local authors LaMons and Diggins sign copies of their new book, "Ladybug Love: 100 Chinese Adoption Match Day Stories," 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 7 at San Marco Bookstore, 1971 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 396-7597, sanmarcobookstore.com.
David Baldacci's novel, "The Christmas Train," is discussed 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 7 at Clay County Headquarters Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island, free, 278-3722, ccpl.lib.fl.us.
MUSLIM JOURNEYS BOOK DISCUSSION
The book-club type discussion, led by University of North Florida anthropology student and Better Together vice president Jericha Russell, explores “Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction” by Jonathan A.C. Brown. The “Let’s Talk About It” event is 2-4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville, free (reservations encouraged), 630-4655, jaxpubliclibrary.org/muslimjourneys.
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.
Jones appears 8:04 p.m. Dec. 5, 8:04 and 10:10 p.m. Dec. 6-7 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. 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin; $8 and $10; 292-4242, comedyzone.com.
RIVER TO SEA PRESERVE GUIDED TRAIL WALK
The walk, led by GTM Research Reserve volunteers through wooded hammock between the ocean and Matanzas River, is held 9-10:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at Marineland's south end; reservations required; 823-4500, gtmnerrmarinelandtrail.eventbrite.com.
SHELLS OF THE TALBOT SHORES
A park ranger discusses the frequently found shells that wash up on the Talbot Islands State Parks shores, 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Fort George Road; free; 251-2320, floridastateparks.org/littletalbotislands.
JAGUARS VS. TEXANS
The Jacksonville Jaguars play against the Houston Texans, 8:25 p.m. Dec. 5 at EverBank Field, 1 EverBank Place, Downtown. Single-game tickets for home games start at $45, 633-2000, jaguars.com.
POLITICS, ACTIVISM & BUSINESS
CREATIVE BUSINESS PLANNING
“Business Planning for Creatives: Artists, Writers, Healers, Coaches & Independent Practitioners,” 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Atlantic Beach; email firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-913-8611 ext. 1.
CLASSES & GROUPS
The Jacksonville Genealogy Society offers an intermediate genealogy class 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 7, 14 and 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.
KATHLEEN MADIGAN Dec. 13, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
JEFF DUNHAM Jan. 24, Veterans Memorial Arena
LILY TOMLIN Feb. 6, Florida Theatre
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS Feb. 28, Veterans Memorial Arena