HAPPENINGS

Feb. 27-March 5 Happenings Calendar

Here's what coming up in events, comedy, classes and more in Northeast Florida

A park ranger speaks on the creatures that visit offshore to give birth March 2 at Fort George Island State Park's Ribault Club.
Farmers' markets are scheduled every second and fourth Sunday of the month in Orange Park, every Saturday at Alpine Groves Park in Switzerland, every Saturday at Swaim Memorial United Methodist Church in San Marco and every other Sunday at Mandarin Community Club.
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EVENTS

MAYOR BROWN’S EDUCATION SUMMIT

Duval County Public School Drum Lines — from Fletcher High School, First Coast High School, Highlands Middle School, Ribault Middle School and Raines High School — compete at 6:15 p.m., Bill Cosby appears 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown. Tickets are $25. The summit’s second day, held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 1 at the Main Library’s Conference Center, 303 N. Laura St., Downtown, features a panel discussion with Gary Chartrand, chair of the State Board of Education, several Duval County Public School Board members, other community leaders, and Florida Times-Union editor Frank Denton as moderator. DCPS Superintendent Nikolai Vitti discusses establishing a parents’ academy to increase parental involvement. coj.net

PINT NIGHT FOR NFLT

National Geographic filmmaker Bryan Smith offers footage of his adventures 6-9 p.m. Feb. 28 at Black Creek Outfitters, 10051 Skinner Lake Dr., Southside. Green Room Brewing sells beer; On The Fly food truck sells food, and a giant Jenga tournament is held. Admission is free; donations and proceeds benefit North Florida Land Trust efforts. 645-7003.

JAX TALENT

Locals compete for cash prizes at the audition March 9; registration closes at midnight Feb. 28. Two rounds of auditions are held 10 a.m., check-in at 9:30 a.m., March 9 at The Florida Times-Union building, 1 Riverside Ave., Downtown. Bring a photo ID that matches the registration name. For details and to register, go to ecolatino.com

MOSH AFTER DARK

University of Florida’s Faye Harrison discusses “Race in the New Millennium & The Age of Obama” 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Admission is free. 396-6674, ext. 226.

JACKSONVILLE HOME & PATIO SHOW

The 45th annual event is held 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1; 10 a.m.-9 pm. March 2 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 3 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Downtown. Highlights include experts in home and gardening, seminars, giveaways and exhibitors. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” star Ty Pennington and James Cameron of “Man Caves” and “Desperate Landscaping” are featured. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students 6-18; kids younger than 6 get in free. On Feb. 28, admission for ages 60 and older is $5. 730-3356. jacksonvillehomeshows.com

BRIDGING CULTURES: POETIC VOICES OF THE MUSLIM WORLD

Historian Sylviane Diouf discusses “The Blues and the Muslim Call to Prayer” 7 p.m. March 2 at University of North Florida’s University Center, 12000 Alumni Dr., Southside. Admission is free; reservations required. unf.edu/interfaith-center

MUTT MARCH

Jacksonville Humane Society holds this 2-mile fun walk and festival 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 2 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown. Entertainment, activities for pets and kids, and a silent auction are featured. 493-4565
. jaxhumane.org

SIERRA CLUB

Sierra Club, Northeast Group gathers 6 p.m. March 4 at Ponte Vedra Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Allen Tilley discusses “Planning Now for a Climate Disruption.” Bring your own cup to reduce landfill waste. Free. 537-6047.

LIONS SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

The 32nd annual St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival is held 3-9 p.m. March 1, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. March 2 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 3 at Francis Field, 25 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. Boatloads of seafood, cooking contests, Pirate Landing, a kids zone and arts and crafts are featured. Bands performing include Kickin’ Grass, Lonesome Bert & The Skinny Lizards, Collapsible B, Ancient City Slickers, Rotogeezer, Stone Family Band, Saltwater Cowgirls, Mixed Nuts, Cable Spence, Katherine Archer. Admission is $2, kids 12 and younger are free. Proceeds benefit Lions Club charities. 829-1753. lionsfestival.com

ANNUAL LIGHTHOUSE CELEBRATION

The Lighthouse Night Fest is held 4-9 p.m. March 2 at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, 81 Lighthouse Ave., St. Augustine. A cooking competition, live music and kids’ activities are featured. The Junior Service League 5K Run/Walk starts at 4:30 p.m.; Fun Run 5:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids. 829-0745. staugustinelighthouse.org

MG WALK

The 1 or 3 mile walk to raise awareness, funds and hope for those challenged by myasthenia gravis is held 9 a.m. March 3 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown. Proceeds benefit MG research and support.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL LECTURE

St. Augustine Archaeological Association and the Florida Public Archaeology Network present Dr. Barbara Purdy 7 p.m. March 5 in Flagler College’s Flagler Room, 74 King St., St. Augustine. Purdy discusses “Penetrating the Darkness of Time.” Admission is free. 471-1870. saaa.shutterfly.com

WOMEN, WORDS & WISDOM

The third annual speaker series presents Emily Retherford Lisska 6:30 p.m. March 5 at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., San Marco. Lisska discusses women who shaped Jacksonville’s social, cultural and charitable landscape. Tickets are $35; $90 for the series. Proceeds benefit Expanded Horizons, a Women’s Center of Jacksonville literacy program for women. 722-3000. womenscenterofjax.org

FRONT PORCH SERIES

Mandarin Museum & Historical Society presents longtime Mandarin resident Billy Barwald 2-3 p.m. March 3 at the museum, 11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin. Barwald presents a mystery antique. 268-0784. mandarinmuseum.net

COSMIC CONCERTS

Pink Floyd: Best of The Wall 7 p.m., Wish You Were Here 8 p.m., Dark Side of the Moon p.m. and The Wall 10 p.m. March 1 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Online tickets are $5. Saturday shows are held noon and 5 p.m. 396-7062. moshplanetarium.org

FARMERS & ARTS MARKET

This market is held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sun. of the month at 2042 Park Ave., Orange Park. Everything is handmade or homegrown. Live entertainment, kids’ activities and food are featured. 264-2635. townoforangepark.com

ST. JOHNS RIVER FARMERS MARKET

Local produce, arts and crafts are offered 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at Alpine Groves Park, 2060 S.R. 13, Switzerland. 347-8900.

FARMERS MARKET OF SAN MARCO

Fresh local and regional produce is offered 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat. at 1620 Naldo Ave., Swaim Memorial United Methodist Church parking lot, San Marco. Family fun day is the third Sat. 607-9935.

ANCIENT OAKS ARTS & FARMERS MARKET

An open-air farmers market, noon-4 p.m. March 10 and every other Sun. at Mandarin Community Club, 12447 Mandarin Road. 607-9935.

POLITICS, BUSINESS, ACTIVISM

SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB

Jennifer Holland is the featured speaker 11:30 a.m. Feb. 27 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. Admission is $20 for members, with lunch; $25 for nonmembers, with lunch. 396-5559.

JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY

The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets 4 p.m. March 21 in Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-7306. coj.net

BOOKS & WRITING

SWAMP STORIES

Community Conversations presents musician Steve Shanholtzer 2 p.m. March 1 at Anastasia Island Branch Library, 124 Seagrove Main St., St. Augustine Beach. Shanholtzer shares his grandfather’s tales of Volusia and St. Johns counties back in the cracker days. 827-6900. sjcpls.org

GREAT BOOKS

The discussion group meets 3-4:30 p.m. March 4 at Ponte Vedra Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. 827-6950.

BOOK WAREHOUSE SALE

Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library hold a $10 bag book sale 4-7 p.m. Feb. 28 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 2 at FJPL Book Warehouse, University Park Library, 3435 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. Proceeds from FJPL book sales are used to supplement the Library budget. FJPL is asking shoppers to sign petitions supporting a straw vote on establishing a special tax district for the library. The tax district was the proposal that came out of a special JCCI study to find a way to stabilize library funding. 630-2104. fjpl.org

ST. JOHNS READS

This year’s book is “The Yard” by Alex Grecian. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants discuss the Victorian language of flowers 2 p.m. Feb. 28 at Ponte Vedra Branch, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. 827-6950. How to Become a Crime Scene Investigator is presented 4 p.m. Feb. 27 at Bartram Trail Branch, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove. 827-6960. sjcpls.org

JAX YOUTH WRITERS

Writers younger than 18 and their parents meet 7-8:45 p.m. Feb. 28 and on every fourth Thur. each month at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Southside. 742-7359. FloridaYouthWriters.org

UPCOMING

A CHORUS LINE

March 13, T-U Center

LORD OF THE DANCE

March 15, T-U Center

YO GABBA GABBA LIVE: GET THE SILLIES OUT!

March 22, St. Augustine Amphitheatre

ROCK OF AGES

April 2, T-U Center

DISNEY ON ICE: DARE TO DREAM

April 4, Veterans Memorial Center

ISLE OF EIGHT FLAGS SHRIMP FESTIVAL

May 3-5, Fernandina Beach

COMEDY

ROYAL COMEDY TOUR

Queen B of Comedy Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, Tony Rock and Dominique appear 8 p.m. March 2 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. Tickets range from $50-$90. jaxevents.com

JIMMIE WALKER

Mr. Dyn-o-mite himself breezes in 8 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28, and 8 and 10 p.m. March 1 and 2 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets range from $12-$18. Comedy Zone All Stars 8 p.m. March 5 and 6. 292-4242. comedyzone.com

COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE

Patti Vasquez appears 8:34 p.m. Feb. 28, 8:04 p.m. March 1 and 8:04 and 10:18 p.m. March 2 at the new club, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Tickets range from $6-$25. 646-4277. jacksonvillecomedy.com

NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

Featuring a new level of kid-participation, the venerable basketball team hits the court here 7 p.m. March 1 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. Fans can now decide the rules for the game that could affect the final outcome. Go online with your kids to harlemglobetrotters.com to vote for which ground-breaking rule you want to see implemented in the game. After the game, “Globies” sign autographs and pose for photo ops. Tickets start at $23. jaxevents.com

TWILIGHT TREK

A guided trail tour is held 7-9:30 p.m. March 1 at Tree Hill Nature Center, 7152 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville. Dinner, local natural history stories, hands-on experiments and owl-calling are featured. Treks are $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers, and include admission, dinner and program activities. 724-4646. treehill.org

DINOTREK GRAND OPENING

The new exhibit opens 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 1, 2 and 3 at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, with a puppet show, caricature artist and photo ops with Jazoo. Lifelike animatronic “dinosaur” creatures are featured. Admission is $3 for members, $3.50 for non-members, in addition to Zoo admission. Zoo hours are extended until 6 p.m. weekends and holidays starting March 2, through Labor Day. 757-4463. jacksonvillezoo.org

NORTH ATLANTIC RIGHT WHALES

A park ranger discusses the creatures that visit offshore to give birth, 2 p.m. March 2 at Ribault Club, Ft. George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road. Admission is free. 251-2320. floridastateparks.org/littletalbotisland

KIDS

HOMESCHOOL HOOPLA

Homeschooled kids and parents socialize during a bring-your-own brown-bag library lunch, noon Feb. 27 at Southeast Branch Library, 6670 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine. A Test Your Library Skills class is held 12:30 p.m. 827-6900. sjcpls.org

CHARLOTTE’S WEB

Theatreworks presents this cherished story of lasting friendship 10 a.m. and noon Feb. 28 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $7.50 in advance, $8 at the door. 353-3500, 355-2787.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR. SEUSS

Teens read Dr. Seuss books with kids 10 a.m.-noon March 2 at Ponte Vedra Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Kids younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Teens must be Ponte Vedra High School Book Club members. 827-6950. A party honoring the beloved author is held 2 p.m. March 2 at Southeast Branch Library, 6670 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine. Arts & crafts, a Dr. Seuss movie and treats are featured. Free. 827-6900. sjcpls.org

COMMUNITY EVENTS

MODEL TRAIN OPEN HOUSE

Northeast Florida Model Railroaders hold an open house 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 2 at 955 Worthington Ave., Green Cove Springs. A train modular layout is featured. info@neflamodelrr.org

FAMILY WALK & FUN FESTIVAL

Beaches Community Health Care holds this walk and fest 8:30-11 a.m. March 2 at SeaWalk Pavilion, First Street and First Avenue North, Jax Beach. Activities, bounce houses, healthful food samples and live music are featured. 394-8082. sulzbachercenter.org

LGBT WORSHIP SERVICES

Services are held 10:30 a.m. every Sun. at First Coast Metropolitan Community Church, 2915 C.R. 214, St. Augustine. 824-2802.

JEWISH ETHICS COURSE

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute offers the course “Living with Integrity: Navigating Everyday Ethical Dilemmas,” conducted by Rabbi Nochum Kurinsky of Chabad @ the Beaches. Sessions are held 7 p.m. Feb. 27 and March 6 at The Aaron & Blanche Scharf Chabad Center, 521 A1A N., Ponte Vedra. The course challenges students to articulate their opinions, while providing practical Talmudic wisdom to help navigate through life’s ethical challenges. All JLI courses are open to the public; you needn’t be affiliated with any house of worship. 543-9301. myJLI.com

OLD TIME JAM

Mountain-type folk music is played 7 p.m. every Tue. at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown. Open to players of all skill levels. Admission is free. facebook.com/JacksonvilleOldTimeJam

CLASSES & GROUPS

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS

The nonprofit NAMI holds an open house 4 p.m. Feb. 27 at River Point Behavior Health, 6300 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. 724-9202.

HERBAL DISH GARDENS

Learn how to plant a dish garden 2-4 p.m. March 3 at Maggie’s Herb Farm, 11400 C.R. 13, St. Augustine. The $30 fee includes all materials. Bring garden gloves. 829-0722. maggiesherbfarm.com

MEMORY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

Learn simple strategies that focus on cognitive stimulation, education and socialization. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach. 729-9535.

DEBTORS ANONYMOUS

12-Step meetings are held 7 p.m. every Thur. at Christian Family Chapel, Bldg. D, 10365 Old St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville. 269-8010.

COMBAT MARTIAL ARTS

Six-week martial arts classes for men and women are offered 7-8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4083 Sunbeam Road, Southside. The fee is $40 a month, which includes access to fitness center. 343-6298.

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

VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA

The Duval County Chapter No. 1046 gathers 7 p.m. the first Wed. of every month at the Elks Lodge, 1855 West Road, Southside. 419-8821.

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