VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT
St. Johns County Public Libraries partnered with Haven Hospice to offer an oral history service to local veterans. Veterans who'd like to record their war stories for future generations should contact St. Johns County Public Library, where they're matched with a volunteer interviewer for about an hour. They will receive a copy of their story and can opt to send a recorded account to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. If desired, the veteran can request a copy be kept in the St. Johns County Library System, have it posted online for others to easily access, or both. Volunteers to interview, record, compile and donate materials are needed. Veterans, civilians, adults, young people, scholars, students, amateurs and experts are all encouraged to participate. For details, call Bartram Trail Library at 827-6960, Main Library at 827-6900, or Haven Hospice at 810-2377.
GREATER JACKSONVILLE KINGFISH TOURNAMENT
The 33rd annual tournament continues with a “boatique,” food festival, Liars’ Tent and live music July 17-20 at Jim King Park & Boat Ramp, Sisters Creek, 8203 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville. The Junior Angler tournament opens 7:30 a.m. July 17. Then, it’s lines in the water 6:30 a.m. July 19 for the general tournament; weigh-in 3 p.m.; live music by the George Aspinall Band. Redfish/Spot Fishing and Shootout are held, followed by awards ceremonies, prize drawings, food and music by The Splinters on July 20. 251-3011. kingfishtournament.com
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
The Board Brothers 10:30 a.m., Spiral Bound 11:30 a.m., T3AM 1:15 p.m., Meredith Rae 2:45 p.m. July 20. Local and regional art and a farmers market are also featured 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat., 715 Riverside Ave., Riverside, free, 389-2449, riversideartsmarket.com.
REMEMBER WHEN ’50s SOCK HOP
The St. Gerard Campus presents this fundraiser 7:30-11:30 p.m. July 20 at Bishop Baker Hall, 267 St. George St., St. Augustine. Wear ’50s styles; greasers welcome. DJ Tony spins blasts from the past, and an oldies Karaoke contest, hula hoops, food, drink and awards for best dressed and best dancers are featured. Tickets are $25; proceeds benefit students of St. Gerard Campus. 829-5516.
MASS FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Second Harvest North Florida provides more than 150,000 pounds of frozen meat, fresh produce and canned food to approximately 2,500 area families 4-7 p.m. July 24 at the southeast corner of EverBank Field complex, Lot E, Downtown. To qualify, each family must reside in Duval County and meet income eligibility requirements OR one of these conditions: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (aka Food Stamps), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid. wenourishhope.org.
MOSH AFTER DARK
The adults-only event, themed “Walking with Tyrannosaurus Rex,” is held 6 p.m. July 25 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Downtown. Dr. John Hutchinson, Director of the Structure and Motion Lab at Royal Veterinary College in London, is the featured speaker. General admission is $5; free for MOSH members. 396-6674 ext. 226.
MEGA PET ADOPTION
First Coast No More Homeless Pets and Jacksonville Humane Society offer more than 1,000 pets 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 26-28 at Jacksonville Fairgrounds, 510 Fairground Place, Downtown. The $25 fee includes spay/neuter, microchip, vaccines and city license. fcnmhp.org
Shows are Beach Boys 7 p.m., Laser Retro 8 p.m., Laser Vinyl 9 p.m., Led Zeppelin 10 p.m. July 19; online tickets $5, $1 laser glasses, Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank,
BOOKS & WRITING
NARRATIVES FOR CHANGE CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPNarratives For Change presents this women's workshop and semiannual public reading 6-7:30 p.m. July 18 at Starbucks, 327 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 800-913-8611 ext. 1.
CLASSES & GROUPS
PUBLIX APRONS COOKING DEMO
A healthful summer recipe is featured, noon-1 p.m. July 23 at Florida Blue Center, 4855 Town Center Parkway, St. Johns Town Center, 877-352-5830, floridablue.com.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES
An Organic Vegetable Gardening Class is held 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 18 at University of North Florida’s University Center, Bldg. 43, 12000 Alumni Dr., Southside, $79, 620-4200, ce.unf.edu. Beer Appreciation Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 22.
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.
CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER
One of the Original Kings of Comedy, Cedric the Entertainer appears 8 p.m. July 19 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown. Tickets are $44-$66.50, 355-2787, floridatheatre.com, ticketmaster.com
Bozeman finds humor in everyday life; he appears 8 p.m. July 17-19 and 8 and 10 p.m. July 20 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets are $10-$14. Comedy Showcase 8 p.m. July 23-24. 292-4242, comedyzone.com.
VIVA FLORIDA 500 DIG IN
This reading event features the “Spice Girls,” CayANNE and Pepper (Anne and Amy from Ponte Vedra Branch library) present an interactive program for school-age kids (though all are welcome) in the Ol' Florida Kitchen, 2:30 p.m. July 17 at Anastasia Branch Library, 124 Seagrove Main St., St. Augustine Beach, 209-3730. Magician Mark Alan appears 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. July 24.
Kids ages 6-12 play Nature Detectives 2 or 3:30 p.m. July 17 at Bartram Trail Branch Library, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove; 1 p.m. July 19 at Main Library, 1960 Ponce de Leon Blvd., 827-6940; 1 p.m. July 25 at Hastings Branch, 6195 S. Main St., Hastings, 827-6970 and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Southeast Branch, 6670 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 827-6900. Free gardening goodies and Nature Detective notebooks are featured. For reservations, call the branch. The Summer Reading Program is geared toward school-age kids.
CUMMER SUMMER CAMP
Kids print, draw, paint and work with clay; members $80; nonmembers $200; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 8-26, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 355-0630, cummer.org.
First Coast Community School offers music camps, including World of Music for kids ages 5-7; 3-4 p.m. every Tue. through July 30, FSCJ South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Bldg. N-102, Southside, 646-2004, fccmusicschool.org.
MIND, BODY & SOUL
Anastasia Island Branch Library and Flagler Hospital offer free blood pressure and blood sugar health screenings 10 a.m.-noon July 19 at the library, 124 Seagrove Main St., St. Augustine Beach. First-come-first-served; no need to fast. 209-3730.
TEMPLE OF GROOVE
Community drumming, dancing and connection are featured 6:30 p.m. July 19 at Peaceful Living Center, 1250 McDuff Ave. S., Avondale, $10, (707) 616-1864, peacefulproductions.org. Chair massage and energy healings available by donations. Bring instruments.
Medicare questions? The seminar is held 10 a.m. July 23 and 27 at Florida Blue Center, 4855 Town Center Parkway, St. Johns Town Center, 877-352-5830, floridablue.com.
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. Registration is required; call 347-5293 or 471-0335.
ACHIEVING INNER PEACE & TRANQUILITY
Class held 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 17 and 24 in University Center’s Bldg. 43, University of North Florida, 12000 Alumni Dr., Southside, $79, 620-4200, ce.unf.edu.
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.
Do you have a problem with compulsive overeating or food addiction? Newcomers meet 6 p.m. every Wed., Arlington Congressional Church, 431 University Blvd. N., Arlington; 6 p.m. every Mon., Orange Park Presbyterian Church, 1905 Park Ave., 376-7303, oanfi.org.
Guided meditation, facilitated by Kristi Lee Schatz, MA, is held 7-8:30 p.m. every Mon. at Peaceful Living Center, 1250 McDuff Ave. S., Avondale, $10, (707) 616-1864, peacefulproductions.org.
LGBT WORSHIP SERVICES
Services held 10:30 a.m. every Sun., First Coast Metropolitan Community Church, 2915 C.R. 214, St. Augustine, 824-2802.
This Christ-centered recovery program meets 6-8 p.m. every Thur., 555 Stockton St., Riverside, 476-0278.
FREE YOGA ON THE RIVER
Karen Roumillat, RYT, teaches free gentle yoga 9 a.m. on the fourth Sun. each month on the boardwalk, weather permitting, Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin, 287-0452.
NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS
SOUTHERN LEAGUE ALL-STAR FAN FEST
Fan Fest is held 3 p.m. July 17 at Bragan Field’s Palm Tree Pavilion, featuring a game T-shirt, autographs, games and a movie; $20. The Home Run Derby is 6 p.m. The game between the South and the North is played 7:05 p.m. July 17. jacksonvillelanding.com.
The hometown Southern League baseball team kicks off a homestand against the Chattanooga Lookouts 6:05 p.m. July 28 (Dog Days of Summer) at Bragan Field, Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Downtown Jacksonville. Games continue 7:05 p.m. July 29 (Clay County Night), July 20 (Folio Weekly Fifty-Cent Family Feast) and 1:05 p.m. July 31 (Businesspersons Special). Tickets range from $7.50-$22.50, 358-2846, jaxsuns.com.
5K BRIDGES RUN
The Vestcor Bridges Run 5K is held 7:30 a.m. July 20 starting at Hemming Plaza, 135 W. Monroe St., Downtown. Registration is $25 in advance, $30 day of the race. Awards, live music, free beer, and food are featured. 1stplacesports.com
FAMILY SEINING ACTIVITY
Pull a seine net through Guana Lake, collecting fish, crabs and more, and learn about the animals’ roles in the habitat, 8:30-10:30 a.m. July 20 and every fourth Sat. at GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra. Free with paid entrance. 823-4500. gtmnerr.org
BATS IN THE BELFRY
A park ranger discusses how bats are one of the most misunderstood, yet valuable creatures, 2 p.m. July 20 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road. Free. 251-2320. floridastateparks.org
GUIDED BEACH EXPLORATION
GTM Research Reserve holds a “Beaches 101” free beach walk 8:30-10:30 a.m. July 20 at Guana South Beach, off A1A, Ponte Vedra Beach, toward St. Augustine. There's a $3 per vehicle parking fee. To RSVP, call 823-4500 or go to gtmnerrbeachexploration.eventbrite.com. Give your contact info in case of inclement weather.
GUIDED TRAIL WALK
A volunteer-guided trail walk through wooded hammock between the ocean and the Matanzas River is held 9-10:30 a.m. July 24 in Flagler County’s River to Sea Preserve. Meet in Preserve parking lot, south end of Marineland. RSVP at gtmnerrmarinelandtrail.eventbrite.com or call 823-4500.
DINOTREK AT THE ZOO
The exhibit features animatronic “dinosaur” creatures. Admission $3 for members, $3.50 for non-members, plus Zoo admission; zoo is open until 6 p.m. weekends and holidays through Labor Day, Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, 757-4463, jacksonvillezoo.org.
TREE HILL TRAIL OPENS
The new Joseph A. Strasser Boardwalk Trail connecting the main site to the amphitheater opens 10 a.m. July 19 at Tree Hill Nature Center, 7152 Lone Star Road, Arlington. Admission is free for the day. 724-4646.
BEACH CLEANUP, FREE SPLASH DOWN
Meet 8 a.m. July 20 at North Beach Parking Area, Little Talbot Island, 11257 Heckscher Dr., Jacksonville, to clean up the beach. Gloves and trash bags supplied. Activities after the cleanup include shelling, swimming, sunbathing and beach games — bocce ball and badminton. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, water, snacks and a towel. 251-2320.
POLITICS, ACTIVISM, BUSINESS
SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB
JEA CEO Paul McElroy appears noon July 17 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is $20. For reservations, call 396-5559.
The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets 4 p.m. July 18 in the Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 630-7306, coj.net.
DREDGING THE ST. JOHNS: BUT AT WHAT COST?
St. Johns Riverkeeper holds a free forum 6 p.m. July 23 at Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk, 1515 Prudential Drive, Southbank, to address concerns and potential impacts from the proposed Jacksonville Harbor Deepening Project. Panelists are Dr. Kevin Bodge, Olsen Associates senior engineer/vice-president, Dr. Quinton White, Jacksonville University Marine Science Research Institute executive director, Dr. David Jaffee, University of North Florida professor of sociology and St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman. The public has until July 31 to submit comments regarding the proposed harbor deepening; send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOMMY DAVIDSON July 25-27, The Comedy Zone
CARLOS MENCIA Aug. 1-3, The Comedy Zone
GREAT SOUTHERN TAILGATE COOK-OFF Aug. 23-24, Amelia Island