HAPPENINGS

July 24-30 Happenings Calendar

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

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EVENTS

VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT 

St. Johns County Public Libraries partners 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.

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.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY 

Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Baptist Health collect new, unwrapped toys, art supplies, educational items and financial donations to purchase developmentally appropriate toys for medically complex and special-needs children during the Christmas in July Toy Drive, held 7 a.m.-2 p.m. July 25 at Wolfson Children's Hospital, Rotunda (Circular Driveway), wolfsonchildrens.org/ways-to-give.

MOSH AFTER DARK 

The adults-only event “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 Structure & Motion Lab, Royal Veterinary College, is the featured speaker. Admission is $5; free for MOSH members, 396-6674 ext. 226.

TEEN LEADERSHIP DAY 

Girls Inc. of Jacksonville invites girls ages 14-18 to Teen Leadership Day, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 26. Drop-off 8-8:30 a.m. and pick-up 4-5 p.m. at 1420 Rogero Road, Jacksonville. Participants to visit Second Harvest Food Bank to learn about the organization and sort canned goods, 9 a.m.-noon, then a tour of the Art Institute with lunch included. After the tour, Girls Inc. teaches participants how to build a resume and what employers look for in interviews. $20, register at girlsincjax.org or at Girls Inc. of Jacksonville, 1627 Rogero Road, Arlington.

MEGA PET ADOPTION 

First Coast No More Homeless Pets, Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services 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.

COSMIC CONCERTS 

Shows are Beach Boys 7 p.m., Laser Opolis 8 p.m., Metallica 10 p.m. July 26; online tickets $5, $1 laser glasses, Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org.

RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET 

RAM Dance Day Ballet Arts Centre 10:30 a.m., First Coast Dancing with the Stars 11:15 a.m., Jacksonville Dance Theatre 12:30 p.m., Hoku-loa Polynesian Dance 2:50 p.m. July 27. 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.

FOOD TRUCK WARS 

About 40 trucks from around Florida roll in for Food Truck Wars, benefiting the Kiwanis Club of Historic St. Augustine, 3-9 p.m. July 27 at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Dr.,
St. Augustine, free, foodtruckwars.com.

TRUCKIN’ ON THE RIVER 

The Jacksonville Landing and Jax Truckies collaborate with more than a dozen local food trucks, live music and a raffle drawing to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, 6 p.m. July 27 at the Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown, free, facebook.com/jaxtruckies.

SKATE AID 

A skating competition with three divisions and a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the J.T. Townsend Foundation includes performances by Be Easy and Danka with music by DJ Infader, 1-8 p.m. July 27 at Carribbean Connection, 777 S. Third St., Jacksonville Beach, free, 241-4231.

FLORIDA THEATRE PARANORMAL TOURS 

Local Haunts promises to guide visitors on a paranormal investigation of the “notoriously haunted Florida Theatre,” 8 p.m. July 27 (13 years and older may attend with an adult chaperone), $24.50; 11 p.m. July 27 for the after hours tour, $39.50, at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, 355-5661, floridatheatre.com.

TOUR OF GOWNS 

Brides Against Breast Cancer brings its Tour of Gowns campaign to Jacksonville. Brides-to-be can browse about 1,000 new or gently used gowns with the proceeds benefiting programs and services for cancer patients and their families. Towns to Gowns is 1-6 p.m. July 27 and noon-5 p.m. July 28 at the Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel, 10605 Deerwood Park Blvd., Southside, $5 tax-deductible donation, with a VIP reception 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 27, $25, bridesabc.org.

 

CLASSES & GROUPS

KNITTING CLASS 

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.

MAKING FIG PRESERVES 

A class teaching how to make fig preserves is offered 9 a.m.-noon July 27 at Duval County Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Ave., Jacksonville, $20, 255-7450.

 

COMEDY

COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE 

David Landau appears 8:04 p.m. July 24, 8:34 p.m. July 26 and 8:04 and 10:10 p.m. July 27 at 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Tickets are $6-$50; 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com.

TOMMY DAVIDSON 

Davidson appears 8 p.m. July 25 and 8 and 10 p.m. July 26-27 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets are $20 and $25. Comedy Showcase 8 p.m. July 24 and 30-31. 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.

 

KIDS

VIVA FLORIDA 500 DIG IN 

This reading event features the “Spice Girls,” CayANNE and Pepper (Anne and Amy from Ponte Vedra Branch library), who present an interactive program for school-age kids 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. 

NATURE DETECTIVE 

Kids ages 6-12 play Nature Detectives 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.

MUSIC CAMPS 

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

EXPLORING SPIRITUALITY 

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 24 in University Center’s Bldg. 43, University of North Florida, 12000 Alumni Dr., Southside, $79, 620-4200, ce.unf.edu.

SELF-DISCOVERY

Learn tools to access your inner guidance system and discover what's holding you back, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 27 at Peaceful Living Center, 1250 McDuff Ave. S., Avondale, $45 before July 20, $55 after. Facilitated by Kristi Lee Schatz, MA. For reservations, call (707) 616-1864, peacefulproductions.org.

APPROACHING MEDICARE 

Medicare questions? The seminar is held 10 a.m. July 27 at Florida Blue Center, 4855 Town Center Parkway, St. Johns Town Center, 877-352-5830, floridablue.com.

STRESS WORKSHOP

Discover Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times is held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 27 at Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center, 85 Sailfish Dr. E.,  Atlantic Beach, $35 includes vegetarian lunch, 222-8531, meditationinjacksonville.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.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS 

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.

ESTATIC DANCE CHURCH

A free-form spiritual dance experience, facilitated by Kristi Lee Schatz, MA, is held 10 a.m.-noon every Sun. at Peaceful Living Center, 1250 McDuff Ave. S., Avondale, $5 donation, (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.

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.

ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC

A community acupuncture clinic is offered 2-6 p.m. every Mon. and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Thur. at Peaceful Living Center, 1250 McDuff Ave. S., Avondale, $20 per treatment; new client fee $10 on first visit. For reservations, call 206-9887.

MEDITATION 

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.

 

NATURE, SPORTS & OUTDOORS

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.

JACKSONVILLE SUNS 

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 30 (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.

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 27 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.

LEARNING ABOUT TALBOT STINGS 

A park ranger leads a program about jellyfish, Portuguese Man of War and stingrays that are frequently seen along Talbot’s Beaches and teaches some basic first aid if you should unfortunately meet one of these Talbot residents, 2 p.m. July 27 at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

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.

 

POLITICS, ACTIVISM & BUSINESS 

SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB 

John Palumbo dicsusses "Adventures from Around the World" noon July 24 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is $20. For reservations, call 396-5559.

JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY 

The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets 4 p.m. Aug. 15 in the Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 630-7306, coj.net.


UPCOMING EVENTS

CARLOS MENCIA Aug. 1-3, The Comedy Zone

GREAT SOUTHERN TAILGATE COOK-OFF Aug. 23-24,
Amelia Island 

SOUTHERN WOMEN'S SHOW Oct. 17-20, Prime Osborn Convention Center

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