March 27-April 2 Happenings Calendar
Here's what coming up in events, comedy, classes and more in Northeast Florida
The Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy Series continues with the editor of the AARP Bulletin Jim Toedtman at 7 p.m. on March 27 at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. Admission is free. 819-6400. flagler.edu
MOSH AFTER DARK
University of North Florida’s Dr. Melissa Hargrove discusses "Through Our Eyes: Racing and Erasing Art" 6 p.m. March 28 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Free. 396-6674, ext. 226.
AFRICAN VIOLET SOCIETY
The Heart of Jacksonville African Violet Society holds its 20th annual show and sale 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 30 at Carriage Club Retirement Community, 9601 Southbrook Dr., Southside. Free. jacksonvilleviolets.org
THE SOUND OFF
The Sound Off: Real Relationship Radio holds a live broadcast 8:30 p.m. March 29 at TASTE Food Studio, 9726 Touchton Rd., Southside. soundoffradio.com
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida’s young professionals group gathers 5:30 p.m. April 1 at Seasons 52, 5096 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Center, 645-5252. facebook.com/bgcnfclubblu
JAX2025: FROM CONCEPT TO LAUNCH
The Jacksonville Chapter of the American Marketing Association hosts this discussion, JAX2025: From Concept to Launch within 45 Days, 7:30 a.m. March 28 at Fairfield Inn, 4888 Lenoir Ave., Southside. Benjamin Warner, JCCI, and Jan Korb, BroadBased Communications, are the featured speakers. jaxama.org jax2025.org
WOMEN, WORDS & WISDOM
The speaker series presents Dr. Jennifer Wesley 5:30 p.m. April 2 at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., Downtown. Wesley discusses homeless women and sex workers. Tickets are $35. Proceeds benefit Women’s Center of Jacksonville programs for women. 722-3000. womenscenterofjax.org
The annual parade is held 3 p.m. March 31 in Downtown St. Augustine. 669-7992. staugeasterfestival.org
Laser shows are Laser Magic 7 p.m., Laser U2 8 p.m., Laser Country 9 p.m., and Laser Led Zeppelin, 10 p.m. March 29 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
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
Performing musicians include Jacob Creel, Mark Williams & Blue Horse and Eric Bowden March 30 at the market, under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, Downtown. Local and regional art and a farmers market are also featured from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. Admission is free. 554-6865. riversideartsmarket.com
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 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, held noon-4 p.m. April 7 and every other Sun. at Mandarin Community Club, 12447 Mandarin Rd. 607-9935.
POLITICS, BUSINESS, ACTIVISM
OUR VANISHING WATERS
Sierra Club presents Vijay Satoskar, PhD, PG, 6 p.m. April 1 at Ponte Vedra Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Dr. Satoskar discusses "Our Vanishing (Potable) Waters." 537-6047.
SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB
Jerry Mallot, JAXUSA, is the featured speaker 11:30 a.m. March 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.
BOOKS & WRITING
BLACK CAKE & SHERRY WITH EMILY DICKINSON
Sinda Nichols portrays the reclusive poet 4 p.m. March 27 at Book Loft, 214 Centre St., Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $30; $20 for Amelia Island Book Festival members. 261-8991.
New York Times bestselling author Gross talks about and signs copies of his new book, “No Way Back,” 7 p.m. April 4 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-9026.
UNF philosophy professor Paul Carelli discusses Socrates 7:30 p.m. March 27 at Mandarin Library, 3330 Kori Rd., Mandarin. Free. 262-5124.
SPRINGING THE BLUES, 5K & 2.5K WALK, SURF FEST
April 5-7, Jax Beach
JAX SHARKS' HOME OPENER
April 12, Veterans Memorial Arena
April 12, T-U Center
12TH ANNUAL BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL
April 27, Tree Hill Nature Center
ISLE OF EIGHT FLAGS SHRIMP FESTIVAL
May 3-5, Fernandina Beach
June 9, The Florida Theatre
GREAT SOUTHERN TAILGATE COOK-OFF
Aug. 23 & 24, Amelia Island
Hypnotist Rich Guzzi appears 8 p.m. March 27 and 28 and 8 and 10 p.m. March 29 and 30 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. The 10 p.m. shows are Extreme Shows; adult content. Tickets range from $10-$20. Comedy Zone Showcase 8 p.m. April 2 and 3. 292-4242. comedyzone.com
COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE
Andy Hendrickson appears 8:34 p.m. March 28, 8:04 p.m. March 29, 8:04 and 10:18 p.m. March 30 at the new club, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Tickets range from $6-$25. 646-4277. jacksonvillecomedy.com
THE GYPSY COMEDY CLUB
The Disgruntled Clown appears 8:30 p.m. March 29, Alycia Cooper and Brian Thomas are in March 30 at 828 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $10 and $12. 461-8843.
Mad Cowford Improv performs 8:15 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at Northstar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Downtown. Admission is $5. 860-5451.
THREE LAYERS COFFEEHOUSE
Brian Foley hosts various comedians 7-8 p.m. every Sun. at Three Layers Café, 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791.
NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS
TOUR DE PAIN
The Tour de Pain Extreme 10K is held 7 p.m. March 29 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent dr., Downtown. Each racer’s times in each event are added to determine final place. Live music, a festival and food and drink specials are featured. The half-marathon starts 7 a.m., the 5K 6 p.m. March 30. 1stplacesports.com jacksonvillelanding.com
RIVER FRIENDLY BIKE TOUR
The tour starts 9:15 a.m. March 30 at Riverside Avondale preservation, 2623 Herschel St., Riverside. $10 with own bike; $40 to rent a bike. Helmets required. Proceeds benefit St. Johns Riverkeeper. 945-1571.
A park ranger leads a hike through history 2 p.m. March 30 at Ribault Club, Ft. George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road. Free. 251-2320. floridastateparks.org/littletalbotisland
At noon on April 2, 1513, Ponce de Leon’s navigator logged their ship’s position at 30 degrees 8 minutes – just south of today’s Ponte Vedra Beach and a few miles north of St. Augustine. The next day, Ponce went ashore to claim La Florida for Spain. GTM Research reserve celebrates 11:30 a.m. April 2 with a reenactment, statue dedication and a historical marker at the Reserve North Beach access, on A1A South, Ponte Vedra. 823-4500. gtmnerr.org
The season opener homestand, against the Jackson Generals, starts at 7:05 p.m. April 4 (Peter Bragan Sr. talking bobblehead for first 3,000 fans) at newly renamed Bragan Field, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Games continue 7:05 p.m. April 5 (Family Fireworks) and 6 (Ronald McDonald appearance), at 3:05 p.m. April 7 (Jackie Robinson Day) and 12:05 p.m. April 8 (Senior Citizens Day). Come on out and cheer for your hometown team! Tickets are $7.50-$25.50. 358-2846. jaxsuns.com
DINOTREK AT THE ZOO
The new exhibit is open at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville. 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 through Labor Day. 757-4463. jacksonvillezoo.org
EASTER EGG HUNT
St. Johns County Recreation & Parks holds the hunts 11 a.m. March 28 at Treaty Park, 1595 Wildwood Dr., St. Augustine; Veterans Park, 1332 Veterans Parkway, St. Johns, and Wilkie Park, 6140 Main St., Hastings. Kids eight and younger. Bring a basket. The Easter Bunny is on hand for photo ops. sjcfl.us
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.
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
The beaches club gathers 6-8 p.m. April 2 at Beaches Library, 600 Third St., Neptune Beach. Nancy “Hookie” Hamilton discusses photographic cards. Admission is free; all ability levels and camera types welcome. beachesphotographyclub.org
Seniors dance to a 3-piece band 7:30 p.m. every Mon. at Orange Park Senior Citizens Center, 414 Stowe Ave., Orange Park. $5 donation. 260-8061.
This Christ-centered recovery program meets 6-8 p.m. every Thur. at 555 Stockton St., Riverside. 476-0278.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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
NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (NIC-A)
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
Q-GROUP ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
This free, open discussion is held 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at Quality Life Center, 11265 Alumni Way, Southside. alcoholicanonymous.org
Do you have a drug problem? Maybe they can help. 358-6262, 723-5683. serenitycoastna.org, firstcoastna.org
DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE
The group meets 6-7:30 p.m. every Tue. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Downtown. 322-4040.