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.
The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets at 4 p.m. April 18 in the Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-7306. coj.net
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.