HAPPENINGS

May 1-7 Happenings Calendar

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

Jacksonville Public Library Circulation Assistant Terry Welch, dressed as Rita Goodbook, won’t be the only “hero” in costume for the Beach Comic-Con event May 4 at the Beaches Branch Library in Neptune Beach. In addition, comic book stores throughout Northeast Florida will celebrate Free Comic Book Day, which this year falls on National Star Wars Day — also known as May the 4th Be With You.
Courtesy of Jacksonville Public Library
A drum circle meetup is scheduled May 3 and every Friday through the summer at 18th Avenue North in Jacksonville Beach.
Troopers from the 501st Legion and Florida Garrison join award-winning science fiction writer Walter Jon Williams and other guests for Sci-Fi Weekend May 2-4 at The Museum of Science & History on the Southbank.
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EVENTS

FARM TO TABLE

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach offers cooking classes, lunch & learns through May 4, and holds a celebrity chef dinner 6 p.m. May 2 at Nocatee’s Crosswater Hall. A farm, food & art market is held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 4 at the Cultural Center. The events showcase fresh produce from local farmers, vendors selling organic and all-natural products and original art from artist-members, as well as area restaurants featuring cuisine based on locally grown, seasonal ingredients and prepared by local chefs. For dates, times, fees and other details, call 280-0614 or go to ccpvb.org.

SHRIMP FESTIVAL

The 50th annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival features a shrimp boat sunset concert with Parker Urban Band and Swamp Cabbage, 6 p.m. May 2 at Riverfront Stage, Centre Street, downtown Fernandina Beach. Concerts, live marine sea circus, kids' fun zone and the Miss Shrimp Festival 2013, a pirate invasion, and fireworks are featured 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m. May 3. The festival continues 8 a.m.-7 p.m. May 4, with a 5K run/walk, pirate invasion and putt-putt doubles tournament; it all wraps up 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 5. A blessing of the fleet is held 2 p.m. May 5. The festivities are held along Centre Street and the bayfront. Arts & crafts, antiques, kids' activities, and lots of shrimp are also featured. shrimpfestival.com

IDEAS & INSPIRATION HOME SHOW

The Ideas & Inspiration Home Show is held 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 3 and 4 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 5 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Downtown. Matt Fox and Shari Hiller are on hand, along with artists, decorating and home improvement professionals. The O.C. Band, Albert Simpson and Back From the Brink perform. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, $3 for seniors May 3. Parking for the event is $5. 415-0363.

MOSH SCI-FI WEEKEND

Nebula award-winning science fiction writer Walter Jon Williams (“Hardwired,” “Voice of the Whirlwind”) headlines The Museum of Science & History’s Sci-Fi Weekend, which also includes engineer Carl Sheldon (an impersonator of James Doohan, who played Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in “Star Trek”) and actor John Broughton, Capt. Carter from “Starship Farragut.” The event includes Storm Troopers from the 501st Legion and Florida Garrison, Roxy the Rancor, Cosplay panels, Farragut Film sets, a recreated Tardis from “Dr. Who,” a cosmic concert and Planetarium programs narrated by science fiction actors. Pre-events: Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” 7 p.m. May 2, followed by a film discussion. “The Future of Architecture,” presented by Wayne Wood, 7 p.m. May 3. Sci-Fi Weekend: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 4, noon-5 p.m. May 5 at 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Pre-events: $10 each; many weekend activities included in museum admission ($10 for adults), additional fees for some. VIP Q-Continuum pass (guarantees access to all programs): $125. 396-6674, themosh.org

BEACH COMIC-CON

The inaugural Beach Comic-Con invites comic book enthusiasts and nerds don superhero costumes 2-5 p.m. May 4 at Beaches Branch Library, 600 Third St., Neptune Beach. Local comic book creators James Greene, Aaron Hazouri and Henry Gonzalez display their works and answer questions. Contests with cool prizes are held for best comic book character costume, comic trivia, and for creating an original comic book page on a provided library form. Winners’ comics are exhibited at the library in May. Comic book-inspired art by librarian Tony Miller and University of North Florida student Michael Slayton is displayed, as well as Branch Manager Tamera Branam’s comic book collection. "The Avengers" is screened. 241-1141. 630-2665. jaxpubliclibrary.org

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY/NATIONAL STAR WARS DAY

These dual events are celebrated noon-5 p.m. May 4 at Universe of Superheroes, 1124 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 372-0400; and Black Hive Comics, 2724 Park St., Riverside, 389-3312. Storm Troopers, free food, costume contests and local comic artists and writers, including Aaron Hazouri, Ryan Gunwitch-Black, Josh Rudloff, Jason Wright, Rachel Pandich, Adam Wollet, Jummy Stetler and Al Letson.

MOSH SCI-FI WEEKEND

Sci-Fi Day at MOSH was a hit last year, so it's now Sci-Fi Weekend. Stanley Kubrick’s classic “2001: A Space Odyssey” is screened 7 p.m. May 2, followed by a film discussion. “The Future of Architecture,” presented by Wayne Wood, is screened 7 p.m. May 3, $10. Science-fiction writer Walter Jon Williams, engineer Carl Sheldon (also an impersonator of Montgomery Scott, aka Scotty from “Star Trek”) and actor John Broughton, Capt. Carter from “Starship Farragut,” are on hand. themosh.org

RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRASIER

Panache owner Kristy Weeks and salon and spa staff members offer a haircut, purple feather, nail polish and eye shadow application, noon-6 p.m. May 4 at Bartram High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Pkwy., St. Johns. Donation proceeds benefit Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. For more information, 209-1320. getpanache.com

ST. JOHNS COUNTY UTILITY: CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP

The Northeast Florida Sierra Club presents St. Johns County Director of Utilities Bill Young 6 p.m. May 4 at Ponte Vedra Beach Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Young discusses the past, present and future regarding the utility's commitment to conservation, technology and strategic partnerships. 537-6047.

SUNSET CELEBRATION

It happens every day, but this one's a big deal. Vendors, live music, local arts & crafts and activities are featured 3 p.m.-dusk May 4 at Vilano Beach Town Center, 115 Vilano Road, Ste. A, St. Augustine. Free. 540-0402. vilanobeachfl.com

BARKING IN THE STREETS

The K9s for Warriors program hosts the street party with a raffle, music by Something Different, family activities and food trucks. The event raises money for K9s for Warriors, 1-6 p.m. May 5 at Adamec Harley-Davidson, 8909 Baymeadows Road, $10. K9sforwarriors.org

THE PLAYERS 2013

The pro golf event is held May 6-12 at TPC Sawgrass, 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. Daily grounds tickets (Thur.-Sun.) are $58 per day. Practice round tickets are $15 per day (Mon. and Tue.) and $25 (Wed., including Military Appreciation Day and a Dierks Bentley concert). Weekly grounds tickets are $150. Parking passes for Thur.-Sun. are $25 per day for general lot, $45 per day for preferred parking near Nicklaus Gate. Park for free in the general parking lot Mon.-Wed. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, check out pgatour.com/theplayers. 285-3700.

FREE MS SEMINAR

MS Views and News, a not-for-profit patient advocacy organization, holds a free informative Multiple Sclerosis educational program 9:45 a.m. May 11 at Southpoint Marriott, 4670 Salisbury Road, Southside. Victor Maquera, MD, Tina Butterfield, RN., and Connie Easterling, MSN, ARNP, discuss “Treatment Strategies, Symptom Management, MS Relapse, MRI, and info for the newly diagnosed,” followed by a Q&A. Registration is required; go to events.msvn.org or call 203-550-7703.

RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET

The inaugural RAMi-Con, celebrating all things sci-fi/fantasy/cosplay/comics/anime and gaming, is held on May 4, with costume contest finals at 2 p.m. on the River Stage. The Redheads Britta-N-Brooke 10:30 a.m., Robbie Hazen 11:45 a.m., Spencer Scholes 2:30 p.m. May 4 at the market, 
2623 Herschel St., Riverside. Local and regional art and a farmers market are also featured 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. Free. 389-2449
. riversideartsmarket.com

JEWISH FOOD FESTIVAL

The second annual Jewish Food Festival is held 11 a.m. May 5 at Congregation Ahavath Chesed, 8727 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. Brisket sliders, corned beef, hot dogs, matzah ball soup, potato pancakes, spinach pie, pickles, bagels, lox, kasha varnishkes, tabbouleh, hummus, falafel, kugel and macaroons are available. Bubbe’s Bake Off cooking contest judges include Judy Wells, freelance food and travel writer, and Belinda Hulin, food writer and cookbook author. The L’Chaim Wine Wall is also featured. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 733-7078. thetemplejacksonville.org

WOMEN, WORDS & WISDOM

The third annual speaker series wraps up with Madeline Scales-Taylor 6:30 p.m. (reception 5:30 p.m.) May 7 at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., San Marco. Scales-Taylor discusses how retirement can impact women as they transform the “me” generation into the “we” generation. Tickets are $35. Proceeds benefit Expanded Horizons, a Women’s Center of Jacksonville literacy program for women. 722-3000. womenscenterofjax.org

COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES

Flagler College marks the 125th anniversary of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon with its 2013 Community Lecture Series, “The Hotel Ponce de Leon Deconstructed: Building the Future for Modern America.” Dr. Arthur Vanden Houten discusses "Faith, Fortune and Empire: Henry Flagler, Florida Politics and the Rise of America's Global Ambition" 10 a.m. May 7 in Flagler College's Flagler Room, 74 King St, St. Augustine. Tickets are $5 for a single lecture; $15 for four. Reservations are required; space is limited. 819-6282.

COSMIC CONCERTS

Laser shows are Best of the Wall 7 p.m., Wish You Were Here 8 p.m., Laser Dark Side of the Moon 9 p.m., Laser The Wall 10 p.m. May 3 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Online tickets are $5. 396-7062. moshplanetarium.org

FERNANDINA BEACH MARKETPLACE

Fresh baked goods, organic vegetables and jellies, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat. at North Seventh Street, Fernandina Beach, 557-8229, fernandinabeachmarketplace.com

AMELIA FARMERS MARKET

Farm-direct fruits and vegetables 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat. at The Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 6800 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, ameliafarmersmarket.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, 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. every other Sun. at Mandarin Community Club, 12447 Mandarin Rd. 607-9935.

 

POLITICS, BUSINESS

JACKSONVILLE YOUNG DEMOCRATS

Politically engaged young professional and student group meets 7 p.m. May 22 and every fourth Wed. at Northstar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Downtown. facebook.com/jaxyoungdems

MONEYWI$E WEEK

The St. Johns County Public Library System and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants present the second annual Moneywi$e Week financial planning workshops for adults 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; on May 1 at Ponte Vedra Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra, 827-6950; May 2 at Southeast Branch, 6670 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 827-6900; and on May 4 at Bartram Trail Branch, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove, 827-6960. sjcpls.org

JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY

The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets at 4 p.m. May 16 in the Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-7306. coj.net

 

BOOKS & WRITING

CHARLES MARTIN

New York Times bestselling author and Jacksonville native Martin debuts, discusses and sign copies of his new novel, "Unwritten," 7 p.m. May 7 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-9026.

 

COMEDY

ERIK RIVERA

The charming Rivera appears 8 p.m. May 1, 2 and 3, and 8 and 10 p.m. May 4 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets range from $10-$14. 292-4242. comedyzone.com

COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE

Vince Morris appears 8:34 p.m. May 2, 8:04 p.m. May 3 and 8:04 and 10:18 p.m. May 4 at the new club, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Chris Gay is also featured. Tickets range from $6-$25. The Improv Effect is 7:15 p.m. May 2. 646-4277. jacksonvillecomedy.com

THE GYPSY COMEDY CLUB

Ted Holum and Pat Duax appear 8:30 p.m. May 3 and 4 at 828 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $10 and $12. 461-8843.

MAD COWFORD

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

MERMAID MILES 5K BEACH WALK/JOG/RUN

This fundraiser starts 9:30 a.m. (8 a.m. registration) May 4 at Butler Park East, 5860 A1A S., St. Augustine. Early registration is $25; day of the event registration is $30. Proceeds benefit St. Augustine Youth Services. 669-1207. staugustineyouthservices.com

TALBOT ISLANDS

A park ranger leads a guided hike through different Florida ecosystems on a quest to characterize tracks left by an assortment of critters, 2 p.m. May 4 at Ribault Club, Ft. George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road. Free. 251-2320. floridastateparks.org/littletalbotisland

UNION GARRISON EVENT

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fort Clinch State Park hosts a Union Garrison event 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 4 and 9 a.m.-noon May 5 at the park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Living historians re-enact life in the fort as it was in 1864. Soldiers in period dress perform in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies promenade in Civil War-era dresses, sutlers display their wares and drummer boys … well, drum … bringing the era to life. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle; $2 per person Fort admission. 277-7274. floridastateparks.org

JACKSONVILLE SHARKS

Uniforms-shmuniforms. The other hometown football team — one that’s quite successful — takes on the Arizona Rattlers at 7 p.m. May 4 (Education Appreciation Night) at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $11-$133. 630-3900.

EVENING NATURE PROGRAM

Park rangers or volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing; the next one is held May 4. Programs, included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle, are held at open-air pavilions at at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A S., St. Augustine. Times vary. For information, call 461-2035; floridastateparks.org/anastasia

MARINELAND BEACH WALK

GTM Research Reserve volunteers lead a beach walk at its Marineland location 9-10:30 a.m. May 2 at 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine. Wear closed-toe shoes. Meet at River to Sea Preserve entrance (1,000 feet south of GTM Marineland Office parking lot). Reservations required; call 823-4500. A guided cultural hike is held 8:30-10:30 a.m. May 4 at GTM Research Reserve's Trailhead Pavilion, west of Guana Dam. Learn about Guana Peninsula's cultural history. Wear comfy closed-toe shoes. $3 parking fee. 823-4500. gtmnerrculturalhike.eventbrite.com

ROLLER DERBY

The fast-moving women skate against another regional team 7 p.m. May 5 at Mandarin Skate Station, 3461 Kori Rd., Mandarin. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 399-3223. jacksonvillerollergirls.com

JACKSONVILLE SUNS

The Suns begin a homestand against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 7:05 p.m. May 7 (Folio Weekly Fifty Cent Family Feast) at newly renamed Bragan Field, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Games continue 1:05 p.m. May 8 (Businessperson’s Special), 7:05 p.m. May 9 (Nurses Night, Thursday Throwdown), 7:05 p.m. May 10 (Blood Drive, Fireworks) and 7:05 p.m. May 11 (Scout Campout). Come on out and cheer for your hometown team! Tickets are $7.50-$25.50. 358-2846. jaxsuns.com

DINOTREK AND TIGERS

New exhibits are open at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway. Lifelike animatronic “dinosaur” creatures are featured. Admission is $3 for members, $3.50 for nonmembers, plus Zoo admission. Zoo hours are extended until 6 p.m. weekends and holidays through Labor Day. Check out the new Land of the Tigers, too! 757-4463. jacksonvillezoo.org

 

UPCOMING

JOHN WITHERSPOON

May 10 & 11, The Comedy Zone

ST. JOHNS SUP RUSH

June 8, Rudder Club of Jacksonville

KEVIN JAMES

June 9, The Florida Theatre

DREW CAREY

July 12 & 13, The Comedy Zone

 

KIDS

CLICK, CLACK, MOO

TheatreWorks presents this kids' production 10 a.m. and noon May 3 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, 353-3500. Tickets are $7.50 in advance; $8 at the door. 353-3550 for reservations. theatreworksjax.com

ICE SKATING CAMPS

Kids of all skill levels learn to skate or work on ice-skating skills at Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex Skating Academy, 3605 Philips Highway, Southside. On and off ice skating instruction, age-appropriate activities, a lunch program, and extended care available. Campers receive a swag bag. Camp themes are Movie Madness June 3-9; ToonTown, June 10-14; Star Wars Celebration, June 17-21; Disney Magic, June 24-28; Motown Mania, July 15-19; Princess & Super Heroes, July 22-26; Divalicious, July 29-Aug. 2 and Music Explosion, Aug. 12-16. 399-3223. jaxiceandsportsplex.com

KUMON ACADEMIC CAMP

Kumon offers academic enrichment programs help children move beyond grade levels. 2039 Park St., Riverside, 381-1200; 9978 Old Baymeadows Road, Ste. 2, Baymeadows, 642-9566; 11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 18, Mandarin, 268-8861; 280 Solana Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, 285-7775; 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 27, Arlington, 744-2445. kumon.com

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

FRIDAY NIGHT DRUM CIRCLE

A drum circle is held 5:30 p.m. every Friday all summer at 18th Avenue North, Jax Beach, on the beach. meetup.com/jaxdrumcircle

GEARS FOR YEARS

Keep It Together Florida Inc. and St Johns County present this program, which collects bicycles for kids in need. They need donations – children’s bikes, spare parts, tire tubes, chains seats, handle bar grips, bike locks and new helmets – and volunteers to help refurbish bikes and help at the June giveaway. gearsforyears.org

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

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.

 

CLASSES & GROUPS

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS

Do you have a problem with compulsive overeating or food addiction? Overeaters Anonymous hosts a Big Book Oasis Weekend May 3-4 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4087 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. 477-6313. Information and registration online. oanfi.org

BEACH FITNESS

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Anastasia State Park and Friends of Anastasia offer a Beach Fitness Workshop 8-9:30 a.m. every Sat., through May 25 at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A S., St. Augustine. Fee is $60. To register, call 461-2035. floridastateparks.org

SENIORS DANCE

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.

YOUNG SURVIVORS

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 mail@womenscenterofjax.org.

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