DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS
The Silent Witness exhibit, to honor survivors of domestic violence and the women, men and children who were murdered in St. Johns County in acts of domestic violence, is made of red, life-sized silhouettes, each representing a person who once lived, worked, had neighbors, friends and family here. Betty Griffin House holds a candlelight vigil honoring domestic violence victims and survivors 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Plaza de la Constitución, Downtown St. Augustine, free, 808-9984, bettygriffinhouse.org.
Flagler College’s Ideas and Images Program presents University of Georgia professor Cobb, who discusses racial identity in the American South, 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in the college's Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine; free, 819-6282, flagler.edu.
The fall wine gala, with a silent auction, is held 8-10 p.m. Oct. 3 at Fresh Market, 12795 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. Seafood, cheeses and of course wine are featured. Tickets are $35. Proceeds benefit the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society. mandarinwinegala.eventbrite.com.
RIVERKEEPER LOW COUNTRY BOIL
To raise awareness and funds for the protection of Silver Springs and the St. Johns River, St. Johns Riverkeeper holds this boil 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at Sadler Point Marina
, 4669 Roosevelt Blvd., Westside. Fresh local sausage, corn and potatoes from Black Hog Farms and local shrimp from Fisherman’s Dock in Mandarin are featured. Intuition Ale Works provides local craft beer. Live music, kids' activities and an Ortega River sunset boat cruise are featured. Tickets are $25; kids younger than 12 admitted free; stjohnsriverkeeper.org.
The 98th annual convention of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History is held Oct. 2-6 at various venues in Downtown Jacksonville. Featured speakers include Dr. Sonia Sanchez, Medgar Evers' daughter Rena Evers; Lisa McNair, sister of Denise McNair; Ciara Taylor; Bernard Kinsey; Rodney Hurst; Charlie Cobb; Bernice Johnson Reagon and Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole. An open mic poetry slam, black history tours of Jacksonville, a boat ride, a youth day, and a history teacher’s workshop. For a complete schedule and admission fees, go to asalh.org.
FLORIDA BLACK EXPO
The 12th annual expo is held Oct. 3-5 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Downtown. Events include a business opportunity summit, Taste of Jacksonville benefit, seminars, book signings, gospel showcases, political forums and artists Chubb Rock and Kurtis Blow performing. For dates, times and fees, call 727-7451 or go to blackpagessouth.com.
Intuition Ale Works' third annual fest is held 1-8 p.m. Oct. 6 at Memorial Park, 1620 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Tapping of Oktoberfest brews, beer stein races, a pretzel toss, food trucks and beer stein holding contests are featured. The Swinging Bavarians play oompah music. Wear authentic attire and get a free pint. General admission is $20; VIP $50. Proceeds benefit Memorial Park Association programs. 683-7720, intuitionaleworks.com.
UNION GARRISON AT FORT CLINCH STATE PARK
An interpretive program of a soldier’s life in 1864 is presented 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5 and 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 6 at Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Ladies promenade in Civil War-era dresses, sutlers display wares and drummer boys … well, drum. Park entrance fee $6/vehicle plus $2 per person fort admission, 277-7274, floridastateparks.org.
BAANGERDA AIDS ORPHANAGE BENEFIT
Pattaya Thai Grille hosts its annual benefit, the proceeds from which benefit the Baangerda AIDS orphanage in Thailand. Flagship Romance (Shawn Fisher, Jordyn Jackson), Jasmine Rhey, Eric Charlton, Skye Bailey and Ron Rodriguez perform, 5-10 p.m. Oct. 5 at Pattaya Thai Grille, 9551 Baymeadows Road, Southside; $35 donation includes buffet, free beer and wine, 646-9506, baangerda.org.
Laser shows are Fright Light 7 p.m., Wish You Were Here 8 p.m., Dark Side of the Moon 9 p.m., The Wall 10 p.m. Oct. 4; online tickets $5, Bryan Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org.
BUTTS & BRISKET COMPETITION
Rabid barbecuers compete for bragging rights, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5 at Central Park, 1218 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Live music, face painting, live college football, yard games, arts and crafts, a kids' zone and concessions are featured. Plates of all the teams’ recipes are available at noon for $10. Then it's the Goin' Coastal Music Series featuring The Lee Boys, The Parker Urban Band and Spred the Dub 5-10 p.m. at Buccaneer Field; $10 in advance, $15 at the gate; 277-7350 ext. 2013, email@example.com, fbeachbbq.com.
DATIL PEPPER COOK-OFF
Top chefs from areas restaurants compete in the sixth annual Datil Pepper Cook-Off Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Agricultural Center, 3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine. You be a judge: Vote in People’s Choice Award, voting tickets are $1 a pop. A home & garden show and a hot sauce contest are also featured. Admission and parking are free. For details, call 209-0430 or go to datilpepperfestival.com.
The Jewish Community Alliance celebrates its 25th birthday, 3 p.m. Oct. 6 at 8505 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. Composing a Heart, a multimedia concert dedicated to the children of immigrants, features spoken word, taped recordings, original music and photographs. Advance reservations can be made by calling the JCA registrar at 730-2100 ext. 228.
PONCE DE LEON LECTURE
St. Augustine Archaeological Association and Florida Public Archaeology Network present Dr. William Marquardt, 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Flagler College's Flagler Room, 74 King St., St. Augustine. Marquardt discusses “Juan Ponce de Leon and the Calusa Indians: 500 Years Ago in Southwest Florida.” saaa.shutterfly.com.
“White Oak and the World of Conservation,” regarding native species of this area, is discussed 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Peck Center Auditorium, 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach; free, wildamelia.com.
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE
The new exhibit, “Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids and Meteors,” runs through Dec. at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-6674, themosh.org.
AMELIA FARMERS MARKET
Fernandina Beach farmers market offers local produce, gourmet-prepared foods and landscape plants, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 5 and every Sat. at the Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, 491-4872, ameliafarmersmarket.com.
BOOKS & WRITING
TRACY AND ROSS ALLOWAY
The Alloways discuss and sign copies of their new book, “The Working Memory: Train Your Brain to Function Stronger, Smarter, Faster,” 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach, 241-9026.
The Flagler College Writers in Residence lecture series continues with poet Millar ("Telephone Repairman," "Blue Rust") 5 p.m. Oct. 3 in the college’s Gamache-Koger Theater, Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine; admission is free; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; 819-6339, flagler.edu.
COZY MYSTERY BOOK CLUB
Mysteries discussed are "Bootlegger's Daughter" by Margaret Maron and "Someone to Watch Over Me" by Jill Churchill, 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at Orange Park Library, 2054 Plainfield Ave., 278-4750, ccpl.lib.fl.us.
PV LIBRARY ANNIVERSARY
Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library celebrates its 20th anniversary 2-5 p.m. Oct. 5 at the library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Bingo, balloon sculptures, face painting, a puppet show, a scavenger hunt and live jazz are featured. 827-6950, sjcpls.org.
SISTERS IN CRIME
The Florida Sisters in Crime gather 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5 at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville. Linda Wilson ("The Therapist Goes to Jail - Often") is the featured speaker; free, floridasistersincrime.com.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOKSTORE
Hard-back, soft-cover, audio, large-print and children’s books and much more are available 9 a.m.-noon Tue., Thur. and Sat at University Park Branch Library, 3435 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 630-2304, fjpl.org.
The third annual Florida's Funniest Comedian is 8:04 p.m. Oct. 2. The adorable, silly Little appears 8:04 p.m. Oct. 3, 8:34 p.m. Oct. 4 and 8:04 and 10:10 p.m. Oct. 5 at The Comedy Club of Jacksonville, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside, $6-$25; 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com.
The comic is on 8 p.m. Oct. 4-5 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., Southside, $10, 365-5555, latthirty.com.
Winslow, who can make noises like nobody else, appears 8 p.m. Oct. 3, and 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 4-5 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin; $18-$23; 292-4242, comedyzone.com.
MIND, BODY & SOUL
Discover why a Personal Branding Statement could change your life, 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at Peaceful Living Center, 1250 McDuff Ave. S., Avondale, peacefulproductions.org.
DEPRESSION, BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE
This group meets 6 p.m. every Tue. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Pavilion Building, Southbank; free; 322-4040 or 294-5720.
PRACTICE WORLD PEACE
Brenda Star Walker leads a group 11 a.m.-noon every first Sun. at Memorial Park, 1620 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Bring a ground cover. Practice suitable for all ages and abilities.
NATURE, SPORTS & OUTDOORS
To raise money for its annual charity drive benefiting the United Way of Northeast Florida and Community Health Charities of Florida, JaxPort holds a bowling tournament 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 5 at Bowl America Southside Bowling Center, 11141 Beach Blvd., Southside. Tournament winners get a trophy; $5 red pin prizes. Registration is $125 per team (5-person team); $25 single player; $15 kids bumper bowl (12 and younger); register at jaxportcharitybowling2013.eventbrite.com.
AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD TRIP
This group treks Cecil Recreation Trail and Taye Brown Regional Park, 8 a.m. Oct. 6 at 13611 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, 699-8453.
The Northeast Florida Sierra Club celebrates the 49th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, featuring speakers Andy Miller and Warren Anderson of the Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida, 6 p.m. Oct. 7 at Ponte Vedra Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra, 537-6047.
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS VS ORLANDO MAGIC
Preseason NBA basketball is played 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown. A salute to the military and veterans community is featured. Seats start at $15; courtside $250; 630-3697, jaxevents.com.
A ranger discusses Secrets of the Salt Marsh 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Fort George Road; free; 251-2320, floridastateparks.org.
POLITICS, ACTIVISM & BUSINESS
AIFBY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Yulee Area Council gathers 8:30 a.m. Oct. 8 at Chick-fil-A, 464004 S.R. 200, Yulee. Ron Heymann of Davis Capital Management is the featured speaker. Admission is free for members; $25 for nonmembers; 261-3248 ext. 107, islandchamber.com.
The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets 4 p.m. Oct. 17, Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 630-7306, coj.net.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
The group needs volunteers for its programs in St. Johns County, 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Wed.-Sat., building or improving area homes. To register and get details, go to habitatstjohns.org.
CREATIVE BUSINESS PLANNING
The class “Business Planning for Creatives: Artists, Writers, Healers, Coaches, & Independent Practitioners” is held 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 18, Nov. 1 and 15 and Dec. 6 in Atlantic Beach. To reserve a spot and get details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-913-8611 ext. 1.
BILL O'REILLY & DENNIS MILLER
Oct. 12, T-U Center
SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW
Oct. 17-20, Prime Osborn Convention Center
FOLIO WEEKLY’S OKTOBERFEST
Oct. 19, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Oct. 25, The Florida Theatre
Oct. 28, T-U Center
Nov. 17, The Florida Theatre
ST. JOHNS RIVERKEEPER OYSTER ROAST
Nov. 22, Garden Club of Jacksonville
Jan. 18, The Florida Theatre
Feb. 6, The Florida Theatre
Feb. 28, Veterans Memorial Arena
March 23, The Florida Theatre