Sept. 4-10 Happenings Calendar
Here's what coming up in events, comedy, classes and more in Northeast Florida
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LUNCHEON
Florida Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope is the featured speaker at Clay County Economic Development Council’s quarterly luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 4 at Thrasher-Horne Conference Center, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, $35 in advance, $40 day of, 264-2651, claychamber.com.
St. Vincent’s HealthCare Foundation’s 12th celebration is held Sept. 5-7 at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, 200 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. Chef Norman Van Aken, Mike Jablonski, Hermann Muller, Derek Stennes, Thomas Tolxdorf and Tim Turner are featured. Proceeds from the three-day gourmet food and wine event benefit St. Vincent’s Mobile Outreach Programs, which provide free medical care to under-served children and families in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. 308-7338.
THE FOUNDING OF ST. AUGUSTINE
The historical re-enactment, by volunteers of Florida Living History, of Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles’ landing and anniversary commemoration is held 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 7 at Mission Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Ave., St. Augustine, free, 829-1711.
Bounce houses, games, airbrush tattoos, food and drink and a DJ are featured at the inaugural fundraiser held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 7 at San Jose Baptist Church, 6140 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin; $15 wristbands unlimited bounce house and games; $5 for unlimited bounce house. Proceeds benefit charities that help kids with life-threatening illnesses. cadescarnival.com.
BLACK TIE & BLUE JEANS GALA
First Coast Rotaract Club holds its 11th annual fundraiser, 7-11 p.m. Sept. 7 at EverBank Center, 301 W. Bay St., Downtown. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and live music are featured. Tickets are $60; proceeds benefit The JLG Brain Cancer Foundation; 804-221-5893, jaxrotaract.org.
DIAMONDS & DENIM WEDDING EXPO
This wedding expo is held 1-4 p.m. Sept. 8 at University of North Florida’s University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Southside. More than 100 local vendors are onsite, including bakers, caterers, consultants, florists, stationers, musical entertainment, travel agents, photographers, hotels, and a fashion show for the wedding party. Tickets are $7 in advance online, $10 at the door, premierweddingexpo.com.
The after-hours build-a-thon starts 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 through 7:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. A movie, pizza snack and donut breakfast are featured; $35 per child, $35 per adult (required); bring sleeping bags and air mattresses; 396-6674 ext. 226, themosh.org.
Laser Mania 7 p.m., Laser Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here at 8 p.m., Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon at 9 p.m. and Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall Sept. 6; online tickets $5, Bryan Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org.
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
Eric Wendorf, Al Poindexter & River Rise, Mondo Mike & the Po Boys, Shoni, Sept. 7. Local and regional art and a farmers market are featured 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat., 715 Riverside Ave., free, 389-2449, riversideartsmarket.com.
SUNSET ROCK BENEFIT
Featured bands include The Rubies, DaVita All Star Blues Band, Terry Sylvester (The Hollies) and The Falling Bones, 6-10 p.m. Sept. 12 at St. Johns County Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Food, beer and wine and a raffle are available. Admission is free; proceeds benefit Artbreakers charity, National Kidney Foundation and The Kidney Trust. facebook.com/welovestaugustinebeach.
SQUARE DANCE LESSONS
The Rollaways Square Dance Club holds beginner square dance lessons 7 p.m. Sept. 10, 17 and 24 at Sandalwood High School, 2750 John Prom Blvd., Southside, $5, 704-6634.
BOOKS & WRITING
FLORIDA SISTERS IN CRIME
JSO Department of Corrections Director Jimmy Holderfield appears 10:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville; free, floridasistersincrime.com.
Florida writer Legge discusses her book, " Old Lady Flute — She Tells All!" 2 p.m. Sept. 7 at Anastasia Island Branch Library, 124 Seagrove Main St., St. Augustine Beach, 209-3730, sjcpls.org.
New York Times bestselling author Todd discusses and signs copies of his new mystery, “A Question of Honor,” 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach, 241-9026.
COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE
Tom McTeiman appears 8:04 p.m. Sept. 5, 8:34 p.m. Sept. 6 and 8:04 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. Sept. 7 at the new comedy club, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside, $6-$50; 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com.
Comedy’s "everyman" Pulnik appears 8 p.m. Sept. 5 and 8 and 10 p.m. Sept. 6-7 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin; $10-$14; 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.
FRANK DEL PIZZO
The comic is on 8 p.m. Sept. 6-7 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., Southside, $10, 365-5555, latthirty.com.
MIND, BODY & SOUL
TAOIST TAI CHI
A new beginner class starts 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Elks Club, 1855 West Road, Southside, 733-8180, email@example.com.
DEPRESSION, BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE
This group meets 6 p.m. every Tue. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Pavilion Building, Southbank; free; for details, call 322-4040 or 294-5720.
PRACTICE WORLD PEACE
Brenda Star Walker leads this group 11 a.m.-noon on the first Sun. of each month at Memorial Park, 1620 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Bring a ground cover. Practice suitable for all ages and abilities.
ESTATIC DANCE CHURCH
A free-form spiritual dance experience with 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.
Vinyasa Flow, Power Hour, Bliss Flow, Shine & Flow, Blended Flow and Reggae Flow are among the classes offered at Bella Vida Yoga, 510 Shetter Ave., Jax Beach, 654-9216, bellavidayoga.com. Proceeds from some classes benefit the Surfers For Autism program.
Services 10 a.m. every Sun.; Bible study 6:30 p.m. every Thur. at Living Witness Family Worship Center, 8716 Lone Star Road, Arlington, 348-0721.
WEIGHT WATCHERS, SMOKING CESSATION, TAI CHI, YOGA
Several classes and info sessions are held 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.
Alateen, for kids bothered by someone else’s drinking, gathers in Orange Park, Westside, Amelia Island and the Beaches; for when and where, call 350-0600.
NATURE, SPORTS & OUTDOORS
ANGLERS FOR A CURE FISHING TOURNAMENT
The seventh annual Inshore Slam Fishing Tournament is held at first light Sept. 7 at Sisters Creek Marina, 8203 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville. The entry fee is $65 for first-timers; $55 for returning anglers. A Junior Angler Tournament for ages 12 and younger (entry fee for one adult and one child is $100) is featured, along with live music and raffles. Proceeds benefit Borland-Groover Clinic Foundation for Research and Education regarding colon cancer; 305-1599, anglersforacure.org.
SISTERS SURF CLASSIC
Sisters of the Sea holds its 15th annual women’s surf contest, benefitting Bosom Buddies, 8 a.m. Sept. 7 on Jax Beach Pier’s south side, Fifth Street North, Jax Beach, $30 pre-registration; $50 day of contest, 608-7777, sistersofthesea.org.
A NIGHT UNDER THE LIGHTS
The Katie Caples Invitational cross country event, featuring Boys and Girls JV, Boys and Girls Varsity, and Boys and Girls Elite Races. is held 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at Bishop Kenny High School, 1055 Kingman Ave., San Marco, $5 admission, proceeds benefit the Katie Caples Scholarship Foundation, fl.milesplit.com.
JAGUARS VS. CHIEFS
The Jacksonville Jaguars play the regular season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at EverBank Field, One EverBank Place, Downtown. Single-game tickets for home games start at $45, 633-2000, jaguars.com.
TALBOT ISLANDS NATURE HIKE
A park ranger leads the hike 2 p.m. Sept. 7 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Fort George Road; free; bring bug spray and bottled water, 251-2320.
GUIDED CULTURAL HIKE
GTMRR offers this hike 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 7; meet at Trailhead Pavilion, west of Guana Dam, 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra. Wear closed-toe shoes. $3 parking fee, RSVP at gtmnerrculturalhike.eventbrite.com, 823-4500.
POLITICS, ACTIVISM & BUSINESS
SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB
Past Presidents’ Day is held noon Sept. 4 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. Admission is $20. For reservations, call 396-5559.
The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets 4 p.m. Sept. 19, Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 630-7306, coj.net.
SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW
Oct. 17-20, Prime Osborn Convention Center
Nov. 17, The Florida Theatre
ST. JOHNS RIVERKEEPER OYSTER ROAST
Nov. 22, Garden Club of Jacksonville