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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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