Dec. 11-17 Happenings Calendar
What's coming up in events, comedy, classes and more in Northeast Florida
SANDBAR SANTA FISH FRY
The 12th annual charity event is held 4-8 p.m. Dec. 11 at The Sandbar Pub, 7025 A1A S., St. Augustine, $10, proceeds benefit Council on Aging, 461-4671.
SANTA CLAUS & POLAR EXPRESS STEAM LOCOMOTIVE
The Beaches Museum & History Center presents this holiday event 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21 and noon-3 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22 at 381 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Kids meet Santa and crafts, games, cookies and hot chocolate are available. Admission is free. 241-5657, beachesmuseum.org.
The 19th annual event, featuring more than 100 tuba-players performing holiday classics, is held 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown. Photos with Santa 5-8 p.m.; purchase options available. The Jingle Bell Run/Walk is held 6 p.m.; tie jingle bells to your shoelaces and help raise funds to fight arthritis.
KIDS DANCE DAY
Kids ages 5-17 are introduced to the skills and techniques used in ProDance classes, noon-3 p.m. Dec. 14 at Bailey's Health & Fitness, 9545 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 3, Mandarin, $15 in advance, $20 at the door. There's no obligation to register for January classes and you don't have to be a Bailey's member to participate. To register, go to procheerleadersalumni.com or sign up at the door.
B&B HOLIDAY TOUR
The 20th annual St. Augustine Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour is held 1-5 p.m. Dec. 14-15 in historic downtown St. Augustine; $25; proceeds benefit Betty Griffin House, staugustinebandbtour.com.
YULEE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
The ninth annual festival, featuring a parade along U.S. 17 and S.R. A1A, starts 10 a.m. Dec. 14, followed by an arts and crafts show at Yulee Ballpark, with live entertainment, food booths, bouncies and a Winter Wonderland with Santa appearances. Admission is free, 845-3264, yhfestival.wix.com.
FASHION SHOW & AUCTION
The St. Gerard Campus presents its 30th annual Fashion Show & Silent Auction fundraiser noon-3:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, 500 S. Legacy Trial, St. Augustine; tickets are $35, 829-5516.
SS AMELIA GINGERBREAD PIRATE SHIP
The 17-foot-long, 12-foot-tall ship is on display through Dec. 28 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, 277-1100.
VILLA ZORAYDA CANDLELIGHT TOURS
The fourth annual event features a courtyard Christmas tree, nativity scene and guided candlelit tours through the historic villa, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 17, 19, 21, 27, 28 and 30, at 83 King St., St. Augustine; tickets are $17; $8 for ages 7-12, 829-9887, villazorayda.com.
COSMIC CONCERTS LASER SHOWS
Laser Holiday 7-8 p.m., Laser Retro 9 p.m., and Laser Vinyl 10 p.m. Dec. 13; online tickets $5, Bryan Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org.
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
HoliDazzle features drinks for adults and kids, photo ops with Santa, gift wrapping, Studio K Dance 10:30 a.m., Jacksonville Harmony Chorus 11:30 a.m., ”Mrs. Kate” Carpenter 12:30 p.m., Arvid Smith and Sandie Lithgoe 1:45 p.m., local and regional art, gift-wrapping, live music and a farmers market 10 a.m. with extended hours till 9 p.m. Dec. 14 at Riverside Arts Market, under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, 554-6865, riversideartsmarket.com.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Santa and Mrs. Claus are on hand for photo ops (bring your camera), a science show, planetarium show and crafts, 9 a.m. Dec. 14 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-6674; $15 members, $20 nonmembers, themosh.org.
SANTA’S STORYBOOK TEA
Fireside reading, photo ops, sandwiches, pastries, candy and cakes are featured noon Dec. 14 and 21, at Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway; $49 for adults, $10 for ages 5 and younger. 277-1100.
NIGHTS OF LIGHTS
St. Augustine’s historic district presents its 19th annual holiday event nightly, 6:30 p.m. through January at Plaza de la Constitución, downtown historic district, 825-1004.
CLAY COUNTY FOOD DRIVE
J.A. Long Design Builders accepts nonperishable food items, cash, checks or grocery gift card donations for the Food Pantry through Dec. 20. To make a food or monetary donation, stop by 1677 Wells Road, Ste. D, Orange Park, 264-3073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For details about Food Pantry of Green Cove Springs, call 284-0814.
AMELIA FARMERS MARKET
The market offers farm-direct fruit and vegetables, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat. at the Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, 491-4872, ameliafarmersmarket.com.
BOOKS & LIBRARIES
RONALD WILLIAMSON, EMILY SAVOCA
Local authors Williamson and Savoca sign copies of their new book, “Images of America: Naval Air Station Jacksonville,” 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 12 at Costco, 4901 Gate Parkway, Southside, 997-7003.
MUSLIM JOURNEYS BOOK DISCUSSION
The discussion, led by University of North Florida anthropology student and Better Together vice president Jericha Russell, explores “Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction” by Jonathan A.C. Brown. “Let’s Talk About It” is held 2-4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville, free (reservations encouraged), 630-4655, jaxpubliclibrary.org/muslimjourneys.
FOOD FOR FINES
St. Johns County Public Libraries offer the resolution of overdue fines and help those in need with this program, accepting non-perishable food items in lieu of overdue fines through Dec. 21. Donations distributed locally to St. Johns County Food Closet. Up to $1 in overdue fines are resolved for each sealed, non-expired, non-perishable item donated. Donation waivers are for library fines only and aren’t applied to fees for printing, lost items, or credit against future fines. No fine? Drop off canned foods at any library branch or bookmobile stop. 827-6925, sjcpls.org.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOKSTORE
Hard-back, soft-cover, audio and kids’ books are available 9 a.m.-noon Tue., Thur. and Sat. at University Park Branch Library, 3435 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 630-2304, fjpl.org.
KIDS READING CLUB
Readers read popular favorites to kids 6 months-8 years, 4 p.m. every Wed. (except First Wednesday Art Walk) at Chamblin Bookmine, 215 N. Laura St., Downtown, free, chamblinbookmine.com.
The veteran comedian appears 9:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra, 209-0399, $32-$42, pvconcerthall.com.
The Top Shelf Big Orchestra and Tim Pulnik perform Dec. 11. Collier appears 8:04 p.m. Dec. 12-13 and 8:04 and 10:10 p.m. Dec. 14 at The Comedy Club of Jacksonville, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside, $6-$25; 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com.
The comedian appears 8 p.m. Dec. 11-12 and 18-19 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin; $8 and $10; 292-4242, comedyzone.com.
NATURE, SPORTS & OUTDOORS
MARINELAND BEACH WALK
The walk, led by GTM Research Reserve volunteers at River to Sea Preserve Oceanside, is held 9-10:30 a.m. Dec. 11 at Marineland’s south end; reservations required; 823-4500, gtmnerrmarinelandbeach.eventbrite.com.
TALBOT NATURE HIKE
A park ranger leads a hike (bring bug spray and bottled water), 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Fort George Road; free; 251-2320, floridastateparks.org/littletalbotislands.
JAGUARS VS. BILLS
The Jacksonville Jaguars play against the Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at EverBank Field, 1 EverBank Place, Downtown. Single-game tickets for home games start at $45, 633-2000, jaguars.com.
POLITICS, ACTIVISM & BUSINESS
AIFBY ANNUAL MEETING
The Chamber’s annual membership meeting, celebrating those who have been members for 15, 20 or 25 years, is held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 12 at Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 2800 Bill Melton Road; $25 for members, 261-3248, islandchamber.com.
CLASSES & GROUPS
The Jacksonville Genealogy Society offers an intermediate genealogy class 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21 at Bartram Trail Branch Library, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove, free, but registration required – email your name, address and phone number to email@example.com.
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.
JEFF DUNHAM Jan. 24, Veterans Memorial Arena
LILY TOMLIN Feb. 6, The Florida Theatre
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS Feb. 28, Veterans Memorial Arena