GREATER JACKSONVILLE KINGFISH TOURNAMENT
The 33rd annual tournament kicks off with a boatique, food festival, Liars’ Tent and live music by Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, 4 p.m. July 15 at Jim King Park & Boat Ramp, Sisters Creek, 8203 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville. The Redneck VIP tournament is 6:30 a.m. July 16. The Junior Angler tournament opens 7:30 a.m. July 17. A boat show, food fest and Liars’ Tent run July 15-20. Then it’s lines in the water 6:30 a.m. July 19 for the general tournament; weigh-in 3 p.m.; live music by the George Aspinall Band. Redfish/Spot Fishing and Shootout are held, followed by awards ceremonies, prize drawings, food and music by The Splinters on July 20. 251-3011. kingfishtournament.com
TONCA’S BIRTHDAY PARTY
Tonca the Alligator Snapping Turtle celebrates 47 years, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 13 at the Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Party games, animal encounters and birthday donuts are featured, along with Tonca’s annual weigh-in and check-up at 1:30 p.m. Free with regular museum admission. After the party, spend the night at Dozing with Dinos in “Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous” exhibit or under Fermata, the life-sized whale, $40 per child, $40 per adult (required), includes late-night pizza snack and donut breakfast, 6:30 p.m. July 13-7:30 a.m. July 14. To register, call 396-6674 ext. 226 or go to themosh.org
CHARITY POKER RUN
The 10th annual charity event is held 10 a.m. (registration 9 a.m.) July 13 starting at Palm Valley Boat Ramp, S.R. 210 under the bridge. Participants may go by boat or motorcycle. Proceeds benefit First Coast Apartment Association charities. Food, live music and prizes are featured 12:30 p.m. at Hurricane Patty’s, 69 Lewis Blvd., St. Augustine; $35, fcaaonline.com.
Teresa MacBain, former Methodist minister, recent recipient of the American Atheists’ 2012 “Atheist of the Year” award, discusses “The Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion and Dorothy: Finding Community on the Yellow Brick Road” (or, Building Atheist Community), 6:30 p.m. July 15 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville, free, firstcoastfreethoughtsociety.org.
Shows are Laser Spirit 7 p.m., Beatles 8 p.m., U2 9 p.m., Queen 10 p.m., July 12; online tickets $5, $1 for laser glasses, Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org.
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
The Board Brothers 10:30 a.m., Spiral Bound 11:30 a.m., T3AM 1:15 p.m., Meredith Rae 2:45 p.m. Local and regional art and a farmers market are also featured 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat., 715 Riverside Ave., Riverside, free, 389-2449, riversideartsmarket.com.
BOOKS & WRITING
W. SCOTT McLUCAS
Author McLucas talks and signs copies of his memoir, “Lucky Life,” 7 p.m. July 12, The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach, 241-9026.
FIRST COAST ROMANCE WRITERS
A member-run workshop, “Getting the Most Out of Romance Writers of America National Conference & Pitch Practice,” is held 10:15 a.m. July 13 at West Regional Library, 1425 Chaffee Rd. S.,
CLASSES & GROUPS
CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES
An Organic Vegetable Gardening Class is held 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 11 and 18 at University of North Florida’s University Center, Bldg. 43, 12000 Alumni Dr., Southside, $79, 620-4200, ce.unf.edu. Beer Appreciation Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 15 and 22.
Class for beginning and experienced loopy types, ages 10 and older, is held 1-3 p.m. every Wed. at The Players Senior Community Center, 175 Landrum Lane, Ponte Vedra Beach; ongoing class, $70 for six weeks, 280-3233.
COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE
Michael Palascak appears 8:04 p.m. July 11, 8:34 p.m. July 12 and 8:04 and 10:10 p.m. July 13 at 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside, $6-$50, 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com.
Comedy Showcase 8 p.m. July 10-11 and 16. Drew “Cleveland Rocks!” Carey, star of stage, screen and “The Price Is Right,” appears 8 p.m. July 12 and 8 and 10 p.m. July 13 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets are $35 and $40. 292-4242, comedyzone.com.
JACKSONVILLE SUNS BASEBALL CAMP
The annual camp is held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 11-12 for kids ages 7-12 at Bragan Field, Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Downtown, 358-2846, jaxsuns.com. Camp fee of $90.95 includes lunch both days, a T-shirt, ball cap and ticket to a game.
Kids ages 6-12 play Nature Detectives 1 and 2:30 p.m. July 13 at Ponte Vedra Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd, Ponte Vedra; 2 or 3:30 p.m. July 17 at Bartram Trail Branch, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove. Free gardening goodies and Nature Detective notebooks are featured. For reservations, call the branch. Local band Saltwater Cowgirls sing songs inspired by the ocean and sea creatures, 2:30 p.m. July 10 at Anastasia Island Branch Library, 124 Seagrove Main St., St. Augustine Beach, 209-3730. sjcpls.org. This Summer Reading Program is geared toward school-age kids.
CUMMER SUMMER CAMP
Kids print, draw, paint and work with clay; members $80; nonmembers $200; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 8-26, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Riverside, 355-0630, cummer.org.
First Coast Community School offers music camps, including World of Music for kids ages 5-7; 3-4 p.m. every Tue. through July 30, FSCJ South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., Bldg. N-102, Southside, 646-2004, fccmusicschool.org.
MIND, BODY & SOUL
These free discussions, for adults and youth, are held 5-6:30 p.m. every Sun. through Aug. 25 at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2487 A1A S., St. Augustine. Registration is required; call 347-5293 or 471-0335.
ACHIEVING INNER PEACE & TRANQUILITY
The class is held 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 10 and every Wed. through July 24 in University Center’s Bldg. 43, University of North Florida, 12000 Alumni Dr., Southside, $79, 620-4200, ce.unf.edu.
WEIGHT WATCHERS, SMOKING CESSATION, TAI CHI, YOGA
Several classes and information sessions are offered weekly, 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.
Do you have a problem with compulsive overeating or food addiction? Newcomers meet 6 p.m. every Wed., Arlington Congressional Church, 431 University Blvd. N., Arlington; 6 p.m. every Mon., Orange Park Presbyterian Church, 1905 Park Ave., 376-7303, oanfi.org.
LGBT WORSHIP SERVICES
Services are held 10:30 a.m. every Sun., First Coast Metropolitan Community Church, 2915 C.R. 214, St. Augustine, 824-2802.
This Christ-centered recovery program meets 6-8 p.m. every Thur., 555 Stockton St., Riverside, 476-0278.
FREE YOGA ON THE RIVER
Karen Roumillat, RYT, teaches free gentle yoga 9 a.m. on the fourth Sun. each month on the boardwalk, weather permitting, Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin, 287-0452.
NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS
BEACHES FINE ARTS SERIES TRIATHLON
The third triathlon is held 7 a.m. July 13 at Naval Station Mayport, featuring a quarter-mile swim, 16.8-mile bike race and 3.4-mile run and the Olympic distances – .93-mile swim, 25.2 mile bike, 6.2 mile run – for the hardcore athletes. Proceeds benefit BFAS programs. 270-1771, bfasracing.org.
Talbot Discovery Table offers interesting facts about the parks, 2 p.m. July 13 at Little Talbot’s north beach area, 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, free with regular park admission, 251-2320, floridastateparks.org.
The hometown Southern League baseball team kicks off a homestand against the Mobile BayBears, 7:05 p.m. July 10 (Great Grocery Giveaway) at Bragan Field, Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. Games continue 7:05 p.m. July 11 (Thursday Throwdown), July 12 (Leprechaun World Championship Wrestling), July 13 (Dan Hicken Autographed Mini-Bats), and 3:05 p.m. July 14 (Family Faith Day), tickets range from $7.50-$22.50, 358-2846, jaxsuns.com.
SECOND SATURDAY TRAIL HIKE
GTMRR holds a 1.5 mile trail walk 8:30-10:30 a.m. July 13 Meet at Trailhead Pavilion, west of Guana Dam; $3 per vehicle parking fee. To RSVP, call 823-4500 or go to gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com
SOUTHERN LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME PARTY
Celebrate the 2013 Southern League All-Stars 5-7 p.m. July 16 in the Courtyard at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown. See the players, get autographs, listen to live music and watch the game on the big screen. Free. Fan Fest is held 3 p.m. July 17 at Bragan Field’s Palm Tree Pavilion, featuring a game T-shirt, autographs, games and a movie; $20. The Home Run Derby is 6 p.m. jacksonvillelanding.com.
DINOTREK AT THE ZOO
The exhibit features animatronic “dinosaur” creatures. Admission $3 for members, $3.50 for non-members, plus Zoo admission; zoo is open until 6 p.m. weekends and holidays through Labor Day, Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, 757-4463, jacksonvillezoo.org.
MORE THAN YOU WANTED TO KNOW
Learn about plant and animal life in estuarine habitats, 11 a.m.-noon July 13 at Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Rd., South Ponte Vedra Beach. Free with paid entrance. To RSVP, call 823-4500 or go to gtmnerrwantedtoknow.eventbrite.com.
The hometown arena football team takes on the Spokane Shock, 7 p.m. July 13 (Christmas in July) at Veterans Memorial Arena’s Sea Best Field, 300 Randolph Blvd., Downtown, $11-$133. 630-3900, jaxevents.com.
MATANZAS INLET GUIDED HIKE
GTMRR and the National Park Service lead a hike to Matanzas Inlet shores 8:30-10 a.m. July 16. Meet at Westside parking lot on A1A, north of Inlet Bridge, by 8:30 a.m. Reservations are required; call 823-4500 or go to gtmnerrmatanzashike.eventbrite.com.
POLITICS, ACTIVISM, BUSINESS
The group gathers 7 p.m. July 11 at 1725 Oakhurst Ave., Jacksonville, 764-7578.
The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets 4 p.m. July 18 in the Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 630-7306, coj.net.
TOMMY DAVIDSON July 25-27, The Comedy Zone
CARLOS MENCIA Aug. 1-3, The Comedy Zone
GREAT SOUTHERN TAILGATE COOK-OFF Aug. 23-24, Amelia Island