VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT
St. Johns County Public Libraries partners with Haven Hospice to offer an oral history service to local veterans. Veterans who’d like to record their war stories for future generations should contact St. Johns County Public Library, where they’re matched with a volunteer interviewer for about an hour. They will receive a copy of their story and can opt to send a recorded account to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. If desired, the veteran can request a copy be kept in the St. Johns County Library System, have it posted online for others to easily access, or both. Volunteers to interview, record, compile and donate materials are needed. Veterans, civilians, adults, young people, scholars, students, amateurs and experts are all encouraged to participate. For details, call Bartram Trail Library at
827-6960, Main Library at 827-6900, or Haven Hospice
MASS FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Second Harvest North Florida provides more than 150,000 pounds of frozen meat, fresh produce and canned food to approximately 2,500 area families 4-7 p.m. July 24 at the southeast corner of EverBank Field complex, Lot E, Downtown. To qualify, each family must reside in Duval County and meet income eligibility requirements or one of these conditions: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (aka Food Stamps), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid, wenourishhope.org.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Baptist Health collect new, unwrapped toys, art supplies, educational items and financial donations to purchase developmentally appropriate toys for medically complex and special-needs children during the Christmas in July Toy Drive, held 7 a.m.-2 p.m. July 25 at Wolfson Children's Hospital, Rotunda (Circular Driveway), wolfsonchildrens.org/ways-to-give.
MOSH AFTER DARK
The adults-only event “Walking with Tyrannosaurus Rex” is held 6 p.m. July 25 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Downtown. Dr. John Hutchinson, director of Structure & Motion Lab, Royal Veterinary College, is the featured speaker. Admission is $5; free for MOSH members, 396-6674 ext. 226.
TEEN LEADERSHIP DAY
Girls Inc. of Jacksonville invites girls ages 14-18 to Teen Leadership Day, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 26. Drop-off 8-8:30 a.m. and pick-up 4-5 p.m. at 1420 Rogero Road, Jacksonville. Participants to visit Second Harvest Food Bank to learn about the organization and sort canned goods, 9 a.m.-noon, then a tour of the Art Institute with lunch included. After the tour, Girls Inc. teaches participants how to build a resume and what employers look for in interviews. $20, register at girlsincjax.org or at Girls Inc. of Jacksonville, 1627 Rogero Road, Arlington.
MEGA PET ADOPTION
First Coast No More Homeless Pets, Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services and Jacksonville Humane Society offer more than 1,000 pets 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 26-28 at Jacksonville Fairgrounds, 510 Fairground Place, Downtown. The $25 fee includes spay/neuter, microchip, vaccines and city license, fcnmhp.org.
Shows are Beach Boys 7 p.m., Laser Opolis 8 p.m., Metallica 10 p.m. July 26; online tickets $5, $1 laser glasses, Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org.
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
RAM Dance Day Ballet Arts Centre 10:30 a.m., First Coast Dancing with the Stars 11:15 a.m., Jacksonville Dance Theatre 12:30 p.m., Hoku-loa Polynesian Dance 2:50 p.m. July 27. 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.
FOOD TRUCK WARS
About 40 trucks from around Florida roll in for Food Truck Wars, benefiting the Kiwanis Club of Historic St. Augustine, 3-9 p.m. July 27 at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Dr.,
St. Augustine, free, foodtruckwars.com.
TRUCKIN’ ON THE RIVER
The Jacksonville Landing and Jax Truckies collaborate with more than a dozen local food trucks, live music and a raffle drawing to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, 6 p.m. July 27 at the Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown, free, facebook.com/jaxtruckies.
A skating competition with three divisions and a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the J.T. Townsend Foundation includes performances by Be Easy and Danka with music by DJ Infader, 1-8 p.m. July 27 at Carribbean Connection, 777 S. Third St., Jacksonville Beach, free, 241-4231.
FLORIDA THEATRE PARANORMAL TOURS
Local Haunts promises to guide visitors on a paranormal investigation of the “notoriously haunted Florida Theatre,” 8 p.m. July 27 (13 years and older may attend with an adult chaperone), $24.50; 11 p.m. July 27 for the after hours tour, $39.50, at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, 355-5661, floridatheatre.com.
TOUR OF GOWNS
Brides Against Breast Cancer brings its Tour of Gowns campaign to Jacksonville. Brides-to-be can browse about 1,000 new or gently used gowns with the proceeds benefiting programs and services for cancer patients and their families. Towns to Gowns is 1-6 p.m. July 27 and noon-5 p.m. July 28 at the Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel, 10605 Deerwood Park Blvd., Southside, $5 tax-deductible donation, with a VIP reception 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 27, $25, bridesabc.org.
CLASSES & GROUPS
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.
MAKING FIG PRESERVES
A class teaching how to make fig preserves is offered 9 a.m.-noon July 27 at Duval County Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Ave., Jacksonville, $20, 255-7450.
COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE
David Landau appears 8:04 p.m. July 24, 8:34 p.m. July 26 and 8:04 and 10:10 p.m. July 27 at 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Tickets are $6-$50; 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com.
Davidson appears 8 p.m. July 25 and 8 and 10 p.m. July 26-27 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets are $20 and $25. Comedy Showcase 8 p.m. July 24 and 30-31. 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.
VIVA FLORIDA 500 DIG IN
This reading event features the “Spice Girls,” CayANNE and Pepper (Anne and Amy from Ponte Vedra Branch library), who present an interactive program for school-age kids in the Ol’ Florida Kitchen, 2:30 p.m. July 17 at Anastasia Branch Library, 124 Seagrove Main St., St. Augustine Beach, 209-3730. Magician Mark Alan appears 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. July 24.
Kids ages 6-12 play Nature Detectives 1 p.m. July 25 at Hastings Branch, 6195 S. Main St., Hastings, 827-6970 and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Southeast Branch, 6670 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine, 827-6900. Free gardening goodies and Nature Detective notebooks are featured. For reservations, call the branch. The Summer Reading Program is geared toward school-age kids.
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
Free discussions, for adults and youth, 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
Class held 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 24 in University Center’s Bldg. 43, University of North Florida, 12000 Alumni Dr., Southside, $79, 620-4200, ce.unf.edu.
Learn tools to access your inner guidance system and discover what's holding you back, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 27 at Peaceful Living Center, 1250 McDuff Ave. S., Avondale, $45 before July 20, $55 after. Facilitated by Kristi Lee Schatz, MA. For reservations, call (707) 616-1864, peacefulproductions.org.
Medicare questions? The seminar is held 10 a.m. July 27 at Florida Blue Center, 4855 Town Center Parkway, St. Johns Town Center, 877-352-5830, floridablue.com.
Discover Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times is held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 27 at Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center, 85 Sailfish Dr. E., Atlantic Beach, $35 includes vegetarian lunch, 222-8531, meditationinjacksonville.com.
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,
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.
ESTATIC DANCE CHURCH
A free-form spiritual dance experience, facilitated by 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.
LGBT WORSHIP SERVICES
Services held 10:30 a.m. every Sun., First Coast Metropolitan Community Church, 2915 C.R. 214, St. Augustine, 824-2802.
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.
A community acupuncture clinic is offered 2-6 p.m. every Mon. and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Thur. at Peaceful Living Center, 1250 McDuff Ave. S., Avondale, $20 per treatment; new client fee $10 on first visit. For reservations, call 206-9887.
Guided meditation, facilitated by Kristi Lee Schatz, MA, is held 7-8:30 p.m. every Mon. at Peaceful Living Center, 1250 McDuff Ave. S., Avondale, $10, (707) 616-1864, peacefulproductions.org.
NATURE, SPORTS & OUTDOORS
GUIDED TRAIL WALK
A volunteer-guided trail walk through wooded hammock between the ocean and the Matanzas River is held 9-10:30 a.m. July 24 in Flagler County’s River to Sea Preserve. Meet in Preserve parking lot, south end of Marineland. RSVP at gtmnerrmarinelandtrail.eventbrite.com or call 823-4500.
The hometown Southern League baseball team kicks off a homestand against the Chattanooga Lookouts 6:05 p.m. July 28 (Dog Days of Summer) at Bragan Field, Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Downtown Jacksonville. Games continue 7:05 p.m. July 29 (Clay County Night), July 30 (Folio Weekly Fifty-Cent Family Feast) and 1:05 p.m. July 31 (Businesspersons Special). Tickets range from $7.50-$22.50, 358-2846, jaxsuns.com.
FAMILY SEINING ACTIVITY
Pull a seine net through Guana Lake, collecting fish, crabs and more, and learn about the animals’ roles in the habitat, 8:30-10:30 a.m. July 27 and every fourth Sat. at GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra. Free with paid entrance,
LEARNING ABOUT TALBOT STINGS
A park ranger leads a program about jellyfish, Portuguese Man of War and stingrays that are frequently seen along Talbot’s Beaches and teaches some basic first aid if you should unfortunately meet one of these Talbot residents, 2 p.m. July 27 at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park. No reservations are necessary and the program is free.
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.
POLITICS, ACTIVISM & BUSINESS
SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB
John Palumbo dicsusses "Adventures from Around the World" noon July 24 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. Aug. 15 in the Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 630-7306, coj.net.
CARLOS MENCIA Aug. 1-3, The Comedy Zone
GREAT SOUTHERN TAILGATE COOK-OFF Aug. 23-24,
SOUTHERN WOMEN'S SHOW Oct. 17-20, Prime Osborn Convention Center