HAPPENINGS

July 3-9 Happenings Calendar

Here's what coming up in events, comedy, classes and more in Northeast Florida

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JULY FOURTH CELEBRATIONS

 

CELEBRATION 5K

The 5K run/walk is held 7:30 a.m., a 1-mile Fun Run is 8:30 a.m. July 4. Free drinks and food, including watermelon, and prizes are featured. 5K entry fee is $30; $12 for Fun Run; 1st Place Sports, 3931 Baymeadows Rd., Jacksonville, 1stplacesports.com

MILITARY APPRECIATON DAY

Military Appreciation Day is held 10 a.m.-midnight July 4 at Adventure Landing, 1944 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 246-4386; 4825 Blanding Blvd., Westside, 771-2803 and 2870 S.R. 16, St. Augustine, 827-9400. Active/retired military get a free waterpark pass at Jax Beach Shipwreck Island or a three-attraction quest pass at any Adventure Landing. Military family members get $5 off waterpark passes or quest passes all day. The All American Meal Deal includes hot dog or hamburger, chips and a soda, $5.99. Three-hour unlimited go-kart special for non-military. adventurelanding.com

RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET

Food vendors, fire performers, balloon artists, local brews (Bold City, Green Room, Intuition, Pinglehead) and activities precede the sky show 9:45 p.m. July 4; Antique Animals 6 p.m., Sweet Scarlett 8 p.m., 715 Riverside Ave., free, 389-2449, riversideartsmarket.com

STARS & STRIPES FREEDOM FESTIVAL

The free community celebration offers live music, food, kids’ activities, fireworks at 9:30 p.m., apple-pie-eating and hot-dog-eating contests; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4, Central Park, Fernandina Beach, 277-7350 ext. 2013, fbfl.us

RED, WHITE & DEEP BLUE CELEBRATION

The celebration features an All-American Barbecue on the oceanfront lawn, kids’ activities and live music by The Bama Gamblers, plus a fireworks display; $89 adults, $25 kids 5-12; reservations requested, 7-10 p.m. July 4, Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, 277-1100, ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland

FOOD, FIREWORKS & FUN

The annual celebration includes live music by Eviction, Seven Springs Music, State of Mind, City Boi and Cougar Barrel, and a 9:45 p.m. fireworks display; 4-10 p.m. July 4 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown, 630-2489.

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort offers an Independence Day 5K, annual parade and Family Freedom Festival, 39 Beach Lagoon, Amelia Island, 261-6161, omnihotels.com

INDEPENDENCE DAY BBQ

Games — billiards, cornhole, horseshoes — and burgers and hot dogs done up gourmet-style are featured July 4-7 at Mulligans Pub, 45 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra, 285-1506, mulliganspubpontevedra.com

FIREWORKS OVER THE MATANZAS

The nation’s Oldest City holds a celebration with patriotic favorites performed by The All Star Orchestra, 6 p.m. July 4 at Plaza de la Constitución, St. George and King streets, St. Augustine. Fireworks over Matanzas Bay, 9:30 p.m. 825-5088. Alcohol is prohibited.

FOURTH OF JULY BACKYARD BBQ

Orsay takes barbecue up a notch with its fifth annual celebration under a large tent in the parking lot, 1-6 p.m. July 4, 3630 Park St., Riverside, Tickets $30 for AYCE specialties, cash bar, 381-0909, restaurantorsay.com.

WORLD GOLF VILLAGE COMMUNITY FIREWORKS

The annual fireworks display is at dusk July 5 around Walk of Champions, World Golf Village, St. Augustine. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Parking limited; fee required. Dinner & a Movie packages include a buffet at Fairways Café and a screening of “Man of Steel.” 940-4123, worldgolfhalloffame.org

“DAY AFTER” BEACH CLEAN-UP

Keepers of the Coast needs volunteers for the fifth annual clean-up, 5-7 p.m. July 5 at six beach access points in St. Johns County: Vilano Beach Access Ramp, A-Street Beach Access Ramp, St. Augustine Pier, Mickler’s Beachfront Park in Ponte Vedra and Crescent Beachfront Park. The volunteer with the most trash collected a Volcom Prize Pack at each access point; whoever collects the most cigarette butts wins a pair of Electric Sunglasses. Bags for trash, recycling and cigarette butts are supplied. keepersofthecoast.org

 

EVENTS

SUMMER CELEBRATION & CONCERT IN THE PARK

Al Poindexter & River Rise and Jacksonville Old Time Jam perform folk and traditional music, and kids activities and a classic car show are featured 1-5 p.m. July 7 at Mandarin Museum & Historical Society's Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Rd., Mandarin. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic basket (no alcohol). Free, 268-0784, mandarinmuseum.net

COSMIC CONCERTS

Shows are Laser Spirit 7 p.m., Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here 8 p.m., Dark Side of the Moon 9 p.m. and The Wall 10 p.m. July 6, online tickets $5, Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org

RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET

Raise a Ruckus features a watercraft flotilla, celebrity jump into the St. Johns, SweetWater Brewing Co. beer tastings, kids crafts, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. July 6. Local musicians include Canary in the Coalmine, River Necks, Grandpa's Cough Medicine at the market. Proceeds benefit St. Johns Riverkeeper. 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

FARMERS & ARTS MARKET

Everything is handmade or homegrown. Live entertainment, kids’ activities and food are featured; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the second and fourth Sun. of the month, 2042 Park Ave., Orange Park, 264-2635, townoforangepark.com

ST. JOHNS RIVER FARMERS MARKET

Local produce, arts and crafts, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat., Alpine Groves Park, 2060 S.R. 13, Switzerland, 347-8900.

FARMERS MARKET OF SAN MARCO

Fresh local and regional produce; family fun day is the third Sat.; 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sat., 1620 Naldo Ave., Swaim Memorial United Methodist Church parking lot, San Marco, 607-9935.

ANCIENT OAKS ARTS & FARMERS MARKET

An open-air market, held noon-4 p.m. July 14 and every other Sun., Mandarin Community Club, 12447 Mandarin Rd., 607-9935.

 

BOOKS & WRITING

MEET THE AUTHORS

FWA Clay County Writers presents local authors Rodney L. Hurst, “It Was Never about a Hot Dog and a Coke!,” and Robert W. Lucas, MA, CPLP, "Make Money Writing Books: Proven Profit-Making Strategies for Authors," 6:30 p.m. July 9, Black Horse Winery, 420 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, 644-8480, wordspringconsulting.com

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.

 

CLASSES & GROUPS

CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES

An Organic Vegetable Gardening Class is held 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 4, 11 and 18 at University of North Florida’s University Center, Bldg. 43, 12000 Alumni Dr., Southside, $79, 620-4200. Beer Appreciation Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 8, 15 and 22. ce.unf.edu.

 

COMEDY

COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE

Don't let his good looks fool you — dude's funny. Tim Tulnik appears 8:04 p.m. July 4, 7:15 and 8:34 p.m. July 5 and 10:10 p.m. July 6 at the new club, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Tickets are $3 for active military and a guest July 4-6 only; must book by phone and show I.D. upon entry. General admission: $6-$25; 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com

DON "DC" CURRY

Comedy Showcase is 8 p.m. July 3. Versatile comedian Curry appears 8 and 10 p.m. July 5-6, 8 p.m. July 7 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets range from $20-$25. Jamie Kennedy appears 8 p.m. July; $25-$30, 292-4242, comedyzone.com

 

KIDS

NATURE DETECTIVE

Kids ages 6-12 play Nature Detectives 2 p.m. July 6, Anastasia Branch Library, 124 Sea Grove Main St., St. Augustine Beach. Free gardening goodies and Nature Detective notebooks are featured. For reservations, call 209-3730. Local band Saltwater Cowgirls sing songs inspired by the ocean and sea creatures, 2:30 p.m. July 10. This Summer Reading Program is geared toward school-age kids.

CUMMER SUMMER CAMP

Kids print, draw, paint, work with clay, and learn new ways to think and talk about art in the galleries and Cummer Gardens; 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

MUSIC CAMPS

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

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

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS

Do you have a problem with compulsive overeating or food addiction? Newcomers meetings 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., Orange Park, 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.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY

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.

NAMI SUPPORT GROUP

National Alliance on Mental Illness meets 7-8:30 p.m. every first and third Thur. each month, Ortega United Methodist Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd., Westside, free, 389-5556, ortegaumc.org

NICOTINE ANONYMOUS (NIC-A)

Want to quit smoking or using other forms of nicotine? Nic-A is free, and you don’t have to quit to attend the meetings, held 6:30 p.m. every Wed., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1415 S. McDuff Ave., Westside, 404-6044, nicotineanonymous.org

Q-GROUP ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

This free, open discussion is held 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., Quality Life Center, 11265 Alumni Way, Southside, alcoholicanonymous.org

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Do you have a drug problem? Maybe they can help. 358-6262, 723-5683, serenitycoastna.org, firstcoastna.org

DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE

The group meets 6-7:30 p.m. every Tue., Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Downtown, 322-4040.

 

NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS

UNION GARRISON EVENT

Historians re-enact life in the fort as it was in 1864. Soldiers in period dress perform in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies promenade in Civil War-era dresses, sutlers display their wares and drummer boys … well, drum. Union Garrison event 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 6, 9 a.m.-noon July 7, Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Park entrance fee: $6 per vehicle; $2 per person Fort admission; 277-7274, floridastateparks.org

TALBOT ISLANDS

A ranger discusses the Timucua Indians, 2 p.m. July 6 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road, free, 251-2320, floridastateparks.org.

JACKSONVILLE SUNS

The hometown Southern League baseball team is up against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at 7:05 p.m. July 3 (Fireworks, Peter Bragan Sr. Birthday, Military Appreciation); a homestand against the Mobile BayBears starts 7:05 p.m. July 10 (Great Grocery Giveaway) at Bragan Field, Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Downtown, tickets range from $7.50-$22.50, 358-2846, jaxsuns.com.

GUIDED CULTURAL HIKE

GTMRR offers this hike 8:30-10:30 a.m. July 6; meet at Trailhead Pavilion, west of Guana Dam. Wear closed-toe shoes. $3 parking fee, RSVP at gtmnerrculturalhike.eventbrite.com, 823-4500.

DINOTREK AT THE ZOO

The exhibit features lifelike animatronic “dinosaur” creatures. Admission is $3 for members, $3.50 for non-members, in addition to Zoo admission; zoo is open until 6 p.m. weekends and holidays through Labor Day, Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, 757-4463, jacksonvillezoo.org

 

POLITICS, ACTIVISM, BUSINESS

JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY

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

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

DREW CAREY

July 12-13, The Comedy Zone

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

AN EVENING WITH DAVID SEDARIS

Oct. 28, T-U Center 

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