HAPPENINGS

March 27-April 2 Happenings Calendar

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

The River Friendly Bike Tour, organized by St. Johns Riverkeeper, begins at Riverside Avondale Preservation on Herschel Street, with a stop at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens; it runs throughout Riverside on March 30.
The Disney On Ice show "Dare to Dream" is likely to put every princess you can imagine in skates as well as Mickey, Minnie and Goofy, in seven performances April 4-7 at Veterans Memorial Arena in Downtown Jacksonville.
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EVENTS

FLAGLER FORUM

The Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy Series continues with the editor of the AARP Bulletin Jim Toedtman at 7 p.m. on March 27 at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. Admission is free. 819-6400. flagler.edu

MOSH AFTER DARK

University of North Florida’s Dr. Melissa Hargrove discusses "Through Our Eyes: Racing and Erasing Art" 6 p.m. March 28 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Free. 396-6674, ext. 226.

AFRICAN VIOLET SOCIETY

The Heart of Jacksonville African Violet Society holds its 20th annual show and sale 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 30 at Carriage Club Retirement Community, 9601 Southbrook Dr., Southside. Free. jacksonvilleviolets.org

THE SOUND OFF

The Sound Off: Real Relationship Radio holds a live broadcast 8:30 p.m. March 29 at TASTE Food Studio, 9726 Touchton Rd., Southside. soundoffradio.com

CLUB BLU

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida’s young professionals group gathers 5:30 p.m. April 1 at Seasons 52, 5096 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Center, 645-5252. facebook.com/bgcnfclubblu

JAX2025: FROM CONCEPT TO LAUNCH

The Jacksonville Chapter of the American Marketing Association hosts this discussion, JAX2025: From Concept to Launch within 45 Days, 7:30 a.m. March 28 at Fairfield Inn, 4888 Lenoir Ave., Southside. Benjamin Warner, JCCI, and Jan Korb, BroadBased Communications, are the featured speakers. jaxama.org jax2025.org

WOMEN, WORDS & WISDOM

The speaker series presents Dr. Jennifer Wesley 5:30 p.m. April 2 at Theatre Jacksonville, 2032 San Marco Blvd., Downtown. Wesley discusses homeless women and sex workers. Tickets are $35. Proceeds benefit Women’s Center of Jacksonville programs for women. 722-3000. womenscenterofjax.org

EASTER PARADE

The annual parade is held 3 p.m. March 31 in Downtown St. Augustine. 669-7992. staugeasterfestival.org

COSMIC CONCERTS

Laser shows are Laser Magic 7 p.m., Laser U2 8 p.m., Laser Country 9 p.m., and Laser Led Zeppelin, 10 p.m. March 29 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Online tickets are $5. Saturday shows are held noon and 5 p.m. 396-7062. moshplanetarium.org

RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET

Performing musicians include Jacob Creel, Mark Williams & Blue Horse and Eric Bowden March 30 at the market, under the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Avenue, Downtown. Local and regional art and a farmers market are also featured from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. Admission is free. 554-6865. riversideartsmarket.com

FARMERS & ARTS MARKET

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

ST. JOHNS RIVER FARMERS MARKET

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

FARMERS MARKET OF SAN MARCO

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

ANCIENT OAKS ARTS & FARMERS MARKET

An open-air farmers market, held noon-4 p.m. April 7 and every other Sun. at Mandarin Community Club, 12447 Mandarin Rd. 607-9935.

 

 

POLITICS, BUSINESS, ACTIVISM

OUR VANISHING WATERS

Sierra Club presents Vijay Satoskar, PhD, PG, 6 p.m. April 1 at Ponte Vedra Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. Dr. Satoskar discusses "Our Vanishing (Potable) Waters." 537-6047.

SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB

Jerry Mallot, JAXUSA, is the featured speaker 11:30 a.m. March 27 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin. Admission is $20 for members, with lunch; $25 for nonmembers, with lunch. 396-5559.

JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY

The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets at 4 p.m. April 18 in the Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-7306. coj.net

 

 

BOOKS & WRITING

BLACK CAKE & SHERRY WITH EMILY DICKINSON

Sinda Nichols portrays the reclusive poet 4 p.m. March 27 at Book Loft, 214 Centre St., Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $30; $20 for Amelia Island Book Festival members. 261-8991.

ANDREW GROSS

New York Times bestselling author Gross talks about and signs copies of his new book, “No Way Back,” 7 p.m. April 4 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-9026.

PHILOSOPHY DISCUSSION

UNF philosophy professor Paul Carelli discusses Socrates 7:30 p.m. March 27 at Mandarin Library, 3330 Kori Rd., Mandarin. Free. 262-5124.

 

 

UPCOMING

SPRINGING THE BLUES, 5K & 2.5K WALK, SURF FEST

April 5-7, Jax Beach

JAX SHARKS' HOME OPENER

April 12, Veterans Memorial Arena

MIKE EPPS

April 12, T-U Center

12TH ANNUAL BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL

April 27, Tree Hill Nature Center

ISLE OF EIGHT FLAGS SHRIMP FESTIVAL

May 3-5, Fernandina Beach

KEVIN JAMES

June 9, The Florida Theatre

GREAT SOUTHERN TAILGATE COOK-OFF

Aug. 23 & 24, Amelia Island

 

 

COMEDY

RICH GUZZI

Hypnotist Rich Guzzi appears 8 p.m. March 27 and 28 and 8 and 10 p.m. March 29 and 30 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. The 10 p.m. shows are Extreme Shows; adult content. Tickets range from $10-$20. Comedy Zone Showcase 8 p.m. April 2 and 3. 292-4242. comedyzone.com

COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE

Andy Hendrickson appears 8:34 p.m. March 28, 8:04 p.m. March 29, 8:04 and 10:18 p.m. March 30 at the new club, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Tickets range from $6-$25. 646-4277. jacksonvillecomedy.com

THE GYPSY COMEDY CLUB

The Disgruntled Clown appears 8:30 p.m. March 29, Alycia Cooper and Brian Thomas are in March 30 at 828 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine. Tickets are $10 and $12. 461-8843.

MAD COWFORD

Mad Cowford Improv performs 8:15 p.m. every Fri. and Sat. at Northstar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Downtown. Admission is $5. 860-5451.

THREE LAYERS COFFEEHOUSE

Brian Foley hosts various comedians 7-8 p.m. every Sun. at Three Layers Café, 1602 Walnut St., Springfield. 355-9791.

 

 

NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS

TOUR DE PAIN

The Tour de Pain Extreme 10K is held 7 p.m. March 29 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent dr., Downtown. Each racer’s times in each event are added to determine final place. Live music, a festival and food and drink specials are featured. The half-marathon starts 7 a.m., the 5K 6 p.m. March 30. 1stplacesports.com jacksonvillelanding.com

RIVER FRIENDLY BIKE TOUR

The tour starts 9:15 a.m. March 30 at Riverside Avondale preservation, 2623 Herschel St., Riverside. $10 with own bike; $40 to rent a bike. Helmets required. Proceeds benefit St. Johns Riverkeeper. 945-1571.

TALBOT ISLANDS

A park ranger leads a hike through history 2 p.m. March 30 at Ribault Club, Ft. George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road. Free. 251-2320. floridastateparks.org/littletalbotisland

PONCE CELEBRATION

At noon on April 2, 1513, Ponce de Leon’s navigator logged their ship’s position at 30 degrees 8 minutes – just south of today’s Ponte Vedra Beach and a few miles north of St. Augustine. The next day, Ponce went ashore to claim La Florida for Spain. GTM Research reserve celebrates 11:30 a.m. April 2 with a reenactment, statue dedication and a historical marker at the Reserve North Beach access, on A1A South, Ponte Vedra. 823-4500. gtmnerr.org

JACKSONVILLE SUNS

The season opener homestand, against the Jackson Generals, starts at 7:05 p.m. April 4 (Peter Bragan Sr. talking bobblehead for first 3,000 fans) at newly renamed Bragan Field, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Games continue 7:05 p.m. April 5 (Family Fireworks) and 6 (Ronald McDonald appearance), at 3:05 p.m. April 7 (Jackie Robinson Day) and 12:05 p.m. April 8 (Senior Citizens Day). Come on out and cheer for your hometown team! Tickets are $7.50-$25.50. 358-2846. jaxsuns.com

DINOTREK AT THE ZOO

The new exhibit is open at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville. Lifelike animatronic “dinosaur” creatures are featured. Admission is $3 for members, $3.50 for non-members, in addition to Zoo admission. Zoo hours are extended until 6 p.m. weekends and holidays through Labor Day. 757-4463. jacksonvillezoo.org

 

 

KIDS

EASTER EGG HUNT

St. Johns County Recreation & Parks holds the hunts 11 a.m. March 28 at Treaty Park, 1595 Wildwood Dr., St. Augustine; Veterans Park, 1332 Veterans Parkway, St. Johns, and Wilkie Park, 6140 Main St., Hastings. Kids eight and younger. Bring a basket. The Easter Bunny is on hand for photo ops. sjcfl.us

 

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

LGBT WORSHIP SERVICES

Services are held 10:30 a.m. every Sun. at First Coast Metropolitan Community Church, 2915 C.R. 214, St. Augustine. 824-2802.

OLD TIME JAM

Mountain-type folk music is played 7 p.m. every Tue. at Underbelly, 113 E. Bay St., Downtown. Open to players of all skill levels. Admission is free. facebook.com/JacksonvilleOldTimeJam

 

 

CLASSES & GROUPS

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

The beaches club gathers 6-8 p.m. April 2 at Beaches Library, 600 Third St., Neptune Beach. Nancy “Hookie” Hamilton discusses photographic cards. Admission is free; all ability levels and camera types welcome. beachesphotographyclub.org

SENIORS DANCE

Seniors dance to a 3-piece band 7:30 p.m. every Mon. at Orange Park Senior Citizens Center, 414 Stowe Ave., Orange Park. $5 donation. 260-8061.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY

This Christ-centered recovery program meets 6-8 p.m. every Thur. at 555 Stockton St., Riverside. 476-0278.

DEBTORS ANONYMOUS

12-Step meetings are held 7 p.m. every Thur. at Christian Family Chapel, Bldg. D, 10365 Old St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville. 269-8010.

COMBAT MARTIAL ARTS

Six-week martial arts classes for men and women are offered 7-8 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. at 4083 Sunbeam Road, Southside. The fee is $40 a month, which includes access to fitness center. 343-6298.

YOUNG SURVIVORS

Young Survivors Group (those diagnosed with cancer at a young age) meets 7-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Mon. each month at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, 5644 Colcord Ave. 722-3000 ext. 224 or email mail@womenscenterofjax.org

FREE YOGA ON THE RIVER

Karen Roumillat, RYT, teaches free gentle yoga 9 a.m. on the fourth Sun. of the month on the boardwalk, weather permitting, at Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road, Mandarin. Bring a mat. 287-0452.

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

VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA

The Duval County Chapter No. 1046 gathers 7 p.m. the first Wed. of every month at the Elks Lodge, 1855 West Road, Southside. 419-8821.

NAMI SUPPORT GROUP

National Alliance on Mental Illness meets 7-8:30 p.m. every first and third Thur. each month at Ortega United Methodist Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd., Westside. Admission is 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. at 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. at 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. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Downtown. 322-4040. 

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