May 29-June 4 Happenings Calendar
Here's what coming up in events, comedy, classes and more in Northeast Florida
HORSE TALES LITERACY PROJECT
A live equine performance, featuring professional riders and horses from Arabian Nights in Kissimmee is held 10:30-11:30 a.m. May 30 at the Equestrian Center, 13611 Normandy Blvd., Westside. Trick riding and an appearance by Walter Farley’s Black Stallion are featured. $5. horsetalesliteracy.org
A campus-wide hurricane preparedness day is held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 31 at Sanford-Brown Institute, 10255 Fortune Pkwy., Ste. 501, Jacksonville. Separate drills for human and animal patients, and reps from Fire & Rescue and Animal Emergency Services are featured. 380-2927.
HALE & HEARTY 7K
The second annual Hale & Hearty 7K is held 7:30 a.m. June 1, at Yates Family YMCA, 221 Riverside Ave., through Memorial Park and Riverside Park. Proceeds benefit the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida’s regional health care utilization research. haleandhearty7k.org hpcnef.org
The Sam’s Club Car Show is held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 1 at 6373 Youngerman Circle, Westside. Proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network programs. 573-9702.
UNION GARRISON EVENT
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fort Clinch State Park hosts a Union Garrison event 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 1 and 9 a.m.-noon June 2 at the park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Living 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 … bringing the era to life. Park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle; $2 per person Fort admission. 277-7274. floridastateparks.org
RIDE & ROLL FOR A CURE
Registration for the third annual motorcycle ride to benefit JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is held 9-11 a.m. June 1 at Adamec Harley-Davidson, 8909 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville. Kickstands up at 11 a.m. Live music, raffles and food are featured. Riders’ fee is $15, passengers’ fee is $5. Proceeds benefit JDRF programs and research. 739-2101. jdrf.org
Laser shows are Beach Boys 7 p.m., LaserOpolis 8 p.m., Laser X 9 p.m. and Metallica 10 p.m. May 31 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Online tickets are $5. 396-7062. moshplanetarium.org
GALA DINNER TO HONOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR
The 10th annual Gala Dinner honoring a Holocaust Survivor, a Doctor and a Woman of Valor: People Who Inspire, is held 4:30 p.m. June 2 at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra. Chabad at the Beaches honors Dr. David Weiss, Rivkah Ben Simon and Yaakov Starr. Mentalist Mark Stone, and silent auctions are also featured. For tickets, go to winwithchabad.com. 543-9301. jewishdinner.com
POLITICS, ACTIVISM, BUSINESS
Threat assessments are discussed, 6:30 p.m. May 30 at Southeast Branch Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Southside. 630-4655.
The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets at 4 p.m. June 20 in the Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Downtown. 630-7306. coj.net
BOOKS & WRITING
SUSAN EUBANKS STEPP
Local author Stepp signs copies of her book, “Honest Advice for Teachers,” 5:30 p.m. June 5 at Chamblin’s Uptown Café & Book Store, 215 Laura St., Downtown, during First Wednesday ArtWalk. 674-0868.
BOOK SALE EXTRAVAGANZA
Books, music CDs and DVDs $1 each. Children’s, young adult books, paperbacks, books on cassettes and VHS movies are 50¢ each, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 29-June 3 at Main Library, 1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. Everything’s discounted 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 4. 827-6940.
BOOK WAREHOUSE SALE
Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library hold a $10 bag book sale 4-7 p.m. May 30 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 1 at FJPL Book Warehouse, University Park Library, 3435 University Blvd. N., Arlington. Proceeds from FJPL book sales are used to supplement the Library budget. FJPL is asking shoppers to sign petitions supporting a straw vote on establishing a special tax district for the library. The tax district was the proposal that came out of a special JCCI study to find a way to stabilize library funding. 630-2304. fjpl.org
INTUITION BOOK DRIVE
Bring new or gently used children’s books to Intuition Ale Works’ Tap Room, 720 King St., Riverside, during May for the Early Childhood Literacy Program at St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Center. Five book donations scores you a free pint of beer. 683-7720.
COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE
Josh Sneed appears 8:04 p.m. May 30, 8:34 p.m. May 31 and 8:04 and 10:18 p.m. June 1 at the new club, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Tickets range from $6-$25. 646-4277. jacksonvillecomedy.com
“Last Comic Standing” finalist Jeff Dye appears 8 p.m. May 29-31, and 8 and 10 p.m. June 1 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets are $10, $15 and $17. 292-4242. comedyzone.com
NATURE, SPORTS, OUTDOORS
SURF WARRIORS 2013
Surf lessons are offered to veterans, 9 a.m. June 1 at Huguenot Memorial Park, 10980 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville. A cookout and award ceremony follow the lessons. There’s a fee to enter the park. Proceeds benefit Wounded Warrior Project. 626-9090. floridasurfing.org
Professional wrestling is held 8 p.m. June 1 at Brewster’s Edge Concert Hall, 845 University Blvd., Arlington. Combatants include Johnny Gargano, Tomahawk T.T., Caleb Konley, The Young Bucks, Anthony Neese, Brian Cage, Jon Davis, Chuck Taylor, Lince Dorado, Jonny Vandal, and tag teams The Bravado Brothers and Andrew Everett and Derek Ryze. Tickets start at $15. (727) 580-0636. dgusa.com
NATIONAL TRAILS DAY
This nationwide event is celebrated with a Trim & Trek hike at 2 p.m. on June 1 at Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road, Ft. George Island. Practice trail maintenance techniques while enjoying a walk through the maritime forest. Bring water, sunscreen, bug spray and gloves. Tools are provided. Admission is free. 251-2320. floridastateparks.org/littletalbotisland
JACKSONVILLE UNITED FC PRO SOCCER
The local National Premier Soccer League pro soccer team takes on the Cape Coral Hurricanes 8 p.m. June 15 at Patton Park, 2850 Hodges Blvd., Southside. Tickets start at $5; a season pass is $20 for adults; $10 for kids 5-10. jacksonvilleunited.com
GUIDED CULTURAL HIKE
The hike is held 8:30-10:30 a.m. June 1 at Trailhead Pavilion, west of Guana Dam. Wear closed-toe shoes. $3 parking fee. RSVP at gtmnerrculturalhike.eventbrite.com. 823-4500.
GUIDED TRAIL WALK
A trail walk at River to Sea Preserve, 9 a.m. June 5 along a mile-and-half trail through wooded coastal hammock to Matanzas River. Meet in the parking lot of River to Sea Preserve, A1A, south end of Marineland. Wear comfortable, closed toe shoes. RSVP at gtmnerrmarinelandtrail.eventbrite.com. 823-4500.
The successful hometown football team takes on the Pittsburgh Power 7 p.m. June 1 (Shark-a-Ritaville) at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. Tickets range from $11-$133. 630-3900.
The Suns kick off a homestand against the Mobile BayBears, 6:05 p.m. June 2 (Hurricane Preparedness, Kids Run the Bases), at Bragan Field, Baseball Grounds, 301 Randolph Blvd., Downtown. Games continue 11:05 a.m. June 3 (Celebration of Reading), 7:05 p.m. June 4 (Folio Weekly Fifty Cent Family Feast) and June 6 (John Rocker appearance, Thursday Throwdown) and 1:05 p.m. June 5 (Businessperson’s Special). Tickets are $7.50-$25.50. 358-2846. jaxsuns.com
Exhibits are open at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway. Lifelike animatronic “dinosaur” creatures are featured. Admission is $3 for members, $3.50 for nonmembers, plus Zoo admission. Open until 6 p.m. weekends and holidays through Labor Day. 757-4463. jacksonvillezoo.org
Kids 10 and older (with an adult) learn how to measure energy and what they can do to help save energy and money, 3 p.m. May 29 at Bartram Trail Library, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove. To register, call 827-6960. Free.
JACKSONVILLE SUNS BASEBALL CAMP
The 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. Camp fee of $90.95 includes lunch both days, a T-shirt, ball cap and ticket to a game. 358-2846.
CLASSES & GROUPS
Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc. offers this beginners’ class 10:15 a.m. June 1, 8 and 22 at Bartram Trail Library, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove. Free. Certificates of Completion are given to those who attend at least three of the four classes. Register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, and phone number.
Do you have a problem with compulsive overeating or food addiction? Overeaters Anonymous holds Newcomer meetings 6 p.m. every Wed. at Arlington Congressional Church, 431 University Blvd. N., Arlington and 6 p.m. every Mon. at Orange Park Presbyterian Church, 1905 Park Ave., Orange Park. 376-7303. oanfi.org