HAPPENINGS

May 8-14 Happenings Calendar

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

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EVENTS

THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

The pro golf event is held May 8-12 at TPC Sawgrass, 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. Daily grounds tickets (Thur.-Sun.) are $58 per day. Practice round tickets are $25 (Military Appreciation Day and Dierks Bentley in concert). Weekly grounds tickets are $150. Parking passes for Thur.-Sun. are $25 per day for general lot, $45 per day for preferred parking near Nicklaus Gate. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, check out pgatour.com/theplayers. 285-3700.

CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH DAY

Jacksonville Youth Council and Youth MOVE Jacksonville host a free gala reception 5:30 p.m. May 9 at The Museum, 4160 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville. Youth performances, artwork, a silent auction and visual artwork are featured. Proceeds benefit local youth. youthmovejax.org

MOMS' NITE OUT

St. Vincent’s HealthCare presents this evening of relaxation for busy mothers May 9 at The Avenues, 10300 Southside Blvd., Southside. Refreshments, entertainment, fashion and beauty services are featured. The Avenues and St. Johns Town Center launch the Expectant Mother’s Parking amenity — 10 spaces at The Avenues, 26 at Town Center — May 12. Check simon.com or with each mall management for details.

GREAT DECISIONS

Myanmar and Southeast Asia are discussed 6:30 p.m. May 9 at Southeast Branch Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Southside. 630-4655.

PLAID PARTY

The 12th annual event is held 8 p.m.-2 a.m. May 10 at Nippers Beach Grill, 2309 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach. Complimentary cocktails and beer, and a silent auction are featured. Split Tone performs and DJ Rock City spins. Tickets are $40 in advance; $50 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 733-3560. cff.org

STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE

The National Association of Letter Carriers holds this drive on May 11; local donations are distributed to Second Harvest North Florida. Leave nonperishable food items out for your letter carrier to collect, including canned goods: vegetables, fruit, meats, beans, soup, pasta, rice, breakfast cereals, granola bars and peanut butter and jelly. No glass containers. wenourishhope.org

MS SEMINAR

MS Views and News, a not-for-profit Multiple Sclerosis patient advocacy organization, holds a free informative MS educational program on “Treatment Strategies, Symptom Management, MS Relapse, MRI and Info for the Newly Diagnosed” 9:45 a.m. May 11 at Southpoint Marriott, 4670 Salisbury Rd., Southside. A raffle and complimentary lunch are featured. To register, go to events.msvn.org or call (203) 550-7703.

ANTIQUES APPRAISAL FAIR

A team of recognized specialists assess your old treasures noon-4 p.m. May 11 at Rivertown Community Amenity Center, 39 Riverwalk Blvd., St. Johns. Donation is $5 per item; limit three items per person. Proceeds benefit Bartram Trail Scenic & Historic Highway. 287-5577. rivertownflorida.com

FREE MS SEMINAR

MS Views and News, a not-for-profit patient advocacy organization, holds a free informative Multiple Sclerosis educational program 9:45 a.m. May 11 at Southpoint Marriott, 4670 Salisbury Road, Southside. Victor Maquera, MD, Tina Butterfield, RN., and Connie Easterling, MSN, ARNP, discuss “Treatment Strategies, Symptom Management, MS Relapse, MRI, and info for the newly diagnosed,” followed by a Q&A. Registration is required; go to events.msvn.org or call 203-550-7703.

RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET

National Pet Week is feted with a parade, costume contest and splash pools on May 11. All sociable dogs are welcome. Cathedral Arts Project 10:30-11:15 a.m., Underhill Rose 12:45-2:15 p.m., Rebecca Day 2:30-3:30 p.m. May 11 at the market, 
2623 Herschel St., Riverside. Local and regional art and a farmers market are also featured 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat. Free. 389-2449
. riversideartsmarket.com

DIVAS DAY OUT

This event is held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 11 at Atlantic Rec Center Auditorium, 2500 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Beauty treatments, a fashion show, fitness demos, prize drawings, Diva Dress Up booth, women’s self-defense demos, fitness demos, Lisa Allen’s Dance Works students and cupcake decorating are featured. Cost is $3; kids 6 and younger are admitted free. Proceeds benefit Girl Power 2 Cure, an Amelia Island-based 501c3 nonprofit hunting down a cure for Rett Syndrome, a debilitating neurological disorder. girlpower2cure.org

GOING GREEN DAY

Checker Yellow Cab has converted the fuel systems of all vans, taxis and black cars to propane. Mayor Brown is the featured speaker at the celebration 11 a.m. May 14 at 9850 Interstate Center Dr., Northside. For reservations, call 345-3333.

COSMIC CONCERTS

Laser shows are Laser iPop 7 p.m., LaserOpolis 8 p.m., Laser Retro 9 p.m., Laser Vinyl 10 p.m. May 17 in Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank. Online tickets are $5. 396-7062. moshplanetarium.org

FERNANDINA BEACH MARKETPLACE

Fresh baked goods, organic vegetables and jellies, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat. at North Seventh Street, Fernandina Beach, 557-8229, fernandinabeachmarketplace.com

AMELIA FARMERS MARKET

Farm-direct fruits and vegetables 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat. at The Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 6800 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, 491-4872, ameliafarmersmarket.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, 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. every other Sun. at Mandarin Community Club, 12447 Mandarin Rd. 607-9935.

 

POLITICS, BUSINESS

DEMOCRATIC WOMEN'S CLUB

The group gathers 11:30 a.m. May 8 at Amici's, St. Augustine. Florida DWC President Janet Goen and first vice president Dr. Maureen McKenna are the featured speakers. 471-1716.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

The Jacksonville First Coast League of Women Voters gathers 11:30 a.m. May 8 at University Club, 1301 Riverplace Blvd., 27th Floor, Southbank. Public Affairs Manager, North Florida Transportation Planning Organization Marci Larson discusses "Future Transportation Planning." A 50/50 raffle is also featured. Admission is $20 for members and students; $30 for nonmembers. 613-9480.

JACKSONVILLE YOUNG DEMOCRATS

Politically engaged young professional and student group meets 7 p.m. May 22 and every fourth Wed. at Northstar Substation, 119 E. Bay St., Downtown. facebook.com/jaxyoungdems

PONTE VEDRA DEMOCRATIC CLUB

The club meets at 6:30 p.m. every first Wed. of the month at the library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra. 473-5479. pvdemocraticlub@aol.com

JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY

The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets at 4 p.m. May 16 in the Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Jacksonville. 630-7306. coj.net

 

BOOKS & WRITING

JOHN LESCROART

New York Times bestselling mystery author Lescroart discusses and sign copies of his new book, "The Ophelia Cut," 7 p.m. May 9 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach. 241-9026.

ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION

The discussion about Maria Semple's book, "Where'd You Go, Bernadette," (presumably focusing on a lack of proper punctuation) is held 10 a.m.-noon May 11 at Clay County headquarters Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island. 278-3722.

FIRST COAST ROMANCE WRITERS

A half-day workshop with New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Day is held 10:15 a.m. May 11 at West Regional Library, 1425 Chaffee Rd. S., 
Jacksonville. 693-1448.

 

COMEDY

JOHN WITHERSPOON

The Comedy Showcase is 8 p.m. May 8 and 9. Witherspoon appears 8 and 10 p.m. May 10 and 11 at The Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road (in Ramada Inn), Mandarin. Tickets are $20 and $25. 292-4242. comedyzone.com

COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE

Cash Levy appears 8:34 p.m. May 9, 8:04 p.m. May 10 (Provost Guard benefit) and 8:04 and 10:18 p.m. May 11 at the new club, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Danny Johnson is also featured. Tickets range from $6-$25. 646-4277. jacksonvillecomedy.com

THE GYPSY COMEDY CLUB

Bear and Gwen Templeton appear 8:30 p.m. May 10 and 11 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

TALBOT ISLANDS STATE PARKS VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT DAY

Help preserve, interpret and restore Florida’s natural and cultural resources. Talbot Islands State Parks asks residents of Duval and Nassau counties to find out about the diverse volunteer opportunities 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 12 at North Beach pavilions, Little Talbot Island State Park, 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville. For information, call Park Volunteer Coordinator Brian Stinson or Park Services Specialist Allison Conboy at 251-2320. floridastateparks.org/littletalbotisland

JACKSONVILLE UNITED FC PRO SOCCER

The local National Premier Soccer League pro soccer team takes on the Myrtle Beach Mutiny FC 8 p.m. May 11 at Patton Park, 2850 Hodges Blvd., Southside. A season pass is $20 for adults; $10 for kids 5-10. jacksonvilleunited.com

TALBOT ISLANDS

A park ranger discusses shark teeth, 2 p.m. May 11 at Ribault Club, Ft. George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road. Free. 251-2320. floridastateparks.org/littletalbotisland

BOWL BASH

The eighth annual Bowl Bash is held noon May 11 at Oceanside Rotary Skate Park, 800 Seminole Rd., Atlantic Beach, in Russell Park. Registration for younger skaters, beginning at 11 a.m., is $25. A pro exhibition is featured. Spectators are admitted free. 247-5828. coab.us

JACKSONVILLE SHARKS

The successful hometown football team takes on the San Jose Sabre Cats at 7 p.m. May 18 (Military Appreciation Night) at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Tickets range from $11-$133. 630-3900.

EVENING NATURE PROGRAM

Park rangers or volunteers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing; the next one is held May 11. Programs, included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle, are held at open-air pavilions at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A S., St. Augustine. Times vary. 461-2035. floridastateparks.org/anastasia

SECOND SATURDAY TRAIL HIKE

GTM Research Reserve volunteers lead a 1.5 mile trail walk 8:30-10:30 a.m. May 11 at 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine. Wear closed-toe shoes. Meet at Trailhead Pavilion west of Guana Dam. $3 parking fee. 823-4500. gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com

The discussion "More Than You Wanted to Know About … " is held 11 a.m. May 11 at GTM Research Reserve’s Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Rd., South Ponte Vedra. This month's topic is plant and animal life in estuarine habitats. 823-4500. gtmnerrwantedtoknow.eventbrite.com

JACKSONVILLE SUNS

The Suns continue a homestand against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 1:05 p.m. May 8 (Businessperson’s Special), at newly renamed Bragan Field, 301 Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville. Games continue 7:05 p.m. May 9 (Nurses Night, Thursday Throwdown), 7:05 p.m. May 10 (Blood Drive, Fireworks) and 7:05 p.m. May 11 (Scout Campout). Come on out and cheer for your hometown team! Tickets are $7.50-$25.50. 358-2846. jaxsuns.com

GUIDED TRAIL WALK

A guided hike in Flagler County’s River to Sea Preserve is held 9 a.m. May 15, on a mile-and-a-half trail through wooded coastal hammock to Matanzas River. Meet in River to Sea Preserve parking lot; wear comfy, closed toe shoes. 823-4500. gtmnerrmarinelandtrail.eventbrite.com

DINOTREK AND TIGERS

New 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. Zoo hours are extended until 6 p.m. weekends and holidays through Labor Day. Check out the new Land of the Tigers, too! 757-4463. jacksonvillezoo.org

 

UPCOMING

ST. JOHNS SUP RUSH

June 8, Rudder Club of Jacksonville

KEVIN JAMES

June 9, The Florida Theatre

DREW CAREY

July 12 & 13, The Comedy Zone

 

KIDS

STREET DANCE CLASS

Kids' street dance classes are offered 4:30-5:15 p.m. every Wed. at Dance Trance, 214 Orange St., Neptune Beach. 246-4600. dancetrancefitness.com

ICE SKATING CAMPS

Kids of all skill levels learn to skate or work on ice-skating skills at Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex Skating Academy, 3605 Philips Highway, Southside. On and off ice skating instruction, age-appropriate activities, a lunch program, and extended care available. Campers receive a swag bag. Camp themes are Movie Madness June 3-9; ToonTown, June 10-14; Star Wars Celebration, June 17-21; Disney Magic, June 24-28; Motown Mania, July 15-19; Princess & Super Heroes, July 22-26; Divalicious, July 29-Aug. 2 and Music Explosion, Aug. 12-16. 399-3223. jaxiceandsportsplex.com

KUMON ACADEMIC CAMP

Kumon offers academic enrichment programs help children move beyond grade levels. 2039 Park St., Riverside, 381-1200; 9978 Old Baymeadows Road, Ste. 2, Baymeadows, 642-9566; 11362 San Jose Blvd., Ste. 18, Mandarin, 268-8861; 280 Solana Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, 285-7775; 13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 27, Arlington, 744-2445. kumon.com

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

FRIDAY NIGHT DRUM CIRCLE

A drum circle is held 5:30 p.m. every Friday all summer at 18th Avenue North, Jax Beach, on the beach. meetup.com/jaxdrumcircle

GEARS FOR YEARS

Keep It Together Florida Inc. and St Johns County present this program, which collects bicycles for kids in need. They need donations – children’s bikes, spare parts, tire tubes, chains seats, handle bar grips, bike locks and new helmets – and volunteers to help refurbish bikes and help at the June giveaway. gearsforyears.org

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

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.

LGBT WORSHIP SERVICES

Services are held 10 a.m. every Sun., Chatnchew Bible study 6:30 p.m. every Thur., at Living Witness Family Worship Center, 8716 Lone Star Rd., Arlington. 348-0721.

 

CLASSES & GROUPS

PHILOSOPHY DISCUSSION

Joque H. Soskis discusses Ray Kurzweil's thesis (The Singularity is Near, How to Create a Mind) 7 p.m. May 14 at Mandarin Library, 3330 Kori Rd., Mandarin. Free. 262-5124.

BEACH FITNESS

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Anastasia State Park and Friends of Anastasia offer a Beach Fitness Workshop 8-9:30 a.m. every Sat. through May 25 at Anastasia State Park, 1340A A1A S., St. Augustine. Fee is $60. To register, call 461-2035. floridastateparks.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.

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.

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