HAPPENINGS

Nov. 13-19 Happenings Calendar

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

Country music star Kellie Pickler (pictured), a former “American Idol” contestant and the reigning “Dancing with the Stars” winner, and Charlie Walker will perform during the seventh annual Holiday Spectacular — which includes a Christmas tree lighting, an appearance by Santa, holiday-themed photo ops and family-friendly activities — Nov. 16 at St. Johns Town Center on the Southside.
The 29th annual Empty Bowls luncheon is held Nov. 19 at Prime Osborn Convention Center in Downtown Jacksonville to benefit Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida’s Second Harvest Food Bank.
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EVENTS

FALL SPEAKER SERIES

First Coast League of Women Voters presents City Councilmember and Task Force on Consolidated Government Chairperson Lori Boyer 11:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at University Club, 1301 Riverplace Blvd., 27th Floor, Southbank; $25 for members and students; $30 for nonmembers, 613-9480.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS CONVENTION

Hosted by North Florida Intergroup of Overeaters Anonymous, the Recovery Convention is held Nov. 15-17 at Crowne Plaza Riverfront, 1201 Riverplace Blvd., Jacksonville. To register, go to oanfi.org, email oa.northflinfo@yahoo.com or call 742-7359.

AMERICA RECYCLES DAY

The City of Jacksonville and Keep Jacksonville Beautiful join with several shredding companies for the fourth annual event, noon-5 p.m. Nov. 15 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Downtown and noon-5 p.m. at KMart, 500 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach. The local chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators, DataSavers, Iron Mountain, UltraShred Technologies, EnviroTone Imaging and EnvironMETAL Recycling join KJB and partner Republic Services Recycling Center. Trucks are onsite to collect and shred paper. At KMart, a Soles4Souls donation box for gently worn shoes is onsite, and cell phones donated there benefit the American Cancer Society. Both sites collect recycled materials for Teacher Supply Depot, including office supplies, school supplies, and arts and crafts supplies. For details on what can and cannot be recycled at the events, go to coj.net, keyword search "Keep Jacksonville Beautiful" or call 630-2489.

COSMIC CONCERTS

Laser shows: Laser Magic 7 p.m., Laser Mania 8 p.m., LaserOpolis 9 p.m., Hypnotica 10 p.m. Nov. 15; online tickets $5, Bryan Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org.

RIVER GARDEN GALA

The 21st annual black-tie event is held 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Renaissance Resort, World Golf Village, St. Augustine. Cocktails, a silent auction and Anita & Her Motown Revue are featured. Tickets are $250. Proceeds benefit River Garden. 886-8431, rivergarden.org.

RETHREADED INC. HOLIDAY SALE

Volunteers are needed for the holiday sale Nov. 16 at the organization's warehouse, 820 Barnett St., Jacksonville, 438-8109, rethreaded.com.

HEMOPHILIA FOUNDATION WALK

The annual fundraiser is held 9 a.m. Nov. 16 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown, 353-1188, jacksonvillelanding.com.

A1A SUPER SCENIC GARAGE SALE

The fifth annual 72-mile garage sale is held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 16 at venues from Ponte Vedra Beach to Flagler Beach. For details, go to scenica1a.org.

NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURAL DAY

Activities include a presentation by a Native American performer, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 16 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-6674, themosh.org.

HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR

The seventh annual event, featuring a Christmas tree lighting, an appearance by Santa, holiday-themed photo ops, family-friendly activities and performances by country music star and former “American Idol” contestant Kellie Pickler and Charlie Walker, is held 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at St. Johns Town Center, 4663 River City Drive, Southside. The Navy Brass Band performs at 6 p.m.; Santa arrives, the 32-foot tree is lit and the fireworks begin after 8 p.m. stjohnstowncenter.com

UNITY FESTIVAL

Hosted by local students from UNF, JU, FSCJ, EWC and Jones College, the inaugural Jacksonville Community Unity Festival, featuring an adult 12-zone scavenger hunt, feeding center for the homeless, cook-off, community thrift store, dancing step show and a live concert, is held 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 16 at Brewster's MegaPlex, 845 N. University Blvd., Arlington, 680-4541, thecoretour.org.

RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET

Meredith Rae, Savanna Leigh Bassett, John Carver Band, Laurie Ryder, local regional art, a farmers market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 16 at 2623 Herschel St., Riverside, 389-2449, free, riversideartsmarket.com.

SWEETGRASS BASKET WORKSHOP

Henrietta Snype demonstrates the basic techniques of basket-making, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, 829 N. Davis St., Downtown, museum fee plus $5, materials provided, 632-5555 ext. 226, ritzjacksonville.com.

FLAGLER COLLEGE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Tour the courtyard and Rotunda, decorated for the holidays, 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Flagler College, 74 King St., St. Augustine, 819-6205, flagler.edu.

EMPTY BOWLS 2013

The 29th annual luncheon is held 11 a.m. Nov. 19 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Downtown. Tickets are $30. Proceeds benefit Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida’s Second Harvest Food Bank. 630-4000, wenourishhope.org.

ARLINGTON MOD & MORE

Old Arlington Inc. and the American Institute of Architects Jacksonville Chapter present a symposium and home tour of mid-century modern architecture in the area, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 16 at Arlington Presbyterian Church, 1351 Sprinkle Drive, Arlington. The self-guided tour starts at 11 a.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of event. aiajacksonville.org.

MISTER ROGERS SWEATER DRIVE

The 11th annual drive is on. Drop off clean, new and gently used sweaters, jackets, coats and blankets through Nov. 30 at WJCT Studios, 100 Festival Park Ave., Jacksonville; Two Men & A Truck, 8849 Arlington Expressway, and First Coast VyStar Credit Union locations. Donations go to St. Vincent’s Mobile Outreach Ministry, Clara White Mission, I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless and area nonprofits. 358-6322, wjct.org.

BLOOD DRIVE

The Blood Alliance, in need of all blood types, holds a blood drive 12:30-2:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown, 353-1188, jacksonvillelanding.com.

RIVER CITY HAUNTS

A ghostly walking tour, 8 p.m. every Fri. through Dec. 20, starting at Jacksonville Landing escalators. For reservations, call 827-1845; $15 for adults; $5 for kids 5-12; adlibtours.com.

AMELIA FARMERS MARKET

Fernandina Beach farmers market offers local produce, gourmet-prepared foods and landscape plants, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sat. at the Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, 491-4872, ameliafarmersmarket.com.

 

BOOKS & LIBRARIES

BIG BOOK WAREHOUSE SALE

Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library continue the sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 16 ($10 for a bag of books) at FJPL Book Warehouse, University Park Library, 3435 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. Proceeds supplement Library budget. FJPL asks shoppers who are registered voters to sign petitions supporting a straw vote to establish a special tax district for the library. The goal is 26,000 signatures to put the question on the ballot next year. 630-2304, fjpl.org.

JOANNE C. SPENCER

Author Spencer discusses and signs copies of her book, "The Letter Keeper," which she published on her own, 10 a.m. Nov. 16 at Bartram Trail Branch Library, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove, 827-6960, sjcpls.org.

CASSANDRA KING

Bestselling Southern author Cassandra King discusses and signs copies of her new novel, “Moonrise,” 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach, 241-9026.

LET'S TALK ABOUT IT

The Jacksonville Public Library kicks off its grant-funded five-part series, “Let’s Talk About It,” with "The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam" by F.E. Peters 2-4 p.m. Nov. 17 at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Mandarin, 630-4655. Dr. Parvez Ahmed, The Reverend Dr. W. Stephen Goyer and Senior Rabbi Joshua Lief lead the discussion. Admission is free, but reservations are suggested — go to jaxpubliclibrary.org/muslimjourneys.

FWA CLAY COUNTY WRITERS

Maureen A. Jung, Ph.D., discusses "Goal-setting for Writers” 6:15-8 p.m. Nov. 20 at Orange Park Public Library Meeting Room, 2054 Plainfield Ave., Orange Park, free, mjung@wordspringconsulting.com.

FOOD FOR FINES

St. Johns County Public Libraries are offering patrons the opportunity to resolve overdue fines and help those in need this holiday season through the “Food for Fines” program. Library staff will accept non-perishable food items in lieu of overdue library fines from Nov. 4 through Dec. 21. All donations will be delivered to the St. Johns County Food Closet to be distributed locally to help meet increased need for meals during the holiday season. Up to $1 in overdue fines will be resolved for each sealed, non-expired, non-perishable food item donated. The donation waivers are for library fines only and cannot be applied to fees for printing, lost items, or for credit against future fines. Interested parties who do not owe fines are also encouraged to participate by dropping off canned foods at any library branch or bookmobile stop. 827-6925, sjcpls.org.

BRENTWOOD BOOK SALE

The Friends of the Brentwood Library seeks new members; join for $5. Shop for books 10 a.m.-noon and 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. every Tue. and Thur. (except Thanksgiving) at Brentwood Branch Library, 3725 Pearl St., Downtown, 630-0924, jpl.coj.net.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOKSTORE

Hard-back, soft-cover, audio, large-print and children’s books and much more are available 9 a.m.-noon Tue., Thur. and Sat at University Park Branch Library, 3435 University Blvd. N., Arlington, 630-2304, fjpl.org.

 

COMEDY

GEORGE BURNS & FRIENDS

Impersonators of the standup pioneers appear 5:34 and 8:04 p.m. Nov. 13; tickets are $20 and $30; Rich Vos is on 8:04 p.m. Nov. 14, 8:34 p.m. Nov. 15 and 8:04 and 10:10 p.m. Nov. 16 at The Comedy Club of Jacksonville, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside, $6-$25; 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com.

LOUIE ANDERSON

Beloved comic Anderson (who's also co-founder of Homeless Empowerment Relationship Organization) appears 8 p.m. Nov. 14-15, and 8 and 10 p.m. Nov. 16 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin; $20 and $25; 292-4242, comedyzone.com.

CAL VERDUCHI

The comic is on 8 p.m. Nov. 15-16 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., Southside, $10, 365-5555, latthirty.com.

ROY ZIMMERMAN

Political satirical songwriter Zimmerman appears 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2487 S.R. A1A S., St. Augustine, $18, 471-2047.

CRAIG FERGUSON

The Scotland native, who’s written a novel and stars in “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” takes the stage 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, $38-$64, 355-2787, floridatheatre.com.

 

KIDS

U.S. COIN HISTORY

The Greater Jacksonville Coin Club presents Introduction to Coin Collecting for kids in grades K–12, 4 p.m. Nov. 19 at Bartram Trail Branch Public Library, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove. The GJCC discusses collecting and the U.S. issues from 1792 to date. Admission is free; registration is required; 827-6960, sjcpls.org.

KIDS READING CLUB

Readers read popular favorites to kids 6 months-8 years, 4 p.m. every Wed. (except First Wednesday Art Walk) at Chamblin Bookmine, 215 N. Laura St., Downtown, free, chamblinbookmine.com.

 

NATURE, SPORTS & OUTDOORS

NHL LEGENDS HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

The inaugural event is held 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Downtown. Hockey greats — Ray Bourque, Ron Duguay, Rick Middleton, Gary Leeman, Mike Krushelnyski — hit the ice against our local hockey heroes from the Bullets, Lizard Kings and Barracudas. Tickets range from $38.35-$64.30. 630-3900, ticketmaster.com.

JAGUARS VS. CARDINALS

The Jacksonville Jaguars play against the Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at EverBank Field, 1 EverBank Place, Downtown. Single-game tickets for home games start at $45, 633-2000, jaguars.com.

GTM RESEARCH RESERVE MARINELAND LECTURE

A biologist discusses water quality within the Reserve 10-11 a.m. Nov. 19 at GTM Research Reserve Marineland Field Office, 9741 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Marineland, free, reservations requested; 823-4500, gtmnerrmarinelandlecture.eventbrite.com.

TALBOT ISLANDS NATURE HIKE

Join a park ranger for a leisurely hike, 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road. Free. 251-2320.

RIVER TO SEA PRESERVE GUIDED TRAIL WALK

A guided walk is led by GTM Research Reserve volunteers, through wooded hammock between the ocean and Matanzas River, 9-10:30 a.m. Nov. 20 at the south end of Marineland; reservations are required; 823-4500, gtmnerrmarinelandtrail.eventbrite.com.

 

POLITICS, ACTIVISM & BUSINESS

FIRST COAST FREETHOUGHT SOCIETY

DR. Jay S. Huebner discusses “In Preparation for Comet ISON 2012, November-December 2013,” 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 7405 Arlington Expressway, Arlington, 419-8826, firstcoastfreethoughtsociety.org.

CREATIVE BUSINESS PLANNING

The class “Business Planning for Creatives: Artists, Writers, Healers, Coaches, & Independent Practitioners” is held 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Atlantic Beach; yvette@narratives4change.com, 800-913-8611 ext. 1.

 

CLASSES & GROUPS

DEPRESSION, BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE

This group meets 6 p.m. every Tue. at Baptist Medical Center, 800 Prudential Drive, Pavilion Building, Southbank; free; 322-4040 or 294-5720.

PRACTICE WORLD PEACE

Brenda Star Walker leads a group 11 a.m.-noon every first Sun. at Memorial Park, 1620 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Bring a ground cover. Practice suitable for all ages and abilities.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

The group needs volunteers for its programs in St. Johns County, 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Wed.-Sat., building or improving area homes. To register and get details, go to habitatstjohns.org.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

ST. JOHNS RIVERKEEPER OYSTER ROAST

Nov. 22, Garden Club of Jacksonville

KATHLEEN MADIGAN

Dec. 13, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

JEFF DUNHAM

Jan. 24, Veterans Memorial Arena

LILY TOMLIN

Feb. 6, Florida Theatre

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

Feb. 28, Veterans Memorial Arena

BRIAN REGAN

March 23, Florida Theatre 

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