HAPPENINGS

Sept. 18-24 Happenings Calendar

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

Chris Tucker, who starred as Carter in the popular "Rush Hour" movies, appears Sept. 27 at The Florida Theatre in Downtown Jacksonville.
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EVENTS

CORKS & FORKS

The National Association of professional Women holds this dinner and wine pairing event, to benefit Girls Inc. of Jacksonville, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at BlackFinn American Grille, 4840 Big Island Drive, St. Johns Town Center; $39, jedwards@gpsconsultants.us.

A CONVERSATION WITH ANDREW YOUNG

Flagler College's Ideas and Images: Visiting Scholars and Artists Program presents Civil Rights activist Young 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in the college's Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine; free, 819-6282, flagler.edu.

JACKSONVILLE FALL HOME & PATIO SHOW

The 23th annual event is held 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 19-20; 10 a.m.-9 pm. Sept. 21 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 22 at Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Downtown. Highlights include experts in home and gardening, seminars, giveaways and exhibitors. “Million Dollar Listing” star Josh Flagg and Retro Rad Diva Emily Ellyn of “Next Food Network Star” are featured. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students 6-18; kids younger than 6 get in free. On Sept. 19, admission for ages 60 and older is $5. 630-4800, jacksonvillefallhomeshow.com

MILITARY APPRECIATION

Vietnam Veterans of America Duval County, Florida Chapter 1046, holds a POW/MIA ceremony and luncheon 11 a.m. Sept. 20 at Five Star Veterans Center, 40 Acme St., Jacksonville, 723-5950. Jacksonville University Military Appreciation Day is held 11 a.m. Sept. 21 on the JU campus, featuring a football game, 2800 University Boulevard N., Arlington, 256-7000, vva1046.com.

GEM & MINERAL SHOW & SALE ROCK SHOW

The 25th annual Gem & Mineral Show & Sale is held 1-6 p.m. Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 21 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22 at Morocco Shrine Auditorium, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Road S., Jacksonville. Admission is $3 each day; $5 for all three. Dr. Mike Reynolds is the featured speaker. Proceeds benefit JGMS. jaxgemandmineral.org

COSMIC CONCERTS

Laser shows are iPop 7 p.m., Laser Retro 8 p.m., Laser Vinyl 9 p.m., Hypnotica 10 p.m. Sept. 20; online tickets $5, Bryan Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org.

DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

The inaugural watersport fundraiser, featuring teams competing in 400m races, Chinese dancers, martial artists and live music, is held 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 21 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Drive, Downtown. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit In the Pink, which provides services for those living with breast cancer. jacksonvilledragonboatfestival.com.

SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR EVENT

Fort Clinch State Park commemorates its part in the Spanish-American War with uniformed interpreters and exhibits of the armament and period military equipment, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 22 at the park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach; $6 per vehicle entrance fee, $2 fort admission, 277-7274, floridastateparks.org.

RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET

Arf Barket fetes National Dog Week with Dick "The Watch Hound" Kerekes, contests, demos and pet parade. All <> dogs are welcome. Performers include Braided Light Dance Project, Sweet Scarlett, Studio K Dance, Sept. 21 Local and regional art and a farmers market are featured 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Sat., 715 Riverside Ave., free, 389-2449, riversideartsmarket.com.

NEW ARCHAEOLOGY GROUP

Dr. Keith Ashley is the featured speaker at the inaugural meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, Jacksonville Society, noon Sept. 21 in University of North Florida, Bldg. 51, Rm. 1205, Southside, 241-9411, aiajaxsoc@gmail.com.

SHAPE-NOTE SINGING

Shape-note singing from the Sacred Harp (1844, 1991 edition) is held 7-9 p.m. Sept. 23 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4171 Hendricks Ave., San Marco. Loaner books and instruction provided; no musical experience needed; 737-8488.

GREAT BALLS OF FIRE

The new exhibit, “Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids and Meteors,” continues through Dec. 31 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-6674, themosh.org.

SQUARE DANCE LESSONS

The Rollaways Square Dance Club holds beginner square dance lessons 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at Sandalwood High School, 2750 John Prom Blvd., Southside, $5, 704-6634.

 

BOOKS & WRITING

TRACEY GARVIS GRAVES

New York Times bestselling author Graves discusses and signs copies of her new novel, “Covet,” 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at The BookMark, 220 First St., Neptune Beach, 241-9026.

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

CHRIS TUCKER

Tucker, who starred as Carter in the popular "Rush Hour" movies, appears 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville. Tickets are $58.50 and $68.50. 355-2787.

KOJO PRINCE

The comic is on 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., Southside, $10, 365-5555, latthirty.com.

PETE LEE

Lee appears 8:04 p.m. Sept. 19, 8:34 p.m. Sept. 20 and 8:04 p.m. Sept. 21; Improv Effect 7:15 p.m. Sept. 20, at The Comedy Club of Jacksonville, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside, $6-$50; 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com.

MITCH FATEL

Fatel appears 8 p.m. Sept. 19 and 22, and 8 and 10 p.m. Sept. 20-21 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin; $15-$20; 292-4242, comedyzone.com.

 

KIDS

JACKSONVILLE ZOO

Elephant Appreciation Day, featuring info booths, elephant activities, and animal enrichment is held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21 at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Northside. An electronic waste drive is also held; bring in your TVs, monitors, terminals, CPUs, keyboards, printers, scanners, stereo stuff, radios, VCRs, DVDs, camcorders, desk and mobile phones, pagers, power tools, small kitchen appliances (microwaves, toaster ovens), health and beauty appliances, and get $2 off admission, Sept. 21 only; 757-4463, jacksonvillezoo.org.

 

MIND, BODY & SOUL

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 the group 11 a.m.-noon on the first Sun. each month at Memorial Park, 1620 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Bring a ground cover. Practice suitable for all ages and abilities.

 

NATURE, SPORTS & OUTDOORS

NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY

Dr. Joe Butler, University of North Florida, discusses “The Gopher Tortoise,” at the Florida Native Plant Society, Ixia Chapter, meeting, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Arlington, free, 655-2550, ixia.fnpschapters.org.

COASTAL CLEANUP

The Ocean Conservancy, Keepers of the Coast and Keep Jacksonville Beautiful partner for the 28th annual International Coastal Cleanup 7-11 a.m. Sept. 21 at various locations throughout Northeast Florida, including oceanfront sites, parks and riverfronts. Volunteers get a free T-shirt and water bottle. To sign up, call 630-3420 or 687-7694 or go to coj.net or keepersofthecoast.org.

BOSELLI TRAIL RUN

The fundraiser includes a 5K at 8:30 a.m. and Kids Run 10:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra, on a course through the woods and wilderness of the Stadium and Valley courses, with a short run on the cart path of holes five and six on the Valley course. Obstacles along the course add to the fun. Registration is $70, $50 minimum fundraising requirement; $20 for Kids Run. For details, go to bosellifoundation.com.

PLANT CLINIC

St. Johns County master gardeners discuss plants and lawns 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 19 and 21 at Bartram Trail branch library, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove. Small soil samples for pH testing are accepted. 209-0430.

WEB.COM TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

The final event of the tournament — with 50 PGA Tour cards at stake — opens with practice rounds Sept. 23, a Pro-Am and Youth Clinic Sept. 24, Boselli Foundation Am-Am Sept. 25 and round 1 Sept. 26 at TPC Sawgrass, 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $17.90 and $106 Thur.-Sun. webtourchampionship.com.

 

POLITICS, ACTIVISM & BUSINESS

JACKSONVILLE JOURNEY

The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets 4 p.m. Sept. 19, Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 630-7306, coj.net.

NONPROFIT CONFERENCE

The Small Business Development Center, University of North Florida, Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, HandsOn Jacksonville and UNF Master of Public Administration Program hold the third annual Nonprofit Conference 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at UNF’s University Center, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville; $75 in advance, $100 at the door; to register, go to sbdc.unf.edu or call 620-2476.

AMERICAN CHEROKEE CONFEDERACY

The group holds its annual meeting 11 a.m. Sept. 21 at 619 Pine Cone Road, Albany, Ga. The tribe is looking for new members; if you have 1/16 or more of Indian heritage, call 229-787-5722. acconfederacy.org.

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.

CREATIVE BUSINESS PLANNING

The class “Business Planning for Creatives: Artists, Writers, Healers, Coaches, & Independent Practitioners” is held 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 18, Nov. 1 and 15 and Dec. 6 in Atlantic Beach. To reserve a spot and get details, email yvette@narratives4change.com or call 800-913-8611 ext. 1.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW

Oct. 17-20, Prime Osborn Convention Center

FOLIO WEEKLY'S OKTOBERFEST

Oct. 19, St. Augustine Amphitheatre

CRAIG FERGUSON

Nov. 17, The Florida Theatre

ST. JOHNS RIVERKEEPER OYSTER ROAST

Nov. 22, Garden Club of Jacksonville

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