A NIGHT IN CANDY LAND
The Donna Foundation partners with Kenny Leigh & Associates for this fundraiser, featuring cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and games, including a throw-a-pie-in-the-face booth, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 26 at 301 W. Bay St., Downtown; tickets are $75, 345-3915, thedonnafoundation.org.
MOSH AFTER DARK
"Fight Science," a team of experts and instructors discuss and demonstrate mixed martial arts, its parallels to the scientific method and its impacts on the human body, both good and bad, 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Downtown; general admission is $5; free for MOSH members, 396-6674 ext. 226, themosh.org.
FALL FASHION SHOW/BENEFIT
A Red Haute Night showcases the latest styles, 9 p.m. Sept. 27 at Suite, 4880 Big Island Drive, Ste. 1, St. Johns Town Center, proceeds benefit Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida, 493-9305, firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEACH BETTER TOGETHER
Barnett Berry and Ron Clark are the featured speakers for this teacher-developed event, featuring breakout sessions, held 8 a.m. Sept. 28 at Hyatt Regency Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Dr., Downtown, $25, 358-6329, wjct.org.
WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS
The fifth annual Jacksonville Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising and awareness event is held 9:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent dr., Downtown, proceeds benefit Autism Speaks’ work to increase awareness about the growing autism health crisis; walknowforautismspeaks.org.
Laser shows are iPop 7 p.m., Laser Beatles 8 p.m., Laser Motown 9 p.m., Laser Queen 10 p.m. Sept. 27; online tickets $5, Bryan Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org.
The fifth annual 5K run and 1-mile walk to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer are held 8:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at SeaWalk Pavilion, 75 N. First St., Jax Beach. Music, food, kids' activities and awards are featured. purplestride.org.
PGA MS 150 BIKE TOUR
The annual Cycle To The Shore is held Sept. 28-29, with a start and finish at the St. Augustine/St. Johns County airport, U.S. 1, St. Augustine. Riding options vary. Proceeds benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society programs. Call for times and options, 332-6810 or 1-800-FIGHTMS.
A panel of industry experts, including Howard Gleckman, John Rother and Joseph Gordy, discusses "What's Next for Obamacare? – Bonanza, Blockade or Boondoggle," 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine, free, 819-6400, flagler.edu.
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE
The new exhibit, “Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids and Meteors,” runs through Dec. at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-6674, themosh.org.
BOOKS & WRITING
Business author McChesney discusses "The 4 Disciplines of Execution," 9 a.m. Sept. 26 at University of North Florida's University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Southside, $99, events.franklincovey.com.
The Flagler College Writers in Residence lecture series begins with author and poet Sukrungruang 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the college’s Gamache-Koger Theater, Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. Admission is free; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 819-6339.
FLORIDA HERITAGE BOOK FESTIVAL & WRITERS CONFERENCE
New York Times best-selling author Andrew Gross is the featured speaker Sept. 26 at St. Johns County Convention Center, Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine. John Jake, author of The North and South Trilogy, is honored at the Literary Legends Banquet Sept. 27. The festival is held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28 at Ringhaver Student Center, Flagler College, 50 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, fhbookfest.org.
LOCAL AUTHORS MARKETPLACE
Authors Wendy Wax and Sandra Page, writers' workshops and an authors' luncheon are featured 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Campus, 801 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach; proceeds benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters, The Boys & Girls Club, Head Start and The Peck Center’s Library kids' area, localauthorsmarketplace.org.
TRACY AND ROSS ALLOWAY
The Alloways discuss and sign copies of their new book, “The Working Memory: Train Your Brain to Function Stronger, Smarter, Faster,” 7 p.m. Oct. 2 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.
You know this guy — it's Biff, from "Back to the Future" — here 8:04 p.m. Sept. 26, and 8:04 and 10:10 p.m. Sept. 27-28 at The Comedy Club of Jacksonville, 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside, $15-$20; 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com.
The comic is on 8 p.m. Sept. 27-28 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., Southside, $10, 365-5555, latthirty.com.
Hang with Curry, 8 p.m. Sept. 26, and 8 and 10 p.m. Sept. 27-28 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin; $15-$18; 292-4242, comedyzone.com.
Mad Cowford's instructors teach improv techniques 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Arlington Congregational Church, 431 University Blvd. N., Arlington, $100, email@example.com.
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 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.
NATURE, SPORTS & OUTDOORS
WEB.COM TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
The final event of the tournament – with 50 PGA Tour cards at stake – continues with the 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.
A nature photographer leads a stroll on Fairway Loop Trail; bring a camera, supplies, bug spray, sunscreen and water; wear comfy shoes; 10 a.m. Sept. 28. A ranger discusses the secrets of the salt marsh during a hike at 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Fort George Road; free; 251-2320, floridastateparks.org.
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY
The 20th annual day is marked at area state parks, featuring exhibits, activities and cleanups; go to floridastateparks.org.
FAMILY SEINING ACTIVITY
Pull a seine net through Guana Lake, collecting fish, crabs and more, and learn about the animals’ roles in the habitat, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sept. 27 and every fourth Sat. at GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra. Free with paid entrance. 823-4500. gtmnerr.org
POLITICS, ACTIVISM & BUSINESS
BUILD A BETTER BUSINESS
Buster Lancaster, of Strategic Employee Benefit Services, discusses "Healthcare Reform & Your Business Insurance," 8 a.m. Sept. 27 at AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd.,
Fernandina Beach, $25 for nonmembers; free for members, islandchamber.com.
The oversight committee of this crime-fighting initiative meets 4 p.m. Oct. 17, Eighth Floor Conference Room 851, Ball Building, 214 N. Hogan St., Downtown, 630-7306, coj.net.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-913-8611 ext. 1.
SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW
Oct. 17-20, Prime Osborn Convention Center
FOLIO WEEKLY'S OKTOBERFEST
Oct. 19, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Nov. 17, The Florida Theatre
ST. JOHNS RIVERKEEPER OYSTER ROAST
Nov. 22, Garden Club of Jacksonville