free for you in april

Looking for an activity that’s free to do this month?
Here are some First Coast freebies in the month of April.

local art walks
First Wednesday ArtWalk, April 1, Downtown Jacksonville
First Friday Riverside ArtWalk, April 3, Historic 5 Points
First Friday St. Augustine Art Walk, April 3, Historic Downtown St. Augustine
Third Thursday North Beaches ArtWalk, April 16, Atlantic and Neptune Beach Town Center

movies in the park
Check out page 39 for the skinny on free movies at Treaty Oak Park on the Southbank, the Downtown Library and St. Augustine Amphitheater.

the detective, the detective scholar and the spy
(Through April 30) Exhibit featuring original manuscripts related to the literary genres of detective and spy fiction. Includes pieces by Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy L. Sayers and Ian Fleming. Admission is free. Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Springfield. The museum is open from 10 am – 4 pm and closed on Mondays.

javier marin: new sculptures
(Through April 24) At the J Johnson Gallery in Jacksonville Beach. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10-5 and Saturdays from noon-5 pm.

tai chi gung
(Tuesday Nights 7 pm – 8 pm) While you can get in for free at the Unity Church for Creative Living at 2777 Race Track Road, St. Johns Couny. There is a suggested (but not required) donation of $10. Tai Chi Gung is a 3,000 year old practice from Tibet. There is a self-healing aspect which is part of every person’s body, mind & spirit. Get in touch with your essence, your true self, as you bring increased health, balance and vitality to your life through the practice of focused gentle movement and breathing. Call for info 287-1505

free salsa/ latin dancing classes at the grape
Tuesday April 7 & 21 (the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month) Join The Grape and Curtis J. Williams (Florida Ballet), instructor and choreographer, for free Salsa and Latin dancing classes for couples and singles. No reservations or prior Salsa dancing experience required.

preschool family storytime
(Wednesdays 11 am) The Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library present this weekly program for caretakers and preschool children, 3 – 5 years old.

nature walks at fort clinch state park
(Saturdays, daytime) Call for info at 277-7274

ted lane and friends
(Saturdays) Ted Lane and Ego Killer cohorts Dr. Strangelove, Eowyn, Justin Shurman, DJ SK and others turn out at this caffeine haven with Techno, House, Progressive, Breaks and more from the 80s til the present every Saturday night at the Coffee Grinder on the Southside.

world gold village spring art & home tour
(Saturdays & Sundays at 1 pm- 5 pm) Neighborhoods of World Golf Village presents its third annual Spring Art & Home Tour, to be held every weekend during the month of April 2009. The free tour will feature four beautiful homes with artwork displays from local professional artists, along with works from area students. Homes will be open every Saturday and Sunday in April from 1-5 p.m. All artwork on tour will be available for purchase. Info: Davidson Realty, Inc. at 940-5000, worldgolfrealestate

sunday family free days at the moca
(Sundays, noon-4 pm) Free admission for families at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Downtown Jacksonville. Children under the age of 18 and accompanying adults are free. Sponsored by Bank of America. Info:

art fusion
(Sundays, noon-4 pm) ArtFusion is a free Sunday afternoon drop-in program for families at the MOCA Downtown, providing a creative and supportive environment for children to work with their parents or adult caregivers, exploring exciting themes and hands-on projects related to exhibitions or collections you can visit together in the galleries. Info:, or contact Kelly Eason 366-6911?207 or [email protected]

native sun’s 2nd annual earth day celebration
(Saturday, April 18 noon – 4pm) Join Jacksonville’s local organic grocer Native Sun Natural Foods Market as we celebrate Earth Day the Native Way! Info:

bach’s coffee canata
(Friday April 3, 11 am- 12:30 pm) An encore performance! J. S. Bach’s Brandenberg Concerto No. 5 and The Coffee Cantata staged in English with Rhonda Tinin, Pablo Pomales-Ojeda and Jim Goodell with the Mary L’Engle Ensemble.

george’s music springing the blues festival
(Friday-Sunday, April 3-5) Springing the Blues is a free outdoor blues music festival designed to celebrate America’s indigenous musical form and promote support of the arts. The three-day oceanfront event features a number of renowned blues performers as well as numerous displays and activities geared for the entire family. The festival features performers on two different stages. Friday night kicks the blues off with the John Miller Band followed by J.P. Soars & the Red Hots, Regi Blue, and Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band on the main stage. The West stage features Tommy Thunderfoot & the Acceleratots, Toots Lorraine & the Traffic and 15-year old guitar avatar Conrad Oberg as headliner. On Saturday, the blues fill the sunshine with the great sounds of Skinny Legs & All, WSNB, Marquise “Manchild” Knox, E.G. Kight, Dave Herrero featuring Felix Reyes, Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm, Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang, the Legendary JC’s and Lucky Peterson. The Sunday lineup showcases Willie Mae, Samuel James, Nicole Hart & the NRG Band, Jim McKaba & the After Hours Band, Ed Cotton & the Smashed Ramblers, Robin Rogers, Roger “Hurricane” Wilson and Greg Baril closes the festival fun as the sun sets. Other activities include movies, a surf contest and much more. SeaWalk Pavilion,

bright young things 2009 opening reception
(Friday, April 3 at 6 pm-9 pm) Jane Gray Gallery is pleased to announce the biennial 2009 Bright Young Things exhibit. Bright Young Things is a biennial exhibit featuring new works by a group of emerging contemporary artists living and working in Jacksonville. These hot young artists are on a meteoric rise in the contemporary art scene in Northeast Florida and beyond. Featured artists are MactruQue, Heather Blanton, Christina Foard, Dustin Harewood, Madeleine Peck, and Sharla T. Valeski.

jim pearce exhibit opens at the jca vandroff art gallery
(Friday, April 3) Jim Pearce works mainly in watercolor and though his subjects are eclectic, he focuses mainly on the landscapes of Florida. Jewish Community Alliance in Mandarin.

easter egg hunt
(Saturday, April 4 at 10 am- 12:30 pm) This year, the Easter Bunny is bringing more than 8,000 candy and prize-filled eggs for you to find at MOSH! Children will be divided into age groups; 2 & under, 3-5 and 6-8. After the egg hunt, children can enjoy fire engine tours by Jacksonville Fire & Rescue, meet the Easter Bunny and take part in activities from promotional booths. Once the hunt is over, children can get into the Museum free with a paid adult’s admission (one child per adult, please). The hunt will begin promptly at 10 am, and activities will end at 12:30 pm.

practice world peace
(Sunday, April 5 at 10 am- noon) Bring a blanket and a smile as we practice breathing and moving mindfully and peacefully in Memorial Park.

the blessing of the fleet
(Sunday, April 5 at 2 pm) Have your boat blessed for the upcoming navigational season! Arrive at Downtown Jacksonville at 1:30 pm and tune to VHF channels 16 and 72 for parade instructions. The parade will be blessed by Father Kamal Al-Rahil of the St. George Antiochian Church. Call 630-3690for more

yoga for stress reduction
(Tuesday, April 9 noon-1pm) Join Kate Cordell of Ocean Yoga at the Women’s Center of Jacksonville. Bring a large beach towel or yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Learn how, through restorative Yoga, you can revitalize your life each day. Call 525-3368 to reserve your space.

‘bama girl
(Tuesday April 14 at 7 pm) The Crimson Tide’s homecoming has a rich history, tied into centuries of privilege, old money and racial exclusivity. The powerful and enlightening documentary follows Jessica Thomas’s quest to become Homecoming Queen at the University of Alabama. At the FCCJ Wilson Center.