BIG BOOK WAREHOUSE SALE
Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library hold a book sale 4-8 p.m. Aug. 22 (member night, BOGO), 4-8 p.m. Aug. 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 24, noon-5 p.m. Aug. 25 ($10 for a bag of books), 4-7 p.m. Aug. 27 and 29 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 31 ($10 bag), at FJPL Book Warehouse, University Park Library, 3435 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville. Proceeds are used to supplement the Library budget. FJPL asks shoppers who are registered voters to sign petitions supporting a straw vote on establishing a special tax district for the library. 630-2304, fjpl.org.
MOSH AFTER DARK
Intuition Ale Works brewmasters discuss the science of beer-making at this adults-only beer-brewing workshop 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Downtown. General admission is $20; $15 for MOSH members. 396-6674, ext. 226.
GREAT SOUTHERN TAILGATE COOKOFF
The fourth annual Cookoff is held Aug. 23-24 at Main Beach Access, South Fletcher Avenue and Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach. Top pro and backyard teams compete for prizes and bragging rights. Live music is performed by Fran Cosmo (former lead singer of Boston), the Little River Band, Jimmy Parrish & the Ocean Waves, Rockit Fly, Island Vibe, Face For Radio and Beech Street Blues Band. Admission is free; for $10, join in the People’s Choice Contest from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 24, sampling food and voting. 277-4369, gstailgatecookoff.com.
CELEBRITY GUITAR RAFFLE/AUCTION
Friends of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre hold the inaugural fundraiser 4-10 p.m. Aug. 24 at the amphitheater, 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine. Guitars to be auctioned were signed by Alison Kraus (a fiddle), Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band, Moody Blues, Stevie Nicks, Joe Cocker, Johnny Van Zant, Heart, Blondie with Devo, Third Day with Colton Dixon and Josh Wilson, Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang, Train, Hall & Oates, Imagine Dragons and STYX/REO Speedwagon/Ted Nugent. Guitars being raffled were signed by Match Box Twenty, Martina McBride, The Fray, OAR, Brantley Gilbert and Boston when they last appeared at the Amphitheatre. Raffle tickets are $10; 3 for $25. Live music by Catfish Jones, Willie Green and Dewey Via. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit a 2014 arts camp to serve disadvantaged children. 209-3759, fosaa.org.
JAX BEST TALENT SHOWCASE
Local singers perform 4-8 p.m. Aug. 24 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown, free, jacksonvillelanding.com.
The Clay Country Sheriff’s Office and Justice Coalition hold a free child safety event for parents to get a lifetime record of a child’s digital fingerprints and a form to give to law enforcement in an emergency. There’s no data basing; parents take the only record of the visit. A bounce house, popcorn, treat bag for every child are featured. Noon-6 p.m. Aug. 23 at Bath Planet, 4689 U.S. 17, Ste. 10, Fleming Island, 301-0881; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 24 at Granite Transformations, 4689 U.S. 17, Ste. 1, Fleming Island, 213-7878, 866-962-5487, [email protected].
FLORIDA WOMEN’S POLITICAL NETWORK
This group, with National Republican Women’s Network, present FOX News’ Andrea Tantaros 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at Hyatt Regency Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Dr., Downtown, $75, 268-6698, floridawpn.com.
Laser Mania 7 p.m., Laser Magic 8 p.m., LaserOpolis 9 p.m., Hypnotica 10 p.m. Aug. 23; online tickets $5, Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle, Southbank, 396-7062, moshplanetarium.org.
RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET
Meredith Rae 10:30 a.m., Lauren Lapointe 11:30 a.m., Thommy Berlin 12:45 p.m., RAMi-Con Costume Contest 2 p.m., Ken Apperson Duo 2:45 p.m. Aug. 24. 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.
COMEDY CLUB OF JACKSONVILLE
Mike Green appears 8:34 p.m. Aug. 23 and 8:04 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. Aug. 24 at 11000 Beach Blvd., Ste. 8, Southside. Tickets are $6-$50; 646-4277, jacksonvillecomedy.com.
Mad TV’s resident impersonator Spears appears 8 p.m. Aug. 22 and 8 and 10 p.m. Aug. 23-24 at The Comedy Zone, Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Rd., Mandarin. Comedy Showcase 8 p.m. Aug. 21. Tickets are $20 and $25, 292-4242, comedyzone.com.
HOT POTATO STANDUP COMEDY HOUR
Open mic comedy 8 p.m. every Wed. at The Norm, 2952 Roosevelt Blvd., Riverside. Admission is free, northfloridacomedy.com.
The comic is on 8 p.m. Aug. 23-24 at Latitude 30, 10370 Philips Hwy., Southside, $10, 365-5555, latthirty.com.
FREE AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM K-3
A free literacy-based program for girls in grades K-3 is 3-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 2-6 p.m. on early release Wed., at Fort Caroline Elementary School, 3925 Athore Drive, Arlington and Arlington Heights Elementary School, 1520 Sprinkle Drive, Arlington. 731-9933, girlsincjax.org.
MIND, BODY & SOUL
TAOIST TAI CHI
Introduction to Taoist Tai Chi 6-week class starts 6:45 p.m. Aug. 27 at Jacksonville Heights Elementary School, 7750 Tempest St., Westside. New Beginner classes start 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Jacksonville Heights Elementary School, and Sept. 5 at the Elks Club, 1855 West Rd., Southside, 733-8180, [email protected].
PRACTICE WORLD PEACE
Brenda Star Walker leads this group 11 a.m.-noon on the first Sun. of each month at Memorial Park, 1620 Riverside Ave., Riverside. Bring a ground cover. Practice suitable for all ages and abilities.
ESTATIC DANCE CHURCH
A free-form spiritual dance experience with Kristi Lee Schatz, MA, is held 10 a.m.-noon every Sun. at Peaceful Living Center, 1250 McDuff Ave. S., Avondale, $5 donation, (707) 616-1864, peacefulproductions.org.
Free discussions, for adults and youth, 5-6:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2487 A1A S., St. Augustine. To register, call 347-5293 or 471-0335.
Vinyasa Flow, Power Hour, Bliss Flow, Shine & Flow, Blended Flow and Reggae Flow are among the classes offered at Bella Vida Yoga, 510 Shetter Ave., Jax Beach, 654-9216, bellavidayoga.com. Proceeds from some classes benefit the Surfers For Autism program.
Services 10 a.m. every Sun.; bible study 6:30 p.m. every Thur. at Living Witness Family Worship Center, 8716 Lone Star Road, Arlington, 348-0721.
WEIGHT WATCHERS, SMOKING CESSATION, TAI CHI, YOGA
Several classes and info sessions are held 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat., Florida Blue Center, 4855 Town Center Parkway, St. Johns Town Center, 482-0189, 877-352-5830, floridablue.com.
Alateen, for kids bothered by someone else’s drinking, gathers in Orange Park, Westside, Amelia Island and the Beaches; for when and where, call 350-0600.
NATURE, SPORTS & OUTDOORS
JAGUARS VS. EAGLES
The local NFL franchise closes out its preseason at a game against Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at EverBank Field, One EverBank Place, Downtown, 633-2000, jaguars.com.
TALBOT ISLANDS LAWN GAMES
Join a park ranger on the green for lawn bowling and croquet 2 p.m. Aug. 24 at Ribault Club, Fort George Island Cultural State Park, 11241 Ft. George Road; free, 251-2320.
FAMILY SEINING ACTIVITY
Pull a seine net through Guana Lake, collecting fish, crabs and more 8:30-10:30 a.m. Aug. 24 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.
SIERRA CLUB OUTING
The group explores Tree Hill Nature Center and hears about the Center’s unique geothermal system from water expert Dr. Vijay Satoskar, 9 a.m. Aug. 24 at 7152 Lone Star Road, Arlington, $4 for adults; $3 for seniors, college, military; $2 for kids 3-17. To sign up, call 710-0479 or email [email protected].
JACKSONVILLE SKI CLUB SOCIAL
The club kicks off the skiing season 6 p.m. on Aug. 25 at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 10367 Midtown Parkway, St. Johns Town Center, 380-4360, skiclub.org.
DINOTREK AT THE ZOO
The exhibit features animatronic “dinosaur” creatures. Admission $3 for members, $3.50 for nonmembers, plus Zoo admission; open until 6 p.m. weekends and holidays through Labor Day, Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, 757-4463, jacksonvillezoo.org.
POLITICS, ACTIVISM & BUSINESS
HEALTH CARE COUNCIL
Marsha Morrell, Century Ambulance Service, is the featured speaker 8 a.m. 8 a.m. Aug. 27 at AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, 961687 Gateway Blvd., Ste. 101G, Amelia Island. Admission is free for members; $25 for non-members. 261-3248 ext. 107.
SOUTHSIDE BUSINESS MEN’S CLUB
FSCJ’s Sarah Roy and Cindy Depadua are the featured speakers 11:30 a.m. Aug. 28 at San Jose Country Club, 7529 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, $20; for reservations, call 396-5559.
SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP
How to S-T-A-R-T-U-P Your Own Business, 6-9 p.m. Aug. 27 at Adam Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive; $40 in advance; $50 day of workshop. Get Your Business Noticed with Blogging! noon-1 p.m. Aug. 28 at Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 1225 W. Beaver St., Westside; $10; laptop not required, 620-2476, sbdc.unf.edu.
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.
JAGUARS VS. CHIEFS Sept. 8, EverBank Field
SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW Oct. 17-20, Prime Osborn Convention Center
CRAIG FERGUSON Nov. 17, The Florida Theatre
ST. JOHNS RIVERKEEPER OYSTER ROAST Nov. 22, Garden Club of Jacksonville.