What's happening in our area this week
You can see the hometown baseball team in action this week at the Baseball Grounds. The Jacksonville Suns will take on the Mobile Baybears through Friday. For game times, head to www.jaxsuns.com.
Summer Wines Twitter Tasting
Whole Foods Market will host a Taste and Tweet Online Chats on Thursday. Wine lovers are asked to share their thoughts about the top 10 summer wines during two online tweets. Thursday’s online chat begins at 8 p.m. Go to wholefoodsmarket.com/wine for more information about the tasting and use the hashtag#WFMwine.
“I do … For Better or for Worse?”
Organizers say you are sure to laugh, cry or dance at a play this weekend. “I do… for better or for worse? Will be performed beginning Thursday at Boleros Ballroom Center on Atlantic Boulevard. This is a story about a woman who dares not to look in the mirror and face the skin before her. She battles with acceptance until she meets a man. General admission is $10, $15 at the door. VIP is available for $20. For tickets and times, call 904-721-3999. This play runs through Saturday.
Teens In Foster Care Canned Food Drive
Local foster teenagers will be at the Sam's Club on Busch Drive on Thursday collecting donations for the Clara White Mission. You can drop off canned food and personal hygiene products beginning at 3 p.m. The canned food drive will end at 6 p.m.
The City of Jacksonville Beach and PRI Productions will kick off the 11th season of Moonlight Movies on Friday. It is free to the public. Organizers encourage you to arrive early and the movie will be shown on a huge screen on stage at the Sea Walk Pavilion. Friday’s movie is “Babe the Gallant Pig.” It will begin at 9 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and picnic to enjoy.
Amiro Art and Found will celebrate its first year anniversary during the First Friday Art Walk in St. Augustine on Friday. The public is invited to enjoy downtown and art beginning at 5 p.m.
The Marvelous Wonderettes
Travel back to 1958 and the Springfield High Prom where we meet the Wonderettes. They are four girls with hopes and dreams and a voice to die for. The Hippodrome Theatre will present the off-Broadway musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes” beginning Friday. Showtimes are Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at 352-375-4477 or www.thehipp.org.
North Florida Texaco Country Showdown Auditions
The 31st annual Texaco Country Showdown’s North Florida competition is set for Friday at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak. In addition to Friday’s audition, there will also be one on June 15 and 22nd. Winners from compete in July. The showdown is designed to find the most promising country music talent in America and give three performers a chance to launch their careers. For more information, go to www.musicliveshere.com.
The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra has chosen works from Beethoven’s “heroic” period as its season finale. The Overture to Fidelio will open the concert on Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. at the Times Union Center. For tickets, go to www.jaxsymphony.org.
Micah’s Place Fundraiser
Michah’s Place will host a fundraiser called “A Savory Taste from A Savory Place” on Saturday. It will be held at the Atlantic Rec Center in Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased at the Purple Dove Resale Center or by calling 904-491-6364 ext. 102. This fundraiser begins at 4 p.m.
Strike Jax Gala & Silent Auction
You can see the work of local artists made from bowling pins Friday during the Strike Jax Gala and Silent Auction. It will be held at Studio 121 at 121 West Forsyth Street beginning at 6 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Wolfson Children's Hospital Emergency Services Fund.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will make a stop in Brunswick,Georgia on Friday for the first stop on the Jaguars Caravan. It will be held in downtown Brunswick at the corner of Newcastle and Gloucester Streets beginning at 6 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come out and join the players, ROAR cheerleaders and other special guests. This event is free and open to the public
Riverside Arts Market
Find fresh produce, see the work of local artists and have some fun at the Riverside Arts Market every Saturday. It opens at 10 a.m.at Riverside Avenue at Interstate 95 under the Fuller Warren Bridge. For more information on the talent performing and vendors, head to www.riversideartsmarket.com.
The Jacksonville Sharks will take on the Tampa Bay Storm on Saturday. The game will begin at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Arena. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.jaxsharks.com.
Hale & Hearty 7K
It’s an opportunity to see the Riverside/Avondale area and help celebrate healthy communities. The Hale and Hearty 7K will be held Saturday at the Riverside Arts Market beginning at 8 a.m. The 7K will start at the Riverside Arts Market and the course will take runners through two of Riverside’s most popular parks. It will also finish at the arts Market. Immediately following the race, there will be a 1 mile fun Run starting under the Fuller Warren Bridge. This race will benefit Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida. To register, go to www.haleandhearty7K.com.
The Blood Alliance will host the Jacksonville Sharks Blood Drive on Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Arena. It will begin at 4 p.m. To make an appointment, go to www.igiveblood.com or call 1-888-99-TBA HERO.
Motorcycle Ride/Car and Truck Show
There will be a charity motorcycle ride/car and truck show on Saturday. Ride the Darkness charity ride will be held at 11503 Philips Highway on Saturday. The fee to enter is $25 for bikes, cars and trucks, $10 for bike passengers. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The ride leaves at 9:30 a.m. In addition to the ride, local artists Brady Clampitt and Bill Rice/David Winn will provide live music. There will be a silent auction, raffle prize, bouncy houses and other kids’ events.
Food and Wine Fest
The city of Palm Coast will host its first annual International Food and Wine Festival beginning Saturday. It will be held in Central Park. Those who attend can enjoy global cuisine, along with music from several bands. There will also be a Kids Zone. Hours are from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday’s hours are from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 386-986-2341.
Community Garden Grand Opening
The Lakeshore Area Preservation Society and Anyone Can plant a Seed will host the grand opening of the Lakeshore Community Garden on Saturday. The garden is located at the ball park of Lake Shore Middle School on Lake Shore Boulevard. The grand opening will be held at 12:30 p.m. There will also be a community celebration including a cookout and other activities. Tomato and cucumber sprouts that can be used to start a garden will be available while supplies last.
Englewood Film Studios Presents
You can see feature films created by students of Englewood Elementary on Saturday. The students will show off their work of “The Three little Clay Pigs” and “Superkids vs. The Tyrannical Teacher.” There will be a red carpet entrance for participating students, complete with paparazzi and autograph seekers. This event is free and will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the 5 points Theatre on Park Street.
Free Admission at Museums
Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders will receive free admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and The Museum of Science and History this weekend. You will need a photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card. One free general admission limited to each cardholder. This runs through Sunday.
Offshore Tourney and VIP Party
Join David Garrard and other NFL Players from the Jaguars and the Dolphins on Saturday at Nippers Beach Grill. Organizers say this is a fun party with a purpose. Proceeds from the event will be used to create a fun to support a local 3-year-old girl whose mother is battling breast cancer. In addition to the dinner, there will be live music by Split Tone and an auction featuring a trip to the Bahamas for eight people, a round of golf for three people with Jim Furyk and a trip to four to Miami to watch the Dolphins take on the Jaguars. Party tickets are available for $100 for adults and $50 for youth. You can purchase them online at www.fishingforthecure.org.
Promises To Kate
Chick-Fil-A is hosting a special evening to help a local organization with fundraising. On Saturday, the fast-food restaurant located on Beach Boulevard will donate 15% of the proceeds from the evening to the Promise to Kate Foundation. The foundation is an organization started by David and Elizabeth Conte after their daughter was diagnosed with Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy. It is a chronic multisystemic disease. The fundraiser begins at 6 p.m. But if you are unable to be present during this time, receipts all day can be donated towards the event, just let the staff know you want to support the foundation.
Quito's Birthday On Saturday
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens wants you to come out and celebrate the 31st birthday of Quito, a silverback gorilla on Saturday. The celebration will begin at 9:30 a.m. And last until 2 p.m. There will be a information booth by the Great Ape exhibit with fun facts about Quito. Guests can come at 10 a.m. And sing "happy Birthday" to him. He will also be given a birthday cake. For more information, go to www.jacksonvillezoo.org.
Auditions for Lend Me A Tenor
Limelight Theatre will hold auditions on Sunday for Lend Me a Tenor. This hilarious production will be performed on the Matuza Main Stage in July. The cast includes roles for four women and four men. The auditions will begin at 6 p.m. at the theatre. Callbacks will be held the next day if needed. The Theatre is located on Old Mission Avenue in St. Augustine. For more information on the roles, go to www.limelight-theatre.org.
Roller Derby Bout
You can cheer on the Tri-County Rolling Militia, Palm Coast Roller Derby, Space Coast Roller Girls and the Dub City Roller Girls in the first ever Day-Glow Fun Bout on Sunday. It will be held at the Orange Park Skate Station on Blanding Boulevard. Tickets are $12 at the door. This event will benefit the Catty Shack Wildlife Sanctuary. Doors open at 5:30 a.m.
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