River Region Human Services will mark the 40th anniversary with a celebration dinner on Thursday. This year’s theme is “Join the Voice for Recovery.” The fundraiser and celebration dinner will be held at the Omni Hotel beginning at 5:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 904-899-6300 ext. 4100 or visit www.rrhs.org.
Big Orange Men’s Chorus Auditions
If you want to become a member of Jacksonville’s men’s barbershop and an a cappella chorus, then you have a chance on Thursday. Scheduled auditions for the Big Orange Men’s Chorus will be held on Thursday at the Shepherd of the Woods Church on Southside Boulevard. Candidates should be prepared with an cappella piece. Auditions begin at 6:45 p.m. For more information, go to www.bigorangechorus.com.
Pop Artist Britto
International artist Romero Britto will speak at Flagler College on Thursday. The lecture will take place in the Virginia Room of the Ringhaver Student Center beginning at 7 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Theatre department will present Eleemosynary beginning Thursday. The play is about the relationships between three generations of intelligent and sensitive women. The show runs through October 3rd at the school’s theatre. Tickets are $12 at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. They can be purchased at the box office. For more information, go to www.da-arts.org.
Mosh After Dark: Beer Workshop
Join Mosh and Intuition Ale Works for a one night only event. Learn more about the makings of beer on Thursday night at MOSH. This event begins at 6 p.m.
Wines of the World: A Food and Wine Experience
Wine and dine your evening and help a local organization. Wines of the World will be held on Thursday night at the Main library. Proceeds from this event go to help Global Jax. The VIP reception begins at 6 p.m. The event kicks off a hour later.
The Color Purple
Stage Aurora will present the Broadway hit musical “The Color Purple.” Beginning September 28 through October 14, you can see the musical at the Stage Aurora Performance Hall on Norwood Avenue. Tickets are $15 in advance. They can be purchased at Brothers 2000 and Family Christian Bookstore in Orange Park. They can also be purchased at www.ticketleap.com or by calling 904-765-7372 or 904-765-7373. For show times, go to www.stageaurora.com.
The Professional Putters of America will host the 2012 Enterprise Rent-A-Car Florida State Putt-Putt Championship beginning Friday. It will take place at Fernandina Beach’s putt-putt course. It is open to the public. There are three levels to play, professional, amateur or novice. For more information, go to www.proputters.com.
Strut Your Mutt
Your four-legged friends can strut their stuff during the Strut Your Mutt dog walk and festival on Saturday. It will be held at the Riverside Park on Evans Drive. Following the walk, there will be a doggie-themed festival featuring massages and “paw-dicures.” Registration begins at 8 a.m., Strut begins at 9:30 a.m. and festival ends at Noon.
Walk Now For Autism Speaks
Lace up your shoes and help raise money for autism research on Saturday. The Walk Now Autism Speaks walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The distance is 1 mile. In addition to the walk, there will be a resource fair with information, activities and more. The walk will be held at the Jacksonville Landing. To register, go to www.walknowforautismspeaks.org.
Bike MS: PGA Tour Cycle to The Shore
Join bicyclists for the 150-mile bicycle ride from St. Augustine to Daytona bach and back this weekend. The Bike MS: PGA Tour Cycle to the shore will begin Friday at the St. Augustine airport at 6 a.m. This is the largest annual fundraiser for the national Multiple Sclerosis Society. Cyclists will raise more than $1 million for research and programs and services for those living with the disease. For more information or how to participate or volunteer, go to http://bikefln.nationalmssociety.org or call 904-332-6810.
Safe Boating Course
You can take a safe boating course this weekend in Clay County. USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 14-5 will offer free one-day course beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday. This course is for both new and experience boaters. To pre-register for the course, email email@example.com or call 386-698-2353.
Florida Sea Turtles
Join a park ranger and learn about the lifecycle of the sea turtle on Saturday. The program will take place at the multi-use trail pavilion located at the South Beach area on Little Talbot Island. It will begin at 2 p.m. No reservation is necessary and the program is free with regular park admission.
Fill the Truck Food Drive
You can help Jacksonville’s pet food bank fill the truck and collect pet food on Saturday. The Fill the Truck food drive will be held on Saturday at Regency Square Mall beginning at 10 a.m. It will be at the corner of Monument and Arlington Expressway. Organizers say look for the Two Men and A Truck moving van.
Race for Fetal Hope 5K
Lace up your shoes and take part in the Race for Fetal Hope 5K on Saturday. It will be held at 751 Atlantic Boulevard in Atlantic Beach. The kids fun run begins at 8:15 a.m. Jaxson de Ville will be taking part in this run. The 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. To register, go to www.1stplacesports.com.
Opening Day Family Activities
The Florida Museum of Natural History will hold an opening day on Saturday for two new exhibits. The exhibits are “Peanuts, Naturally Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Nature” and “Water: Discovering and Sharing Solutions.” The “Peanuts, Naturally Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Nature” takes a look at Charles Schulz’s exploration of the natural world through “Peanuts” comic strips, videos, objects and interactive stations. Through interactive displays, live animals and water tables, the “Water: Discovering and Sharing Solutions” exhibit shows ways the University of Florida is finding solutions to global challenges involving water and other items. The opening day activities and admission to the water exhibit are free. It begins at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is located at 3215 Hull Road in Gainesville. For more information, go to www.flmnh.ufl.edu or call 352-846-2000.
Free Museum Weekend
Museums nationwide will open their doors for free on Saturday, including some in our area. You can download a free ticket for 2 at smithsonian.com/museumdaylive.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Jacksonville Jaguars want to keep the winning streak going with a game in front of the home crowd on Sunday. The hometown team will take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Everbank Field. The game begins at 4:05 p.m. After the game, there will be a post-game celebration at the Jacksonville Landing.
Festival of Flight
The Allison Brundick Harmais Foundation and Angels for Allison will host the 2nd annual Festival of Flight. This free event features music and art festival. Local artists will present their work, and there will also be plenty of food. The Festival of Flight will take place at Memorial Park in Riverside beginning at Noon. Proceeds will go to benefit Angels for Allison, a nonprofit organization that provides financial help for expenses associated with the loss of a child.
Sunday Supper with the Spirits
Local families can enjoy dinner at the Dow Museum of Historic Homes. It will be held Sunday beginning at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to enjoy good food and enjoy the grounds of the historic Dow Museum grounds in St. Augustine on Cordova Street. Tickets are $59 per person. Reservations are required and must be paid 4 days before the event. For more information, call 904-823-9722 or 904-501-1253.