What's happening in our area this week
The Jacksonville Giants will be in action on Friday night. They will take on the Gulf Coast Flash beginning at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Arena. For more information and tickets, go to www.jacksonvillegiants.com.
Friday Musicale presents Kayo Ishimaru and Dickie Fleisher on Friday. Ishimaru is enjoying her 22nd season as principal harpist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Fleisher is the principal harpists for the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. You can hear their music on Friday at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Their concert is free and open to the public.
Willow Creek and Stonebranch Bands
The first two bands to kick off 2013 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park will be Willow Creek and Stonebranch Band. Willow Creek will take the stage on Friday. Stonebranch will perform on Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m. for dinner, shows begin at 8 p.m. For more information, go to www.musicliveshere.com.
Mobile Collection Event
The City of Jacksonville Solid Waste Division will host a Hazardous Waste and electronic waste mobile collection event on Saturday. It will be held at Oceanway Park on Sago Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. For more information on what you can dispose of, go to www.coj.net.
There is more to a pond that what you see and you can learn more on Saturday at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. There will be a special presentation beginning at 1 p.m. Meet at the Chesser Island Homestead Parking Area.
Lace up your shoes and get ready to run in the Resolution Run on Saturday. It will be held at the Orange Park Kennel Club. The 10K and 5K race begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 1-mile fun run kicks off at 10:30 a.m. For more information on how to register, go to www.floridastriders.com.
Community First Saturday
Local families are invited to Community First Saturday in Downtown Jacksonville on Saturday. This monthly event will be held on the Northbank beginning at 9 a.m. It is free and open to the public. There will be fitness classes along the St. Johns River, food trucks, and kids’ activities.
“New Year” Pet Adoption
Animal Care and Protective Services will host a “New Year” pet adoption event on Saturday. It will be held at the location at 2020 Forest Street beginning at 10 a.m. The special adoption rate is $20. For more information, go to www.friendsofjaxanimal.com.
Free Museum Admission
You can enjoy free admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville or The Museum of Science and History this weekend. The Museums on Us promotion is presented by Bank of America. Just present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free admission. This event runs through Sunday.
Fire: Friend or Foe
Join a park ranger to find out how fire impacts the environment. You can attend the discussion at Fort George Island Cultural State Park on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. The program will take place at the Ribault Club. No reservations necessary. The program is free.
B.B. King in Concert
You can see a legend in concert on Sunday. B.B. King will perform at the Florida Theatre beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets begin at $41. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.floridatheatre.com.
The reigning virtuoso will make his triumphant return to Northeast Florida on Sunday. You can see Itzhak Perlman in concert Sunday at the Times Union Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $40. For more information, go to www.jaxsymphony.org or call 904-354-5547.
The Jewish Community Alliance will hold auditions for “Fame Jr.” on Sunday. Children in kindergarten through 9th grade are eligible. Rehearsals will be held on Monday and Thursdays. The show will begin on March 2nd. Auditions will begin at 1 p.m. For more information, call 904-730-2100 ext. 221.
First Sunday Comedy
Kick off the New Year with some comic relief. Michael Blackson, known as the African King of Comedy will perform at First Sunday Comedy. The event will take place at Skyline Sports Bar and Lounge beginning at 8 p.m. You can purchase advance tickets at $20 and $25 on the day of the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 904-624-6995 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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