Mandarin Library 25th Anniversary
The Jacksonville Public Library will celebrate 25 years on Wednesday with a special celebration. Former Mayor Tommy Hazouri will be the keynote speaker during this event and there will also be an open mic night for professional and amateur performers. Registration is required for the opening mic night. The Anniversary ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. The open mic night kicks off at 6 p.m. Former and current residents can come and share their stories about the library.
A free hurricane preparedness seminar will be held in Palm Coast on Wednesday. Experts will be on hand to help families prepare for the 2011 hurricane season. It will begin at 3 p.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center. It will also be simulcast on the radio at WNZF Radio, 1550 AM/106.3FM.
Barbara Thompson Dance Recital
Jacksonville dancers will show off their talent beginning Wednesday during a dance recital. It will be held at the Times-Union Center For The Performing Arts. Wednesday?s show begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday?s show begins at 7 p.m.
The Jacksonville Suns will take on the Mississippi Braves beginning Wednesday. The games will be held at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. For show times and tickets, go to www.jaxsuns.com.
Native Plant Class
You can learn more about native plants in our area during a free native plant class on Thursday. It will be held at the SJC Windstorm Training Center in St. Augustine beginning at 2 p.m.
Women who would like to learn more about football can do so on Thursday at the NFL 101 workshop. The workshop is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater. During the class, you can learn how to speak football like a pro. The cost is $40 per person and includes a ticket to a Jaguar game. It also includes a NFL workbook and a special gift. For more information, go to www.priproductions.com.
Concerts In The Plaza
One of St. Augustine?s favorite music events returns this weekend. The Free Concerts in the Plaza kicks off this Thursday with a performance by Robert Peck and Friends. The concerts are free and they are held in the Plaza de la Constituction beginning at 7 p.m. Parking is free downtown after 5 p.m. If you plan to attend, concertgoers are encouraged to bring lounge chairs for sitting and picnic dinners. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the plaza. For a list of performers throughout the summer, go to www.plazaconcerts.com.
Ginuwine and Tank
They are two of the most popular R and B singers in America and they are combining their talents in Jacksonville. Singers Ginuwine and Tank will perform on Friday at the Florida Theatre beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $48 to $103. You can purchase tickets at www.floridatheatre.com or at www.ticketmaster.com.
This twisted and dark musical comedy plays out as a murderous carnival game and you can see it beginning Friday at the Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine. Tickets can be reserved by phone by calling 904-825-1164, or in person at the box office. The play runs through July 10.
Employee Appreciation Day
The Jacksonville Florida Blue Center invites Duval County Public School employees to an appreciation day on Saturday. Employees and their family members can come out for free health screenings, food and prizes. Organizers said this is a way to show employees how much they appreciate them. This event begins at 10 a.m. and will last until 4 p.m. at the center at the St. Johns Town Center.
Shredding For Miracle Events
Children's Miracle Network hospitals, Food Lion and Cintas Document Management will host two "Shredding for Miracles" events on Saturday. For just $10, participants can bring personal and business documents to have them securely shredded by Cintas employees. You can shred documents at the Food Lions on Dunn Avenue and Staratt Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The American Legion Riders Chapter 137 will sponsor a poker Run on Saturday. Festivities will begin at the Lake Post 137 home on San Juan Avenue at 10 a.m. There will be a 100-mile motorcycle run ending back at the Post no later than 4 p.m. Refreshments and food will be available for those who are registered and there will be live entertainment. All proceeds will go to support the American Legion Legacy Scholarship fund. The fund provides scholarship to the children of active duty men and women who have died in action. For more information, call 904-629-8433.
Lizardman Comes To St. Augustine
The world famous Lizardman will perform live on Saturday during the grand opening of the new Ripley?s Visitor Center. The festivities kick off at 11 a.m. and is free to the public. In addition to the Lizardman?s performance, you can enjoy free snacks and beverages, an obstacle course and free trial tours of Ripley?s new Party Express train. Everyone who attends will receive a free souvenir. The Visitor Center is located on State Road 16.
Jacksonville Arena?s football team will take on the Milwaukee Mustangs on Saturday. The game will be held at Veterans Memorial arena beginning at 7 p.m. "Halloween in June" returns for an encore. Fans will get trick and treats with the sharks and you can also put on a costume and take part in game festivities. For more information or schedule of games, go to www.jaxsharks.com.
Green Run 5K
The U.S. Green Building Council North Florida Chapter will present the Green Run 5K on Saturday. The run and walk will be held at the University of North Florida beginning at 8 a.m. All proceeds go to help construct a sustainability resource center. Organizers said this event is a way to educate the public about going green. There will also be a green products show along with shoe recycling, booths and more. To register, go to www.1stplacesports.com/green.html.
Riverside Arts Market
You can enjoy live music and get some fresh fruits and vegetables at the Riverside Arts Market. It takes place under the Fuller Warren Bridge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Renowned Singer Morley returns to the arts market this weekend.
Join a park ranger at Fort George Island Cultural State Park for a discussion on how native species help the environment. This program will take place at the Ribault club at the park. No reservation is necessary and it is free.
Festival Of The Chariot
This event will be held Saturday at Jacksonville Beach?s Seawalk Pavilion. It includes a local procession from 8th Avenue North to Beach Boulevard. There will also be dancing and free food. This festival begins at noon and will last until 8 p.m. For more information, go to www.jacksonvillebeach.org.
Horse Shows In The Park
The hunter jumper competition will begin Saturday at the Equestrian Center. This popular show features a variety of over-fences and flat classes for all riding skills levels. Admission is free and the competition runs through Sunday. For more information, go to www.horseshowsinthepark.com.
Beaches Summer Fest
The first annual Beaches Summer Fest will be held on Sunday to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Dana and Jeffrey Smith will be hosting this event at the Marriott Courtyard. For a $30 donation, attendees will be able to taste beer from local breweries, listen to live music and sample food from local restaurants. Dana and Jefferey Smith have been active fundraisers for the MDA since both of their sons was diagnosed with Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy three years ago. To RSVP for this event online, go to www.joinmda.org/beachessummerfestcy11.danasmith2004.
Celebrating the Riverside Avondale Area Exhibition The Cummer Museum and Riverside Avondale Preservation have partnered together to show the history and future of the neighborhood. Thirty-four selected works of art by local artists will be on display beginning Tuesday through July 31. For more information on the exhibit, go to www.cummer50.org/events.
?The Odd Couple?
This is your final weekend to see Barry Williams star in ?The Odd Couple.? The show will conclude Sunday at the Alhambra Theatre. Barry Williams starred in ?Adam-12?, ?That Girl? and ?The Mod Squad? Showtimes are 8 p.m. for the evening shows Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, go to www.alhambrajax.com.
Dino Alive Exhibit
You can travel back in time to learn more about dinosaurs during the "DinoAlive" exhibit at the Jacksonville Zoo. The exhibit features lifelike dinosaurs that roar, snarl and move. The exhibit will be open until June 30. For more information, go to jacksonvillezoo.org.
Uncommon Ground Exhibit
You can see the work of four regional artists at the Ponte Vedra Cultural Center. The works of Mindy Hawkins, Judith Patterson, Pat Zalisko and Glenn Ross will be on display through July 8.
?Seasons And Conservation In Our Coastal Region?
Beaches Museum and History Center will display a series of work from regional artists, painters and photographers. The show features the unique and natural beauty of Florida. It will be on display throughout the month. You can see it Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.bm-hc.com.