What's Happening Around Northeast Florida This Week

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Thursday

Kite Buggy Expo

You can watch the sights of colorful and fast moving nylon sails in the air this weekend on Jekyll Island. The annual Kite Buggy Expo will run through Saturday. It will begin at noon and run until 6:45 p.m. each day. There will be free clinics where you can try your hand with a four-line trainer kite under supervision. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

Black Manhood Forum

Filmmaker and speaker Reggie Bullock will serve as a guest speaker for the 10th annual Sons of Allen Retreat beginning Thursday. Bullock is known for his short film "A War For Your Soul." It was independently released on the Internet and more than two million people watched it. Bullock will host the Friday evening film presentation and forum, the State of Black Manhood beginning at 7 p.m. in the Milne Auditorium on the campus of Edward Waters College. The Sons of Allen Retreat will also feature a series of workshops, activities and fellowship. This event will last three days. Greater Grant Memorial AME Church is the host site for the retreat. For more information, visit www.11thdistrictamec.org.

Third Day Featuring Tenth Avenue North

Multi-platinum selling rock band Third Day has played to sold out crowds. Now, they are coming to Jacksonville. The band will perform at the Times-Union Center on Thursday. The concert begins at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, head to www.ticketmaster.com.

Free Blues Concert

Hear some blues music in Amelia Island on Thursday. A free monthly concert will begins at 7:30 p.m. at Café Karibo on North 3rd Street in historic Fernandina Beach. This free monthly concert is a build up to the inaugural Amelia Island Blues Festival in September. For more information on entertainment, head to www.ameliaislandbluesfest.com


Farmer's Market At The Landing

Vendors will be on selling locally grown produce, baked goods, plants and pottery during the Jacksonville Landing Market. It is open every Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Firehouse Subs Men's Doubles Tennis Tournament

Firehouse Subs invites Jacksonville residents to attend the 2011 Firehouse Subs Mens Doubles Tennis Tournament beginning Friday. The free three-day event will be held at the Deerwood Tennis Complex on Golf Club Drive. All proceeds will benefit the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

Go Red For Women Luncheon

There will be free health screenings, educational workshops, fashion show and speakers during the Go Red For Women Luncheon on Friday. It will be held at Citicards beginning at 10 a.m. To reserve your table, all 904-256-5723 or go to www.heart.org/firstcoastgored

African-American Cultural Arts Festival Hear gospel music and take part in health screenings during the African-American Cultural Arts Festival. It will begin on Friday at 7 p.m. at the St. Thomas Family Life Center. Admission is $10 The festivities move to A. Phillip Randolph Park on Saturday. Admission will be free on Saturday. The festival opens at 10 a.m. with performances by musical guests. There will also be a health fair. For more information, go to www.africanamericanculturalartsfestival.com.

Relay For Life In Green Cove Springs You can support Relay for Life and fight against cancer beginning Friday in Green Cove Springs. It will be held at the Clay County High School beginning at 6 p.m. There will be train rides, bounce houses and even a kiss the pig contest. If you can not make it to this event, you can donate online by visiting www.relayforlife.org/greencovespringsfl. This event will wrap up on Saturday morning ending at noon.

Relay For Life In Springfield

Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back; the theme of this year's Relay for Life in Springfield. Festivities will begin Saturday at noon and last until 6 a.m. on Sunday morning. There will be food, bounce houses for the kids, kickball games and guest speakers. There will also be a special ceremony to honor those affected by cancer. You don't have to be on a team to enjoy the festivities. For more information, go to www.relayforlife.org/springfieldfl.

MCA River City National Mustang Show Mustang lovers will have a chance to show their love for the car this weekend. The MCA River City National Mustang show begins Friday and runs through the weekend. It will be held at the River City Marketplace. Admission is free. For more information, go to www.jmcmustang.net.

The Ultimate Doo-Wop Show Take a stroll down memory lane during the Ultimate Doo-Wop Show on Friday.You can hear classic hits from the late 50's and "60s at the Times-Union Center beginning at 8 p.m. To purchase a ticket, go to www.artistseries.org.

Hungarian Fusion

Former music director Roger Nierenberg leads the Jacksonville symphony in the music he is well-known for conducting on Friday. Hungarian Fusion will begin at 7:30 p.m. It will be held at the Jacoby Symphony Hall. For tickets, go to www.jaxsymphony.org.

Jacksonville Craft And Imported Beer Festival

The third annual Jacksonville Craft and Imported Beer Festival will be held on Friday at Veterans Memorial Arena. You can sample more than 35 different breweries with more than 200 beers to taste. VIP Party begins at 5:30 p.m. General admission is $30. For more information, go to www.beerfestjax.com.


Veterans Car Show

You are invited to the Fourth Annual Veterans Car show on Saturday. Entries will begin at 8 a.m., the show starts at 10 a.m. at Lakeshore American Legion Post on San Juan Avenue. There will be antiques, hot rods and customized vehicles at this event.

Native Sun Charity Dog Wash

First Coast No More Homeless Pets holds the honor of being Native Sun's Greenapples Charity of the Month for the third year in a row. Your dog can get a bath and help a local charity all at the same time beginning at 10 a.m. This event will be held in the "barking lot" of the Mandarin Native Sun on San Jose Boulevard. Donations will accepted for First Coast No More Homeless Pets, a local non-profit dedicated to eliminating the killing of dogs and cats in Jacksonville.

Community Collection Day In St. Johns County

The St. Johns County Solid Waste Management will host a Community Collection Day on Saturday. It will begin at 8 a.m. at the Players Championship parking lot in Ponte Vedra. Residents can dispose of household hazardous waste, old electronics and tires. This event is open only to St. Johns County residents. For more information, call 904-669-4327.

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Garage Sale

Come out and support Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of North Florida on Saturday. There will be a garage sale on Saturday in the parking lot at 644 Building Parking Lot on Cesery Boulevard. Gentle donations will be accepted through Friday. The sale will end at 1 p.m. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to this organization.

Teddy Bear Affair Children age 12 and under who bring their teddy bear or other stuffed animal on Saturday will receive free admission to the zoo. "Injured" teddy bears will receive special treatment by Nemours staff along with Build-A-Bear, who will be helping with bear check-ups. This event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Jacksonville Zoo. For more information, head to www.jacksonvillezoo.org.

Armed Forces Day Concert The First Coast Wind Ensemble celebrates Armed Forces Day on Saturday. This special event will begin at 4 p.m. at the Jacksonville Landing. It is a joint concert with the Navy Band Southeast. The program will pay tribute to the brave men and women who serve our country. For more information, head to www.fcwe.org.

Jacksonville Rollergirls

The Jacksonville Rollergirls will make their 2011 debut against the Alachua County Rollers on Saturday. The game will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Mandarin Skate Station on Kori Road. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. You can purchase tickets in advance at Skate Bomb in Jacksonville Beach or Jacksonvillerollergirls.com.

Education Recruiting Fair There will be a free event for teachers and administrators candidates in Clay County on Saturday. An Education Recruiting Fair will be held at the Fleming Island High School beginning at 9 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring resumes to provide to interviewers. You can also pre-register online at www.clayschools.net.

"A Hemingway Night" You are invited to "A Hemingway Night" on Saturday in St. Augustine. The Florida Hertiage Book Festival will toast legendary author Ernest Hemingway. This event will feature food, a Hemingway look-alike contest and plenty of fun. It will begins at 5:30 p.m. on the grounds of the historic Flagler College at the Markland House. You will need to register for this event. To register, go to www.fhbookfest.com.

Annual Stop Bullying Now! The first annual Stop Bullying Now! One mile walk will be held on Saturday. It will begin and end at the Museum of Science and History beginning at 8:30 a.m. All participants will enjoy a walk along the Riverwalk, breakfast, T-shirt and entry into the MOSH. Registration is $15 per person. All proceeds go to the Mental Health America's Bullying Prevention Programs here in Northeast Florida.

Kids 4 Kids Carnival Come out and have fun during the annual Verizon Wireless Kids 4 Kids Carnival benefiting the Malivai Washington Kids Foundation. It will be held Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at the MaliVai Washington Youth Center on West 6th Street. There will be games, prizes, bounce houses, a live DJ, contests and arts and crafts. This event is free to the community. To learn more about the foundation, head to www.malwashington.com.

Arti-Gras 2011 It's not Mardi Gras, but Arti-Gras 2011. Join friends and supporters of the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach for this event on Saturday. It will begin at 7 p.m. with live music and Cajun-inspired food. Tickets are $75 for members, $100 for non-members. To purchase tickets, call 904-280-0614 or visit www.ccpvb.org.

Trail of Tails: Fun Walk And Festival Join the Jacksonville Humane Society for the third annual Trail of Tails: Fun Walk And Festival on Saturday. This festival features food, fun, and free kids crafts along with a chance for animals to walk with their owners. Registration is $30 per person, $25 per person for members of teams of four or more, $15 for students (ages 13-22), and $10 for children (ages 5-12). All prices increas the day of the event. Registration fee includes an event T-shirt and a goodie bag. To register, go to www.jaxhumane.org. All proceeds benefit the Jacksonville Humane Society.

Beach Walk Join a park ranger for a walk on the beach on Saturday. A park ranger at Little Talbot Island will explain the importance of undeveloped beach habitat. The program will begin at 10 a.m. at Pavilion one.

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. This week's line-up includes entertainment from the following performers: Catlin Nicole Eadie, Larry Magnum and Bruce Hamilton, the guitar and mandolin player.


Annual King And Queen of Yappy Hour

Bring your dog dressed in their Sunday's best for North Florida's biggest pooch pageant. It will be held at the Jacksonville Landing. Pageant registration begins at 2 p.m., the pageant begins at 3:30 p.m. There will also be live music, prizes and a pet expo. For more information, go to www.jacksonvillelanding.com.

Take A Hike With Danny

International Society of Arborist certified Arborist and UF master Naturalist instructor Danny Lippi will lead a nature hike on Sunday. It will begin at 9 a.m. at Vaill Point Park in St. Augustine. Lippi will introduce native trees and teach participants to identify trees in the eco-system. The activity level for this event is considered easy, but organizers encourage participants to dress comfortably with walking shoes. The hike will last nearly an hour and a half. You do not have to register for this event, but if you have any questions, call 904-209-0333.

Big Orange Chorus Jacksonville's championship Big Orange Chorus will present its spring concert on Sunday. There will be two shows; one begins at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Florida State College at Jacksonville South Campus on Beach Boulevard. Tickets can be ordered online at www.bigorangechorus;.com or by calling Bill Vockell, Music VP , at 904-287-1896.


Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns will take on the Birmingham Barons this week. The games will begin on Thursday and conclude on May 23. Games will be held at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. For more information, head to www.jaxsuns.com.

"The Good Doctor" This is your last weekend to see Neil Simon's "The Good Doctor" at the Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine. The show will end on Sunday. For show times and tickets, go to www.limelight-theatre.org.

"Dividing The Estate" You still have time to see the play "Dividing the Estate" at the Players By The Sea. The play will be shown until May 28. The play centers around three children who are looking for life on easy street, courtesy of their mom. For tickets and show times, go to www.playersbythesea.org.

"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"

"Goin Courtin" has never been as much fun as in the stage version of the popular movie. "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" runs through May 22. You can purchase tickets for the show on www.alhambrajax.org.

"DinoAlive" 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.

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