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What to do in Jacksonville this weekend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Events on the First Coast were washed out last weekend because of Tropical Storm Beryl, so this weekend it's time to get out and enjoy the sunshine!

First Coast News' Amanda Zitzman takes you on the town in the video above. A complete list of events is below.

SATURDAY June 2, 2012

HALE & HEARTY 7K: Saturday, June 2 8:00 a.m. at Riverside Arts Market, the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida presents the Hale & Hearty 7K run through the Riverside and Avondale areas, celebrating healthy communities and happy and healthy places. Race begins and ends at the Riverside Arts Market.

RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET: The Riverside Arts Market is an outdoors arts event that features local artists, live music, street performers, gourmet food artesans, fresh local produce and more. Held Saturdays, March-December, in the historic Riverside-Avondale district of Jacksonville, Riverside Arts Market encourages the support of local artists, performers and food artesans, and offers an alternative local shopping outlet for the Jacksonville community. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FISHING FOR THE CURE: Former Jacksonville Jaguar David Garrard's fishing tournament benefiting the David Garrard Foundation is Saturday June 2nd. Each boat entry includes tickets to the MVP Party that will occur at Nippers Beach Grille! General entries receive two tickets and Premium entries include four. This party will start with the weigh in at 6 PM and will continue until 10 PM. This casual benefit will feature NFL players and other sports professionals, an auction, autographs, dancing with a live band and great food and drink. Additional MVP Party Tickets tickets are available for $100 per person; $50 for juniors (under 18 years of age). Boat registration is NOT required to purchase an MVP Party ticket. Enter the tournament at http://fishingforthecure.org/


RIDING OUT OF THE DARKNESS COMMUNITY MOTORCYCLE RIDE/CAR AND TRUCK SHOW: Join in on the 2nd Annual Riding Out of the Darkness Ride Saturday morning. This year they are incorporating a car and truck show! All Proceeds benefit the First Coast Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Price: $25 to register plus $10 per passenger.

M.A.D D.A.D.S PIECE/PEACE MOTORCYCLE RIDE 2012: M.A.D. D.A.D.S JACKSONVILLE CHAPTER is hosting it's annual motorcycle ride June 2, 2012. The theme for this year is Piece/Peace bringing together motorcycle groups and individuals from every walk of life to ride for peace. It starts at the FSCJ north campus.

FEEL THE WHEELS: The Junior Service League of St. Augustine presents Feel the Wheels, benefitting the Children's Museum of St. Johns. At the St. Augustine Premium Outlets, the event allows kids to see, touch, explore, and honk the horns of their favorite trucks and emergency vehicles from 10 to 4. It's just $5 for children ages 2 to 16 and free for adults.

DRAKE'S RAID: Celebrate the anniversary of the raid of Sir Francis Drake during a re-enactment in downtown St. Augustine. Drake raided St. Augustine in 1586 with 23 ships carrying 2,000 Englishmen. One thousand of these men came ashore on Anastasia Island and shot cannons at a Spanish wooden fort located where the Fountain of Youth Park stands today. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., see living history demonstrations and an encampment at the Fountain of Youth, 11 Magnolia Ave., from San Marco Avenue, in uptown St. Augustine. At 7 p.m., a sacking and burning of the town re-enactment will begin at the City Gates on Saint George Street and will continue down to the Plaza de la Constitucion, between King Street and Cathedral Place. www.DrakesRaid.com.

REPTICON - A REPTILE & EXOTIC ANIMAL CONVENTION: Repticon offers the opportunity to shop from a large mix of local and regional breeders and vendors offering reptiles, amphibians, other exotic animals, supplies and merchandise. It's all Saturday, June 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.at the Grand Banquet Hall of the University Center at UNF. Repticon features, at the top of each hour, presentations covering a broad range of exotic animal topics, which may include guest interactin with the animals. Price: Admission Adult = $10; Children (5-12) $5; Free for 4 & Under.


BEACH BASH: The event for all ages will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Anastasia State Park, 1340 A1A South. Beach Bash will feature a "Treasures of Anastasia" scavenger hunt a sandcastle/sculpture contest; interpretive programs by park rangers; and an informational booth by the Friends of Anastasia, the park's citizen support organization. Admission is $8 per vehicle for up to eight people, and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. Call 461-2033.

MY BIG FAT GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL: June 9-10th at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Delicious food, beautifully costumed dancers, a Kids Area with rides and games all combine to make My Big Fat Greek Food Festival a weekend of family fun! Join in the festivities on June 8-10 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 2940 CR 214 (West King Street just before the I-95 overpass). Festival hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. This summer food festival gives the community another opportunity to sample Greek food and culture in St. Augustine. The weekend's featured event is an "An Evening of Comedy with Basile" at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9th in the church fellowship Hall. Basile has entertained millions of comedy fans in the United States as well as internationally. Tickets are available for purchase by contacting Holy Trinity, 904-829-0504 or 904-237-1163 (adults $45.00 and students under 18, $35.00).

VILANO 5K: The North Shores Improvement Assocation (NSIA) will hold the 16th annual Vilano Bridge 5K Run and Walk. The race start will begin at 8 a.m. from the Athletic Field behind NSIA Community Center, 120 Meadow Ave., Vilano Beach. The rune will continue over the Vilano Bridge and go back to the athletic field. A country breakfast and community flea market also will begin at 8 a.m. at the at the community center. Sponsored by Creekside Dinery, the breakfast will be $4 for runners, $5 for adults, and $3 for children. Early race registration will be $20 per runner from 5 to 7 p.m. June 1, with a packet available at that time for pick-up. Day-of-race registration is $25 per person and will begin at 7 a.m. June 2. Ancienty City Road Runner members will get a $2 discount. Call Bill Miller at 916-956-6910 or Jennifer Fleming 941-301-1174.

SUMMER FUN & WELLNESS FESTIVAL: The FREE Summer Fun & Wellness Festival is at the Farmer's Market off Beaver Street Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Along with fresh fruits and vegetables for sale, they'll have live entertainment, cooking demonstrations from local chefs, bounce houses, face painting and a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog for the kids.

EVERY WOMAN'S ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: The 14th annual Every Woman's Arts & Crafts Summer festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the St. Johns County Ocean Pier Pavilion. Expect paintings, ceramics, pottery, crochet, embroidery, candles, soaps, textiles, handbags, photography and more. The free event is open to the public, with limited parking available in the pier parking lot. www.everywomansart.com.

REFOCUS: ART OF THE 1970s: Check out the art of the 1970s with the Refocus exhibit here at MOCA. From 10am to 4pm, explore the museum for just $8 on Saturday, June 2 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at MOCA Jacksonville. Children under 2 are free.

QUITO'S 31ST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!: The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens is celebrating the 31st birthday of Quito, one of the silverback gorillas. Stop by the Great Ape exhibit to sign his birthday card, hear from zoo keepers about Quito throughout the day, enjoy gorilla enrichment and stop for a visit from Jazoo, the Zoo mascot. Join them Saturday at 10:00 a.m. to help sing 'Happy Birthday' to Quito as he eats his cake!

YOUTH LEARN TO PLAY ICE HOCKEY 101: Beginner Ice Hockey Classes prepare the New Youth Ice Hockey Player for House League Play! It's an 8 Week Program with 1 hour classes held Saturday Mornings 8am - 9am. Class Instruction Includes: -Basic Skating Instruction -Stick Handling -Passing -Shooting -Basic Ice Hockey Rules. Saturday, June 2 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex, Jacksonville, FL. 

INTRODUCTION TO SEWING: Saturday, June 2 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at UNF University Center, Jacksonville, FL. Learn sewing techniques by hand as well as how to operate your sewing machine. There will be an overview of materials, threads, printed patterns and your own patterns. You will create a project of your choice based on your skills. Please bring in a yard of inexpensive non-stretch cotton material and contrasting thread. Price: $119.00. This is a four-session class. Phone: (904) 620-4200

SUMMER READING KICKOFF: Saturday, June 2, 2012, 1:00 PM at Barnes & Noble Booksellers St Johns Town Center 10280 Midtown Parkway Jacksonville FL 32246. Phone: 904-928-2027

COMEDY TROPIC LIVE: Florida entertainers gather on one stage for Comedy Tropic Live! Sketch comedy, roasting, stand-up, improv, lights, music, and lots of audience participation! Any thing can and does happen. This isn't just a show it's a party! Every Saturday, at Johnny's, 3009 North Ponce De Leon Boulevard St. Augustine, FL 32084. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8. Tickets start at $10.00.

USTAD RAHAT FATEH ALI KHAN LIVE CONCERT: Sunday, June 3 7:00 p.m. at Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Jacksonville, FL. Ticket prices listed on www.floridatheatre.com are inclusive of all applicable facility fees and service charges at The Florida Theatre Box Office.

JACKSONVILLE SHARKS VS. TAMPA BAY STORM: Saturday, June 2 7:00 p.m. at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL.

GAINESVILLE ROLLER REBELS VS FORT MYERS DERBY GIRLS: Saturday, June 2, 2012, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Doors open at 7:30. Limited seating; attendees encouraged to bring chairs. Beer available for purchase to 21+ with ID. Water fountains on-site; soda and foodstuffs--as well as GRR merchandise--available for purchase with cash or credit. Rollergirls rated PG-13 for short skirts and strong language; parental guidance suggested. PLEASE NOTE: Admission at the door is $12, but 12-and-under are always free. Skate Station Funworks 1311 NW 76th Boulevard Gainesville, FL.

MAD COWFORD IMPROV SHOW: If you love Saturday Night LIVE, you can check out the Mad Cowford Long Form Improv show Saturday at 8:15 a.m. At the Northstar SubStation off Bay Street. The interactive comedy serves the North Florida area with weekly performances in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. Expect characters, games, and themes to run rampant.

NEW IN THEATRES THIS WEEKEND: Snow White and the Huntsman, rated PG-13.

SUNDAY June 3, 2012

STAND UP PADDLE BEACH DEMO DAY WITH BLACK CREEK OUTFITTERS: Sunday, June 3 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at The beach at Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL. Join Black Creek Outfitters and the Stand Up Paddle Jacksonville Meetup group for a day of trying out SUP boards at the beach. At this event you will be free try out paddle boarding at the beach, especially it's surfing aspect. This is a free open event, so just show up, sign a waver, and your free try try out one of Black Creek's SUP boards in the ocean. A few tips and tricks will be offered by our instructors to help you feel comfortable in the surf and the ocean. Hope to see you at the beach


2012 BFAST KIDS TRIATHLON: BFAS Racing is proud to present the 2012 BFAST Kids Triathlon. This is a Swim, Bike & Run triathlon for kids ages 6-13. Every child will receive a great race t-shirt, an awesome goodie bag, and a medal. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers for each age group and gender division. Sunday June 3, 2012 at Duncan U. Fletcher High School - 700 Seagate Avenue Neptune Beach, FL 32266.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JUNIOR CAMP: Have a child that loves to act? Auditions for Flagler Playhouse's Beauty and the Beast Junior are this Sunday June 3rd from 2:00- 4:00 PM for ages 10 to 18. Call 904-446-7618 for info and appointment. There's a $75.00 participation fee if cast. Scholarships will be available based on talent and need. Rehearsals will be June 25th-June 29th and July 9th- 13th . Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (closed week of July 4th). Performances on the Flagler Playhouse stage are Saturday July 14th at 2:00 PM and Sunday July 15th at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.

REGGAE SUNDAYS: Live Reggae music will be from 3 to 7 p.m. each Sunday through Sept. 30 at the Conch House Marina, 57 Comares Ave., on the island. Local band I-Vibes will be on stage June 3. Go to www.conch-house.com/reggae.html to view the music schedule.

FC JAX DESTROYERS VS. PANAMA CITY BEACH PIRATES: Sunday, June 3 4:30 p.m. at Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL. Come join the team on Sunday, June 3rd at 4:30pm at Jacksonville University to support the FC Jax Destroyers men's soccer team vs. the Panama City Beach Pirates!


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