‘The Lorax’ movie and green market at Hemming Park
Celebrate Earth Day at Hemming Park on Friday April 15 beginning at 5 p.m. with a green market, local youth and environmental organizations, kids’ activities and a free showing of Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax" at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Seuss attire is encouraged! Hemming Park is located at 117 W. Duval St., Jacksonville. For more information, visit www.hemmingpark.org.
‘On Broadway’ concert
The Jacksonville Symphony will present “On Broadway” as part of its Fidelity National Financial Pops Series, featuring the music of well-known Broadway classics, guest conductor Steven Reineke, and guest artists Carrie Manolakos and Ryan Silverman. Performances are Friday April 15 at 8 p.m., Saturday April 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday April 17 at 3 p.m. at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St. in Jacksonville. Ticket prices for the evening performances range from $25 to $74. For the Sunday afternoon matinee, prices range from $25 to $59. For more information about this event, visit jaxsymphony.org or call (904) 354-5547.
Sharon Booma exhibition opening
The opening reception for Sharon Booma: Collection of Impulses will be held Friday April 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way. A nationally recognized artist, Booma relocated from Boston to Ponte Vedra Beach three years ago. Her works will be on display in the cultural center’s Main Gallery through May 27. The center’s Scene Gallery will host Unmasked: Art with a Heart in Healthcare from April 15-May 27. The center’s annex galleries, meanwhile, will feature artist member exhibitions by Gabriela Stevens and Vicky Lennon at the Vicar’s Landing Annex Gallery and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Annex Gallery, respectively, from April 15-May 27. For more information, including gallery hours, visit www.ccpvb.org.
Senior Life and Education Day
Senior Life Network presents Senior Life and Education Day, an event designed to provide information for seniors to improve their health and living well, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday April 15 at TPC Sawgrass. The event will feature health screenings and complimentary consultations by local health care practices and professionals. Businesses and professionals that provide services to seniors will also be present to provide information and resources. Complimentary food and beverages will be provided and there is no cost to attend. For more information or to RSVP attendance, call (904) 491-2166.
Billy Currington concert
The St. Augustine Amphitheatre presents Billy Currington with guest Kelsea Ballerini on Friday, April 15. Ticket prices range from $35 to $45. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 p.m. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340C A1A S., St. Augustine. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre or Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box offices or visit www.staugamphitheatre.com.
Katz 4 Keeps Adoptions Adoption Days
Katz 4 Keeps adoption days will take place Saturday April 16 and Sunday April 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Katz 4 Keeps, 935B A1A N. in Ponte Vedra Beach (next to Sherwin Williams). For more information, call (904) 834-3223 or email katz4keeps.com.
Vilano Beach Dish N Fish
VIlano Beach Main Street, Inc. will host the inaugural Dish N Fish, a culinary tourism event that will be held at the Vilano Beach Town Center April16 from 2 to 8 p.m. The event will include a chef competition among high school culinary students from 3 to 5 p.m. as well as samples from 10 well-known area restaurants, beverages from area wine distributers, craft beer makers and the St. Augustine Distillery, live music and more. Admission is a $5 donation benefitting FRLA High School Culinary Grants for ProStart students and Vilano Beach Main Street improvement projects. Children 15 and under are admitted free. For more information or advance tickets, visit www.vilanobeachfl.com/dishnfish.
Cirque du Nocatee
The community is invited to enjoy a special day of awe and amusement at the upcoming Nocatee Farmers Market: Cirque du Nocatee. To be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday April 16, the event will feature local shopping, food and entertainment by acrobatic artists, contortionists, stilt walkers, aerial hoop performers and more. Free face painting will be available, along with a bounce house and food trucks. This free family-friendly event includes more than 80 local vendors selling everything from produce and jewelry to unique foods, herbs and more. Nocatee Town Center Field is located at 100 Marketside Ave. in Ponte Vedra.
Local Authors Expo at RAM
The Riverside Arts Market will host writers from throughout Northeast Florida during its 4th annual Local Authors Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Riverside Arts Market is located at 715 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge. Parking and admission is always free. For additional information, visit www.riversideartsmarket.com.
Mindspring Music Festival
Mindspring Musical Festival kicks off its inaugural music festival with over 50 musical performances at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, SR 207, Elkton Saturday April 16 at 10 a.m. This is an all ages event. Tickets are $30 each and kids under 12 are free. Primitive camping is available April 15 and 16. Fairground restrooms and showers will be available all weekend. Visit www.mmfest.com for more information.
Beach & Bicycle Safety Rodeo
Join the City of Jacksonville Beach's Downtown C.A.P.E. officers for this fun and educational event for all children. Activities include a bicycle obstacle course and safety course, child fingerprinting, and giveaways from Ocean Rescue and the City of Jacksonville Beach Fire & Rescue. The Beach & Bicycle Safety Rodeo takes place Saturday April 16 at 10 a.m. at the Seawalk Pavilion.
Flower & Garden Expo
The 21st Annual Flower & Garden Expo is April 16 and 17 at the St. Johns Agricultural Center. This year’s show features a variety of vendors bringing a wide array of horticulture including olive trees, aquatic plants, herbs, ferns, succulents, citrus, anthuriums, bamboo, colorful flowering plants, butterfly plants, native plants and more plus gardening accessories and art. Use your Expo pass to receive free admission to the Taste on April 23. Tickets are $5 for a two-day pass, and children under 11 admitted free. The Expo pass will get patrons into EPIC’s “A Taste of St. Augustine” on April 23.
On Sunday morning, the 2nd Annual Expo Brunch will take place (separate ticket required). The brunch, prepared by Chef David Bearl, is locally sourced – using products from surrounding farms and local food providers. In addition to the meal, Chef Bearl will discuss the farming/culinary history of our region. Brunch tickets include admission to the Expo. For more information, call (904) 829-3295 or visit www.epicbh.org.
Party for the Planet at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
The annual Party for the Planet will take place Saturday April 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. This year, the Zoo is combining the party with Citizen Science Day for a celebration to learn now you can help the planet. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a river clean up on the banks of the Trout River and continue until 3 p.m. with a DJ and activities for kids of all ages. The party is free with zoo admission.
Oyster Jam Music Festival
The 2016 Oyster Jam Music Festival is Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Jacksonville. Entry to the festival is $12 per person; children under the age of 16 are admitted free of charge. There will be a variety of food including chargrilled, steamed and raw oysters, live music and activities for the entire family. Other festival activities include Stand Up Paddleboard Races benefitting Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Slider Jam Wakeboard Best Trick Contest sponsored by Aqua East, a bikini contest and cornhole tournament. There will also be craft beer, a full serving waterfront Tiki Bar and vendors. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.theoysterjammusicfestival.com.
Spring 2016 St. Augustine Record Fair
The Spring 2016 St. Augustine Record Fair, presented by local record store ToneVendor and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, will be held Sunday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The biannual St. Augustine Record Fair is a free, family-friendly event and is open to the public. Music lovers and collectors are invited to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre to shop thousands of music-related items including new and used vinyl records, CDs, posters, turntable equipment and supplies, memorabilia, collectibles and more. For more information, visit www.staugamphitheatre.com.
‘The Wiz’ at Alhambra Theatre
Alhambra Theatre & Dining presents “The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical,” March 23-April 24. The musical is a retelling of Frank Baum’s “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” set in the context of African-American culture with an infectious soul score and lyrics by Charlie Smalls. The theatre is located at 12000 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (904) 641-1212 or visit www.alhambrajax.com.
‘Peter Pan’ at Christ Episcopal Church
Christ Episcopal Church presents a new adaption of J.M. Barrie’s classic “Peter Pan” written and directed by Jason Woods. Follow beloved characters Peter Pan and Captain Hook in this timeless story, featuring new songs, captivating music and one very large crocodile. Performances are April 14-16 and April 21-23 at 7:30 p.m., with matinee performances April 17 and April 24 at 3 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church is located at 400 San Juan Dr. in Ponte Vedra. For more information, call (904) 285-6127. Purchase tickets online at www.readyforneverland.com.
Trasca & Co anniversary party
Trasca & Co Eatery will host a free first anniversary party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday April 17. Activities will include face painting, a balloon artist, live music, a photo booth and free samples. Trasca & Co Eatery is located at 155 Tourside Drive in Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information, call (904) 395-3989 or visit www.trascaandco.com.