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Experience the Best of the Best in St. Augustine!

Friday: March 16

Experience Hendrix 2012 Tribute Tour

Celebrate the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix when the Hendrix Experience 2012 Tribute Tour visits St. Augustine. The tour offers a relevant way to convey the music of Hendrix live from the stage and this year the artists that are involved include longtime Hendrix bassist Billy Cox, Buddy Guy, The Doors’ Robby Krieger and Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford to name a few. This live performance takes place at 8 p.m. (gates open at 6:30 p.m.) at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre located at 1340 A1A in St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.StAugAmphitheatre.com

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: March 16-18

31st Annual Lions Club Seafood & Music Festival

Get ready for great seafood nearly any way you want it; tap your toes to live bluegrass, folk and country music, then stroll through more then 100 arts and crafts exhibitors. This three-day event, drawing well over 20,000 people is a favorite throughout northeast Florida and features tons of delicious seafood, outstanding music and affordable arts & crafts. There is even a special Kid Zone with games and activities. It all takes place at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive in St. Augustine, next to the Visitors Center garage. Admission is $2 and kids under 12 are free. All net proceeds go to benefit Lions Club charities. Visit www.lionsfestival.com or call 904-829-1753.

Ma’Ceo Acrobatic Equestrian Performance

See this unique theatrical performance featuring an international cast of acrobats, aerialists and multiple breeds of horses. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on March 16; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on March 17; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on March 18. The performances take place beneath a beautiful Italian big top at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds located in Elkton on SR 207 approximately 7 miles west of I-95 exit 311. Tickets are $45 ringside; mezzanine $35 adults and $24 children; and general admission is $25 adults and $17 children. Tickets may be purchased at www.cavalloeqarts.com, at the door or by calling 813.995.4749.

Celebrate Sara’s 100th Birthday!

Help celebrate Sara’s 100th birthday at this weekend-long party at Sara’s Crepe Café, 100 St. George Street (corner of Hypolita and Spanish) in St. Augustine. On Friday and Saturday, Maja Gitana will perform music from around the world. Sunday features the jazz of Carlos – all performed on the outdoor patio. There will be great Russian dishes, wine, Russian and Ukranian beers. Plus, a St. Patrick’s Day menu will also be available. For reservations (recommended) call 904-810-5800. www.sarascrepecafe.com

Friday and Saturday: March 16 & 17

St. Patty’s Pub Crawl

Knock the moss of your Blarney Stone with this innovative pub crawl. None of the usual standing in a crowded bar – this is a walking tour that is fun, flavorful and educational. Learn fun and quirky facts about micro-brewed beers; get a feel and smell of the barley and hops; hear stories about the Irish and their love of beer, plus savor 5 generous samples on this 2-hour, all inclusive tour. $46 per person. The tour departs on Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m.; and at 1 and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. For details and reservations, call 904-325-3911 or visit www.thetastingtours.com

Is Life Worth Living?

Celebrate St. Patrick’s weekend with this hilarious Irish comedy presented in association with the Romanza Celtic Music and Heritage Festival. This delightful farce is a “Love Letter” to the theatrical profession. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Pioneer Barn located inside Fort Menendez at 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 904-824-8874

Equus Y Momentos Art Exhibit

Meet Spanish Master Artist Royo and see more than 70 of his works at this special exhibition at Brilliance in Color, 25 King Street in St. Augustine. This impressive exhibit will be open to the public on Friday from 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. For more information, call 904810-0460.

Saturday: March 17

Viva St. Augustine! Lighthouse Maritime Festival

Bring the family and join the fun when admission to the grounds and museum is free from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (There is a $2 charge to climb the tower.) The historic Light Station will offer something for everyone, including local musicians and entertainers throughout the day, special games and crafts for children, food, living history portrayals, pony rides, terrestrial and maritime archaeology activities, contests and much more. This year’s featured attraction is the ship building and interpretive programs about the area’s Spanish maritime cultural heritage. St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum is located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue, St. Augustine. For more information, call 904.829.0745 or visit www.staugustinelighthouse.org

20th Annual St. Augustine Lighthouse 5K Walk & Fun Run

Spend the day at St. Augustine Lighthouse Festival then talk a walk or run in the annual Fun Run around Lighthouse Park and Davis Shores in St. Augustine. The Run begins at 4 p.m. and is a Flat 3.1 Mile course and will use Chip Timing. The Fun Run begins at 5 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse, located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue. For more information, call 386.747.3532 or visit www.lighthouse5k.com

GTM Friends of the Reserve 3rd Annual 5K/10K Trail Race

Come out and enjoy this jewel of a natural resource, one of the best-kept secrets during this annual trail race. Meet at the reserve’s trailhead pavilion located at 505 Guana River Road just off of State Road A1A in South Ponte Vedra Beach to enjoy a beautiful outdoor and trail experience. The run begins at 9 a.m. The participation fee is $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K until March 10. After March 10, the fee is $30 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K. A student fee for the 5K or 10K is only $15 (present valid ID at the race). There is $3/per vehicle parking fee. For online registration go to http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2007156 For further information contact Breanna Korsman at 904-400-3661.

Little Gems

Meet four incredible artists and see this unique exhibit of works of art priced under $500 each. The Worley Faver Gallery, 11A Aviles Street in St. Augustine will host this exhibit which includes an opportunity to meet artists Russ Wilson,Claire J. Kendrick, Kristin Hosbein and Wendy Norton.The event takes place from 5 until 8:30 p.m. For more details, call 904.829.2450.

EMMA Concert: Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic

Experience a performance by The Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic, a German symphony orchestra based in Herford. Founded in 1950, this world renowned orchestra has been shaped by conductors such as Wilhelm Schüchter, Hermann Scherchen, Toshiyuki Kamioka and Andris Nelsons. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. in the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $35. For more information, www.EmmaConcerts.com or call 904- 797-2800.

Moody Blues at St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Enjoy an evening at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre when the Moody Blues, whose legacy spans four decades of hit-making and sell-out tours, entertain the audience with their timeless music. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. (gates open at 7 p.m.) and tickets are $79.50; $59.50; $49.50; and$39.50. Tickets go on sale on December 9, 2011. The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 C A1A in St. Augustine. For more information, visit http://www.staugamphitheatre.com

Saturday and Sunday: March 17 & 18

St. Patrick’s Day Eco-Adventure

On Saturday, take a memorable St. Patty’s cruise through St. Augustine’s estuary on a boat where everyone has a front row seat. Shorebirds and dolphins make for great photo opportunities! Tickets for the 90-minute cruise are $35 each. Sunday features a Learn-to-Kayak adventure with a great guide and great equipment from 10 a.m. until noon. Tickets for either outing are $35 each. For reservations and more details, call St. Augustine Eco Tours at 904-377-7245 or go to www.staugustineecotours.com

Astronomy and Spring Migration Kayak Tours

Get an intriguing look at the night sky from the perspective of a glowing, “firefly” kayak. Led by Florida Park Service Ranger Joe Woodbury, this unforgettable 7-9 p.m. night time adventure takes place at the GTM Research Reserve. On Sunday, a 2.5-hour birding and nature excursion to the north end of Lake Guana will be depart at 9:30 a.m. from the 6-Mile Landing Boat Ramp at the Reserve. Both kayak tours are presented by Ripple Effects Eco Tours. The astronomy tour is $55 per person and includes free passes to the Environmental Education Center. The Sunday tour is $50 per person. Proceeds help fund conservation, education and stewardship at Guana. For reservations, call 904.347.1565 or go to www.RippleEffectEcotours.com

Local Resident Specials

NOTE: St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, and the Spanish Military Hospital Museum. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the Authentic Old Drug Store, Fort Matanzas National Monument, Government House Museum, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).

NEW: St. Johns County residents who purchase full-price admisssion to the St. Augustine Lighthouse ($9.50 adults; $7.50 seniors and children 12 and under; free for children under 44 inches in height) can now receive a pass good for free admission for an entire year! The Lighthouse is now open until 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.. Also, on the first Monday of each month, St. Johns County residents are admitted free to the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, 246 St. George Street, St. Augustine.

For more information on events and activities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com or call 1.800.653.2489.

Entertainment

Raunchy Adaptation of Classic TV Series Arrives on Home Video

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Books

Gil’s Goodwill!

  Gil Robertson The “Book of Black Heroes” Interview with Kam Williams Gil's Goodwill! For nearly three decades, writer/author Gil L. Robertson, IV has used the written word to enlighten, empower and uplift. The one-time political organizer initially made his mark in entertainment journalism, penning over 50 national magazine covers and contributing bylines to a wide range of publications that include the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate

  How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate by Amy Lignor   You want to buy that new house because the twins are on their way. Little Betty and Little John are already there, but who knew you would have even more so soon? What’s that? Oh…well, of course, in order to buy that new home with four bedrooms instead of two, you will also need to sell your present homestead in order to get the money needed to start paying on a new one. And, of … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Ejogo’s Largo!

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Outdoors

Tidewater 230 LXF Combines Luxury, Family Friendly Features

  Tidewater 230 LXF Combines Luxury, Family Friendly Features By Craig Lamb Are you looking for a family friendly, center console fishing rig in the 23-foot class? Your search is over with the 230 LXF from Tidewater Boats. The all-new 230 LXF has a centerline of 23’ with a wide beam spanning 8’ 10.” The boat weighs 3,200 pounds and has a fuel capacity of 95 gallons for peace of mind on long trips. Best balance of performance and fuel … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

You Don’t Have to be Greek to be a “Zorba” Fanatic

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Business

Add Value with Summer Home Renovation Projects

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Travel

Finding Relaxation in the Most Remote Locations of All

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Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

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