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Friday and Sunday: January 21 & 23
BEGINNER’S BIRDING BOAT TOUR

Presented by St. Augustine Eco Tours, this 90-minute tour focuses on the area’s most common bird residents and their identifying features. Led by an experienced birder, the tour will also include birds visiting on a seasonal basis. The cost of the tour is $35 per person. Departure times determined by local tide conditions. For more details and reservations, call 904.377.7245.

Saturday: January 29
LIVING HISTORY DAYS AT FORT MOSE

See what it was like to be a Spanish citizen of St. Augustine. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., members of the Los Presidiales de San Agustín willpresent 18th-century historical interpretation programs at Fort Mose. Established in 1738, Fort Mose is the site of the first, legally- sanctioned free black settlement in the continental U.S. Fort Mose State Park is located at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine. Admission is $2 per person. For more information, call 904.823.2232 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose.

SCHOOL OF THE 16TH CENTURY
Come learn authentic 16th century living skills at this gathering and workshop organized by Historic Florida Militia. This educational event provides the opportunity for re-enactors (pros or novice), or anyone interested in the early settlers of St. Augustine, to exchange ideas and information about 16th century military and society. Topics covered will include assemblies and drills, cooking demonstrations, clothing and fun. All classes will provide hands on experiences. It all takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park, located at 11 Magnolia Street in St. Augustine. Admission is $10 for adults; $9 seniors; and $6 children. Admission is free for St. Johns County residents. For more information, call 904.829.3168.

ST. AUGUSTINE’S ORIGINAL CHOCOLATE TOUR
Learn the history of chocolate and chocolate making while sampling truffles, pastries and gooey delights from the finest chocolatiers on this exciting tour presented by Old Town Trolleys. The tours depart from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center located at 27 San Marco Avenue at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for this 2-hour tour are $60 per person. The tour includes stops and samples at Raintree Restaurant, Hilton Bayfront Aviles Restaurant, Casa Monica Hotel, Claude’s Chocolates, Peterbrooke’s Chocolates, and St. Augustine’s original chocolatier, Whetstone’s Chocolates. For more information and reservations, call 904.829.3800 or visit www.TrolleyTours.com/st-augustine/tour-chocolate.asp.

WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME IMAX RE-OPENS – IN 3D!
Experience the largest 3D digital screen in the Southeast when the new 3D IMAX at the World Golf Hall of Fame opens with a full slate of great movies! In The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D, Florida’s own Kelly Slater and friends search for the perfect wave in a South Seas paradise; Under the Sea 3D, narrated by Jim Carrey, takes viewers to some of the world most remote and beautiful undersea locations; Hubble 3D, narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, the film re-lives the deep space journey of the Hubble telescope; Space Station 3D, with narration by Tom Cruise, follows American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts on their voyage to the International Space Station orbiting 220 miles above Earth. For more information or to order tickets, call (904) 940-4133 or visit www.worldgolfimax.com.

UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
From 5 to 9 p.m., experience live music, refreshments, new exhibits, book signings and much more at the galleries, antique stores and unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides FREE PARKING. For more information, call 904.823.9263.

THE PLATTERS, THE COASTERS, THE DRIFTERS AND THE TEMPTATIONS SALUTE
Experience this exciting musical salute to The Platters, The Coasters, The Drifters and the Temptations at Fort Menendez located at 259 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine. Performed by Myles Savage, former lead singer for The Platters, and Ira Greig of The Drifters, this salute features the all time classic songs of these immortal groups. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $40 with a limited time “buy one, get one free offer”. To purchase tickets, CALL Fort Menendez at Old Florida Museum at 904.824.8874.

Trio solisti piano trio
Enjoy a performance by threebrilliant instrumentalists – violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff. The trio has earned a reputation for soulful and passionate performances marked by virtuosity, high energy, seamless ensemble playing and thrilling abandon. The performance begins at 8 p.m. at the Flagler College Auditorium located on Granada Street in St. Augustine. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, call 904.797.2800 or visit www.emmaconcerts.com.

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS TO CONTINUE!
St. Augustine’s award-winning Nights of Lights will continue to create magical evenings along the bayfront and in the historic district — at least until the evening of February 6. After that night, the lights won’t return until November 19, 2011.

NOTE:St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to Government House Museum, the Lightner Museum, the Colonial Spanish Quarter 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, St. Photios Chapel, the Pena-Peck House, the Father Miguel O’Reilly Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (donations are welcomed).

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.

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