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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.

Entertainment

For movies opening March 31, 2017

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Books

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

  The President's Kitchen Cabinet The Story of the African-Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas by Adrian Miller University of North Carolina Press Hardcover, $30.00 292 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-4696-3253-7 Book Review by Kam Williams “[This opus] vividly tells the stories of the African-Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards … [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

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

  History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder by Amy Lignor   For the longest time, scientists and archaeologists have been confused and bemused by various discoveries they’ve unearthed that offer little or no explanation as to the who, what, and why of the people who created these things or left them behind. Even now, in 2017, there are discoveries being studied; stories that were once legends now have actual bits of proof being found that … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Architecture in America That Would Make Frank Lloyd Wright Proud

  Architecture in America That Would Make Frank Lloyd Wright Proud by Amy Lignor There is a brand new headline when it comes to an innovative new building; a building that the creator hopes to construct in America. It is a design that looks stunning on paper, however, it is also a design that is ‘far right’ of, well…even Wright’s own ideas. Manhattan, as everyone knows by now, is the King of the skyscraper business. They are also … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Yamaha Marine Receives 2017 Silver Star of Excellence

  Yamaha Marine Receives 2017 Silver Star of Excellence From American Technical Education Association and the National Technical Honor Society® for Contributions to Technical Education RECOGNIZED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MOTORCYCLE AND MARINE SERVICE PROGRAM AT THE TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY (TCAT) CHATTANOOGA Yamaha Marine Group announced today that it was awarded the 2017 Silver Star of Excellence from the American … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Gonzaga Celebrates the Final Four

  Gonzaga Celebrates the Final Four by Amy Lignor   “Beauty & the Beast” may be raking in the dough at movie theatres everywhere, but it is the Princess Cinderella that appears at the core of the NCAA headlines. We all have our “Cinderella Teams.” Heck, they even made a movie after the Hoosiers who once set the world on fire. But as this weekend winds down, it is the Gonzaga Bulldogs that find themselves ready to put on the glass … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Made in the U.S.A. Should be the #1 Path for Businesses

  Made in the U.S.A. Should be the #1 Path for Businesses by Amy Lignor   The popular show called “Shark Tank” offers investors that back up small businesses – businesses that then turn around and make millions and are able to hire more and more American workers each year, still mentions something that breaks the heart in almost every episode. The fact that overseas manufacturers could save the entrepreneur who’s speaking a great … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home!

  Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home! by Amy Lignor   We speak about luxury vacations, budget vacations, vacations that are fun for the kids, and many more areas of travel at this time of year. But there is also a category that many do not touch upon because they “assume” it is far too difficult for those on a budget to be able to enjoy these jaw-dropping wonders. However, whether you are a backpacker looking to “become a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]