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Spectacular Sunday in St. Augustine

FIRST COAST OPERA – OPERA NOIR
Enjoy an evening at the Opera as First Coast Opera presents Opera Noir, a showcase of villains, scallywags and divas form popular operas. The program takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Avenue in St. Augustine. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets and information, call 904.417.5555 or visit www.firstcoastopera.com.

EPIC CELEBRATION OF SPRING – FLOWER & GARDEN EXPO
Celebrate the arrival of spring in the Nation’s Oldest City with two days of flowers, friends and fun. Growers, educational seminars, nurseries and artisans from around the state offer gardeners everything they need to make spring bloom at this popular Flower and Garden Expo. The St. Augustine Piece Makers Guild will host the “Nature’s Potpourri of Quilts” and the St. Augustine Garden Club’s Flower and Horticulture Show “Shop ’till You Drop” will be on display. Admission is $ 5 (which is good for both days) and children under 11 are admitted free. All takes place at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 904.829.3295 or visit www.epiccommunityservices.org.

KAYAKING AND DOLPHINS AT MARINELAND
Marineland, the University of Florida’s Whitney Lab and Ripple Effect Ecotours have partnered to offer ecological kayak tours of the estuary. Led by a professional guide, the kayak tours include panoramic views of Pellicer Creek, Princess Place Preserve, Faver-Dykes State Park, and the “real” Florida wilderness. Tours begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. No experience necessary – a paddling clinic begins each tour. The tours are suitable for ages 6 and above. The cost is $50 per person and includes admission to Marineland. For reservations, call 904.347.1565 or go to www.RippleEffectEcotours.com.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
Help support environmental citizenship by participating in this annual event that works toward a healthy planet. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be live entrainment, arts and crafts, living history demonstrations, environmental and cultural booths, nature programs, live animals, a large children’s environmental activity center, and a visit from Smokey Bear. A variety of food and drink will also be available. The Earth Day Celebration takes place at Washington Oaks State Gardens, located at 6400 North Ocean Shore Blvd (A1A South) in Palm Coast. Admission to the event will be $10 per vehicle. For more information, call 386.446.6780, 386.446.6783, or e-mail Washington.Oaks.Gardens@dep.state.fl.us

BEACHES UNPLUGGED CONCERTS AT PONTE VEDRA BEACH
Enjoy local musicians performing a variety of music live on stage at this program that is a part of theseries of free community concerts in Ponte Vedra. The concert takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, located at 50 Executive Way. For more information, call 904.280.0614 or visit www.ccpvb.org.

CHALK WALK
St. Johns County teachers will be honored by the Matanzas Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Johns County Pier and Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Boulevard, St. Augustine Beach. 904.599.1004

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, the Spanish Military Hospital Museum and the Father Miguel O’Reilly 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 and the Father Miguel O’Reilly 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.Getaway4Florida.com or call 1.800.653.2489.

Entertainment

Top Ten DVD List for January 17, 2017

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Books

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Art

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Real Estate

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

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Lifestyle

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Outdoors

Come See Tidewater Boats at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show

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Sports

What is in the Water in New England?

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Business

Spotlight on Africa

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Travel

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Green Living

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