This Week In St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra!

IMAX, Marineland Lecture, Community Lecture, Coquina Rock Beach Walk, Bag Lady Luncheon, Concerts, Mindfulness meditation, Audubon Photography, 5K Run, Walking Tours, MORE

February 21, 2017 

Lego Batman, IMAX Hollywood Film
There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman, played by Will Arnett, wants to save the city from the Joker’s hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. LEGO Batman will be showing through March 2. Visit the website for show times and admission. One World Golf Pl., St. Augustine 904-940-4123


Tuesday February 21
Third Tuesday – GTM Research Reserve Marineland Lecture
This free lecture series is held on the third Tuesday of the month from 10-11 a.m. at Marineland Dolphin Adventure. This month’s lecture features Lauren Watkins from White Oak Conservation. Her talk is titled Conserving Florida’s Panthers: From Genetics to Rehabilitation. Tickets must be purchased online. Please bring your ticket to the Marineland gift shop on the day of the scheduled presentation for entry into the event. Arrive at the gift shop by 9:45 a.m. to be escorted to the classroom. 9600 Oceanshore Blvd., Marineland 904-823-4500
Community Lecture Series -Deep Space: How Three-Dimensional Experiences Shape Critical Thinking and Foster Community
Hosted by Flagler College, the talk is titled Deep Space: How Three-Dimensional Experiences Shape Critical Thinking and Foster Community. Laura Mongiovi, Flagler College art professor, will be the guest speaker. She will talk about how critical thinking skills are influenced by color, texture and other sensory experiences. The lecture takes place at 10 a.m. in the Ponce Hall Solarium at Flagler College. Admission is $5. 74 King St., St. Augustine 904-826-8617
Coquina Rock Beach Walk
Learn about coquina rocks at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, which has the second-largest outcropping of coquina rocks on the Atlantic Coast. During this walk at 10 a.m., visitors will learn about the inhabitants and geological makeup of the rocks. Meet at the beachside parking lot. Comfortable hiking shoes are encouraged. The walk is included with park entry fee, which ranges from $5-$2. 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast 386-446-6783
13th Screening and Panel Discussion
Hosted by the St. Augustine Film Society and Compassionate St. Augustine, this event features a free screening of the movie 13th, an Oscar-nominated documentary, followed by a panel discussion. The film is about the 13th Amendment of the Constitution, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude in 1865, except as punishment for a crime. The film explores this last part of the 13th Amendment and looks at the United States prison system. The event, part of the Golden Way Project: Films that Make a Difference, begins at 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul AME Church. 85 Martin Luther King Ave., St. Augustine 904-254-9524
Wednesday February 22

The Bag Lady Luncheon
This event is hosted by The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach and will be held at Sawgrass Country Club from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. It features a delicious lunch and silent auction with more than a 100 handbags. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased through the website or by phone. 10034 Golf Club Dr., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614
River and Beach Walk
Join a National Park Service volunteer at Fort Matanzas National Monument for this free guided walk beginning at 12:30 p.m. Learn about the plants and animals found throughout the park’s ecosystem. All age levels will enjoy this one-hour walk. It is recommended to bring binoculars, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and water. Reservations are not needed. Please arrive by 12:15 p.m. 8635 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-471-0116
Every Little Thing Screening
Staci Bu Shea, Crisp-Ellert Art Museum artist in residence, and Carolyn Lazard, artist, writer and film curator, will host a screening of Nicolas Philibert’s Every Little Thing at 7 p.m. at Kenan Hall, Room 300, at Flagler College. A discussion with Lazard via Skype will follow the screening. The screening and discussion are free and open to the public. 74 King St., St. Augustine 904-826-8530
Colin Hay at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall welcomes the return of singer, guitarist and former front man for ’80s group Men at Work, Colin Hay. Throughout the past 15 years, Hay has reinvented himself as a solo artist, regularly selling out theaters and listening rooms across the United States and around the world. Doors open at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. Tickets are $53 and $43. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367

Thursday February 23
Healing Salve Class
Join The Art Studio from 10:30 a.m.-noon for a class on making organic, non-GMO healing salve. Class participants, led by Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Susan Stone, will be able to make and take home healing salve made of 100 percent therapeutic-grade essential oils. The cost is $45, which includes all supplies. Participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes before the start of the class. 370 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach 904-615-3197
Last Thursday – Lightner After Hours
Kick off the weekend in style in the Lightner Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery for this monthly social. The Lightner Museum will host evening socials the last Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Donations for beverages requested. The February event will feature a performance by Blue Muse and desserts by Crème de la Cocoa. 75 King St., St. Augustine 904-824-2874

Friday February 24
Mindfulness Meditation and Garden Walk
Learn the practice of mindfulness meditation from Park Ranger Joe Woodbury at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park from 10 a.m.-noon. After, enjoy a walk through the formal gardens. Registration required through phone or email at Regular park entrance fees apply. Entrance fees range from $5-$2. 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast 386-446-6783
Foreigner at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre
With 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems, Foreigner continues to rock the charts almost 40 years into the game. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; performance at 7 p.m. Admission ranges from $94-$44. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-209-0367
Elizabeth Cook and Dale Watson at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Country singer/songwriter Elizabeth Cook made her Grand Ole Opry debut in March 2000, appearing repeatedly thereafter – a remarkable achievement considering that she was an indie artist with no radio airplay. She has a clear, beautiful voice and strong songwriting ability. Considered Austin, Texas’ official musical spokesman, Dale Watson has built a worldwide legion of fans one gig at a time, from Texas honky-tonks to Tokyo performance halls and all points in between. Doors open at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. Admission is $49.50 and $42.50. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367

Friday – Saturday February 24- 25
Intimate and Exceptional: Works from the Cultural Center Teaching Staff
Through March 24, experience this exhibition at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, which showcases the talents of the center’s instructors. The works include painting, ceramics, drawing, pastel, mixed-media and glass. Admission is free. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-280-0614
Friday – Sunday February 24-26
Cathedral Festival
One of the area’s largest festivals features rides, games, bingo, a silent auction, food, beverages, fireworks and local bands playing each day. The festival takes place Februray 24 – 26 at the Mission Nombre de Dios beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday. Fireworks go off Saturday at 9 p.m. See the website for the entertainment schedule. General admission is $5. Tickets for rides are $1 each. Most rides take 4-6 tickets. 101 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine 904-829-2933
Audubon Photography Awards Exhibition
Hosted by the St. Johns County Audubon Chapter through March 4, enjoy the winning bird photographs from this year’s Audubon Photography Awards and learn more about the local birdlife at this exhibition hosted by Wild Birds Unlimited. The store is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday noon-4 p.m. Admission is free. There will be a reception on February 27 at 6:30 p.m. 450 S.R. 13 North, Ste.108, St. Johns 904-230-3242
Saturday February 25
5 for the 50 5K Run/Walk
This race supports the 50 million Americans suffering from the autoimmune disease, Lupus. It begins at 8 a.m. at the University of St. Augustine. Each participant will receive a t-shirt, water and snacks. Also, there will be awards for top overall male and female as well as top three in each age group. Registration ranges from $30-$20. 1 University Blvd., St. Augustine 864-304-5718
Fourth Saturday – Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve
Hosted by the GTM Research Reserve, you’re invited to join docents from 8:30-10:30 a.m. to learn how to pull a seine net. Participants will collect fish and crabs as well as learn about their habitats and role in the environment. Waders and boots provided. The program is included with regular admission to the reserve and takes place in the Environmental Education Center. 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach 904-823-4500
Art & Architecture Walking Tour
You’re invited to join an art historian for this walking tour hosted by the St. Augustine Art Association. The tour takes participants to the Plaza de la Constitución and throughout the ancient streets of St. Augustine from 10-11:30 a.m. The tour shares many unique aspects of the city’s art and architecture, such as paintings, monuments, stained glass, galleries and much more. The walk begins and ends at the St. Augustine Art Association. Sturdy shoes are required. The cost is $20. Call for reservations. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine 904-824-2310
Last Saturday – Uptown Saturday
Uptown Saturday is the perfect event for fashionistas, art lovers and antique shoppers from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. Uptown Saturday takes place year-round and combines a festive party atmosphere with hospitality and special deals in the unique shops on St. Augustine’s San Marco Avenue, concentrated between Ripley’s Museum and the Mission Nombre de Dios. Many participating shops also serve refreshments. The Mission Nombre de Dios provides free parking most months. 904-829-6831
World Sword Swallower’s Day at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is celebrating World Sword Swallower’s Day for the 10th year in a row. The event honors the 4,000-year-old art form. Captain and Maybelle, a husband and wife team, will perform a sword-swallowing show at 2 p.m. with a finale at 2:25 p.m. The show is free. 19 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine 904-824-1606
A Children’s Choir Festival
Hosted by Grace United Methodist Church, this concert will feature multiple local youth music groups as well as youth singers in grades 3-8. The concert is at 3 p.m. There will be a free will offering. 8 Carrera St., St. Augustine 904-829-8272
Fourth Saturday – Free Historic Walking Tour
History comes alive as you saunter through the narrow brick streets of our nation’s oldest city for an up close and personal view of the city. Our licensed, professional guide will relate more than 400 years of St. Augustine’s past during this all-encompassing 1.5-hour history lesson. You’ll be intrigued and inspired as you hear tales of the Colonial Exploration Period, the opulent Henry Flagler Development Period, and the modern Civil Rights Movement and events that took place. This tour departs from Tour Saint Augustine at 4 p.m. Advance reservations required. 4 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-825-0087
Changing of the Guard
At 6 p.m., see history come to life when 18th century Spanish soldiers march down St. Augustine’s St. George Street from the Colonial Quarter to the Governor’s House Cultural Center & Museum where they perform authentic military drills before firing an exciting volley of musketry. The event features the St. Augustine Garrison. 48 King St., St. Augustine
Pepper and Less Than Jake at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre
After releasing five albums, Pepper has opened a new chapter in its storied career. The band’s music is really about enjoying life and being grateful for each experience. Less Than Jake is a ska punk band from Gainesville, Florida. After more than two decades together, Less Than Jake members are embracing a total back to basics approach. Doors open at 5 p.m.; performance at 6:15 p.m. Admission ranges from $39.50-$29.50. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-209-0367
Old 97’s and Special Guests Bottle Rockets at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Old 97’s emerged from Dallas 20 years ago at the forefront of a musical movement blending rootsy, country-influenced songwriting with punk rock energy and delivery. Back in a time when the critical language and resulting idioms for mixing underground rock with country was in its infancy, the Bottle Rockets were fearlessly – and quite loudly – playing rootsy weepers alongside howling rave ups. Doors open at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. Admission is $43.50 and $38.50. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367
Saturday – Sunday, February 25-26
St. Augustine Art and Craft Festival
The St. Augustine Art and Craft Festival features some of the nation’s best artists and crafters and offers jewelry, ceramics, stained glass, photography, handmade soaps and much more. All items are made in the USA. The event is Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the St. Johns County Pier Park. Admission is free. 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach 352-344-0657
Ancient City Cat Club Show
The Ancient City Cat Club is hosting this all-breed cat show from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center. More than 150 cats, kittens and household pets will be at the event plus there will be cat vendors, rescue groups, food and raffles. General admission is $6. 1300 Duval St., St. Augustine 904-829-0381
Sunday February 26
Guided Bird Walk at Fort Mose Historic State Park
Enjoy a bird walk led by Master Naturalist Susan Killeen throughout Fort Mose Historic State Park from 9-11 a.m. An assortment of birds are attracted to the park’s tidal marsh and maritime hammock. Admission into the park is free. There is a $2 entrance fee to the Visitor Center. 15 Fort Mose Tl., St. Augustine 904-823-2232
Florida Chamber Music Project Performance at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
The Florida Chamber Music Project and St. Johns County Cultural Events Division present a season of performances at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. This performance features Quintet in E Flat Major and Opus 44 by Schumann. The concert begins at 3 p.m. Admission is $25. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach 904-209-0367
Agent Orange, Guttermouth, The Queers and The Atom Age at the Backyard Stage
Agent Orange is one of only a handful of bands that has been continually active since the earliest days of the West Coast Punk Scene. Guttermouth has released nine full-length studio albums and two live albums and toured extensively. The Queers are pop-punk legends, channeling the best parts of the Ramones and Beach Boys. The Atom Age finds inspiration from the dust-covered collections of unhinged 60’s Punk and R&B. Doors open at 5 p.m.; performance at 6 p.m. Admission is $27 and $22. The event is at the Backyard Stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. 1340 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-209-0367
Last Sunday – Music in the Box
On the last Sunday of the month at the Limelight Theatre, enjoy live acoustic music by some of the area’s best up-and-coming bands and musicians from 6-9 p.m. on stage in the Koger-Gamache Studio Theatre. This month’s performance features The Skinny. Admission is $5. Refreshments available for purchase. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine 904-825-1164
The Oscars at The Corazon Cinema and Cafe
Celebrate the 89th Annual Oscars at The Corazon Cinema and Cafe beginning at 8 p.m. The event features appetizers, champagne and entertainment. The cost is $20. Seating is limited; call for reservations. 36 Granada St., St. Augustine 904-679-5736
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