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This Week in St Augustine July 29 2013

 

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       July 29, 2013
Monday – Sunday: July 29 – August 4
Picasso: Art & Arena Exhibit – An exhibition featuring dozens of Picasso originals, including many that have never been seen previously in the United States. Both famous and rare, these pieces were produced in different styles, techniques and media; providing unique insights into one of Picasso’s main themes: bullfighting.  The exhibition is at the Visitor Information Center, 10 Castillo Dr. in St. Augustine. Admission is : Adults $10; Seniors $8; Kids 6 & Under – Free; Kids 7 – 12 – $5; Family of 4 – $20; Military in Uniform – Free; Flagler College Student with ID – Free.  Begining August 1, ticket prices are half off: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors (age 60 and over), $3 for kids ages 7 to 12. The Picasso Exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through August 11.  www.picassoartandarena.com 904-825-1000
Ancient City Mosaic Exhibit – An artistic rendering of America’s first city is presented in 450 works of art – one for each year of St. Augustine’s lengthy history. Created by regional and local artists, this exhibition expresses the rich cultural diversity of St. Augustine. The exhibition is open Monday – Friday 3 – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 24 Cathedral Place. www.ancientcitymosaic.com
Pacific Rim: An IMAX Experience – When an alien attack threatens the Earth’s existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace. Playing daily at 1, 4 & 7 p.m. in IMAX 3D at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater, One World Golf Place in World Golf Village. Tickets are $13 adults, $12 Senior/Military/Student and $10 for Children 3 – 12. 904-940-4133 http://worldgolfimax.com
The Last Reef 3D -The makers of Wild Ocean presents an underwater journey exploring our connection with the cities beneath the sea. Playing in IMAX 3D at noon each day at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater, 1 World Golf Place at World Golf Village. Tickets are $8.50 adults, $7.50 for Senior/Military/Student and $6 for children 3 – 12. 904-940-4133http://worldgolfimax.com
Monday – Wednesday: July 29 – 31
Dog Days Art Exhibit – Sarah Emerson’s Dog Days exhibit is on display at space:eight Gallery, 228 West King Street, St. Augustine. Dog Days refers to the belief that these days of summer inspire evil. Emerson uses a candy-like palette to depict battlefields, natural and man-made disasters, barren landscapes inhabited by forest creatures and much more. 904-829-2838 www.spaceeight.com
Monday – Friday: July 29 – Aug 2
 Gallery Exhibition at the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach – The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way, hosts an exhibition of the works of Lucy Clark and Karlene McConnell titled Raw Umber. Admission is free. The gallery is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org
Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday: July 30 & August 1 – 4
The Last Romance at Limelight Theatre –  Joe Dipietro’s delightful romantic comedy, The Last Romance, at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Performance times are Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $25; $22 seniors; $20 student and military. 904-825-1164
Wednesday:  July 31
Music By The Sea Concert Series 2013 –  Live concert with the band Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Begplaying classic rock and roll takes place from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion. Admission is free and Zaharia’s Restaurant will offer signature dinners for $10. For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair.   904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org
Free Movies By The Bay – Ripley’s St. Augustine Attractions presents free movies eachWednesday and Friday throughout the summer. This Wednesday’s Family Fun feature, Despicable Me,  will be shown at 8:30 p.m. behind Bayfront Mini Golf at St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. Bring beach chair and blanket for comfortable seating by the bay. This  904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys
Thursday: August 1
Guided Estuary Eco Tour – Join Ripple Effects Eco Tours for a special summer kayak tour led by a master naturalist guide. The cost is $55 for adults and $45 for ages 15 years or younger, which includes use of kayak equipment, instruction and passes to Georgia Aquarium’s Marineland Dolphin Adventure. Tour is from 9 -11:30 a.m. and departs from 101 Tolstoy Lane in the town of Marineland. www.rippleeffectecotours.com 904-347-1565
Matanzas River Eco Tour – Join the professional guides of St. Augustine EcoTours for a 12+ mile boat ride into the waters of the Matanzas River. Browse the shoreline for wading birds, look for dolphins frolicking in the estuary, and learn about one of earth’s most important habitats – the salt marsh. Tours are at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 & 6:30 p.m. and cost $35 per person or $175 for the whole boat up to 6 guests! Departures are from Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez in St. Augustine. 904-377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com
Adventures in the Estuary Mini Day Camp – This one-day summer camp for children 7-10 is a fun and educational way for kids to discover the importance of the estuary, learn more about the adaptations of animals that call the ocean and estuary home, and explore the many habitats found at the GTM Research Reserve. The camp is from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The fee is $30, which includes a camp T-shirt and water bottle. The camp takes place at the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. Reservations are required. http://miniestuarycamp.eventbrite.com
Concerts in the Plaza – Free live concert with Rob Ellis Peck & Friends playing classic southern blues from 7-9 p.m. in St. Augustine’s historic Plaza de la Constitucion.Bring a blanket or chair for comfortable seating. www.PlazaConcerts.com 904-825-1004
Friday and Saturday: August 2 & 3
El Conquistador Speedboat Rides – Enjoy an entertaining thrill ride & tour aboard the El Conquistador Speedboat, focusing on St. Augustine’s maritime heritage, history, landmarks, authentic stories and local marine life. Tours depart from St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, at 11:30 a.m., 1:15, 2:45 and 4:15 p.m. Adults are $33.50 and children are $25.50. 904-738-4695 www.elconspeedboat.com
Colonial Crew Revue – Unique, audience-immersive musical and comedy show at the Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George Street. Performing on the Colonial Quarter’s stage beneath the stately Colonial Oak, the 8 p.m. show features the Picolata Players who share their music, magic and zany stage performances in a one-of-a-kind tribute to the history of St. Augustine. Tickets are $29.99 adults and $14.99 children and include complimentary snacks, draft beer, wine and soft drinks. 1-888-991-0933 www.colonialquarter.com
Friday – Sunday: August 2 – 4
Ignorance is a Choice Art Exhibit – Artist Donny Miller’s Ignorance is a Choice exhibit will be on display at St. Augustine’s space:eight Gallery. Donny’s unique graphic style of pairing seemingly benign images with witty declarations about humanity is as much philosophic as it is artistic.   Ignorance is a Choice runs thru September 27. 228 West King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-2838 www.spaceeight.com
Friday: August 2
First Friday Art Walk – From 5 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. New exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments are featured at over 20 participating galleries in St. Augustine. Tours begin at San Sebastian Winery.   Complimentary shuttle service to most galleries is provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys. 157 King St. 904-829-0065 www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com
Free Movies By The Bay – Ripley’s St. Augustine Attractions and the St. Augustine Municipal Marina present free movies each Wednesday and Friday throughout the summer.This Friday’s Classic Film,On Golden Pond, will be shown at 8:30 p.m. at the Marina behind Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez. Bring a chair or blanket for comfortable seating by the bay. 904-824-1606  www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys
Free Community First Night Owl Cinema at the Amphitheatre – Pirates of the Caribbean is the featured film to be shown at 8 p.m. on the big screen at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The free cinema is presented by Community First Credit Union and the Amphitheatre. Admission and parking are free and no tickets are required. A variety of concessions will be available for purchase, Gates open at 7 p.m. 1340 A1A South 904-209-0367 www.staugamphitheatre.com
Saturday: August 3
Civil Rights & Black Heritage Tour – St. Augustine Black Heritage Tours will offer a FREE historic walking tour at 5 p.m. Learn about St. Augustine’s historic role in Black History and events leading up to the Civil Rights act of 1964. Tours depart from the Tour Saint Augustine office, 4 Granada Street and encompass several blocks over the course of an hour. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. 904-825-0087 www.StAugustineBlackHeritageTours.com
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument – From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad reenactors demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A, approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. 904-471-0116 www.nps.gov/foma
Guided Cultural Hike at GTM Reserve – From 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., learn about the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula during a guided cultural hike. Find out about the peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history, including how native peoples used estuarine resources, what European plantation life was like and current efforts to learn about and save these resources. The guided tour meets at the GTM Research Reserve’s Trailhead Pavilion located west of the Guana Dam, 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes. The tour is free and there is a $3 per vehicle parking fee. Reservations required. http://gtmnerrculturalhike.eventbrite.com 904-823-4500
Family Kayak Tour – Join the master naturalist instructors at Ripple Effect Ecotours for a  natural exploration of the southern boundary of the National Estuarine Research Reserve from the Town of Marineland Marina. This 2.5 hour tour departs from 101 Tolstoy Lane, Marineland, at 9 a.m. The cost is $55 for adults and $45 for kids 15 and under which includes kayak equipment,  instruction and free passes to the Marineland Dolphin Adventure. 904-347-1565 www.RippleEffectEcotours.com
Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration  –  Features a spectacular sunset across the bay plus dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more at the Vilano Pier. Activities are from 3 p.m. – dusk. Admission is free. 260 Vilano Rd. 904-540-0402www.vilanobeachfl.com
Estuary Kayak Tour – This kayak tour led by a professional guide is perfect for beginners and experienced kayakers alike. Features a unique perspective of the ancient city and birding in the calm waters of the salt marsh habitat. Lucky paddlers may encounter green sea turtles feeding on vegetation in the estuary! The tour is from 10 a.m. to noon and departs from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. The cost is $35 per paddler. 904-377-7245 www.staugustineecotours.com
Evening Nature Program at Anastasia State Park – Park rangers present programs on various topics ranging from sea turtles to star gazing. The program takes place from 6 – 7 p.m. at open-air pavilions with one of the most beautiful scenic backdrops in Northeast Florida, Anastasia State Park. The program is included in regular admission of $8 per vehicle. The park entrance is located at 1340 A1A South in St. Augustine. 904-461-2035www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia
Sunday: August 4
Murder in The Old City – A murder mystery in the nation’s oldest city, combined with great dining, creates a memorable and enjoyable evening of entertainment. Tickets to this five-star dinner theatre experience at the Raintree Restaurant are $39.95 (adult beverages served separately). Dinner is served at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. arrival suggested) and the show begins at7 p.m. The Raintree is located 102 San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine. 904-824-7211
Arc in the Park 2nd Annual Benefit Concert – The Arc of the St. Johns Community Outreach Club hosts their 2nd annual community benefit concert featuring two local bands –Lovechunk and IVibes. The festivities take place 3 – 7 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion.   Besides the concert the park’s volleyball courts will feature jumbo beach ball games. 350 A1A Beach Blvd. 904-824-7249 www.arcsj.org
Local Resident Specials
NOTE:
St. Johns County residents with a valid ID are always admitted free of charge to the Oldest House, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth (special events excluded), theXimenez-Fatio House, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, City Walks History Mystery Murder Evening Tour and the Hotel Ponce de Leon Legacy Tours at Flagler College. The daily tours and wine tastings at the San Sebastian Winery are free to everyone. Also, admission is free to everyone at the 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). Many other local attractions offer discounted admissions to St. Johns County residents with valid ID.
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.
To submit events to be included on the VCB Events calendar and website, please submit details to FHCeventlist@gmail.com.

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