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January 19, 2016

Tuesday – Sunday, January 19 – 24
Obelisk Art 450
A temporary public art initiative of Compassionate St. Augustine, Obelisk Art 450 pays tribute to the 450th anniversary of the nation’s oldest city in 2015 while promoting a legacy of compassion.  This very first  St. Augustine’s public arts exhibit features 25 artistically interpreted 8.5-foot tall obelisk replicas of the Monumento a la Constitución on St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion.  Each of the 25 renowned artist’s obelisks demonstrates a story line and the four foundational values to the monument originally dedicated in 1813: Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights and Compassion. Each obelisk will be located at a site in St. Augustine that relates to the artist’s interpretation.  The Obelisk’s will be on display through January 2016. For more details and obelisk descriptions and locations, visit
Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens at the IMAX Theater
The IMAX at World Golf Village presents the latest Hollywood film “Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens.” A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi (1983). Adults $13, seniors/students/military $12, and children 3-12 $10. Visit the website for show times. One World Golf Place, St. Augustine. 904-940-4123
Nights of Lights
St. Augustine glows with holiday magic – from the ground to the rooftops through January 31. Selected by National Geographic in 2011 and 2012 as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world, St. Augustine’s Night of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nation’s oldest city. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting reflects the city’s 450-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories. For a complete list of holiday events, special tours and more on Florida’s Historic Coast, visit
Tuesday – Friday January 19 – 22
Crealdé’s St. Augustine at 450 Documentary Project
Presented by the St. Johns Cultural Council in the Rotunda Gallery of the St. Johns County Administration Building, this exhibit features the work of 10 photographers who captured the oldest city on the occasion of its 450th anniversary. The exhibition is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. through January 22. Admission is free. 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine. 904-808-7330
Krysten Cunningham Exhibit at Crisp Ellert Art Museum
LA-based artist Krysten Cunningham’s art explores woven textiles as a sculptural subject. This new exhibit, titled “Layout,” probes the relationship between text and textile and includes sets of over-sized industrial fabricated bookends paired with hand-woven textiles. The exhibit is open during regular museum hours, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. 904-826-8530
Tuesday – Saturday, January 19 – 23
Celebrate Art 2016: Juried Artist Member Exhibition
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach hosts the 10th Annual Juried Artist Member Exhibition. All media are featured in this showcase of member creations. Admission to the gallery is free. Cultural Center hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-280-0614
Tuesday – Sunday, January 19 – 24 
St. Augustine Art Association presents Black, White and Shades of Gray
The St. Augustine Art Association’s juried exhibit “Black, White and Shades of Gray,” runs through January 30. Midwinter is far from bleak with this sophisticated and surprising exhibition of works in black, white and shades of gray. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St. St. Augustine. 904-824-2310
First People Exhibit at the St. Augustine Art Association

The St. Augustine Art Association’s First People is a special art and archaeology exhibition of Native American artifacts discovered in St. Augustine. The exhibit runs through February 28. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. 22 Marine St. St. Augustine. 904-824-2310 

Wednesday, January 20 
River-to-Sea Trail Walk
Take a guided trail walk at the River-to-Sea Preserve and learn how Native Americans once thrived there on nature’s bounty. An interpretive guide points out indigenous plants bordering the trail to the mangroves along the Matanzas River. The tour is free. Look for the River-to-Sea Preserve sign on A1A south of the Town of Marineland (across from the ocean). The guide will begin the tour at 9 a.m. from the parking lot. 904-823-4500
A Coquina Rock Beach Walk

Explore the second largest outcropping of coquina rock on the Atlantic Coast with a park volunteer at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park at 11 a.m. Learn about coquina and discover the inhabitants of the rock, its geological makeup and gain a better understanding of the beach ecosystem. Regular park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle, up to eight people; $4 per vehicle for single occupancy or $2 per person on bicycle applies. 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. 386-446-6780

Thursday, January 21 
Flagler College Forum: The New Media Landscape and How It Affects Voters
Sandy K. Johnson, president and chief operating officer of the National Press Foundation and former Washington bureau chief for the Associated Press, discusses “The New Media Landscape. How changes in the news business affect voters, the candidates and ultimately the President. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Admission is free. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-819-6400
“Our Native Past” at the St. Augustine Art Association
The St. Augustine Art Association presents a free lecture entitled “Our Native Past.” Led by the City of St. Augustine Archaeologist, the 7 p.m. talk reveals new historical findings related to 16th century European and Native American artifacts unearthed at the Art Association in 2014. Call for reservations. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Parking downtown is free after 5 p.m. 22 Marine St., St. Augustine. 904-824-2310
The Colleen & Josh Show at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
YouTube sensations Colleen Ballinger and Josh David Evans bring a special performance of music, laughs and fun to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall at the 7 p.m. show (doors open at 6 p.m.). Ballinger is best known for her YouTube character Miranda Sings (more than 1 billion views) and has toured the world with her One Woman Show. Josh David Evans has had more than 100 million views of his YouTube page devoted to his quirky persona, vocal chops, boybands, humor and his superstar wife — Colleen Ballinger. Tickets are $75 VIP seats in first 7 rows and pre-show meet & greet: $35 all remaining seats. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399
Thursday – Saturday, January 21 – 23 
Hal Higdon: The Running Life Artist Exhibition
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach hosts “This Running Life,” a solo exhibition with works by artist member Hal Higdon. The exhibition will be held at the Cultural Center Annex Gallery located at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Admission is free. Open Thursday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed daily from 1 – 2 p.m. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-209-0399
Thursday – Sunday, January 21 – 24
CareerBuilder Challenge at World Golf Hall of Fame
Celebrate the CareerBuilder Challenge (formerly the Bob Hope Classic) all weekend at the World Golf Hall of Fame. Visitors can enjoy the “Bob Hope: Shanks for the Memory” exhibit while watching the tournament in the Bob Hope Theater. There’s also a special Bob Hope scavenger hunt in the museum. The museum is open Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday noon – 6 p.m. Admission is adults $19.50; seniors, military and Florida residents $18.50; students $10; children (ages-5 – 12) $5; age 4 and under free.1 World Golf Pl., St. Augustine. 904-940-4123
The Grapes of Wrath at Limelight Theatre
Enjoy this production of John Steinbeck’s classic family classic The Grapes of Wrath. Desperately proud, but reduced to poverty by the loss of their farm, the Joads pile their few possessions on a battered old truck and head west for California, hoping to find work and a better life. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $26 adults; $24 seniors; $20 student and military; one free ticket for child 12 or under with purchase of full price adult ticket. 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. 904-825-1164
Saturday, January 23
Family Seining at the GTM Research Reserve 

Join GTM Research Reserve docents from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. to learn how to pull a seine net collecting species of fish, crabs and more. Learn about the animals and their roles in the habitat. Waders and boots will be provided. The program is included with regular admission to the Reserve and takes place from the Environmental Education Center. 505 Guana River Rd. Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-823-4500

EMMA Concert Performance: Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra with Pianist Adam Golka
EMMA Concert Association presents the internationally recognized Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra with piano soloist Adam Golka at 7:30 p.m. at the Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium. The Polish Baltic Philharmonic is the largest music institution in northern Poland, organizing symphonic concerts, recitals, and chamber music soirees by the most prominent Polish musicians as well as by many world-famous artists. Pianist Adam Golka has won widespread critical and popular acclaim with his “brilliant technique and real emotional depth” (The Washington Post). Tickets are $40 ($5 for students) and may be purchased in advance on the website. 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. 904-797-2800
Fort Matanzas Bird Walk 
Join a park volunteer for a leisurely 2 hour stroll along the park’s boardwalk, marsh and shore to learn  about the abundant bird life. This program will be at an easy walking pace and is appropriate for all ages. Bring binoculars, mosquito repellent and water for the walk. Starts from the park’s visitor center at 9:30 a.m. Admission and participation are free. 8635 A1A S, St. Augustine.
Torchlight Tour at Fort Matanzas

Take a nighttime ferry ride to Fort Matanzas and a step back in time. Upon arrival at Fort Matanzas, visitors will enter the year 1743 and meet Spanish soldiers stationed to keep watch over and defend the southern approach to St. Augustine. Each tour will include an 18th century cannon firing demonstration. The tours will depart the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center dock at 6, 6:45, 7:30 and 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for children 15 & under, and can be purchased in advance by phone or at the ticket booth at Castillo de San Marcos. 8635 A1A South, St. Augustine 904-829-6506 x232

Sunday, January 24
David Bruce and Mozart with Peter Wright at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Experience live classical music in an intimate chamber music setting. The Florida Chamber Music Project presents David Bruce’s “Gumboots” and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet featuring Peter Wright on clarinet. The performance is at 3 p.m. (gates open at 2 p.m.) Tickets are $25. 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach.
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