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National Hot Dog Day, 6 a.m.-11:59 p.m.; special activities, 4-8 p.m.; at participating Kangaroo Express stores. Wednesday’s cost for a hot dog is 50 cents; one hot dog free for any customer with a military ID and any guest who presents the Kangaroo Express mobile app on their cell phone. Program is part of the Kangaroo Express “Salute Our Troops” campaign with donations to support the American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces, Fisher House Foundation, U.S. Veterans Corps and the Florida National Guard Foundation.

Jacksonville Suns vs. Birmingham Barons, through Friday; Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. $7.50-$22.50. (904) 358-2846 or

■ Wednesday — 1:05 p.m.; featuring Businessperson’s Special where fans get a Home plate box seat, large hotdog and large beverage for $15.50.

■ Thursday — 7:05 p.m.; featuring Thursday Night Throwdown with Buds for a Buck and two for one cocktails; and college students get $5 general admission tickets with ID.

■ Friday — 7:05 p.m.; featuring a Used Car Giveaway with every getting a raffle ticket to get a quality used car, a blood drive, a Ronald McDonald appearance and fireworks following the game.

Community Forum on Fracking, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Hope Lutheran Church Lifetree Cafe, 9000 Cypress Green Drive. “To Frack or Not to Frack? An Informative Hour of Respectful Conversation.” Features filmed interviews with supporters and detractors. Free. (904) 731-0731 or email

Oh No with classic rhythm and blues, as part of the Music by the Sea Concert Series, 7-9 p.m., St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion, 350 Florida A1A Beach Blvd. Catering by Red Frog & McToad’s. Bring a folding chair. Series continues Wednesdays through Sept. 24. (904) 347-8007 or

“Rent,” 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and Friday-Saturday, Players by the Sea, 106 Sixth St. N., Jacksonville Beach. Show continues 8 p.m. July 30-Aug. 2 and Aug. 7-9. $28; half price on Wednesdays-Thursdays for students. (904) 249-0289 or

“Planes,” as part of the “Movies by the Bay” movie series, 8:30 p.m., St. Augustine Municipal Marina, behind Bayfront Mini Golf. Bring chairs or blankets for seating; schedule may change due to inclement weather. All movies are rated PG. Series continues Wednesdays through Aug. 13.


“Peel the Love” Banana Cabana Tour at area Winn Dixies, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, 1545 County Road 220, Orange Park; 3-6 p.m. Thursday, 290 Solana Road, Ponte Vedra Beach; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, 703 Chaffee Road; 3-6 p.m. Friday, 5647 Roosevelt Blvd. Includes banana recipes, recipe booklets, product samples, banana-themed kid’s activity sheets and other free giveaways. Tour schedule,

Roundtable Lunch to benefit the Monique Burr Foundation Child Safety matters curriculum, noon, Roy’s Restaurant, 2400 Third St. S., Jacksonville Beach. Speaker is Mary Baer, WJXT-TV anchor, and Amy Gregorio, Mrs. International 2013 and national advocate for the Prevention of Child Abuse. $50 a person. Reservations, (904) 562-1844 or email

Food Day planning meeting, 5:15-6:30 p.m., Florida Department of Health’s Smith Auditorium, 900 University Blvd. N. Event to discuss planned activities for Food Day, which is Oct. 24. (904) 253-2520 or email

Community Open House, 5:30-8 p.m., Bradham-Brooks branch library, 1755 Edgewood Ave. W. Meet library staff and various community-based groups. Each visitor can pick out a free book to take home, while supplies last. Includes refreshments. (904) 630-2665 or

Open House, presented by the Big Orange Chorus, 6 p.m., Shepherd of the Wood Lutheran Church and School, 7860 Southside Blvd. Features a rehearsal and the opportunity to join the championship men’s barbershop and a cappella chorus. Guests receive coaching from the directing staff, who will teach performance and vocal technique. Materials provided. Free. (904) 430-3784, or email

Concerts in the Plaza, 7-9 p.m., Plaza de la Constitucion, across from the Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine. Features The Grapes of Roth with rock and roll. Free. (904) 825-1004 or


USS Jacksonville Reunion, Thursday-Monday, EverBank Field and the Crowne Plaza. Features past and present crewmen in the celebration of the 33 plus years of commissioned service of the USS Jacksonville SSN699, the “Bold One.”

Travis Denning, as part of Friday Night Live, 6 p.m., Mavericks at The Landing. $5. (904) 356-1110 or

“Groove at the Zoo” Concert Series, pre-concert 6:30 p.m., main concert, 7:30 p.m., Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Great Lawn, 370 Zoo Parkway, off Heckscher Drive. Features the Band Be Easy. Includes music, food and fun activities. Bring blankets or chairs and a picnic dinner or order from the zoo’s “Catering in the Wild” for $15.95. Series concludes Aug. 29 with Savannah Jack. Admission, $20 members, $25 nonmembers; pre-concert free. (904) 757-4463, ext. 200, or

Summer Youth Band Concert, 6 p.m., Northeast Florida Conservatory, 11363 San Jose Blvd. Features the Conservatory’s Youth Band. Free. (904) 374-8639.

Farm to Glass Cocktail Workshops, 6:15 and 8 p.m. Fridays, St. Augustine Distillery, 112 Riberia St. Features hands-on workshops that are one part instruction, one part inspiration and one part innovation. Participants learn bartending basics and gain inspiration from fresh, in-season ingredients. Includes seasonal samples, a build-your-own concoction table and tours. $35. (904) 825-4962 or

“A Taste of Broadway” with Michael Osner, 6:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, The Raintree Restaurant, 102 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Features music from Broadway shows paired with a meal. $35, plus alcohol, tax and gratuity. Reservations required. (904) 824-7211 or

“School House Rock Live Jr.,” 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Orange Park Community Theatre, 2900 Moody Ave. $7. (904) 276-2599 or

John Legend, 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 Florida A1A S. $49-$99. (904) 471-1965 or

Johnnyswim, married soulful folk duo Amanda Sudano Ramirez and Abner Ramirez, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 Florida A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. $22. (904) 209-0367 or

International Pageants, Mrs. International, preliminary competition, 7:30 p.m. Friday, final 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Miss and Miss Teen International, preliminary competition, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1, final 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2; Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St. The Mrs event showcases married women ages 21-56, and includes their husbands as an integral part of the show; the Miss event is for women 19-30 and the Miss Teen is for young women 13-18. Tickets begin at $50. (800) 430-8903,, or

World Wide Rodeo, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, St. Johns County Fairgrounds, Florida 207, Elkton. $12 ages 13 and older, $7 children 6-12. (904) 845-7492.

Live music by Spanky the Band, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., The Jacksonville Landing. (904) 353-1188 or

“Fame, the Musical,” 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Wilson Center for the Arts, 11901 Beach Blvd. Show continues 8 p.m. Aug. 1-2, 2 p.m. Aug. 3. $25 reserved; $20 seniors 60 and older, military with ID and non-FSCJ students; $15 FSCJ students and employees with ID. (904) 646-2222, 442-2929 or


Preseason Blood Drives, presented by the Jacksonville Jaguars, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, EverBank Field, lot N; 4-9 p.m. Monday, Bartram Trail High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Parkway, St. Johns; 4-9 p.m. July 30, EverBank Field lot N; 2-7 p.m. Aug. 2, EverBank Field Gate 1; noon-4 p.m., Aug. 4, EverBank Field lot N. Includes drawings for pre-season tickets.

Bridge of Lions 5K Run, 7:30 a.m., Castillo de San Marco, 1 S. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. Run crosses the Bridge of Lions and through Davis Shores, finishing at Oglethorpe Park on Anastasia Island. $25 and $30, in advance; $35 at the gate. Registration,

Y’Art Sale fundraiser, 8 a.m.-noon, The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way. Artwork is donated, displayed in the courtyard and at yard sale prices. (904) 280-0614, ext. 201.

Dance-a-Thon, presented by River Region Human Services, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Comedy Club, Beach Boulevard. Funds to purchase school supplies for area low income, at-risk children. Includes food vendors. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Registration, (904) 899-6300, ext. 4116, or email

Florida/Alaska Motorcycle send-off to benefit families of deaf babies, 8:30 a.m., Georgie’s Diner, 100 Malaga St., St. Augustine.

Open House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Freedom Boat Club, 12807 San Jose Blvd., Julington Creek Marina. Includes free boat rides and refreshments. (904) 388-2131, 982-9036 or

Riverside Arts Market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Riverside Arts Market, 715 Riverside Ave. Features a RAM Dance Day featuring “Everyone Can Dance” featured on the So You Think You Can Dance television show (to participate, learn the routine at Includes arts and crafts, fresh vegetables and produce, food vendors and live entertainment. (904) 389-2449 or

■ River Stage: 3 Hearts, 10:30-11 a.m.; Monarch Ballrooms, 11:05-11:35 a.m.; Braided Light Dance Project, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Everybody Can Dance “Beginners Routine,” 12:35-12:50 p.m.; Jacksonville Dance Theatre, 1-1:30 p.m.; Fuego Flamenco, 1:40-2:10 p.m.; Sahara Silk & Troupe Tarab, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

■ Hilltop Stage: Blue Lotus Belly Dance, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Flamenco Dancing with Naomi, noon-3 p.m.

Fun at The Landing: Summer Splash Bash, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with free boat rides, live entertainment, water slides, bounce houses, vendors and food, open for all ages; Music Showcase, 5-8 p.m., with performances by area artists; live music by the IveyWest Band, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; The Jacksonville Landing. (904) 353-1188 or

Jamboree on Avenue B Fundraising Carnival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., NCI Community Resource Center, 4990 Avenue B. Includes a health fair, mini-golf course, bingo, a water slide and dunk tank, garage sale items, a raffle, free car wash with raffle ticket and dinners. Program in conjunction with the NCA Charity Golf Tournament of Unity on Aug. 30 in Amelia Island. Rib dinner $12, chicken or fish dinner $8 each. (904) 765-9830.

“A Taste of Palencia,” noon-2 p.m., Lennar at Palencia, 258 Rincon Drive, St. Augustine. Includes tapas and wine tastings, tours of the decorated model homes, music with a live radio remote and a raffle.

Beer Truck Wars, 4-8 p.m., Francis Field, 10 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. Includes live and recorded music, games and prizes. $35 wristband tickets, in advance, $45 at the gate; $20, designated driver and children; includes beer samples and a meal ticket for a meal from one of the Gourmet Food Trucks. (407) 296-5882 or

Gin 101 and Gin Cocktail Workshops, 6:15 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, St. Augustine Distillery, 112 Riberia St. Features hands-on workshops that explain gin’s history, its various categories, how the distillery’s New World Gin is created and shows participants how to create their own gin cocktails. Includes free tours. $38 a person. (904) 825-4962 or

Jacksonville Sharks vs. the Los Angeles Kiss, 7 p.m., Veterans Memorial Arena. Features Christmas in July and Fan Appreciation Night. $12-$133. (904) 621-0700 or

Sara Barelles “Little Black Dress” Tour, 7 p.m., St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 Florida A1A S. $29.50-$55. (904) 471-1965 or


Plant-a-Poem Workshop and Reading, 1:45-3 p.m., The Gallery Cafe, 1974 U.S. 1, St. Augustine; open mic poetry reading, 3-5 p.m., City Coffee, 1280 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd. $10 a person, includes endless coffee and sweet treats. (904) 501-0043 or

“Gremlins,” as part of the Summer Movie Classics series, 2 p.m., Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth St. The 1984 film stars Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates and Hoyt Axton. Series continues Sundays through Aug. 31. $7.50 or $45 for a 10 card admission. (904) 355-2787 or

Fall Out Boy in concert, 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 Florida A1A S. New Politics will open. $35-$45. (904) 471-1965 or


“Pawparazzi” to benefit First Coast No More Homeless Pets, 6 p.m., Alhambra Theater and Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd. Includes a fashion show, champagne reception, seated gourmet dinner, live music and a silent auction. $85 a person; $75 a person for tables of four or six.


“The Croods,” as part of the “Movies by the Bay” movie series, 8:30 p.m., St. Augustine Municipal Marina, behind Bayfront Mini Golf. Bring chairs or blankets for seating; schedule may change due to inclement weather. All movies are rated PG. Series continues Wednesdays through Aug. 13.


Concerts in the Plaza, 7-9 p.m., Plaza de la Constitucion, across from the Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine. Features Rob Ellis Peck and Friends with blues and rock music. Free. (904) 825-1004 or

Fax to (904) 359-4478 or email Complete listing at To put your event in the free online calendar, go to

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