Events calendar for Jan. 2-8

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Friday, Jan. 2
FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK: The Art Galleries of St. Augustine will feature new exhibits, refreshments and live music at more than 20 galleries from 5 to 9 p.m. The event is held rain or shine inside the member galleries and is a free, self-guided walking tour (tour maps available at participating galleries). St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys provide free transportation throughout downtown for the art walk. For information, call 832-779-2781 or go to artgalleriesofstaugustine.org.

FIRST FRIDAY CONCERT SERIES: The North Florida Women’s Chorale will be featured in the season finale of the Cathedral Basilica’s First Friday Art Walk Concert Series at 6 p.m. at 38 Cathedral St. The event is free and open to the public. For information, go to womenschorale.org.

MEET THE TREASURE HUNTERS: The St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum, 12 S. Castillo Drive, will host Mark Anthony, a treasure diver and collector known worldwide and founder of St. Augustine’s “Treasures by Mark Anthony,” from 6 to 8 p.m. To have an item appraised by Anthony, send a photo of it along with a brief description to [email protected] in advance. The event is free. For information, call 877-467-5863 or go to thepiratemuseum.com.

FANTASTIC FLORIDA!: The First Friday Art Walk grand opening reception for the St. Augustine Art Association’s Fantastic Florida will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. The show runs through Feb. 1 and celebrates the sights and structures, beaches, and byways, flora and fauna, history and happenings that are uniquely Florida. Admission is free. For information, call 824-2310 or go to staaa.org.

‘MIRACLE ON 34th STREET THE MUSICAL’: Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., will perform the holiday classic, “Miracle on 34th Street The Musical,” at 7:30 p.m. The musical tells the story of Susan Walker, the 6-year-old girl who has her doubts about Santa Claus. Tickets are $25. For information, call 825-1164 or go to limelight-theatre.org.

EL GALEÓN: Visitors can tour a full-sized replica of a 16th-century Spanish tall ship. Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, El Galeón Andalucia is open for daily tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. El Galeón is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire. Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for youths. For information, call 824-1606 or go to elgaleon.org.

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS: During Nights of Lights, nearly three million tiny white lights bring the glow of holiday magic to St. Augustine. 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 449-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories.  The lights are displayed through Feb. 1. For information, go to nightsoflights.com.

LADIES NIGHT: Mardi Gras Sports Bar will host “Ladies Night” at 9:30 p.m. with DJ Robbie St. John playing requests of music and dance videos on 50-inch screens.

Saturday, Jan. 3
GUIDED CULTURAL HIKE: The GTM Research Reserve, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, will host a Guided Cultural Hike at 8:30 a.m. that focuses on the Guana Peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history. The 1.5-mile guided walking tour departs from the Trailhead Pavilion located just west of the Guana Dam. The program is free. There is a $3 parking fee. For information, call 823-4500 or go to gtmnerr.org.

BRING IT ON 2015 5K TRAIL RUN AND HIKE: Get 2015 off to a fun and athletic start on the Bring It On 2015 5K Trail Run and Hike on a paved course through the woods and roads of Nocatee. The event benefits Special Olympics of St. Johns and Duval County and includes a long-sleeved shirt and medal for all runners. Plus, there’s an awards celebration after the race. The hike is one mile in distance and is not timed. It’s all for fun. The 5K run is out and back through Nocatee. Day of race registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and is $40 for the run and $30 for the hike ($35 and $25 for online registration through 4 p.m. Jan. 2).  The race begins at 10 a.m. from the intersection of Village Lake Drive and Town Plaza Avenue, Ponte Vedra Beach. For information, go to specialolympicsflorida.org/duval/news-events.

LIVING HISTORY DAY AT FORT MATANZAS: Authentically clad re-enactors demonstrate Spanish cannons at Fort Matanzas National Monument, the fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine, from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. For information, call 471-0116 or go to nps.gov/foma.

CHEROKEE HISTORY PRESENTATIONS: The Fountain of Youth, 11 Magnolia Ave., presents Cherokee History Presentations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Native Cherokee historians will describe how their people interacted with the local Timucua for centuries before the arrival of Europeans. The presentations take place in the living history village of Seloy at the Fountain of Youth Park. Park admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $8 for children 6 to 12. For information, call 829-3168 or go to fountainofyouthflorida.com.

VILANO BEACH SUNSET CELEBRATION: Visitors can enjoy a sunset celebration featuring dozens of market vendors, live music, local arts and crafts and more at the Vilano Pier, 260 Vilano Road, on the Intracoastal Waterway. Activities are from 3 p.m. to dusk. Admission is free. For information, call 540-0402 or go to vilanobeachfl.com.

‘MIRACLE ON 34th STREET THE MUSICAL’: Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., will perform the holiday classic, “Miracle on 34th Street The Musical,” at 7:30 p.m. The musical tells the story of Susan Walker, the 6-year-old girl who has her doubts about Santa Claus. Tickets are $25. For information, call 825-1164 or go to limelight-theatre.org.

OLD CITY FARMERS MARKET: The Old City Farmers Market, located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods and plants. The market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 471-3733.

EL GALEÓN: Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, El Galeón Andalucia is open for daily tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. El Galeón is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire. Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for youths. For information, call 824-1606 or go to elgaleon.org.

CANDLELIGHT TOUR: The Villa Zorayda, 83 King St., is decorated for the holidays with a spectacular Christmas Tree decorated in the colors of the Zorayda – red and gold – located center stage in the Court of Lions. More than 100 candles are aglow throughout the museum as docents lead tours by candlelight of the historic former home. Adult admission is $18, children 7-12 are $8, no charge for children 4-6. The candlelight tour is not recommended for children 3 and under. Reservations are required as space is limited for each tour. The candlelight tour will begin at 6 p.m. and will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. For information, call 829-9887 or go to villazorayda.com.

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS: During Nights of Lights, nearly three million tiny white lights bring the glow of holiday magic to St. Augustine – from the ground to the rooftops. 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 449-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories.  The lights are displayed through Feb. 1. For information, go to nightsoflights.com.

TANGO CLASSES: Dancing with Victoria Studio will host Argentine Tango Classes at 2600 U.S. 1 South. Beginner’s level class is from 3 to 4 p.m. followed by a Practica from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Intermediate/advanced level class is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per student. For information, call 808-7210 or go to chachavictoria.com.

Sunday, Jan. 4
SUNSET/MOONRISE AT ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE: Guests can enjoy the sunset and moonrise from the top of the St. AugustineLighthouse. The $30 admission includes a champagne toast, provided by San Sebastian Winery, hors d’oeuvres from The Reef and an informative overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station. 81 Lighthouse Ave. For information, call 829-0745 or go to staugustinelighthouse.org.

EL GALEÓN: Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, El Galeón Andalucia is open for daily tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. El Galeón is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire. Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for youths. For information, call 824-1606 or go to elgaleon.org.

‘MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET THE MUSICAL’: Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., will perform the holiday classic, “Miracle on 34th Street The Musical,” at 2 p.m. The musical tells the story of Susan Walker, the 6-year-old girl who has her doubts about Santa Claus. Tickets are $25. For information, call 825-1164 or go to limelight-theatre.org.

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS: During Nights of Lights, nearly three million tiny white lights bring the glow of holiday magic to St. Augustine – from the ground to the rooftops. 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 449-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories.  The lights are displayed through Feb. 1. For information, go to nightsoflights.com.

NFL SUNDAY: Mardi Gras Sports Bar hosts “NFL Sunday” with every game shown on 23 HD TVs. Food and drink specials are available during all of the games plus free raffles and giveaways all afternoon.

SALT AIR FARMERS MARKET: Marineland Marina will host a farmers market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An array of produce, seafood, sauces, jams and cheese art will be available. For information, go to saltairfarmersmarket.com.

PLAY PETANQUE: Under the shady oaks at Lighthouse Park, 201 Red Cox Road, all are welcome to learn the game of Petanque from noon to 5 p.m. Loaner balls and lessons are provided by the Boules de Leon Petanque Club. For information, call 537-1999.

Monday, Jan. 5
EL GALEÓN: Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, El Galeón Andalucia is open for daily tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. El Galeón is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire. Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for youths. For information, call 824-1606 or go to elgaleon.org.

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS: During Nights of Lights, nearly three million tiny white lights bring the glow of holiday magic to St. Augustine – from the ground to the rooftops. 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 449-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories.  The lights are displayed through Feb. 1. For information, go to nightsoflights.com.

YOGA MONDAY: The Friends of Ravine Gardens will host Yoga Mondays 5 to 6 p.m. at 1600 Twigg St. Reservations are required. The cost is $5. For information, go to ravinegardensyoga.eventbrite.com.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Mardi Gras Sports Bar presents “Monday Night Football” with Happy Hour prices from open to close along with wing specials.

Tuesday, Jan. 6
YOUTH CHORUS REHEARSAL: The St. Augustine Youth Chorus is open for new members in January. Any child age 8 to 18 who loves to sing is welcome. The chorus sings at many events around St. Johns County, including the Romanza Arts Festival and will travel to sing at DisneyWorld this semester. The chorus rehearses on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 at Memorial Presbyterian Church choir room in downtown St. Augustine, 32 Sevilla St. The fee is $25 per semester. To set up an appointment, email [email protected] or call Kerry Fradley at 806-7781. For information, go to staugustineyouthchorus.org.

EL GALEÓN: Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, El Galeón Andalucia is open for daily tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. El Galeón is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire. Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for youths. For information, call 824-1606 or go to elgaleon.org.

STAND UP PADDLEBOARD: A hobby that took off in 2005, stand up paddleboarding provides an opportunity to see St. Augustine’s waterways and get some exercise at the same time. Anastasia Watersports, 850 Anastasia Park Road, offers a group stand up paddleboard lesson at 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. After a short tutorial, the group embarks on a two-hour easy paddle through Salt Run. The cost is $40. For information, call 460-9111.

OPEN MIC: Ann O’Malley’s, 23 Orange St., will host Open Mic Night with Smokin’ Joe from 7 to 10 p.m.

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS: During Nights of Lights, nearly three million tiny white lights bring the glow of holiday magic to St. Augustine – from the ground to the rooftops. 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 449-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories.  The lights are displayed through Feb. 1. For information, go to nightsoflights.com.

SWING DANCE LESSONS: Mardi Gras Sports Bar and the St. Augustine Rugcutters host swing dance lessons at 7:45 p.m. with lessons for beginners followed by open dancing from 8:30 to 11 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7
EL GALEÓN: Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, El Galeón Andalucia is open for daily tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. El Galeón is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire. Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for youths. For information, call 824-1606 or go to elgaleon.org.

NIGHTS OF LIGHTS: During Nights of Lights, nearly three million tiny white lights bring the glow of holiday magic to St. Augustine – from the ground to the rooftops. 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 449-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories.  The lights are displayed through Feb. 1. For information, go to nightsoflights.com.

TEEN GAMING NIGHT: Teens ages 13 to 18 can have fun with friends at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library from 5 to 7 p.m. Teens can play “E” and “T”-rated games on a PlayStation 3, Nintendo WiiU, Nintendo Wii, or X-Box 360 set up on three TVs for simultaneous playing. Board games are also available. Snacks are provided.

Events calendar for Jan. 2-8

WEDNESDAY MARKET: The Wednesday Market at St. Johns Pier Park runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The market features a large selection of produce, baked foods, jewelry and other handmade gifts. For information, call 347-8007.

COMEDYOKE: Burger Buckets, 3 Cordova St., will host Comedyoke, an open mic comedy and karaoke night. The kitchen will be open until 10 p.m. Comedyoke starts at 7 p.m. For information, call 342-5295.

HUMP DAY: Tempo Restaurant & Bar, 16 Cathedral Place, will host an open mic night from 6:30 to 10 p.m. For information, call 342-0286.

KARAOKE PARTY: Mardi Gras Sports Bar hosts a Karaoke Party with DJ Robbie St. John starting at 9 p.m. All singers will receive a raffle ticket after their performance for a chance to get into the “Money Blowing Cash Machine” for 60 seconds to grab flying cash.

Thursday, Jan. 8
PAT CONROY: New York Times best-selling author Pat Conroy will headline a unique literary presentation, “Laughter & Literature with a Hint of Southern Charm,” at 7 p.m. at Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St. The event will benefit the Florida Heritage Book Festival. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and are available at fhbookfest.com.

El Galeón: Docked at the St. Augustine City Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez, El Galeón Andalucia is open for daily tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. El Galeón is an exact replica of the famous galleons that played an important role in the creation and maintenance of the Spanish Empire. Built in Spain, it is similar to the galleon that brought Pedro Menendez to Florida where he founded St. Augustine in 1565. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for youths. For information, call 824-1606 or go to elgaleon.org.

FAMILY STORYTIME: Families with young children are invited to the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., at 11 a.m. to enjoy songs, dancing, stories, nursery rhymes and fingerplays with Ms. Anne. Programs are aimed at ages 16 months to 5 years, but all children (including babies) and their families are welcome.

Nights of Lights: During Nights of Lights, nearly three million tiny white lights bring the glow of holiday magic to St. Augustine – from the ground to the rooftops. 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 449-year history and illuminates the beautiful setting for lasting holiday memories.  The lights are displayed through Feb. 1. For information, go to nightsoflights.com.

OPEN MIC: Tradewinds, 124 Charlotte St., will hold an open mic night from 5 to 9 p.m.

LIVE JAZZ AND SWING: Panama Hatties, 361 A1A Beach Blvd., will host live jazz and swing at 4:30 p.m. featuring E.T. Swings the Thing Band alternating with The Boston Connection every week. For information, call 471-2192.

OPEN MIC: Ann O’Malley’s, 23 Orange St., will host Open Mic Night with Smokin’ Joe from 7 to 10 p.m.

STAND UP PADDLEBOARD: A hobby that took off in 2005, stand up paddleboarding, provides an opportunity to see St. Augustine’s waterways and get some exercise at the same time. Anastasia Watersports, 850 Anastasia Park Road, offers a group stand up paddleboard lesson at 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. After a short tutorial, the group embarks on a two-hour easy paddle through Salt Run. The cost is $40. For information, call 460-9111.

THIRSTY COUNTRY NIGHT: Mardi Gras Sports Bar hosts Thirsty Country Night, the only Country Night in St. Augustine. Free line dancing lessons by Renie kick off the evening at 7:30 p.m. DJ Rob St. John will spin the top country hits at 9 p.m. Drink specials are available all night with no cover charge if you come dressed in country attire.