Events Calendar for Jan. 9-15

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Friday, Jan. 9
‘Don Giovanni’: First Coast Opera presents Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at 7:30 p.m. at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Tickets to the concert are $35. Tickets for students and faculty with ID are $10. Tickets can be purchased at firstcoastopera.com or by calling 417-5555.

Celebrate Art 2015: The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, will host the opening of the 9th Annual Juried Artist Member Exhibition. All forms of media are featured in the showcase. Admission to the gallery is free and open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 280-0614 or go to ccpvb.org.
Main Library Book Sale: The Main Library January Book Sale held by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Books, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes and audio books will be sold. Hardback books cost $1 and paperbacks cost 50 cents. All children’s books care 25 cents. A selection of special books is individually priced at $3 and up. For information, call the Main Library at 827-6940, email Toni Siriani at [email protected] or go to sjcpls.org.

Tim Rippey Performance: Tim Rippey, a highly acclaimed vocalist that entertains audiences with country, easy listening, patriotic and rock & roll music, will perform at the VFW Post 2391, 6184 U.S. 1 S.  His repertoire includes music from artists such as Andre Bocelli, Michael Buble, Neil Diamond and Jimmy Buffet. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. There is a cover charge of $3 per person for non-members plus the price of the dinner. For information, call 797-5267.

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. 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.

Saturday, Jan. 10
Main Library Book Sale: The Main Library January Book Sale held by the
Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Books, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes and audio books will be sold. Hardback books cost $1 and paperbacks cost 50 cents. All children’s books care 25 cents. A selection of special books is individually priced at $3 and up. For information, call the Main Library at 827-6940, email Toni Siriani at [email protected] or go to sjcpls.org.

Mary Hubley Art Opening: GNG Gallery will host an art opening from 6 to 8 p.m. at its gallery on Aviles St. The opening will showcase artist Mary Hubley’s new landscapes documenting her recent painting trek through the Northern California coast. The impressionistic paintings celebrate the best of the region – the rocky cliffs, secluded waterfalls, Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf, Carmel Mission, and windswept beaches. For information, call 342-2186 or email [email protected]

Wagon Tours: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ravine Gardens State Park will host ranger-led Wagon Tours from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy a guided wagon tour around the ravine while learning about the history of the ravine and the park, as well as the plants, animals and ecosystems that make Ravine Gardens a diverse place to visit. There will be four tours, departing at 1, 1:30, 2, and 2:30 p.m. Tours last approximately 30 minutes and will start from the front of the Roy E. Campbell Civic Center. Each tour is limited to 20 participants. The tours are free with park entry and for annual pass holders. Park entry fees are $5 per vehicle for 2 to 8 people, $4 for single occupant vehicles and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. For information, call the park at (386) 329-3721 or go to floridastateparks.org.

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.

Bird Walk at Fort Matanzas: The National Park Service presents a two-hour bird walk designed to explore Florida’s coastal ecology. The walk is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and starts at the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center, 8635 A1A. Guests should bring bug spray, binoculars and closed-toe shoes. The Bird Walk is appropriate for all ages. There is no charge to visit the park or to participate in the walk. For information, call 471-0116 or go to nps.gov/foma.

City Walks Pet Friendly Tours: Guests can bring Fido to join City Walks for a free Pet Friendly Tour of St. Augustine’s Historic District. The tour departs at 10 a.m. from Tour Saint Augustine’s office. Pets must be leashed and reservations are required. For information, call 825-0087 or go to staugustinecitywalks.com.

Torchlight Tours: Spanish re-enactors will conduct nighttime firings of two six-pounder reproduction cannons at Fort Matanzas National Monument. Tours will depart by ferry from the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center dock at 6, 6:45, 7:30 and 8:15 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Castillo de San Marcos ticket booth or by phone. The cost is $8 for adults; $4 for children 6-15; and free for children 5 and younger. For information, call 829-6506, ext. 232, or go to nps.gov/foma.

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.

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. 11
‘The Boys Next Door’ auditions: Auditions for “The Boys Next Door” by Tom Griffin will begin at 6 p.m. at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave. The production will be staged March 6-29 on the Matuza Main Stage at Limelight Theatre. “The Boys Next Door” is a two act comedy-drama about four intellectually disabled men who live together in a small apartment. The play provides a humorous commentary on the men’s lives, taking a surprising turn as a father comes to visit and true love is discovered. For information, call 825-1164.

The Rat Pack and “It Was A Very Good Year”: Tony Sands presents his musical tribute to Frank Sinatra featuring the songs that made “Ol’ Blue Eyes” one of America’s greatest entertainers. The performance will take place at 5 p.m. at the Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Ave. Tickets are $20. For information, call 824-8874 or go to fortmenendez.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.

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.
Rhythms of Life: Spirit Breath Community Dance will host free form dancing each Sunday. Attendees can stomp, rock, sashay and twirl to varied play lists. Warm up is from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and dance is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cultural Arts Studio near the St. Augustine Beach Pier. The cost is free, but a donation of $5 is suggested. For information, call Gayle at 471-1585.

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.

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 Farmet: 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.

Monday, Jan. 12
Main Library Book Sale: The Main Library January Book Sale held by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Books, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes and audio books will be sold. Hardback books cost $1 and paperbacks cost 50 cents. All children’s books care 25 cents. A selection of special books is individually priced at $3 and up. For information, call the Main Library at 827-6940, email Toni Siriani at [email protected] or go to sjcpls.org.

Line Dancing Lessons: The Riverview Club, 790 Cristina Drive, will host line dancing lessons every Monday (excluding holidays). Beginner lessons are from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and dancing continues until 9 p.m. The fee is $35 for a six-week session or $6 per night. For information, call the clubhouse at 794-2000 or Renie Roach at 436-5799.

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. 13
Main Library Book Sale: The Main Library January Book Sale held by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Books, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes and audio books will be sold. Hardback books cost $1 and paperbacks cost 50 cents. All children’s books care 25 cents. A selection of special books is individually priced at $3 and up. For information, call the Main Library at 827-6940, email Toni Siriani at [email protected] or go to sjcpls.org.

Romanza Gathering: Romanza will host its monthly gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. at Centro Piano Bar and Restaurant, 17 King St. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. The monthly networking event is open to all individuals and cultural organizations, members and non-members alike. Members are invited to bring a friend. The featured entertainer for January will be violinist Sue Cryan. She has played on stage with many touring artists including Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Rogers, Paul Anka and Bernadette Peters. Cryan is currently the artistic director of the Flagler Youth Orchestra of Palm Coast.

‘The Endangered Right Whale‘: The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2487 A1A South, will present “The Endangered Right Whale” at 7 p.m. Attendees will learn about the right whale and how to help ensure their survival. For information, call 461-3541.

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. 14
Musical Madness for Kids: Musical Madness for Kids presents Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. Students in kindergarten through 5th grade and their caregivers will celebrate the magic that is music while learning about musical instruments. For information, call 827-6950.

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.

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 Night: 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. 15
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.

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.