THURSDAY

National Day of Prayer, 8-9 a.m., Orange Avenue Baptist Church, U.S. 17, Green Cove Springs. Speakers include Sheriff Rick Beseler and School Superintendent Charlie Van Zant. Scripture theme is Romans 15:6.

Book Sale, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday; bag day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; Ponte Vedra Beach branch, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, (904) 273-0495

Ford Eco Boost Challenge, 3-8 p.m., The Jacksonville Landing. Test drive the F-150, Escape, Fusion Hybrid, Fiesta ST and Transit Connect Wagon. (904) 353-1188 or jacksonvillelanding.com.

Farm to Table Week, through Friday, Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach. Includes cooking classes, a dinner and a live auction. $125 members, $150 nonmembers. Reservations, (904) 280-0614, ext. 204, or ccpvb.org.

■ Thursday — Farm to Table Celebrity Chef Dinner, 6-10 p.m., Nocatee’s Crosswater Hall. “The Art of Living Well ... A Cultural Experience,” includes signature dishes and chefs from a variety of area chefs and restaurants and a live auction. $125 members, $150 nonmembers.

■ Friday — 6 p.m., with chef Sam Forbes, owner of Savory Market, with “Gourmet Mediterranean Eats.” Includes tasty and healthy Mediterranean cuisine. $20 members, $25 nonmembers. savorymarket.com

Branson on the Road, as part of the Alhambra After Dark series, 6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, noon Sunday, Alhambra Theatre and Dining, 12000 Beach Blvd. Features music of the traveling road shows during the glory days of the Grand Ole Opry, the Louisiana Hayride and the first Branson music shows. $59. (904) 641-1212 or alhambrajax.com.

Primero de Mayo to benefit Ponte Vedra High School, 7 p.m., Mezcal Cantina, 880 Florida A1A, Ponte Vedra Beach. Features a ladies night out. $35, includes food, two drink tickets, a raffle ticket and a fashion show. (904) 571-4998.

Middleburg Historical Museum meeting, 7 p.m., Middleburg-Clay Hill Library, 2245 Aster Ave., Middleburg. Speaker is Bruce Smith, of the Revolutionary War Veterans Association, with a presentation. (904) 282-5924.

“Other Desert Cities,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Show continues 7:30 p.m. May 8-10, 2 p.m. May 11. $25 adults, $22 seniors, $20 students and active military. (904) 825-1164 or limelight-theatre.org.

 

FRIDAY

The Songs of Early America, 11 a.m., Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St. Features a chorus sing-a-long. Free. fridaymusicale.com.

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra features The Rock Tenors, Coffee Series, 11 a.m. Friday; Pops Series, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St. Guest artists include Rob Evan, Shem von Schroeck and Micah Wilshire. Program is a tribute to Paul McCartney, Sting, Don Henley, Freddie Mercury and more. Coffee concert, $16-$26; Pops concert, $25-$72. (904) 354-5547 or jaxsymphony.org

National Dance Day, 4-9 p.m., The Jacksonville Landing. Program is a celebration of National Dance Week featuring two dance performances by local and regional dance groups; live music by Catch the Groove, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (904) 353-1188 or jacksonvillelanding.com.

Gamble Rogers Folk Festival, 5 p.m. Friday, St. Augustine Marina, 245 Vilano Road; 1-10:30 p.m. Saturday, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 Florida A1A S.; noon-7 p.m. Sunday, St. Augustine Beach Pier. $15 Friday, $35 Saturday, $45 weekend pass. gamblerogersfest.org.

Relay for Life to honor cancer survivors and their caregivers and to pay tribute to those for whom the cure did not come soon enough.

■ Friday — 6 p.m., Fort Caroline Middle School, 3787 University Club Blvd.; 6 p.m., Putnam County Fairgrounds, 117 Yelvington Road, East Palatka.

■ Saturday — noon, Riverside Park, 753 Park St.; 6 p.m., Chets Creek elementary School, 13200 Chets Creek Blvd.; 3 p.m., Ponte Vedra High School, 460 Davis Park Road, Ponte Vedra Beach.

“Shrek the Musical,” 6-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday; dessert reception, 4 p.m. Sunday; silent auction bidding tables closes, 5 p.m. Sunday; St. Augustine High School, 3205 Varella Ave. (904) 547-8530. Auction items at tinyurl.com/aiceauction.

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Thursday-Sunday, downtown Fernandina Beach. Features vendors, pirates, live entertainment and seafood. (904) 548-1163 or shrimpfestival.com.

■ Thursday — Pirate Parade themed “Home of the Shrimpers: 51 Years of Shrimping,” 6 p.m., starting at Ash and 11 streets, west to second street, north to Centre Street, then east ending at Atlantic and 11th streets.

■ Friday — 6-10:30 p.m. with live music, opening ceremonies, a Kids Fun Zone, dance music, the Miss Shrimp Festival winner crowned, a pirate invasion and fireworks.

■ Saturday — 9 a.m.-6 p.m., with the McArthur Family YMCA 5K Fun Run, Main Beach by the Atlantic Ocean; contests, a pirate invasion, live entertainment, live acts in the Kids Zone and music.

■ Sunday — 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with the Best Decorated Boat Parade and the Blessing of the Fleet at the waterfront and live entertainment.

“On a Riverboat with the Sassy Tappers,” 7 p.m., Cypress Village Independent Living, 4600 Middleton Park Circle E. Features the Sassy Tappers, from the Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center, with a marching band, clowns and colorful costumes. sassytappers.com.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, 7-10 p.m., Splash Waterpark, Nocatee. Includes dance music, a salsa demonstration and Mexican munchies. Reservations, email fun@nocatee.com.

Cosmic Concerts, Laser Magic, 7 p.m.; Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here, 8 p.m.; Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, 9 p.m.; Pink Floyd: The Wall, 10 p.m., Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Museum of Science & History, 1025 Museum Circle. $5 per person per show, laser glasses $1. (904) 396-6674 or moshplanetarium.org.

“Oliver,” based on “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach. $15. (904) 285-6127 or christepiscopalpvb.ticketleap.com/oliver.

Chalk Walk Festival, as part of the St. Augustine 450th Anniversary, Party, 7 p.m. Friday; festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, between the Historic Downtown Parking Facility and the Visitor Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine. Sunday features a public viewing, and ending with a sidewalk washing. Free for all ages. staugustinechalkwalk.com.

Disney’s “Aladdin Junior,” 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, The Foundation Academy, 3675 San Pablo Road S. Show continues 7 p.m. May 9-10. $12 adults, $8 students. (904) 493-7300 or foundation academy.com.

Amateur Night at the Ritz, 7:30 p.m., Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum, 829 N. Davis St. $6. (904) 632-5555 or email rsvpritz@coj.net.

The Addams Family, 8 p.m., Times-Union Center, 300 Water St. $32-$102. (904) 442-2929 or artistseriesjax.org.

“The Fox on the Fairway,” 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Players by the Sea, 106 6th St. N., Jacksonville Beach. Show continues 8 p.m. May 8-10, 2 p.m. May 11, 8 p.m. May 15-17. $23 adults; $20 students, seniors and military. (904) 249-0289 or playersbythesea.org.

 

SATURDAY

Best Buddies Friendship Walk, 8:30 a.m.-noon, The Jacksonville Landing. Participants walk for inclusion, friendship, leadership and opportunity for people with and without Intellectual and Development Disabilities. (904) 353-1188 or jacksonvillelanding.com.

Union Garrison, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Includes demonstrations, living history interpreters and soldier drills. $6 per vehicle up to eight people, $4 a vehicle for one person; $2 bicyclists and pedestrians; fort admission $2. (904) 277-7274. or floridastateparks.org/fortclinch.

Open house, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays, 5 Star Vets Center, 40 Acme St. Includes coffee and doughnuts. Donations needed. (904) 723-5950 or 5starveteranscenter.org.

Riverside Arts Market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Riverside Arts Market, 715 Riverside Ave. Includes arts and crafts, fresh vegetables and produce and food vendors. Features a Bike Day with special vendors, local bike shops, cycling advocacy organizations and a free bike valet. Also includes a Kidical Mass Bike Ride, 8:30-11 a.m.; Bicycle Street Art Scavenger Hunt, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; and a Riverside-Avondale Bike Tour, 2-5 p.m. Live music by La Caroline, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Organic Style Unveiled Fashion Show, noon-1:30 p.m.; FSCJ DanceWorks, 1:40-2:25 p.m.; Jacksonville Dance Theatre, 2:30-3:30 p.m. (904) 389-2449 or riversideartsmarket.com.

“Raising a Money-Smart Kid,” final discussion in the Tough Talks Workshop Series, 1:30 p.m., Southeast branch library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd. (904) 630-2413 or coj.net.

National Dance Day, 2-10 p.m., featuring dance performances by two local and regional dance groups; live music by Radio 80, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.; The Jacksonville Landing. (904) 353-1188 or jacksonvillelanding.com.

Jacksonville Sharks vs. Arizona Rattlers, 7 p.m., Veterans Memorial Arena. Features a “Grease” Night. $12-$133. (904) 621-0700 or jaxsharks.com.

 

SUNDAY

Jacksonville Kidney Walk, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., The Jacksonville Landing. Event raises awareness and funds for lifesaving programs that educate and support patients, their families and those at risk. (904) 353-1188 or jacksonvillelanding.com.

EMMA Concert Association, 2 p.m., Flagler College’s Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St., St. Augustine. Features pianist Matthew Young. Free. emmaconcerts.com.

King and Queen of Yappy Hour, 2-5 p.m., The Jacksonville Landing. Features live music with All Night Yahtzee and the George Aspinall Duo from 2-6 p.m. and North Florida’s biggest pooch pageant at 3 p.m. (registration 2 p.m.), food and drink specials, giveaways and a pet expo. (904) 353-1188 or jacksonvillelanding.com.

Florida Chamber Music Project, 3 p.m., Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 Florida A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Features “Mozart & Prokofiev.” $25. pvconcerthall.com.

 

TUESDAY

SpringFest, as part of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, 7:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. Features a “Cellobration Concert” with The Linden String Quartet, pianist Elizabeth Pridgen and cellists Christopher Rex and Zuill Bailey. $30. aicmf.com

 

 

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