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This last weekend in April it’s appropriate that we kinda sorta end where we began the month with a little poetry.

Get a little culture, and maybe a little drunk too, on Sunday with the Ancient City Poets in St. Augustine.

It’s free. Details below.

  • National Poetry Month Celebration –Sun., Apr. 27, 3-5 p.m. The Gallery Cafe of St. Augustine, 1974 US 1 S., St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. In joyful anticipation of influential poet and folk singer Bob Dylan's concert stop in St. Augustine one week later on May 5th The Ancient City Poets will gather to celebrate. All are invited and encouraged to read or perform or share the lyrics of their favorite Bob Dylan song in this renga-style event. Poets do not have to follow the theme. For more information, please call 904-825-9944 or visit www.gallerycafestaug.com.

And, if your Poetry Month has thus far been blissfully poetry free, then there’s still plenty to do.

Birds, bees and butterflies are just some of the down-on-the-farm entertainment, along with a couple of tastings, cook-offs, fish fries and a bacon festival.

Ready to hit the beaches?

A sandcastle contest and turtle-beach clean ups await.

Most events are free or very nearly so.

Ciao.

–GJE–

  • 7th Annual Farmland Preservation Festival – Sat., Apr. 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Harvest Village, 22050 U.S. 441, Micanopy, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Fun for the whole family. Farmers market & crafts, face paint, farm animals, great food, live music all day. Tractor Parade 10am, Live Auction noon.
  • 18th Annual Taste of St. Augustine Festival – Sat., Apr. 26, Noon. St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A, St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: $5 admission, $1 food/drink tickets. Tastes from over 20 different local restaurants accompanied by live music. For more information, please visit epictaste.org.
  • 2014 Family Health Jamboree – Sat., Apr. 26, 9 a.m-2 p.m. The Florida Blue Center at the Markets at Town Center, 4855 Town Center Pkwy., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Youth and adult health screenings, wellness coaching, chair massages and games. 904-308-5360.
  • The Bacon Nation Festival – Sat., Apr. 26 & Sun., Apr. 27, noon. Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: $4 Adults, Kids 13 & under FREE. Every thing that is bacon and then some. From cotton candy to shaved ice to BBQ and bacon pizza. There will also be a kids carnival with bounce houses and obstacle courses, face painting and much more.
  • Bird Island Earth Day Festival – Sat., Apr. 26, 11 a.m. Bird Island Park, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Live wildlife, park tours with the county naturalist, story times and live music. Hot dogs and drinks sold by Boy Scout Troop 277. For more information, please visit sjcpls.org.
  • Clay County Schools Art Show – Fri., Apr. 25.-Sun., Apr. 27, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Orange Park Mall, 1910 Wells Rd., Orange Park, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public.
  • Earth Day Celebration – Sat., Apr. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast, Fla. Admission: Regular park entrance fees. For more information, please call 386-446-6783 or email Melissa.clauson@dep.state.fl.us.
  • High Springs Pioneer Days Celebration – Sat., Apr. 26 & Sun., Apr. 27, 10 a.m. Historic downtown High Springs, 110 NW 1st Ave., High Springs, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Pioneer Days includes the Heritage Village with Pioneer time demonstrators such as black-smithing and yarn weaving; a shoot-out re-enactment usually accompanied by Hank Madson, the Cowboy Poet; a Kids Korral area with rides and activities for all ages; and, or course, lots of festival food in our food court. Wver 60 + Craft & Artist vendors. For more information, please call 385-454-3120.
  • Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival – Sat., Apr. 26, 10 a.m. Tree Hill Nature Center, 7152 Lone Star Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: $5 Adults. $4 Seniors/Military/Students, $3 - Kids 3-17; Tree Hill members and kids under 3 FREE. All proceeds benefit science and nature education in Jacksonville. Family fun, a walk-through butterfly exhibit, butterfly release, handmade crafts, live music, face painting, a bounce house, animal encounters, free kids' crafts, food and drinks. FREE shuttle service to off-site parking at St. Andrews Episcopal and Parkwood Baptist Churches. For more information, please visit treehill.org.
  • Mack Daddy Challenge Amateur Cook-Off Series – Fri., Apr. 26, all day. Mack Daddy Smokers, 1623 Blanding Blvd., Middleburg, Fla. Admission: $15 People’s Choice wristbands, $5 plated meals. To benefit the Walk of Hope Foundation. Amateur Cook-teams smoke up savory meat so you can come out and sample and judge by purchasing a People’s Choice Wristband. Cornhole Tournament $20/team for cash prize. Live music, raffles, a fire truck, a police car, Easter egg hunt, vendors and fun for the whole family. For more information, please call 904-625-5152.
  • Native American Flute Workshop – Thurs., Apr. 24, 7 p.m. Amiro Art & Found, 9C Aviles St., St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: $40. Presentation entitled “The Native American Flute: A Beautiful Experience in Balance and Harmony.” For more information, please call 904-824-8460 or visit amiroartandfound.com.
  • Ponte Vedra & St. Augustine Turtletown Beach Cleanup – Sat., Apr. 26, 8-11 a.m. Ponte Vedra: Micklers Landing, 1109 Ponte Vedra Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; St. Augustine: St. Johns County Fishing Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Beach cleanup in preparation of sea turtle nesting season. For more information, please call 904-827-6980.
  • Sandcastle Contest – Sat., Apr. 26, 10:30 a.m. Red Cross Lifeguard Station, 2 Ocean Front N., Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Contest takes place on the beach south of the lifeguard station.
  • Spring Fling & Fish Fry – Fri., Apr. 25, 4 p.m. North Florida School of Special Education, 223 Mill Creek Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: $5 Adults, Kids FREE. Bounce houses, pony rides, carnival games, live music. For more information, please call 904-724-8323.
  • Tour de Forts Bike Ride – Sun., Apr., 27, 6:30 a.m. Bartram Trail High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Pkwy, St. Johns, Fla. Admission: $40 club members, $55 non-members. Rides are 21, 38, 62 and 100 miles with designated rest stops and a post-ride barbecue from Sonny's. For more information, please call the North Florida Bicycle Club at 904-861-7373 or visit nfbc.us.
  • Undie Dash & Bash – Fri., Apr. 25, 6-9 p.m. Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Dignity U Wear provides brand-new clothes to children and families. For more information, please visit jacksonvillelanding.com.
  • United Caribbean Cultural Association Annual Spring Bash – Sat., Apr. 26, 6 p.m.-Midnight Bunnell City Hall, 200 S. Church St., Bunnell, Fla. Admission: $15, bring your food and drink. Casual dress. For more information, please call David Jones at 917-319-1646.

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OFFICIAL BIO: K Truitt is a second-generation, native Floridian born in Jacksonville. Truitt worked in public higher education for 25 years and knows newspaper publishing, printing and graphic design. Contact: kt.4examiner@yahoo.com

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