The embarrassment of riches that is Greater Jacksonville in October continues this weekend.
Slap a big ol’ Viva Florida 500! on that!
After ethnic studies comes even more education about fall.
This weekend’s offerings include:
- 9th Annual Creekside Festival
- 11th Annual Herbs in the Gardens Festival
- International Observe the Moon Night
- Music on the Hill Community Music Festival
Read on for the details.
Θα τα πούμε αργότερα! (See you later.)
- 9th Annual Creekside Festival – Sat., Oct. 12 & Sun., Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Princess Place Preserve, 2500 Princess Place Rd., Palm Coast, Fla. Admission: $5 carload. Sponsored by the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce. Celebrate the natural beauty of Northeast Florida with a variety of family friendly activities including live bluegrass music, kayak and walking tours, an arts and crafts show, a photo exhibition, wide variety of food vendors, kids zone sponsored by ‘Flagler Parent Magazine’ and more. Please bring your lawn chairs, a picnic blanket and some friends. For more information, please call Christine at 386-437-0106 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org • www.flaglerchamber.org
- 11th Annual Herbs in the Gardens Festival – Sat., Oct. 12, 10 a.m -3 p.m. Washington Oaks Greenhouse, Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast, Fla. Admission: $5.00 per carload up to 8, $4.00 Single-Occupant, $2.00 pedestrians, bicyclists. A large variety of herbs An 11:00 a.m. presentation highlighting "Culinary & Medicinal Uses of Herbs. "This program will also focus on growing herbs at home and troubleshooting your herb questions. Noon – demonstrations how to use herbs in the kitchen. Taste some easy to make herb dishes and learn how to use fresh herbs in your everyday cooking. At 2:00 p.m., take a Garden Tour, led by a Park Ranger. For more information, please call 386-446-6780.
- 16th Annual St. Augustine Greek Festival – Fri., Oct. 11, 4-9 p.m., Sat., Oct. 12, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. & Sun., Oct. 13, Noon-5 p.m. Francis Field, 14 W. Castillo Dr. next to the St. Augustine Visitors Center and parking garage, St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: $3, Kids under 12, active-duty military and immediate family FREE. Celebrate all things Greek, food, dancing, music and heritage. Greek foods and pastries, carnival rides and games plus other children’s activities and an open-air market. For more information, please call 904-829-0504 or visit www.stauggreekfest.com.
- Blessing of the Animals – Sun., Oct. 13, 4 p.m. Orange Park United Methodist Church, Clay House, corner of Stowe and Astor St. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Pet portraits and music.
- Community Outreach – Sat., Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Lunch served 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Hickory Gove Baptist Church, 310 S. Oakridge Dr., Green Cove Springs Fla. 32043. Admission: FREE & open to the public. FREE services available: St. Vincent’s medical van on site, clothing, food pantry, shoes, eye exams, toiletries, personal items, haircuts. Tents, sleeping bags, blankets and more available to the homeless. Information on: adult education opportunities, veterans’ benefits, dental referrals. Drawings for prizes and children’s fun area. Parking at Green Cove Springs Jr. High School down the street and FREE shuttle to church. Transportation to and from event for homeless available for Keystone Heights, Green Cove Springs, Middleburg and Orange Park. For more information, please call 904-379-6208. To arrange transportation, please call 904-379-6208 and ask for Ethan. Sponsored by Mercy Network of Clay County and Please Pass the Bread in partnership with Hickory Grove Baptist Church and the Clay Community.
- Drumming Into the Spiral of Divine Love – Mon., Oct. 14, 6 p.m. Unity of Jacksonville Beach, 1079 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, Fla. Admission: $10. Be part of the Divine Intervention as the Portal of Divine Love opens and radiates its Light on Earth. Drum, chant, transform with the elements of fire, water, earth, and air and make ready for the changes brought in by the upcoming Full Lunar Eclipse and the New Moon Eclipse. No drumming or music experience required. Feel free to bring your own drum. For more information on the Divine Portal, please visit www.eraofpeace.org. • www.justabeataway.com
- 6th Annual Fall Palatka Bluegrass Festival – Oct. 10-12, see schedule online for details. Rodeheaver Boys’ Ranch, 380 Boys’ Ranch Rd., Palatka, Fla. Admission: $35 per day, $85 all three days, kids $5 for 3 days, kids under 6 FREE with parent. Rain or shine. Three days of great bluegrass by Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, the Spinney Brothers, the Stevens Family, the Grascals and more. Please bring lawn chairs. No high-back or lounge chairs. Concessions & hot food available. For camping please call, 386-328-1281. For more information, please call 706-864-7203 or visit www.adamsbluegrass.com.
- The History of Florida: A Roundtable of Authors – Oct. 11 & 12, Flagler College, Ringhaver Student Center, St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: Please call for more information. The St. Augustine Historical Society presents a discussion of 500 years of Florida history with 15 authors. Speakers’ schedule available online at www.oldesthouse.org/historylive. For more information, please call 904-824-2872.
- International Observe the Moon Night – Sat., Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Bartram Branch Library, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public, weather permitting. Celebrate the moon with the Northeast Florida Astronomy Society and see the night sky in a new light. For more information, please call Carla or Melissa at 904-827-6960.
- Jaxtoberfest: A Fall Celebration – Fri., Oct. 11, 3-10 p.m. & Sat., Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Shipyard Property along the St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville, 750 E. Bay St., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: $8 plus $1.43 fee, general admission, VIP tickets available, order online. Traditional German music and dance, Kinderfest – face & pumpkin painting, inflatables & games. For more information, please visit jaxtoberfest.com.
- Music on the Hill Community Music Festival – Sat., Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Joseph A. Strasser Amphitheater, Tree Hill Nature Center, 7152 Lone Star Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy live music by the Jacksonville Community Band, the Clay County Community Band, the Northeast Florida Conservatory, the Boathouse Cello Choir, the First Coast Pops and more. Crafts, live animals, shaved ice available for purchase. For more information, please visit www.treehill.org.
- Scan Day at the State Archives of Florida – Sat., Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. R.A. Gray Building, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Unique opportunity to preserve your family legacy and share your history with the world. Bring in original Florida-related family photographs (no digital images please) for possible inclusion in the collections of the State Archives of Florida. During the scan day, Archives staff will scan photographs and return the originals to the donor. The Archives will not take permanent physical possession of the images unless the donor requests otherwise. Staff will be on hand to discuss the process as well as address any questions. For more information, please visit floridamemory.com/about/archivesmonth.
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