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Let’s say your plaid skirt is in the shop, so chances are there won’t be any wind up it this weekend.

You’re in luck!

Greater Jacksonville offers you plenty to do – some of which is affordable and some that requires just a little advanced planning.

Train freaks will have the time of their lives at the 36th Annual Jacksonville Model Train & Railroadiana Show & Sale at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville.

Two hundred bucks and a sense of humor gets you into the annual Menéndez Noche de Gala at the Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine celebrating the 495th Birthday of Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. 16th-century dress optional.

Give a cluck and learn more about raising chickens in your own backyard at the Tree Hill Center, make a mandala, maybe take in a concert and help VH1 and their Save the Music Foundation keep music in our public schools.

February is about oh some very many kinds of love.

Details below.

–GJE–

  • 36th Annual Jacksonville Model Train & Railroadiana Show & Sale – Sat., Feb. 22, 9 a.m. Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: $8 Adults, Kids under 12 FREE. Relive the glory days of railroading in Florida when the Seaboard Railroad, Florida East Coast Railroad and the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad were king. Golden Spike Enterprises, Inc., presents Over 300 tables representing dealers from all over the nation will have model items in all gauges and Railroad Antiques for sale. Florida’s largest combination show – choose from Lionel, American Flyer, LGB, Marklin or Ives Trains from the past or present. For more information, For more information. please call 813-949-7197 and ask for Alan Altman or visit gserr.com.
  • Amelia Island Book Festival – Thurs., Feb. 20-Sat., Feb. 22, see schedule for times. Admission: Most events FREE & open to the public. See schedule for ticket prices. Features Saturday Readers Festival with almost 100 authors in all genres. Live entertainment, Kidz Fun Zone, Teen Fest plus other special events. For more information, please visit ameliaislandbookfestival.com.
  • Annual Menéndez Noche de Gala – Sat., Feb. 22 6:30 p.m. Casa Monica Hotel, 95 Cordova St., St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: $195. Put on your black tie or 16th-century costume and celebrate the 495th Birthday of Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés at Menéndez Noche de Gala with an evening of cocktails and delights in the Lightner ballroom. Procession to dinner to the mezzanine-level open bar and dancing to follow. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the Lightner Museum. For more information, please call 904-827-1888.
  • Cluck Yeah!: Raising Chickens in Your Own Backyard – Thurs., Feb. 20, 7 p.m. Tree Hill Nature Center,7152 Lone Star Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: $15, Tree Hill members, $20 nonmembers. - Learn the basics of backyard chicken keeping with Genora Crain-Orth of River City Chicks. Crain-Orth will present information on best practices and the details outlined within Jacksonville's recently approved chicken ordinance (Ordinance 2013-415). For more information, please visit treehill.org.
  • Dances of Universal Peace – Fri., Feb. 21, 7:30-9 p.m. Discovery Yoga, 3 Davis St., St. Augustine, Fla. Admission: $10-15 love offering. Circle dances of honoring all religious paths. Dances and songs are taught in the circle. All are welcome. For more information, please call Lynn Haqqiqa 352-870-8558, email LynDeluke@msn.com, call Holly Levinson at 904-471-1414 or email hally@the-hal.com.
  • Mandala Magic – Sun., Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Peaceful Living Center, 1250 S. McDuf Ave., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: $80-$125 sliding fee, materials fee included.. Ignite your fire within and discover a window to your soul as you create a mandala. No experience necessary.
  • The Orchestra Games – Feb. 23, 3-4 p.m. Jacoby Symphony Hall, Times-Union Center, 300 W. Water St., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: Tickets start at $6. Celebrate the Winter Olympics with ‘The Orchestra Games,’ presented by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Explore the various instruments and sprint through an array of events: Which instrument will win the Low Note Limbo, the Fast note Dash or the Marathon? Arrive early for pre-concert activities at 2 p.m., including the Symphony Guild’s Instrument Zoo. For more information, please call 904-354-5547 or visit www.jaxsymphony.org.
  • Private Schools Honor Band Concert – Sat., Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. Jacksonville University, Terry Concert Hall, 2800 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. The First Coast Wind Ensemble and Jacksonville Private Schools Honor Band to present an evening of James Curnow, internationally-known composer who will conduct both groups in a concert of his own works including including his "Fantasia" for tuba and concert band. The Honor Band features the best instrumentalists from Bishop Kenny High School, The Bolles School, Christ's Church Academy, Episcopal High School, First Coast Christian School, Providence School, St. John's Country Day School and Trinity Christian Academy. For more information, please visit fcwe.org.
  • Restore The Music Festival Gainesville – Sat., Feb. 22, 1:00 p.m. Downtown Gainesville, Gainesville, Fla. Admission: $15. KD Promotions LLC, A Proud Partner of VH1 Save The Music Foundation, presents Restore The Music Festival. 150 bands and multiple stages.. Performing at the Restore The Music Festival is open to All Unsigned Musicians With Original Music, and all genres of music. A portion of proceeds will benefit VH1 Save The Music Foundation. For more information, please visit www.kdpromo.com/restore-the-music-festival.

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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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