Smithsonian magazine is hosting a nationwide celebration of museums on Saturday, September 22! The organization is partnering with more than 1,250 museums and cultural institutions around the U.S. to offer free general admission.

Just go to the Museum Day site, select your museum of choice, and provide your name and email address. Your ticket will arrive in your email inbox. According to the website, a ticket is good for free general admission for two people on Museum Day.

 

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To commemorate the women’s last Major Championship of the year, the World Golf Hall of Fame is hosting Evian Championship Week between September 13 and 16.

Visit the museum and enjoy learning about Hall of Fame inductees who are past Evian champions.

The celebration parallels the Evian Championship tournament Sept. 13-16, played at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains, France. The tournament will be shown throughout the museum during the week. It will also be broadcast on NBC and the Golf Channel.

The field will be very competitive as top players like defending champion Anna Nordqvist and current #1 player Sung Hyun Park vie for the coveted trophy.

Learn more about the tournament by visiting evianchampionship.comand don’t forget to check out the special celebration at the World Golf Hall of Fame!

 
 
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Calling all literature enthusiasts: The 2018 Florida Heritage Book Festival is coming to St. Augustine on Saturday, September 15! The free festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Flagler College’s Ringhaver Student Center. Attendees can sit in on presentations by locally-renowned authors and visit a book marketplace and author signings.

A free shuttle will run from the Visitor Information Center on Castillo Drive to the festival from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Attendees will enjoy author panel discussions as well as scheduled talks and readings by numerous writers like Cathy Salustri, Judy Lindquist, Karen Harvey,  Mark Woods, Laura Lee Smith, Ben Montgomery, Larry Loftis, Bruce Horovitz, Jeff Klinkenberg, Sylvia Whitman, Andre Frattino, Richard Wickliffe, Sharon Scholl, Ann Browning Masters, Robert Macomber, Ashley Lear, Daniel Schafer, James O. Born and Julie Hauserman.

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If you love live music but have no interest in paying Ticketmaster prices to see shows, you are in luck! St. Augustine’s 2018 Sing Out Loud Music Festival runs the first four weekends in September and performances are free and open to the public!

The festival includes concerts at 19 venues throughout St. Johns County including the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Colonial Oak Music Park, Plum Gallery on Aviles Street, Bokeh, Dog Rose Brewing, Limelight Theatre, Nobby’s, Sarbez and others.

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Attention nature enthusiasts! If you’re curious about the natural beauty of our coastal lands and the many animals that live here, Marineland’s Lecture Series is a great opportunity to learn!

 

The recurring event takes place on the third Tuesday of each month at Marineland Dolphin Adventure from 10 to 11 a.m. Each lecture is free to attend (space is limited and reservations are required for admission).

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Davidson Realty agent Mirtha Barzaga recently held back-to-school drives at the King & Bear Amenity Center and Heritage Landing Amenity Center in World Golf Village. Mirtha collected school supplies to benefit kids in need at several St. Johns County Schools.

The turnout was fantastic at both events, helping lots of students to start the school year off right! Generous donors delivered essential supplies like backpacks, notebooks, folders, markers, crayons, scissors and more.

“Many local students don’t have the basic things they need for school, which makes academic success all the more difficult for them,” said Mirtha. “These supplies help give students the confidence they need to learn, knowing they have the necessary tools.”

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Outdoor markets are great for finding crafty gifts, fresh produce and locally produced goods. While most markets are only open on weekend mornings, the St. Augustine Amphitheater offers a great chance to enjoy the market experience on a weeknight.

The St. Augustine Amphitheater Night Market is open the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. Come peruse the more than 70 vendors and enjoy dinner options and live music.

 

The next market, scheduled for August 14, will feature Davis & the Loose Cannons as well as The Space Heaters. The August 28 market will feature the Wild Shiners.

The Night Market is free and open to the public with free parking. Gather the family after work and head to the Night Market for shopping, eating and fun! No pets please.

For more information and updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/staugampmarket, email staampmkt@gmail.com or call (904) 315-9252. The St. Augustine Amphitheater is located at 1340C A1A South.

 
 
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The National Park Service will present a special day of boat tours and cannon firings on Saturday, August 4, at Fort Matanzas National Monument on Rattlesnake Island.

The tours are free and include a ferry ride to the fort, a tour and cannon firing at the end. British Navy re-enactors in full regalia will speak about the life of an 18th century British sailor and the 276-year-old fort’s role in St. Augustine’s storied past.

The tours are hourly beginning at 10 a.m. The day’s final tour begins at 3 p.m.

Stop by the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center (8635 A1A South, about 15 miles south of St. Augustine) to pick up free boarding passes prior to each tour.

Plan to arrive early as space on each tour is limitedand boarding passes are issued for the next available fort tour on a first come, first served basis (no reservations). Tours are about 45 minutes and subject to weather.

Learn more about the fort by visiting NPS.gov. For additional information, call 904-471-0116 or visit them on Facebook at Facebook.com/FortMatanzasNPS.

 
 
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Summer break will soon be ending for St. Johns County students (first day of school is Friday, August 10) and the school district has plenty of resources to help families prepare for the upcoming school year. Here are some excellent online sources for schedules, news and enrollment information.

Enrollment

School enrollment is easy! Just visit the St. Johns County Schools enrollment page to get started. It is recommended that parents register their kids as soon as possible to help reduce the volume of students enrolling when school starts and help the district prepare for the appropriate number of teachers.

Please note:If you are already enrolled, you may still need to take action! Current students must update residency documentation before transitioning to middle (6th grade) and high school (9th grade)!

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If you are looking for an activity this weekend that is free, fun and indoors, you are in luck! Jacksonville Business Connections Networking is hosting the 5th Annual Summer Craft & Vendor Event on Saturday, July 21, from 10 am to 4 pm at Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village.

 

Get there early! In addition to being free to attend, the first 50 guests receive free swag bags!

Kids will enjoy Tinkerbell, Minion and Star Wars character meet & greets throughout the day. The event will also have a raffle to benefit local organization Project Balance.

Aside from the many vendors, attendees can sign up for 45-minute workshops including make-and-take products. Here are the day’s workshops:

10 am: Mala Bracelet DIY Workshop(ages 13+)
Learn the history and purpose of Mala as well as the traditional art of Mala making. You will make your own Mala bracelet to take with you, along with new knowledge about the art’s significance.

11 am: Ring Dish Decorating Workshop(any ages)
Participants will learn how to customize ring dishes using alcohol inks. These are perfect as quick and easy gifts for showers, holidays and birthdays. You will make two customized ring dishes.

12 pm: Card & Gift Box Workshop(ages 13+)
Each participant will make and take four greeting cards and receive an acetate box (suitable for gift giving). All supplies will be provided.

1 pm: Leather and Bead Necklace Workshop(ages 13+)
Create a one-of-a-kind necklace with your own personal touch! Attendees will make a beaded, leather necklace with an optional leather tassel, and customized necklace length, color and style.

2 pm: Jellyfish Air Plant Workshop(ages 10+)
Make two air plant terrariums. The first is a floating jellyfish suspended from a giant starfish and the other is in a conch shell. Materials provided including baby starfish, moss coral, sea glass and shells.

3 pm: Soap Making Workshop(ages 16+)
Learn about cold process soap making and take home a pound of your own handcrafted soap! For safety, please bring an old long-sleeved shirt, and wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.

Learn more by visiting the event Facebook page: 5th Annual Summer Craft & Vendor Event – Free to the Public.

 
 
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