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.

 

read more +

 
 
No Comments  

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!

 
 
No Comments  

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.

read more +

 
 
No Comments  

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).

read more +

 
 
No Comments  

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)!

read more +

 
 
No Comments  

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.

 
 
No Comments  

Thanks to the Renaissance Resort’s Friday Night Live, you don’t need to travel far to enjoy great entertainment and fun! The weekly event features live performers from 6 to 8 p.m.

Festivities kick off at 5:30 with a complimentary, chef inspired hors d’oeuvre. Patrons can also enjoy a complimentary mixologist’s choice cocktail served until 6 p.m. when musicians take the stage.

Here are the upcoming performers at Friday Night Live:

Clay Benjamin:Clay is a guitar master specializing in soul, R&B, funk and smooth jazz music. In fact, he played as Al Green’s lead guitarist for two years! His album “Daddy’s Home” was released in 2017.

Clay’s Friday Night Live dates:July 6, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 24

Pierre Kendrick: A tour de force on the saxophone, Pierre is known for infusing his music with heart and soul. He has traveled around the world playing with blues and jazz musicians like Jackiem Joyner, Matt Marshak and others. Pierre released his first solo album “My Only Love” in 2016.

Pierre’s Friday Night Live dates:July 13, August 17, August 31

The Captains:Local favorite The Captains are returning once again to The Renaissance to perform. Get your dancing shoes ready!

The Captains Friday Night Live date:August 10

 
 
No Comments  

If thinking about Father’s Day leaves you without ideas, plan to visit the World Golf Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 17! The museum will be offering FREE admission for dads and their immediate families. In addition, Dads are invited to take a swing on the Challenge Hole, a replica of TPC Sawgrass’s 17th island green, for just $5.

The Hall of Fame will also launch its newest exhibit, Tales from the Collection, on Father’s Day.

This is huge savings as regular admission is $20.95 for adults ($19.95 for seniors, Florida residents and military), $10 for students, and $5 for kids 5-12 (4 and under are free).

The museum will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Father’s Day. Escape the heat and make Dad smile by visiting the World Golf Hall of Fame on his big day!

 
 
No Comments  

World Golf Village’s Red, White & Boom celebration gives a new meaning to the term “dinner and a show!” In fact, the annual event offers one of the best fireworks displays in Northeast Florida. This year’s event will be held on Monday, July 3 with plenty of dining options before the big show.

Dinner: The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine has two options for dining specials before the fireworks show:

  • Villagio Dinner Buffet(6 – 9 p.m.) is $45 per person ($20 for kids 6-12 years old, 5 and under are free). Guests will enjoy traditional summertime fare like barbeque pork ribs and watermelon.
  • La Terrazza Patio Party(7 – 10 p.m.) is $95 per person ($35 for kids 6-12 years old, 5 and under are free). This package includes a special dinner buffet, open bar, parking pass, live entertainment and primo seating for the fireworks display! The buffet will feature a wide array of fresh summer veggies, seafood, barbeque and fun desserts.

For reservations at either of the Renaissance restaurants, call (904) 940-8696.

The café at World Golf Hall of Fame will also be open until 9 p.m. and additional food and beverages will be on sale throughout the grounds.

read more +

 
 
No Comments  

Attention golf fans! Be sure to tune in to the Golf Channel on Tuesday, September 26 to watch the World Golf Hall of Fame’s 2017 Induction Ceremony, broadcast live from Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The event will be emceed by well-known television reporter and Golf Channel host Cara Robinson. Visit http://www.golfchannel.com for viewing information.

read more +

 
 
No Comments