Activities and beaches

Flower show this weekend

Celebrate spring at the Ribault Garden Club Flower Show, with displays of unique floral designs, horticulture, botanical arts and educational exhibits. Club members have potted and propagated a variety of native plants over the past two years, and attendees will have the opportunity to purchase these beautiful arrangements.

This is a National Garden Club Standard Flower Show and designs are submitted by members of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. Members of the Ribault Garden Club reside throughout the Beaches area, Nocatee and west of the Intracoastal Waterway.

The show is open to the public and admission is free. The hours are Friday, April 29 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The club is located at 705 Second Ave. N. at Jacksonville Beach. Call (904) 246-4641 for more information.

Virtual Author Event Saturday

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day by connecting with children’s author and illustrator Matt Myers, who is showcasing his new picture book, “Children of the Forest,” via the Time of the Year virtual author event. tale from The BookMark Saturday at 9 a.m.

This funny and beautifully illustrated book is the story of two siblings who set out to live a life of adventure in the wilderness of their own backyard.

Grabbing a bow and a quiver, a boy and his little sister decided to live off the land. First, they walk past their sleepy dad to steal supplies from the fridge, but only what they need. In the uncharted spaces, they encounter many dangers, from a ferocious mountain lion (a domestic cat) to a hulking canine beast (their dog). When the sun goes down, they form a camp complete with tusks to ward off predators.

Myers’ cool, serious text is juxtaposed with whimsical art depicting the playful antics of backyard life, making for a tale full of delights for imaginative children.

Reserve a seat for the event on Crowdcast at, or visit the store at 220 First St., Neptune Beach, for prizes and other fun festivities in honor of the Day of the independent bookstore.

For more information, visit, email or call (904) 241-9026.

Saturday Conference: Prehistoric Obsidian

The Archaeological Institute of America – Jacksonville Society meets at noon Saturday in UNF Building 51 to hear a lecture by Professor Robert H. Tykot, University of South Florida. His lecture, “Use of Obsidian and Shipping in the Prehistoric Mediterranean”, discusses how obsidian was widely used for stone tools and traded distances up to 1000 km during the Neolithic period, 6000-3000 BCE. Our era.

Formed by volcanic activity, it only exists on a handful of Italian islands: Lipari, Palmarola, Pantelleria and Sardinia. Its presence elsewhere involves sea voyages to mainland Italy, southern France, Croatia, Albania, Tunisia, Spain and other places around the world. Non-destructive chemical analysis of obsidian artifacts was conducted on over 10,000 artifacts to identify their specific sources.

Free and open to the public, the lecture will be followed by free refreshments in the Physical Anthropology Lab. On Saturdays, parking is free, with spaces for staff, teachers and vendors accessible to all.

For more information, contact Melva Price at (904) 241-9411 or

Saturday Reptile Show

The City of Atlantic Beach is hosting Wild Wonders: Dinosaurs Among Us on April 30 at Dutton Island Pavilion.  The show features local and exotic reptiles for people of all ages.

Calling all fans of snakes, lizards, turtles and more! Head to the Dutton Island Pavilion on Saturday for Wild Wonders: “Dinosaurs Among Us” is an informative and interactive live show that features local exotic reptiles for kids and adults.

Wild Wonders begins at 1 p.m. at the Dutton Island Pavilion, 793 Dutton Island Road in Atlantic Beach. For more information, email or call (904) 247-5828.

Fletcher Meeting Saturday

The Beaches Museum is hosting the Fletcher All-Class Block Party on Saturday, April 30 from 6-10 p.m. A gathering for Fletcher graduates, faculty, and supporters from all decades, the party is a time to reminisce and celebrate the Beaches’ only high school, Duncan U. Fletcher High School.

Highlights will include local music, dancing, food trucks, classmates gathering and more. This year’s theme is “85 Years of Island Defence”. As the only high school on Barrier Island, Senators Fletcher have always taken pride in making this coastal community and its unique quality of life their own.

The reunion coincides with the opening of “Pride of the Beaches,” an exhibit that captures the images, stories and nostalgia of every generation of senators who have walked these purple-lined hallways. Plus, a special Boardwalk Talk, “Canneling Anna Fletcher” by Tim Gilmore, features the fascinating life of Anna Fletcher, wife of the school’s namesake.

While her husband, Duncan, has dedicated his life to the body politic, Anna has dedicated hers to the spirit world. She held seances, opened Fletcher House to spirit mediums, wrote books on spirit trumpets and ectoplasm, and championed the cause of spiritualism against Harry Houdini before Congress. Presenting Gilmore is the story of a woman who struggled to find a voice, exert her strength and purpose despite the restrictions of her time.

The funds raised support the work of the Beach Museum. For more information on tickets and sponsorship, visit or call (904) 241-5657.

Tunnel to Towers exec to talk

On Wednesday, May 4, Patty Trousdell, Director of Volunteer Events for the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, is the guest speaker at the monthly Newcomers Alumnae Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The mission of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation is to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who gave his life to save others on September 11, 2001. The organization also honors service members and first responders who continue to sacrifice life and physical integrity for the country.

In addition to its many programs, the foundation builds mortgage-free smart homes for the most seriously injured veterans and first responders injured in the line of duty. He has committed more than $150 million to support the nation’s greatest heroes and their families. For more information, visit

Lunch is held at the Marsh Landing Country Club, 25655 Marsh Landing Parkway in Ponte Vedra Beach, and the cost to attend is $23. Reservations must be made by contacting by April 29. For more information about the club, visit or email

Mayport CO at the Library

U.S. Navy Captain Jason Canfield, Commanding Officer of Naval Station Mayport, addresses the upcoming Beaches Watch meeting on May 4.

Mayport Commanding Officer Capt. Jason G. Canfield addresses the upcoming Beaches Watch Community Meeting Wednesday, May 4, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Beaches Branch Library.

Captain Canfield will discuss the mission of Naval Station Mayport and its impact on beach communities. Expected topics include the role it plays in the country’s national security, what the base has done to deal with rising sea levels and its economic impact on the region. Additionally, Captain Canfield will discuss how the community can continue to establish and foster a symbiotic relationship with one of the area’s largest employers.

Questions can be submitted prior to the meeting by emailing no later than May 2. Participants can also ask questions directly to the captain during the meeting.

The library is located at 600 Third St., Neptune Beach. For more information, call (904) 878-0435, email or visit


Florida author Robby Weber will be at BookMark on Saturday, May 7 from 2-4 p.m. to sign copies of his new young adult novel, “If You Change Your Mind.”

Hilarious and heartfelt, Weber’s debut novel tells the story of an aspiring screenwriter who learns that sometimes love has its own script.

Harry wants nothing more than to write Hollywood screenplays. He knows the first step to achieving this goal is to win a screenwriting competition that will seal his admission to the college of his dreams, so he’s determined to spend his summer without distractions — also called boys — and finish his script. After last year, Harry is certain that love only exists in movies anyway.

But then the cause of his first heartbreak, Grant, comes back with a secret that could change everything – not to mention there’s a new boy in town, Logan, who’s so charming and kind, he makes Harry question everything he knows about romance. As he tries to control his emotions and stick to his perfect plan for the future, Harry is about to learn that life doesn’t always follow a script.

Masks will be mandatory for any in-store author event. For more information, visit, email or call (904) 241-9026.

Upcoming Charity Golf Tournament

Swing your best on Monday, May 9 and support Beaches Habitat for Humanity at the annual Builders Classic golf tournament. The Queen’s Harbor Yacht and Country Club is the venue for this year’s tournament, with all proceeds going to Beaches Habitat’s mission to build affordable homes on Jacksonville beaches.

Jeff Prosser of 1010XL’s “The Drill” has been announced as honorary host. Prosser will be on hand at Queen’s Harbor to play and greet golfers and sponsors.

The format of the tournament is best ball with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Four hole-in-one par 3 contests feature prizes including a golf vacation at Pebble Beach, a 2022 Land Rover Defender from Fields Auto Group and a 2022 Nimnicht Buick GMC vehicle. Prizes will also be offered for the Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin and putting contests. One player has the chance to shoot for $1 million, and four lucky golfers can win a chance to shoot for $100,000.

All golfers will enjoy a box lunch upon registration, complimentary drink tickets and a post-tournament awards banquet. More information, including online registration and sponsorships, can be found at or by calling (904) 595-5794.

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