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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Here's a list of this weekend's events.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2012

JACKSONVILLE FAIR: The Greater Jacksonville Agriculture Fair invites you to join the annual celebration of heritage, culture and community, by providing good wholesome family fun, great entertainment, friendly competition and educational experiences for the whole family! The Fair is where agriculture, industry, education and creativity unite in a cooperative effort for twelve days to dynamically portray the resources and accomplishments of the Jacksonville area.

KONA PRO JAX: Jacksonville's premier $22,000 professional surfing contest, the KONA PRO JAX, will run this Saturday, November 3 through Sunday, Novemeber 4th. Additionally it will feature a $1,000 Women's Pro and new to the event, a $2,000 Junior Pro and $2,000 skate contest. The Kona Jax Pro will continue the excellence in event's prior by continuing the use of live computer scoring and ASP qualified judging. It's taking place at the Jacksonville Beach Pier.


MONSTER DASH 5K & CREEPY CRAWL: Join in the fun for the inaugural Monster Dash 5K & Creepy Crawl benefiting Haven Hospice, featuring an early morning 5K race at Butler Park on St. Augustine Beach on Saturday, November 3rd. Your 5K registration fee includes a T-shirt and the post-run party with live music, food, drinks, expo booths, awards ceremony and more!!! Don't forget to wear your costume for the individual and/or team costume contest after the 5K! Not a runner but still want to join the fun? Purchase a Post-Party Only ticket and you will be there to support the runners and a great cause. Also, anybody interested is invited to participate in our post-event beach clean-up. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Event url: www.havenhospice.org/monsterdash

BLACK CREEK BOWL 5K: The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #104 presents the Black Creek Bowl 5k at Middleburg Elementary 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Take a jog through history on a winding route through historic Middleburg's downtown area. Food, awards, music and a free T shirt are included! Proceeds fund supplemental scholarships to deserving Middleburg High seniors, including a Det. David White Memorial Scholarship to a Bronco Band member.

PATRONS OF THE HEARTS BRIDGES 5K/10K: The 5k or 10k run plus a 1-mile fun run is set for Saturday at 8a.m. At the Yates Family YMCA off Riverside Avenue. It benefits Patrons of the Hearts, a non-profit organization that provides care for children with congenital heart disease from underdeveloped countries at Wolfson Children's Hospital. This project represents a partnership between the University of Florida Pediatric Cardiovascular Center, Wolfson Children's Hospital, and the community of Jacksonville.

10TH ANNUAL BUDDY WALK DAY: No matter what your age, come and join us for Jacksonville's 10th Annual Buddy Walk at the Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion from 11:30 a.m. To 4 p.m. Saturday. The route will be approximately one mile on the beach, so bring your strollers and wagons. There will also be entertainment and carnival games.

ANCIENT CITY AUTO CLUB CAR SHOW: The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind invites the public to attend the 28th annual Ancient City Auto Club Car Show Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registered in the show is a 1931 Auburn, in which the original owner or record is verified as Mae West, the popular actress of the 1930s. Parking and admission is free. More than 200 cars ranging from street rods to historic classics are participating or competing in judged classes. Car registration takes place from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. It's free to attend.

WOLFSON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL PARADE: The St. Johns Town Center will host the eighth annual Wolfson Children's Hospital Parade, formerly known as the Red Wagon Parade, on Saturday, November 3. The parade will showcase a variety of red wagons decorated as popular children's books. The red wagons will be led by Wolfson Children's Hospital supporters and volunteers. It will also feature the Bishop Kenny High School Marching Band, fire trucks, costumed characters and much more! Since 2004, the Red Wagon Parade has raised more than $350,000 for vitally needed technology and equipment for Wolfson Children's Hospital. This year, proceeds from the parade will benefit the Wolfson Children's Hospital's expansion, in a new 11-story patient tower, currently under construction on the Baptist Medical Center campus. The new tower is scheduled to open this winter. The parade is Saturday from 9:30 a.m. To noon and it's free and open to the public!

RIVERSIDE ARTS MARKET: The Riverside Arts Market is every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. off Riverside Avenue underneath the Fuller Warren Bridge. It features crafts, art, live entertainment and more!

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S: The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease, the nation's sixth-leading cause of death. It's set for Saturday at 9:00 a.m. At the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.

OPERATION SANDY RELIEF: First Coast News is partnering with United Way of Northeast Florida to help Sandy's victims to our north. Bring items to the big truck parked outside the First Coast News studios off East Adams Street, in front of the baseball ground, all this weekend.

SEAMARK RANCH 5TH YEAR JUBILEE: Celebrating 5 years of serving children with a FREE day of fun Saturday from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m., the Jubilee will include tours, animals, entertainment and food at the Seamark Ranch in Green Cove Springs. Seamarkranch.com

JACKSONVILLE ZOO & GARDENS WILD READING SAFARI: A day of wild reading fun for the whole family! On Saturday, November 3rd, from 10am-2pm, enjoy classic children's books read by local celebrities and performed by The Performers Academy. It's also FWC Pet Amnesty Day from 10 a.m. To 4 p.m., an effort to reduce the number of nonnative animals being released into the wild by pet owners who can no longer care for their exotic pets. This event offers an opportunity for people to surrender their nonnative pets free of charge to the FWC with no questions asked. Every attempt will be made to place all healthy animals with qualified adopters. The event will be held in the Main Parking lot of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and is free to the public.

JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY STRING QUARTET - MUSICAL STORYBOOKS: Join the Jacksonville Symphony String Quartet at the Jacksonville Public Library's Main Branch for an early literacy and music program for pre-K children. Presenting a story combined with music to engage them in active listening and foster a love of reading with a string quartet, this event is a great way to spend the morning with the kids. It's Saturday at 10 a.m.

INTERNATIONAL GAMES DAY 2012: TEEN GAMERS: Bring your friends to the Bartram Trail Branch Library off Davis Pond Road in Fruit Cove and play Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Wii, and PS3. Or, play Halo on X-Box 360. Refreshments will be served. Games are set for Saturday from 5 p.m. To 7 p.m. Phone: (904) 827-6960.

NXT WRESTLING LIVE: Catch the WWE wrestlers and divas in action at the Jacksonville Armory off Normandy Blvd. Autograph signing starts at 6:30. 8 big matches get underway at 7:30 p.m. Price Kids $10, Adults $20, Ringside Reserved $25 and $15

RYAN CABRERA LIVE: Catch Ryan Cabrera perform at the Murray Hill Theatre Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 the day of the show.

NITE OF GLAMOUR 2012: Nite Of Glamour 2012 featuring Female Impersonation with a Twist, caters to a wide audience. It's Saturday November 3, 2012 at 8 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida. Doors open at 8pm and Show starts at 9pm. $20 at the Door. Free food, a raffle and other prizes.

JACKSONVILLE LANDING: Catch live music, entertainment and drink special at the Jacksonville Landing from 8 p.m. To 1 a.m. In the courtyard

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2012

RIPLEY'S GIMME FIVE FOOD DRIVE: From Sunday, November 4 through Thursday, November 8, guests who bring a donation of five non-perishable food items can get a ticket to Ripley's Believe It or Not! St. Augustine Odditorium for just $5 (regular adult ticket price is $14.99). All the food collected will go to Second Harvest North Florida. Ripley's "Gimme Five" promotion may not be combined with any other offers; one discount ticket available for every 5 non-perishable food items donated.

THE GREAT CHOWDER DEBATE: Head to the Conch House in St. Augustine to catch local restaurants particiapting in this year's Great Chowder Debate! It's Sunday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. The event benefits the Shrine Hospital for children.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS VS. DETROIT LIONS: The Jags take on the Lions at Everbank Field Sunday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

BEACH WALK AND TALK; Set out on a guided tour of JaxParks oceanfront parks and portions of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Meet the Nature Center at Huguenot Memorial Park Sunday at 2 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY STRING AND WIND ENSEMBLES - SUNDAY SALONS: Enjoy this close-up performance Sunday at 3 p.m. by the Jacksonville Symphony musicians at Thrasher-Horne Center For the Arts in Orange Park. A string quartet and woodwind quintet will present a delightful program of popular pieces and light classics.

JACKSONVILLE FAIR: The Greater Jacksonville Agriculture Fair invites you to join the annual celebration of heritage, culture and community, by providing good wholesome family fun, great entertainment, friendly competition and educational experiences for the whole family! The Fair is where agriculture, industry, education and creativity unite in a cooperative effort for twelve days to dynamically portray the resources and accomplishments of the Jacksonville area.

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