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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Here is a list of events going on this weekend.


PINK RIBBON SYMPOSIUM: The 5th Annual Pink Ribbon Symposium takes place at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Saturday at 8 a.m. First Coast News' own Jeannie Blaylock will be there and be sure to bring your dancing shoes for the ta ta cha cha! Former Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming will share her story on fighting breast cancer as well. It's all to celebrate 20 years of Buddy Check 12. You can find out about new medical treatments for breast cancer and talk with doctors face to face. It's free for all to attend.

JACKSONVILLE MARINE CORPS HALF MARATHON: The 1/2 marathon takes place off Gator Bowl Blvd. Saurday at 7 a.m.

REPTICON - A REPTILE & EXOTIC ANIMAL CONVENTION: Repticon offers the opportunity to shop from a large mix of local and regional breeders and vendors offering reptiles, amphibians, other exotic animals, supplies and merchandise. Prices are unbeatable and the health of the animals unmatched, while the breeders and professionals are accessible for immediate advice. Repticon features at the top of each hour presentations covering a broad range of exotic animal topics, which may include guest interaction with the animals. It's Saturday from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m. at Grand Banquet Hall at University Center at UNF. Price: Admission Adult = $10; Children (5-12) $5; Free for 4 & Under

FOREVER FIT 50 & BEYOND: JACKSONVILLE SENIOR GAMES: It's a competition in various athletics and games, offered to encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle for ages 50 and older. The games start at 7 a.m. Saturday in downtown Jacksonville at Metropolitan Park.

JACKSONVILLE FARMERS MARKET: Open every day of the year, dawn to dusk, save up to 70% or more on NE Florida's largest & fresh selection of local, ethnic, and specialty produce, agricultural and other food products. It's free to attend. The farmer's market runs this Saturday from 7 a.m. Through 7 p.m.

BEAST MODE BATTLE 2012: Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, crossfit lovers will compete in a series of four WODs that are set up in a circuit format. Athletes are assigned a Flight Time and do not stop moving until they have completed all stations of the competition. There is no down time in between events. The athlete must dig deep and get into "Beast Mode" for the duration of their 60 minute flight.

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!

FLORIDA-GEORGIA ADOPTION PARTY: Animal Care and Protective Services will host "Florida-Georgia Adoption Party" (2020 Forest Street) from 10am to 4pm Saturday. Wear your team colors and receive a special adoption rate of $20. There will be games and raffles and unique pet products for sale. A Dogs/Puppies 101 Educational Seminar will take place on site at 11:00am. This is a free class where attendees will learn the basics of their new canine companion - crate training, leash walking, leadership and housetraining. FOJA's SHAMPOOCH! will be on-site for a charity dog wash. A $10 donation is suggested. In addition, Great Weiners! food truck will be on-site.

FLORIDA SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012: About 25,000 people are expected to flock to Jacksonville Beach this weekend for the Florida Surfing Championships. It all starts Saturday around 10 a.m. At the Jacksonville Beach Pier. There will be surfing and stand up paddleboard championships, a 5k race, kid's area, and a skate ramp. The competition runs through October 7th.

THE ROCK SHRIMP FESTIVAL: St Marys Rock Shrimp festival celebrates this special kind of shrimp found in Georgia's coastal waters. The delicious rock shrimp looks almost like a tiny lobster and its taste is somewhere between shrimp and lobster. Dinners (that include regular shrimp and fish as well as rock shrimp) will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All-day entertainment will grace the waterfront stage, and more than 100 food and arts vendors are expected to line St. Marys Road and Osborne Street. All proceeds from the festival will be spent 100% locally and fund the many kids programs as well as other Kiwanis initiatives such as the Kiwanis Club of St. Marys' delivery of 150 Thanksgiving baskets to needy families. For more information contact the Kiwanis Club at 912-674-0848 or

JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY STRING QUARTET - MUSICAL STORYBOOKS: On Saturday at 10 a.m., join the Jacksonville Symphony String Quartet at the Jacksonville Public Library's Southeast Regional 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.

4TH ANNUAL FILIPINO PRIDE CELEBRATION: Featuring live music, traditional dress and dance, cultural performances, kid's zone, authentic Filipino dishes, giveaways, art exhibit, health screenings and more. Event is free and open to the public. Presented by We Filipinos Inc. in cooperation with First Coast Care Home Health. The Filipino Pride Celebration takes place Saturday at the Jacksonville Landing from 11 a.m. To 11 p.m.

BANDS AGAINST BREAST CANCER/BOOBSAPALOOZA 2012: On Saturday at noon, join Lynch's Irish Pub in Jacksonville Beach for the 5th anniversary party. Boobsapalooza features ten bands, a silent auction, chance drawings, custom jewelry sales and more! Tickets are $15 the day of the show. This year, proceeds will go to breast cancer research, to fund Bands Against Breast Cancer's education and outreach programs, and fund the Rick Wilson Memorial Mammogram Fund.

JANE SEYMOUR EXHIBIT: A collection of original artwork by Emmy And Golden Globe award-winning actress Jane Seymour will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at Avondale Artworks of Jacksonville. Meet Jane Seymour during two artist appearances on Saturday, October 6; 1:00pm-3:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm. RSVP'S Requested for Avondale Artworks @ 904.384.8797 or via email at It's free to attend.

ZUMBATHON: On Saturday at 5 p.m., it's a zumbathon at FSCJ south campus to benefit the JJVA and the Wounded Warrior Project. A Line up of some great instructors from all over Jacksonville, all coming together for the Jacksonville Junior Volleyball league and portions are also going to the Wounded Warrior Project. You can purchase your tickets for $15 online at or at the event for $20.

11TH ANNUAL FLORIDA BLACK EXPO: The theme this year is Mind, Body and Soul. The event, produced by Thomas Media Group, will take place at the Prime Osborn Convention Center on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. General admission to Black Expo Tickets will be available at the door. $15/adults, $6 for kids, ages 6-12, (under 5 is free). FREE PARKING.

ST. AUGUSTINE SPANISH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL: The St. Augustine Spanish Wine & Food Festival, presented by Wells Fargo Bank, will highlight St. Augustine's rightful place in American History. This event is the first in a series of annual events honoring St. Augustine's Spanish roots. This festival will feature national and international wine and food experts including several winemakers from Spain. The goal is to establish St. Augustine as the Spanish wine capital of the United States. On Saturday, Oct. 6, The Grand Tasting Event begins at 12:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center with a private VIP wine tasting, presented by Southern Wine and Spirits. This invitation only, pre-tasting event is for the service industry. Hospitality professionals from the region will mingle with local and elected officials to sample a variety of featured Spanish wines. The Grand Tasting Event opens to the public at 3 p.m. Those fortunate enough to procure a ticket will enjoy three hours of sampling fine Spanish wines, light hors d' oeuvres and tapas and each ticketed guest will receive a collector's commemorative glass. Wine will be offered for purchase by the bottle or the case. The Grand Tasting Event is limited to 250 guests and is expected to be a sellout. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door, and admission includes parking in the St. Augustine Municipal Parking Garage.

JACKSONVILLE BULLIES VS. READING ROCKETS: The Bullies take on the Rockets at 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: VIVA ITALIA: The performance takes place at the Times-Union Center for Performing Arts at 8 p.m.

DERBY AFTER DARK: Hosted by our own Patty Crosby, the formal Saturday evening includes a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, a special Fund A Cure segment, inspirational program, dinner, entertainment, and dancing! Put on your derby hats and head to the Sawgrass Marriott for a truly memorable night! You will not want to miss out on this opportunity to raise important funds for diabetes research.



2012 AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL: The 2012 Amelia Island Jazz Festival concerts promise to explode with exciting swinging jazz, played with passion, expertise and soul by many of today's leading jazz artists. This year we are proud to welcome two headlining Jazz Superstars: the multiple Grammy Award nominated jazz -fusion artists Spyro Gyra and contemporary pianist David Benoit.The festival is Sunday starting at noon at the Racquet Park at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, FL. It runs through October 14th.

REGGAE ON THE RIVER: Enjoy live music and entertainment at the Jacksonville Landing from noon to 4 p.m. With drink and food specials.

JACKSONVILLE CHALLENGE 2012: THE ULTIMATE URBAN SCAVENGER RACE: The Jacksonville Challenge urban adventure race is returning to the Sunshine State on Sunday, October 7th! The challenge is a fun, "Amazing Race" style competition packed into on day. Teams of two or more will dash around the city, racing against other Challengers for immortal glory (and cash prizes!) as they solve tricky clues, strategize the best route, and explore undiscovered corners of the city. Think of it like a 5K that tests your brains as much as your legs, with bigger prizes and a whole lot more fun. And at the finish line, enjoy cold water, food and drink specials, music, costume contest and awards ceremony for the winners! It all starts at 2 p.m. Sunday at Chicago Pizza Sports Grille. It's $50 per person. Tickets are available at

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: The Jags take on the Chicago Bears Sunday at 4:05 p.m. at EverBank Field.

JAGUARS POST-GAME CELEBRATION: Head to the Jacksonville Landing after the game for a celebration with drink specials and live entertainment.

THE COLOR PURPLE: Stage Aurora Theatrical Company will present the Tony Award winning hit Broadway musical THE COLOR PURPLE September 28 -October 14, 2012 at the Stage Aurora Performance Hall located at 5188 Norwood Avenue inside Gateway Town Center. Price: Tickets: $15/Students & Senior (65+) with proper ID Adults $20/Adv $25/Door for General Public. There is a show set for Sunday at 3p.m. For tickets,

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: The annual Blessing of the Animals service is quickly approaching. There are numerous churches throughout the Jacksonville area hosting the service in honor of St. Francis Sunday. Check with your local church for times and locations.


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