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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Here is a list of local weekend events.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2012

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: It's a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Please join the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business.

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. This Saturday, celebrate Small Business Saturday with RAM. 150 artists, craftsmen, and food merchants participate each week so RAM is the perfect place for holiday shoppers to find a variety of locally owned and operated small businesses in a single venue.

SWEET PETE'S SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY SWEET CELEBRATION: Join Sweet Pete's from 9 a.m. To 7 p.m. As they celebrate Small Business Saturday. Enjoy complimentary wine and chocolate pairings. Learn to wrap beautiful holiday packages at free gift wrapping classes! Register to win free Candy Cane Pulls and indulge in the many in-shoppe specials! Spend $40.00 and receive a $15.00 gift certificate. Sweet Pete's- 1922 N Pearl St. Jacksonville 32206.

FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN ART EXIBIT & SHOW: The art show at Avonlea Antique Mall will feature original Florida Hall of Fame Highwaymen R. L. Lewis Curtis Arnett Iassac Knight. The meet and greet with the artists is free Saturday from 11 a.m. To 3 p.m. Lewis will be donating a painting to be raffles during the event. It's $4 for 1 raffle ticket, $10 for 3. Proceeds go to the Cathedral Arts Project which provides art programs to children in Duval County.

CHARITY HORSE FARM OPENS TO THE PUBLIC: Come Horse Around! Diamonds in the Rough Farm, where retired horses are given homes for life, will hold its Holiday Season Open House on Saturday, November 24, 2012 from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. A great opportunity for the public to meet the residents, show support for the Farm's mission, and learn about our Charity's local Horses for Heroes Program for Military Veterans suffering from PTSD. Food/drink and gift items will be available. Collection bins will be available for our continuing Aluminum Can/Metal Drive. A $20 donation for admission/car is requested. Visit www.DRFarm.org for more information. The Farm is located at 4411 Rues Landing Road, St. Augustine, FL in the World Golf Village area, 1/4 mile west of International Golf Pky off SR 16.

24TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS MADE IN THE SOUTH: As Christmas time approaches what better way to get ready for the holiday season than to stroll the aisles for treasures at this year's award winning 24th annual Christmas Made in the South! This nationally acclaimed event is a fantastic way to ease into your holiday shopping and find that special holiday gift for that "hard to shop for" friend. Amazing craftspeople, outstanding art, unique gourmet food, and diverse entertainment to whet and satisfy every demanding appetite. Handmade, one-of-a-kind designs populate the booths that fill the festival: silk wearables to fabric bags, dichroic glass jewelry to close-up photography of nature's funniest and fiercest creatures all await and more! It's Saturday from 10 a.m. To 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. To 5 p.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. One Admission Good for All 3 Days with hand stamp! Adults - $6.00 - Children 12 & Under - Free

SANTA'S STORYBOOK TEA: A Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island treasured tradition with a fireside holiday storybook read by Santa plus an afternoon tea, with a selection of finger sandwiches, pastries, candy and cake. It's Saturday at noon in Fernandina Beach. Reservations are required, call (904) 277-1100.

ADVENTURE LANDING'S WINTERFEST: The second annual WinterFEST is underway at Adventure Landing. Shipwreck Island Waterpark is now a whimsical, alpine snow village with a large, outdoor ice skating rink (with real ice!), a 130-foot ice slide dubbed the "Alpine Racer", nightly snowfalls, s'more roasting, light displays, a chance to meet Santa in his "house", Blizzard Bluff Village offering Christmas cookie decorating, a crafts area, a free holiday carnival, a teddy bear-making factory and Mistletoe Marketplace. Patrons will also get the chance to enjoy Crystal Creek Lodge for an array of winter eats, treats and sweets from hot soups to hot chocolate. The First Coast's longest special event will continue through January 13, 2013. Jaxwinterfest.com.

ST. AUGUSTINE FALL ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL: Juried Fine art and craft festival, spacious set-up, exhibitor parking, judged for Awards. This event is sponsored and manned by volunteers of St. Augustine Art Association, for whom it is a major fundraiser. 12,000 attendees are expected. It's at Francis Field Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

ST. AUGUSTINE NIGHT OF LIGHTS: Nights of Lights is a 2-month long celebration of the Holiday Season. Millions of white lights create a magical holiday atmosphere in the Nation's oldest city during the 18th Annual Nights of Lights Celebration in St. Augustine, Florida. Tracing its origins to the Spanish tradition of displaying a lighted white candle during the Christmas holidays, the spectacular lighting reflects the city's 446-year history while creating a beautiful setting for special memories. It begins Saturday at the Plaza de la Constitucion off Kings Street and runs through January 31st. NightsofLights.com

JACKSONVILLE LIGHT BOAT PARADE AND FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR: Head to the Jacksonville Landing for the annual light boat parade and fireworks spectacular Saturday starting at 7 p.m. Live music will continue in the Courtyard from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

A MOTOWN CHRISTMAS: Celebrate the Christmas season with The Motown Experience, world-class entertainers assembled from Motown's most legendary groups. TME presents a powerful show combining their greatest hits and all of your favorite holiday classics. With dazzling choreography and unforgettable harmonies, this will be an evening to relive old memories and to create new ones. Comedian Joe Nipote - the Star of TV's Viper, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and as Uncle Stretch in "casper," - serves as Host. Doors will open at 7pm at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. Show begins at 8:15pm. Tickets are $40. Please note, there is a $6 per vehicle parking fee upon entering Jekyll Island.

BIG TICKET BATTLE FINALS: Ten bands battle it at at Freebird LIVE! In Jacksonville Beach Saturday. Doors open at 5 p.m. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $10 at the door.

SATURDAY NIGHT CLUB TEEN ICE SKATING: Club Teen is for Teens & Tweens between the ages of 10 - 19 years old. There will be Ice skating, a Live DJ, Cosmic Lighting, Music Videos, Internet Fun - Facebook & Twitter, Games & Give-aways, Arcade/Video Games. Parents are welcome to enter and check in at any time but no one else 9 and under or 20 and older will be allowed entry. It's Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. At Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex.

EDDIE VEDDER: Eddie Vedder performs at the Times-Union Center Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

FILM SCREENING - IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Get in the holiday spirit and catch the classic film starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed at the Murray Hill Theatre and café off Edgewood Avenue Saturday at 8 p.m.


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2012

BEE'S KNEES UNDER THE TREES - A ROARING 20S RIBAULT CLUB EXTRAVAGANZA: The Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks invite you to come enjoy the carefree days of the Roaring 20s at the first annual Bee's Knees under the Trees. Step back into time with period music and dancing, lawn games, Kid's corner, vintage cars and more. All ages are welcome and admission is free. Food will be available for purchase, but visitors are welcome to bring a packed picnic lunch. Visitors are encouraged to bring sunscreen, bug spray, hats and appropriate shoes for outdoor activities. It's Sunday from 10:30 a.m. To 4:30 p.m. At Fort George Island Cultural State Park.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS VS. TENNESSEE TITANS: The Jags take on the Titans Sunday at Everbank Field at 1 p.m.

GREAT AMAZING ADVENTURE RACE & FAMILY ACTIVITY: Sign up for this fun adventure race and memory-making family activity! Kids in grades 1-12 pair up with a parent, grandparent, sibling or mentor and compete in a series of fun challenges patterned after the show The Amazing Race. Whether you run, jog, walk or watch, it'll be an experience you will never forget. It's way more fun than a 5K! The race is Sunday at 1 p.m. at Little Talbot Island State Park. Modeled after the popular television show "THE AMAZING RACE", this rain or shine event pits teams of two against other teams in a series of up to 8 (eight) fun-filled challenges across a one-mile cross-country course. Clue cards at each station instructs the teams to complete a task (game, relay, obstacle course, etc.) before proceeding to the next challenge station. How well you work as a team is the most essential ingredient to winning the race. The team that reaches the finish line with the fastest overall time wins. The top 25 teams, from each city, qualify for the National Championship Race and a chance to win $2,000! Cost: $40.00 per team. GreatAmazingRace.com.

SYNCHRONIZED NIGHTLY TREE LIGHT SHOW: The Jacksonville Landing's 56-foot-tree comes alive each evening, performing a 10-minute synchronized light show with more than 78,000 twinkling lights. The light shows take place every hour, on the hour Sunday through Thursday 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. - midnight.

EDDIE VEDDER: Eddie Vedder performs LIVE at the Times-Union Center Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

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