JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's the first weekend of 2013 and there are a variety of local events for your and your family to check out.
SATURDAY JANUARY 5, 2013
MOSH GREEN REVOLUTION FAMILY DAY: Come to MOSH for the last Green Revolution Family Day before the exhibit closes Sunday, January 6! Energy is an integral part of our everyday lives both inside our bodies and our homes. Come explore how energy is produced and transported and learn about different ways to conserve energy. Activities are included with museum admission. $10 for adults; $8 for children 3-12, military and seniors. FREE for children 2 and under and MOSH Members.
COMMUNITY FIRST SATURDAYS: Community First Saturdays features family-friendly activities while showcasing vibrant Downtown Jacksonville. Guests can enjoy the beautiful and accessible St. Johns River and participate in activities with an overall emphasis on health and wellness. The event lasts from 9 a.m. to dusk on the first Saturday of each month.
FIRST 5k TRAINING FOR THE 26.2 WITH DONNA: 5K and 5 Mile Training program will begin on Saturday, January 5, 2013. Ring in the new year targeting the 26.2 with Donna 5K & Family Fun Run presented by LPS or 5-leg Marathon Relay presented by McDonalds! Registration is open! The first training run will be held at the 26.2 with Donna Headquarters starting at 7:00 a.m. with a 1 mile run/walk. For more information and to register, go to www.breastcancermarathon.com/run/local-training/
6TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN SLAM QUAD RUGBY TOURNAMENT: This Friday through Sunday, the Brooks Rehabilitation Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program is hosting their 6th annual Southern Slam Quad Rugby Tournament. Quad rugby is a full contact wheelchair sport played with a volleyball on a modified basketball court by players with a physical disability affecting all 4 limbs. It was originally known as Murderball because of its aggressive nature and is now an official Paralympic sport played internationally with 45 teams in the United States alone. There will be 12 teams from all around the country, including Jacksonville's own Brooks Bandits, coming together to show fans what quad rugby is all about! Admission is free. Saturdays games are from 9am to 5pm. Sunday games are from 9:30am to 3pm. It's all at Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex.
OPERATION DOMINATION: Bethlehem airsoft presents Operation Domination. The games will use the entire 23 Acres that Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church sits on. Every ticket gains you entry for the day a free shirt and 1000 rounds of ammo. We do require any one under the age of 18 have a full face protection that protects eyes and teeth. We will enforce a 450 FPS limit on AEG 500 on Single Shot Snipers and spring weapons. We would like you to check out our sponsors that will be on site Airsoft Barracks- Survival Straps and many more. It starts at 10AM Saturday.
RESOLUTION RUN 10K AND 5K: Put your New Year resolutions into action at the Orange Park Kennel Club. The 5K will go along beautiful River Road and the 10K will do the same course- but the turn around will be about a mile and a half further. The race starts at 8:30am and finishes at Orange Park Kennel Club. Go to www.floridastriders.com to view the course map.
NEW YEAR'S BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: The New Year's Bluegrass Festival is at the Jekyll Island Convention Center starting at 1pm Saturday.
FAB ABS TO BENEFIT THE DONNA FOUNDATION: Join us for a 45-minute fabulous ab strength training class at Jazzercise Jacksonville Southside Fitness Center Saturday at 6pm! It's $10 per person and all proceeds benefit the Donna Foundation. www.jazzercise.com
CATTY SHACK RANCH NIGHTIME FEEDING AND FUNDRAISER: Enjoy a guided tour Saturday at 6pm and see all the residents (Siberian tigers- lions- cougars- spotted and black leopards- bobcats- coatimundis and arctic foxes) at the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary! Tours last about 45 minutes and will give you great background of all our animals. At 7:30 PM- you will get to watch over 450 pounds of meat distributed throughout the sanctuary! There's sure to be plenty of roaring! Admission: Adults: $15, Children (3-11): $10, 2 & Under: Free
JACKSONVILLE GIANTS: The Jacksonville Giants take on the Birmingham Blitz Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Arena at 7pm.
1920'S SHINDIG: Three Layers café on Walnut Street is taking you back to the Golden Age Saturday from 8pm to 1am. Soft Jazz, Cigar smells and the best of Friends. It's $10 to attend.
SUNDAY JANUARY 6, 2013
WINTER WONDERLAND: Hosted by the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division, Winter Wonderland features North Florida's premiere outdoor ice skating rink, along with an Ice Chute, RC Race Track and Kid's Room. Other attractions include: Carnival Games, the Jr. Holly Jolly Trolley, Blizzard Bounce House and Inflatable Obstacle Course, Igloo Ski Lounge, Face Painting, Elf Village, Sleigh Rides, S'mores Pit, Nightly Snowfall, and of course Visits with Santa. It's set for Sunday from 2pm to 10pm at the St. Augustine Ampitheatre and there are fees for some activities. www.winterwonderlandfl.com/
SHANNON MILLER'S WALK-FIT MEETUP: Join women's health and fitness advocate, mom, and cancer survivor Shannon Miller and friends for the January Shannon Miller Walk-Fit MeetUp on Sunday at 3:00 PM, at the St. Johns Town Center! This event is free and open to the public. Children, Strollers and Pets are welcome. Sign up for Shannon Miller's FREE Walk-Fit Program and receive a FREE pedometer. Light Food and Drink will be provided. For more information, check out Shannon Miller's Walk-Fit program, http://shannonmillerlifestyle.com/walk-fit/.
JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - ITZHAK PERLMAN: Itzhak Perlman makes his triumphant return to the First Coast- performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Perlman in his last performance played to a capacity audience. Sponsored by Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Fabio Mechetti- conductor. The performance is at the Times-Union Center Sunday at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $40.
B.B. KING PERFORMS: For more than half a century, Riley B. King, better known as B.B. King, has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. He worked at WDIA as a singer and disc jockey, gaining the nickname Beale Street Blues Boy, which was later shortened to Blues Boy and finally to B.B. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over 50 albums, many of them beloved classics, and he made famous the Gibson ES-355 guitar, calling his own 'Lucille.' A new documentary on the legendary bluesman, 'BB King: The Life of Riley,' narrated by Morgan Freeman, made its debut overseas in mid-October 2012 and should make its way to the U.S. Soon. His performance at the Florida Theatre us set for Sunday at 8pm. Tickets start at $37.50. www.bbking.com