Editor’s picks for local area entertainment

400-ART-ENTERTAINMENT-BAZZAEach week, Barbara Golden, Communications Manager for the Visitors and Convention Bureau, informs local Historic City News reporters about entertaining events and other activities of interest to our St Augustine and St Johns County readers. Our editor makes his picks of the best low cost, or no cost, and passes the results along to you.

4TH Annual Nature & Wildlife Exhibit – This stunning exhibition features landscapes, floral, marine life, birds, plant life and more. The St. Augustine Art Association Gallery in St. Augustine, is open Tuesday – Saturday noon – 4 p.m. and Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Admission is free. 11 Marine St. 904-824-2310. www.staaa.org

Ignorance is a Choice Art Exhibit – Artist Donny Miller’s Ignorance is a Choice exhibit will be on display at St. Augustine’s space:eight Gallery. Donny’s unique graphic style of pairing seemingly benign images with witty declarations about humanity is as much philosophic as it is artistic. Ignorance is a Choice runs thru September 27. 228 West King St., St. Augustine. 904-829-2838 www.spaceeight.com

Monday – Thursday: August 5 – 8
Ancient City Mosaic ExhibitIn its final week! An artistic rendering of America’s first city is presented in 450 works of art – one for each year of St. Augustine’s lengthy history. Created by regional and local artists, this exhibition expresses the rich cultural diversity of St. Augustine. The exhibition is open Monday – Thursday 3 – 6 p.m.  at 24 Cathedral Place. www.ancientcitymosaic.com
Monday – Friday:  August 5 – 9
Gallery Exhibition at the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach – The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way, hosts an exhibition of the works of Lucy Clark and Karlene McConnell titled Raw Umber. Admission is free. The gallery is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday – Friday. 904-280-0614 www.ccpvb.org
Tuesday:  August 6
National Night Out at the Beach – Enjoy the 2013 National Night Out at St. Augustine Beach Pier Park and learn crime prevention awareness. There will be plenty of food, drink, exhibitors, child safety education information, law enforcement personnel, bike give-aways, a raffle and more. The National Night Out at the Beach takes place from 6 – 9 p.m. at 350 A1A Beach Blvd. Admission is free. pricema@sabpd.org
Wednesday:  August 7
Farmer’s Arts and Crafts Market – Farmers’ Market located at the ocean-side St. Johns County Pier Park, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. Features selections of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, fine art, jewelry and more!  Open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rain or shine.  904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.com

Music By The Sea Concert Series 2013 –   Live concert with the band Mid Life Crisis playing classic rock and roll takes place from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd.  Admission is free and local restaurant Sea Oats Cafe will offer signature dinners for $10. For comfortable seating, bring a folding chair.   904-347-8007 www.thecivicassociation.org

Free Movies By The Bay – Ripley’s St. Augustine Attractions and the St. Augustine Municipal Marina present free movies each Wednesday and Friday throughout the summer. The movies are shown at 8:30 p.m. at the Marina behind Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez. Bring beach chair and blanket for comfortable seating by the bay. This Wednesday’s Family Fun feature is The Great Outdoors.   904-824-1606 www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys

Thursday: August 8
Concerts in the Plaza – Free live concert with Ancient City Slickers playing big fun music from 7-9 p.m. in St. Augustine’s historic Plaza de la Constitucion. Bring a blanket or chair for comfortable seating. www.PlazaConcerts.com 904-825-1004
Friday: August 9
Free Movies By The Bay – Ripley’s St. Augustine Attractions and the St. Augustine Municipal Marina present free movies each Wednesday and Friday throughout the summer. This Friday’s Classic Film, Fried Green Tomatoes, will be shown at 8:30 p.m. at the Marina behind Bayfront Mini Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez. Bring a chair or blanket for comfortable seating by the bay. 904-824-1606  www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys
Saturday: August 10
Living History Day at Fort Matanzas National Monument – From 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., authentically clad re-enactors demonstrate Spanish cannons at this fortress that guarded the southern approach to St. Augustine. Admission is free including the ferry ride to and from Rattlesnake Island. Fort Matanzas National Monument is located at 8635 A1A, approximately 15 miles south of St. Augustine. 904-471-0116 www.nps.gov/foma

Old City Farmers’ Market – Features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more. Located at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South in St. Augustine. Open 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. 904-471-3733

St. Johns River Farmer’s Market – Located at Alpine Groves Park, 2060 State Road 13, Fruit Cove, the market is open each Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and features local produce, plants, homemade food products, art, crafts and more. Admission is free. 904-209-0333

Second Saturdays GTM Reserve Guided Trail Hike – Join GTM Research Reserve volunteers from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. for a 1.5 mile guided walk through the Guana Trail. After the walk, visit the GTM Research Reserve Environmental Education Center (EEC).  The EEC is located at 505 Guana River Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach.  There is a $3.00 parking fee. 904-823-4500 http://gtmnerr2ndtrailhike.eventbrite.com

The 3rd Annual Back2School Beach Fest – Keepers of the Coast will host the kickoff of the 2013-2014 school year focusing on clean oceans and healthy lifestyles. From 6:45 – 8:15 a.m. Sunrise Yoga on the North Side of the St. Augustine Pier, 350 A1A Beach Blvd. Then from 12 – 5 p.m. there will be beach cleanup, free surf lessons, kid’s fun run, 5K challenge and ocean safety education. Finish the day at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340 A1A South from 6 – 10 p.m. with music, food, movies and more fun. The events are free. www.keepersofthecoast.org

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