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Today is the last day to stock up on reading material during the Big Autumn Book Sale, hosted by the Friends of The Beaches Branch Library (FOBBL). Patrons can shop for great deals on a wide selection of thousands of gently used books, CDs and DVDs, most priced at $2 or less.

Today is also Bag Day: Buy a bag for $10 and fill it with anything at the sale (except Better Books).  

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the sale takes place inside the Beaches Branch Library, located at 600 Third St., Neptune Beach. Customers may pay by cash, check or credit card. Proceeds from the book sale will benefit FOBBL’s efforts to support the Beaches community through promoting and developing programs that enhance the library’s services, resources and facilities. 

For more information, check out the Friends group on Facebook @FOBBL or call the library at (904) 255-2665. 

Virtual Story Time 

Children's authors Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss will participate in The BookMark's virtual Story Time author event on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 9 a.m., to introduce their new children's picture book, “Noodleheads Do the Impossible.”   

Co-written and illustrated by Tedd Arnold, author and illustrator of the best-selling Fly Guy series, the book is the latest in a popular, laugh-out-loud series. 

In this installment, Mac and Mac decide that they want to be famous by doing the impossible. First they decide to walk around the world.  But when Mom says it's too far for them to go, they decide to count the stars. They reach a bazillion when they see that some of the stars have fallen into Mom's washtub. The two Macs rescue the fallen stars, but then lose count, so they decide to count grains of sand instead. While counting grains of sand, they realize they actually have walked around the world. 

Based on traditional world folktales and stories of fools, the Noodleheads encourage critical thinking and invite readers to “use their noodles” to spot holes in the brothers' grand plans. 

Save a spot for the event on Crowdcast at For more information, go to or call (904) 241-9026. 

Archaeology Day at the museum 

The Archaeological Institute of America — Jacksonville Society and the Beaches Museum will celebrate International Archaeology Day on Saturday, Oct. 16. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the event features pottery and rope making demonstrations, identification of artifacts by Dr. Keith Ashley, an explanation by master gardeners on how Native Americans used plants and a simulated archaeology dig for kids. 

At noon in the museum’s historic chapel, Dr. Kenneth Sassaman from the University of Florida will present a lecture titled “Silver Glen Springs before ‘The Yearling.’” He will discuss his research into a Native American metropolis that existed near the setting of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the backwoods of Florida in 1878 on Lake George. 

This free event is open to the public, and the museum is located at 381 Beach Blvd. In Jacksonville Beach. Visit for more information.

Book signing

Local author Bill Delaney signs copies of his new book, “Secret Jacksonville: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure,” on Saturday, Oct. 16 at The BookMark from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.   

A writer, editor and higher-education professional, Delaney focuses his work on the culture and history of the First Coast. “Secret Jacksonville” is dedicated to telling the stories behind forgotten, mysterious and just plain interesting spots across Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach and the surrounding communities.  

Here you'll find out where you can see a long-forgotten Florida waterfall with connections to Jacksonville's founder and learn why there's a tombstone in the middle of a neighborhood sidewalk. You'll hear stories behind local delicacies, such as Jacksonville-style garlic crabs, datil peppers, Mayport shrimp and camel rider sandwiches. You'll also learn what exactly is up with that orange roadside dinosaur everyone's always talking about. 

For more information, go to or call (904) 241-9026. 

Painting party

Create a bewitching Halloween scene during a directed painting party, hosted by St. Johns County Parks & Recreation on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Participants may bring snacks to enjoy during the event, which is open to adults and children age 12 or older. Cost is $25 and the class takes place at the Solomon Calhoun Center Community Room, 1300 Duval St., St. Augustine.

Space is limited to 20 participants. To register, visit the county website at or for questions, email

"Trolls: World Tour" is one of two family-friendly movies to be shown Saturday in a fundraising event for Community PedsCare. © Dreamworks Animation "Trolls: World Tour" is one of two family-friendly movies to be shown Saturday in a fundraising event for Community PedsCare.

Halloween movie fundraiser

Celebrate the spooky season and support a good cause with the Halloween Doors & More Drive-in Movie Experience on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. The double-feature includes a showing of "Trolls: World Tour" at 5 p.m. and "Hocus Pocus" at 7:30 p.m. 

The carpool cinema event is a fundraiser benefiting Community PedsCare, a pediatric palliative and hospice program for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Admission is $25 per car per movie and advance purchase is required by Tuesday, Oct. 12, as space is limited. 

Costumes and car decorations are highly encouraged. Gates open at 4:15 p.m. for "Trolls" and 6:45 p.m. for "Hocus Pocus." To purchase admission tickets or for more information, visit or call (904) 886-3883.

Book signing

New York Times bestselling author Kristy Woodson Harvey appears at The BookMark on Friday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. to sign copies of her new novel, “Christmas in Peachtree Bluff.”  

Harvey’s latest installment in the Peachtree Bluff series tells of three generations of Murphy women who must come together when a hurricane threatens to destroy their hometown — and the holiday season in the process. 

When the Murphy women are in trouble, they always know they can turn to their mother, Ansley.  So, when eldest daughter Caroline and her husband, James, announce they are divorcing — and 15-year-old daughter Vivi acts out in response — Caroline, can't think of anything to do besides leave her with Ansley in Peachtree Bluff for the holidays.

After all, how much trouble can one teenager get into on a tiny island? Quite a lot, as it turns out. 

In order to stay safe, attendees will not gather inside the store, but Harvey will sign books and greet each fan individually. For more information, visit or call (904) 241-9026. 

BBQ fundraiser

Enjoy delicious barbecue and tasty beverages at ABBQ Meat & Drink on Monday, Oct. 25 during the Beaches BBQ Bash, a fundraising event to kickoff the Beaches Boys & Girls Club Golf Tournament.

Tickets are $75 each and include Texas-style barbecue, beer and wine, cornhole and other games, live music and a live auction. The event takes place from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

To purchase tickets or learn more, click on the Events tab at or go to

Paws Across America new venue

The 2022 Pin Up Paws pet calendar will be revealed at the St. Augustine Humane Society annual fundraising event on Thursday, Oct. 28. 

"Paws Across America" will now be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Humane Society facility, 1665 Old Moultrie Road, not the Embassy Suites as was previously announced.

The location change also includes reduced ticket pricing of $48 per person. All proceeds from ticket sponsorships, silent and online auction and calendar sales, gift baskets and more, will go toward helping the St. Augustine Humane Society's programs and services, including its veterinary clinic. 

For more information or to buy tickets, go to

Wreaths Across America exhibit

Wreaths Across America (WAA) brings its Mobile Education Exhibit to the Beaches Branch Library on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Hosted by the Jean Ribault chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the interactive "museum on wheels" helps the public learn more about the nation's veterans, patriotism and the WAA program. The Jean Ribault chapter will participate in its first wreath-laying ceremony on Dec. 18 at Beaches Memorial Park in Atlantic Beach and is still seeking sponsors for roughly 500 wreaths.

The library is located at 600 Third St. in Neptune Beach. For more information visit the WAA website at or email

6th Annual Jail Break 5K run and walk

INK! (Investing in Kids) and Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine are holding the 6th Annual Jail Break 5K run and walk fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Activities begin with race registration at 6:30 a.m., with the race from 8 a.m. until noon. The race starts at the Old Jail Museum, 167 San Marco Blvd. in St. Augustine.

Runners and walkers will "escape" from the jail and run through the nation's oldest city, finishing up at Vilano Beach Pavilion, 20 Vilano Road in St. Augustine. Participants will be transported back to the Old Jail by shuttle as needed.

Entertainment and activities will include live bands this year, with The Grapes of Roth, featuring Elizabeth Roth, and Skin & Bonz, featuring Tommy Bledsoe and Company. There's also a Halloween costume contest sponsored by Ghosts and Gravestones, with more than $1,000 in cash prizes and other treasures.

The event is a 5K USA Track & Field (USATF) Certified Course # FL17069TY. 

The cost is $45 for those who register the day of the race, with discounts for earlier registration.

Proceeds will go toward programs and classroom resources at INK! which promotes academic success for all St Johns County public school students and teachers.

Visit RunSignup online at for more information.

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