The fourth annual Children’s Arts Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The free event is sponsored by The Friends of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Local organizations have teamed up to provide a fun-filled interactive afternoon that will include singing, dancing, art projects, storytelling, pirates, puppet making, magic and more. Children will also be able to test musical instruments or join a drum circle. Admission and parking are free. Area organizations with information for families and a select group of non-food vendors will also be on hand. Concession stands will be open throughout the event.
FOSAA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing usage of the Amphitheatre by the community. FOSAA sponsors two summer music and arts camps, performances and special projects for children. FOSAA also awards grants to schools and nonprofits that wish to use the Amphitheatre for their own events. The Amphitheatre is located at 1340 C A1A South St. on Anastasia Island. For further information on FOSAA, contact Carol Gladstone at email@example.com.
• St. Johns County Parks and Recreation will host free kayak trips at Moultrie Creek from Oct. 19-22 starting from Moultrie Creek Boat Ramp, 4805 Shore Dr. The trips will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. Sunday. While paddling through the marsh along Moultrie Creek participants will learn about the marsh ecosystem, the animals that call the area home, and the history of the area. All trips are approximately three hours long.
Pre-registration is required. Contact Kelly Ussia at 904-209-0335 or firstname.lastname@example.org. When setting up a reservation be sure to include a phone number, email address and date of the trip you would like to attend. Also indicate if you will be bringing your own kayak or if you will be using a county kayak.
• Friends of Anastasia Island Branch Library will hold its Fall Two-Day Book Sale today and Saturday at the library, 124 Seagrove Main St., St. Augustine Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Thousands of items will be available for purchase. Books include like-new hardcover bestsellers with dust jackets at $1 each. Most other books are priced at $1 or less each, including trade (larger format) paperbacks. Music CDs are $1 and DVDs are $2. A collection of specially priced items will also be available, including many nice World War II books.
On Saturday, prices will be reduced by 50 percent. A paper grocery sack can be filled for $5 (doesn’t include specially priced items, DVDs or CDs, but they are half-price.)
The proceeds of the sale supplements library funds from the county. For information, call 209-3730.
• Get an early start on Halloween fun as magician Mark Alan presents a program, “Harry Potter and Halloween Magic Together.” The program, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will take place from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. on Oct. 18, at the Anastasia Island Branch Library. Library visitors are encouraged to dress up in your House colors for a show guaranteed to have everyone laughing. The island library will also host Trick or Treat from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Halloween evening for kids of all ages. Walk down the library’s spooky hallway, play a quick game for a trick and then receive a treat on your way out.
• St. Anastasia Catholic Church opens its eighth annual concert series at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 with soprano Suzanne Nance and Irish born musician Desmond Earley performing classical songs of love, from Gershwin to Ireland.
Music highlights will include Mozart’s In uomini from Cosi fan tutte, Handel’s Piangerò la sorte mia from Giulio Cesare, and Puccini’s Donde Lieta from La Boheme. On the more modern side, Nance will perform favorites from “The Sound of Music,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Kiss Me Kate,” and others.
Concerts in St. Anastasia Catholic Church’s 2017-18 Concert Series are free. A free-will collection will be taken for those who wish to contribute to the concert expenses. Free parking is provided at the church which is located at 5202 A1A South on Anastasia Island. The church seats more than 1,400. For information, call 471-5364.
• Local cyclists will be joined by bike enthusiasts from around the region and beyond in the sixth annual Spillbills & Sprockets Cycling Tour on Nov. 5. The event, sponsored by Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway, takes place along one of Florida’s most scenic routes, the A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway, a route rich with historic, cultural and natural resources. The tour begins from the Marineland Coastal Policy Center for 36-, 72- or 100-mile routes over the Matanzas Inlet, past the St. Augustine Lighthouse, Bings Landing and Flagler Beach Pier. For registration and other information, contact Race Director Danielle Anderson at email@example.com or visit www.spoonbillsandsprockets.com.
• If you’re a runner, it’s not too early to be thinking about Santa Claus. The first 100 entries in the Dec. 9 Santa Suits on the Loose 5K will receive either a Santa Suit or T-Shirt. Hundreds of runners, walkers and children in strollers have participated in past years The annual run is a charitable event benefiting St. Augustine Youth Services which provides residential therapeutic services to boys who have been the victims of child abuse and/or extreme neglect. The event starts at the St. Johns County Beach Pier at 8 a.m. The course follows a flat 3.1-mile area through St. Augustine Beach neighborhoods and starts and finishes at Pier Park. Early registration is $25. After Nov. 1, the fee is $30 and increases to $35 on the day of the race. Children in strollers do not have to register.
For registration and other information visit www.racesmith.com/races/SantaSuitsOnTheLoose5K.html.
• After another rough year for nesting sea turtles, the 2017 season has a little more than two weeks before it comes to a close. The season ends on October 31 except in areas that may still have unhatched nests. As of last week the number of nests that have been identified and monitored by volunteers this season rose to more than seven hundred along St. Johns County beaches. An estimated 38,000 hatchlings already emerged from 430 nests. It is still not known how many nests along with its eggs may have been lost to the wrath of the season’s hurricanes and nor’easters.
Toll booths will be removed on Nov. 1, allowing free vehicular beach access until next March. However, some previously accessible areas may not be fully restored after the storms. Motorists are reminded that 10 mph speed limits, driving direction (north to south on most designated beach driving areas) and marked driving lanes are monitored year-round by law enforcement agencies.
Temporary gate closures may occur in instances of coastal flooding, or extreme high tides when beach driving conditions may be unsafe for the general public. For current beach conditions, download the Reach the Beach mobile app for daily beach driving updates, or follow St. Johns County Beaches on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SJCBeaches) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/SJCBeaches).
Have news to share about Anastasia Island or the adjoining areas? Send your information about people and events to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 471-4851.