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Ahoy, mateys: The North Florida Marine Association hosts the Jacksonville Boat Show through Sunday at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville. The show offers three days of water-related fun, family-friendly activities and educational seminars — as well as amazing deals on hundreds of boats and thousands of accessories.

Attendees will be among the first to see and board brand-new models of all types of vessels, including fishing boats, cruisers, ski boats, pontoons, inflatables, personal watercraft and more.

Highlights include:

  • Seminar presentations on Saturday and Sunday by Captain Tim Altman of Hoodoo Sportfishing Charters and founder of Wahoo Junkies. Seminar series is sponsored by Strike-Zone Fishing.

  • Kids’ fishing clinics hosted by Donna Frantz of Fishing 101 on Saturday and Sunday. The first 100 kids to complete the clinic each day will receive a rod and reel combo courtesy of Barracuda Batteries by Continental.

The convention center is located at 1000 Water St. in Downtown Jacksonville. Admission is $15 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under; and $12 for seniors, military and first responders with ID. For show hours or more information, visit BoatJax.com.

Library benefit run

Lace up those running or walking shoes and join the St. Johns County Public Library System on Saturday for a 5K or 1-mile run/walk along the peaceful Nocatee hiking and biking trails.

The 5K will be chip-timed using disposable bibs. Registration is $25 and the first 200 finishers will receive a “super” medal. The race begins at 8 a.m. at Nocatee Station Field near the Splash Park, 400 Nocatee Center Way, Ponte Vedra. To register, call (904) 318-8104 or visit https://bit.ly/3KNnc08.

Acupuncture & sound healing

Indulge in an afternoon of ancient healing rituals on Saturday with a series of acupuncture and sound healing sessions, hosted by Titanium Yoga.

Dr. Melissa Levy will apply fine, sterile, single-use needles to specific points on the body as you absorb the vibration of sound bowls and other instruments played by Tiffany Howard. The combination is meant to release blockages and create a better energy flow throughout both mind and body.

Sessions take place from 3 to 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Prices are $59 for Platinum members and $70 for nonmembers. Sign up online at https://bit.ly/3GJMWbb or visit TitaniumYoga.com for more details.

Virtual author event

Nationally bestselling author Fiona Davis presents her newest novel, “The Magnolia Palace,” in conversation with bestselling author Christina Baker Kline via The BookMark’s virtual author event on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m.

“The Magnolia Palace” is a tantalizing novel about one of New York City’s most impressive Gilded Age mansions. After losing her mother in the 1919 Spanish flu outbreak, 21-year-old Lillian Carter’s life has fallen apart. For years, she was one of the most sought-after artists’ models in New York City. But work has dried up for the grieving Lillian, and a looming scandal has left her without a safe haven.

When she stumbles upon an employment opportunity at the Frick mansion, she jumps at the chance. But the longer she works as a private secretary to the imperious daughter of industrialist and art patron Henry Clay Frick, the more she gets drawn into a tangled web of romantic trysts, stolen jewels and family drama.

Nearly 50 years later, the former Frick residence has been converted into one of the city’s most impressive museums. There, mod English model Veronica Weber has a chance to make her career and earn money to support her family back home.

But when she and a charming intern/budding art curator named Joshua are dismissed from the Vogue shoot taking place at the museum, she discovers a series of hidden messages. Thus begins a hunt that could only not only solve Veronica’s financial woes, but could finally reveal the truth behind a decades-old murder in the infamous Frick family.

Save a spot for the event on Crowdcast at https://bit.ly/3tyo0jg. For more information, visit BookmarkBeach.com, email bkmark@bellsouth.net or call (904) 241-9026.

Newcomers luncheon

Learn more about local recycling options during the next monthly luncheon of the Newcomers Alumnae Club on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at Marsh Landing Country Club. Guest speaker, Stacey Pierce of Waste Pro USA, will discuss the company’s responsible recycling and waste disposal services.

Tickets are $23 and reservations must be made in advance by contacting bartshar@comcast.net as soon as possible, as seating is limited. The event begins at 11 a.m., and the club is located at 25655 Marsh Landing Parkway, Ponte Vedra Beach.

For more information, contact brookemeister@msn.com or go to NewcomersAlumnaeFL.wildapricot.org.

Legislative discussion at Beaches Watch

On Feb. 2, Beaches Watch will host Scott Dudley of the Florida League of Cities in a discussion of pending bills in the 2022 session of the Florida Legislature.
On Feb. 2, Beaches Watch will host Scott Dudley of the Florida League of Cities in a discussion of pending bills in the 2022 session of the Florida Legislature.

The Florida 2022 Legislative Session began Jan. 11 and continues until March 11. Thousands of bills have been proposed, and some of them are concerning for Florida municipalities and the beach communities. Legislators need to hear from their constituents before voting. The Wednesday, Feb. 2 Beaches Watch meeting is intended to help residents learn about these bills and what action they can take.

Scott Dudley, Director of Field Advocacy with the Florida League of Cities, will discuss the bills that are most concerning for local governments, the League's grassroots advocacy effort called Local Voices United, and how residents can get involved and make their voices heard during the 2022 Legislative Session. Dudley is expected to provide an update on bills addressing vacation rentals, tree canopy protection, smoking in public parks and mandated business impact studies for any ordinance passed by a municipality.

He will also answer audience questions, which must be submitted via email no later than Jan. 31. Audience members may also submit questions during the presentation.

Open to the public, the meeting begins at 7 p.m. and participants can join using the Zoom platform. For more information, call (904) 878.0435, email info@beacheswatch.com or visit BeachesWatch.com.

PV Beaches Coalition to meet

The Ponte Vedra Beaches Coalition hosts its next monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 7, beginning at 10 a.m.

Featured speakers include Hunter Conrad, St. Johns County Administrator, and Sheldon Friedman, board member of the Citizens Traffic Task Force. In addition, Lisa Johnson Cook will provide updates on county meetings.

The event takes place at the Ponte Vedra branch library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. For complete details, go to PVBCoalition.org.

Tree giveaway

Want more shade in your yard? Atlantic Beach’s newly updated Chapter 23 of the Code of Ordinances expands the use of tree-conservation funds to plant trees in front yards on private property. These "Adopt-a-Tree" funds come from property owners who pay into the tree-conservation fund, which is earmarked to expand the public tree canopy.

In an effort to evenly distribute the tree-conservation funds, two trees per calendar year, per property may be planted. The plantings will occur in the spring and fall. Once planted, the property owner is responsible for maintaining the trees.

Go to https://bit.ly/3pfGKQM to complete an application for a free tree. City staff will review your requested tree location to determine if there are any site restrictions, which could include overhead or underground utilities, drainage areas and swales, easements, existing tree canopy, etc.

For information, email trees@coab.us.

Submit events to shorelines@jacksonville.com.

This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Jax Boat Show, library 5K, legislative talk: Events around the Beaches

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