Georgia Sea Turtle Center! The Center is open to the general public and offers an interactive Exhibit Gallery and Rehabilitation Pavilion with a number of view-able sea turtle patients. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a hospital for ill and injured sea turtles. We are the only hospital of its kind in the state of Georgia. $7 for adults (13+ years). $6 for Seniors (65+ years). $5 for children (4-12 years). FREE for children 3 and under. $6 for Active Duty Military Personnel, College Students and Teachers (ID required). Prices include tax. Visitors under 16 years old must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older. In accordance with State Health Department regulations, all swimsuits must be covered. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Mondays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. During the months of December, January, and February, we are closed on Mondays. We are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. We are open on Thanksgiving Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 214 Stable Rd. (912) 635-4444 or georgiaseaturtlecenter.org.
Coastal Georgia Historical Society Museums, Galleries, Exhibits, Lighthouse tower and Maritime Center Watch tower are open Mon., thru Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Last climb is at 4:30 p.m. The Maritime Museum closes from 12 noon-1 p.m. Mon.,-Sat. $10 for Adults, $5 for Ages 6-11. No admission charge for CGHS members and children under 6. (912) 638-4666 or saintsimonslighthouse.org.
Visual Art Classes for all Ages! Ranging from drawing to pottery to painting, led by a variety of artists. Price and time varies. 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or glynnart.org.
Art Classes. All ages and levels. Various times and prices. 1413 Newcastle St. (912) 262-0628 or artdowntown.net.
Art Classes. Oils, acrylics, pottery. Weekly. 404 Northway, Darien. (912) 437-7711 or mcintoshartassociation.com.
Photography Classes. Basics, digital, iPhone, Photoshop, etc. Led by Barbara Marie Kraus. Various dates, times, prices. 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or glynnart.org.
Explore the beach from the edge of the dunes to the low tide. Learn about sea shells, critters living above and below the sand, pull a small seine net through the shallows and see who swims just below the surface! Step into the salt marsh, get to know the fiddler crabs, periwinkle snails, & native plants along with their incredible adaptations for survival. The marsh is easily accessible by way of the hard packed high marsh zone. Georgia Beach Walk Nature Tours for times and reservations (912) 266-2473.
Tours of Ashantilly Center! Schedule tour appointments or meetings on available times. Donations accepted for renovation. Ashantilly Center, Hwy. 99, Darien. (912) 437-4473 or (912) 230-6962 or ashantilly.org.
Multi-Media Self-Guided Tour! Extensive archive of photos, oral histories, diaries, home-movie footage of Jekyll Island Club history. Includes walking guide map, interactive multi-media device. $8 rental. Daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jekyll Island Museum, Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Old Village Blvd. (912) 635-4036 or jekyllisland.com.
Passport to the Century guided tram tour of 240-acre historic district, includes entry into two cottages. Adults $16, Children 6-12, $7, Free under 6. Daily. Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Old Village Blvd. (912) 635-4036 or jekyllisland.com.
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays:
Nature Walks! Wildlife and nature guides explain Jekyll Island’s fascinating beach, marshes, dunes and maritime forest during year-round tours. Tidelands Nature Center, 100 Riverview Dr. (912) 635-5032 or tidelands4h.org.
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays:
Brunswick Farmer’s Market at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, 1530 Newcastle St. 8 a.m.-dark. (912) 262-6665 or brunswickfarmersmarket.com.
Storytime Stories and craft projects for younger children. 10:30 a.m. Brunswick Library, 208 Gloucester St. (912) 267-1212 or trrl.org.
Latin and Ballroom Group Dance Classes! Swing, salsa, cha-cha, waltz, rumba, foxtrot and more. Times and locations vary. $3-7 per class. Golden Isles Dancers, (912) 634-8219 or email@example.com or dancegoldenisles.com.
Join Village Creek Landing for an informative Eco Lecture Series! Each month they will have a new guest speaker discussing environmentally focused topics specifically geared to preserving Georgia’s Coast. Come early and enjoy cocktails with Village Creek Landing’s beautiful marsh view! $10 per person (includes your first drink), Bar opens at 5 p.m. Lecture starts at 6 p.m. 526 S Harrington Rd. Space is limited, so RSVP at VillageCreekLanding.com or (912) 399-0063.
Seaside Dance Association, Dance Instruction/Practice Social and ballroom dance. Beginners 7 p.m. Advanced 8:15 p.m. $5 members, $8 non-members. St. Simons Elementary School cafeteria, 805 Ocean Blvd. For more information, (912) 634-9527.
Adult Pottery Classes, 9-11:30 a.m. & 6-8:30 p.m. Drop-In Class $27. 6 Classes for members $130. 6 Classes for non-members $145. Clay $25 for 25 lbs. All other supplies are provided in the studio. For more information, Glynn Art, 529 Beachview Dr., ask for Debbie Craig, (912) 638-8770 or visit glynnart.org.
Visit the shops, galleries, restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick; art openings, live music, food and beverage pairing samples. 5-8 p.m. (912) 265-4032 or brunswickgeorgia.net.
Kids Pottery Classes, 10-11:30 a.m. Drop-in class $18. 6 Classes for members $95. 6 Classes for non-members $105. Clay $13 for 12 lbs. For more information, Glynn Art, 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or visit glynnart.org.
This popular family-friendly music event takes place at Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island. 1-7 p.m. Each month, the proceeds from Second Sunday benefit a variety of select local charitable organizations. Hundreds of music fans, families, friends–locals and visitors alike–who converge on the park armed with lawn chairs, blankets and coolers, enjoy listening to the live music. Raffle tickets are sold for door prizes contributed by area businesses. Kids can play in the inflatable bounce house and slides. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled community event!
Island Treasures! Jekyll Island commissions a group of highly skilled artisans from across the U.S. to create an array of stunning, handworked glass globes. During this 2 month long program, “Beach Buddies” hide these floats along the beaches for lucky visitors to find. Treasure finders can register their Island Treasure at the Jekyll Island Visitor Information Center to receive a bio on the artist and a certificate of authenticity. The Jekyll Island Visitor Information Center has Island Treasure floats and an array of the other colorful glass creations for purchase in-store. (912) 635-3636 or jekyllisland.com/island-treasures.
Women’s Wellness Weekend! The four day Women’s Wellness Weekend event will guide each guest to strengthen and align their body through proper movement. Senses will be heightened during aromatherapy classes. Learn the difference between synthetic and natural essential oils and how they can help you, your family, and pets in daily life. $435 per person. 201 Arnold Rd. For more information, call 800-342-0212 or kingandprince.com/winter-pathway-to-wellness.aspx.
February 6-March 7:
The Big Read: The community-wide reading initiative returns in 2015 with Zora Neale Hurstons vibrant and achingly human novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. The syncopated beauty of Hurston’s prose, her remarkable gift for comedy, the sheer visceral terror of the book’s climax, all transcend any label that critics have tried to put on this remarkable work.First published amid controversy in 1937, then rescued from obscurity four decades later, the novel narrates Janie Crawford’s ripening from a vibrant, but voiceless, teenage girl into a woman with her finger on the trigger of her own destiny. The 2015 program will include discussions, performances, films, art exhibits, and school programs designed to get everyone in the community reading, discussing, and thinking about Zora Neale Hurston and her significant work. Free copies of the novel will be made available to the community as well as copies of the Little and Middle Big Read titles. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
Cultural Expressions at The Historic Ritz Theatre Gallery! Opening Reception & The Big Read Kick Off, February 6 from 5-8 p.m. Local and regional African-American artists display their individual work bound in a common theme – a reflection of pride in the many dimensions of their African-American cultural experiences. Gallery open, Wed.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
15th Annual Low Country Home & Garden Show at the International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Dr. Friday, 2-7 p.m., Saturday, 10-7 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Turn your home and garden dreams into reality! With thousands of square feet of exhibits you’ll find the latest in products and services for everything from builders, contractors, materials, decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage, plants, landscape displays/materials, kitchenware, and much more. savannahhomeandgardenshow.com.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra PORGY AND BESS – Opera in Concert! 8 p.m. James Meena, conductor. George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess” immortalized the culture of “Catfish Row” and gave us classic songs such as “Summertime,” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and an all-star cast in a rare concert performance of Gershwin’s timeless American classic “Porgy and Bess”. Ticket Prices, $32-$72. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.
Coastal Symphony of Georgia Concert, 8 p.m. Adults $25, Children/Students $5. Glynn Academy Memorial Auditorium, Brunswick. (912) 634-2006 or coastalsymphonyofgeorgia.org.
Cinema Gourmet at the Historic Ritz Theatre: Conrack! Filmed in Brunswick, Jon Voight stars in this story, based on Pat Conroy and his book The Water is Wide, about a teacher determined to make a difference in the lives of his students who live on a small island off the South Carolina coast. 6:30 p.m. The Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra POPS IN LOVE! Friday, 11 a.m. & 8 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. Mayo Clinic Coffee Series! Fidelity National Financial Pops Series! The CertusBank Matinee Series! Stuart Chafetz, conductor. Bring that special someone to Jacoby Symphony Hall and celebrate Valentine’s Day with the most romantic music of all time. Stuart Chafetz leads the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and guest singers in hits from Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Gone With the Wind and more. Pops Ticket Prices, $25-$72. Coffee Ticket Prices, $16-$26. Matinee Ticket Prices, $22-$69. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.
The Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run across the scenic Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick, has become a signature event for the Health System and the Golden Isles. Unique among bridge runs, the event takes place entirely on the 7,780-foot Sidney Lanier Bridge. At its center, the bridge measures 480 feet high above the Brunswick River, the tallest span in the state. The Bridge Run also includes a fun walk after the race is over, followed by a family-friendly festival featuring community vendors, food and drink, entertainment and children’s activities. You can support the Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run as a sponsor, vendor or participant. For more information, please call (800) 537-5142, ext., 2786 or sghs.org/bridgerun.
Garrison Keillor! 8 p.m. Join America’s favorite radio host, Garrison Keillor for a very special evening of great music, enchanting story-telling and gentle humor. All the magic of Lake Wobegon will fill Jacoby Hall for one performance only. Presented by the Jacksonville Symphony Association. The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra is not performing at this event. Ticket Prices, $38-$80. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.
Big Band Dinner Dance! Get out your dancing shoes and get ready for our 2015 Big Band Dance at the hotel’s Morgan Center. Tickets are just $65 per person and include dinner and dancing to the Jekyll Island Big Band. 7-10:30 p.m. The Jekyll Island Big Band holds a place in the history of Georgia’s favorite get away spot. Formed in 1979, this classic ballroom band has entertained not only on Jekyll Island, but throughout the southeast. It has been featured on Georgia Public Radio, in Georgia Music Magazine and numerous newspaper features. Under the direction of Dr. Hal Crowe, the 15 piece Jekyll Island Big Band performs Swing and Dance Standards that are timeless and exhilarating to ballroom dancers. Whether desiring to Foxtrot, Samba, Waltz or Tango, this is the orchestra that delivers. 371 Riverview Dr. (844) 206-8039 or jekyllclub.com.
A Tribute to Duke Ellington and The Harlem Renaissance, 8 p.m. As Coastal GA Reads Their Eyes Were Watching God, we take a look at the music and the words of the Harlem Renaissance. The Phil Morrison Trio featuring Keith Williams and Ken Trimmins orchestrate a concert to celebrate Duke Ellington’s legacy with special guests sharing the writings of the time. The Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra SOUNDS OF THE SYMPHONY! 3 p.m. Jacksonville Symphony Family Series! Sameer Patel, conductor. Tony Kamnikar, narrator. Join the orchestra on a funny and educational journey for performances of “The Thrill of the Orchestra” and “Mr. Smith’s Composition.” With colorful narration, you’ll go on a journey into composing a masterpiece while learning how the instruments transform notes into music. Ticket Prices, $7-$24. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.
Christian Women’s Quilting Retreat “Live the Blooming Life” at Epworth By The Sea, 100 Arthur J. Moore Dr. Work on a fun beginner’s quilt and fellowship with new and old quilting friends. Learn new techniques, enjoy fun surprises, go on an optional shop hop and receive a T-shirt. You’ll also have some personal reflection time as we go through a mini-devotional entitled: Live the Blooming Life. In addition to the quilt retreat, Mavis Rosbach of Quiltbird Studio expands these devotions with her own ‘Biblical Quilt Blocks’ that tie back to the lessons! Sign up early because spaces are limited! quiltbirdstudio.com. For more information visit epworthbythesea.org or (912) 638-8688.