Have you been looking for ways to get involved in the community, make new friends and stay active? No matter what recreational activities you enjoy from ballet to pickleball, World Golf Village neighborhoods have upcoming opportunities for you!

Ballet

A 6-week beginner ballet series for adults is coming to the King & Bear Fitness Center starting on Tuesday, November 6 at 7:45 p.m. The series cost is $60. Spaces are filling up quickly so reserve your spot by emailing info@destinydancecenter.com.

Writing

The annual Florida Heritage Book Festival Writer’s Conference is coming to World Golf Village on February 21 and 22. Workshops will be held like Kick your Writing Up a NotchE-Publishing–The Future is Nowand Short Story Writing for Publication, as well as speaking sessions by multiple authors and individual writing critiques with award-winning authors. A reception on Sunday, Feb. 22 will feature Craig Pittman, award-winning journalist with the Tampa Bay Times and author of Oh, Florida!: How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country. All writers are encouraged to attend. Register at www.fhbookfest.com.

Pickleball 

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If you don’t have Valentine’s Day plans yet, look no further! From sailing away to boogying down, there are plenty of special events on Friday and Saturday to suit any interest—and for those both single and coupled.

If you’re tired of the same old Valentine’s Day tradition of going out to eat, try these fun and novel events to shake up the holiday:

Pirates of the Caribbean meets The Love Boat!On Friday, February 14, Black Raven Adventures is hosting “Valentine’s Day the Pirate Way” that includes a moonlit sail with live entertainment, drinks and a special gift for the lasses aboard. The cruise sets sail at 6:15 p.m. at the Municipal Marina in historic St. Augustine. Seats are limited for this very special cruise ($19.95 per person). Click here to learn more.

Tour & Taste throughout the town!Tasting Tours is offering three Valentine Tour Experiences: “Carriage, Bubbly & Dessert” includes a 45-minute scenic horse-drawn carriage ride with decadent treats, the “Galentine Celebration” is 2 ½ hours of fun with your friends including champagne by the Bridge of Lions, and “Food & Wine Pairing Tour” is three hours of amazing food and wines at five of St. Augustine’s best restaurants.

A new kind of romantic comedy!On Saturday, February 15, Corazon Cinema & Café will host “Valentine’s Weekend Improv Comedy: 3 Blind Dates.” Sit back and watch a troupe of talented improv comedians perform this interactive Valentine-themed show, which won Best Improv Form in the 2015 Colorado Improv Awards. The show starts at 8 p.m. The Corazon is located at 36 Granada Street. Click here for tickets($15 in advance, $20 at the door).

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If you enjoy spending weekend mornings at Riverside Arts Market perusing the vendor booths, sampling eats and listening to live music, you are in for a treat! On Sunday, February 9, the city’s inaugural Food & Wine Festival will hit the market grounds from 12 to 8 p.m.

Visitors can sample more than 60 wines from lots of Northeast Florida’s top restaurants and food trucks.

Also on hand will be more than 40 local vendors, live art installations and live bands on the waterfront stage including Chelsey Michelle (12 p.m.), Evan Michael & The Well Wishers (1:45 p.m.), The Band Be Easy (3:30 p.m.), and Chris Thomas Band (6 p.m.).

General public admission is free, and guests can purchase food and beverages directly from the on-site vendors. All concessions and most vendors are cash only (ATMs will be set up around the grounds).

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Wedding season starts in just a few short months, so now is the time to plan, purchase, schedule and finalize everything you need for your big day! There are two wedding and bridal conventions coming to World Golf Village to help with the tremendous task of wedding planning.

The Bride to Be & Wedding Expo, coming to World Golf Village this Saturday, January 11, is a showcase with more than 40 vendors and hundreds of products and services to help you create a magical wedding day.

There will be a $100 cash giveaway and free promotional bags for the first 50 tickets purchased.

Visitors will also find a Wedding Resale Event with pre-loved, very lightly used items at great prices. Beyond wedding dresses, you’ll find wedding decor, jewelry, accessories, catering items, table linens, chair covers, backdrops, silk florals, vases, frames, easels, and much more.

Prices are as follows:
– $12 VIP Ticket: Exclusive one hour previewing (11-12 p.m.) & free swag bag

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While New Year’s resolutions will vary, most of us will probably resolve to get healthy in 2020. World Golf Village offers an abundance of facilities to help you get your health on track! No matter your ability level, age or health goals, there is a program that is right for you.

YMCA at Flagler Health+ Village at Murabella:The facility opened this past summer, offering a great place to find guidance, resources and motivation in your health journey. Our Y offers the following fitness and health services:

 

  • Physical training programs like personal training, FastForward Fitness, SilverSneakers and Renew Active Senior Fitness Programs
  • Personal health services like the Diabetes Prevention Program, blood pressure self-monitoring instruction, weight loss program and nutrition services
  • Group exercise classes for all skill levels including Zumba and yoga
  • State-of-the-art equipment like Precor cardiovascular machines, LifeFitness PowerMill climbers, Precor free weights, Queenax strength training machines and Cybex strength equipment

Learn more here.

 

9 Round:Let’s face it. Our schedules are always busy and finding time for exercise can be our biggest obstacle to achieving health goals. World Golf Village’s 9 Round offers a kickboxing themed fitness program that is fun, effective, fast (every workout is only 30 minutes) and available at your convenience.

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Whether you are planning your New Year’s resolution to get healthy, or you’re just seeking out healthcare resources, Flagler Health+ Village at Murabella is the perfect place to start! The facility is now open right here in World Golf Village adjacent to the Murabella community.

In addition to serving as a comprehensive healthcare complex, Flagler Health+ Village at Murabella focuses on overall wellness. This starts with the Village’s dedicated green space, which includes a stage, fountain and a large grassy area for picnics and community events. According to Patrick Appolonia with Flagler Health+, “The green space serves as a center point for building a healthier community, with a focus on mind, body and spirit through exercise, the arts and special events.”

Patrick added, “Everything offered at the Village is indicative of our commitment to the physical, social, and economic health of the community.”

The suite of services at Flagler Health+ Village at Murabella include the following:

> Primary Care –Receive top quality care from the team including Dr. Moses Muzquiz III and Shawn Wells, APRN. Flagler Health+ Primary Care at Murabella is located at 70 Turin Terrace, Suite 100. New patients are being accepted. (904) 819-1200

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The holidays are in full swing throughout World Golf Village, including shopping, parties and festive 5k road races! Between now and the end of December, there are several 5k races around the area that offer a chance to get the family outside and moving, support a charity and have lots of fun.

Runners, walkers, strollers and dogs on leashes are all welcome! 

 

WORLD GOLF VILLAGE RACES

Tinsel Trot Holiday 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run

When: Saturday, December 21 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Murabella Amenity Center at 101 W Positano Avenue (just off Pacetti Road)

Registration: $10

Charity: Proceeds go to Feline Canopy of Care, which is an all-volunteer non-profit dedicated to rescuing and rehoming abandoned and stray cats and kittens, as well as promoting the spay and neuter of animals. Visit felinecanopyofcareinc.orgto learn more.

Sign-up:https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/SaintAugustine/MurabellaTinselTrot

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A December to Remember Holiday Party is coming this Saturday, December 7, to the World Golf Hall of Fame at the World Golf Village. Bring the family between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and join in the festivities.

The free event includes a Santa Meet & Greet, Kids Bounce Zone, dance performance by The Gift of Dance at 11 a.m. and holiday singing by Showtime USA – St. Johns.

Reverb.Church is also sponsoring the event’s Jingle Jam DJ/Dance party, Hot Cocoa Bar, Popcorn Bar,

Donut Walk, Spin to Win Game, Kids Tattoos, Goodie Bags, Photo Booth and perhaps most exciting of all, a Meet & Greet with Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Frozen (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

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Since 1966, Northeast Floridians have gathered every year the weekend after Thanksgiving for the Art & Craft Festival, presented by the St. Augustine Art Association. Over the years, it has grown to be regarded by art enthusiasts, artists and collectors to be one of the year’s premier art festivals.

This year’s festival will be on Saturday and Sunday, November 30 and December 1 at Francis Field. More than 130 artists are expected to feature their work, including paintings, pottery, jewelry and apparel, glassware, sculptures, woodwork and fiber art, photography, mixed media, fine hand-crafted creations and just about anything local artists can dream up.

Forget Black Friday! This is the place to buy truly unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas list andsupport local artists.

This year’s event will also feature more festival fun:

  • Demonstrations: Artisan demos will include weaving, basket-making and spinning using colonial era techniques. Other artist demos will teach the art of metalworking, stained glass, clay pottery, photography, jewelry-making, calligraphy and more.
 
 
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Each year, historic St. Augustine is awash with a sea of twinkling lights, millions of them from the streets to the rooftops. National Geographic has even listed it among the top ten holiday light displays in the world.

The 26thAnnual Nights of Lights begins this Saturday, November 23, and continues nightly through February 2, 2020. The first night, aptly named Light-Up Night, is sure to attract a huge crowd with live holiday music in the Plaza de la Constitución and an elaborate lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

Since its such a big deal, it’s a huge draw for tourists and locals alike. So, we’ve pinpointed some of the best ways to see the Nights of Lights without all the stress of weaving through crowds.

1.) Head across the water –The Bridge of Lions (by itself one of the historic district’s most beautiful sights) is a great place to get a panoramic view of the lights. Park on the other side of the bridge (near Edgewater Inn or Marker 8 Hotel) and enjoy the great photo opportunities as you take a relaxing stroll over the bridge into the historic district.

2.) Hop aboard a trolley –If you have young kids or older family members who may find the excessive walking a challenge, opt for a trolley ride. Skip the line by reserving online, which is easy at most trolley companies like Old Town Trolleyor Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Train Nights of Lights Tour.

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