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Inside the Outline: Art With a Heart Show Opening at MOCA

Art with a Heart in Healthcare, Wolfson Children's Hospital, MOCA Jacksonville

What makes you happy? Often times, a young person’s hospital stay can be confusing, and so much of what happens with illness and the treatment of it can leave the patient feeling powerless. That’s where art comes in, reaching the part of the patient that still gets to be the decider, creator, inventor. is a non-profit arts-in-healthcare organization providing personal fine art experiences to enhance the healing process for patients and their families. The team of mostly visual artists works primarily with Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Nemours Children’s Clinic to facilitate art sessions with the young patients, as well as …

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EU Gives Foster Children A Night of Inspiration

Cheers and laughter echoed throughout the last month as the took their antics to the court. But for a special group of foster children in section 108, this otherwise typical tour stop proved to be a rare and inspiring experience both on and off the court. Child Advocate Garry Bevel was one of the dozens of volunteers, staff and foster children from the program seated in section 108. One row ahead, he heard an 8-year-old little boy exclaim, “This is awesome!” and then watched as the child leaned over to whisper a wide-eyed thank you to his own volunteer advocate. …

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Lions Seafood Festival March 4-6 Christian Lopez Band to headline

West Virginia singer-songwriter Lopez and his band will perform on the festival’s main stage at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday March 5, and at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday March 6. The group has been touring the country, opening for the Zac Brown Band and Dave Matthews Band while garnering impressive reviews for their Americana-folk sound and new album, Onward. In addition to winning the Belk Modern Musician Showcase, the band was declared “Best Newcomer” at the Americana Music Festival and Conference by Rolling Stone magazine. Other acts performing during the three-day festival include the Florida State Bluegrass …

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Eco-Relics wants to save our landfills: Waste Not Want Not

As an underground fire encroaches on nuclear material in St. Louis’ Bridgeton landfill, another half-eaten meal winds up in the trashcan. Food is the largest single category of municipal waste. As it rots underground, it generates flammable methane gas. When the gas ignites, the the resulting smolder is difficult to extinguish or contain. In Bridgeton it has been burning for five years, slowly creeping towards a large deposit of nuclear waste. The world produces about four billion tons of food every year, and nearly a third of it is wasted. The resources used to produce that food are also wasted, …

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Swash Me Buckle – Propeller Club Pirate Party

  Event: Propeller Club Pirate Party Venue: CoRK Arts District Date/Time: Nov 7, 7pm-midnight Tickets: $45 single, or $40/each multiple Contact: www.propclubjax.com The Propeller Club gives fundraising a new spin with the 5th annual Pirate Party to benefit the . The event will be held from 7pm-midnight Nov 7 at and features dinner, live entertainment with Mr. Natural, raffles, a silent auction, door prizes, a costume contest, and tarot card reader. The pirate-themed event is the largest fundraising effort organized by the . In 2014, the club raised nearly $14,000 for , doubling the amount raised in the previous year. …

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It Fits to a (Mana)tee:

Cultural Fusion, Year of the River, and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens BY LYNDSAY PLEMMONS, Assistant Manager of Marketing at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens what: Jacksonville Manatee Festival when: November 14, 2015, 10am–4pm where: Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens info: www.jacksonvillezoo.org The word “inspiration” is mentioned frequently, especially when talking about important causes like animal conservation. Cultural Fusion and Year of the River have opened our eyes to the idea that everyone becomes inspired in different ways. In many cities, zoos, museums, and cultural groups end up competing over the same customer. Through , we are working to benefit each other …

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When Every Drop Counts: Musicians Gather for Clean Water Music Fest IV

Clean water changes everything. Every day, 4,100 children die because of waterborne illness in regions like Ethiopia, Rwanda, Mali, and Niger. Women and children walk hours upon hours every day to collect water that inevitably makes them sick. Families must decide how much of their precious water supply they want to use daily for bathing, cooking, cleaning, and drinking. Another issue critical to conditions in developing nations is sanitation, which is also addressed by charity: water projects. When basic health information and sanitation is provided in these communities, young women are finally able to go to school after they hit …

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Growing A Brighter Future: Hug-A-Farm-Animal Day at Celestial Farms, Sept. 12

Celestial Farms is hosting a free family day to benefit the organization’s animal rescue program. Hug-A-Farm-Animal Day is held from 10 am to 3 pm Sept 12 at 13958 Duval Road. Guests are invited to explore the farm and gardens, pet many of the rescued farm animals and stroll through the local vendors and artisans. Children can enjoy the safe, play area and bounce house. Refreshments will be available (www.celestialfarms.org). Founded in 2000, is a therapeutic garden, educational facility and livestock rescue with the simple mission “to grow a brighter future” by providing assistive gardening tools, raised garden beds and …

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Pajcics Give $75k Challenge Gift to Hemming Park

Hemming Park, Pajcic Donation, Steve Pajcic presents his $75,000 donation to Friends of Hemming Park CEO Vince Cavin, as Friends of Hemming Park Board President Dr. Wayne Wood looks on.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 13, 2015 – Today in Hemming Park, Jacksonville philanthropists Steve and Anne Pajcic presented a $75,000 “challenge gift,” meant to inspire others to support efforts to revitalize , to , board president, and Vince Cavin, Friends of Hemming Park CEO. “Friends of Hemming Park has done a remarkable job in turning this park from an eyesore into an energized and attractive showplace in less than one year,” said Steve Pajcic, prominent local attorney. “This park is the centerpiece of our downtown, and everyone in this city benefits from its revitalization. We strongly support the creative efforts of …

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Hemming Park Beer Festival: Drinking Great Beer for a Great Cause

  and are presenting the inaugural at Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 6-9pm. This event is being held as a fundraiser to benefit the , a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Surprisingly, it will be the first major beer festival to be hosted in Hemming Park. While craft brews have played an important role in many of the events that have recently taken place there, beer has never been the primary feature of an outdoor festival in the park. With the inception of the Hemming Park Beer Festival, this omission has been rectified. The organizers will …

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