Charitable

Historic Springfield Tour of Homes

The 37th annual Historic Springfield Tour of Homes will be held June 6 and 7 from 12 to 5 p.m. each day, showcasing homes and businesses in Jacksonville’s oldest neighborhood. This year’s tour highlights eight venues, featuring the classic architecture and character of the Springfield Historic District: Four turn-of-the-century beautifully restored homes A grand Victorian in progress of renovation A charming new construction bungalow A gorgeously renovated commercial space The , the historic mansion built by founder “Before” photos will be on display at several historic venues so visitors can see the transformations. “Springfield has some of the most unique, …

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Discover Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and the trial that had Gainesville in an uproar

Alachua County Courthouse, Discover Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and the trial that had Gainesville in an uproar, Invasion of Privacy

Invasion of Privacy Preview Party & Fundraiser Friday, June 12, 2015 6:00-8:00 pm $35 per person Meet the director and cast of the award-winning play Invasion of Privacy on Friday, June 12, 2015 from 6-8 pm at the Matheson History Museum. After winning a Pulitzer Prize for The Yearling, was at the height of her career when she was sued in 1946 by her friend, Zelma Cason. This was the first time that a right of privacy case in Florida had been brought against an author, and featured one of Florida’s first female lawyers. The lawsuit pitted a person’s right of privacy against …

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Mothering Eartha: The Gift of Loving from the Clara White Mission’s 111 Years

In 1993, the City of Jacksonville had the Clara White Mission in its crosshairs. Mayor Ed Austin’s River City Renaissance plan sought to demolish the Clara White Mission along with the nearly 50 square blocks of  it bulldozed, but a young leader named Ju’Coby Pittman, the Mission’s fourth president, got in the way. Today, the , located at 613 West Ashley Street in the heart of LaVilla, is 111 years old. Its founder, , ran the Mission for 70 years. Along the way, people compared her to Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Jane Addams and Jesus. She wasn’t quite five feet tall, …

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An Enchanted Evening at Alhambra Theatre and Dining

Join Theatre On A Mission for  at Alhambra Theatre and Dining, June 1, 7 p.m. You will see your favorite Princes and Princesses in a delightful comedy. With the help of two fairy Godmothers the Royals must work together to help the Children of Costa Rica. So grab your pumpkin, and come sing along with the Theatre On A Mission Princes and Princesses as they get ready for their  Journey!  Tickets only $15.00.  Event includes a live and silent auction of some wonderful items donated by the community.  Theatre on a Mission is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  is a student-driven …

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Abundant Harvest: Thanks-giving Jazz Dinner Party with a Purpose

Abundant Harvest Outreach’s 1st Annual Benefit Dinner Caria Hawkins and family host Thanks-giving Jazz Dinner Party with a Purpose. Abundant Harvests sustainable farm recycles EVERYTHING. This isn’t your garden variety (no pun intended), toss-an-aluminum-can-into-a-designated-bin type of recycling, this place is a monument to eco-efficient living and manufacturing of foodstuffs. “We provide all we need right here,” explains , CEO of . “The animals use the same things that we eat and drink.” After participating in  a week earlier, Hawkins and family hosted their first annual benefit dinner on the last Saturday in March, which included a live jazz band, dinner, …

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GastroFest 2015 Schedule of Events & Tastings! March 21st, Hemming Park 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Welcome to GastroFest; we hope you are excited! This program of events will give you the details on what is happening, when, and where throughout the day. Our goal is to bring you tastes from around the First Coast, expert speakers, chef demos, kids’ activities and more! So get out there and try some of the finest cuisine Jacksonville has to offer – and don’t forget to use #GastroFest2015 and #321GastroFest! What are Taste Tickets, how do they work, and where do I get them? Taste Tickets will be your currency during . Each Taste Ticket costs $1 and, on …

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Preston Haskell Gives $5M to MOCA Jacksonville Endowment

He said he hopes to inspire others to support the Museum’s future , a cultural resource of the , announced Tuesday that  is giving $5 million to the Museum’s endowment. This historically significant gift validates the vital role the Museum plays in the community and lays a foundation to ensure MOCA Jacksonville continues to be a thriving resource for future generations. Cultural institutions play an important role in creating a vibrant and engaged community. For any organization to have a sustained impact, it must have a healthy and right-sized endowment. This gift is an inspiring vote of confidence and a first step toward MOCA Jacksonville achieving …

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NEIGHBORHOOD: Living in Springfield

Springfield Neighborhood, Jacksonville FL

The reasons residents love living in Springfield are as diverse as the residents themselves. Diversity happens to be one of the many features of our great community, and most people don’t choose to live here unless they appreciate it. I love Springfield because our quiet streets overlooking the city skyline are filled with potential. I see what Hogans Creek can become and love watching 100-year-old homes go through the restoration transition. Springfield Preservation & Restoration With the mission to “Preserve and Build Community,” the greatest asset any historic neighborhood can have is an active preservation society. Working to maintain a …

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Speak Up – Silence Is a Bully’s Best Friend

Speak Up - Silence is a Bully's Best Friend

Thirteen-year-old Breeanna DeGrove’s face, which had been full of youthful lightheartedness, suddenly takes on a sad countenance when the subject of school bullying comes up. “It started in the fourth grade. They started giving me a hard time verbally about my weight. They said some really hurtful things to me, and I kept silent for such a long time.” Breeanna, or Bree as most people know her, pauses for a moment, taking in the rainy view from a Starbuck’s on Jacksonville’s Northside. “Other kids saw what was going on, but they wouldn’t say anything, and some of them would join …

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National Feed the Homeless Day in Hemming Park

Hemming Park, by Fran Ruchalski

In recognition of National Feed the Homeless Day, Hemming Park hosted Jacksonville’s social service partners for an event in the park on Tuesday, December 17 from 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. This will be a yearly event highlighting the social services available to those in need in Jacksonville. All invited organizations have the mission to eradicate homelessness from Jacksonville, and the gathering shows a local, unified face in combatting this national social issue. Through educating the community of the range of services that exist locally for anyone experiencing hunger, homelessness, or in need of services, there are resources and agencies ready to assist. The …

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