When COVID-19 forced Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to close its gates for two months, the nonprofit lost critical revenue during its busiest months. The Zoo is now asking for the community’s help to recover through the ZOO-A-THON, which aims to raise $250,000 in donations by Sunday. “Many people are surprised to learn how expensive it is to maintain our day-to-day operations, even after we closed to the public on March 14. We still had to feed and care for our animals daily, as well as employ the dedicated staff who worked through our closure. We were closed during our busiest …

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Tinx Just Stinks (But Charlie Doesn’t): Local Actor Jason Woods Creates Children’s Book

Art by Megan Lawson from Tinx Just Stinks And Charlie Doesn't by Jason Woods, ©2019 All Rights Reserved

Jason Woods uses crowdfunding to Launch his new book Tinx Just Stinks (But Charlie Doesn’t) He’s an actor, director, playwright and composer and this month, adds children’s author to his curriculum vitae. “Tinx Just Stinks (But Charlie Doesn’t)” is a charming story laced together in verse, a fanciful fairy tale of dragons, the triumph of positive over negative and a heartfelt message with just enough of a gooey center to appeal to readers of all ages.   It has all the hallmarks of a Jason Woods original, starting, of course, with dragons. But Tinx and Charlie are more than just talking dragons. …

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Color Me Kona: The World’s Largest Coloring Book Party

Art and skateboarding will collide at Color Me Kona, the world’s largest coloring book party and collaboration with Kona Skatepark and the Jax Kid’s Mural Project. The event will be held from 10am to 5pm, November 18th, at the skate park, located at 8739 Kona Avenue. The event is a fundraiser for the project, which serves Title 1 schools and children in underprivileged areas of the community. The event will feature a sidewalk chalk takeover of the park’s freestyle section, where participants can work alongside local and regional chalk artists, in addition to interactive mural painting for all ages. Murals …

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It Takes a Few Bricks: Bringing the USS Adams to Jacksonville

Anchored along the St. John’s River, the USS Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) is the first naval warship transformed into a floating, state-of-the-art, interactive museum. The USS Adams Museum will complement the Liberty Hound sailor monument on the Southbank and the Veterans Memorial Arena and Veterans Memorial Wall at the stadium complex. The Charlie Deuce represents an entire class of advanced warships that served the U.S. Navy for more than 30 years during the Cold War. This national historic site will help boost tourism in the region and further stimulate the economic development of Downtown Jacksonville. Established by the , the …

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The Chris Thomas Band Is Sending Jazz To Europe

Big things are on the horizon for The Chris Thomas Band. Next month, the 19-piece jazz ensemble embarks on its first ever tour thousands of miles away in London. Everything is happening at warped speed and Thomas is juggling the logistics of touring overseas with a healthy appreciation for what’s in store.   The  will perform a hometown show July 22 at the Times-Union Center to help fund the travel expenses. Thomas says he hopes the benefit fundraiser will give the band the final push it needs to meet the final goal. The band also established a Go Fund Me …

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One Spark Unveils New Plans At EverBank for 2017

One Spark, EverBank Field, Downtown, Jacksonville, Florida, Daily's Place

One Spark Partners with Bold Events, EverBank Field to Transform into Festival of Innovation for 2017 Event One Spark Board Chairman Peter Rummell announced today that a new partnership has been formed between , One Spark Ventures and Bold Events, LLC. At a press conference this morning, Rummell also announced the dates for this year’s event which will take place Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7. To kick off One Spark and highlight the enhanced entertainment elements of this year’s festival, a concert hosted by Bold Events (Act TBD) will take place at the new on Thursday, Oct. 5, …

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Crowdfunding Deliciousness: Young Local Chef Kickstarts Her New Cookbook

Jacksonville’s culinary scene is super hot right now, and the latest project from one of our city’s rising stars is helping to further our city’s recognition as a destination for great food. Local baker and celebrity-chef-in-the-making, Calli Webb (better known as ), recently launched an ambitious Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of her cookbook on coffee shop-inspired baking for the home cook. With just a few weeks left, the project is very near its goal and has attracted contributors from around the world including the UK, Germany, Australia and Singapore. The hardcover book will feature gorgeous photography and easy-to-follow …

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One Spark, Jacksonville, FL

Artists, educators, makers, entrepreneurs, inventors, musicians, scientists and anyone with great ideas looking to connect with the resources needed to make them a reality are invited to apply for . One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, is now accepting applications for Creators interested in sharing their ideas at the April 7-9, 2016 festival held annually in Jacksonville, Fla. Those interested in sharing their ideas at One Spark 2016 should visit and complete the Creator application process no later than January 29, 2016. Applicants must be at least 18 years old or apply only with the consent and accompaniment …

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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 ( 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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Fashion Label Love Brigade Relaunches Through Local Love

Love Brigade, Jacksonville, FL, Kickstarter

Love Brigade, the positivity-centered clothing brand, is reclaiming their roots in owner ’s hometown for their remarkable Fall 2015 relaunch. Previously, gained notoriety in their mission to pioneer “Souldiers” in search of a brighter world, through the street-cool style of Brooklyn fashion. Now nine years later, Key is in hopes to relaunch the brand in the flourishing city of Jacksonville, Florida, to continue strengthening Love Brigade’s quest and to also give back to her hometown. “I set sail in 2003 with the goal to absorb as much as I could about the fashion industry throughout England and New York City, in order to bring that …

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