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All Decked Out! Celebrate the Season at the Shore with Deck the Chairs in Jacksonville Beach

Kurtis Loftus never imagined that the event would evolve into a signature holiday event for . He wasn’t even thinking about Christmas when he developed the concept. It was July, 2013, and the holidays were far from his mind. Initially, it was a unique way to raise money for the Volunteer Life Saving Corps. With a background in art and marketing, it just made sense for Loftus to marry the concept of a benefit with a sculptural art exhibit incorporating the iconic lifeguard chairs. The idea of framing the art pieces around the lifeguard chairs started to take shape as …

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Moon Over the Market, GastroJax, FRLA, Jacksonville Farmers Market

CONTEST: Win tickets to Moon Over the Market on Nov 10

Moon Over the Market is a tasting event brought to you by GastroJax, and the First Coast Chapter of FRLA, featuring the iconic Jacksonville Farmers Market. Included in your ticket price will be tastes from local food providers, an adult beverage, and samples from the next generation of chefs as they are mentored in a competition using food from the market. Market guides will be on hand to tell you about the history of the market as you walk through! High School ProStart Culinary Students will be cooking with mentorship from local chefs such as , reigning champion of the …

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By Air and By Sea: SEA & SKY SPECTACULAR

  Jacksonville Beach FREE, with limited ability to purchase VIP viewing cabanas on Eventbrite $15-25 per person. It’s a skyward display of epic proportions as the returns to . The free, three-day event offers breathtaking demonstrations from many of the premiere flying teams, including the Geico Skytypers Airshow Team. With the Blue Angels bringing the sleek, fast-flying maneuvers that make them a crowd favorite, the Geico Skytypers Team demonstration features WWII-era aircraft. The Geico Skytypers will perform their 18-minute low-level precision flying demonstration utilizing six WWII-era SNJs on Nov 5-6 during the Jacksonville Beach Sea & Sky Airshow. “These maneuvers …

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Springfield PorchFest, Jacksonville, FL, Photo by Debra Heuskin

Stroll Springfield: Jacksonville Porchfest 2016

There is something warm and inviting about a big cozy front porch. In , cozy porches transform into intimate stages as local and regional musicians gather November 5th for the third annual , presented by . The free, family-friendly event features more than 20 performers bringing porches to life throughout the neighborhood. Attendees can stroll from porch to porch and camp out on sidewalks and front lawns as they enjoy live music and a wide variety of food, drink, and arts vendors in Jacksonville’s oldest front porch neighborhood. This year’s event will be held in Springfield’s Southwest quadrant and will …

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Jaycees Trail of Terror: Generations of Jacksonville Screams

There’s nothing quite like gathering a group of family or friends together on a spooky Halloween outing. Catching the look on Grandpa’s face when Chainsaw Charlie grinds gruesome is priceless. For over 45 years, the scare-masters at the Jaycees have delighted young and old alike. The city’s oldest haunted attraction is scaring up some family frights with the Trail of Terror. Hosted on by the Jacksonville Jaycees, the Trail of Terror is a haunted trail located near the on the grounds of Paintball Adventures on 11850 Camden Road. Created in 1970, the attraction was originally called the Hall of Terror …

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Gopher-It!: Gopher Tortoise Hatchlings at Tree Hill

has exciting news: we found gopher tortoise hatchlings on site! The gopher tortoise is a vital part of north Florida’s unique ecosystem. Finding the gopher tortoise hatchlings is an encouraging discovery, as the number of gopher tortoises living in the wild is limited and the species continues to face serious threats from habitat destruction. The is a land turtle that lives exclusively in the Southeastern part of the United States, from Florida to the very southern tip of South Carolina and west into the southern portions of Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana. As a result of their limited range and limited …

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Fall For Planting

The time has come to get our fall gardens in the ground! has a number of gardens, such as the JEA Water Efficiency Butterfly Garden and the gardens surrounding the main building. Since 2010, Tree Hill has also been the home of the Arlington Community Garden. With 37 beds, the Garden is a partnership between Tree Hill and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville. All of the food grown in the garden is donated to the food pantry at Arlington Community Services. Without the Garden, the food pantry would only be able to give their families non-perishable items. Since the …

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Summer Sizzles!

The hot days of summer are almost upon us. Beach days, evenings spent catching fire flies and afternoons under the shade of a tree enjoying an ice cream are summer favorites.  Unfortunately, enjoying the natural wonders that Florida has to offer us comes with a price – bug bites and sunburns can make an outdoor adventure a lot less fun! At we spend a lot of time outdoors through the summer, caring for our animals and tending the gardens. We’d like to share with you a few of our favorite ways to stay cool and comfortable this summer. Cooling towels …

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Nerdites, Kyle Willis, Fan Lexicon, EU Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville’s Fan Lexicon unites nerds of all ages

Jacksonville’s started on Friday, August, 19, 2016 at the Lexington Hotel. This three day event was full of cosplay, karaoke, Pokemon Go events and more. People who travel all over the East Coast, and even those who reside in Orlando made their way to Lexicon to sell their items or to simply indulge in all that Lexicon has to offer. The anime room, filled with Sailor Moon cosplayers, consisted of karaoke and different booths. The fun and light vibes motivated anyone to simply let go of their shyness and join the group. Vendors spread throughout Lexicon were there with original …

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Small Spits – ponds, creeks & lakes

BY KATIE SALZ, Program Manager, Tree Hill Nature Center The St. Johns River runs from the south to the north, meandering just over 300 miles until it reaches Mayport and heads for the Atlantic Ocean. It starts as the St. Johns Marsh in Indian River County, 100 miles south of Orlando. At Tree Hill Nature Center, we have our own piece of the St. Johns flowing across the 50 acres for which we care. The Red Bay Branch and Howland Creeks runs across Tree Hill before meeting up with the Strawberry Creek. The Strawberry Creek flows into the Arlington River, …

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