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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Welcomes Brand New Baby Gorilla!

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (JZG) proudly announces the first successful gorilla birth in its history. The adorable infant was born the morning of February 6 to mother Bulera, and father, Lash. The newborn will debut on exhibit with mom on Sunday, February 8, pending weather conditions. Our vet and animal staff are closely monitoring mother and baby, but will only offer assistance if needed. Bulera and Lash were recommended to breed by the  (SSP). The Gorilla SSP is a group of zoo professionals who cooperatively manage the gorilla population at zoos accredited by the (AZA). They are responsible for …

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Gainesville Goes Medieval: Hoggetowne Faire

For two weekends each year, the clear blast of trumpets mingles with the laughter of children as the kingdom of opens its gates. Performers in period garb sing and dance in the streets, while knights joust on horseback and magicians captivate the crowds. Tucked away in the enchanted forest of the in Gainesville, FL, this medieval marketplace will come to life Jan 24-25 and Jan 30-Feb 1. Hoggetowne is home to more than 160 talented artisans from across the country who journey to the Faire to sell and demonstrate their wares, offering medieval crafts such as weaving, blacksmithing, leatherworking, wood …

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GROW YOUR OWN: Saturday Garden Walk at Zoo

Recently I joined a Saturday Garden Walk at the . These walks are monthly tours of the gardens led by members of the horticulture staff who point out the plants that fit the theme of that tour. The walks usually attract 15-20 participants who learn where to plant each featured specimen, how to care for it, and what to expect from it during the growing year. The theme for the December tour was “Ornamental Grasses and their Cousins.” The guides explained that grasses are Monocots, one of the two types of flowering plants. The other type is a Dicot, and …

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Treasures of the First Coast at MOSH

Treasures of the First Coast  Odyssey’s “Shipwreck Pirates and Treasures,” exhibit currently open at is simply massive! The largest exhibit in the 73-year history of our beloved Museum of Science and History strikes the perfect chord between the two disciplines. Over 500 artifacts discovered and reclaimed from various seas from all parts of the globe, ranging from the beautiful Blue China recovered just 70 miles off the “First Coast” of Jacksonville, to gold and silver and just about anything worth enough for someone to ship, but fated to disaster, are on display. Odyssey Inc., far and away the industry leader …

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Springfield Neighborhood, Jacksonville FL

NEIGHBORHOOD: Living in Springfield

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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Sweet Pete’s & The Candy Apple Come to Hemming Hotspot

  The Sweetest Destination With  and all the events slated to go into the Hemming Park space, the area around  is turning into quite a hotspot. Adding to the heat is the addition of the Sweet Pete building, which was formerly known as the .  is backed by  of  on . Lemonis bought the building in July of this year and provided the cash for the more than $3 million in renovations. Candy confectioner Sweet Pete’s will share the building with . “Sweet Pete’s and The Candy Apple are better together because the whole is greater than the individual parts,” …

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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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Holidays at Universal Orlando are Pure Magic

The holidays are upon us! If you need an out of town option for entertaining kids (or yourself!), head down to Universal Studios and/or Islands of Adventure in Orlando for some family-friendly fun.  has the  EVERY DAY at 5pm until December 21st, then at 8pm from December 22nd through January 3rd. Walking around before the parade, you’ll see floats stationed at various points throughout the park. ( is particularly well-placed!) Just after the parade, catch performances by , who have “holiday” listed as their genre on their Wikipedia page. If the name is unfamiliar to you, just drive around listening …

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Holiday Events

HOLIDAY EVENTS Through Jan 1 NIGHTLY TREE LIGHT SHOWS With all new light synchronization and music for 2014, the Landing’s 56-foot-tree comes alive each evening, performing a 10-minute show each hour with more than 78,000 twinkling lights. , 904-353-1188, www.jacksonvillelanding.com Through Jan 11 ADVENTURE LANDING WINTERFEST  hosts with outdoor ice skating rink & skate rental, nightly snowfalls, ice slide, light display, s’more roasting, Crystal Creek Lodge with fine coffees, hot chocolate and hot cider, sweet treats like fudge, comfort foods & more, and Blizzard Bluff Village featuring Santa’s Workshop, cookie decorating, holiday carnival games & more. Santa will also be …

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23rd Annual Community Nutcracker, by Fran Ruchalski

23rd Annual Community Nutcracker

  Every year the Community Nutcracker delights audiences of all ages with this holiday classic. More than 200 children from Northeast Florida audition and perform in the production.  Additionally, The  issues 2,000 free tickets to various Jacksonville agencies and organizations to attend a Community Service Night performance. Residents and clients from area nursing homes and nonprofit agencies are also able to attend the ballet. Friday, Dec 12 8pm;  tickets are $30/$25.50/$19.50 Saturday, Dec. 13 2pm; tickets are $33/$28.50/$22.50 Saturday, Dec. 13 8pm; tickets are $33/$28.50/$22.50 photos by Fran Ruchalski  

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