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Photo Gallery: Jacksonville Beach Deck the Chairs

   is an annual, lighted, sculptural exhibit at  in , using the iconic red chairs of the . More than 36 decorated lifeguard chairs including six large metal light sculptures are on display. The creatively adorned chairs are sponsored through public and private efforts. New this year is a whimsical 24-foot tall Tree adorned with 80 custom ornaments. The Tree sits atop a fabricated beach shorebreak with four large sand buckets that will serve as food collection points for . Free and open to the public, the light display aims to build community pride, foster private and public relationships, and …

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CHANUKAH EVENTS

Dec 14 MENORAH-BUILDING WORKSHOP Chabad of St. Johns is partnering with Lowe’s for a Pre-Chanukah Menorah-Building Workshop. Wearing mini Lowe’s aprons and goggles, kids will craft their very own unique Menorahs with a host of supplies available from Lowe’s. Chabad will provide hot latkes and fresh doughnuts. Reservations are appreciated to ensure enough supplies. RSVP to [email protected] Chabad St. Johns, 701-4422, www.jewishsjohnscounty.com Dec 15 CHANUKAH HOLIDAY BAKING Get ready for Chanukah, by making and enjoying traditional Israeli jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot) with Morah Karen. Ages 3-6 yrs. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Jewish Community Alliance, 730-2100, www.jcajax.org …

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A DECEMBER TO REMEMBER St. Augustine Amphitheatre

    It’s beginning t look a lot like Christmas at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre!  presents “” featuring several free, family friendly holiday festivities. Families are invited to explore a completely transformed, holiday themed Amphitheatre illuminated with thousands of lights in the trees and walkways, which are decorated with elf houses, holiday characters and a beautiful, towering Holiday Tree. Families can also enjoy free train rides, face painting, a bounce house, nightly snowfall and visits with Santa. The month-long series of community-based holiday festivities continues through December 20. This year’s series is packed with exciting holiday events such as free …

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The Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair Is Here

When: Wednesday, November 5th – Sunday, November 16th Where: 510 Fairgrounds Place Info: www.jacksonvillefair.com, (904) 353-0535 It’s that one time during the year when you can smell that unique blend of funnel cake, livestock, and excitement in the air. is back and is full of spectacular headline entertainment, activities, animals, and all of the staple rides and games which you know and love. This marks the 59th year of the event. A Bit of History This event has informed visitors about science, agriculture, horticulture and the arts since 1955. Its original staging ground was the stadium formerly known as the …

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Gainesville Downtown Festival & Art Show

The soulful sound of blues will usher in the  weekend Friday, Nov. 7 with a free Downtown Blues Concert at the  from 7 to 10 p.m. The  is pleased to announce an evening under the stars featuring three incredible blues performances. This soul-moving show will kick-off with well-known local blues musician, , performing his all-original acoustic blues that respects tradition but adds a modern touch. His first acoustic CD, “Change Coming On,” was released in 2012. The CD spent 10 weeks on Roots Music Report’s top 10 internet blues radio charts. His latest CD “Nothing To Do” reached #4 on …

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2014 Spooks, Fun & Fall Festivals

Through Oct HAUNTED TRAILS Take a half-mile walking adventure through Apocalypse Alley, the Voodoo Gardens and the Old Spanish Trails Cemetery. Pass by the haunted house if you dare! Tours are held from 8-11pm every Thursday through Saturday during the month of October. Old Spanish Trail, 13535 W. Beaver Street, 257-9078, thehauntedtrails.net Thru Oct ZOMBIEFEST is a three-attraction event combining a haunted house with laser tag against live zombies, and a live zombie archery shoot out. Children must be 8 or older to play laser tag. The Haunted Laser Tag is rated PG, and Zombiefest is rated PG-13. Children ages …

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Envirofest at the Cummer

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is continuing its journey to artfully connect people and the environment by hosting on Saturday, August 9th. Envirofest is a free, eco-focused, family festival dedicated to bringing the arts and environment together to inspire all ages to have fun, creative, and healthy lifestyles. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the City of Jacksonville’s Environmental Protection Board, the Museum is able to offer the entire event free to the public, from 10am to 4pm. The day is packed full of exciting programing for both children and adults. The ,  and  are ready to help …

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Hook the Future – Teaching Kids to Fish

Everyone needs at least one good fish story. Whether it’s the one that got away or the one that gets bigger with each telling of the tale, these stories become part of our history but they are also a vital link to the present.  created the  to introduce the sport of fishing to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity. The mission is simple but the benefits last a lifetime, especially when kids finally have their own fish stories to tell. The sport of fishing helps develop responsible anglers by promoting a fit and healthy lifestyle while protecting our …

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fun on the water

With such an abundance of great ways to get on the water, how will you decide? The First Coast is fortunate to have highly qualified, accessible and independent recreational guides to help the novice to the expert have fun on Florida Waters. Whether you want to challenge yourself or just relax, here are some great places to get started. Self-Propelled All Wet Sports is located next to the Beach Blvd. Boat Ramp, right smack in the middle of Jacksonville. Owner Andy Fraden says that All Wet Sports is unique, “because of this magnificent creek…Big Pottsburg Creek will show you herons …

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