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JACKSONVILLE ORCHID SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW

Enjoy the wonder of “Orchids: Nature’s Masterpiece”, the Jacksonville Orchid Society’s annual show on March 17 & 18, from 10 – 5 at The Jacksonville Garden Club, 1005 Riverside Avenue. Admission and parking are free. See www.jaxorchidsociety.org for more details. Orchids in all colors and different shapes will be shown in beautiful displays, ranging in size from nine square feet to one hundred, created by individual orchid growers, four orchid societies, and ten commercial growers. The picture shows some of the commercial exhibits from the2011 Show. Some orchids have delicious fragrances from cinnamon, wintergreen, cloves, and jasmine to the smell …

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A Convention of Comics

by P.J. Fenton Mega-con isn’t just for kids or just for adults, it’s for everyone. It’s all about a mutual love of anime, comic books, and fun. No matter how old you are, or what your race, or religion is, at Orlando’s Mega-con you’ll be accepted. There is no such thing as cliques or freaks here. People from all over America come to conventions such as Mega con because you will be accepted, no one cares about who you are. While at Mega-con in Orlando I met artists making their own comic books, children with their parents both enjoying themselves …

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the river flows through it

photo: Joseph Tremain photo: Joseph Tremain photo: Joseph Tremain photo: Joseph Tremain by Kelly Savage When we think about Downtown, it is hard to picture it without the mighty St. Johns River. The river is an indelible part of the city’s landscape and has shaped our town since people settled here. Oh, how we have changed it though. If you take a boat trip through downtown, it is hard to picture it as it once was. When our city was known as Cowford, the river was only about 10-12 feet deep! Now, the depth is about 60 feet under the …

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are you river friendly?

by Kelly Savage While we all have an impact on the health of the St. Johns River, we can make a difference and help by making wise choices. Water conservation seems like such an overused term, but if each of us cuts back on our water usage, even by a few gallons, we can avoid the need to withdraw water from our river! I know you are thinking of the time you left the water running while you changed your radio station, or forgot to turn off the sprinklers when it rained. Not only will these small steps help the …

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Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

Nick Boucher, Ashley Jones, Deborah Jordan, and Everette Street Photo: Susan Roche For two weekends each year, the clear blast of trumpets mingles with the laughter of children as the kingdom of Hoggetowne 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 Alachua County Fairgrounds in Gainesville, this medieval marketplace will come to life on Jan. 29- 30 and Feb. 4- 6. Hoggetowne is home to more than 160 talented artisans from across the country who journey to …

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heavenly gaze

Pelican Award Winners Kasi Walters, Erik DeCicco, Leslie Richart – Best Actresses, Best Actor Jason Collins, Samuel Fisher, Best Directors by Megan Champion The rumble of an enormous engine, the pounding of a human heart, the passing of… blood platelets? Before you have time to think about what you’re looking at, off you go, jettisoned into a hollow blood vessel where you dip, dive, swing and turn from side to side throughout a human body. The ever increasing thump of a beating heart provides the background music on this wild ride, until out you come, an onlooker viewing a space …

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HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Through October 31 Night Terrors Haunted House Night Terrors features Florida’s biggest and most extreme haunted houses. Three terrifying haunts at one Jacksonville location: Madhouse, Redneck Rampage and Nightshift. Filled with special effects, realistic sets and insane actors, this place is definitely not for the faint of heart! Open throughout October on Fri & Sat 7 pm- 12 am, Sun 7- 10 pm and the last two Thurs 7- 10 pm. Admission: $20/general, $30/R.I.P. Fast Pass (gets you into all three haunts plus front of the line). Normandy Village Shopping Center, 7764 Normandy Blvd, www.nightterrorshauntedhouse.com Oct 8- 31 Haunt Nights …

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Oktoberfest on the River

by ERIN THURSBY Teri Coutu, who has taken over the position as Riverside Arts Market Director this fall, spoke to EU about what’s coming up at RAM this October and why she loves her job. I was first introduced to RAM as a patron, but more importantly I was a performer twice last last year on the River Stage and I really got to see it from a whole different perspective…fell in love with it then. It’s just a great crowd of people…it’s a wonderful backdrop;I knew it was something special then.” Art and music are Coutu’s first love, but …

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Yo Gabba Gabba

by Kellie Abrahamson “It’s basically a Flaming Lips concert for kids” When Yo Gabba Gabba! first started airing on Nickelodeon, my son was three and couldn’t get enough. I too was entranced by the weird children’s show with colorful characters, Nintendo-esque graphics and the parade of musical guests straight out of my iPod. Imagine, then, how bummed I was when my son uttered the words I hoped I would never hear: “Mom, this is a baby show!” It was like a dagger to the heart, but I knew he was right. My little boy has outgrown my favorite kid’s show. …

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HAVE KID, WILL TRAVEL

by Alina Kodatt I can never be satisfied with store-bought eggs again, and I’ve got my neighbor Miranda to blame. She told me about a woman in her church who raises chickens and sells the eggs. The directions were simple: give Miranda $3 and she would go to church, pick up the package, and bring me back a dozen, light brown, delicately-speckled fresh eggs. That’s good neighborliness of an Anne of Green Gables dimension. Well, kind Miranda picked up a dozen eggs the next Sunday and delivered them to my door, and it’s official…I’m in love! I mean how could …

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