Family

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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Quick Start Tennis

(left to right) Michael Lomenda, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Preston Truman Boyd and John Gardiner portray The Four Seasons in Jersey Boys running March 13 – April 1 at the Times Union Center by Erin Thursby At the age of five it’s hard to wield an adult-sized tennis racquet. But there’s an answer for parents who want their kids to share their love of the sport: Quick Start Tennis. In the past kids would drop tennis because it would take so long for them to be able to manage the racquet. With Quick Start they can rally and make points right …

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Welcome to the Jungle!

Caroline Long By Smith Bobby K Leona Bridesmaid by Kellie Abrahamson The first time I heard about Jungle Quest was from my six year old son, Zeke. Upon watching their commercial he raced into the room declaring “I know where we’re having my birthday party.” At the time his birthday was 10 months away, but this fact didn’t stop him from insisting I go to the website and check it out. I complied and found myself intrigued by this unique family attraction. Jungle Quest originated in Littleton, Colorado in 1994. Unlike other children’s entertainment complexes, the facility had no video …

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Wings N Wheels

by Erin Thursby Airplanes, hot rods and family fun are all part of the Wings N Wheels event at Craig Airport on Saturday, September 25 from 10 am to 4 pm. Plan to arrive early, the turnout is expected to be in the thousands, estimated at from about 8,000 to12,000. Although public admission is free, the event will be a fundraiser for EAA Chapter 193, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving general aviation. Vehicles of many categories will be shown at the event. You’ll see hod rods, antique cars, motorcycles, warbird aircrafts and home-built airplanes. Famed airplanes such as a …

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Wings N Wheels

by Erin Thursby “When once you have tasted flight you will always walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward: for there you have been and there you will always be.” -Henry Van Dyke Airplanes, hot rods and family fun are all part of the Wings N Wheels event at Craig Airport on Saturday, September 25 from 10 am to 4 pm. Plan to arrive early, the turnout is expected to be in the thousands, estimated at from about 8,000 to12,000. Although public admission is free, the event will be a fundraiser for EAA Chapter 193, a not-for-profit organization dedicated …

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HAVE KID, WILL TRAVEL

Mike Shakelford Susan Brown & Jamie DeFrates Susan Brown & Jamie DeFrates by Alina Kodatt Hi, my name is Alina. Maybe you have seen me around here the last couple of months, writing about places in Jacksonville that I’ve explored with my daughter. Well, I think it’s about time I officially introduced myself to you. I’m 31. I love to eat foreign food and people-watch. I hate Swiss cheese and standing in line. I prefer the fall and winter months, though the beach and fruit popsicles make the summer months more bearable. I also love to write. More specifically, I …

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on the river – August 2010

by kelly savage Looking to cool off? Enjoy one of Florida’s most beautiful and unique natural resources and get a break from the 100-degree weather by jumping into some springs! There are 85 springs in the St. Johns River watershed and they contribute 20-30 percent of the river’s flow. Springs are richly connected to our history and are a big draw to visitors. While you are there, remember to enjoy the springs responsibly so they can be treasured for generations to come. Here are just a few springs you can enjoy along the St. Johns. You can learn more about …

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On the River

JSYO Holiday Concert First Coast Nutcracker Historical Society?s Gingerbread Extravaganza Historical Society?s Gingerbread Extravaganza Holiday Pops by Kelly Savage, Community Outreach Director for St. Johns Riverkeeper Looking for something to do outside? Look no further. We have events and a guide to keep you busy all summer along your St. Johns River. Get Your Feet Wet is a guidebook to the St. Johns River that highlights history, ecology, outdoor activities, common wildlife, and 45 of the best parks throughout the watershed from Palatka to river’s mouth at Mayport. July is a perfect month to get in or on the water …

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HAVE KID, WILL TRAVEL

Burro Bags Tres Leches Desserts Sweet Pete's by Alina Kodatt As far as local beaches go, I’m a Jacksonville Beach girl. My husband, daughter and I regularly load up our towels, chairs and change of clothes, make our way down JTB and swing left on A1A. In short, the normal routine includes wave riding at the 16th Street beach access followed by bacon calzones at Cabo’s Island Pizza. Invariably, we drive home sandy, sun-kissed and totally refreshed. As you can see, it’s a very good routine, and I never had any intentions of cheating on it. Honest, I didn’t. When …

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