Family

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

by kellie abrahamson Now that I’m safe at home I can admit it: I am not what you would consider a Harry Potter fan. Before this assignment I had only ever seen bits and pieces of the first movie and, while it seemed okay for a kiddie flick, I just didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. I have friends who are true Potterheads- grown people obsessed beyond all reason. It bewildered me then. Now, I think I get it. After experiencing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando’s newest addition, my eyes are opened and I am …

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4th of July Celebrations & Fireworks

July 2 WORLD GOLF VILLAGE FIREWORKS Enjoy one of the largest fireworks displays in Northeast Florida as the World Golf Village celebrates Independence Day. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and find a spot around the Walk of Champions to enjoy the show. Admission is free. Restaurants and shops will be open to the public and a minimal parking fee will be required for entry to the event. Coolers not allowed. 9 pm, World Golf Village, 1 World Golf Place, 940-6088, www.worldgolfvillage.com July 3 INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT CONFEDERATE PARK Stand up for America in celebration of the United States’ military, …

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Free (and Cheap) Summer Fun for Families

by Kellie Abrahamson Kiddos on the First Coast will be celebrating this month as they start their summer vacations. This time of freedom for them is a time of panic for parents as we scramble for things to do to fight off boredom. Here’s a list of free and cheap ways to keep your progeny entertained during these lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Movies You can catch plenty of family-friendly films at a variety of different venues this summer. Moonlight Movies- SeaWalk Pavilion (Jacksonville Beach) Grab a blanket and enjoy the last two installments of this Beaches favorite: June …

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Way more than books

by Alina Kodatt I have a crush. It’s not an ordinary crush, like on a boy or a movie star. No, this crush is on a building, made of brick and steel and glass. Turns out I’m completely smitten with the downtown Main Street Library. Every Wednesday, rain or shine, my two year old daughter and I load up in my little car and venture to the headquarters of the Duval County Library System. I have to admit that I wouldn’t normally consider myself a lover of libraries. Sure, I read and generally like learning. But to be honest, most …

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Celebrate Asia! 2010

There are lots of cliche things you can do with your mom for Mother’s Day. Luckily, we have an alternative. May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the Hyatt Regency at the Jacksonville riverfront will be holding a pan-Asian festival called Celebrate Asia! 2010. Vida Vongsay, Chair of Celebrate Asia!, tells us that “Attendees will enjoy the beautiful and vibrant colors of Asian attires and decors that will capture the essence of Asian Heritage.” Expect to see several hundred people dressed in traditional Asian garb from many different countries: Filipino Barongs, Saris, Hanbok, Ao Dais, Song Koks, Kmer dresses, …

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Earth Month Events

by Anna Rabhan Senator Gaylord Nelson established Earth Day 40 years ago in order to inspire environmental awareness and action (www.nelsonearthday.net). More than 140 countries will observe it this year on Thursday, April 22. But why wait? The entire month of April is Earth Month, and there are lots of events planned for April and beyond in Northeast Florida. Get your green on! April 3 Donate Life Day What’s the ultimate item to recycle? Yourself! Join several organ and tissue donation organizations for free entertainment from 3 pm to closing at The Jacksonville Landing. There will be music all day …

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LOCAL SUMMER CAMPS

by Kellie Abrahamson You’ve figured out what you’re doing with the kids during spring break, but that’s nothing more than a dress rehearsal for the mother of all breaks: summer vacation. There’s nothing memorable about a summer zoning out in front of the TV and those three months will seem like an eternity to you if Junior’s whining about being bored all day. Thankfully for both of you, there are plenty of fabulous summer camps on the First Coast perfect for kids of all ages and all interests. With most schools cutting art classes left and right, little Picassos simply …

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BUTTERFLIES AT TREE HILL

“A caterpillar who seeks to not know himself would never become a butterfly.” For the past 40 years, Tree Hill Nature Center has served as a popular destination for environmentalists and energy conservationists as well as nature lovers. What started back in 1970 as a rugged piece of Florida wilderness with a small stable and horse trails has become transformed like a butterfly into 50-acres of beautiful nature trails that offers a Florida National History Museum, butterfly house and hummingbird gardens, native animals, the open-air Joseph A Strasser Amphitheatre, and an education center dedicated to students of all ages. Tree …

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26.2 with Donna

On February 21 at 7:30 am the national breast cancer marathon and half-marathon will begin near the Mayo Clinic Campus in Jacksonville and follows the course through the unique beach communities of Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach. The course will detour onto 2.5 miles of beautiful hard-packed sand on the Florida coastline, which is perfect for running! If you’re not into running but still want to do your part to finish breast cancer, grab your group of friends and form a curb crew to help cheer on the runners as they travel through Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and …

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CIRCUS DAYS

photo: David Pearce photo: David Pearce photo: David Pearce photo: David Pearce by Photos & write up: Daniel Goncalves The circus has come to town. The Ringling Bros and Barnum &; Bailey show, Funundrum had it’s opening night at the Veterans Memorial Arena on Thursday night. There’s plenty of wonder, amazing human spectacles and fun-animals galore. The circus is in town Jan 21-24. For show times and tickets visit: www.Jaxevents.com

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