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hoggetowne medieval faire

“Be transported into the Middle Ages, January 30- 31 and February 5- 7, at the Alachua County Fairgrounds and celebrate the 24th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. The theme for the 2010 Faire is In the Days of Robin Hood. On the streets of Hoggetowne, you will meet King John, Queen Isabelle and Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Street characters will help make everyone a part of the Faire by including them in their witty wisecracks and charming them in a medieval style. The bustling medieval marketplace will showcase more than 160 talented artisans and craftspeople from all over the …

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bubbles popping up downtown

During the past few months, Downtown Vision, Inc. has been working to develop a communications campaign to promote all that Downtown has to offer and educate people about Downtown, including its history, culture, parks, riverfront, dining, nightlife and events. Workers, visitors, and residents will see campaign “bubbles” popping up in storefronts, windows and along the sidewalks in Downtown’s Improvement District. Many of the bubbles are customized and the messages range from fun facts and history to ways to find signage and Downtown’s mobile website, DTJAX.org. The campaign is Downtown Vision’s largest partnership to date involving property owners and street level …

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Right Whale Festival

Come to the Sea Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach on December 5 and celebrate the critically endangered North Atlantic right whales’ annual return to the coast of the Southeast U.S. Be on the shores of the only known right whale calving area at the beginning of their calving season. The Festival will have live entertainment, food, kid’s activities, beach cleanup, beach run, exhibitions, and much more. With as few as 350 remaining, North Atlantic right whales are in jeopardy and are often threatened by human activities. The mission of the Right Whale Festival is to celebrate right whales and the …

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Butterfly Festival comes off with flying colors

by ANNA RABHAN April 25 was one of those Saturdays made for family outings. The sun shone and a slight breeze blew through the leaves at Tree Hill Nature Center’s 8th annual Butterfly Festival. The day was all about environmental education and family fun, “edu-tainment” as the organizers call it, and the numerous nonprofit organizations there made the most of it. Children at the Environmental Quality Division’s table used rings cut from plastic water bottles to make decorative bracelets against the backdrop of a poster titled, “When can I water?” The Jacksonville Herpetological Society’s display swarmed with children waiting for …

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"Harry", the new baby Jaguar in town

For more images of this event, visit http://www.DanielGoncalves.com It was a happy new year at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. At 8:30pm on Jan 1st, mother Zassi and Father Tuco gave birth to the zoo’s newest family member. Harry. Mom and dad have such excotic names so why the name Harry? Charley & Lindsay Moore won the naming rights at a zoo fundraiser. Their daughter, Charlotte, nambed the cub after her brother. What a great sister. After having spent several months in a den with his mom, Harry has been finally released into the Range of the Jaguar exhibit at …

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Yappy Hour at The Landing

by Rick Grant Our four-legged friends came by the droves– all breeds and sizes of dogs descended on the Jacksonville Landing with their human companions last Sunday for the wildly popular Yappy Hour. I dragged my two mutts, Pepe (a Chihuahua) and Jazz (a Heinz 57 variety) to their first big social event. Pepe was excited and had a big smile as he rubbed noses and rear ends with a variety of canines. Jazz was a bit freaked out and hid behind my wife. But, soon she ventured out and met many of the other dogs. All the dogs were …

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learn to ice skate…

photos and story written by daniel goncalves Warm sun, sandy beaches, surfing and tan lines. These are things that come to mind when thinking about Florida. I’m a Canuck (aka Canadian) and I spent my childhood growing up in icy cold Canadian winters. My objective has always been to get indoors and warm up as soon as possible and avoid anything involving snow and ice. If you’ve driven southbound on I-95 chances are you’ve seen the Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex billboard by the Emerson St. exit. Living in a place where I’ll never have to worry about shoveling a car …

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Simple, Smooth Summer Lunches

by penny powell While summer typically inspires simpler meals, knowing just what nutritious lunch to send off to summer camp with their children is not so simple for many parents. If your child is headed off to summer camp this year or simply “camping” at home, here are some easy and “smooth” ideas to consider — for lunching or snacking — that are sure to nourish your children while pleasing their palettes. Plus, these foods are just fun for families to prepare together. Smoothies Who doesn’t like a cold, refreshing smoothie during the summer? Not only are smoothies filling, but …

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Holiday Traditions

by kellie abrahamson In this economy, getting into the Christmas spirit can be tricky. Over the years the holidays have become more and more about presents and less about spending time with family. So instead of getting your holly jollies by picking out a mountain of gifts, wrapping them in the finest wrapping paper and placing them under your 1000 watt tree, give your credit card a break and take a cue from our forefathers. They relished this time of year for the right reasons and built lasting family memories that did not include a new Xbox. Slow down, savor …

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Winter Wonderland

by daniel goncalves Do you have the winter blues? Are you still dreaming of a white Christmas? Bah, Humbug, stop being a grinch. Christmas is around the corner and Winter Wonderland is back again after a successful debut year at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The second annual Winter Wonderland festival returns to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre starting November 21st and running through January 4th. For those of you who attended last year, you’re in for an even bigger treat. This year’s experience has thousands of additional lights, a giant 20′ Christmas tree, vintage themed holiday scenes, and decorations hand painted …

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