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Once Upon A Time…”SHREK: THE MUSICAL”

Shrek: The Musical Venue: Orange Park Community Theatre Performances: August 21 – September 3, 2017 Book & Lyrics By: David Lindsay-Abaire Music By: Jeanine Tesori Directed By: Tricia Williams & Vicki Lowe Once upon a time in a land far far away, a young ogre named Shrek () is sent out into the cold cruel world by his parents with a warning that since he isn’t handsome his story won’t have a happy ending. Meanwhile, Princess Fiona () is also seven years old when she is locked in a castle that is guarded by a ferocious dragon (). As the …

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Military Support Services in Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition The Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition (JMVC) is committed to honoring military veterans and currently serving members of the National Guard and Reserve by facilitating career, business, and education opportunities in Jacksonville. Central to the JMVC vision is the recognition that many of the skills veterans developed in the military–leadership, fast and accurate decision making, operational focus, and the drive to accomplish a mission–have a direct application to Jacksonville businesses. The JMVC works with military organizations, veterans’ groups, industry associations, governmental entities, and Jacksonville businesses to build awareness and understanding of how these skills and cultural attributes …

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From Ohio To Jacksonville: Whit’s Frozen Custard Is Catching On

As far as sweet treats are concerned, there are few things as totally satisfying as fresh frozen custard made according to the original recipe of Chuck Whitman from Granville, Ohio. Unless, of course, you consider the vast variety of decadent toppings, from pineapple and shaved coconut to chocolate chip cookies and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, available at Whit’s Frozen Custard. A glimpse into the history available on the Whit’s website details how “Chuck Whitman, working in his father’s food service business, spent 21 years calling on restaurants, including popular soft-serve businesses throughout the Midwest. During this time, he also purchased …

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Fran Ruchalski Photographer, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2017 Training Camp Practice, Florida Blue Health & Wellness Field

Jacksonville Jaguars’ First Week of 2017 Training Camp Practice

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars announced their 2017 training camp schedule, which featured 10 practices open to fans, including the two joint practices with the on Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15. The begin training camp practice with three open sessions on Thursday, July 27, Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29. Saturday’s practice on July 29, which will be the first in full pads, is open exclusively to Season Ticket Members. All public dates will take place at the practice fields adjacent to . To attend Jaguars training camp open sessions, fans should register in advance online …

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Duval County Veterans Memorial Wall in Jacksonville, FL, Robin Kiely, Photo Fran Ruchalski

Honoring Our Fallen: Duval County Veterans Memorial Wall in Downtown Jacksonville

Our Veterans Memorial Wall is unusual in that it honors all six branches of the military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. The 65 foot-long monument lists the names of soldiers from World War I through the War on Terror, with a connection to Jacksonville, most often through attending high school here. A torch with an eternal flame stands in front of the monument. The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Wall can be found at 1145 East Adams Street, adjacent to . It’s also recorded as the second largest wall in the country, only behind the Vietnam Veteran’s …

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8 Waterparks Around Jacksonville To Checkout This Summer

BEAT THE HEAT WITH WATERPARKS Ahhh, summer! The days are longer, the temperatures are soaring, and people start getting desperate for any opportunity to cool off. For some, that means cranking the A/C and trying not to think of the sky-high electric bill coming their way. For others, especially the young and the young at heart, getting out and getting wet is the way to go. If you fall into the latter category, Florida has plenty of opportunities for a splashing good time. Experience some thrills while you chill at these waterparks in and around the Jax area. Shipwreck Island …

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Sweet Potato: A Summer Crop

The rainy season has settled in, full force, and the heat of the summer is taking hold. Folks will flock to Florida for their summer vacations but to many of us who live here year round, we wonder why. The bugs are big, the sun is relentless, and the heat can easily overwhelm a native Floridian, let alone a visitor. The bugs, heat, and sun are also three big contenders for reasons to put the garden to bed for the summer. No doubt, there is a benefit to letting the soil rest while we, ourselves, take a rest. Pile on …

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U.S. NAVY Sailors depart on USS Simpson decommissioning, US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker

Honor & Duty: A Look at the History of the Military in Jacksonville, Florida

Heading south in a 1972 Monte Carlo bought with his last $500, Bill Spann caught a glimpse of the Jacksonville skyline as he made his way down I-95 to his new home at Naval Station Mayport. “I thought, ‘How did I never know about this before?’ I fell in love with the city that day,” says Spann. When Spann received his duty orders, people asked if he had an admiral in his family or someone to pull the strings for such a desirable station. “I just got lucky. Jacksonville has long been the most requested duty station in the Navy,” …

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Dutton Island Preserve_Photo Will Dickey

The Timucuan Trails: Dutton Island Park and Preserve

By Hallie Stevens, Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation, Inc. Dutton Island is really two Timucuan Trail parks: Dutton Island I (Dutton Island Preserve), managed by the and Dutton Island II (Dutton Island Park and Preserve expansion), managed by the . Both preserves consist of unspoiled salt marsh, pine flat woods, scrub, and live oak hammocks. The western edge of Dutton Island I is bordered by the . Eagles are commonly seen while fishing on the pier at the north end of the island. A curiosity at Dutton Island II are the random birdhouses along the hiking trails, high up in the trees. Dutton …

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2017 Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp Fan Information

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced their 2017 training camp schedule, which will feature 10 practices open to fans, including the two joint practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15. The Jaguars begin training camp practice with three open sessions on Thursday, July 27, Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29. Saturday’s practice on July 29, which will be the first in full pads, is open exclusively to Jags365 Season Ticket Members. All public dates will take place at the practice fields adjacent to EverBank Field. To attend training camp open …

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