Outdoors

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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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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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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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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Evergreen Cemetery Tour

Like mixing history with spooky? You don’t have to drive to St. Augustine. Instead stay right here in Jacksonville and join the the Port of Jacksonville and Orange Park Pilot Clubs at Evergreen Cemetery on April 24-25. Expect a tour, complete with actors dressed in period garb telling tales about the historical residents of the cemetery and their sometimes grisly deaths. Besides the gorgeous grounds of the cemetery, the dramatics and the tour, there will also be a Marketplace with crafts, treats, historical books and more. Proceeds will benefit the Jericho School, the Clay County Council on Aging and other …

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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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