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Letter From The Editor
June/July 2015
Dear Readers,
his issue is one of the most fun issues of the
year to put together for you. It is FILLED with
free and discounted things to enjoy all summer
long. We’re kicking it off with our annual Kids
Day at Riverside Arts Market on June 6th from
10am – 4pm. The market will be filled with
family-friendly entertainment and activities.
living well
Turn to page 16 for a list of area blueberry farms.
Blueberry picking is a great family outing and you
can enjoy your berries all summer long! Turn to
page 18 for 99 more fun things to do this summer. If camping is on your fun list, turn to page
13 for tips on saving on campsites. Bookmark’s online events calendar where
you’ll find an always updated list of current
events. It’s a great resource for parents! Join
our eNews and connect with us on Facebook
and Twitter and you’ll be in the know on events,
contests, deals and discounts, product recalls
and so much more!
Avocados: Healthy, Nutritious and Truly a Treasure................................... 6
Clutter and Your Health........................................................................... 6
Guidelines for Dental Emergencies.......................................................... 7
Healthy Habits Decline During Summer................................................... 7
Did you know that roadside assistance is available with a call to *FHP? Read about this service
and more Tidbits of information you can use on
page 9.
We can never repeat enough the importance of
safety around the water and swimming lessons
for children. We are blessed to live in a city with
an ocean, river and lakes to enjoy. I encourage
you to turn to page 10 and read the water safety
guidelines for toddlers article.
Think Like a Golfer for a Happier Life....................................................... 4
Community Profile: Exchange Club Family Center.................................... 5
Father’ Day Events.................................................................................. 5
Health & safety
Waterproof Jacksonville, a countywide campaign
to prevent accidental drowning by teaching
children to swim, will expand for its third consecutive year to offer free swim lessons to more
than 1,800 youth. JaxParks, through funding
assistance from Safe Kids Northeast Florida and
Jacksonville attorney Wayne Hogan, will provide
additional lessons for military dependents and
youth from families with financial need. To sign
up for lessons through Waterproof Jacksonville,
please call 904-255-7927 or visit www.jaxparks.
We wish you a safe, fun-filled and blissful summer!
Alison Peters-Carlson
Happy Father’s Day &
Happy Independence Day!
tidbits........................................................................................... 8
Infant & Toddler
Water-safety Guidelines for Toddlers......................................................10
special needs
Special Needs Events...........................................................................12
summer savings
5 Tips for Saving on Campsites.............................................................13
100 Things To Do This Summer............................................................14
Summer Movies Deals..........................................................................15
Blueberry Picking.................................................................................16
Free and Discounted Theatre and Arts...................................................17
Water Fun............................................................................................19
clay county school news....................................21
duval county public schools.....................22-23
st. johns county school news.......................24
Library’s Summer Programs..................................................................25
That’s My Job, Whitney Haywood, Certified Dog Trainer..........................25
Four Reading Motivators for Teenage Boys.............................................27
Discover What You Need To Get That Dream Job....................................28
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July 4th Events.....................................................................................30
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Think Like a Golfer for a
Happier Life
Community Profile:
found one of the keys to life on a golf course.
Golf course, you might wonder? How could a
game that makes grown men cry like babies and
throw their clubs like toddlers hold the key to
anything but frustration and pain?
or more than 21 years, the Exchange Club
Family Center of Northeast Florida, located in
Jacksonville at 3119 Spring Glen Road, has
offered free parent aide services to at-risk
families across the First Coast to help deter child
abuse and strengthen families.
meeting, the one act of kindness, the one
meaningful accomplishment or the one special
moment that made you smile, laugh and cheer.
No matter how difficult our days are, there’s
always a positive moment we can choose to
It’s simple really. The amazing thing about golf is focus on. The key is to remember them, focus on
that at the end of the day golfers don’t remember them and get addicted to them. Let them inspire
the multitude of horrible shots they made. All they you to wake up and take on each day just as you
remember is their one great shot and this
would a golf course. You’ll go through life learning
memory inspires them to come back again and
from your mistakes but remembering and
again in an attempt to make another great shot.
focusing on your successes.
It’s no wonder that golf is so addicting.
Sure, there will be days that make you want to
I couldn’t help but compare this thought process give up but the memory of your successes and
to how many of us approach work and life.
positive experiences will motivate you to come
Instead of focusing on the one good thing that
back again and again. You’ll forget the 100 things
happened to us each day we often think about
that went wrong and you’ll remember the one
the 100 things that went wrong. Instead of
thing that went right. You’ll get addicted to the
thinking about our successes we replay our
moments that make life the greatest game in the
failures over and over again in our mind. No
universe and you’ll intoxicate yourself with
wonder why so many of us retreat from life and
positive energy, happiness, joy and success! j
work instead of getting addicted to it.
The key is to think like a golfer and remember the
one great conversation, the one energizing
Exchange Club Family Center
In 1979, the Exchange Club Family Center of
Northeast Florida adopted Parent Aide as its
national project. By working hands-on with
families in a consistent way, they have successfully helped families break the cycle of abuse. The Parent Aide model is based on research and
concepts first introduced by Drs. Ray Heifer and
Henry Kempe, pioneers in the field in the 1960s.
Their leading research on battered children
syndrome expressed the belief that most abusive
parents grew up without a positive parenting role
model. At the Exchange Club Family Center they
work to break that cycle by providing at-risk
parents the tools they need to be successful and
to inspire their own children.
For those families with problems, the center
offers voluntary, free Parent Aide programs where
professional facilitators teach critically important
parenting skills and parents don’t have to worry
about being reported by reaching out voluntarily
for assistance. The staff is specially trained to
handle family issues and help parents replace
abusive behaviors with effective skills for
nonviolent, nurturing parenting. Each member of
the Parent Aide team has earned a bachelor’s
degree or upper level graduate degree, with a
specialization in social work or a similar field, and
possesses a minimum of one year of experience,
ensuring they have the knowledge to help
families succeed. The family facilitator’s role is to
work one-on-one with parents to help set and
meet parenting goals. Acting as a mentor, the
facilitator provides valuable information, intensive
support and teaches effective parenting techniques, showing how to apply them at home to
build trusting relationships throughout the family.
He or she will also help strengthen problemsolving skills and work to build a social support
Constant and consistent service is maintained
through home visits which occur one to two times
per week for a period ranging from four months
to one year. Once a family connects with a Parent
Aide, they no longer need to worry about feeling
overwhelmed or alone. Parent Aides help guide
them every step of the way. For help call (904)
306-9318. j
“And at the end of the day, your feet
should be dirty, your hair messy, and
your eyes sparkling.”
– Shanti
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Father’s Day Events
Dads Play Free
June 14
Adventure Landing celebrates Father’s
Day with a special offers. Dads will
get a free round of mini golf, with each
paying player at regular price.
Adventure Landing, Jacksonville –
4825 Blanding Blvd.,
Jacksonville, FL 32210
Adventure Landing, St. Augustine –
2780 State Road 16,
St. Augustine , FL 32092
Adventure Landing, Beaches –
1944 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach
FL 32250
Adventure Landing /
Dads Swim Free at Adventure Landing Beaches
June 14
Adventure Landing celebrates Father’s Day with a special offer. Dads
can swim free with the purchase of
full priced daily admission. Coupon
Adventure Landing / 904-246-4386 /
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1944 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach
FL 32250 /
Father’s Day Celebration Life
June 20, 9am to 1pm
On Saturday, June 20th, the Donovin
Darius Foundation is hosting its Annual
Father’s & Children’s Life C.A.M.P. at
EverBank Field. Donovin Darius invites
all fathers and their children to an
event where he will share some of his
personal experiences and wisdom with
fathers and their children. Children
must be at least 5 years old to attend
& participate. Limited to 100 fathers/
children. Only Male-Fathers Allowed To
Participate. Check-In Begins at 8am.
The Life Camp begins promptly at 9am.
Free. Register online.
Fathers & Children receive:
• Stadium Tour
• An Empowering Motivational Message to Fathers Only
• Skills & Drills Activities
• Fun and Competitive Games
• Camp T-Shirt & Camp Photo
• Lunch
Donovin Darius Foundation / Everbank
Field, 1 Everbank Field Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202 /
be open from 12pm-6pm.
World Golf Hall of Fame / 904-9404123 / 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, FL 32092 /
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Father’s Day Special Admission Offer
June 20-21
To celebrate Fathers’ Day, the Jacksonvile Zoo and Gardens has a special
admission offer for Dads. Dad gets in
free with the purchase of an adult or
child ticket. Coupon required. Visit
website for coupon. Jacksonville Zoo
and Gardens / 904-757/4463 / 370
Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218 /
Father’s Day Family Day Sail
June 21, 12:15pm to 6:15pm
Schooner Freedom Charters hosts a
Father’s Day Family Day Sail on June
21. The sails on the Matanzas River
casts off at 12:15pm (1.5 hour sail)
$25 adults, $10 kids; 2:15pm (2-hour
sail) $35 for adults, $25 for kids; the
Sunset Sail departs at 6:15pm (2-hour
sail) $45 per person. All depart from
the City Marina. Pack a picnic or bring
desert. Complimentary soda and water
Schooner Freedom Charters / 904-8101010 / St. Augustine Municipal Marina,
111-E Avenida Menedez St. Augustine,
FL 32084 /
Father’s Day at the Hall of Fame
June 21, 12noon to 6pm
This weekend, as a special gift to dads,
everyone enjoys complimentary admission to the museum and dads receive
a free round on the putting course. Golf
themed movies will be playing free all
day in the IMAX Theater. Museum will
Please visit
for more things to do on Father’s Day.
health & safety
Avocados: Healthy, Nutritious
and Truly a Treasure
hen we moved into our second house, we
were told that there was an avocado tree
in the front yard. Year after year, we never saw
any fruit. Then one late summer evening we saw
a dark object lying under the tree – it looked to
be a small eggplant. Slicing it open, we were
ecstatic that our tree was finally producing! Our
neighbors joked that someone had planted it in
the yard, for no more avocados were to be seen
that year.
Much to our amazement, the following year we
were blessed to not get just one avocado, but
loads of them! We were handing these delicious
fruits out to family and
friends. Our avocados,
delicious and full of nutrients, truly are something
we treasure.
Avocados are fruits and
the trees are native
to Mexico and Central
America. They are a lot more nutrient-dense than
more traditional fruits. For example, one cup
of sliced avocado contains 234 calories versus
a cup of raspberries which contains only 65
calories. That’s because a cup of avocado has
21 grams of fat in it, but the good news is, the
majority is monounsaturated fat which means it’s
better for your heart and no cholesterol.
Avocados are naturally low in sodium – only
10 mg. The American Heart Association (AHA)
recommends limiting sodium intake to 1500 mg/
day, so avocados can fit right into a heart-healthy
diet. What they lack in sodium, they make up in
potassium – there is a whopping 708 mg potassium in one cup (that’s the equivalent of eating
two small bananas or drinking 11½ ounces of
orange juice). They also provide vitamin C, iron
and vitamin B-6 as well as 3 grams of protein per
cup and 10 grams of fiber – that’s almost half the
daily amount of fiber intake recommended by the
AHA. The bottom line: avocados are healthy and it
doesn’t take much to get the nutritious benefits.
distinguishable from other avocados in both appearance and flavor. Unlike Hass avocados, most
Florida varieties’ skin do not turn color when
ripe. The Hall, Choquette and Lulu varieties are
smooth and Kelly green. The inside flesh is more
of a cornflower gold versus the green flesh of the
Hass. Florida can also be a home to the Brogden
variety, which is the tree in my front yard. The
skin is smooth and turns very dark almost an
eggplant color when ripe. It has a thin skin and
will bruise easily, so it’s not the best choice for
Avocado can be used as a fat replacement.
Replace your butter or margarine spread with 2
tablespoons of pureed/mashed avocado on toast
or add 2 to 3 thin slices in place of mayonnaise
on a sandwich or in a wrap.
When you cut into an avocado, you’re allowing
oxidation to occur which makes the cut surface
turn an ugly brown. Cover the cut avocado tightly
with plastic wrap or add lemon or lime juice to
the surface to prevent oxidation.
• One avocado
• 4 tablespoons cocoa powder (try dark cocoa)
• 2 medium bananas
• ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
• 4 tablespoons of the milk of your choice (soy,
almond, skim, coconut)
• 1 teaspoon honey *optional
Blend everything together in a food processor
(or blender) until creamy. If your blender requires
more liquid, or if you prefer your smoothie thinner,
add more milk until it’s the thickness desired. For
best results, serve immediately.
• One avocado – peeled, pitted and diced
• One lime, juiced
• One mango, peeled, seeded and diced
• One small red onion, chopped
• One tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
The avocado was first planted in Hawaii in 1825,
made its appearance in Florida in 1833 and found • One habanero pepper, seeded and chopped
its way to California by 1856. Orchards today
• Salt to taste
near San Diego, Los Angles and Santa Barbara
produce almost 90 percent of the avocados in the Directions
United States.
Place the avocado in a serving bowl and mix with
the lime juice. Mix in the mango, onion, pepper
(optional), cilantro and salt.j
You are probably most familiar with the Hass
variety of avocado which is small, dark greenish- Aurea Thompson,MSH,RD,CSP,LD/N
Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition
brown in color and rich and creamy; it makes
Wolfson Children’s Hospital
a good choice for traditional guacamole and is
grown in California. Florida avocados are easily
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Clutter and Your Health
he magazine rack is overflowing, the dining
room table holds a week’s worth of mail, the
stairs are an obstacle course, and you’re pretty
sure it’s official: You’re in dire need of clutter
control! Having too much stuff can not only drain
and frustrate you, it can make it difficult to get
things done.
Peter Walsh, an organizational expert and former
host of The Learning Channel’s Clean Sweep,
divides clutter into two general types. “Memory”
clutter is stuff that reminds us of important
events, like old school programs or newspaper
clippings. “Someday” clutter refers to items you
won’t toss because you feel you might need them
someday. “It’s about balance,” Walsh says. “If you
have so much stuff it drags you into the past or
pulls you into the future, you can’t live in the
Professional organizers say their clients use the
same words, over and over, to describe their
reaction to the mess: their energy is drained, they
can’t find things, and it’s beginning to interfere
with crucial parts of life – such as getting to work
on time or navigating staircases. “A lot of people
express that they are overwhelmed,” says Lynne
Gilberg, a professional organizer in West Los
Angeles, Calif. “They become nonfunctional and
nonproductive,” she says. That’s when they call
her in desperation. “Clutter is bad for your
physical and mental health,” Gilberg says. Too
much clutter can be a fire hazard. Dust, mold, and
animal dander that collect in cluttered homes are
all bad for allergies and asthma.
“When people see clutter, they use language like
‘suffocating,’ and ‘I can’t breathe,’ agrees Walsh.
Clutter can be a physical manifestation of mental
health issues, Walsh says. Those overwhelmed
with “memory” clutter may have an undue
preoccupation with things in the past and
become depressed. Those who can’t toss out
items because they worry they will need them
may be too anxious, he says.
Clutter may even be making you fat, says Walsh,
who wrote “Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look
Fat?” after he noticed an association between the
amount of clutter people have and their weight.
The common denominator? A life of consumption
-- too much stuff, too much to eat. j
health & safety
Guidelines for Dental Emergencies
ummer means more outdoor activities. Kids
are biking, scooting and running around …
and falling off those bikes and scooters. Do you
know what to do if your child knocks out or chips
a tooth? Follow the following guidelines for most
dental emergencies.
If it is a baby tooth, rinse the mouth and wipe the
area gently with a wet gauze or napkin. Apply
pressure with a cold compress to decrease
swelling. Do NOT try to put the tooth back. This
can damage the permanent teeth. If it is a
permanent tooth, find the tooth. Do NOT touch the
Rinse the area with warm water. Place a cold
root. Place the tooth in milk or saliva and rinse off
compress on the area to decrease swelling.
the dirt. If possible, put the tooth back in the
For a small chip, be extra gentle. Eat soft foods
socket. If this is not possible, keep it in milk or
and take ibuprofen for pain. For a larger chip, look saliva. Call the dentist immediately. The longer
for the missing fragment. Keep it moist by placing the tooth is out of the mouth the less likely it will
it in water. In both cases call your dentist
stay healthy.
Keep in mind that your child’s health is the most
important aspect of any injury. Always check for
Baby Teeth: If the tooth is pushed in, an x-ray will other injuries and possible concussion. Signs
needed to determine if the tooth is in danger of
include confusion, nausea, dizziness, headache,
hurting the permanent tooth. Place a cold
vomiting, ringing in the ears and loss of concompress over the area and call your dentist.
sciousness. If your child has any of these
If the tooth is just bumped and is not very loose,
symptoms take them to the emergency room
have the child eat only soft foods and be gentle
immediately. j
with the area. Discourage thumb sucking or the
pacifier. Adult teeth: If the tooth is pushed in or
Jila J. Mahajan, D.D.S., Kids First Dentistry
knocked out of position, an x-ray will be needed
4495 Roosevelt Boulevard, Suite 111
as soon as possible to determine if the tooth
Jacksonville, Florida 32210
needs to be repositioned or splinted.
Healthy Habits Decline During Summer
lthough most parents consider their
healthy lifestyle, especially during the summer.
children’s habits related to exercise and
• While most parents (65 percent) accurately
healthy eating to be high priorities, most may
believe that leisure screen time should be
need additional information to help their kids
limited to two hours or less each day, 64
reach these goals, according to a new national
percent report that their kids spend three or
survey. This gap may help explain why kids’
more hours per day online, playing video
activity and eating behaviors don’t meet current
games or watching TV during the summer.
recommendations. Achieving a healthy lifestyle is
That’s a 30 percent increase compared with
particularly important during the summer months,
results for the school year.
when kids are vulnerable to not only forgetting
• Only about half of kids get at least 60 minutes
what they’ve learned during the school year but
of daily physical activity during the summer.
also to excessive weight gain.
• While produce consumption rises during the
summer months, many kids still don’t eat the
More than 70 percent of parents were unaware of
recommended amount of vegetables.
the recommended standards for healthy eating
Only 26 percent of kids spend more than an
and physical activity for children according to the
hour each day reading a book for fun during
YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot survey, conductthe summer.
ed in partnership with the American Academy of
Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight.
• About three-quarters of kids drink sugarFor example, only 29 percent of parents surveyed
sweetened beverages at least weekly during
the summer, and about a quarter of kids
knew that half of their child’s plate at meals
average one or more sweetened beverages
should consist of fruits and vegetables as
daily or nearly daily.
recommended by USDA’s My Plate. More than
half of parents surveyed thought the correct
• Concerns about preventing learning loss and
ensuring their kids eat healthy foods during
amount was one-third or less. And only about a
summer were particularly high among
quarter of parents knew that children should get
African-American or Hispanic/Latino parents,
at least 60 minutes of exercise each day.
relative to Caucasian parents (46 percent vs.
Results of the Family Health Snapshot survey,
33 percent for learning loss, and 47 percent
based on responses of nearly 1,200 parents of
vs. 32 percent for healthy eating).
kids, ages 5 to 12, underscore the challenges
they face in ensuring that their kids maintain a
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The survey also revealed that parents prioritize
finding enriching activities and ensuring that their
kids don’t lose what they’ve learned during the
school year over the summer. However, they may
need help following through on these intentions
to help avoid the “summer slide.”
“Without access to daily lessons, enrichment and
exercise, kids are at risk of falling behind during
the summer months,” said Kevin Washington,
president and CEO of YMCA of the USA. “The Y
helps parents turn their good intentions into
reality with summer programs designed to
strengthen their kids’ minds and bodies and keep
them on track for good health and academic
success year-round.”
The Y ( and the AAP’s Institute (ihcw. recommend families follow the Healthy
Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards for
afterschool, summer and preschool programs,
which emphasize the importance of fruits,
veggies, water and low- or non-fat beverages, as
well as limiting screen time and being physically
“We know parents want to do everything they can
to prepare their kids for the next school year,”
said Dr. Sandra G. Hassink, president of the
American Academy of Pediatrics. “Our job is to
help families recognize they have the power to
keep their kids healthy and ready to learn by
keeping them focused, encouraging them to eat
healthy, exercise and trading their tablets for
books.” j
“Of all the paths
you take in life,
make sure some
of them are dirt.”
– John Muir
is 45 minutes from landing.
Do you have family flying in to visit this summer? You can
also watch on screen as their plane makes its way from
destination to destination. You can even see the flight’s
altitude and airspeed and the flight’s time elapsed and time
In the state of Florida, if you’re
on the road and need
emergency services dial *FHP
(that’s *347) and the Florida
Highway Patrol can call a tow
truck or contact Road Rangers
or the Sheriff’s office to send
emergency services such as
an ambulance. Your call will automatically be routed to the
correct regional communication center that is closest to
your location. *FHP is NOT a 911 emergency service.
HOWEVER, if you do not know your location and you are in
need of assistance, you can call 911 and they can locate
where you are by pinging your phone.
Road Rangers is a FREE service provided by the Florida
Department of Transportation. The Road Rangers are
roving vehicles that patrol congested areas and high
incident locations across 7 districts and the Florida
Turnpike and provide motorist assistance. Road Rangers
offer Duval County residents one gallon of gas (standard,
unleaded fuel) twice a year, and water, air, or assistance
with changing a tire, if needed. This service is available
Monday through Friday, 6:30am – 6:30pm and is not
available on weekends, evenings or holidays.
Pocket-sized, it charges all
small portable electronics up
to 5.5 volts, has a huge
power reserve (40 hours for
iPods®, 96 hours of standby time for phones, 1600
pictures for digital cameras),
and holds its charge for up to
a year. Includes four adaptor
plugs, a 110-240V adaptor
for recharging in 150 countries, connectors for iPod® and
most mobile phones, and a travel pouch.
Also available, the Power Monkey Xtreme. It holds enough
power to fully charge your tablet or phone multiple times,
and can also charge two devices at once. It powers from a
wall outlet, USB connection, or with its folding solar panels,
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and holds 75% of its charge even after a year of inactivity.
It features a waterproof, rubberized exterior, button-less
finger swipe controls, and includes an assortment of
charge tips and adaptors for international outlets.
Both available at
Bust Backseat Boredom
vacation with Spot It!
On The Road, a game
for ages 7 to Adult for 2
– 8 players. Whether
you’re in the big city,
cruising down the
highway, or just around
town, there is always
something to spot. Be sure to pack Spot it! On the Road
and you’ll never be bored traveling in the car again. This
little tin provides everything you need for endlessly fun car
games! Helps children build Visual Perception, Focus and
Reaction Time.
A blue moon is a reference to a second Full Moon in single
calendar month. The next blue moon occurs on Friday, July
31, 2015. According to, about once
every 19 years, the month of February does not have a
full moon. The years when this happens, also have two
full moons in two different months. This phenomenon will
occur next in 2018.
Download the FlightAware
App or visit FlightAware.
com and sign up for flight
alerts. You’ll be notified of
a filed flight plan,
departure, arrival, cancellation, diversion, gate changes,
and flight delays. Alerts can also be sent to mobile phones
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Down Payment: 3.5%
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infant & toddler
Water-safety Guidelines for
ater is one of the most ominous hazards
your child will encounter. Children can
drown in only a few inches of water, even if
they’ve had swimming instruction. Be aware of
small bodies of water your child might encounter,
such as bathtubs, fishponds, ditches, fountains,
rain barrels, watering cans—even the bucket you
use when you wash the car. Empty containers of
water when you’re done using them. Children are
drawn to places and things like these and need
constant supervision to be sure they don’t fall in.
1. Children who are swimming—even in a
shallow toddler’s pool—always should be
watched by an adult, preferably one who
knows CPR. The adult should be within
arm’s length, providing “touch supervision”
whenever infants, toddlers, or young
children are in or around water. Empty and
put away inflatable pools after each play
2. Enforce safety rules: No running near the
pool and no pushing others underwater.
3. Don’t allow your child to use inflatable toys
or mattresses in place of a life jacket.
These toys may deflate suddenly, or your
child may slip off them into water that is
too deep for him.
4. Be sure the deep and shallow ends of any
pool your child swims in are clearly
marked. Never allow your child to dive into
the shallow end.
5. Backyard swimming pools, (including large,
inflatable above-ground pools), should be
completely surrounded with a high fence
(Check your local municipal requirements.)
If your pool has a cover, remove it completely before swimming. Also, never allow
your child to walk on the pool cover; water
may have accumulated on it, making it as
dangerous as the pool itself. Your child also
could fall through and become trapped
6. Keep a safety ring with a rope beside the
pool at all times. If possible, have a phone
in the pool area with emergency numbers
clearly marked.
7. Spas and hot tubs are dangerous for young
children, who can easily drown or become
overheated in them. Don’t allow young
children to use these facilities.
8. Your child should always wear a life jacket
when he swims or rides in a boat. A life
jacket fits properly if you can’t lift it off over
your child’s head after he’s been fastened
into it. For the child under age five,
particularly the non swimmer, it also should
have a flotation collar to keep the head
upright and the face out of the water.
9. Adults should not drink alcohol when they
are swimming. It presents a danger for
them as well as for any children they might
be supervising.
10.Be sure to eliminate distractions while
children are in the water. Talking on the
phone, working on the computer, and other
tasks need to wait until children are out of
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American Academy of Pediatrics
“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea,
drink the wild air.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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infant & toddler
Things to Do
Infant & Toddler
Just For Babies – Bartram Trail Branch
Tuesdays, June 2 – July 28, 11:05am
Bring your child to play, socialize, and learn with
others their age each Tuesday, June 2 through
July 28. For children birth to 15 months and their
Bartram Branch / 60 Davis Pond Blvd. Fruit Cove, FL
32259 /
Wednesday Morning Storytimes
Wednesdays, 10:15am – 11:05am
Wednesday Morning Storytimes return June 3.
Baby & Toddler storytimes are for children up to
18 months of age. Craft time is open to all children
and focuses on teaching scissor, glue, and coloring
skills. Preschool storytimes are open to any child
who can sit for longer stories and participate in
active songs, counting and colors in Spanish. Come
for songs, stories, and more.
Baby/Toddler Time: Wednesdays, 10:15am
Little Ones Craft Time: Wednesdays, 10:45am
Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays, 11:05am
Anastasia Island Branch / 124 Seagrove Main St St.
Augustine Beach, FL 32080 /
Prepared Childbirth Class
June 6, 9:30am to 4:30pm
July 25, 9:30am to 4:30pm
In this one-day crash course you and your partner
will be provided information relevant to giving
birth in a hospital-setting while you increase your
confidence in the birthing process. By learning
the essentials of childbirth taught by experienced
childbirth educators you’ll be given the tools to
help you make the best choices for the birth of
your baby. Expectant parents are encouraged to
complete this class between their 32nd-37th week
so register early as space is limited. Registration is
required. Lunch is on your own. Class is held in the
Conference Room, across from Baptist Pharmacy,
inside the hospital. Cost is $65 per couple. You do
not have to be a Baptist Health patient. Everyone is
welcome to attend the classes.
Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville / 904-202-2229
/ 800 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207 /
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Just For Babies & Family Storytime – Ponte
Vedra Branch
June 11, June 25, July 9, and July 23, 10:15am –
Just For Babies; 11am – Family Storytime
Just for Babies:10:15am; for babies up to 15 months
and their caregivers. This infant lapsit is designed for
one-on-one interaction between caregiver and baby.
Families with active walkers or babies and older
siblings are encouraged to attend Family Storytime.
Family Storytime: 11am; for children 16 months to
5 years and their families, though no child will be
turned away.
Ponte Vedra Branch Library / 101 Library Blvd. Ponte
Vedra Beach, FL 32082 /
Mini Monets
June 15, 17, 19, 9:30am to 11:30am
July 6, 8, 10, 9:30am to 11:30am
Three year olds accompanied by an adult can
attend this complimentary camp held at the Ponte
Vedra Beach Library if you join the Pay It Forward
Program. The Fund allows every underserved
child to experience camp through financial aid
and scholarships made possible by the generous
donations of our supporters. To participate, please
donate online to the Pay It Forward Program, and
then email Anna Birtles at [email protected] with
the name of the Mini Monet who will be attending
with an adult, contact information, and which week
you would like to attend. For questions, please call
Anna at 904-280-0614 ext. 204.
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach / 904280-0614 / 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach,
FL 32082 /
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Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure
June 19, 7pm
In Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure
the trainees have started their Advanced Training,
and are now eager to impress their mentors by
mastering new roles that test their courage, speed,
and determination. Chuggington Live! is a musical
featuring many new songs alongside hits from the
TV series, including “We are the Chuggineers” and
the much-loved theme song. Any child that has
not reached their second birthday may sit in a lap.
Children 2 and older, must have a ticket. Tickets
range from $22.50 to $57.50.
FSCJ Artist Series / 904-442-2929 / Times Union
Center, Moran Theater, 300 West Water Street,
Jacksonville, FL 32202 /
Visit for more event listings.
“You’re off to Great Places! Today is
your day! Your mountain is waiting.
So... get on your way!”
– Dr. Seuss
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Kids really do say the funniest things! Please share your favorites with us by e-mailing your
story directly to [email protected] One entry each month will be turned into a cartoon to
be published in the next issue of Jax4Kids. We’ll send you the original cartoon as a keepsake.
Special needs
Things to Do
Special Needs
First Coast Autism Support Group
June 2, 6pm - 7pm
Guest Speaker: Angelo Martinez “The McKay
Scholarship and School Choice”
uly 7, 6pm - 7pm
Guest Speaker: Jill Hill Fane “Advocacy and Collaboration with your Child’s School”
The primary mission of First Coast Autism Support is to connect families raising youth with
an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or related
disorder to one other so that they can share resources, discuss ideas, and support each other.
They aim to be a resource for families to learn
about special opportunities for their child and
family in the community, the latest innovations
in research, and best practices in supporting
and educating youth with ASDs. Childcare is
provided. Greenwood Pines Elementary, 5050
Greenland Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32258 / 904620-1633 /
17th Annual Family Café
June 5 - 7
This three-day event provides a venue for people with disabilities and their families to learn
about available services, connect with policy
makers and network with each other. It features
dozens of breakout sessions, a full Exhibit Hall,
a series of Keynotes and multiple opportunities
to interact with other families informally. There
is no registration fee for individuals with disabilities and their family members or caregivers.
Professionals are required to pay a $150 registration fee. 519 North Gadsden St, Tallahassee,
FL 32301 / 850-224-4670 /
Nathaniel’s Hope Buddy Break - Raiford
Road Church • June 6 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
•July 3 - 6pm - 9pm
Buddy Break is a free kids/respite program
where children with special needs (VIP kids)
make new friends, play fun games, enjoy
crafts, therapy dogs, stories, music activities,
and more. Siblings have fun too. Meanwhile,
their caregivers get a break from their ongoing
care-giving responsibilities for three hours. Each
VIP kid is paired one-on-one with a screened
volunteer “Buddy” to participate in that day’s
activities. / 904259-6015 / Raiford Road Church, 9201 South
State Road 121
Believe Autism Dance/Art Classes
June 13 and July 11
9:30am - 10:30am (3 - 4 year olds)
10:30am - 11:30am (5 - 12 year olds)
11:30am - 12:30am (13 and older)
Art rotation of 30 minutes and dance rotation of 30 minutes. Art activities will be new
each week or a small art project that will be
worked on week to week until complete. The
dance rotation will consist of creative movement and social opportunities. Classes are
taught by Crystal Thompson, a Board Certified
Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and ballet, tap, and
jazz dancer. Classes cost $10.00 and are held
at The Performers Academy. Space is limited.
To RSVP call or email [email protected]
com. The Performers Academy, 3674 Beach
Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / 704-277-1884 /
AGES 2 – 22
Special Needs
Private School
They Will Surf Again
June 13.8am - 3pm
They Will Surf Again (TWSA) is an award-winning series of bi-coastal events that empower
paraplegics and quadriplegics to experience
the freedom of mobility by riding a wave with
the assistance of adaptive equipment and the
support of hard working volunteers. More than
a day of recreational activity, They Will Surf
Again also serves as an exceptional opportunity for individuals with SCI and their families to
network and establish new support networks
outside traditional group support settings. 11
North 3rd St, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 /
Free 2 Be Me Open House - Henderson
June 20, 2pm - 6pm
Henderson Haven is having an Open House
for their new transition center and private
school addition. The whole center will be
open for tours to the public. There will also be
representatives from The Broach School there
to answer questions about their programs and
to help people set up their McKay Scholarships
to be able to use the program.
772 Foxridge Center Dr, Orange Park, FL
32065 / 904-264-2522 /
Sensory Friendly Films - Inside Out
June 27, 10am
AMC Entertainment (AMC) and ASA have
teamed up to bring families affected by autism
and other disabilities a special opportunity to
enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis. Lights
are brought up, sound is turned down, and
families are allowed to bring their own snacks.
Movies are shown at the AMC Regency 24 in
the Regency Center Square.
9451 Regency Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL
32225 / 904-725-0885 / www.amctheatres.
Sensory Friendly Films - Minions
July 18, 10am
AMC Entertainment (AMC) and ASA have
teamed up to bring families affected by autism
and other disabilities a special opportunity to
enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis. Lights
are brought up, sound is turned down, and
families are allowed to bring their own snacks.
Movies are shown at the AMC Regency 24 in
the Regency Center Square.
9451 Regency Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL
32225 / 904-725-0885 / www.amctheatres.
Visit for more event listings.
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PLSA Scholarships.
Academic and Hardship
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Jacksonville, FL 32256
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summer savings
5 Tips for Saving on Campsites
Purchase In Advance
By purchasing in advance you are able to pick the
type of site you need and for the best price. For
example, some parks will let you put a tent on an
RV site, but most of the time you still have to pay
the RV price. Plus, parks will adjust their rates
based on the season and demand for spots. Save
money by doing your research early and securing
the spot you want!
You can also call the park directly to see if you
can reserve your spot and avoid having to pay an
online reservation fee. If you are nervous about
picking a date far in advance, contact the park
and ask about their cancellation and transfer
campsite and up to 6-8 people. If you are wanting
to save money and spend a night by the fire,
pick another family to join you and split the cost.
Or, if you have an RV, pull-behind or fifth-wheel,
there isn’t enough room to fit two but you can
ask another family to join you and save money by
splitting the cost too.
You also don’t have to stop at splitting the cost of
the campsite to save money. Before your trip, you
can split the cost of groceries, meals, gear and
other items you might need.
Note: RV sites tend to be more expensive than
standard tent sites because you need water and
electricity hook-ups.
Look For Park Specials
State parks love to run specials throughout the
year to encourage more families to enjoy the outdoors. Before you head out without a reservation,
take a look online at the state parks in your area.
You will often find early bird, seasonal specials
and discounted rates for state park members.
Pick A Primitive Site
If you’re thinking spending time outdoors in a
tent without electricity or water sounds like your
camping style, then look for primitive camping
spots. Primitive camping spots in state parks will
be cheaper than the standard sites since you are
not using any electricity or water.
Split The Cost Between Families
A lot of parks allow more than one tent per
If you are ready to carry your tent and gear on
your back, look for trails that allow trail-side
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camping. These spots are usually free to backpackers and you will most likely only have to pay
to park your car at the trail-head.
Tip: The Appalachian Trial runs through Georgia,
North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, which is a
great place to check out if you are looking for an
adventure in the backcountry without paying for
a campsite.
Head To The Backyard
For the cheapest option possible, sent up your
tent in the backyard! This is also a great option
for kids who are still young and learning how to
camp. It’s nice to have the bathroom close by
with little ones and fresh coffee in the morning!
This can be just as fun as camping in a park and
it’s the most frugal way to camp! j
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7152 Lone Star Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32211 [email protected] (904) 724-4646
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summer savings
100 Things To Do This Summer
1. Go fly a kite.
2. Go on a staycation.
3. Go to a local toy store and let your kids play
their heart out.
4. Make your own slime.
5. Go to the library. Check out books and join
story time.
6. Go have a play date with a friend.
7. Walk the Riverwalk.
8. Go to your local home supply store or craft
store for a free children’s clinics.
9. Go walk at the mall.
10. Make a busy tray.
11. Go for a Sunday drive any day of the week.
12. Go to a water park.
13. Go camping. Front yard, back yard, in the
living room, or make it a weekend trip to a
national park.
14. Ride a JTA Trolley.
15. Go to the park.
16. Visit the Humane Society.
17. Make your own felt play mat.
18. Go geocaching.
19. Go on a worm hunt.
20. Go fishing.
21. See a stage play.
22. Go on a factory/plant tour.
23. Have lunch by the river.
24. See if your church is offering any activities
during this week.
25. Make “I Spy” bags.
26. Make paper plate zoo animals.
27. Make a character breakfast out of food.
28. Have fun with your food and make a creative
29. Paint with Kool-Aid.
30. Read your favorite Dr. Seuss book and create
a craft to go with it.
31. Make homemade play dough.
32. Make goop.
33. Make soap on a rope.
34. Make bird treats and hang them in a tree
near a window so you can watch the birds
35. Make bathtub puff paint.
Bake cookies together.
Make homemade ice cream.
Make a cake together.
Make an obstacle course (or hold an Olympics) in your backyard.
Make a sensory tub. Great for toddlers and
Make a time capsule.
Make homemade bubbles.
Make liquid sidewalk chalk and then have a
creativity contest.
Make a pet rock.
Make homemade finger paint.
Re-purpose broken crayons into your favorite mold shape and print some free color
Make a lemonade stand.
Make homemade pizza together.
Make your own board game.
Make sock puppets and have a sock puppet
Make finger puppets.
Make your own stick horse.
Make homemade popsicles.
Create origami.
Make an assortment of muffins together.
For your little toddler guys who want to be
crafty, make ice paint.
Make your own kite.
Play balloon hockey.
Go to a U-Pick Berry Farm.
Skip rocks. Simple, free, fun, lost art.
Have a bike parade.
Have a day of watching movies. Check them
out at the library.
Have a family board game party or game
Feed the ducks.
Shop garage sales. You can find board
games, movies, etc. for cheap!
Have a picnic at the park, in your living
room, or in your front yard.
Go to the beach.
Have a yard sale. Have everyone help and
learn the value of a dollar.
Activities include: Warm up games & stretching,
tumbling, gymnastics, dance, arts and crafts,
movies, cheerleading and group games.
Come one week or all summer
$150 rst week • $10 off each additional week
(max discount 3 weeks)
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69. Make things out of cardboard.
70. Have a bonfire and roast marshmallows.
71. Make water balloons and have a water balloon fight.
72. Visit the airport.
73. Visit a retirement community.
74. Ride the Skyway Express.
75. Play “I Spy.”
76. Play Frisbee.
77. Volunteer as a family.
78. Make homemade marshmallows.
79. Make s’mores.
80. Invent a new recipe together.
81. Catch lightning bugs.
82. Have a scavenger hunt.
83. Play Mad Libs and share your stories.
84. Jump on a trampoline.
85. Play kickball.
86. Play dodgeball.
87. Play four square.
88. Play tug-of-war.
89. Put a puzzle together as a family.
90. Play hide and go seek in the dark.
91. Go to a movie.
92. Build a clubhouse or a fort.
93. Plant something - start your garden now. It
can be food or flowers.
94. Write handwritten letters to family.
95. Read a classic as a family for 20-30 minutes
out loud a day. Huck Finn, Little Women, etc.
96. Put on a magic show.
97. Go kayaking.
98. Go see a family-friendly stage play.
99. Visit Cumberland Island.
100.Take a train ride.
FREE Annual
Pass to National
Parks for Active
Duty Military
As a way of saying thank you to those who
are serving our country, all Active Duty
Military Members get a FREE Annual Pass
to National Parks (an $80 value!). All Active
Duty men and women – Army, Marines,
Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and activated
National Guard and Reserves – can get
their pass at any national park or wildlife
refuge that charges an entrance fee by
showing their military ID. Each family
member will also be able to obtain their
own pass even if the service member is
deployed or if they are traveling separately.
The Annual Park Pass which is valid for
one full year will provide access to National
Park Service Parks, US Fish & Wildlife
Service Lands, Bureau of Reclamation
Lands, Bureau of Land Management Lands
& USDA Forest Service Locations. Where
there are entrance fees, the pass covers
the owner and accompanying passengers
in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle
at recreation sites that charge per vehicle.
At sites where per-person entrance fees
are charged, it covers the pass owner and
three accompanying adults age 16 and
older. There is no entry fee for children 15
and under.
Visit to find free events, discounted
summer movies, current events, places to go and
where kids eat free.
Visit for recipes and craft
tutorials and more.
Important Note: While the pass is not
available to veterans and retirees, many
of these individuals are eligible for other
discounted passes, such as the Senior
Pass, granting lifetime access to U.S.
citizens over 62 for $10, and the Access
Pass granting free lifetime access for
permanently disabled U.S. citizens.
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8 AM - 5 PM
Fun games and hands on projects will allow children to experience the arts.
Extended care option. Limited scholarships available. Sign up today!
5 -15
SUMMER savings
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9am - June 9th
through August 13th
Tickets are $1 per person or buy tickets to all
10 movies ahead of time for $5.
6/9 & 6/11 Lego Movie
6/16 & 6/18 Dolphin Tale 2
6/23 & 6/25 Mr. Peabody & Sherman
6/30 & 7/1 Penguins of Madagascar
7/7 & 7/9 Night at the Museum: Secret Tomb
7/14 & 7/16 How to Train a Dragon 2
7/21 & 7/23 Alvin and the Chipmunks:
7/28 & 7/30 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
8/4 & 8/6 Nut Job
8/11 & 8/13 Rio 2
4535 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216
EXPRESS – $1 MOVIES Tuesdays and
Wednesdays starting June 9th at 10 am
June 9: Nut Job
June 23: Paddington
June 10: Annie
June 24: Turbo
June 16: Earth to Echo
June 30: Rio 2
June 17: The Boxtrolls
July 1: How to Train Your Dragon 2
July 7: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
July 8: The Book of Life
July 14: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
July 15: Penguins of Madagascar
July 21: Madagascar 3
July 22: Dolphin Tale 2
July 28: Muppets Most Wanted
July 29: Alexander and the Very Bad Day
August 4: The Lego Movie
August 5: The SpongeBob Movie:
Sponge Out of Water
Regal Avenues Stadium 20,
525 Philips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL 32256
Regal Beach Boulevard Stadium 18
14051 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32250
Regal River City Marketplace Stadium 14
12884 City Center Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32218
Thursdays, 10am - June 11 through August 13
$4 Includes popcorn and a drink
June 11: Rise of the Guardians
June 18: How to Train Your Dragon 2
June 25: Monsters vs Aliens
July 2: Croods
July 9: Megamind
July 16: Shrek Forever After
July 23: Marmaduke
July 30: The Tooth Fairy
August 6: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out
of Water
August 13: Paddington
Coastal Cinemas 10
Carmike 12
96012 Lofton Sq Ct
1820 Town Center Blvd
Fleming Island, FL 32003 Yulee, FL 32097
June 10-August 12. Free movies each Wednesday throughout the summer at St. Augustine
Municipal Marina. The movies are shown at
8:30 pm at the Marina behind Bayfront Mini
Golf, 111 Avenida Menendez. Bring beach chair
and blanket for comfortable seating by the bay.
Before 3pm - $6 any age. 3D is $9.50
After 3 pm - $7.50 Adult, $6.50 Child. 3D Films
- $11 Adult, $10 Child
Regal Beach Blvd Stadium 18
14051 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32250
Regal The Avenues Stadium 20
9525 Philips Highway, Jacksonville, FL 32256
Regal River City Marketplace Stadium 14
12884 City Center Blvd, Jacksonville FL 32218
G, PG and PG-13 options include:
June 30: Back to the Future (30th
Anniversary) (PG)
July 26: Out of Africa (PG)
Aug 2: The Color Purple (30th Anniversary)
Aug 9: Jaws (40th Anniversary) (PG)
Aug 15: Hairspray (25th Anniversary) (PG)
Aug 15: Crybaby (25th Anniversary) (PG-13)
Aug 23: Fletch (25th Anniversary (PG)
Aug 30: Dances with Wolves (25th Anniversary
Tickets are $7.50 each but patrons can
purchase a Summer Movie Classics Admission
Card for $45 that’s good for 10 admissions.
The card can be used for multiple admissions
to any movie or for a single admission to all 10
movies in the series.
Tickets or admission cards can be purchased
at the Florida Theatre Box Office at 128 East
Forsyth Street, Suite 300, Jacksonville. For
more information, go to
or call (904) 355-ARTS.
June 12: Jurassic World
July 1: Terminator: Genisys
July 10: Minions
July 17: Ant-Man
July 24: Paper Towns
July 24: Pixels
July 31: Mission Impossible 5: Rogue Nation
August 7: Fantastic Four
August 7: Masterminds
August 14: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
August 14: Underdogs
August 28: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon:
The Green Destiny
August 28: War Room
3111 Tiger Hole Rd. 32216
Ages 6-12
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
June 8th - August 21st
Summer Day Camp in Southside offering daily
swimming, fishing, canoeing, sports, archery, 50ʼ
water slide, and field trips!
Counselors from England and Australia.
Registration is $40
Weekly fee is $145 (lunch included)
June 19, 2pm to 7pm – Tropical Smoothie
hosts their 9th Annual National Flip Flop Day.
Customers who come in wearing their flip
flops, will receive a free 24oz. Jetty Punch
Smoothie. Donations will be gratefully accepted for Camp Sunshine, the only retreat
in the nation to address the effects of a life
threatening illness on every member of the
immediate family – the ill child, the parents
and the siblings.
Dine with us before or after the
movies this summer!
•10” Pizza, Panini & Chopped Salads – choose from 40+ toppings – bakes in less than 5 minutes! •Kids Eat FREE Monday nights •Perfect for Girls’ Night Out too! •Enjoy FREE Dessert Pie when you pre-­‐book birthday parRes YOUR PIE Fleming Island
(near Carmike Cinemas)
1545 CR 220 • In the Winn Dixie Center • 904.375.9771
Contact Us At: [email protected]
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YOUR PIE Southside
(near Tinseltown)
4828 Deer Lake Dr W • Near III Forks in Tapestry Park • 904.375.0155
Contact Us At: [email protected]
JUNE/JULY 2015 • •
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summer savings
Blueberry Picking
trip to a local U-pick farm makes a fun
family outing. You can enjoy fresh air and
sunshine while choosing the best quality fruits
and vegetables at the peak of ripeness and
studies show kids will be more likely to eat their
fruits and vegetables if they have a hand in the
harvest. Some of the more popular U-pick crops
in Florida include blueberries, strawberries,
grapes, peaches, citrus, sweet corn, and
tomatoes. Blueberries are typically ripe for
picking from the end of May through end of June
and Muscadine grapes late August through
September. According to most area farmers,
blueberries will be ready earlier in the season this
year so plan this outing for early in the summer.
Dress comfortably for your trip to the farm. Bring
a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent, and wear
sturdy shoes to protect your feet. Remember to
bring your own containers for picking in case the
farm does not provide them. Once you’ve picked
your berries, our friends at Ron’s Blueberries in
Palatka offer these tips for enjoying your berries.
Don’t freeze blueberries and grapes when they’re
wet. Do package them in Ziploc bags and they’ll
last up to a year in the freezer. Blueberries will
freeze individually so you can remove just the
portion you need. You can find recipes, cooking
tips and more at
Listed below are U-pick farms closest to our area.
Keep in mind that weather conditions and
customer demand can determine the supply of
fruits and vegetables. Before visiting a farm, call
the farm directly to confirm availability, as well as
days and hours of operation.
2995 Thunder Rd., Middleburg, FL 32068
Phone: (904) 264-2039
20256 NE 114th Ave., Waldo, FL 32694
Phone: (352) 468-2205
Email: [email protected]
7839 SW 126th Ave., Lake Butler, FL 32054
Open seven days a week until July 31
7 a.m. to dark
Phone: (386) 496-1747
10804 NW State Rd. 45, High Springs, FL 32643
By appointment only
Phone: (352) 222-1343
Vacation Bible School
July 27-31
8:45 am - 12 pm
332 NE Chamomile Way, Madison, FL 32340
Phone: (850) 973-8592
Ages 3 (by 9/1/14) through
(just completed) 5th Grade.
3250 NE 140th Ave., Williston, FL 32696
Monday through Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Open some Sundays, call ahead
Phone: (352) 529-0594
123 S. Providence Church Rd., Palatka, FL 32177
June through August
Daily, sunrise to sunset
Phone: (386) 328-3909
8611 47th Dr., Live Oak, FL 32060
Mid-May to July
Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to sunset
Sunday, 5 p.m. to sunset
Phone: (386) 963-5037
15912 S. Rd. 325, Cross Creek, FL 32640
Weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Phone: (352) 466-8043
6378 SW Rd. 791, Lake Butler, FL 32054
Call for availability and days of operation.
Phone: (386) 496-2379 j
16319 Rd. 132, Live Oak, FL 32060
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Phone: (386) 216-3362
“Keep some room in your heart for the
– Mary Oliver
To register call (904) 725-2500
Now Accepting
Infants – 5th Grade
Beginning August 24, 2015
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receive four one day passes to Adventure
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Preschool & Free VPK 9 am - 12 pm
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7900 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville, FL
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Presented by Theaterworks
Wednesday, June 17, 11am and 1pm
The Florida Theatre -128 East Forsyth Street,
Jacksonville, 32202
Mask and physical theatre artist Doug Berky’s
new large mask theatre production presents
stories for children and family audiences
including “The Tiger’s Whisker,” a Korean
folktale about healing; “Simple Gifts,” a French
story; and a Jataka Tale from India, “The
Crocodile and the Monkey.”
Monday-Thursday, June 22, 23, 24 & 25
11am and 1pm each day
Jacksonville Library Main Branch - 303 North
Laura Street, Jacksonville, 32202
Take a wild ride with Mr. Toad and his friends
Ratty & Mole in this adaption of Kenneth
Grahame’s classic book for children. Toad
desperately wants a motor-car, & he will go
to any lengths to get one. Audience Participation & Music help to tell the story of Toad’s
Thursday, June 18, 11am and 1pm
The Florida Theatre - 128 East Forsyth Street,
Jacksonville, 32202
Doug combines the classic performance arts
of mime, mask theater, and physical comedy
into his performance of No Show. A performance has been scheduled, but the actor fails
to show. Or does he? What will happen when
a lone spectator finds himself unwittingly
on stage? Doug is transformed into several
characters ranging from a gorilla to a ballerina
as he explores the props and masks on stage.
Audiences experience a variety of theatre
forms: mime, mask theater, circus arts, and
storytelling in this hilarious performance for
the whole family.
Wednesday & Thursday, July 8 & 9 11am
and 1pm each day
Friday Musicale - 645 Oak St.,
Jacksonville, 32204
Rock around the clock till midnight with Cindy
in this 50’s style musical version of the classic
story. This high energy show is adaptable
to a variety of performance environments.
Perfect for Festivals. Please call 353-3500 for
June 23, 9:30am to 10:30am
The Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theater returns
to the THCA with its original adaptation of
Washington Irving’s classic Rip Van Winkle. All
tickets are $8.
Thrasher Horne Center for the Arts
283 College Dr, Orange Park, FL 32073
12000 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246
June 24 – August 2
See Seussical the Musical Live, on stage at
The Alhambra Theatre and Dining. Get a family
four pack for the special low price of $145
(plus tax and gratuity) available by calling the
box office at 641-1212. There are special,
kid-friendly meals and earlier show times for
this show.
Saturday Matinee – 1:15
Sunday Matinee – 2:00
Tuesday through Sunday Evening – 7:30pm
June 15 - August 14, 2015
K-5th grade • 562-4780
June 9th from 6pm to 8pm. Children’s Art
Classes holds a Student Art Show each year.
FREE and open to the public! Held at 11250
Old St. Augustine Rd. A109, Jacksonville, FL
MOCA offers discounts to students, military
and children under 2 years old.
Free admission on Art Walk Wednesday evenings (5pm-9pm)
Free admission on the first Saturday and
Sunday of each month to Bank Of America card
Free admission to Regions Bank card holders
on Sundays.
Free Admission for Military Members Memorial
Day through Labor Day through the Blue Star
Museums program to active duty military, including Reserves and National Guard, and their
immediate family members during the summer.
Children 5 and under free everyday.
Free Tuesdays – Every Tuesday from 4pm to 9
Free admission for all the first Saturday of each
month, 10 am to 4 pm.
Free admission for Bank of America and Merrill
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Lynch cardholders the first full weekend of
each month.
Free admission for military families Memorial
Day through Labor Day, offered though the Blue
Star Museum program.
A collaboration among the National Endowment
for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department
of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums
across America to offer free admission to the
nation’s active-duty military personnel and
their families, including National Guard and
Reserve, from Memorial Day, May 25, 2015
through Labor Day, September 7, 2015.
Participating Museums include:
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
Mandarin Museum & Historical Society
Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine
Research Reserve
Lightner Museum
The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum
Session A
June 15July 10
Session B
July 20August 14
For more info:
(904) 396-4425 or
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Volleyball Association
JUNE 8-10
JUNE 22-24
JULY 6-8
JULY 20-22
This camp focuses on motor skills such as volleyball movement,
jumping and throwing. Campers will learn basic volleyball skills
and work with a light ball. (T-shirt included)
AGES 9-12
260 per session (FULL WEEK)
110 per session (2 DAY OPTION - THURSDAY & FRIDAY)
AGES 13-16
AGES 5-8
Campers will receive instructional training from JJVA’s most experienced Coaches on the six fundamental volleyball
skills. Campers have the choice to attend two days, three days, or five days per session. (T-shirt included)
Note: JJVA does not have a cafeteria. Campers will need to bring their lunch.
AGE 13-15: 5-6:30 PM
JULY 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30
AGE 16-18: 6:30-8 PM
JULY 31 5-8 PM & AUGUST 1 9 AM - 4 PM
For your convenience JJVA will be offering Extended Care from 8-9 am and 4-5 pm:
Extended Day includes: arts & crafts, movies and other fun activities.
1 HOUR $10/DAY
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1944 Beach Blvd (U.S. 90)
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
301 Herb Bauer Drive
St. Marys, GA 31558
Wonderwood Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32233
Open Memorial Day through Labor Day
370 Zoo Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32218
Osceola Avenue and South Beach Parkway
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
210 South Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
350 A1A Beach Blvd
St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080
Stops at:
Northbank Riverwalk at The Jacksonville Landing Southbank Riverwalk at Friendship Fountain
Southbank Riverwalk at Wyndham Hotel Metropolitan Park Marina* *Only a designated water
taxi stop during football games at Everbank
Stadium One way and all day fees available.
Adults - $7
Children 3 - 12 years of age - $5
Children under 3 years of age – Free
4610 Ocean Street, Atlantic Beach, FL
The St. Johns River Ferry is a car and passenger ferry that connects the north and south
ends of Florida State Road A1A in Duval County,
linking Mayport Village and Fort George Island
via a pleasant sail across the St. Johns River.
The 0.9 mile voyage crosses the St. Johns
River 2.5 miles inland of the river’s mouth and
departs every half hour.
Ferry Schedule:
Monday – Friday: 6:00 am, 6:30 am, 7:00 am
and continuing on the hour and half hour, with
the final departure at 7:00 pm.
Saturday & Sunday: 7:00 am, 7:30 am, 8:00 am
and continuing on the hour and half hour, with
the final departure at 8:30 pm.
Monday – Friday: 6:15 am and continuing on
the quarter after and quarter before the hour,
with the final departure at 7:15 pm.
Saturday and Sunday: 7:15 am and continuing
on the quarter after and the quarter before the
hour, with the final departure at 8:45 pm.
The ferry operates every day, including holidays.
Pedestrian/Bicycle - $1.00
Motorcycle - $5.00
Vehicles under 20-feet in length (Cars/Vans/
Trucks) - $6.00
Busses/RV’s - $20.00
Vehicles 20-feet in length or longer - $10.00
Coupon Book (20 Crossings) *Vehicles under
20-feet in length - $85.00
Weekends Only
Additional vehicle occupants $1.00 each
Driver and children five and under: no charge
Kids’ day June 6
fun activities for children of all ages!
Every Saturday Rain or Shine • March thru December • 10 AM-4 PM
Parking & admission are always FREE!
Presented by
715 Riverside Avenue
Under the Canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge
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Kids Bowl Free all
summer long at
participating bowling
centers. Registered kids
receive 2 free games of
bowling daily.
From July 6th through
August 31st, any day
the temperature reaches
92 degrees or higher, admission will be half
price with coupon. A coupon will be posted
after 4pm the day before on the Jacksonville
Zoo website.
Children 40” and below receive a
free baby cone with purchase of
another ice cream treat at Bruster’s Ice Cream.
Any day, any time, any flavor.
12224 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225
11701 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223
Argyle Forest at Oakleaf Town Center
Anastasia Bowling Lanes through October
31 - Ages 18 & under
Beach Bowl through August 31
Ages 15 & under
Nassau Bowling Center through
September 1 - Ages 15 & under
Batt Family Fun Center through September
8 - Ages 15 & under
Standard shoe rates apply. Must register
kids online at
See participating bowling center’s web page for available
days and times.
Kids 5 and younger at time of redemption
can enjoy Busch Gardens Tampa and
SeaWorld Orlando for free through
December 31, 2015. Does not include free
parking, separately ticketed events or other
discounts. Online registration required.
Enjoy Sesame Street Safari of Fun at Busch
Gardens and all the sights and splashes of
SeaWorld. Valid for Florida Residents only.
Must present voucher and valid form of ID at
ticket window to receive Preschool Pass.
Active military personal and up to three
direct dependents get free admission to
either SeaWorld or Busch Gardens once
per year. Waves of Honor was established
to allow active military returning from
deployment to enjoy time together as a
family. All military families can purchase
discounted tickets from NAS Jax and
Mayport or online at
Research shows that children who are
exposed to nature are better able to deal
with bullying, have more robust immune
systems and view the world in a more
holistic manner. Picnic in a park this
summer! Visit the official Florida State Parks
Pinterest Board for fun and easy meal and
game ideas.
Then check out all of the picnicking
opportunities available at Florida State Parks
and Trails. Finally, pack a lunch, head out
and build some memories.
Monday - Thursday 11 - 5
Friday & Saturday 11 - 7 , Sunday 12 - 6
(904) 260-0022 •
NO, maintenance, cleaning or hassles.
Get access to over 800 boats and over
85 clubs throughout the United States.
Create fun memories with your family and friends
JOIN THE CLUB CALL 904.309.1909
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Clay County School News
School Summer Camps Offer Something for Everyone
The Clay County Schools Community Education
division is sponsoring a series of summer camps
at county schools and other sites throughout the
summer. Themes will include science, sports,
robotics, music, drama, art and more. For more
information and to register go to the website then click on Community then
Community Classes. You may also visit Community Education, Building 17, Orange Park Annex
at Adult and Community Education and register
in person. Adult and Community Education, 2306
Kingsley Avenue, Orange Park, phone (904) 2728170.
Building 2, Room 40.
Session One: June 15-18.
Session Two: June 29- July 2.
Both sessions will be Monday through Thursday,
8 a.m. to noon. Fee: $41 per session.
High gym and the soccer field.
Students will be introduced to LEGO robotics and
will learn how to successfully complete challenges while working together as a team.
With free use of instruments, students will be
given instruction in playing guitar, violin and
world drums each day. They will participate in
fun, creative musical activities that include singing games, writing songs and jamming on musical instruments with other young musicians.
The camp will be held at the Lake Asbury Elementary, Computer Labs 601 and 629.
Session One: June 15-18, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Session Two: June 15-18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Science Discovery Camp, a coed summer science Session Three: July 13-16, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
camp serving children in grades 1-6 (these are
Session Four: July 13-16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
the grades that the child will be entering fall of
Fee: $31 per session.
2015), is an opportunity to explore and experience the fascinating world of science through a
variety of hands on, highly interactive activities in SPORTS/ROBOTICS SUMMER CAMP FOR
a unique outdoor setting at the North Fork Lead- GRADES 3-5
ership Center, 4375 Lazy Acres Road, MiddleFor the first three hours the participants will be
burg. Participants will also be able to experience doing team sports outside. The sports will be
canoeing, hiking, swimming, and archery. The
kickball, soccer, basketball and hockey. InstrucNorth Fork Leadership Center counselors will be
tion and rules will take an hour. In the remaining
working side by side with Clay County Science
time the student will fine tune his or her skill and
teachers in this innovative outdoor program. Send understanding by participating in the sport. Lunch
the kids with a lunch, they’ll do the rest!
break is after team sports. Please bring a sack
The Science Discovery Camp day runs from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Sessions: July 13-17 and July 20-24
Fee: $150 per week
For parents with longer work days:
Before care from 6:30 to 8 a.m. Fee: $20/week.
After care from 4 to 6 p.m. Fee: $25/week.
Students will explore building and programming
Lego EV3 Robots. They will also see examples of
the use of robotics in everyday life and explore
careers in robotics.
The camp will be held at Lakeside Junior High,
lunch. The remaining time will be inside with
LEGO robotics. Student will learn how to build
and move robots to do certain tasks. They will
participate in groups moving their robots through
obstacles and tackling challenges.
The camp will be held in the Plantation Oaks
Elementary Physical Education Building.
Session One: June 22-25.
Session Two: June 29-July 2.
Both sessions will be Monday through Thursday,
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fee: $62 per session.
The camps will be held at the Lake Asbury Junior
Monday, August 10................................................................................................... First Day, Teacher
Wednesday, August 12.........................................................................................District Inservice Day
Monday, August 17..................................................................................................First Day, Students
Monday, September 7....................................................................Labor Day, Student/Teacher Holiday
Friday, October 9.............................................................................. End First Grading Period (39 days)
Monday, October 12................................................................................Planning Day/Student Holiday
Wednesday, November 11....................................................... Veterans’ Day, Student/Teacher Holiday
Monday, November 23 thru Friday, November 27.................... Thanksgiving, Student/Teacher Holidays
Friday, December 18................................................................... End Second Grading Period (43 days)
Monday, December 21, thru Friday, Jan. 1........ Christmas/New Year’s Break, Student/Teacher Holidays
Monday, January 4.................................................................................Planning Day/Student Holiday
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Session One: Co-ed track and field, July 6-9.
Session Two: Co-ed soccer, July 13-16.
Both sessions will be Monday through Thursday,
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fee: $52 per session.
The camp will be held at W. E. Cherry Elementary,
Room P43.
Session One for 3rd and 4th graders: June 1525.
Session Two for 5th and 6th graders: July 13-23.
Both sessions will be Monday through Thursday,
8 a.m. to noon. Fee: $83 per session, breakfast
and lunch included.
Session One, Cinderella – A Modern Makeover: July 13-23.
Session two, Little Red Riding Hood: July 27
- Aug. 6. Both sessions will be Monday through
Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon. Fee: $83 per session.
(There will be an additional $35 fee due to teacher at the first class for art supplies, performance
scripts, cd with music and a camp t-shirt.)
The program will consist of drama, art (props and
costumes) and music. It will held in the Ridgeview Elementary cafeteria.
Little Red Riding Hood: July 13-23, Monday
through Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m. Fee: $83. (There
will be an additional $35 fee due to teacher
at the first class for art supplies, performance
scripts, cd with music and a camp t-shirt.)
Students will practice, understand and talk about
art from master artists of the past. They will
reflect and apply learned techniques within their
own art productions. They will be introduced to
various art techniques and methods of painting
and produce works of art. The camp will be held
at Plantation Oaks Elementary, Room 608.
Session One: June 22-25, 8 to 11 a.m.
Session Two: June 22-25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Session Three: June 29-July 2, 8 to 11 a.m.
Session Four: June 29-July 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $31 per session. (There will be an additional
$10 supply fee due to teacher at first day of
Student will explore self-expression through
various mediums including painting, drawing and
sculpture as they delve into the elements and
vocabulary of art.
The camp will be held at Fleming Island Elementary.
Session One: June 15-25, Monday through
Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon.
Session Two: June 15-25, Monday through
Thursday, noon to 3 p.m.
Session Three: July 20-30, Monday through
Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon.
Session Four: July 30-30, Monday through
Thursday, noon to 3 p.m.
Fee: $62 per session. (There will be an additional
$20 art supply fee due to teacher at first class.)
Connect with us!
Tuesday, January 5................................................................................ Inservice Day/Student Holiday
Wednesday, January 6................................................................................. Students Return to School
Monday, January 18.................................................. Martin Luther King Day, Student/Teacher Holiday
Monday, February 15............................................................ Presidents’ Day, Student/Teacher Holiday
Monday, March 14 through Friday, March 18...........................Spring Break, Student/Teacher Holidays
Monday, March 21....................................................................................... Students Return to School
Friday, March 25......................................................................... Good Friday, Student/Teacher Holiday
Friday, April 1.................................................................................. End Third Grading Period (55 days)
Monday, April 4.........................................................................Planning Day/Fair Day, Student Holiday
Monday, May 30.................................................... Memorial Day (Observed), Student/Teacher Holiday
Friday, June 3.......................................................... Last Day, Students (4th Grading Period – 43 days)
Monday, June 6...............................................................................Last Day, Teachers – Planning Day
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Just Read, Florida! 2015 Summer Recommended Reading List
Grades K-3
• A Day in the Life of Murphy, Alice
• A Drop of Water: A Book of Science
and Wonder, Walter Wick
• Actual Size, Steve Jenkins
• Ants, Melissa Stewart
• Ape Escapes!: And More True
Stories of Animals Behaving Badly,
Aline Alexander Newman
• Aunt Flossie’s Hats, Elizabeth
Fitzgerald Howard
• Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!,
Geoffrey Hayes
• Big Wolf and Little Wolf, Nadine
• Buffy the Burrowing Owl, Betty
• Buster, Denise Fleming
• Christian, the Hugging Lion, Justine
Richardson and Peter Parnell
• Count Down to Fall, Fran Hawk
• Daddy & I, Eloise Greenfield
• Deep in the Swamp, Donna Bateman
• Diary of a Worm, Doreen Cronin
• Dino-Dinners, Mick Manning and
Brita Granstrom
• Discovery in the Cave, Mark
• Flat Stanley, Jeff Brown
• Fly Danny, Fly, Chip Gilbertson, Gina
Restivo, and Michelle Kendrich
• Frog and Toad Together, Arnold
• Gracias *Thanks, Pat More
• Hi! Fly Guy, Tedd Arnold
• Hot City, Barbara Joosse
• How People Learned to Fly, Fran
Hodgkins and True Kelley
• How to Eat Fried Worms, Thomas
• I Always, Always Get My Way, Thad
• Iggy Peck Architect, Andrea Beaty
and David Roberts
• Jitterbug Jam, Barbara Jean Hicks
• Leaf Jumpers, Carole Gerber
• Little Melba and Her Big Trombone,
Katheryn Russell-Brown and Frank
• Little Skink’s Tail, Janet Halfmann
• My Name is Yoon, Helen Recorvits
• No, David!, David Shannon
• Noisy Paint Box, Barb Rosenstock
and Mary GrandPre
• Ocean Hide and Seek, Jennifer
Evans Kramer
• Polar Slumber, Dennis Rockhill
• Poppleton in Winter, Cynthia Rylant
• River of Dreams: The Story of the
Hudson River, Hudson Talbott
• Rosie Revere Engineer, Andrea
Beaty and David Roberts
• She Sang Promise: The Story of
Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal
Leader, J.G. Annino
• Sheep in a Jeep, Nancy Shaw
• The BFG, Roald Dahl
• The Chicken Sisters, Laura Joffe
• The Most Magnificent Thing, Ashley
• The Napping House, Audrey and
Dan Wood
• The Secret Olivia Told Me, N. Joy
• The Story of Ruby Bridges, Robert
• Twas the Day Before Zoo Day, Catherine Ipcizade
• What Do You Do With a Tail Like
This?, Steve Jenkins and Robin
• What Pet Should I Get?, Dr. Seuss
• Wonder Horse, Emily Arnold McCully
Grades 4-5
• A Faraway Island, Annika Thor
• A History of US, Joy Hakim
• A Nest for Celeste: A Story About
Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of
Home, Henry Cole
• A Snicker of Magic, Natalie Lloyd
• Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,
Lewis Carroll
• AQUIFERioius, Margaret Ross
• Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy
U.S. Marshal, Vaunda Micheaux
• Bud, Not Buddy, Christopher Paul
• Chasing Redbird, Sharon Creech
• Dare to Dream! Carl Sommer
• Discovering Mars, Melvin Berger
• Do Not Open: An Encyclopedia of
the World’s Best-Kept Secrets, John
• Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the
WOOF Society, Betsy Byars, Betsy
Duffey, and Laurie Myers
• Eidi, Bodil Bredsdorff
• Elijah of Buxton, Christopher Paul
• Extreme Pets! Jane Harrington
• Heroes for My Son, Brad Meltzer
• Hurricanes: Earth’s Mightiest
Storms, Patricia Lauber
• Inside Out & Back Again, Thanhha
• Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott
• Jason and Elihu, Shelley Frazer
• Just Being Audrey, Margaret Cardillo
• Life Under Ice, Mary M. Cerullo
• My Side of the Mountain, Jean
Craighead George
• Number the Stars, Lois Lowry
• Princess Academy, Shannon Hale
• Quest for the Tree Kangaroo, Sy
• Riddle-iculous Math, Joan Holub
• Sarah, Plain and Tall, Patricia
• Search for the Shadowman, Joan
Lowery Nixon
• See What You Can Be: Explore Careers That Could Be for You! Diane
Heiman, and Liz Suneby
• The Birchbark House, Louise Erdrich
• The Black Stallion, Walter Farley
• The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynne
Reid Banks
• The Underneath, Kathi Appelt
• This One Summer, Mariko Tamaki
• Viva Frida, Yuyi Morales
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• Where the Mountain Meets the
Moon, Grace Lin
• Whittington, Alan Armstrong
• Who Has Seen the Wind? Christina
G. Rossetti
• Zlateh the Goat, Isaac Bashevis
Grades 6-8
• A Long Walk to Water: Based on a
True Story, Linda Sue Park
• A Long Way from Chicago, Richard
• Any Which Wall, Laurel Snyder,
• Artemis Fowl: the Arctic Incident,
Eoin Colfer
• Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
• Breaking Stalin’s Nose, Eugene
• Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine
• Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline
• Carver: a Life in Poems, Marilyn
• Dead End in Norvelt, Jack Gantos
• Dragonwings, Laurence Yep
• Eragon, Christopher Paolini
• Escape! The Story of the Great
Houdini, Sid Fleischman
• Esperanza Rising, Pam Munoz Ryan
• Fire From the Rock, Sharon Draper
• Flush, Carl Hiaasen
• Football Genius, Tim Green
• Freedom Walkers: The Story of the
Montgomery Bus Boycott, Russell
• Gifted Hands: The Story of Ben
Carson, Ben Carson
• Heart of a Samurai, Margi Preus
• Hugo Cabret, Brian Schnick
• If I Ever Get Out of Here, Eric Gansworth
• Leverage, Joshua Cohen
• Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
• Lockdown, Walter Dean Myers
• Lost in the River of Grass, Ginny
• Magnificent Voyage: An American
Adventurer on Captain James
Cook’s Final Expedition, Laurie
• Mockingbird, (Mok’ing;buerd),
Kathryn Erkine
• Moon over Manifest, Clare Vanderpool
• My Left Foot, Christy Brown
• Never Fall Down, Patricia McCormic
• Old Yeller, Fred Gipson
• One Crazy Summer, Rita WilliamsGarcia
• Peter and the Starcatchers, Dave
Barry & Ridley Pearson
• Saving the Ghost of the Mountain:
An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia, Sy Montgomery
and Nic Bishop
• Scat, Carl Hiaasen
• Slob, Ellen Potter
• Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood, Ibtisam Barakat
• The Anybodies, N.E. Bode,
• The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan
• The Lost Hero, Richard Riordan
• The Man Who Went to the Far Side
of the Moon: The Story of Apollo
11 Astronaut Michael Collins, Bea
Uusma Schyffert
• The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
• The True Confessions of Charlotte
Doyle, Avi
• The Trumpet of the Swan, E.B. White
• The View from Saturday, E.L.
• The Wednesday Wars, Gary D.
• The Wright Sister: Katharine Wright
and Her Famous Brothers, Richard
• Treasure Island, Robert Louis
• Turtle in Paradise, Jennifer Holm
• Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story
of Muhammed Ali, Charles R. Smith
• Waiting for Normal, Leslie Connor
• Wangari’s Tree of Peace, Jeanette
• When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature’s Balance in Yellowstone,
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
• Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson
• Wild Things, Clay Carmichael
Grades 9-12
• A Separate Peace, John Knowles
• Adventurer’s Against Their Will,
Joanie Schirm
• All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich
Maria Remarque
• Allegiant, Veronica Roth
• Bunheads, Flack, Sophie
• Cloaked, Alex Flinn
• Courage Has No Color: The True
Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s
First Black Paratroopers, Tanya Lee
• Darius & Twig, Walter Dean Myers
• Divergent, Veronica Roth
• Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
• Fat Angie, E. E. Charlton-Trujillo
• Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated
Adventures, Kate Dicamillo
• Florida Cowboys, Carlton Ward Jr.
• Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,
Ben Carson
• Imaginary Enemy, Julie Gonzalez
• Insurgent, Veronica Roth
• Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft,
Thor Heyerdahl
• Looking for the New Deal, Elna C.
• Marcelo in the Real World, Francisco
• Money Hungry, Sharon Flake
• Monster, Walter Dean Myers
• Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein, Susan Goldman Rubin
• Night, Elie Wiesel
• November Blues, Sharon Draper
• P.S. Be Eleven, Rita Williams Garcia
• Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators:
More Stories about Real Florida, Jeff
• Poof: A Play, David Auburn
• Resurrecting Lazarus, Texas, Nathan
• Reubin O’D. Askew and the Golden
Age of Florida Politics, Martin A.
• Rose Under Fire, Elizabeth Wein
• Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
• Solomon, Marilyn B. Shaw
• Southern Comforts: Rooted in a
Florida Place, Sudye Cauthen
• Sugar Changed the World: A Story of
Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and
Science, Marc Aronson and Marina
• Taken, Edward Bloor
• The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
• The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind:
Creating Currents of Electricity and
Hope, William Kamkwamba
• The Carnival at Bray, Jessie Ann
• The Diving Bell and the Butterfly:
A Memoir of Life in Death, JeanDominque Bauby
• The Everglades: River of Grass,
Marjorie Stoneman Douglas
• The First Hollywood Florida and the
Golden Age of Silent Filmmaking,
Shawn Bean
• The Great Wide Sea, M. H. Herlong
• The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True
Story, Richard Preston
• The House on Mango Street, Sandra
• The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A
True Story of Adventure, Heroism, &
Treachery, Steve Sheinkin
• The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest
• The Real Question, Adrian Fogelin
• The Shakespeare Stealer, Gary
• The Tipping Point: How Little Things
Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell
• The Yearling, Marjorie K. Rawlings
• Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
• This One Summer, Clare Vanderpool
• Through Her Eyes, Jennifer Archer
• We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success, Sampson
Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck
Hunt, and Sharon Draper
• Wheels of Change: How Women
Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a
Few Flat Tires Along the Way), Sue
• When You Reach Me, Rebecca
• Whispers from the Bay, John Tkac
• Written in Bone: Buried Lives of
Jamestown and Colonial Maryland,
Sally M. Walker
St. Johns County School District News
American Youth Character Awards (AYCA) Banquet
CHARACTER COUNTS! is a countywide initiative
involving the St. Johns County School District,
community organizations, law enforcement
and local government and businesses. Private
schools have also adopted the program. Ninetyfour St. Johns County high school juniors and
seniors have been recognized for good character.
Nominees were evaluated on the influence of six
pillars of character in their daily lives, particularly
in overcoming obstacles, making good choices,
generosity, caring and commitment to community
Junior Honorees
Bartram Trail – Sofia DiMartino, Michael Durnin,
Nigel Greene, Anthony Kerr, Adam Pol, Matthew
Solof, Renata Verduzco-Cantero and Chloe Zador
Creekside – Meti Alemayehu, Isaiah De Leon,
Olivia Garrett, Lindsey Ginter, Grayson Hendryx,
Kalila Taylor, Owen Wheeler and River Williams
Pedro Menendez – Abigail Blocker, Brooke
Brush, Austin Griffin, Hannah Kilbride, Cody
Lewis, Jessica McCloud, Jasraj Raghuwanshi and
Wesley Vierck
Allen D. Nease – Ember Dietrich, Michaela
Heinrich, Divya Mahesh, Jacob Sanders, Marcus
and Jordan
Vedra – Emily Grace Alfaro, Chloe Barr, Josh
Carney, Ryan Dowd, Sean Mann, Ilana Newman,
Will O’Hara and Abby Zitiello
St. Augustine – Samuel Bodo, Erica Dixon,
Emma Gross, Caitlyn Hutchings, Tiajha Oxendine,
Rebecca Roberts, Bailey Smith and Chelsea Winningham
St. Johns Technical – Parker DeMent
St. Joseph Academy – Tony Bonura, Ja’Kobi
Dasher and Sophia Williar
Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind –
Kendall Younkman and Quinn Delong
St. Johns Virtual School – Elizabeth Green
of Hope
– Caitlyn
Bartram Trail – Caitlyn Babcock, Cody Comernisky, Emily Sirotkin and Michelle Terrell
Creekside – Connor Bradley, Chase Creamer,
Logan Leonard and Aisling Ryan
Pedro Menendez – Dominique Bordley, Elizabeth
Colvin, Breanna Miller and Taylor Turner
Allen D. Nease – Drashti Brahmbhatt, David
New Principals Named at Five County Schools
Several personnel changes and appointments
have taken place within the St. Johns County
School District. The new appointments will
become effective July 1, pending School Board
principal of Timberlin Creek Elementary. Hemingway has been with the district for two years. With
more than 15 years of experience spent in Fairfax
County, VA; Pasco County,
FL; Fulton County, GA and
St. Tammany Parish, LA.,
she began her career as a
teacher and served as a
literacy coach, reading
specialist, curriculum
coordinator and an assistant
principal. She holds a
bachelor’s degree from
Kennesaw State University in GA, and a master’s
degree in Reading and a certificate in Educational
Leadership from the University of South Florida.
principal at four different elementary schools. He
spent five years as principal of Zellwood Elementary School in Orange County and also has prior
experience as a middle and high school teacher.
Dong, Schayne Fox and Tyler
Ponte Vedra – Edward Famularo, Tom Snyder,
Sara Touchan and Rachel Winer
St. Augustine – Emily Bennett, Tresca Esguerra,
Justin Roberts and Hollis Washburn
St. Johns Technical – Dametria Floyd
St. Joseph Academy – Ethan Maronel
Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind –
Christopher Langston and Wes Homewood
St. Johns Virtual School – Scheherazade Guzzo
Beacon of Hope Christian School – DeAnthony
Pursuing Victory With Honor – Colleen Openshaw, CHS; Ryan Aponte, SAHS; Wes Homewood,
FSDB; Amy Costeira, PMHS; Alexander Short,
NHS; Brandon Chiedo, BTHS; Morgan Podany,
PVHS; Winner – Thompson Hinman, St. Joseph
Each senior honoree received a check for $400.
secondary educational program and goals
through the development, planning and implementation of curriculum, professional development, school improvement initiatives, and
administration evaluation. With a bachelor’s
degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical
University, Graham also holds master and
doctoral degrees from Nova Southeastern
Kelley replaces Cathy Hutchins who will join the
district office as the new associate superintenNigel Pillay
dent for human resources. Hutchins replaces
Nigel Pillay, an assistant
Brennan Asplen, who has been selected as the
principal at Pedro Menendeputy superintendent for academic and student
dez High School, has been
services. Asplen replaces Martha Mickler who will
named the new principal of
Chris Phelps
move into the newly added position of assistant
Otis A. Mason Elementary
And Chris Phelps, assistant principal at Bartram
School. Pillay was selected
Trail High School, has been selected to be the
as the district’s 2014principal of the school. Phelps will replace Dawn
DeArmas Graham
2015 Assistant Principal
Sapp, who has been
In other appointments, Dr. DeArmas Graham,
of the Year and was also named as a finalist for
named associate superindirector of Secondary Education for the Nassau
the state. He has over 14 years of combined
tendent for curriculum
Hemmingway replaces Christine Stephan who
County School Board, has been selected to be
educational experience in St. Johns and Seminole will join district administration as the director of
services. Phelps began his
principal of St. Augustine High School.
counties, serving as a classroom teacher, instruc- elementary education.
career with the St. Johns
Graham will replace
tional coach and an assistant principal. Pillay
County School District in
Cathy Mittelstadt who
holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of
1986 at Allen D. Nease
Randy Kelly
has been selected as
Central Florida and a master’s degree from Nova Randy Kelley, director of professional developHigh School where he
associate superintendent
Southeastern University. Pillay will replace Kim
served as a teacher for
for student support
ment, has been named the new principal of South
Dixon who will assume the position of director of Woods Elementary School. Kelley previously
services. Graham has 20 geography and U.S. history, dean of students and
instructional resources and media services. In her
the athletic director. In 2000, he joined Bartram
served as principal at Otis A.
years of experience in
new role, Dixon will oversee textbooks, instrucTrail High as the assistant principal and head basMason and Liberty Pines
Duval and Nassau
tional technology, media specialists and school
ketball coach. Phelps has a bachelor’s degree
counties which includes
Academy and has more than
from Tri-State University and a master’s degree
library needs plus continue facilitating digital
roles as a teacher at
25 years in education.
from Eastern Michigan University in Educational
instructional delivery in schools.
Before joining St. Johns
Fletcher Middle School; assistant principal at
County, he had nine years of Mayport Middle, Fernandina High and Yulee High Leadership.
Traci Hemmingway
schools; principal at Yulee High School. As
experience as an adminisTraci Hemingway, assistant principal at Pacetti
director of secondary education, he was respontrator in Florida, including
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sible for implementing the Nassau County
serving as an assistant
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That’s MY Job!
Keep Them Engaged and
Learning with Library’s
Summer Programs
esearch shows that all young people
experience learning losses when they do
not engage in educational activities over the
summer. But learning doesn’t have to take a
break just because the kids are out of school.
The Summer
Learning Program
at the Jacksonville
Public Library is a
ton of fun, and is
designed to
enhance children’s
and teens’ literacy
skills over the
summer. Sign up
the kids at your
library or online at This year’s themes, Every Hero Has a
Story for school-age children and Unmask! for
teens, are brought to life with more than 100 free
Age-appropriate programs vary at locations and
include crafting comics with an award-winning
comics educator, book and movie discussions,
balloon fun, Curious Moon puppet shows,
interactive music, African stories, a Latino
Cultural performance, murder mystery event,
poetry workshops, live zoo animals, Tree Hill
Nature Preserve programs, Cotton Candy the
Clown, Ronald McDonald and much more!
Through fun stories, books, fingerplays, nursery
rhymes and songs, Stories for Young Children will
help kids from birth to age 5 with language
development, vocabulary building and comprehension. Children, ages 5 through 12, won’t want
to miss the Summer Learning kickoff parties at
various library locations.
Kids complete Superhero Activity Cards and log
their reading to earn cool prizes each week. They
can also earn free books, which will be distributed after July 1, while supplies last. Children
from birth to age 18 may participate in Summer
Learning. Teens can enter a short story contest to
compete for cash prizes. The 12 and under crowd
can log books to enter a bicycle contest held on
Jacksonville Suns Library Night.
Send your kids back
to school this fall
motivated and ready
to learn. Sign them
up for Summer
Learning. Get all
details and pick up a
Summer Learning
Activities Guide,
Superhero Activity
Cards, and Reading
Lists at any Jacksonville Public Library, or simply go online at or call
630-2665. j
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Jacksonville Public Library
“Go outside and do something you’ll
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St. Johns Bluff
Whitney Haywood – Certified Dog Trainer
How long have you been a Certified Dog Trainer?
I became a certified dog trainer in 2006, I started working in the
animal behavior department at Jacksonville Humane Society a
year and a half ago.
Why did you choose this career?
While I was in college I adopted a puppy from the local shelter.
He was so mischievous and I didn’t know what to do! I sought
out training and wanted it to be positive. I met some trainers,
read articles and decided this is what I want to do. I love
working with dogs and helping people help their dogs. Since working at the shelter I am very
passionate about helping the shy and scared dogs/puppies become more confident and find
loving homes. It’s a rewarding career.
What kind of education did you get to become a Certified Dog Trainer?
I went to college for zoology, then went through animal behavior college to become a certified
dog trainer.
What are some of your responsibilities?
In the Behavior Department at JHS, I take and return calls/emails about issues people are
having with their pet(s), working with the dogs here at the shelter to keep their stay as stress
free as possible while they’re waiting to get adopted. I also work with the cats at shelter too!
The behavior department makes up daily enrichment ideas for the animals to keep them happy.
We do playgroups with the dogs to keep them exercised and social.
What do you like most about your job?
When working with people and their dogs, it’s knowing I helped them to work with their dog
and in turn that dog was not brought to the shelter. And here at the shelter is when I see a shy
dog come out of their shell and get adopted in to a loving home.
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Things to Do
2015 H.E.R.I. Bookbuster
June 27, 9:45am to 12noon
Homeschool bookbuster featuring used curriculum and other school materials. HERI members
can enter at 9am; general public enters at
9:45am. Entry fee is $2/person for members
and $3/person for non-members. HERI memberships start at $25/family per year. The sale
will be held at Hillcrest Baptist Church. Be sure
to bring cash! Credit and debit cards are not
accepted. Due to limited space, no strollers are
H.E.R.I. / 904-783-8197 / Hillcrest Baptist
Church, 7673 Collins Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32244
H.E.R.I Jax 2015 Curriculum Convention
July 24, 2pm to 8pm; July 25, 8:30am to 6pm
Local homeschool group H.E.R.I Jacksonville
hosts the 2015 Curriculum Convention. There
will be vendors, exhibitions, workshops, a kids
area, and more. Member pricing is $20 for
early registration, or $30 regular; non-members
are $30 in advance, or $40 late registration.
The convention will be held Friday, July 24, 2pm
to 8pm and Saturday, July 25, 8:30am to 6pm.
Only one registration per family is required.
Registration includes both days, July 24 and 25,
and there is no need to register for both days.
H.E.R.I. Jax / Prime Osborn Convention Center,
1000 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204 /
Visit for more event listings.
Four Reading Motivators for Teenage Boys
t’s no secret that state and national assessments continue to indicate that boys lag
behind girls in the area of reading. The gap tends
to grow larger as students enter adolescence. It’s
also no secret that many teenage boys dislike
reading in class or at home. Just ask a high
school teacher...or a teenage boy.
While it’s not true that all teenage boys dislike
reading, there is a growing trend of many
becoming unmotivated readers. Obviously,
students who are resistant to reading are unlikely
to get better at it. Here are four ideas for
motivating adolescent male readers.
Oftentimes, teachers emphasize the importance
of reading skills or reading content by saying,”
You will need this for the test,” or “You will need
this for college,” or “When you get to the real
world, you’ll need to be able to do this.” Well,
students are living in the real world right now,
and, for the most part, they have real concerns
about their lives that they want to solve. Many
boys (and teenagers overall) like to know how
learning impacts their lives in the moment, and
they are generally not concerned with how it
relates to an unclear future. We can make the
reading we choose more motivating by relating it
to the here and now. Survey your student to
determine what he wants to learn, and select
reading materials aligned with his interests. Have
him create products, presentations, or skits from
his reading materials. Many boys will readily
engage in activities that ask them to create
something meaningful or to perform for their
peers. Weaving literature and informational texts
around such topics can motivate, especially if
students have some voice in what the inquiry
topics will be.
In some schools, there is a narrow view of what
constitutes literacy. The primary focus of
secondary English language arts classes,
especially in high schools, is often the study of
literature. Boys engage in many other forms of
literacy that traditionally are not valued. Since
many boys do not read teacher-privileged literary
fiction texts at home, many of them classify
themselves as non-readers, even if they do
extensive reading from the Internet, magazines,
and newspapers.
One solution that can have tremendous positive
effects on motivation is incorporating self-select-
ed reading as part of the classroom. Conferring
with students individually over self-chosen
reading provides opportunities to validate and
support boy’s independent reading. Once you
have learned a bit more about your male’s
reading preferences, you can find texts with
similar genres, themes, or topics to include. You
can also better select texts for a library.
take turns reading, frequently stopping to discuss
their comprehension of the text. Sentence
starters can be used to help students initiate
those conversations.
Many educators believe that a Boy Code that
stems from an absence of positive male role
models, the massive influence of the media’s
distorted images of masculinity, and the fear of
being labeled feminine impacts reading motivation. Because girls generally develop literacy
skills at an earlier age, many boys perceive
Many boys need to feel like they can accomplish reading as a feminine activity. This perception
a task in order to even attempt it. Thus, goals
leads to some boys shunning reading. Since they
must be perceived as achievable in order for boys do not participate in school reading, they become
to feel competent. The most-motivating activities less proficient at it, which perpetuates their lack
offer success and demonstrate evidence of
of motivation. Some evidence of this claim is that
boys in wealthier areas generally report reading
more often and have higher reading assessment
Scaffolding and differentiation strategies can
scores because their fathers are likely to have
contribute to developing a sense of competence. jobs where literacy is valued. These boys are
For example, many teachers use Newsela, a site
more likely to view literacy as a masculine trait.
that allows the user to alter the reading complex- Especially for boys living in poverty, it is important
ity of recent news stories. Students can even
for male educators to discuss their reading and
self-select their own reading levels based upon
the importance of literacy in their lives. In
factors such as familiarity with the topic, their
addition, having successful and influential
reading purpose, and their comprehension.
community members share the ways they use
Another option for students is using social
reading can be enlightening to young men. j
scaffolding techniques such as Say Something.
Students can select reading partners and then
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Things to Do
Discover What You Need to Get That Dream Job
t’s summer. Time to kick back, relax and play a
few games. Wrong. Life is short. Take the bull
by the horns. Get on the right path. Begin
preparing for your dream job. If you do it right,
you may get it. The folks at have a
website to help you along. If you think you
already know what you want, find out what you
have to do to get it, whether you have the
aptitude for it and what it pays. If you are, like
most of us, still undecided, they will help you
explore your options with individual stories from
workers who provide a real-life glimpse into their
lives and their jobs.
A few samples:
Keoki Jackson and Bob Polutchko knew they’d
become rocket scientists from early on. “I was
born on July 22nd, 1969,” said Jackson. “Mom
used to talk about watching the Apollo moon
landing from the maternity ward with me in her
arms. Maybe that gave space exploration added
significance, but I clearly remember being very
affected when I saw pictures of the first drop-test
landing from Space Shuttle in the eighth grade.”
The connection was even more direct for Polutchko. “My father was an engineer on the Mars
Viking Lander mission, so aerospace engineering
was always a consideration,” he said.
Both Polutchko and Jackson earned advanced
degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
“I conducted before-and-after studies of astronauts on Shuttle missions to research how
humans interact with the space environment,”
Jackson said, “examining how people adapt
to zero gravity, how the brain takes sensory
information and puts it together. Now I’m with
Lockheed working on unmanned spacecraft for
communications and global navigation.”
the world, Hasch is regularly on the front lines
of professional sports competitions. Her images
have been used by such high-profile publications
as Sports Illustrated, the Sporting News, ESPN,
and the New York Times.
Hasch was never a big sports fan until she
became interested in photography. But when she
started working as the yearbook photographer in
high school, she enjoyed the challenges of capturing the action at sporting events - a passion
that has stayed with her.
After graduating from college, Hasch worked
six months at the Kansas City Star as a general
assignment photographer before realizing she
wanted to focus solely on sports.
Sports photographers can expect to work nights
and weekends, and travel heavily. Between
March and June, Hasch is rarely at home in her
St. Louis, Mo. apartment. “You really have to be
motivated and enjoy the pressure if you want to
succeed,” she said.
You wake up in the morning on a gorgeous
day, throw on a pair of shorts and sandals, and
head out to the river in a national park. You hear
whitewater rapids rumble in the background, as
you lather on suntan lotion. You get ready to put
a raft in the river for your trip through a scenic
gorge. But wait – you are not on vacation. You
just arrived for work.
Such preparations are part of the normal routine
for Tom Bashore, a river rafting guide for the
Rolling Thunder River Co. in Eastern Tennessee.
Bashore was working a construction job a few
years ago when he saw an ad in a newspaper for
a rafting guide training course given by the Colorado State Parks and Outdoor Recreation department. He paid the $600 fee and learned to lead
Polutchko researched cooperative control of two
whitewater rafting trips.In the western United
spacecraft on rendezvous in orbit for his master’s States, the weather allows for rafting only from
thesis. “Usually one spacecraft is passive and
May to August, so Bashore headed East where
chases the other down. He went on to work as a the season extends from March to October. He
guidance, navigation and control engineer on the landed with the Rolling Thunder River Co., which
Space Shuttle. Now he manages the development operates in two locations - on the Nantahala River
of guidance systems at the Charles Stark Draper in North Carolina and the Ocoee River in TennesLaboratory in Massachusetts.
see. He now manages the Ocoee post.
No doubt becoming a rocket scientist is the ultimate thrill for the mathematically and scientifically inclined, but getting there requires enormous
focus and intellectual application. While rocket
science used to be the preserve of white males,
recent enrollment of women and minorities in the
MIT aeronautics and astronautics program has
shown steep increases.
There is more to becoming a guide than just
paddling and telling jokes. As well as company
provided training, guides must also be certified
to provide First Aid and CPR. In addition, Bashore
has a Wilderness First Responder certification, a
course that is also standard for Outward Bound
leaders. Other guides in his company are certified
paramedics and have other medical certifications.
When Super Bowl XXXV kicked off at Raymond
James Stadium in Tampa, most football fans
cheered from the sofa. But not Elsa Hasch. She
was on the sidelines, armed only with sharp
elbows, grit - and a camera.
Guides must also be in peak physical condition,
because the work is physically demanding.
In addition to all the free river trips and kayaking
opportunities, the best part of the job for Bashore
is the freedom. “You can be yourself. You can be
an individual. You don’t have to wear a suit and
tie.” The fun can be short-lived, though. When
the rafting season ends in October, Bashore has
to find jobs for fall and winter. He heads to Michi-
As a sports photographer for Allsport, a company
that distributes sports photos to media around
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gan, where he works construction jobs, does
lawn work, and plows snow.
On average, you see one every three minutes.
You see thousands of them every year. Their slogans make their way into your slang, their jingles
get stuck in your brain when you can’t sleep.
They’re commercials. Ever think it would be fun
to make them? It is.
“I love being able to tell my parents to watch for a
commercial I produced,” says David, who’s done
spots for American Express, McDonald’s, Mountain Dew, Disneyland, and countless others.
He paid his dues as a production assistant, being
the first one on set and the last one to leave,
dropping the film off at the lab before going
home, and learning the process from the inside
out until he worked his way up to producer, a job
he’s held for the past three years.
Demystification of the process is one of the coolest things about the job.
For example, when you see a steaming bucket of
chicken on TV, chances are it isn’t hot—it’s poisonous. The food is first treated with chemical A.
When it’s time to shoot, chemical B is added, and
the chemical reaction causes it to look like it’s
steaming–but the aptly named “AB Smoke” looks
better and lasts longer than real steam. Tree
branches mounted on a power drill are reflected
in a car’s windshield to simulate movement, although the car is sitting on a soundstage. Luxury
cars are routinely cut in half to get close-ups of
the interiors.
The Downside: Long Hours, high Stress. Shoot
days often run to 16 hours or more, and making
sure the shoot comes in under budget, on time,
with no disasters, can take its toll. “I spend a lot
of time putting out fires. If someone gets hurt, I’m
in the emergency room with them. If the film gets
damaged at the lab, I’m the one they call at five
in the morning. My wife thinks I’m going to get an
ulcer, but I actually thrive on it.”
So the next time you’re watching TV and think to
yourself, “I could do that”...dream on! j
“Some of the best
memories are made
in flip flops”
– Kellie Elmore
Child & Babysitting Safety Course
9:30am to 2:30pm
June 6 – Christ’s Church,
6045 Greenland Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32258
June 17 – The Performer’s Academy,
3674 Beach Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32207
June 26 – Fort Caroline Christian Church,
7535 Ft. Caroline Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32277
July 11 – Christ’s Church, 5900 US 17 South,
Fleming Island, FL, 32003
This course is Child & Babysitting Safety, for youth ages
11-16. This course offers an official Babysitting Safety
certification card from the American Safety & Health
Institute. Cost is $45 with a $2.12 online fee. Register
online in advance. Safety First CPR & Safety Training /
Self-Defense Workshop for Women
June 8, 3:30pm to 5pm
Sgt. Mike Lutz of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Department will hold a Self-Defense Workshop for Women.
Teens 11 and up are welcome to attend. No advance
registration is necessary.
Flagler County Public Library / 2500 Palm Coast Parkway NW, Palm Coast, FL 32137 /
Painting With a Twist Teen Art Time
2:30pm to 5:30pm
June 16, June 18, July 7, July 9, July 21, July 23
Painting With a Twist hosts Teen Art Time for ages 10
to 18. Cost is $40; register online in advance. Painting
With a Twist / 904-399-8399 / 1525 San Marco Blvd,
Jacksonville, FL 32207 /
Job 101 – Job Opportunity Basics For Youth
June 17, 6pm to 8pm
The purpose of this course is to give youth ages 12-17
a hands-on experience with the finer points of finding,
getting and maintaining a job. This fun and interactive
workshop is led by Tukz Taaca, the Co-Owner and Lead
Instructor for Safety First CPR & Safety Training. Tukz
has been in the workforce for over twenty-five years
and has worked for well-recognized companies such
as: Winn-Dixie, Walt Disney World, American Red Cross,
Lego and the YMCA. He spent much of his career as an
Aquatics Director and was involved in the interviewing
and hiring young lifeguards and swim instructors and
he saw a lot of the “good, the bad and the ugly” when
it came to youth interviewing and job prep skills. Help
your child get a leg up on the competition by taking
this course and gaining a mature perspective on what
should and should not be done when trying to get hired.
Cost is $25, plus a $1.62 online fee.
Safety First CPR & Safety Training / The Performer’s
Academy, 3674 Beach Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32207 /
Summer 2015 Jr. Lifeguard Programs
June 1st -June 4th or July 6th–10th
For 8 to 11 year olds
June 15th-19th or July 20th–24th
For 12to 15 year olds
These are introductory programs that teach skills such
as personal water safety, basic rescue techniques,
ocean aquatic safety techniques, and others. The Introductory Jr. Lifeguard Program is administered through
the Parks & Recreation Department, while the Jr. Beach
Guard Program is administered through Fernandina
Beach Ocean Rescue, a division of the Fernandina
Beach Fire Department. Both programs are offered
during the summer only (May – July). Cost is $150 City
residents; $187 Non-City residents. Pre-requisites are
required in order to register for either program. Register at the Atlantic Recreation Center. City of Fernandina
Beach / 904-310-3350 /
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Sniffing Out the Best Pet Friendly Hotels
road trip really is better when you have a
furry friend beside you. However, many pet
parents feel concerned about taking their pets
along when they travel. One big reason is concern
about finding pet friendly accommodations to
stay along the way.
Kim Salerno, President & Founder of, has traveled extensively with her pets.
She knows the ins and outs of finding a great
hotel to accommodate everyone’s needs, and she
assures pet parents that it’s easier than they
might think.
Red Roof Inn
Any hotel with a motto like “You Stay Happy, Pets
Stay Free” is going to mean great things for your
pet. Red Roof Inn has 345 locations, and each
one allows guests to bring one pet, at no extra
charge. “This is a truly pet friendly place,” asserts
Kim. “They even have a fun Facebook page
called Red Roof Luvs Pets.”
La Quinta Inns & Suites
La Quinta balances the best of two worlds:
“I have found many gracious, accommodating pet high-quality service and a high-end feel, at a
friendly hotels, in every type and every price
reasonable, affordable price.
range,” she affirms. Here are Kim’s top choices,
La Quinta also expertly
based on pet policies, fees, amenities and her
balances the needs of
overall personal experience.
people and their pets. All of
their locations allow
It’s important to note that no matter where you
guests to stay with up to
two pets, with no fee and
go, hotels only welcome pets that are properly
socialized and well-behaved, and in places where no breed or weight
restrictions. Pets can
they are not prohibited by law.
even stay alone in your room, if they behave
themselves. “I personally have stayed at La
Quinta a number of times,” notes Kim. “The staff
Motel 6
members were always very welcoming, and
It’s iconic and – more importantly for pet travel
there were always treats at the front desk.”
– it’s everywhere. “You can find a Motel 6 along
every major highway in the U.S., Kim notes. “Not Candlewood Inn & Suites
only is it a bargain and a convenient place to stay, Candlewood endears itself to pet parents in many
it’s a great choice for four legged friends.” Pets of ways. “This is a great hotel for extended stays
any size and breed, even multiple pets, are
with pets,” says Kim. “Every location allows
allowed to stay here at no extra charge.
multiple pets of up to 80 pounds each. There is a
Things to Do
Florida Yacht Club / 904-387-1653 / 5210 Yacht
Club Road, Jacksonville, FL 32210 / www.
Intermediate Obedience Class
Mondays, 10am to 10:45am
Basic on lead obedience skills required. No commitment, $10 per class. Ongoing (minimum of 4
dogs per class required).
My Pet Camp / 904-829-6165 / 1195 Thompson
Bailey Road, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / www.
Nassau Humane Society
June 6, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
An evening of food and drink pairings in the
Courtyard at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit the Nassau
Humane Society.
Nassau Humane Society / 904-321-1647 /
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Ave,
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 /
Pet Events
Yappy Hour
June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24, July 1,
July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29
5:30pm to 7:30pm
This is a chance for you and your K9 companion
to mix and mingle. Dog Trainer Sara Mercer will
be in attendance and don’t forget to BYOB (Bring
Your Own Bone). Plan to stay for dinner on the
Patio and enjoy FYC’s Famous Fried Chicken. All
dogs must stay on their leash.
Jacksonville Pet Food Bank Food Distribution
June 13, 10am to 1pm
The Jacksonville Pet Food Bank provides about
a one month supply of cat or dog food for up to
4 dogs and 5 cats per household, for those who
qualify. Food will be given out on scheduled
distribution days between 10am and 1pm. It is
not necessary to come early and stand in line.
There will be enough food for each event, and
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pet fee, but it’s pretty reasonable. It goes by a
sliding scale that depends on how long you stay.”
It’s the little things that count, though: each
location offers a designated dog relief area,
complete with waste bags. Well-behaved pets are
allowed to stay in rooms unattended. In addition,
the hotel provides pet parents with a magnet to
put on their doors, which lets the Candlewood
staff know that that your pet is a guest in the
W Hotels
This luxury hotel gives both humans and pets the
royal treatment Their P.A.W.,
or Pets are Welcome
program, delights fourlegged guests with a
welcome packet, which
features toys, treats, a
specialized W Hotels pet
tag, waste bags, and a
list of pet services
offered by the hotel. Rooms that host pets provide
them with a custom pet bed, food and water
bowls, and tasty turndown treats made just for
The hotel does have a $25 pet fee, and a
nonrefundable $100 cleaning fee. However, Kim
has personally found the added expense to be
worth it. “If you really want to travel well, and
you’re going to pull out all the stops, the services
this hotel provides are definitely worth the fees.”
the shortest wait time is after 11am.
• You must meet income qualifications (Details
are on the website)
• You must provide proof of spay/neuter for
each pet. If your pet(s) have not been spayed or
neutered, those services can also be provided at
no cost to you.
• Please provide proof of income qualifications &
photo identification.
• Bring container/bag for each pets food.
• Please do not bring pets to the distrubition
Food will only be given out on designated distribution dates.
First Coast No More Homeless Pets Clinic / 6817
Norwood Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32208 / www.
Ayla’s Acres at the Downtown Bazaar
June 13, 6pm to 10pm
Ayla’s Acres will have a booth at the Downtown
Bazaar, located on the Colonial Quarter property at 33 St. George Street, in St. Augustine’s
Historic District. They will be selling arts and
Only one pet per room is allowed, and the hotel
does insist on a 40-pound weight limit.
This hotel company really goes above and beyond
to accommodate every type of pet. In fact,
Kimpton’s motto is “if your pet fits through the
door, we’ll welcome them in.” Kimpton has a
range of boutique hotels in a wide variety of
locations, and they have no restrictions on the
breed, weight, or even type of pet that is
welcome. “The staff at the Kimpton Firesky in
Scottsdale told me that of one of their regular
guests frequently visited with her pot-bellied pig,”
notes Kim. If you don’t have a pet to bring along,
but you wish you did, no worries -- the hotel will
provide you with a pet fish in your room.
Loews Hotels
Loews Hotels is all about luxury, for people and
their pets. Its Loews Loves Pets Program provides
pets with welcome gifts, such as a name tag, a
bowl, and tasty treats. The hotel will gladly walk
your pet, petsit, or loan you a pet bed, or even a
scratching post. Kim’s favorite amenity? Room
service. “They have a special doggie room
service menu with vet-approved selections that
my pets love,” she says. “We enjoy relaxing and
dining in together, especially during a hectic trip.”
Loews does have a limit of two pets per room,
and pet fees begin at $25, and vary from hotel to
hotel. j
crafts made by volunteers and donors. There will
also be animals available for adoption, as well
as information about Ayla’s Acres and ways that
you can help. The Downtown Bazaar is a local
music, arts and food festival. Admission is free.
Ayla’s Acres / Colonial Quarter, 33 St. George
Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084 /
Mega Adoption Event
July 17 – 19, 10am to 6pm
First Coast No More Homeless Pets hosts a
Mega Adoption Event with lots of adoptable
pets. Free entry, free parking. Adoption fee on
all pets. The adoption fee includes spay/neuter,
microchip, vaccines, and city license. Adoption
hours are 10 am – 6 pm.
First Coast No More Homeless Pets / Jacksonville Fairgrounds, 510 Fairgrounds Place
Jacksonville, FL 32202 /
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Theatre on a Mission Benefit Performance
June 1, 7pm
Your favorite Princes and Princesses will perform
in a comedy, in one show only. With the help of
two fairy Godmothers the Royals must work together to help the Children of Costa Rica. Tickets
are $15. Event includes a live and silent auction
of items donated by the community. Theatre On
a Mission is a student-driven service project,
focused on bringing the joy of theatre to children
who might never get the opportunity to experience it. Alhambra Theatre & Dining / 904-6411212 / 12000 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32246
The Luau at Adventure Landing
June 5, 6pm to 10pm
Kick off the Summer Island-Style, at Adventure
Landing. From 6pm-10pm there will be an
Authentic Polynesian Show & Night Swim at
Shipwreck Island Waterpark until 11pm. Featured performer is Prince Pele Polynesian Revue,
featuring Steel Drums, Hulas, Limbo, Fire Dancers
& More. Cost is $19.99, which includes show &
waterpark until 11pm. Season Passholders pay
$9.99. Tickets are available for purchase online.
Adventure Landing / 904-246-4386 / 1944 Beach
Blvd, Jacksonville Beach FL 32250 /
2015 Kids Fest
June 5 – 6, 11am to 5pm
The Town of Orange Park hosts Kids Fest, with
creative and interactive activities, storytelling,
hands-on workshops and educational displays,
cultural experiences, arts and crafts, costumed
characters and more. Parents and children
can participate in imagination stations, shows
and displays that will be on site. This event is
designed with children 12 and younger in mind.
Free admission. There will be a mixture of free
and minimal charge activities available at the
event. Town of Orange Park / 904-264-2635 /
Town Hall Park, 2042 Park Avenue Orange Park
FL 32073 /
the grounds of the Fountain of Youth.
Drake’s Raid / Fountain of Youth Archeological
Park, 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine, FL 32084 /
Junior Jags Day at OTA
June 8, 11am to 2pm
Junior Jags members are invited down to the
Florida Blue Practice Fields. Members will have
exclusive access to this member-only event to
watch as their favorite team prepares for the upcoming season. Email [email protected] to
RSVP for this event by June 1st. As with all Junior
Jags events, each member can bring one adult
guest with them to this exclusive event. Checkin begins at 11am. Members will have a limited
opportunity for player autographs.
Junior Jags / Everbank Field, Florida Blue Practice Fields, 1 Everbank Field Drive, Jacksonville,
FL 32202 /
World’s Largest Swimming Lesson – Adventure Landing • June 18, 10am
The nation’s top water safety and training organizations will join forces to present The World’s
Largest Swimming Lesson. The event’s purpose
is to build awareness about the vital importance
of teaching children to swim in an effort to prevent drowning. On June 18th, waterparks, pools,
and other aquatic facilities around the world
will host local WLSL lessons simultaneously at
10:00am Eastern Standard Time in an attempt to
break the Guinness World Record.
Adventure Landing, Beaches / 904-246-4386 /
1944 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach FL 32250 /
City of Palm Coast / Frieda Zamba Pool, 339
Parkview Drive Palm Coast, FL 32164 / www. Note: Registration begins at
Bowling for Rhinos
June 19, 6pm; June 20, 12noon
One Hundred percent of the proceeds from the
event go directly to three wildlife sanctuaries.
A $25 registration fee includes three games of
Kids Day at Riverside Arts Market
bowling and shoe rental. Registration form is
June 6, 10am to 4pm
available online at . You can
Join Riverside Arts Market and
either mail in the form or bring it to the event. Adin celebrating being a kid! RAM will be full of
vanced registration is recommended. There will
kid-friendly entertainment and activities such as
also be a silent auction, raffle, and more. Event
the Children’s Creativity Corner, balloon artists
location is Batt Family Fun Center on Cassat Ave.
and face painters. Entertainment will be geared
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens / 904-757-4463
towards kids – making sure there’s plenty for
/ Batt Family Fun Center, 1838 Cassat Avenue,
them to do. Special booth spaces will be occupied Jacksonville, Florida 32210 / www.jacksonvilleby local businesses and organizations of interest
to families with children. Riverside Arts Market /
715 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204 /
3rd Annual Community First Seawalk Music
Festival • June 20, 12noon to 10pm
The 3rd Annual Community First Seawalk Music
Drake’s Raid
Festival celebrates local resources with all local
June 6, 10am to 7pm
artists, crew, volunteers, and food vendors. This
During the 28th reenactment of Sir Francis
free one-day event is held at the beach at the
Drake’s Raid on old San Agustín, a 16th century- Seawalk Pavilion located on 1st Street N., just
style military encampment will be open to the
behind Jacksonville Beach City Hall. Hear some
public at the Fountain of Youth Park and will play of the best up-and-coming talent from the First
host to drills, demonstrations and living history
Coast, and taste and experience the great offerinterpretation until 5pm . The reenactment of the ings from our local vendors and mobile eateries.
sacking and burning of the town will commence
City of Jacksonville Beach / Sea Walk Pavilion,
at 7pm at the Old City Gates and ending in the
11 1st St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 /
Plaza. After the town was looted and burned
by Drake’s men, the Spanish returned to rebuild
upon the same streets you walk on today. Camping will be available in designated locations on
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America’s Birthday Express
June 27, 10am to 4pm
July 4, 10am to 4pm
The St. Marys Railroad America’s Birthday
Express excursion. This heart touching experience guided by some of America’s most revered
figures will make you so very proud to be an
American. Tickets for open air railcar rides are
: Adults $17, Children (3-12) $11, and Children
under 2 free. There is a processing fee that will
be added to the price of the ticket.
St. Marys Railroad / 912-200-5235 / 1000
Osborne Street, St. Marys, GA, 31558 / www.
World Golf Village Fireworks, Dinner and a
Movie • July 3, 5:30pm to 10pm
World Golf Village celebrates Independence Day
with its annual Community Fireworks-one of the
largest displays in Northeast Florida. Join Fairways Cafe for dinner before priority seating for
the showing of Terminator Genisys. Fireworks
begin after the movie. Tickets are available
for purchase in advance. The fireworks show
is open to the public, and purchasing dinner
tickets are not required to view the fireworks.
World Golf Hall of Fame / 904-940-4123 / 1
World Golf Place, St. Augustine, FL 32092 /
Fireworks in the Park
July 3, 9pm to 10pm
The City of Palm Coast hosts Fireworks in the
City of Palm Coast / Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Avenue Palm Coast, FL 32137 /
Jacksonville Zoo BOGO admission
July 4 and July 5
Buy One Get One Free admission to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens on July 4th and 5th.
Free ticket must be of equal or lesser value.
Coupon required. Visit website for coupon.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens / 904-757/4463
/ 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218 /
Celebration Run 5K and One Mile Fun Run
July 4, 7:30am to 11am
The Celebration 5K is an early morning run/walk
for the entire family. There will be free food, including lots of watermelon, and fun for all ages.
Pick up an American Flag at the starting line to
run with to celebrate Independence Day. There
is also a one mile fun run for the kids. Entry
fees for the 5K range from $20 to $30; Children
under 13 receive $5 off for the 5K through June
20th. 1 mile fun run fees are $10. The 5K is at
7:30am and the 1 mile fun run starts at 8:30am.
Finisher medals to all finishers in the 5K and 1
Mile Fun Run.
1st Place Sports / 3931 Baymeadows Road,
Jacksonville, FL 32217 / www.1stplacesports.
Independence Day Ceremony
July 4, 8am to 9am
Celebrate the July 4th holiday with neighbors,
family and friends at the City’s Annual ceremony.
City of Palm Coast / Heroes Memorial Park,
2860 Palm Coast Parkway Palm Coast, FL
32137 /
American Pride 4th of July
July 4, 10am to 9pm
Moosehaven hosts American Pride 4th of July,
with live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors,
food vendors and more.
Moosehaven / 1701 Park Avenue, Orange Park,
FL 32073 /
Jekyll Island Independence Day Celebration
July 4
Family friendly Jekyll Island Independence Day
Celebration, followed by fireworks viewing from
the Jekyll Island Convention Center.
Golden Isles / 912-635-2074 / Jekyll Island
Convention Center, 75 N. Beachview Dr. Jekyll
Island, GA 31527 /
Brunswick’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July
July 4, 7pm
Brunswick’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July
Celebration takes place in Mary Ross Waterfront
Park in Downtown Brunswick starting at 7pm
on Saturday, July 4th. There will be free watermelon slices for everyone, music in the air, and
plenty of old-fashioned games like sack races,
water balloon tossing, and hula hoop contests,
along with prizes for the winners. Then at dark,
a fireworks display explodes over the East River.
For more information, call 912-262-6934.
Golden Isles / 912-262-6934 /Mary Ross
Waterfront Park, Bay Street at Gloucester St.,
Brunswick, GA 31520 /
Fireworks From the Top
July 4, 9pm to 10pm
Celebrate 4th of July at the top of the St.
Augustine Lighthouse with a view of the skyline
and fireworks. The event begins with the viewing of the sunset over the Atlantic, followed by
fireworks when darkness sets. Please arrive
by 8:45pm for check in. Adults are $40 and
children under 12 are $35. Space is limited.
Reserve your space online in advance.
St. Augustine Lighthouse / 904-829-0745 / 81
Lighthouse Ave St. Augustine, FL 32080 / www.
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activities listed in this guide are subject to change without notice. Visit for updated
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