Page 1

Visit us online at

In this issue: Birthday Parties and Summer Camps


April 2017

Page 2 • • APRIL 2017



April 2017


Dear Readers,


Community Profile: The North Florida School of Special Education Turns 25 ......................................................................4 Celebrate Earth Day, Visit a Park................................................................4

pring is a wonderful time of year - summer is just around the corner, there are lots of spring time events happening around our city, Easter is April 16th and we celebrate Earth Day this month. This issue of Jax4Kids’ newspaper is filled with useful information on these and many other topics.


Juvenile Arthritis Treatments Available.......................................................6 Don’t Let Poison Ivy Catch You Off Guard......................................................6 Save Some Green This Spring...................................................................7 Things to Do: Health & Safety ...................................................................7

Let’s start with all of the great events you can enjoy this month. Disney On ice will be at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena April 13 -16 featuring your favorite Disney characters from Toy Story, Cars, Frozen and more. You can save $5 on tickets by using the code J4K17. See page 31 for details. One of our favorite events, which we are proud to sponsor each year, is the Butterfly Festival at Tree Hill Nature Center. If you’ve never been, mark your calendar for April 29th. Learn more about the Butterfly Festival and Tree Hill Nature center at Tree Hill is one of the many area locations to enjoy spring time in North Florida. Another is beautiful Big Talbot Island. Earth Day is Saturday, April 22nd. If you want to spend the day appreciating nature, Big Talbot Island would be a great place to spend it. Turn to page 4 to learn more about this gem of a place.


Checklist for Hearing Loss.........................................................................8 Things to Do: Infant & Toddler...................................................................8

Each year we present the most popular birthday party themes and they’re in this issue. You’ll find them on pages 12 - 15 along with a how to guide for making treats, goody bags, decorations and more plus, gift ideas. We have a great online resource to help you find all kinds of entertainers, places to party and more at Check out our Pinterest boards at Jax4Kids too. Enjoy your Spring!

Until next month, Adventure Landing Waterpark is open and you can save $3 off admission plus get a FREE game of Mini golf and 100 arcade tokens by clipping the coupons on page 15. Adventure Landing will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at all three of their locations. Turn to page 29 for details on these and other Easter events and visit our online Easter events guide at for a complete list of Easter events and brunches. You’ll also find our Summer Camps Guide online now at Turn to pages 16 - 19 where you’ll find information on a variety of great summer camps for your kids! Alison Peters-Carlson Editor

Follow us... Alison Peters-Carlson Editor....................................... Linda Bigbee Graphic Tim Chavez Graphic Designer........................................... Judi Fields Circulation Beth Canonica Advertising Sales.................................... Donna Paunetto Advertising Sales.............................. Doug Berle Advertising Sales......................................... Mary Gustafson Business Manager............................... Published by Child Enrichment, LLC, 12620-3 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246. Copyright 2017. Reproduction of any artwork or copy prepared by To Go is strictly prohibited without written consent of the publisher. We will not be responsible for any errors and/or omissions. The Publisher’s liability for error will not exceed the cost of space occupied by the error. Articles for publication are welcome and may be sent to For more information concerning advertising, call 904-710-2020 or e-mail


Why I’m Ok With the “Autism” Label .......................................................10 Summer Camps Special Needs ..............................................................10 Things to Do: Special Needs ...................................................................11


Popular Birthday Party Themes .........................................................12-14 STEM Generation Building Toys ..............................................................14 Affordable, Fun, and Educational Birthday Gifts: Think STEM ....................15



Dual Enrollment: Right for Your Kids? ......................................................20 That’s MY Job! Tonya McCain, Program Manager, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens ........................................................20 The Best Jobs .......................................................................................21 Things to Do: Education .........................................................................21 Predictor of College Success: True Grit! ..................................................23 Time to Manage Time ............................................................................23


Latrece Brown Named 2017 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year...............................24


Open Enrollment on Tap..........................................................................25 Fair Scholarship Winners Named ............................................................25 Fleming Island’s Davis Wins State ...........................................................25 A Look at the Real World ........................................................................25

ST. JOHNS COUNTY SCHOOL NEWS Mitchell Named School-Related Employee of the Year .............................26 He’s Back! .............................................................................................26 Science Fair Winners .............................................................................26 2016-2017 School-Related Employees of the Year..................................26


Where Are You Going to School Next Year?..............................................27 Things to Do: Teens................................................................................27


A Tongue With A Purpose........................................................................28 Give Him a Halo......................................................................................28 Things to Do: Pet Events.........................................................................28

EASTER EVENTS ����������������������������������������������������������������29 THINGS TO DO ���������������������������������������������������������������� 30-31 APRIL 2017 • •

Page 3


Community Profile:

The North Florida School Of Special Education Turns 25


t’s been 25 years since The North Florida School of Special Education opened its doors for special needs students between the ages of 6 and 22 with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. It has passed many milestones along the way including a post-graduate program for young adults between the ages of 22 and 40. Now with enrollment sitting around 150 students and post graduates for the 2016-2017 school year, a campaign is underway to expand the facilities on its 8-acre campus on Mill Creek Road in Arlington. The expansion will allow a much-sought-after boost in enrollment and an equine therapy program.

The $6 million Angel of the Woods campaign, named for a wooded tract next to the current campus where the new facilities will be located, will fund a new 32,000 square-foot building with eight classrooms, a fine-arts center, a gymnasium, an infirmary, library and café/lounge, as well as individual rooms for sensory, physical, speech and occupational therapy, and a commercial teaching kitchen for the school’s culinary arts program, which supports Berry Good Farms On The Go, a food truck that features products from the school’s horticulture division and Barkin’ Biscuits, a vocational training program that has quickly grown into a robust retail dog treat business. It will also include a therapeutic equestrian center with a four-stable horse barn, tack room and office. The campaign kicked off with what Capital Campaign Manager Kit Thomas calls “the silent phase” last June. It got a little more noisy in November with a $1 million donation from local philanthropist Delores Barr Weaver. The equestrian center will bear her name. Thomas said that they are now close to raising half of the goal. The Dubow Family Foundation just recently made a $500,000 commitment, she said, naming the physical education complex. To get involved in the Angel in the Woods campaign download the brochure or contact Thomas at or call 904-724-8323. The aggressive team at the school are no strangers to fund-raising and innovation. In 2011 they established Berry Good Farms, an urban, fully organic farm featuring a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs, as well as hydroponics and aquaponics, vertical grow poles, a 30×60 greenhouse for herbs, veggie starts and

Page 4 • • APRIL 2017

microgreens and an air-conditioned growing shed for wheatgrass, with the goal of growing into a self-sustaining, viable compensated industry for students and post-graduates of the school who continue to strive for independence and productivity. In 2014 they opened Barkin’ Bisquits, an all-natural dog treat baking operation that provides transition students, post-graduates and other young adults with intellectual disabilities in the community another form of vocational training and income. For more info about these efforts see Meanwhile, back at the school, the Power of 25 annual fund campaign invites you to join in to celebrate the accomplishments achieved over the past 25 years. Investments in the Power of 25 are directed towards the development and success of the school’s academic, operations, enrichment, transition, vocational training and resource therapy programs. For info, contact Director of Development Melanie Jensen at mjenson@ or call 904-724-8323 ext. 222.

In October, it was the annual “Red, White and Blues” festival on the St. Johns River. In January, it was “Dinner on the Farm” where guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner at the Arlington campus. In February, it was the “Heart of the Runway” fundraiser at the San Marco boutique of Linda Cunningham. In March, it was the “Mooveit 5K” fundraising run. This month, it’s the inaugural “Country Fair Jamboree & Walk a Country Mile” fundraiser. The family-friendly event on Saturday, April 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. will include a live country band, games, rides, their “famous” fish fry, BBQ, pony rides, a country store, saloon and more. In May, it will be “River Hops” beer pairing dinner on the St. Johns. So come on down and get involved. j

Celebrate Earth Day, Visit a Park


ig Talbot Island seems to be one of Jacksonville, Florida’s best kept secrets. The area is very desolate, while this state park offers an abundance of things to do, including hiking and biking trails, fishing and plenty of beach to roam. Venturing along the industrialized highway leading to Big Talbot Island will have one wondering how there could be any hope for a natural experience on the outskirts of Jacksonville. However, just 14 miles from the busy interstate, Big Talbot Island has plenty of hiking and biking trails, fishing holes, camping spots and areas for water sports. The quarter of a mile Blackrock Trail takes visitors through the woods, thick with palm fronds and oaks, to an incredible beach decorated with huge, twisting drift wood. The giant trees lying lifeless on the beach with roots stretched up towards the sky make for an eerily picturesque atmosphere. It almost feels as though you’re wandering through a boneyard. The driftwood offers a natural playground for climbing and balancing. There is a fairly small, steep drop off that you climb down (or slide down the sand) to reach the beach, but if you can walk out to it, I have confidence you

can make your way down. Be aware of the tide, though, because this can prevent you from being able to explore as far as you might like. The state park has the tide schedule posted at the entrance of Little Talbot Island, which is just three miles from the parking area for Blackrock Trail. During the winter and fall, this is a secluded and beautiful place to walk and fish. Sea sports, such as kayaking, swimming and kite-boarding can also be exciting things to do on Big Talbot Island in the summer and spring. Parking is right off of the road and costs $3. It is run on an honor system. There is a box for your payment and a tag to hang in your vehicle. If you’re looking to camp on Big Talbot Island, primitive camping and RV and tent camp sites, as well as cabins are available for a fee. You can reserve a spot here at j Amber Locke

Children’s Art Classes Summer Workshops • 904.612.7557 Baymeadows location

Orange Park location

Student name___________________________________Age_____ Parent Name_____________________________________________ Cell Phone__________________Home Phone__________________ Mailing Address__________________________________________ Email Address____________________________________________

Student name___________________________________Age_____ Parent Name_____________________________________________ Cell Phone__________________Home Phone__________________ Mailing Address__________________________________________ Email Address____________________________________________

Workshops requested: June 12 - 16 (PLACE LETTER ON LINE) June 19 - 23 June 26 - July 3 July 10 - 14

Workshops requested: June 13 - 16 (PLACE LETTER ON LINE) June 20 - 23 June 27 - 30 July 11 - 14

____ ____ ____ ____

____ ____ ____ ____

____ ____ ____ ____

____ ____ ____ ____

____ ____ ____ ____

____ ____ ____ ____

____ ____ ____ ____

____ ____ ____ ____

Please use LETTER of workshop from summer workshop schedule (ex. A, B, C, ETC.) Up to 4 workshops each week may be selected. (Each workshop selected will meet MONDAY through Friday at given time.) Cost is $82/per 5-day workshop, and includes all supplies. $20 deposit per 5-day workshop is due with registration. BALANCE to be paid on FIRST DAY of workshop.

Please use LETTER of workshop from summer workshop schedule (ex. A, B, C, ETC.) Up to 3 workshops each week may be selected. (Each workshop selected will meet TUESDAY through Friday at given time.) Cost is $82/per 4-day workshop, and includes all supplies. $20 deposit per 4-day workshop is due with registration. BALANCE to be paid on FIRST DAY of workshop.

Mail registration form and deposit to: All workshops MEET at: Children’s Art Classes 8411 Baymeadows Way 9838 Old Baymeadows Rd. #330 Jacksonville, FL 32256 Jacksonville, FL 32256 **You will be notified ONLY if your requested workshop is full**

Mail registration form and deposit to: All workshops MEET at: Children’s Art Classes 1406 Kingsley Ave 11250 Old St. Augustine Rd.#15310 Orange Park, FL 32073 Jacksonville, FL 32257 **You will be notified ONLY if your requested workshop is full**

CUT 2017 SUMMER WORKSHOP SCHEDULE: BAYMEADOWS WAY JUNE 12-16 A. Beginning Drawing 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. ages 7 - ADULT B. Charcoal Drawing 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. ages 7 - ADULT C. Drawing, Painting and CLAY: famous ARTISTS! 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. ages 8 - ADULT D. CLAY for TINY HANDS! 12:45 - 2:00 p.m. ages 3 - 7 JUNE 19-23 E. DRAWING and PAINTING for TINY HANDS 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. ages 3 - 5 F. PAINTING for Young Artists 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. ages 4 - 7 G. PAINTING LANDSCAPES in Water Colors 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ages 7 and up H. CLAY CREATIONS!! 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. ages 7 and up JULY 26 - 30 I. STAIN GLASS for CHILDREN!! 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. ages 5 and up J. PASTELS: SELF - PORTRAIT 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. ages 7 and up K. PAINTING ON CANVAS: Colorful Chameleans! 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. ages 7 and up L. 3–D ANIMAL portraits in CLAY! 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ages 8 and up JULY 10-14 M. BEGINNING DRAWING 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. ages 7 and up N. PAINTING ON CANVAS!! 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. ages 7 - 12 O. SCRATCHBOARD ANIMAL ART! 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. ages 7 and up P. “ALL ABOUT ME” COLLAGE 12:45 - 2:00 p.m. ages 8 - ADULT

2017 SUMMER WORKSHOP SCHEDULE: ORANGE PARK JUNE 13-16 A. BEGINNING DRAWING 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. B. DRAWING, PAINTING & CLAY: Art History 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. C. CLAY for TINY HANDS!! 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. JUNE 20-23 D. PAINTING a Landscape in Water Colors! 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. E. STAIN GLASS for CHILDREN!!! 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. F. DRAW, PAINT, and CLAY: Art History 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. JULY 27 - 30 G. CHARCOAL DRAWING!! 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. H. PAINTING for YOUNG ARTISTS 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. I. AFRICAN MASKS in CLAY!! 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. JULY 11-14 J. PAINTING ON CANVAS: COLORFUL CHAMELEONS! 10:00 - 11:30 a.m K. “ALL ABOUT ME” COLLAGE!! 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. L. DRAWING WITH SCRATCH BOARD!! 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

ages 7 - ADULT ages 7 - ADULT ages 3 - 6 ages 7 and up ages 4-8 ages 7 and up ages 7 - ADULT ages 5 and up ages 7 and up ages 6 - 10 ages 7 and up ages 7 - ADULT

APRIL 2017 • •

Page 5

HEALTH & SAFETY Juvenile Arthritis Treatments Available


rthritis is a disease that mostly affects older people, right? Not necessarily.

Juvenile arthritis is one of the most common chronic illnesses affecting children. In fact, nearly 300,000 youngsters nationwide have been diagnosed with the disease. The most common symptoms include joint pain, inflammation (swelling), tenderness and stiffness. One early sign may be limping in the morning. Nikolay Nikolov, a rheumatologist and clinical team leader at the Food and Drug Administration, says that children with juvenile arthritis and their parents have reason to be optimistic. In the last several years, new therapies have been developed by drug companies and approved by the FDA that moderate the effects and control the disease, likely preventing significant disability in later years. While no one knows exactly what causes juvenile arthritis, scientists do know it is an autoimmune disorder. The immune system, which normally helps the body fight infection, attacks the body’s own tissue. There are several subgroups of juvenile arthritis. Known collectively as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), these diseases start before age 16 and cause swelling in one or more joints lasting at least six weeks. JIA affects large joints such as knees, wrists, and ankles as well as small joints. Polyarticular JIA, the largest JIA subgroup, affects many joints. Another subgroup is Systemic JIA, which affects the whole body, and usually causes fever and skin rashes. In the past, the first line of treatment for children with juvenile arthritis has been to relieve pain and inflammation with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Children with severe juvenile arthritis have been treated also with drugs that suppress the body’s immune response such as corticosteroids and methotrexate. But polyarticular and systemic JIA are now also treated with newer medicines called biologics, which are manufactured in or extracted from biological sources. “As science at the molecular level has advanced, we’ve learned more about what drives arthritis— the mechanism of the disease—and we are able to identify important targets,” Nikolov says. These targets include cytokines (molecules that control and drive inflammation in the body) such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF), interleukins (IL), and other naturally occurring proteins involved in stimulating the body’s immune response. Biologics used in the treatment of juvenile arthritis are generally given intravenously or subcutaneously (under the skin), and usually are taken for years. Different biologics tend to work

Page 6 • • APRIL 2017

better for different subgroups of the disease. In recent years, FDA has approved several of these treatments. Here are their names, the type of JIA they treat and approval dates: • Humira (adalimumab) for polyarticular JIA, February 2008 • Orencia (abatacept) for polyarticular JIA, April 2008 • Enbrel (etanercept) for polyarticular JIA, May 1999 • Actemra (tocilizumab) for systemic JIA, April 2011 and polyarticular JIA, April 2013 • Ilaris (canakinumab) for systemic JIA, May 2013. “In addition to improving the signs, symptoms and physical functioning of patients, many of these biologics have been shown to reduce joint destruction in adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a disease that is related to juvenile arthritis, and thus to change the natural history of the disease,” Nikolov says. While researchers don’t yet have a lot of long-term safety information on use of these drugs in children, there is significant experience with their use in adults with RA. Biologics used for the treatment of patients with juvenile arthritis are potent drugs that suppress the immune system and can increase the risk of serious infections, including opportunistic (unusual) infections and tuberculosis. Expanding Use of New Treatments to Children When a drug is found to benefit adults with RA in large clinical trials, drug manufacturers may study it in children with juvenile arthritis to find out if the drug works for them too. In addition, FDA considers the known and potential risks of the drug to determine whether its benefits in treating juvenile arthritis outweigh these risks. “It’s possible that safety issues might come up in kids that we have not found in adults. For example, these drugs may affect the developing body and immune system in children, and that may warrant changes in the labels to let both health care providers and patients know what are the risks involved, and how to recognize and respond to potential problems,” Nikolov says. Meantime, scientists continue to work on improving existing treatments for children and search for new treatments that will work better with fewer side effects. “We don’t have a cure for juvenile arthritis— we’re not there yet,” says Nikolov. “But we’re making progress.” j

Don’t Let Poison Ivy Catch You Off Guard


s the temperature rises and we head for the delights of the great outdoors, chances are we are going to encounter a little, or a lot, of itching along the way. If you aren’t prepared, poison ivy can catch you off guard. The poisonous plant can be found in every state but Alaska and Hawaii. So there’s a good chance you’ll eventually cross paths with it. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, around 85 percent of the population is allergic to poison ivy, and 1 in 10 has a severe reaction. Every year, nearly 50 million people in the United States suffer an allergic reaction to poison ivy, or its cousins: poison sumac and poison oak.

RASHES AREN’T CONTAGIOUS Poison plant rashes can’t be spread from person to person. But it is possible to pick up the rash from plant oil that may have stuck to clothing, pets, garden tools, and other items that have come in contact with these plants. The plant oil lingers (sometimes for years) on virtually any surface until it’s washed off with water or rubbing alcohol.

The rash will occur only where the plant oil has touched the skin, so a person with poison ivy can’t spread it on the body by scratching. It may seem like the rash is spreading if it appears over time instead of all at once. But this is either The best defense it to learn what the plants look because the plant oil is absorbed at different like so you can avoid them and keep their oily sap rates on different parts of the body or because of off your skin. The sap is in the root, stems, leaves repeated exposure to contaminated objects or and fruit of these plants. It causes a blistering plant oil trapped under the fingernails. Even if rash. It can range from mild to severe, depending blisters break, the fluid in the blisters is not plant on how much sap gets on your skin and how oil and cannot further spread the rash. sensitive you are to it. Problems can also happen if the plants are burned. Airborne sap-coated soot TIPS FOR TREATMENT can get into the eyes, nose, throat and respiratory Don’t scratch the blisters. Bacteria from under system. your fingernails can get into them and cause an infection. The rash, blisters, and itch normally Poison Ivy can grow as a vine disappear in several weeks without any treator small shrub trailing along ment. the ground or climbing on low plants, trees and poles. Each You can relieve the itch by: leaf has three glossy leaflets, • Using wet compresses or soaking in cool with smooth or toothed edges. water. Leaves are reddish in spring, • Applying over-the-counter (OTC) topical green in summer, and yellow, corticosteroid preparations or taking prescriporange, or red in fall. May tion oral corticosteroids. have greenish-white flowers • Applying topical OTC skin protectants, such as and whitish-yellow berries. zinc acetate, zinc carbonate, zinc oxide, and calamine dry the oozing and weeping of Poison Oak: Grows as a low poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. shrub in the Eastern and Protectants such as baking soda or colloidal Southern United States, and in oatmeal relieve minor irritation and itching. tall clumps or long vines on Aluminum acetate is an astringent that the Pacific Coast. Fuzzy green relieves rash. leaves in clusters of three are lobed or deeply toothed with See a doctor if: rounded tips. May have • You have a temperature over 100 degrees yellow-white berries. Fahrenheit. • There is pus, soft yellow scabs, or tenderness Poison Sumac: Grows as a on the rash. tall shrub or small tree in bogs • The itching gets worse or keeps you awake at or swamps in the Northeast, night. Midwest, and parts of the • The rash spreads to your eyes, mouth, genital Southeast. Each leaf has area, or covers more than one-fourth of your clusters of seven to 13 skin area. smooth-edged leaflets. • The rash is not improving within a few weeks. Leaves are orange in spring, • The rash is widespread and severe. green in summer, and yellow, • You have difficulty breathing. j orange, or red in fall. May have yellow-greenish flowers and whitish-green fruits hang in loose clusters.


Save Some Green This Spring!


he movement to reduce food waste is in full swing.

Managing our food resources is such an important issue today and families are in a prime spot to teach the next generation strategies to reducing food waste right from home. Many restaurants, hospitals and grocery stores are implementing strategies to reduce food waste, but up to 60 percent of waste occurs at home. How many times have you cut broccoli only to eat the flowerets and throw out the stalk? How many times did you forget about the leftovers in the back of the fridge and had to toss them, or maybe you didn’t keep the leftovers in the first place? It is reported that half of all the food in the United States is wasted farm to fork, yet there are 870 million hungry people on the planet. The Food and Drug Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture have established a joint goal to reduce food waste by 50% by the year 2030. In 2014, food comprised nearly 22% of all landfill waste, greater than any other municipal solid waste (paper, wood, metal, plastic, etc.). Even though the composting of food increased from 1.84 million tons in 2013 (5 percent of food) to 1.94 million tons in 2014, there is much work to be done. Recycling and composting results in a reduction of greenhouse emissions. Are you ready to reduce the amount of food waste in your own home? Try these tips: • Plan your family’s meals in advance – save money and resources by meal planning for the week. Only buy what you are able to cook for the week to reduce the chance of food spoiling or getting lost at the back of the fridge. • Grocery shop with a list to avoid piling extra foods in the cart that may or may not get eaten during the following week. • Organize your fridge – be mindful to use fresh produce within a timely manner (many fruits/ veggies are only good for about a week or less) to reduce waste.

• Learn how to make soup stock from wilted veggies (celery leaves can be used in soups). • Store leftovers in single-serve containers for lunch the next day. • Some items can be stored in the freezer to prevent spoiling, especially if you have too much. For example, if you buy two loaves of bread on sale, put one loaf in the freezer until it’s needed. Simply take it out ahead of time and it will thaw at room temperature. • Collect food scraps and take them out to the backyard compost bin before they get smelly. Don’t have a compost pile? Read about how to start one next.

Things to Do Health & Safety

Household Hazardous Waste Remote Collection Events April 8, 9am to 3pm - Mandarin Park April 22, 9am to 3pm - Drew Park The Solid Waste Division will host twelve household hazardous waste and electronic waste (e-waste) mobile collection events throughout the city. Types of waste which may be brought to one of the mobile events or to the HHW Facility include: Televisions, Computer monitors, Computer terminals, CPUs, Keyboards, Printers, Scanners, Stereo equipment, Radios, VCRs, DVDs, Camcorders, Desk and mobile phones, Pagers, Power tools, Small kitchen appliances (i.e. microwaves, toaster ovens),

and Health and beauty appliances. There is a limit of 3 Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) and televisions per customer. Household hazardous wastes cannot be collected curbside with regular trash. Residents may bring these items, however, to one of the scheduled mobile collection events. Types of waste which may be brought to one of the mobile events or to the HHW Facility include: Paint, Paint thinners and paint strippers, Rechargeable batteries, Photographic chemicals, Thermometers and thermostats, Drain cleaners, Pool chemicals, Aerosol cans, Pesticides, Antifreeze, Fertilizer, Acids, Gun powder, Ammunition and fireworks, Fluorescent bulbs and tubes including CFL light bulbs, and 20-pound propane cylinders. April 8th,2017 - Mandarin Park: 14780 Mandarin Road April 22nd,2017 - Drew Park, 6621 Barnes Road South City of Jacksonville / Visit’s Health Events online at www.

BACKYARD COMPOSTING Fruit and vegetable scraps, plus other food wastes such as coffee grounds, tea bags and egg shells can be composted. The best way to compost food waste is to mix it with shredded newspaper (or paper from a home shredder) and mixed yard waste – such as grass cuttings, plant pruning, dry leaves, wood chips, sawdust or dried/dead plants. Plant materials are considered “greens” and provide important nitrogen and moisture. To keep animals and odors out of your pile, do not add meat, bones or fatty food waste (such as cheese, grease or cooking oils). Do not add dog or cat litter, or disease plants to the mix. Always cover the fresh food material with a layer of wood chips or dirt. Bacteria that live in the compost pile and help break it down need oxygen, water and food. If the pile gets too wet or dense with food scraps, it will not only smell bad, but will slow down or stop composting altogether. For more information on starting your own backyard composting, go to the University of Florida IFAS extension office at: www.edis.ifas.ufl. edu/topichomecomposting j

We take the FEAR out of Dentistry! Did you know

82% of people say fear is the number one reason they don’t go to the dentist?

Aurea Thompson, MSH, RD, CSP, LD/N Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition Wolfson Children’s Hospital

Don’t let this be you!

Let us help you ease your fears and take care of your smile! At Carlson Dental Group, we offer different levels of sedation allowing you to relax or even snooze!



Sedation Consultation EXPIRES APRIL 30, 2017.

New Downtown Location Now Open in the EverBank Building on Riverside Avenue APRIL 2017 • •

Page 7


Checklist for Hearing Loss “My husband has had a hearing loss since he was a child. How will I know if our baby also has a hearing problem?” - a concerned mom


loud noises; • By 3 months, a baby usually recognizes a parent’s voice; • By 6 months, an infant can usually turn his or her eyes or head toward a sound; • By 12 months, a child can usually imitate some sounds and produce a few words, such as “Mama” or “bye-bye.”

family history of hearing loss does put a newborn at higher risk for having a hearing loss. But rest assured, your baby’s hearing can be monitored closely so that if there is a problem, A child may be at higher risk for hearing loss if he treatment can begin as soon as possible. or she: • was born prematurely; In most states, hospitals provide a newborn • stayed in the neonatal intensive care unit; hearing screening before the baby is discharged. • was given medications that can lead to If a screening isn’t done then, or the baby is born hearing loss; at home or a birthing center, it’s important to get • had complications at birth; a newborn hearing screening within the first 3 • had frequent ear infections had infections weeks of life. such as meningitis or cytomegalovirus. A baby who doesn’t pass a hearing screening Kids who seem to have normal hearing should doesn’t necessarily have a hearing loss. A retest to confirm the hearing loss should be done within continue to have their hearing evaluated on a regular basis at checkups throughout life. Hearing the first 3 months of life, and if it does confirm a tests are usually done at ages 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, problem, doctors should start treatment by the 15, and 18 years, and at other times if there’s a time the child is 6 months old. concern. If you have any concerns about your baby’s Even if your newborn passes the initial hearing hearing, talk with your doctor. j screening, watch for signs that he or she is hearing well. Hearing milestones that should be reached in the first year of life include: • Most newborns startle or “jump” to sudden

Things to Do Infant & Toddler

Toddler Time at Rebounderz April 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 9:30am to 11:30am Rebounderz offers Toddler Time from 9:30am to 11:30am for ages 5 and under. One adult is admitted for free with each child’s $8 paid admission. A valid waiver & Rebounderz jump socks are required for all participants. No Toddler Time on Duval County and St. John’s County school holidays. Rebounderz / 904-300-0070 / 14985 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, FL 32258 / Toddler Story Time - Putnam County Library April 5, 12, 19, 26, 10am The Putnam County Main Library in Palatka hosts Toddler Story Time for ages 0 to 2. Story Time will include stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes, and other fun early literacy activities. For children ages 0-2 and their caregiver. Putnam County Main Library / 386-329-0126 / 601 College Rd, Palatka, FL 32177 / Diaper Derby & Toddler Trot April 8, 3pm Parents are invited to bring their little ones to the Community Stage for the Babies Contest. There is no need to sign up. Come to the community stage at 3pm, and the event will start at 3:30pm Saturday April 8th. Requirements to participate: Babies under 18 months and able to crawl but not walk. Babies 18 months to 2 years or are able to walk will be in the Toddler Trot. (You can qualify by being under the age of 18 months if they walk). The distance is 20 feet, all the babies will start together in their categories and whoever passes the finish line wins. There will be first, second and third places trophies. Clay County Fairgrounds / 904-284-1615 / 2493 State Road 16 West, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 / Little Learners: Lights & Sounds April 12, 9:30am Bring your little ones to MOSH the second Wednesday of every month for exclusive programming for preschool-aged children and their caregivers. This month, learn about the amazing properties of light and sound. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for Museum exploration, followed

by Little Learners circle time and sing-along, programming and community learning activities through 11:30. Admission is only $5 per person (ages 3 and up). This program is extremely popular, please pre-register online. MOSH / 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / Transition to Kindergarten April 12, 4pm This session will review kindergarten standards and discuss activities that families can do at home to ensure kindergarten readiness. The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a free family resource designed for parents, caregivers, and community members. Hyde Grove Elementary School / 904-390-2960 / 2056 Lane Avenue South, Jacksonville, FL 32210 / Ask the Experts: Baby Edition - Newborn & Child Photography Class April 15, 10:15am to 11am Whether you’re using your smartphone or the latest DSLR, photographer Amanda Lamosova of Sweet Smiles Photography will teach you how to take beautiful photos of your babies and children. Feel free to bring the little ones with you–they’re the perfect subjects to practice on. Please register for this free class by calling 904-827-6900 or emailing St. Johns County Public Library, Southeast Branch / 904-827-6900 / 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL 32086 / Ask the Experts: Baby Edition – Babywearing 101 • April 22, 10:15am to 11am Babywearing is the practice of keeping your baby or toddler close and connected to you as you engage in daily activities through the use of a baby carrier. Babywearing promotes bonding, can help combat postpartum depression, makes caregiving easier, and can be a lifesaver for parents of highneeds children. Learn about the many benefits of babywearing, along with all the varieties of baby carriers, with Babywearing Educator Claire Davies. This class will include demonstrations and handson help with your baby carriers. Please register for this free class by calling 904-827-6900 or e-mailing St. Johns County Public Library, Southeast Branch / 904-827-6900 / 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL 32086 / Visit’s Infant and Toddler Events guide, online at

“Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place.” Kids really do say the funniest things! Please share your favorites with us by e-mailing your story directly to 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.

Page 8 • • APRIL 2017

– Scott Peters

APRIL 2017 • •

Page 9


Summer Camps Why I’m Ok With the “Autism” Label Special Needs


ou’ve probably seen the bumper stickers:

Once upon a time, they made me chuckle or smile. Now I bristle. Labels can be damaging, yes. Labels can also be a freeing source of autonomy. The difference is how we use them. Are we using them to empower or disparage? Name a condition or insult a person? I admit, the label once scared me. The first time I wrote about Henry’s diagnosis I said this: “Autism is not a shame. It is a way of sensing and processing the world that looks different from yours and mine. And I have come to realize the world is a better, richer, smarter place for the creative and creating minds of autistic individuals.” Later, though, over my favorite yeast rolls and sweet tea, I remarked to my brother-in-law,

and perhaps to an extent that is true. Certainly, we want our children to feel supported and loved, to not be threatened or bullied. We want them to have authentic opportunities for friendship. Often, though, the desire to not be seen as different is in an education context. If we say, “I don’t like labels“, what we’re also saying is, “Don’t see their needs. Ignore their struggles.” If we want our kids to look like everyone else, we have to be ok with them being left behind or even mistreated. We have to be ok with uniform teaching and uniform expectations. If we’re really honest with ourselves, I don’t think that’s what we want. Same isn’t fair. Fair is each to his own need. Fair is a ramp or an elevator for a person who can’t walk. Fair is glasses or braille for a person who can’t see. Fair is closed captioning for a person who can’t hear. Fair is also allowing a child with ADHD to stand at his desk or sit on a therapy ball. Fair is providing a visual schedule for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder who struggles with transitions. Fair is providing Alternative Communication for the nonverbal. Fair is providing a notetaker or a tablet for the child who cannot write. And so on. Same would mean no therapy, no accommodations, no compassion. All we really want to be the same is love.

I used to hope “people might not even notice,” but today I hope they do. And when they do, I “The good news is, we’re catching it early and hope they see all of him. See his strengths and getting him the help he needs, and by the time he his weaknesses, his laughs and his cries, his joy starts school people might not even notice.” and his pain. See both the disability and the gift, inextricably linked. See the differences as (Lord, forgive me. Clearly, I was still processing.) beautiful and necessary parts of nature, not as something to objectify or pity. I didn’t know then what I know now. I didn’t know that people noticing isn’t something to avoid – Bumper stickers are funny, but not always that it’s good for people to notice. When we say accurate. Just like labels, they only tell part of the we don’t want our children to be perceived as story. j different, when we say we want them to be the same as everyone else, we’re saying much more Meredith M. Dangel than we realize. Same doesn’t equal fair. Mother, Advocate We might think we’re saying, “Treat them fairly,”

Angelwood Summer Camp June 26 - July 28 • 9am - 3pm Extended Hours are available Ages 5-22. Camp is an opportunity for kids to play and experience new things in a setting adapted to their abilities in order to maintain and learn new skills- and most importantly- make new friend. Trained staff provides an enriching and safe place to be while encouraging development of social skills and personal growth. Angelwood Summer Day Camp keeps campers busy, interactive, and entertained with a variety of activities such as music, arts and crafts, recreation, and large group activities like water day, petting zoo, carnival day, and magic shows. 904-288-7259 / 4001 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / Camp Abilities North Florida June 18 - June 23 • Overnight Ages 8-16. Camp Abilities is an educational sports camp for kids with visual impairments. Campers will be able to participate in activities including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, beep kickball, swimming, tubing, as well as camping activities such as s’mores around the camp fire. At this week-long, overnight camp, campers also get to experience independence through the opportunities to sleep away from home, navigate a new environment, and do things for themselves. Cost: $200.  904-556-9287 / 88 SE 75th St, Starke, FL 32091 / Camp Boggy Creek June 8 - June 13: Heart June 17 – June 22: Cancer (South Florida) June 26 – July 1: Epilepsy July 6 – July 11: Hemophilia and Rheumatic/JRA July 15 – July 20: Gastro/Immune Deficiency/JRA July 24 – July 29: Cancer (North Florida) Aug 2 – Aug 7: Sickle Cell Aug 11 – Aug 16: Cranio/Asthma (Severe)/Kidney/ Spina Bifida/Transplant Overnight Ages 7-16. Each session, up to 150 children with like illnesses arrive for a week of fun, adventure and independence. Campers are empowered to do things they never dreamed they could do. They are infused with a spirit of accomplishment at every turn and allowed to forget that “they have what they have.” For many of them it is the first time they’ve felt “normal” since their diagnosis. Cost: Free 352-483-4200 / 30500 Brantley Branch Rd, Eustis, FL 32736 / Camp I Am Special June 12 - June 17: Campers 18 & up June 19 - June 24: Campers 5 - 18 June 26 - July 1: Camper 5 - 18 July 10 - July 15: Camp Care- Campers 5 & up July 17 - July 22: Life Skills & Social Skills Campers 14 & up July 24 - July 29: Life Skills & Social Skills Campers 14 & up July 31 - August 5: Campers 18 & up Overnight Camp I Am Special is an overnight camp experience for children, teenagers, and young adults challenged by physical, emotional and mental disabilities. The campers are able to enjoy all of the fun and traditions of a recreational camp, from sleeping in bunkhouses, and dining and singing in the Social Hall, to participating in mail call and art projects in the Pavilion, to Cane

Pole fishing on the dock, and swimming in the pool. Cost: $565 per week. 904-230-7447 / 235 Marywood Dr, St. Johns, FL 32259 / Camp JADA June 19 - June 23 • 8:30am - 4:30pm Extended Hours are available Ages 6-12. While participating in a variety of awesome activities, campers will also be learning about nutrition, exercise, insulin, and blood glucose monitoring. The first priority is not perfecting blood sugar management but rather the safety of your child while they enjoy a traditional camp experience. Camp JADA medical staff is always present to administer necessary medical care. Blood testing and insulin administration are also conducted under certified medical supervision. Cost: Camp Fee $135 Extended Hours Fee $25. 904-730-7200 ext. 3026 / 2800 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL 32211 / Camp JSA • July 10 – July 28 • 9am – 2pm 3 week therapeutic autism camp for children between the ages of 4 and 17 diagnosed with: Asperger’s disorder * High functioning autism * Nonverbal related disorders Campers enjoy a wide variety of cooperative games and social skills and team building activities, as well as more traditional camp fare such as non-competitive sports, dancing, swimming, music, creative arts and drama. Cost: $400/week. ($100 deposit to hold a camper spot) 904-732-4343 / 9000 Cypress Green Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / Camp Possible at Henderson Haven July 5 – July 29 • 9am - 3pm Ages 3 – 21. Weekly themes are: Down on the Farm - Petting zoo, Super Heroes - Medical Helicopter, Dr. Seuss - Hot air balloon ride and Wacky Water Week - 40’ water slide. Cost: Week 1 is $135. Week 2-4 is $225/week. Extended Day additional. 904-264-2522 / 772 Foxridge Center Drive, Orange Park, FL 32065 / Girl Scouts SMILE Camp June 19 - June 23 • 8am - 3pm Girl Scouts of Gateway Council offers a week-long day camp for children ages 5 to 11 with autism, cerebral palsy, mental handicaps, spina bifida, visual and hearing impairments, as well as other physical health challenges. Smile camp offers children living with disabilities the chance to experience a week of new friends, outdoor adventure, and a sense of belonging. Smile Camp gives children living with autism and other disabilities a break from their day-to-day routine and brings them outside for an entire week of new experiences. Cost: $65/week. 904-389-3071 / 4500 Trefoil Trail, Middleburg, FL 32068 / Jericho School Intensive Summer Program July 10 - August 4 This is not a Summer Camp where your child learns new arts and crafts. This will be four weeks of intensive Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior services for children with developmental disabilities. Each child will receive a comprehensive and Individualized Program with identified goals and objectives for acquisition of targeted skills. You can choose a two week program or take advantage of all four weeks for the Intensive Individualized Summer Program. 904-744-5110 / 1351 Sprinkle Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32211 /

DLC Nurse & Learn 1/8

Page 10 • • APRIL 2017

Visit for more event listings.

Things to Do Special Needs

Special Needs Trinity Easter Eggstravaganza April 1, 10am to 1pm Trinity Baptist Church has will be hosting the 2nd annual Easter egg hunt for special needs children. Please RSVP to Jenna Price at jenna.price@ Trinity Christian Academy / 904-596-2400 / 800 Hammond Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32221 / www. Pizza Fest 4 Autism April 1, 12noon to 4pm This fun-filled event will have food trucks and food vendors cooking up pizza slices and pizza pies for everyone in the family to enjoy. There will be Gluten Free pizza options as well. The food trucks will help raise money for local Jacksonville families who have children with Autism. There will also be craft vendors, a large kids zone, Adventure Landing giveaways, and more. Adventure Landing Jacksonville Beach / 904-2464386 / 1944 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / Caring Bunny at The Avenues April 2, 8am to 10:30am Caring Bunny provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families. Free, but sign up in advance for your time slot. Avenues Mall / 904-363-3054 / 10300 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / Connecting the Dots Conference 2017 April 13, 9am to 1pm Family Care Council Area 4/UF Jax CARD/UF Jax FDLRS-MDC hosts a conference on disabilityrelated topics. Keynote speaker Boaz Nelson, from Picasso Einstein in Pembroke Pines, FL, will present “The #JobCreators Movement: Simple & Sustainable Employment”. Along with this keynote, the conference offers two subsequent breakout sessions, including a variety of topics such as: Making Employment Meaningful to the Person: How?, Navigating the iBudget Waiver, Mental Health issues in the IDD population, Guardianship Options, SelfDirected IEPs, Financial strategies and options, Parent Panel, Preparing for Independent Living, Q & A with APD Staff, ABLE United, and more. Conference fee is $10. Continental Breakfast included. Food Trucks available for lunch on your own. Certificates of completion will be available after each session. There will not be childcare available for this event. Schultz Center / 4019 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / 5th Annual Autism Awareness 5k April 8, 8am Chick-fil-A of Kingsland presents the 5th annual Autism Awareness 5k. Proceeds will be donated to the Camden County Hero Club, so participants are encouraged to dress up like their favorite action hero. This family friendly event will help encourage families who face autism, reaffirm our gratitude for care givers and punctuate every child’s value. There will be a DJ in the park before and after the run. Registration includes a Tech Running Shirt and race goodies. Registration fees range from $30 to $35. After the run, there will be a post race party at the Chick-fil-A in Kingsland, from 11am to 2pm. St Marys Waterfront Park / 912-510-6215 / 400

Osborne Street, Kingsland, GA 31558 / Special Needs Gaming Party at Microsoft April 8, 9am The Microsoft Store hosts a Gaming Party for kids with special needs. XBox One consoles will be set up in the theater space for gaming. While the children are gaming, the parents have a breakout session on internet safety and parental controls. Register online in advance. This event is open to families with children with special needs and their siblings. 40 spots are available on a first come first serve basis. Microsoft Store / 4791 River City Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / 4th Annual Katelyn’s Ride for Autism April 8, 11am A golf-cart poker run to raise awareness and funds for those with Autism and related disabilities. Registration starts at 10am; the ride starts at 11am. Registration is $60; parking is free. Other activities include bounce house, Home Depot Workshops, horse riding, raffles, silent auction, live music, BBQ dinner, and more. There will be cash prizes for Best Hand, Furthest Traveled, and Best Decorated Golf Cart. Pirate’s Wood Subdivision / 904-624-6148 / Pirates Way, Yulee, FL 32097 / Sensory Friendly Easter Egg-stravaganza April 9, 9am to 12noon We Rock the Spectrum hosts a Sensory Friendly Easter Egg-stravaganza. Kids will do an Easter Egg Hunt on the equipment, decorate Easter Eggs, and visit with the Easter Bunny. Register in advance for a time slot as only 2 families per time slot will be scheduled. Cost is $30 per family for the event, up to 3 kids. Additional cost over 3 kids. We Rock the Spectrum / 904-330-0362 / 9357-3 Philips Highway, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / www.

ohana (family). All events start at 1pm. Crescent Beach Ramp / 904-824-7249 / Mary Street, Cresent Beach, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / Camp Abilities Surf and Beach Day April 29, 9am Families are invited for the first annual Camp Abilities Surf and Beach Day hosted by Jax Surf and Paddle. Campers ages 6-9 will participate in beach games and activities for $15. This registration fee includes activities and a t-shirt. There are 20 spots for these campers. Campers ages 9-15 will have the opportunity to learn how to surf during a 3 hour surf clinic. The cost for surfers is $40 which includes a t-shirt and board rental. There are 15 spots for this group. Jax Surf and Paddle / 222 1st Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266 / HEAL Walk for Autism April 30, 8:30am Tickets for the event are $15 per person ages 13 and up and free for kids 12 and under. The ticket purchase allows you to join the HEAL Zoo Walk and enjoy the entire day at the Jacksonville Zoo. Registration will open at 7:30am and the Walk begins at 8:30am. The HEAL After Party will take place on the Great Lawn, with bouncy houses, face painting, music and more. Register online. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens / 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218 /

Visit for more event listings.

Connecting the Dots Conference 2017 April 13, 9am to 1pm Family Care Council Area 4/UF Jax CARD/UF Jax FDLRS-MDC hosts a conference on disabilityrelated topics. Keynote speaker Boaz Nelson, from Picasso Einstein in Pembroke Pines, FL, will present “The #JobCreators Movement: Simple & Sustainable Employment”. Along with this keynote, the conference offers two subsequent breakout sessions, including a variety of topics such as: Making Employment Meaningful to the Person: How?, Navigating the iBudget Waiver, Mental Health issues in the IDD population, Guardianship Options, SelfDirected IEPs, Financial strategies and options, Parent Panel, Preparing for Independent Living, Q & A with APD Staff, ABLE United, and more. Conference fee is $10. Continental Breakfast included. Food Trucks available for lunch on your own. Certificates of completion will be available after each session. There will not be childcare available for this event. Schultz Center / 4019 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / SurfQuest 2017 April 22, 1pm This program is a free monthly event with trained volunteers who introduce adaptive aquatic recreation using specialized surfboards and flotation devices for anyone with a disability. All ages and abilities are welcome. This program allows family and friends to participate in outdoor recreation as

APRIL 2017 • •

Page 11


construction paper with a 1 inch circle paper punch. 5. Using Mini Glue Dots® attach the black circle the center of the plate and then attach the white circle to the center of the black circle


That’s it! Be sure to place a clear plastic plate on top of your Pokeball plate in order to make it food safe.

Look, it’s Moana’s boat! 6. Place your boat atop your Jell-O sea and you’re set! It tastes best if you eat it right away. If you are going to store them to eat later, be sure to remove your boat before refrigerating, otherwise it will get a little soggy (and who wants a soggy boat?).

Lego Brownies

Kakamora Kibosh Game


Pikachu Peeps

Ingredients: • Melting chocolate • Red food coloring • Yellow Peeps • Cake Pop Sticks

Directions: 1. Push the Peeps onto the cake pop sticks. 2. Paint on just a dab of red food coloring with a q-tip to create the cheeks. 3. Melt the chocolate and coat the ears.

Moana Jello Treats

What You’ll Need: • 4-8 Empty plastic bottles • Brown wrapping paper • Green paper • Scissors • Sticky tape • Coconuts • Printable scoreboard and Kakamora elements ( sites/18/2016/11/Kakamora_merged.pdf)

Directions: 1. First, create your palm tree bowling pins. Wrap brown paper around the bottom half of the empty plastic bottles, securing with sticky tape. Pokeball Plates 2. Draw out some leaf shapes on green paper. Get creative with the shapes and sizes of the palm What You’ll leaves! What You’ll Need: Need: 3. Cut out the leaves and use sticky tape to attach • One box of blue Jell-O • Red Dinner to the tops of the bottles. • Sugar wafer cookies (any flavor, but chocolate Plates 4. Place your six palm tree pins at the end of a or vanilla make the best lookin’ boats!) • White Dinner room, in a triangle formation. If you have a • Crushed Nilla Wafers Plates wooden floor this will work best, but if not, • Toothpicks just line up a few pieces of card to create your • Paper/markers for your sail bowling lane. 5. Using a pair of scissors, cut out the different Directions: Kakamora masks from the printout. Attach 1. First follow the box directions to make your • Chalkboard Washi Tape them to your coconut with sticky tape to create Jell-O. It usually needs time to set in the • Black and White Construction Paper your Kakamora! refrigerator, so be sure to set aside 90 minutes • Mini Glue Dots® 6. You’re ready to play! Take aim and bowl your to an hour to get your Jell-O ready. While your • 2 in. circle paper punch Kakamora at the palm tree bowling pins… Jell-O is setting, crush up some Nilla wafers in • 1 in. circle paper punch how many can you knock down? a small resealable bag. Use a rolling pin and • Scissors crush up a few wafers at a time. This will be used for your sandy shore. LEGO Directions: 2. Next, score your sugar wafer cookies with a 1. Cut one of the White Dinner Plates in half with knife and cut them in half. This will be Moana’s scissors. boat. Sugar wafer cookies come in different 2. Place one half of the white plate on top of a flavors, so you can choose whatever flavor Red Dinner Plate. or color you like for Moana’s boat. We used 3. Secure the white dinner plate to the red dinner chocolate and vanilla sugar wafers. plate with a piece of Chalkboard Washi Tape 3. Then, sprinkle some crushed Nilla wafers on across the center of the plate. Trim the ends top of your blue Jell-O to create your shoreline. and wrap the tape around the plate. 4. Cut out a paper triangle and draw a red swirl 4. Cut one 2 inch black circle out of the on it. Now you have Moana’s sail! Poke a Construction Paper with a 2 inch circle paper toothpick through it, forming a small ‘flag.’ punch. Cut one 1 inch white circle out of the 5. Press the sail into the sugar wafer cookie.

Page 12 • • APRIL 2017

What You’ll Need: • Small rectangular brownies • Vanilla Frosting • red, blue yellow, green and orange colored food gel • chocolate candy pieces Directions: 1. Start by adding 1 TB of frosting to each of 5 small bowls. 2. Add different colored food gel to each bowl, try and match the colors of the M&M’s). 3. Spread the colored frosting on the brownies. 4. Add 6 matching colored M&M’s to each brownie.

Lego Goody Bags

Directions: Purchase solid colored handled bags, add matching colored circles and you have Lego goody bags!


Shopkins Party Favors

Cotton Candy Popcorn Purchase Shopkins cups at your local department or party store and fill them with candy, stickers and other fun stuff. The more pastel color, the better!

Directions: 1. Measure one pool noodle and mark the middle. Using a sharpie or similar works well. The end will be covered by tape when all is said and done. 2. Use a serrated knife to cut the pool noodles in half. 3. Cover the end of the of the pool noodle first. They are a bit of an awkward size in that one piece will not cover the end completely, and doing a simple ‘x’ will leave little corners exposed. 4. Using the duct tape and electrical tape, wrap the bottom eight or so inches of the pool noodle to form the base of your hilt. You can choose to use all black, all grey, all silver, or a combination of all three. 5. Cut lines and pieces, impossibly tiny square and thin strips of your various tapes in order to create the lightsaber hilt detail.

Storm Trooper Cupcakes


Directions: 1. Melt the candy according to the directions on the bag, paint one to two coats on each sugar cone, depending on how deep you want the color. 2. Add sprinkles to the cones while they’re still wet and let dry for 20 minutes. 3. Store finished cones in the refrigerator until just before the party.

Unicorn Headbands

What You’ll Need: • 16 ounce package marshmallow or vanilla candy melts Coupons • 12 cups popped popcorn, divided • ¼ cup sprinkles • 2 cups cotton candy, torn into small pieces • 3 ounces blue candy melts • 3 ounces pink candy melts Directions: 1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the marshmallow or vanilla melts according to instructions on package. 2. Add 8 cups of popcorn to a large bowl and pour in the marshmallow coating. Stir until well coated. 3. Add the cotton candy and gently mix to distribute throughout the popcorn. 4. Spread popcorn out on lined baking sheet and add the sprinkles on top. Allow to cool. 5. In two separate bowls, melt the blue and pink candy coating. 6. Divide the remaining popcorn equally between two bowls - 2 cups in one bowl, 2 cups in the other. 7. Pour the blue coating over the popcorn in one bowl and the pink over popcorn in the other bowl. 8. Stir until well-coated and spread the popcorn out on another lined baking sheet. 9. Combine the white, pink and blue popcorn and enjoy!

What You’ll Need: • Sugar cones • Colored melting candy • Rainbow sprinkles

Light Sabers

What You’ll Need: • Premade cupcakes or make your own • Large marshmallows • Black Edible Marker Directions: 1. Use the black edible marker to draw a Storm Trooper face on each marshmallow. 2. Place marshmallows on the center of each cupcake.


What You’ll Need: • Pool noodles • Duct tape • Black electrician’s tape • Scissors

Unicorn Sugar Cones

What You’ll Need: • Plastic headbands • White fleece • Pink fleece • Fiber Fill • Gold cording • Curling ribbon • Scissors • Hot glue gun and glue Directions: 1. Cut the white fleece into 1-inch strips and wide enough to cover your headband. 2. Secure one end of the strip to the inside bottom of the headband using hot glue, leaving some overhang on the end. 3. Continue to wrap the fleece around the headband, overlapping the layers, and securing with hot glue here and there along the way.    4. Once the headbands are completely wrapped and secured, fold the raw ends up to the inside edges and secure with hot glue.  If your APRIL 2017 • •

Page 13

BIRTHDAY PARTIES leftover ends are long, you may want to trim them a bit before securing. 5. The curling ribbon will serve as the “tail” of the headbands.  The length of the tail can be determined by you, just remember that once you curl the ribbon, it will shrink up.  You’ll want it to be long enough to be curled, tied around the center of the headband, and hang down to about the bottom edges of the headband.   6. Once your ribbons for one headband are all curled, gather them together.  Center them on the top center of the headband, making sure the tails hang evenly on each side, and tie into a knot.  Pull the knot to the side of the headband. 7. Cut some white fleece into 1 1/2-inch by 3-inch per headband.  Make sure that the rectangle will wrap fully around the width of the headband.   8. Cut a slit in the end of the fleece just long enough for the fleece to wrap around the knot of the curling ribbon and meet in the back.  Be sure to ONLY make the slit long enough to cover the knot, otherwise the visible sides of this piece will show the cut.  Secure with hot glue.  Wrap the other side of the fleece around the headband to meet the slit end.  Cut excess, if necessary, and secure with hot glue.    9. Now to make the horn!  Cut one 5” square of white fleece for each headband.  Fold one corner over about 1/2-inch and secure with hot glue.  Beginning at one side of the fold, roll the fleece toward the opposite side to form a horn shape.   10. Cut excess and seal with hot glue.  Cut the bottom edge with scissors to form a straight edge.  Stuff Fiber Fill into the horn until nice and plump.  Be sure to get all the way to the top of the horn. 11. Place the horn onto a scrap of fleece, fleece side down.  Trace the horn onto the fleece with a pen, then cut out the circle.  Hot glue the circle, fleece side out, to the horn, being sure to seal the edges well.   12. Hot glue the horn onto the headband, making sure the seam faces the back toward the curling ribbon. 13. Beginning at the seam of the horn, wrap the gold cording around the bottom edge of the horn to cover the seam, securing with hot glue, then work your way up toward the top of the horn in a spiral motion. Cut the cord and secure with hot glue. 14. Draw a 2 1/2-inch tall ear shape onto a piece of paper.  Fold the paper in half almost at the base of the ear, leaving about 1/4-inch between the bottom of the ear drawing and the fold.  Starting at the fold, cut a straight line to the bottom of the ear, then cut out the ear, and another straight line back down to the fold. Trace this shape onto the back side of the fleece, and cut out two per headband. 15. Draw a smaller ear shape for the inside of the ear.  Cut it out, and place it onto the white fleece to be sure you’re happy with the shape

Page 14 • • APRIL 2017

and size. Trim, if necessary, and then trace onto the back side of the pink fleece.  Cut out two per headband. 16. Fold the white fleece ears around the headband on each side of the horn.  Secure with hot glue. 17. Glue the pink fleece onto the front of the white fleece ears.

Emoji Back Drop/Photo Prop

The days of blocks and logs are being replaced by the next level in building toys for kids. The toys for the new STEM generation combine angles, colors, magnetism and imagination. They’re winning awards and getting rave reviews from kids. Next time you are in the market for a birthday gift, consider one of these brain-building sets. Most are suitable for ages 3+.


Emoji Popcorn Balls

What You’ll Need: • 5 cups popped Buttered Popcorn (movie theatre popcorn works best) • 10-11 Jumbo Marshmallows • Yellow Food Coloring • Red Candy Hearts • 10 Black Candy Melts Directions: 1. Place marshmallows in a glass bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute. 2. Add 4-5 drops of yellow food coloring. 3. Mix well. 4. Pour marshmallow over buttered popcorn and mix. 5. Grab a handful of popcorn marshmallow mix and form a ball with your hands. To create a flat surface to decorate, flatten the ball a little by pressing it between your palms. 6. Place chocolate melts in a piping bag and microwave on high for 30 seconds. 7. Trim the tip of the piping bag with scissors. 8. Press two Red Candy Hearts into the popcorn ball for eyes. 9. Pipe a smile with the chocolate and let cool.


What You’ll Need: • Emoticon Pumpkin Decorating Craft Kit • Yellow Dinner Plates • Valentine Hearts Galore • Bright Self-Adhesive Foam Sheets • Fabulous Foam Double-Sided Tape • Scissors • Black Marker • For extra props and decorations: • Mini Yellow Popcorn Boxes • Glue Gun • Craft Sticks Directions: 1. The Emoticon Pumpkin Decorating Craft Kit come in packages with 12 sets in three face styles. But with a little stretch of the imagination and a few foam hearts, the parts can all be interchanged to create at least 10 faces. (I’m confident I could have made more variations, but I only needed 10 for my backdrop.) Start by opening all the individual sets and lay out the pieces. I recommend purchasing 2-3 sets just so you have options for extra decorations. 2. Start by making the three faces provided in the set. Simply remove the backing of each piece and place in the center of the paper plate. 3. Next, move on to making some with a little more flair by adding the hearts with foam double sided tape. I mixed and matched foam pieces to make the kissing emoji and drew in the “lips” with a black marker. 4. Cut “tears” from blue adhesive foam sheets to make the “laughing so hard, I’m crying” emoji. 5. Keep going and have fun! To make the “yum” emoji, simply trim the tongue and place it at an angle. To Make A Photo Prop: Simply hot glue a craft stick to the back of the paper plate and voila! The kids can take these home as party favors too.

Clear Colors Magnetic Tiles Deluxe Building Set by Playmags This 100-piece magnetic building set comes with equilateral triangles, small and large squares, right triangles, isosceles triangles, and rectangles in addition to a connecting car and pieces of window block. Enough for group play so children, and parents, can build different geometric forms like cars, buildings, and rockets.  Shape Mags Junior Set by Magnetic Stick N Stack This 32-piece geometric shapes set comes with equilateral, right, and isosceles triangles as well as squares. All geometric tiles are magnetized so there is no issue stacking them up or building your kid’s favorite structure. Each block also has lattices and rivets to help strengthen the overall quality of the geometric tiles. Magformers Standard Set by Magformers With a rare earth Neodymium element providing the magnetic properties of the Magformers Standard Set, kids will surely have countless hours of building fun with geometric shapes. The kit comes complete with 12 triangles and 18 squares in magical and colorful rainbow colors. Magna-Tiles Clear Colors by Valtech Company The Magna-Tiles Clear Colors set comes with large and small squares as well as isosceles, equilateral triangles, and right triangles. The geometric shapes can be pieced together to form certain objects like skyscrapers, rockets, cars, houses, and even abstract structures. All tiles come in a variety of translucent colors. Magnetic Building Blocks by Newisland The Newisland Blocks come with a total of 66 very colorful and safe geometric shapes including squares, semicircles, and triangles as well as other accessories like wheels, gears, tubes, and crank shafts. The set comes complete with a colorful child-safe plastic container box to help teach kids about toy organization and management. EDITOR’S NOTE: These toys contain magnets. Swallowing magnets can be fatal. Exercise caution, especially around infants and toddlers.


Affordable, Fun, and Educational Birthday Gifts: Think STEM


here’s all kinds of toys and activity kits out there to buy as birthday gifts for kids of all ages —superheroes, cartoon movies, TV characters, dress-up, etc. All of these may be fun and interesting, but are they educational? Do they lay the groundwork for critical thinking? Typically not. However, there are a wide variety of affordable STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related toys and activities waiting to fly off of store shelves and webpages. STEM—why are these areas important?

Elsewhere on the site, it shows overall job growth projections being 14%, while job demand in STEM related jobs being higher—up to 5 times higher, at over 60% growth—depending on the specific area. Bottom line, toys and activities that spark interest in STEM areas lay a foundation for scientific exploration and they may even inspire kids to pursue in-demand careers.

There are many, many affordable toy, activity, and book options ($20 or less) that parents and loved According to the Education Department website ones can easily find online or in stores. Top areas “The United States has developed as include engineering kits, chemistry kits, biology a global leader, in large part, through the genius kits, magnetic kits, and/or scientific instruments and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and that are engaging, colorful, and fun. innovators. In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex…it’s more important than ever for For technology and engineering kits, kids can our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and learn how to make all kinds of different interestskills to solve tough problems, gather and ing robots or devices. A brand called 4M has a evaluate evidence, and make sense of informavariety of interesting robots to make. They have tion. These are the types of skills that students kits to make a tin can robot, a salt water robot, learn by studying science, technology, engineerand doodling robots that can draw. One particular ing, and math—subjects collectively known as kit by a different company has something called STEM.” the “Electronic Playground 50-in-One,” that

includes “over 50 Electronic projects including finger touch lamp, metal detector, transistor radio, and alarm.” The kit ensures safety by working with a single 9 volt battery. They also have a bigger kit for kids who are older and very curious about technology and engineering. And there’s even electronic bug robots, and solar power cars or devices that kids can construct. The options are mind blowing, truly. Related to chemistry, there’s a ton of non-toxic toys or activities. Classic chemistry kids include volcano kits or rocket kits that require a non-toxic chemical reaction to fuel the activity. There’s also a variety of crystal growing kits let kids watch as crystals of different sizes, shapes, and colors grow in water. I saw a soap making kit that can promote both chemistry and cleanliness—nice, right? For parents or loved ones that are thinking something less potentially messy for younger kids, there’s “Mighty Molecule” building blocks that let kids apply atomic level thinking to a building block format. Magnetic toys have been a basis of scientific toys for a long time. Magnets seem almost magical in their ability to make things come together on their own, or on the other hand to repel and levitate objects. There’s magnetic sand timers, magnetic fidgets, polished and powerful hematite rocks, magnetic and colorful building kits—even magnetic putty! If someone puts a powerful magnet near the putty, a stream starts to

gravitate upwards. It can be fascinating for a lot of kids. Speaking of putty, for a scientific sensory experience, there are more kinds of putty than you can shake a stick at. Every color under the sun (and even clear “liquid glass” putty), and in a variety of textures. Some are stretchy, some are goopy, some have a scent, and most of the ones I’ve seen are under $10. Biology kits can explore anything from bugs to bacteria. While a high end microscope may be expensive, smaller and cheaper options around $20 are easily available. Regardless of whether you’d prefer to find a fun and interesting toy or an interactive kit—or even a colorful kid’s or teen’s book, there’s a lot of gift options available that inspire fun and critical thinking. Such toys, activities and books may even lead to the curiosity that later drives a productive and in-demand career! j Andrew Scherbarth, Ph.D., BCBA-D Director of the Disruptive Behavior Clinic Clinical Child Psychologist Licensed Psychologist | Board Certified Behavior Analyst Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics 6867 Southpoint Drive North, Suite 106 Jacksonville, Florida 32216 Phone: 904-619-6071 | Fax: 904-212-0309

APRIL 2017 • •

Page 15

SUMMER CAMPS Aquatics Camp June 19 – August 4 Owned and operated by the North Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America, the property is located at the St Johns River Base at Echockotee sitting on Doctors Inlet in Orange Park. Aquatics Camp serves boys and girls ages 6-14. A camper’s day is filled with activities that bring them from the shores of Doctors Lake to the heights of the climbing wall, and from the woods of the archery range to catching some air off the back of one of the wakeboard boats. Extended Care Available. Discounts for multiple weeks, siblings, & early registration by May 15, 2017. 904-269-2091 / 2513 Doctors Lake Dr, Orange Park, FL 32073 / Art Loft Summer Camp Week A: June 12 – June 16 Week B: July 10 – July 14 Week C: July 17 – July 21 10am – 2pm Summer Camp at The Art Loft includes drawing, painting, and collage activities. Lessons include elements from art history, art criticism, and children’s literature. Each day ends with warm chocolate chip cookies and milk. The camp is taught by Carrie Keene, a certified K-12 art educator with 17 years of teaching experience. Each week will have a BLACK LIGHT DAY on Friday!! **Please bring a Bag Lunch each day and dress for mess** Cost: $185/week. 904-626-4726 / 2236 Jones Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32220 / Broadway Kid Starz Musical Theatre Camp June 5 – August 11 8:30am - 5:30pm Ages 8-18 (ages 5-7 call for info). Two-week summer camp with a full production show on the final weekend featuring all camp participants. Does your child like to sing, dance, act or perform improv?   Campers will learn how to improve their skills with highly informative coaches.  No previous experience needed and no one is turned away.  At the end of camp, campers will be highlighted, in the limelight, in a final fully staged production. Cost:  $495 Full Day. $295 Half Day. 646-460-1107 / 4261 Eldridge Loop Rd, Orange Park, FL 32073 / Burrell’s Camp Chippewa June 13 – August 12 6:30am – 6:30pm Ages 6 – 12. Daily Activities include Sports such as Field Hockey and Flag Football. Camp also offers

Page 16 • • APRIL 2017

Swimming with American Camp Association Certified Lifeguards, Camp Crafts, Boating/Canoeing, Water Slide, and Fishing. Cost: Registration is $40. Weekly fee is $150 (lunch included). / 904-737-4988 / 3111 Tiger Hole Road Campapalooza June 5 - August 4 Extended day available from 7am - 6pm Field trips, games, special events, and activities each week. Different theme every week. Early Registration: $99/week. After May 6th: $119/week. $50 registration fee. Extended Day available. Most field trips are an additional cost. Camp is held at Blessed Trinity Catholic School. Open House is May 6th from 9am-12pm. 904-233-5605 / 10472 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / Camp Cummer June 5 – July 21: Elementary School Camp (Except July 3-7) July 24 - 28: Middle School Camp Monday – Friday 9am - 3:30pm Sign up for a week of learning, adventure, and fun! Students will print, draw, paint, work with clay, and learn new ways to think and talk about art in the Cummer Museum’s Galleries and Gardens. Cost for members is $180 per child and non-members is $215. Extended care is available for Elementary School Camp only. HEAL Foundation scholarships are available for children with autism. 904-355-0630 / 829 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204 / Creative Minds Academy Summer Camp June 5 - August 9 Monday - Friday     6am - 6:30pm Ages 5-12. Field Trips to Rebounderz, Movies, Adventure Landing, Skating, Bowling, Swimming, and More. We have an Indoor Game Room with XBOX, Fuseball, Pinball, etc. $145/week and includes Field Trips, Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks. Expires 08/01/2017* 904-379-8126 / 10550 Deerwood Park Blvd Suite #704 Jacksonville 32256 904-880-8588 / 14985 Old St. Augustine Road Suite #120 Jacksonville 32258 Diamond D Ranch Session 1: June 26 – June 30 Session 2: July 10 – July 14 Session 3: July 17 – July 21

Session 4: July 24 – July 28 8:30am – 5pm Diamond D Ranch provides children ages 8 to 17, an opportunity to learn about horses and horsemanship. The program is designed to benefit both the beginner and those who already have some knowledge of horses. Day Camp Cost: $508.25/week. Price includes registration fee and sales tax. $214 (tax included) non refundable deposit is required. This will be taken from the total cost of each camp price. 904-289-9331 / 5903-1 Solomon Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32234 / Episcopal School of Jacksonville Eagle Arts Camp June 12 - 23 8:30am - 3pm Eagle artists ages 6-14 will have a safe and exciting experience with hands-on learning, performing, and group interaction packed full of fun. Discover talents in music (Orff), musical theatre, creative dramatics, movement, arts & crafts, story-telling, mime and improvisation. Campers will work with their professional directors (all artists themselves in their own disciplines) as campers come together to create! Make sure to bring a bathing suit, because they will also visit the pool! / 904-396-5751 / 4455 Atlantic Blvd Girl Scouts of Gateway Council Camps June 4 - August 4 Ages 6- 14. Camps run Sunday - Friday afternoon . At camp, Girls will learn all the best outdoor skills like archery, kayaking and fire building - plus favorite activities like crafts and cooking over an open fire while gazing at the stars. Two options - Resident Camp (5 night/ 6 day) or Day Camp ( 5 day). Both provide offer exciting activities, work towards Girl Scout Badges and weekly fun themes. You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to attend camp. / 904-421-3480 / Hawthorne, FL Good Lad Soccer Camps Week 1: June 5 - June 9 Week 2: June 12 - June 16 Week 3: June 19 - June 23 Week 4: June 26 - June 30 9am - 3pm A fast paced, fun camps are returning just in time for the summer. All the camps are held in a brand new indoor facility. Good Lad Soccer Camps are perfect for children ages 7-12 and will focus on ball skills, endurance, overall fitness and agility. Players will need to bring their soccer gear, water jug, bag lunch and snack.

N E W S Cost: $270/week ($54 per day). Half-day 9-12pm or 12-3pm, $135/week. 10% discount for siblings. 10% discount for multiple camp sign up. 904-240-2572 / 3605 Philips Hwy. Jacksonville, FL 32207 / Gymnastics Unlimited Summer Camps June 12 – August 11 9am – 3pm Boys and girls ages 5 – 18. Gymnastics on all four Olympic Events (Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor), Cheerleading, Dance, Fitness, Arts and Crafts, Movies, Indoor Games and more. There is a Show-off day EVERY Friday with Awards. Free extended hours available. Half days and daily drop-ins welcome. Cost: First week $165. $10 discount for each additional week (maximum discount of three weeks). 50% deposit is required to reserve space. All money is due on the 1st day of camp week. Family discounts available. / 904-783-8043 / 5532 Lenox Ave i9 Summer Indoor Instructional Programs at the Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex July 8 - August 12, Saturdays only Choose between Indoor Soccer, Flag Football, or Basketball 904-992-4263 / 3605 Philips Highway, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / i9 Summer Multi-Sport Camp at UNF August 7 - August 11 904-992-4263 / 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / Jacksonville Country Day Summer Camp June 5 – July 28 9am – 3pm Grades PreK4 – 6th. Campers experience a wide range of activities including arts and crafts, daily pool time, music, games, sports, fun field trips, and more! The camp program is divided into 8 one-week sessions. The campers are placed into cabins according to the grade they will be entering in the fall. The programs are specifically designed for each age group. In addition to the day camp, JCDS offers specialty camps. The topics include Drones, App Design, Karate, Basketball, Dance, Musical Theater, and Academic Refreshers. Cost: Day Camp is $200 per week session and Specialty Camps range from $300-$450 per week session. 904-641-6644 / 10063 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 /

Jacksonville Science Festival’s Art Exploration Camp • June 19 – July 24 Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm Summer art for ages 5 - 15. Activities include arts and crafts, outdoor activities, field trips, project-based learning, literacy/math, experiments, gardening, hands-on activities and more. Lunch and snack provided. Cost: $120 per student/per week. $10 Non-refundable registration and reservation fee. 904-493-3535/ 3675 San Pablo Rd S, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / Jacksonville Zoo Summer Camp June 12 - August 4 • 9am - 4pm Grades Kindergarten – 8th. Campers should register for the grade they are rising in the fall. Animal-crazed kids can spend a fun-filled week of Zoo hikes, hands-on animal encounters with our Education Animal Ambassadors, behind the scenes tours, crafts, activities, games and more. Cost: Member $195/week. Non-member $220/week. Extended Day$50/week. Lunches $30/ week. 904-757-4463, ext 122 / 370 Zoo Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32218 / Karate America Summer camps in June, July, and August. Convenient times and weekly camps all summer long. Constructive fun and traditional martial arts benefits. Safe structured environment with knowledgeable supervision. Super fun summer camp teaches kids powerful life skills like focus, discipline and respect while learning cool martial arts moves. Diverse activities with physical games, movies, and fun! Kids will accelerate their training, enhance their skills, and have LOTS OF FUN! Enroll Today - Space is Limited! Call the location near you today.



KINDERGARTEN - 6TH GRADE Campers will participate in Team Sports and age appropriate activities.

SESSION 1 June 5 - 9, Boys 2nd - 4th grade, 9am – 12pm SESSION 2 June 5 - 9, Boys 5th - 7th grade, 1pm - 4pm SESSION 3 June 26 - 30, Girls 2nd - 7th grade, 6pm – 7:30pm

Camp Hours: 8 am - 3 pm Extended Care Available: 3 pm - 6 pm

Extended Care Available for Session 1 Campers

JUNE 12 - AUGUST 4 904-349-2611

JUNE 5 - 30

St. Paul’s Catholic School Gym in Jacksonville Beach. 212 5th Street North | Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250


KidzArt Summer Camp • June 19 – July 21 KidzArt Camp is a summer of creative fun with many exciting projects including painting, clay, drawing, and more. A week of KidzArt camp, is a balance between academic, social, and recreational pursuits. Camp lessons are taught by trained counselors. Campers create a multitude of art projects during the week that they get to take home at the end of camp. Camps are designed for ages 5 to 9 in a variety of themes such as: Caribbean Adventure Camp, Once Upon A Time - Princess Camp, Wild About Animals Camp, and Art Under The Big Top Camp. 904-287-8603 / 150 Hilden Rd Suite 311, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32081 / MOCA’s Art Camp June 5 – August 11 • Monday - Friday 2 Half Day Sessions: 9am - 12pm or 1pm – 4pm at MOCA – Ages 4 - 6 9am - 4pm at MOCA – Ages 7 - 10 and Ages 11 - 14 9am - 4pm at UNF Campus – Ages 6 - 9 MOCA Jacksonville’s Art Camp offers creative artmaking for ages 4-14. Experienced art educators teach a variety of media and skills while providing the contemporary art history context for each project. Extended day available. 904-366-6911 / 333 North Laura St, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / MOSH Summer Discovery Camps June 5 - August 4 • Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm Summer Discovery Camps are offered primarily for kindergarteners through 5th graders with select weeks offered for 6th through 8th graders. Join MOSH for a new adventure each week! Campers will explore science, history and astronomy as they conduct experiments, journey to the edge of the universe in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium and explore Museum exhibits, including this summer’s exhibit: Dinosaurs in

Motion! Cost of Camp: $164 for MOSH Members / $205 for Non-Members. Before- and after-care is available. 904-396-6674 / 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / Royal Amelia Dance Academy July 3 – July 7 Beauty and the Beast July 10 – July 14 Aloha Moana July 17 – July 21 The Wonderful World of Trolls July 24 – July 28 Wickedly Wicked 9am – 3pm Ages 4-12. These summer camps are 4 spectacular weeks of art, set design, dance, singing and theater concluding with a performance at the Amelia Musical Playhouse Theatre on Friday afternoons. 904-624-7240 / 1897 Island Walk Way #4, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 / Shiva Robotics Academy Summer Camp June 12 – August 11 • 9am - 3pm Ages 4-15. This year’s summer sessions are Robotic Explorer, Animatronics Adventure, and Autonomous Robots. Each session will feature different themes for the week including Smart Vehicles, 3D Animation, and Video Game Designing. Cost: Full day $300/week, Half day $200/week. $80/ full day or $55/ half day. 904-704 7046 / 7044 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216 / Smitty’s Day Camp June 5 - August 11 • 6:30am - 6pm Ages 5-12. Activities include swimming, fishing, boating, arts and crafts, sports, field trips, nature walks, hayrides, carnival, and water slide. Mini-Camp is also available for children entering kindergarten this year. Cost: $150/week. 904-732-9660 / 7710 Hilsdale Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32216 / Theatre Jacksonville Session A: June 5 - 30 Session B: July 10 - August 4 9am – 2pm Ages: 7-13. During each of the 4-week sessions campers will cycle daily through classes in acting, musical theatre, dance, and improvisation. After an initial week of preparation and training, they hold camp-wide auditions for an original show, written by their professional instructing team and directors, which becomes the curriculum for all classes for the remainder of camp. / 904-396-4425 X16 / 2032 San Marco Blvd T’s Learning Center Summer Camps June 5 - August 11 • 6:30am - 6:30pm Ages 5 - 10. 10 fun-filled weeks of science experiments, art activities, field trips and much more. Price includes all field trip and on site activities, snacks and lunches. Camp themes including Pirate, Chef, Little Picasso, and Magic weeks just to name a few. Field trips to places such as Sweet Pete’s Candy Factory, Pump it Up, Movies, Chuck E Cheese, Swimming, Bowling and more. Cost: $165/week includes lunch and field trips. Enroll before May 27 for $50 off the sixth week of camp. One offer per family. Multiple discounts not allowed. New enrollments only. Intracoastal - 904-641-5273 / 11761 Beach Blvd #13 / Lic #C04DU370 Southside - 904-997-1971 / 8595 Beach Blvd #201 / Lic #C04DU369 Arlington - 904-807-9191 / 3033 Monument Road #21 / Lic #C04DU806 Gate Parkway - 904-538-0900 / 11526 Lake Mead Ave #105 / Lic #C04DU1135 Ponte Vedra - 904-551-2614 / 11300 US HWY 1 North / Lic # C07SJ0111

APRIL 2017 • •

Page 17

TNT Gymnastics Summer Camp May 30 - August 11 • 9am - 3pm Ages 4-13. Every child will participate in gymnastics rotations focusing on new skill and position development. They will get to interact on all apparatus in the facility from vault, bars, beam, rings, trampoline, pit, and more. When it’s time to slow down and catch a breath, they will have snack, crafts, & lunch each day. Cost: $150/weekly for 1st child, $135 for siblings. Hourly, daily, and half day rates available. 904-998-8681 / 2683 St Johns Bluff Road S. Unit #107, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / University of Florida Volleyball Camps Session I - Individual Skills Camp: July 10 - July 13 Session II - Team Camp 1: July 14 - July 16 Session III - Specialty Position Camp: July 18 July 20 Session IV - Team Camp 2: July 21 - July 23 Individual Skills Camp - Open to girls 10 and older. Resident Cost: $415. Commuter Cost: $330. Team Camp - High school teams only. Resident (UF Housing): $315. Commuter: $260. Specialty Position Camp - Resident Cost (UF Housing): $365. Commuter Cost: $300. 352-375-4683 x3244 / 250 Gale Lemerand Dr, Gainesville, FL 32611 /

adventure begins on Sundays when campers arrive for their week-long experience. During the week, campers will spend time in our conservation center, veterinary clinic, and our world-class conference center. In addition to learning about wildlife, they will engage in classic camp activities such as boating, hiking, swimming, bowling and so much more. Campers depart on Friday evening after the parent event that tops off their week. Your student will leave camp with critical thinking and leadership skills that will enhance their ability to make decisions that benefit people and wildlife worldwide. Cost: $1100/week. 904 225 3200 / 581705 White Oak Road, Yulee, FL 32097 /


YMCA Summer Day Camps • May 30 - August 11 6:30am - 6:00pm (hours vary by location) Ages 5 – 12. It’s GAME ON! at the YMCA Day Camps across the First Coast. Campers will discover new adventures, interests, skills, build self-confidence, make new friends and feel a sense of achievement. Above all, the focus will be on making summer fun! Cost: Registration Fee: $50. Deposit: $15/week. Weekly Fee: may vary by location. 904-265-1775 /

The American Academy of Pediatricians has given neurofeedback the highest grading of effectiveness for ADD/ADHD.

White Oak Conservation Summer Camp May 28 – August 4 • Residential Week Long This summer, students will embark on a global journey into conservation! Each day they will learn about threats to nature on a different continent, connecting to not only animals - but people and places as well. This STEM camp will put them up close to wildlife, science and leading experts in conservation! The

Visit’s Summer Camp Page for more information!

SUMMER DAY CAMP & RESIDENT CAMP Now Registering Get ready for the Best Summer EVER! Campers will discover new adventures, interests and skills, build self-confidence, make new friends and achieve success!

Let the Memories Begin! Learn more and register at

Page 18 • • APRIL 2017

Provides a non-drug approach for diagnosing and treating ADD/ADHD, Learning disabilities, Autism and Aspergers and it is based on research that has been widely replicated all over the world.

Other benefits include: • Overcoming academic difficulties • Progress is maintained once program is completed • Better social skills • Improvement of the emotional climate at home


904.646.0054 Most Insurances Accepted

Join us for Theatre Jacksonville’s Summer Camp, where children gain self-esteem, confidence, communication tools and friendships.


For ages 7-14 Session A: June 5-30 Session B: July 10-Aug. 4


06.05.17 — 08.04.17 K-8 th Grades 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. Extended care available REGISTER TODAY AT

(904) 396-4425


June 5th - August 4th

Community Activities & Resource Expo

Saturday April 29th Jacksonville Fair Grounds 10am-2pm Bring Your Friends & Family for a day of Games∙ Music∙ Bouncy House & More


Open House

May 6th 9 am 12 pm-

ed 9 Them ! !! s k e We

• Dodgeball • Nerf-apoolza • Blast from the Past Week • Wild West

• • • • •

Stars and Stripes Talent Showcase Talent Show Sport Week Boot Camp

Early Registration: $99/week After May 6th: $119/week One-Time Registration Fee: $50 Extended Day: $25 Sibling Discounts Available

Camp located at Blessed Trinity Catholic School on Beach Blvd

Your Online Guide to Summer Camps APRIL 2017 • •

Page 19


Dual Enrollment: Right for Your Kids? A

s we approach the end of the school year, many parents are making plans for next year. If you have high school students, you may be considering dual enrollment options for them. Dual enrollment is an acceleration program in which sixth through twelfth grade students in Florida may enroll in college-level courses. Students can earn both high school and college credit if they pass the college-level class.

Dual enrollment is open to students in public schools, private schools, and home education programs. Students earn credit toward high school graduation, a career certificate, an industry certification, or an associate baccalaureate degree at an eligible Florida college or university, according to the Florida Department of Education.

Many high schools, both public and private, in Northeast Florida partner with Florida State College at Jacksonville for dual enrollment courses. Other schools, such as the private school where I teach, partner with private Florida universities. In either case, schools make an articulation agreement with each other. Students are then guided by the terms in that agreement. TUITION AND FEES As of 2016, there was no charge for students enrolled in dual enrollment (and early enrollment) courses through a Florida College System institution or state university. In addition, students enrolled in dual enrollment instruction were exempt from tuition and fees, including laboratory fees.

By earning college credit prior to graduating high school, students can reduce the amount of time and/or money spent on earning a college degree.

Textbooks and other assigned instructional materials were available to Florida public school students free of charge. Students in home school programs or in private schools, however, had to ELIGIBILITY pay for their textbooks and instructional materiAccording to the Florida Department of Education, als. students in grades six through twelve may take Please note, the dual enrollment (and early dual enrollment courses, if they are deemed enrollment) program is subject to change as eligible by the school awarding credit for the legislation changes. classes. As of July, 2016, to take dual enrollment courses, students must: • be enrolled in a Florida public or nonpublic secondary school (grades 6-12) or in a home education program; • have a 3.0 unweighted grade point average (GPA) to enroll in college credit courses, or a 2.0 unweighted GPA to enroll in career dual enrollment courses; • for college credit courses, meet a minimum score on a common placement test; • meet any additional criteria outlined by the college or university in the Dual Enrollment Articulation Agreement; and • cannot be scheduled to graduate prior to the completion of the dual enrollment course. AREA PROGRAMS

Manager, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

1. How long have you been a museum Program Manager? I started my museum career in Nashville at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. I worked part-time at first, running their summer camp program and working with the school tours. For the following 6 years I added more and more responsibility until I was working full time on adult, family, and children’s programming. Jobs have different titles depending on the institution for which you work. At the Frist Center my title was Associate Educator for Public Programs, even though I did essentially the same sort of work. So technically, I’ve really only been a “program manager” for about a month! 2. Why did you choose this career? I chose this career because I truly love visual art, and I’m interested in the various ways people connect with it. I am energized by being around all types of different art, whether it is music, dance, painting or sculpture. I consider art history to be one of the purest accounts of anthropology. It offers a unique insight into the human condition. 3. What kind of education did you get to become a Program Manager? I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and sculpture and a Masters of Art degree in art education. 4. What are some of your responsibilities? I research the art on view at the Cummer Museum both from our permanent collection and from the traveling exhibitions that come to us from other institutions. I collaborate with colleagues from our Museum and members of our community to create programs that will help contextualize, or tell the story of the art on display. These programs might include music, dance, a lecture, an art making workshop, even culinary offerings. The possibilities are almost endless. 5. What do you like most about your job? I love being around the art and learning about the artists who made it and the places and time periods in which they lived. It is also a privilege to meet, as I do in this job, such an array of intelligent, beautifully artistic individuals who teach me to think about my world in new ways.


For more information on dual enrollment (and early enrollment) courses in Florida, please visit the Florida Department of Education web site at Once there, type “dual enrollment” in the search field. You’ll be directed to up-to-date information and resources. On a local level, you can find out more about dual enrollment by visiting your school district’s web site and searching for dual enrollment options there. Next month, I’ll take a look at early enrollment options for Florida students. j Nancy Lee Bethea

– Mark Twain




“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.”

Page 20 • • APRIL 2017

That’s MY Job! Tonya McCain, Program

Pre K-8


The Best Jobs


f you’re looking for a career, or not sure what to strive for, job-search site Glassdoor has 50 recommendations for you to consider. Utilizing their database of company reviews, salary reports, benefit listings, and approval ratings from real employees, Glassdoor established a ranking for this year’s best jobs. The rankings are determined by three key factors: job satisfaction, median base salary, and the number of job openings. Here are the top five: 1. Data Scientist: median base salary of $110,000, 4.4 out of 5 job satisfaction rating, 4,184 job openings, and an overall score of 4.8 out of 5. 2. DevOps Engineer: median base salary of $110,000, 4.7 out of 5 job satisfaction rating, 2,725 job openings, and an overall score of 4.7 out of 5. 3. Data Engineer: median base salary of $106,000, 4.7 out of 5 job satisfaction rating, 2,599 job openings, and an overall score of 4.7 out of 5. 4. Tax Manager: median base salary of $110,000, 4.7 out of 5 job satisfaction score, 3,317 job openings, and an overall score of

4.0 out of 5. 5. Analytics Manager: median base salary of $112,000, 4.6 out of 5 job satisfaction score, 1,958 job openings, and an overall score of 4.6 out of 5. This is the second year in a row data scientist has nabbed the top spot. Dental hygienist, physical therapist, and construction project manager round out the bottom of the list with overall scores of 4.0 out of 5 (which is still really good.) See for the complete list. HR Manager, $85,000; Database Administrator, $93,000; Strategy Manager, $130,000; UX Designer, $92,000; and Solutions Architect, $125,000 round out the top 10. j

Things to Do Elementary Mathematics: Parent Partnerships For Success • April 4, 5:30pm Come explore how mathematics instruction has changed and how students are being prepared to: understand how mathematics works, be able to work fluently with numbers, and become lifelong mathematicians. This course will expose you to math content your child will experience, and provide tips on how to help them be successful. The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a family resource designed for parents, caregivers, and community members.  All Parent Academy courses are free of charge.  Ruth N. Upson Elementary School / 904-390-2960 / 1090 Dancy Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205 / www. MOSH Homeschool Program April 19, 9:30am to 11am MOSH offers engaging, inquiry-based programs for your student and family in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.  Programs have been developed specifically for elementary-aged students. Parents with younger or older siblings may observe classes with registered students. Homeschool programs will consist of two 45-minute interactive sessions, which cover a range of topics. You will have time to explore the Museum 30 minutes before the program begins and will also have time after the program. Doors open at 9am, and the program begins at 9:30am.  Cost is $8 per student and parent (unless otherwise noted); 20% discount for MOSH Members and their students.  Register in advance.  This month’s program is Plants, and is best suited for ages 5 to 7. MOSH / 904-396-MOSH / 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207 /

Education Living History Weekend April 22-23, 9am to 4pm Join JaxParks for a free event featuring daily battle reenactments, historical activities and more. Watch 1864 Jacksonville come to life with scripted scenarios and first person reenactments of skirmishes, raids and civilian town life. Free admission. Camp Milton Historic Preserve / 904-630-CITY / 1175 Halsema Rd N, Jacksonville, FL 32220 / www. Carrie Clarke Day April 22, 11am to 4pm The event will take place at the Clarke House Park on Kingsley Ave. There will be historic demonstrations, tours, live music, hay rides and, of course, the playground. Admission is free.   Clarke House Park / 904-264-2635 / 1039 Kingsley Ave, Orange Park, FL 32073 / Making Math Fun April 25, 5pm Educators will define the critical areas of early math including number sense, geometry, measurement, spatial relations and math vocabulary. You will learn practical games and activities that can easily be done with your child to boost their math knowledge. The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a family resource designed for parents, caregivers, and community members.  All Parent Academy courses are free of charge.  Timucuan Elementary School / 904-390-2960 / 5429 110th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32244 / www.

APRIL 2017 • •

Page 21

Page 22 • • APRIL 2017


Time to Manage Time

Predictor of College Success: True Grit!


hat are the factors that best predict academic success in college? When asked, most people would probably pick high grade point averages and super college entrance exam scores. These factors, after all, have been and still are relied upon by postsecondary institutions to determine a student’s academic potential. And most would agree that we all feel that the “brainiacs” in the class will be the most likealy to succeed.

There is strong certainly evidence linking high school academic prowess to success academically in college. However, these qualitative measures are not foolproof, and they do not reflect non-cognitive characteristics, like attitude, motivation, temperament, and maturity, which also impact academic outcomes. A new study by Dr. Patrick Akos and Dr. Jen Kretchmar (UNC chapel Hill School of Education) published in The Review of Higher Education examines the predictive power of one non-cognitive trait: grit. Research done by Dr. Angela Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania, indicates that grit includes two dimensions: consistency of interest and perseverance of effort. According to Duckworth, an example of a “gritty” student is one who is steadfast in pursuing long-term goals. In the past, survey research on how well grit could predict college success has been inexact, because of “social desirability response bias.” This results from research participants providing answers based on what they believe society would find acceptable rather than on their true feelings. The newest study avoided this bias by, first, having a group of first-year undergraduates complete a survey that measured their consistency and perseverance. Secondly, participants were asked to supply the name of a teacher, friend, or mentor who would also assess them. These “informants” were given the same grit


survey to assess the students, and the results were then compared. Three important findings showed: • There was a significant correlation between the students’ self-reported grit scores and their first-year college GPA. “Gritty” individuals attained higher grades • Students with low levels of grit were more likely to change their major during the first two years of college. • There were significant differences between the informant and self-reported grit scores. Grit scores reported by informants were higher than those reported by the students themselves.

What does this mean for high school students who want to get into their top choice college or university? Colleges still want students who are strong academically but are looking at more than a student’s numbers or list of extracurricular activities and community service. They are looking at whether a student can make a long-term commitment and overcome obstacles to reach his/her goals. Students should still explore their interests but also be aware that persistence is an attractive trait to college admissions officers. Therefore, it may be wise to not include superficial, short-term activities on a student’s application. On the other hand, students should take full advantage of the essays they write for their college applications by demonstrating their consistency and perseverance and shining a light on what makes him or her special. j

hat’s the one thing we never have enough of, even though we already have all there is? It’s time. Time is one thing that no amount of money can buy. Each of us starts the week with the same 168 hours to spend. No one can change that. What we can change is how we use the time we have. A minute wasted is gone forever: There’s a reason people talk about “killing time”. Teaching your child to use time wisely is one of the most important ways to help her or him do better in school and out. Studies show that the most successful people are usually those who use their time most effectively. Experts say that planning is the secret to helping your child use time wisely. Teach your child that, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Children need to learn how to make a plan for using their time wisely. Help your child set priorities when he or she makes statements like “there just isn’t enough time!” As you work with your child to teach time management skills, you may soon discover a problem: there isn’t always time to do everything. Help your child learn another important time

management method: setting priorities. A calendar helps many children make plans: encourage your child to mark key upcoming dates, have your child add the due dates for homework assignments especially those that will take time to complete. Write in exam dates. The calendar will help your child keep track of lots of things. But it won’t work if he or she doesn’t remember to look at it. Planning for a regular homework time can also boost school performance: Teachers say that of all the things students can do to improve their grades, setting a regular daily homework time is one of the most important ones. Have a regular time and place for homework. Set up a quiet, comfortable area for work. During homework time, there should be no interruptions, no phone calls and no TV. When your child gets the “homework habit,” he’s learning more than just math, science or social studies: He’s also learning study skills, self-discipline and independence. Those are lessons that will last a lifetime. j

Ginny Wirzbicki College Planning Consultant Horizon College Planning Member HECA, NACAC, SACAC, NCTA 904-742-4716

Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 5 for the following statements: Consistency:

Least LikeMe


Most Like Me





I often set a goal but later choose to pursue a different one. New ideas and new projects sometimes distract me from previous ones. I become interested in new pursuits every few months. My interests change from year to year. I’ve obsessed over ideas/projects for a short time but later lost interest. I have difficulty maintaining focus on projects that take more than a few months to complete.

TOTAL: (A low score = Higher Consistency) Perseverance: I have achieved a goal that took years of work. I have overcome setbacks to conquer an important challenge. I finish whatever I begin. Setbacks don’t discourage me. I am a hard worker. I am diligent.

TOTAL: (A high score = Higher Perseverance) APRIL 2017 • •

Page 23

Latrece Brown Named 2017 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year Latrece Brown’s positive energy is so infectious, it’s just like the Energizer Bunny. She keeps going, and going, and going. It’s that energy and her palpable love and enthusiasm for teaching that’s made the fourth-year teacher stand out among her peers. “My kids are used to my energy, but this is how I teach,” said Brown. “I’m up, I’m down, I’m bouncing, I’m popping, I’m clapping, I’m singing, I’m jumping. I don’t know anything other than that energy, so it’s easy to keep it up.” It’s the same energy that was on display in late January when the Prize Patrol entered her classroom to inform Brown she was a finalist for the 2017 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year. Brown responded with an ecstatic high kick, a reflection of her former cheerleading days. And it’s the same energy that was exhibited when Brown’s name was announced as the 2017 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year at the EDDY Awards on February 24, and she did a little jig right on stage. Leading up to the Teacher of the Year announcement, Brown experienced a bit of anxiety and nerves. She was even a bit concerned about her dress and shoe selection, wondering if she opted for the right evening gown. That was until she noticed two women – Duval County School Board Chairman Paula Wright, District 4, and the 2016 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year Kay Park – in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency wearing the exact same dress.

and interned at Andrew A. Robinson. Her internship led to a full-time position at the school, where Brown has taught second, third, and fourth grades. “I’m overly thrilled to be a product of Duval County Public Schools and then to stand here and represent the district as Teacher of the Year,” she stated. Brown’s first taste of teaching came as she volunteered as a cheerleading coach for Pop Warner. That, combined with a job at My Gym was just enough to let Brown know she wanted to work with kids. “From those two jobs, I just knew that’s where I was going to be,” said Brown. “I was really guided into teaching from my passion of working with children. It’s not work to me. It’s fun.” She’s encountered different challenges, but Brown’s also developed new methods and ways to adjust to her students. Each year she’s fine-tuned her technique and classroom to make it a better experience

“I was confident with my dress, but I was a little worried about my shoes,” remembered Brown. “I had another dress with me. I saw they both had the same dresses as me and wondered if I should change. But then I thought this is too cliché – Paula Wright, my for her students. This year included a completely different change to her classroom. specific School Board representative, and Kay Park, last year’s Teacher of Year – no way I’m changing! “I’ve moved away from the traditional, whole-group This is fate!” teaching to two small groups for core instruction based off skill,” explained Brown. “To add the next Brown, who at the age of 27 is the youngest to be named Teacher of the Year in the district’s history, is a layer on that, I’ve changed my center rotations as fourth-grade teacher at Andrew A. Robinson Elemen- well where they are more differentiated and incorporate more technology. My classroom is a wide tary. She is also a product of Duval County Public spectrum. I’ve got ESE, repeaters, children multiple Schools. She attended Mandarin Oaks Elementary, Mandarin Middle, and Mandarin High Schools before levels behind, but I also have high-level students, going to the University of North Florida. When it came gifted, and those who need enrichment.” to her internship, Brown returned to her DCPS roots

Page 24 • • APRIL 2017

While technology use is prevalent within her classroom, perhaps Brown’s most innovative technological incorporation thus far was using social media to increase both student and parental engagement. She started a closed Facebook group in which she posts live videos going over a particular topic. Membership in the group is strict as it is limited to members of her class, their parents, Brown’s principal, and several of Brown’s mentors. “It started out slow. First I talked to the kids and sent sheets home. During Open House, I had it publicized on the board for parents to add me, and they did…right there at Open House,” explained Brown. As group members began to join, students became more excited and engaged. Then they also wanted to know when the next video would occur. “Speaking from student engagement, when you have kids coming up to you and asking when you’re going to teach again on Facebook, that’s golden! That’s what sparked me to keep it up,” said Brown. The Facebook group is a platform not only for the live videos, but also serves as another spot where Brown can post study guides, announcements, and even photos from her class for parents. It is also through this Facebook group where Brown can identify if a student is misinterpreting the information and correct it immediately or receive parental requests to go over a particular topic.

ers. In class, I pulled the video up and showed that instead of our regular review. That was the best data I’ve seen on any of my assessments this year. I think because the kids see it on video and on TV, they pay attention more. They were so engaged!” Brown is a firm believer of independence and accountability, and works hard to instill that mentality in her students. “My biggest goal is the independency and accountability,” said Brown. “I want them to understand that to get what you want, you must work for it. I want them to understand what hard work looks like. I really want the students to understand what being accountable means. If a student is confused about something during instruction, I want them to raise their hand and ask for clarification so that they can produce a better result. If you are working with someone and you want to be accountable for yourself, I expect you to question your partner. That’s how you excel in life.” As she went through the Teacher of the Year process, Brown felt like it was her responsibility to inform her class of 42 students of each process during each step of the way. Her students knew when visitors were coming to her room to observe. They knew about the different rounds. And they were just as excited as Brown when the announcement came. “When people came into our room, we did what we always do,” said Brown. “I informed them every step of the way, and my students took it as their responsibility. They love the spotlight, and this helped build up their confidence and self-esteem. I love that I got to share this with the students. When they watched the news clips or when Dr. Vitti came in, they felt just as famous. I wanted them to be part of it just as much as I was.” By: Colleen O’Connell

“Parents will sit back and watch the videos with their children. As I’m teaching, I’ll give wait time for the kids to respond to the questions,” explained Brown. “The “Man Behind the Cam” as the kids call him – rather my fiancée – he calls out the student responses. The other day, he called out an incorrect response, and I loved it because it gave me the opportunity to immediately address what that child was thinking.” The videos also had a surprising impact on the students’ assessment data. “Normally, I would do a review in class, ask a couple of questions, and then give an assessment,” said Brown. “For this one assessment, I went live on a different day than I normally do, so I had less view-


Clay County School News Open Enrollment on Tap As directed by the state legislature, beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, parents will have the option of enrolling their child in any public school in the State of Florida that has available capacity. The Clay County School District will set its procedures this month. Once the school board approves the final policy, it will be posted on the district website,, along with the procedures for accepting applications and the final selection dates. Individual schools will not be involved in the selection of students and do have any additional information. The entire process will be coordinated and conducted by the district office in Green Cove Springs.

Fair Scholarship Winners Named Eight county students have won $1,000 from the Clay County Fair Association Scholarship Program.

schooled seniors who are associated with the following groups: 4-H, FFA, FCCLA, or Police Explorers.

This year’s winners are: Krystyn Endenfield, Clay High 4-H; Ashley Kuhn, Clay High FFA; Sierra Langford, Clay High FFA; Emily Mauch, Clay High 4-H; Hailey Turner, Keystone Heights High FFA; Marissa Williams, Keystone Heights High FFA; Kendall Meeks, Middleburg High FFA; and Marlee Philips, Middleburg High FFA.

Criteria include: • A resident of Clay County or attend a county high school; • Associated with one of the following groups: 4-H, FFA, FCCLA or Police Explorers. • Have good school attendance – No more than five unexcused absences per year. • Free from disciplinary action both in school and community. • A cumulative 2.5 GPA.

The program is open to graduating senior students of a Clay County High School or home-

The district will gain students with 11 schools expected to be under 85 percent capacity for 2017-18 with a total of 1,557 classroom seats available. They are: Coppergate Elementary, 147 seats; Rideout Elementary, 45; S. Bryan Jennings Elementary, 128; Shadowlawn Elementary, 38; Swimming Pen Creek Elementary, 53; W.E. Cherry Elementary, 58; Lakeside Junior High, 192; Orange Park Junior, 209; Clay High, 59: Orange Park High, 377; Ridgeview High, 251. The state statute dictates that the district must provide preferential treatment to: • Dependent children of active duty military personnel whose move resulted from military orders;





Fleming Island’s Davis Wins State Fleming Island wrestler Jason Davis is a new state champion. Davis won the title last month at the state high school wrestling championships in Kissimmee in the 182-pound division. It was the first state title for the team that finished second overall in Class 3A behind South Dade County. Briar JackDavis son, 106-lb. class, and Paul Detwiler, 152-lb class, both finished in third for Fleming Island. Clay High came on second in Class 1A with 2nd place finishes from Chrisophe Mearing, 120-lb. class, and Keith Sawdo, 145-lb. class. Orange Park’s Natorian Lee finished second in the 2A 170-lb. class.




Philips OP/Middleburg (904) 272-8100 Green Cove Springs (904) 284-6500 Keystone Heights (888) 663-2529 TDD (904) 284-6584

A Look at the Real World

process welding machines. These state of the art machines can perform shield metal arc welding, flux core arc welding, gas metal arc welding (MIG) and lift arc gas tungsten arc welding (TIG). Since the machines are capable of handling all • Children who move due to a court-ordered four types of welding, it is no longer necessary for change in custody due to separation or students to change machines to practice a differOrange Park is a recent recipient of 10 new multidivorce, or the serious illness or death of a ent process. A CNC autocustodial parent; and mated plasma cam was The students were guest of Fleet Readiness Cen• Students residing in the district. also recently installed as ter Southeast. They also toured two other welding well. This machine can cut shops and the sheet metal shop where they saw For more information about the controlled open designs and shapes from enrollment plan, please contact the district office. how a CNC machine and a 3D printer are used metal and is commonly to manufacture parts. Following an open forum used in the manufacturfrom the instructor at the welding school, the day ing industry. Students have seen similar CNC Friday, April 7 Fair Day, student/teacher holiday machines demonstrated Connect with us! Friday, April 14 Good Friday, student/teacher holiday at recent field trips to the Vac-Con plant in Green Monday, May 29 Memorial Day, student/teacher holiday Cove Springs and also at Wednesday, June 7 Last day for students, end 4th grading period the JEA’s northside generThursday, June 8 Teacher planning day, last day for teachers ating plant. • Children who have been relocated due to a foster care placement in a different school zone;

Welding students from Orange Park High got a look at a possible future in real-world welding at NAS Jacksonville in March. They toured the F/A-18 Hornet production line and saw firsthand how welding and manufacturing help extend the life of the $50-million jets.

concluded with a meeting with Human Resources to discuss employment opportunities and certification requirements for welders and sheet metal mechanics.

Spring Calendar

APRIL 2017 • •

Page 25

St. Johns County School District News

Mitchell Named School-Related Employee of the Year

Stevenson Mitchell, a diesel mechanic for the Transportation Department, has been named the 2017 School-Related Employee of the Year for the St. Johns County School District. Mitchell has worked in the transportation department for 33 years. His duties as the lead inspector for the district’s fleet of nearly 250 buses include performing corrective and preventative maintenance, service and repairs. A Florida Department of Education State Certified School Bus Inspector, Mitchell completes his job with incredible attention to detail as well as enthusiasm. His name has been submitted to compete at the state level. School-Related Employees of the Year were selected from each of the district’s 36 schools, St. Johns Virtual School and First Coast Technical College, along with four district representatives. These honorees were chosen for the significant contributions they have made in their schools and community and to the school district as a whole. Criteria for the award includes exemplary job performance, dedication on the job, interpersonal skills, leadership ability, in-service/ training to upgrade skills and contributions to the school and school district environment. A district-wide screening committee reviewed all of the candidates and named Mitchell the winner, along with runners-up Renee Baker of the School Services Department and Caroline Russ of Mill Creek Elementary, at a reception honoring all of the nominees last month at the World Golf Hall of Fame Museum.

2016-2017 School-Related Employees of the Year

He’s Back!

Renee Baker.....................Academic Services Department Constance McLaurin.........Bartram Trail High Marvin Jenkins.................Creekside High Peter Ryan Bartell.............John A. Crookshank Elementary Philip Rado.......................Cunningham Creek Elementary Christine Kelley.................Durbin Creek Elementary Ronald Hitchcock..............First Coast Technical College Vicki Barfoot.....................Fruit Cove Middle Danielle Sisk.....................W. D. Hartley Elementary Eric Rathmann..................Hickory Creek Elementary Christine Hector................Human Resources Department Kenneth Schreiber............R.B. Hunt Elementary Robert Chrzanowski..........Information Technology Department Judy Fuhr.........................Julington Creek Elementary Janet Bryant.....................Ketterlinus Elementary George Wood....................Alice B. Landrum Middle John Valastro....................Liberty Pines Academy Catherine Nix....................Otis A. Mason Elementary Holden Duke.....................Pedro Menendez High Caroline Russ...................Mill Creek Elementary Ida Wright.........................R.J. Murray Middle Greg Annucci....................Allen D. Nease High Jessica Weeks..................Ocean Palms Elementary Rona Welch.......................Osceola Elementary Dawn Gillis.......................Pacetti Bay Middle Abra Murrell......................Palencia Elementary Sobrina Martin..................Patriot Oaks Academy Susan Gelb.......................Ponte Vedra High Jennifer Scarbrough.........PVPV/Rawlings Elementary Darlene Delaney...............Gamble Rogers Middle Stefanie McMaugh............St. Augustine High Patricia Eighmey...............St. Johns Technical High Jeffery Baldwin.................Sebastian Middle Kouvaris Davis..................South Woods Elementary Cheryl Terry......................Switzerland Point Middle Jerita Sizemore.................Timberlin Creek Elementary Stevenson Mitchell...........Transportation Department Andres Vega.....................Valley Ridge Academy Stacy Neal........................Wards Creek Elementary Claire Heffernan................The Webster School

If experience counts, Fruit Cove Middle eighth-grader Sreeniketh Vogoti has a good chance to win the 90th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee set for May in Washington, D.C. Last year’s regional winner is again headed to the national event after winning the 73rd annual Florida Times-Union Regional Spelling Bee last month after correctly spelling “facade” in a match that lasted nearly 3 hours. Runner-up in the marathon was Sarah Flannery, an eighth-grader at Indian Trails Middle in Flagler County. Shiloh Cuffe, a sixthgrader at Doctors Inlet Elementary in Clay County came in third. Vogoti made it into the final 10 in last year’s national competition which was televised on ESPN. Jairam Hathwar of Painted Post, N.Y., and Nihar Janga from Austin, Texas, were declared co-champions. They had to spell 24 words a piece before it was over. Eleven year-old Janga became the youngest champion in the bee’s history. Both winners’ parents are immigrants from South India. It was the second straight year that a sibling of a past champion won. Hathwar’s brother, Sriram, was a 2014 co-champion.

Each winner received $45,000 in cash and prizes. Snehaa Kumar of Folsom, California, took home $20,000 for third, and Sylvie Lamontagne of Lakewood, Colorado, got $10,000 for fourth. None will be back this year. The winners are ineligible and Kumar and Lamontagne have aged out. Seventeen out of the last 21 winners (from 1999 to 2016), including all champions for the past nine years have been Indian Americans. The 2016 bee featured co-champions for the sixth time in the competition’s history, the previous occurrences having been in 1950, 1957, 1962, 2014, and 2015. As of 2016, 47 champions have been girls and 46 have been boys.

Follow us on Twitter

Spring Calendar Friday, April Friday, 14.........Student/teacher holiday Wednesday, May 24............4th Quarter ends, last day for students Thursday, May 25...............Teacher planning day, last day for teachers

Science Fair Winners Ponte Vedra High’s Adam Snowden won Best Overall honors in the Senior Division at the St. Johns County Regional Science Fair. His project was entitled “The Effect of Wnt/ Beta-Catenin Signaling Inhibition on Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma.” Aditya Singh of Valley Ridge Academy won Best Overall in the Junior Division for his project entitled “Developing Distance Based Edge Detection.” Approximately 123 participants were involved in the fair held at First Coast Technical College. Twenty-one students representing four St. Johns schools attended the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair in Lakeland in March. Snowden will attend the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California, in May.

Visit St. Johns County Schools online at for more information.

Page 26 • • APRIL 2017

Things to Do


Where Are You Going to School Next Year? “S

o, where are you going to school next year?” Sometimes it feels like this is the only question people ask you. Maybe you’ve been dreaming about a certain university, or maybe you have no idea what you even want to do with your life, let alone where to go to school. Choosing the right program is one of the biggest decisions of your life (no pressure). But before you take the plunge, here are three questions to help you figure out “What’s best for me?” 1. Do I know what I want to do with my life? If you can answer a resounding “Yes!” to this question, I would suggest you stay open to new possibilities. For example, I really thought I wanted to be a psychologist, so I found a great school with a great psychology program. However, after my first semester I realized I liked psychology, but I loved writing and teaching. I switched my major to English Writing & Rhetoric; became a published author; taught at inner-city schools; and now I work for the U.S. Department of Education. My point is you never really know where life will take you. So if you’ve always wanted to be a doctor, great: get into the best program you can—just don’t close yourself off to trying new things. If you’re not really sure or have no clue, that’s fine; you have options. Start at a university with an undecided major. Looking to save some dough? Knock out a few basic courses at your local community college (this may give you a better indication of what you like and don’t like—just make sure your credits will transfer). Or, you can take some time off and travel or work; some good old-fashioned real-world experience can be a great eye-opener—check out this sweet career search tool (studentaid.ed. gov/sa/prepare-for-college/careers/search) for info and inspiration! 2. Have I explored all my options? Maybe you’ve always wanted to go to Harvard; everyone in your family went to Harvard—Harvard is for you! Or is it? Sometimes the school

that looks best on paper (or in your head) isn’t the best all-around fit for you. Check out competing programs; look for info like tuition, graduation rate, earning potential, typical total debt, etc. Also, college is fun. Like FUN!!!! Yes, you’re there to work hard and get an education so you can become a contributing member of society and fulfill your dreams; but college is also a lot of fun. So, think about what type of school might be the best fit for you. Are you all about a big city or a more rural location? Do you dream of a huge campus with tons of people or do you like the idea of a closer-knit community? What about study abroad or certain social groups, organizations, clubs, and sports? These should also be factors you should include in your big decision. By this point you might be wondering how you’re going to find all this info out and use it to compare various programs. My friends, I give you college scorecard ( This site is designed to help you find schools based on degree, location, and other search criteria. Plus, you can compare schools based on school size, average annual cost, graduation rate, average salary after graduation, etc. 3. How can I afford this? Start hunting for scholarships and grants (blog. Like YouTube tutorials and social media groups, there are scholarships and grants for almost anything you can think of. Next fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). It’s free, just like the name says, so if you haven’t filled out your FAFSA yet do it now—I mean, finish this blog first—then complete your FAFSA ( Think about what you really want, do your research, look at all your options, and choose the best program for you—after all, it’s your decision. j Jonathan Goodsell/

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know it when you find it.” – Steve Jobs


Teen Pizza Throwdown April 1, 10am Join the Aprons chefs to compete against your fellow teens and try to come out the victor with your best pie. Ingredients, ovens and cleanup will be provided. Cost is $35/person. Registrations are made on first-come, first-served basis, and are available online. Publix Aprons Cooking School / 904-262-4187 / 10500 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32257 / #Adulting at the Main Branch April 1, 15, 29, May 13, 27, 2:30pm to 3:30pm In this 5-week series for young adults (ages 1524) teens will learn about all the topics you need to know to be a successful adult. Attend these workshops and tell your friends you’ve mastered #Adulting. Plus, prepare for the Young Adult Job Fair on June 6th by attending any of the last three programs and you’ll receive an early-access pass to meet with employers before the event is open to the public. Held from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Main Library / 904-630-2665 / 303 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Understanding the Florida Standards Assessment: High School Reading & Writing April 3, 6pm to 7pm Learn how to assist High School Students in the areas of Reading and Writing on the Florida Standards Assessment. The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a free family resource designed for parents, caregivers, and community members. Frank H. Peterson Academies / 904-390-2960 / 7450 Wilson Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32210 / www. Introduction to the Redesigned SAT Test April 4, 6pm Come to this free presentation to get all the information you need. Instructor Brett Hancock has been a teacher for 21 years and an instructor of SATs for 20+ years. For more information, call the library at 904-827-6940. Main Branch, SJCPLS / 904-827-6940 / 1960 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / Teen Cooking: Easy Empanadas April 4, 6pm to 7:15pm Learn how to make sweet and savory empanadas the easy way with Ms. Alex & Ms. Akilah. Teens ages 11 and up will learn the basics of cleanliness, food prep, and food safety at this monthly program sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration is required for this free program. Call 904-8276900 or e-mail to reserve your spot. A parent or guardian must be present at the time of the program to sign a waiver. St. Johns County Public Library, Southeast Branch / 904-827-6900 / 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL 32086 / Teen Tech Week: Main-iac Robotics Lab April 6, 4pm to 6pm Kids, ages 10-16, are encouraged to join the Mainiac Robotics Lab. Learn how to build and program robots using the Lego EV3 Mindstorms system. This is a 2 hour program and space is limited so registration is required. There will be teams of 2-3 kids per robot kit and will meet monthly to build and manipulate new robot creations. For more information on this exciting program, feel free to contact Youth Services Librarian, Andy Calvert, at 904-827-6943 or at The Lego

EV3 Mindstorm kits are provided as part of a grant from The Barbara A. Kay Foundation, seeking to enrich the lives of children. St. Johns County Public Library, Main Branch / 904827-6940 / 1960 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / Perry Outreach Program Application Deadline April 6 The Perry Outreach Program is an event for high school students in the Jacksonville area. Women in grades 10 and up interested in exploring careers in orthopaedics or engineering are encouraged to apply. In addition to six hands-on “mock surgical” exercises, participants will hear lectures from local women surgeons and engineers. Online applications for this event are being accepted until the application deadline of April 6, 2017. Mayo Clinic Jacksonville / 4500 San Pablo Road South, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / Youth Quake Live: Out of Control April 7, 8pm The doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at 8pm. Admission is free, but a donation is collected during the show to cover production fees. YouthQuake Live offers reserved seating for all events. For $3 per seat, youth groups & families have the opportunity to sit together & enjoy the event without worrying about the crowds. Reserved seating does not necessarily mean front row. Location of your seats is dependent on the event and the church layout. The Deadline to reserve seats is Tuesday at 1pm of event week. If you have any questions email Shiloh Church – Orange Park Campus / 939 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, FL 32065 / Financial Aid 101 April 10, 6pm This course is designed to help families understand the financial aid process and participants will have the opportunity to complete both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as the Florida Financial Application. The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a family resource designed for parents, caregivers, and community members. All Parent Academy courses are free of charge. Sandalwood High School / 904-390-2960 / 2750 John Prom Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www. Free Poetry Class April 20, 6pm to 7:30pm Through a grant from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, local nonprofit Hope at Hope at Hand will host monthly poetry sessions to celebrate a poet born in each month. All sessions are free and open to the public and will offer a poetry lesson, punch and a birthday cake. Lessons are appropriate for ages 13+ and parents must accompany youth participants. All sessions will be held at Hope at Hand’s headquarters. Participants must register online in advance. Hope at Hand / 904-868-HOPE / 3886 Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / www.hopeathand. org Get Financially Fit: Money Smart For Young Adults • April 24, 7pm to 8pm The Webb Wesconnett Regional Library hosts Money Smart for Young Adults. Learn to pay yourself first, identify ways to save money, and learn about options to save toward your goals. Webb Wesconnett Regional Library / 904-778-7305 / 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210 / jpl. Visit for more event listings.

APRIL 2017 • •

Page 27

Things to Do


A Tongue With A Purpose


nyone who has ever received a loving lick from a cat knows quite well that scratchy, sandpaper feeling. Now, researchers have taken a deeper look at the cat tongue, which is covered in tiny spines called papillae. “They’re made of keratin, just like human fingernails...The individual spines are even shaped like miniature cat claws with a very sharp end,” explained Georgia Tech researcher Alexis Noel. “They’re able to penetrate any sort of tangle or knot, and tease it apart.”

in their studies was “how flexible the cat tongue spines are when grooming,” Noel said. “When the spine encounters a snag, the spine rotates and teases that tangle apart. We are also surprised to discover the unique shape of the cat tongue spines and their similarity to claws.”

The research also allowed Noel to figure out exactly why her family’s cat got stuck in the blanket. “The microfiber blanket which Murphy licked was composed of small loops, where each thread was secured at both ends. When cats encounter a tangle in their own fur, their saliva Noel took an interest in learning more about cat and the spine flexibility helps to loosen and break tongues when her family’s cat got his own tongue any snag. I think Murphy was expecting that he stuck on a blanket while he was grooming could ‘groom’ the loops but couldn’t.” himself. Noel—who, along with fellow researchers, is After that incident, she conducted her research by currently studying bobcat and tiger tongues— creating a 3D-printed cat tongue model. In her noted that a cat’s tongue is a “multipurpose tool” experiments, she dragged the tongue across a that is used not only for grooming purposes but patch of fake fur, and discovered that a tongue also eating. (She added that, like fingernails, the was easier to clean when it went in the same tips of the spines are slightly curved, and the direction as the papillae. The hairs would come keratin in them helps strengthen them for various off easily, as opposed to, say, a brush, which uses.) j requires you to pull hairs out. The most surprising thing the researchers found

Give Him a Halo M

uffin’s Halo Guide for Blind Dogs is a custom designed product to guide blind/ visually impaired dogs and safeguard them from bumping into walls and other objects.

sit on the dog’s neck to protect their head and shoulder area, while the decorative halo is designed to protect them from bumping into walls and other objects. The device was invented for Muffin Bordeaux, a 14-year-old toy poodle who lost his sight due to cataracts. Muffin, who began bumping into walls and falling down the stairs, became depressed and immobile, as he attempted to transition. His mother, Silvie Bordeaux, was determined to find a solution. She created Muffin’s Halo and is now dedicated to assisting blind/visually impaired dogs and their caring owners. See Muffin’s story at

A great aid to help them become familiar with existing or new surroundings, Muffin’s Halo is lightweight, comfortable and a stylish easy fit with adjustable Velcro straps. Its soft angel wings

Muffin also has a non-profit organization called “Second Chances For Blind Dogs” that donates Muffin’s Halo to blind shelter dogs. See to help. j

“Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.” – Joyce Brothers Page 28 • • APRIL 2017

Goldenfest 2017 April 9, 2pm to 4pm The 14th annual “GoldenFest” will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017, to benefit the Golden Retrievers of GREAT Rescue. This event is designed to bring Goldens and their families together for a fun-filled day of playing, celebrating, and a silent auction. $15 admits an entire family and their Goldens. Dogwood Park / 904-296-3636 / 7407 Salisbury Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / www. Pet Photo Night With the Easter Bunny Avenues Mall • April 9, 6:30pm to 8:00pm Bring your pet to the Lower Level, Center Court Stage for photos with the Easter Bunny. Free, but sign up in advance. Avenues Mall / 10300 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / 5th Annual Doggone Easter Egg Hunt April 15, 11am to 2pm Doggone Easter Egg Hunt to benefit Friends of Clay County Animals. Registration starts at 11am. The Large Dog Hunt starts at 12:30pm, followed by the Small Dog Hunt at 1:30pm. The cost is $15/dog. Entry includes an “Official Easter Egg Hunter” bandana, grab bag and egg hunt. One person per dog on the field, and all dogs must be on a leash. Once your dog has touched an egg you can pick it up and put it in your Easter basket. The event features Luckee Dog ice cream, bake sale, silent auction, caricature drawings, and bounce house for the kids. Photos with the Easter Bunny are available for $5. Pre-registration is available online. Town Hall Orange Park / 904-626-1676 / 2042 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073 / www. 11th Annual Comedy For Critters April 22, 7pm to 10pm The Mad Cowford Improv Comedy Club hosts a fundraiser to benefit the Friends of Jacksonville Animals. There will be a silent auction at 7pm, and a raffle at intermission. The live improv comedy show begins at 8:15pm. Tickets are

Pet Events $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Seating is limited; advance purchase is recommended. Wear orange and get a free raffle ticket. Hotel Indigo / 904-996-7199 / 9840 Tapestry Park Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / Yappy Hour Parade and Picnic April 23, 2pm Parade around The Jacksonville Landing with your pooch and strut your stuff. Dress your pup in their favorite spring time outfit and show them off during the short walk around The Landing. The parade begins at 2pm in the Gazebo. (End of Hogan Street, West of Landing). Choose your level of participation in the Pet Parade competition – ¬ there will be prizes for Best Costume and Best Personality. All winners will be announced in the Courtyard during the event. Enjoy live music on the Courtyard stage, free giveaways, and contests. Plus, walk around and check out the local pet vendors. Jacksonville Landing / 904-353-1188 / 2 W Independent Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www. Help a Hound Open Charity Golf Tournament April 29, 8am to 2pm Charity golf tournament to benefit Swamp Haven Rescue, a charity saving & rehabilitating death row dogs in NE Florida. Registration is $60/ person, which includes greens fees, range balls, cart, and hot dog lunch with drinks. Registration opens at 7am, followed by a shotgun start at 8am. Royal St. Augustine Golf Club / 386-864-4700 / 301 Royal St. Augustine Parkway, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / Like’s Facebook page at to find out about other events for pets.

EASTER EVENTS Easter Bunny at the Avenues Mall • Thru April 15 The Easter Bunny will be available for photos at the Avenues Mall, Lower Level, Center Court Stage thru April 15.  Appointments can be scheduled in advance for a $10 deposit.  The $10 will be applied towards the purchase of a Bunny photo package during your visit with the Bunny.   Avenues Mall / 904-363-3054 / 10300 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / FBC Jacksonville Eggstravaganza • April 1, 11am to 1pm First Baptist Church hosts an Eggstravaganza at their South Campus.  There will be egg hunts for all age groups, games, bounce houses, arts & crafts, a food truck and more. You may bring a picnic lunch or purchase lunch at one of the food trucks.  Free, but sign up online so they know how many to expect.   FBC South Campus, Ponte Vedra High School / 460 Davis Park Rd, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081 / Eggstravaganza at Klutho Park • April 1, 1pm to 4pm Kids will participate in egg hunts, spring crafts, games, and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Klutho Park / 204 W 3rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206 / American Girl™: Easter Cupcake Party • April 8, 10am Join Williams Sonoma and bake delicious cupcakes and then learn how to decorate them too. Suitable for ages 8–13.  Price: $30 (includes Cupcake Set). Williams Sonoma / 904-998-4304 / 4712 River City Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / Orange Park Presbyterian Church Easter Festival April 8, 10am to 12noon Orange Park Presbyterian Church hosts an Easter Festival with egg hunt.  In addition to the egg hunt, there will be carnival style games, crafts, prizes, bunny hop, coloring, photo booth, “The Easter Story”, and more. Orange Park Presbyterian Church / 904-264-0536 / 1905 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL 32073 / www.orangeparkpres. org

Peter Cottontail Express • April 8 and 15, 10am to 4pm Journey to Peter Cottontail’s home in the woodlands where Peter boards the train to mingle with all the good little boys and girls. Easter egg hunt after each ride at the train station. Cost is $11 for kids 12 and under and $17 for adults.  Children under 2 are free.  The trip is about one hour and fifteen minutes long. There is also the opportunity for ages 16 and up to run a powerful diesel locomotive. For an additional fee, you get to be at the controls of the locomotive, and will receive a certificate to prove it. Must call 912-729-1103 for details and to schedule an At The Throttle experience. St. Marys Railroad / 912-200-5235 / 1000 Osborne Street, St. Marys, GA 31558 / Easter Egg Hunt at Englewood Baptist Church April 8, 2pm Kids are invited for this free event that is sponsored by the EBC Children’s ministry. Open to children 2 years—5th grade.  Due to safety concerns, space will be limited, so come early.  There will be a drawing to be held for 2 Kindle tablets for qualified kids. You must be present to win.  There will be bouncies, snacks, prizes and the egg hunt. Admission is free and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Englewood Baptist Church / 907-737-5455 / 5675 Kennerly Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / Easter Egg Hunt and Pizza Party April 9, 9:30am to 11am and April 15, 1pm to 2:45pm TNT Gymnastics hosts an Easter Egg Hunt & Pizza Party.  Cost is ages 12-23 Months: $6/ Child; ages 2-6 Yrs: $15 (Members) & $18 (Non-Members).  Parents play free.  Price includes craft, pizza and juice for kids.  TNT Gymnastics / 2683 Saint Johns Bluff Rd S Ste 107, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / St. Johns County Parks & Recreation Easter Egg Hunts April 13 and April 15, 10:30am to 11:30am St. Johns County Parks & Recreation will be hosting four Easter Egg Hunts this year. The first two will be held on Thursday, April 13 from 10:30am until 11:30am at two local parks, Veterans Park located at 1332 Veterans Parkway,

St. Johns, Palencia located at 405 Palencia Village Dr., St. Augustine. Two additional Easter Egg Hunts will be held on Saturday, April 15 at Treaty Park located at 1595 Wildwood Drive St. Augustine, and Al Wilkie Park located at 6140 Main St., Hastings.  The hunt will begin promptly at 11am and is for children ages 8 and younger, Children must bring a basket for collection. A special appearance by the Easter Bunny will occur prior at 10:30am and again after the hunt. Parents are invited to bring their own cameras for photographs. St. Johns County Parks & Recreation / Veterans Park, 1332 Veterans Parkway, St. Johns, FL 32259 Palencia, 405 Palencia Village Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32095 Treaty Park, 1595 Wildwood Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32086 Al Wilkie Park, 6140 Main Street, Hastings, FL 32145

32081 / City of Jacksonville Beach Easter Egg Hunt April 15, 10am Join the City of Jacksonville Beach at Sunshine Park for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Egg Hunt is open to participants up to age 8. Please bring a basket or bag to carry your eggs. Sunshine Park / 904-247-6236 / 2500 Southbeach Parkway, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / Annual Spring Egg Hunt • April 15, 10am to 1pm Mr. Bunny arrives with lots of eggs for kids age 2-12. The egg hunt begins at 10am followed by a petting zoo, train rides, food and photos with Mr. Bunny. Be sure to bring your baskets. Free. Jordan Park / 904-247-4038 / 1671 Francis Avenue, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 /

Easter Basket Craft & Carnival, Twilight & Flashlight Egg Hunts • April 14, 6:30pm Come see the Easter Bunny and make an Easter basket of your own. Please bring your own one gallon milk carton. Parking fee is $5.  At 7:30pm there will be a Twilight Egg Hunt for kids ages 0 to 5 and at 8pm, a Flashlight Egg Hunt for older kids and teens. Bring flashlights and baskets. Cost is $3/person. Crooked River State Park / 912-882-5256 / 6222 Charlie Smith Senior Highway, St. Marys, GA 31558 / gastateparks. org

Atlantic Beach Easter Egg Hunt • April 15, 10am to 1pm Bring the little ones for a classic Egg Hunt at beautiful Jordan Park. Ride the train, enjoy refreshments and the festivities with family and friends while meeting “Bunny.” For more information, call 904-247-4038. Jordan Park / 904-247-4038 / 1671 Francis Avenue, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 / Candy Free Easter Egg Hunt • April 15, 2pm to 4pm Healthy Halloween Jax has teamed up with the Food Allergy Families of Northeast Florida to create a safe Easter event for children who are not able to participate in other events because of food allergies. There will also be kid friendly crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny.  Please leave your snacks at home. Johansen Park / 1601 Park Terrace West, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 /

Easter Eggstravaganza-Chet’s Creek The annual Easter Eggstravaganza is a free community-wide event for families. Come enjoy egg hunts for different ages, inflatables, food, games, crafts, face-painting, and more. Chets Creek Elementary School / 13200 Chets Creek Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / Easter Eggstravaganza-Nocatee • April 15, 10am to 12noon Chet’s Creek Nocatee hosts their Easter Eggstravaganza. The event is a free community-wide event for families. Come enjoy egg hunts for different ages, inflatables, food, games, crafts, face-painting, and more. Valley Ridge Academy / 105 Greenleaf Drive, Ponte Vedra , FL

EDITOR’S NOTE: Visit’s online Easter events page for a complete list of Easter egg hunts, Easter events and brunches.




Easter Sunday Services














CHETSCREEK.COM • 904.223.5954 APRIL 2017 • •

Page 29

THINGS TO DO Clay County Agricultural Fair Saturday, April 1st, 10am to 11pm Sunday, April 2nd, 11am to 9pm Monday, April 3rd, 4pm to 11pm Tuesday, April 4th, 4pm to 11pm Wednesday, April 5th, 4pm to 11pm Thursday, April 6th, 12noon to 11pm Friday, April 7th, 10am to 11pm Saturday, April 8th, 10am to 11pm The Clay County Agricultural Fair returns to Green Cove Springs March 30 to April 8. There will be Team Rock Ninja Experience, Disc-Connectted K9’s World Famous Frisbee Dogs, 4H / FFA Youth Dairy Show, Main Street Parade, a Talent Show, and more. Regular Gate Admission is $10 for adults, 13 to 64; $7 for seniors (65+); and $7 for children, 6 to 12. Advanced tickets are available for purchase through March 29. Ride armbands and concert tickets are also available for purchase. Clay County Fairgrounds / 904-284-1615 / 2493 State Road 16 W, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 / www.claycountyfair. org Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II April 1, 7pm and April 2, 3pm Warner Bros. Studios presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II. Starring Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Daffy Duck. Symphonic Nights at the Movies performances are not eligible for the Under 18 Free Program. Tickets range from $27 to $77. Join Jax4Kids beginning at 2pm on Sunday for free caricatures and pre-show fun! Jacoby Symphony Hall / 904-354-5547 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / The House at Pooh Corner April 3, 10am and 12noon Live performance based on the book by A.A. Milne. Best suited for grades PreK - 5. Tickets are $8.50 per person. Reserve your tickets in advance. Two performances: 10am and 12noon. Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts / 904-4422947 / 11901 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www. Weaving (and Loom Making) Wednesday: Tag! You’re a Weaver! • April 5, 3pm Tag! You’re a weaver! Join the tagteam and textile artists to create works of art using traditional and DIY looms. Child/ parent teams will learn to use harness looms as well as construct and use a box loom of their own. Each child must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Cost: $15 per family team of 2 or 3. 5 parent/child teams. For ages 4 and up. Children’s Museum of St. Augustine / 904-647-1757 / 76 Dockside Drive, Suite 105, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / www. Alhambra Children’s Theatre Matinee: The Ugly Duckling • April 6, 19, 10am Prices for all ages are just $12* per person and $9* per student for school groups, including home school groups. Taxes not included. Bring your own brown bag lunch to enjoy after the show, as there is no food or drink service for these performances. Doors open at 10am, and the show begins at 10:30am. Show lasts about 45 minutes. Alhambra Theatre & Dining / 904-641-1212 / 12000 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / Charlotte’s Web April 6, 10am and 12noon Stages Productions performs ad adaptation of Charlotte’s Web for grades PreK - 5. Tickets are $8.50 per person. Reserve your tickets in advance. Two performances: 10am and 12noon. Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts / 904-4422947 / 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www. Let’s Bake 2 April 8, 10am A class for young bakers-in-training at the Publix Apron’s Cooking School. The menu includes Pistachio and Coconut Blondies; Strawberry White Chocolate Muffins; Salted Maple Pie; and Iced Lemon Sugar Cookies. Cost is $35/child. Publix Aprons Cooking School / 904-262-4187 / 10500 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32257 / Mysterious Magnets: Tag! You’re a Scientist! April 8, 9am to 11:30am and 12:30pm to 3:30pm Tag! You’re a scientist! Join the tagteam mad scientists to discover the mysteries of magnets. Explore their properties, create magnetic construction materials,ooey-gooey magnetic

Page 30 • • APRIL 2017

matter, and magnet art. 9am to 11:30am -- ages 6 to 8, $15 12:30pm to 3:30pm -- ages 9 to 12, $15 Children’s Museum of St. Augustine / 904-647-1757 / 76 Dockside Drive, Suite 105, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / www. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Chattanooga Lookouts April 12, 7:05pm April 13, 7:05pm April 14, 7:05pm April 15, 6:05pm April 16, 3:05pm The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Chattanooga Lookouts in their home opener. Single game tickets start at $5, with multi-game and group packages available. Public parking costs $7 and is controlled by the City of Jacksonville. Garage parking is also available next to the Veterans Memorial Arena for $7. Prices are subject to change depending on events at the Sports Complex. Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville / 904-358-2846 / 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www. Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment April 13, 7:30pm April 14, 7:30pm April 15, 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm April 16, 2pm Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment comes to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, April 13-16 for six shows. The show features Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney/Pixar’s Cars, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, & Jessie from Toy Story, and Anna, Elsa, and Olaf from Frozen. Tickets start at $15, and are available at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office located at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ages two and older require a ticket. All tickets include Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show, where all ages are invited to dance along with the skaters, from your seat, with exclusive moves taught by Mickey! Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena / 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / 49th Annual Mandarin Art Festival April 15, 10am to 5pm April 16, 10am to 4pm The Mandarin Art Festival is a high-quality juried fine art event at the Mandarin Community Club. The show is a vital funding source for the Mandarin Community Club’s preservation, education and beautification work in the Mandarin community. In addition to the art show, there will also be a bake sale, Green Market, Children’s Art Show, children’s art workshops, face painting, a free Child ID program, live demonstrations, and more. There is a $1 donation requested at the gate per person. Mandarin Community Club / 904-268-1622 / 12447 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville, FL 32223 / All About Bullying April 19, 5pm to 6pm This course will review the warning signs and descriptions of behavior associated with bullying for both the victim and the bully, the laws associated with bullying, and DCPS policies and procedures. This course will also provide a description of a safe and supportive environment, while offering resources for both students and their parents. The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a free family resource designed for parents, caregivers, and community members. Highlands Middle School / 904-390-2960 / 10913 Pine Estates Road East, Jacksonville, FL 32218 / Feel the Wheels 2017 April 22, 10am to 3pm Hands-on event where children of all ages can explore trucks, emergency vehicles, boats, military vehicles and more. Proceeds to benefit the tag! Children’s Museum of St. Augustine. Tickets can be purchased online, in advance or at the event. Admission is $5.00 for children age 2 and up, and adults are free. St. Augustine Outlets / 904-647-1757 / 500 Outlet Mall Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32084 /

THINGS TO DO 14th Annual Arts in the Park April 22, 10am This art festival gives you the opportunity to meet seventy accomplished artists exhibiting their original fine arts and crafts, available for purchase. There will also be free music by local acoustic musicians under the canopy of trees, food from many vendors, live jazz music, caricature artist Mr. D will be sketching free drawings, free face painting by Captain Character, and the Doctor Magic Show performs. Johansen Park / 904-247-5800 / 1601 Park Terrace West, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 / Florida’s Ultimate Ninja Warrior Competition April 23, 10am to 2pm Jacksonville Area Legal Aid hosts the Florida’s Ultimate Ninja Warrior Competition. This is a fundraising event to support Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. This event is a ninja obstacle course competition, similar to American Ninja Warrior. Course will be 10-15 obstacles max, with upper body and lower body elements. There will be adult competition, as well as youth competition for ages 10-17. Awards will be given to the top three youth competitors in each of the following male and female age groups: 10-13 and 14-17. Youth registration is $45/ competitor. This is also the last Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association (UNAA) qualifying event of the season, with ninjas coming from across the southeastern United States. Spectators are welcome to come watch; the cost is $10 for all spectators, or purchase a Jump Park & Spectator pass for $30. Velocity Air Sports Jacksonville / 904-551-4035 / 7022 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / www. Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science April 23, 7:30pm For his all new stage show, Famed Chef and TV host – Good Eats, Cutthroat Kitchen, Camp Cutthroat and Iron Chef America– Alton Brown uses his famous knack for mixing together a perfect base of science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. Fans can expect all-new everything including songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations. Tickets range from $42.50 to $125. The Florida Theatre / 904-355-5661 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Mobile BayBears April 27, 7:05pm April 28, 7:05pm April 29, 6:05pm April 30, 3:05pm May 1, 12:05pm The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Mobile BayBears. Single game tickets start at $5, with multi-game and group packages available. Public parking costs $7 and is controlled by the City of Jacksonville. Garage parking is also available next to the Veterans Memorial Arena for $7. Prices are subject to change depending on events at the Sports Complex. Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville / 904-358-2846 / 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.jaxshrimp. com Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions April 27, 8pm The music of Pokémon is brought to life by a full orchestra to perform all new arrangements with carefully timed visuals from recent and classic Pokémon video games. Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions is the must-see video game concert of the year, giving fans and newcomers of all ages a chance to experience the evolution of the Pokémon franchise like never before. Tickets range from $36 - $66. The Florida Theatre / 904-355-5661 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Disney’s The Lion King Jr. April 28, 7:30pm April 29, 1pm and 7:30pm The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, in partnership with Apex Theatre, proudly announces that Apex Theatre Studio’s Junior Musical Theater workshop will present Disney’s The Lion King Jr. on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. The show is based on the much-loved animated classic. Tickets are $15 for General Reserved Seating. Now celebrating its fourth year, Apex Theatre Studio (a nonprofit training center with 501c3 status) fosters young artists with a passion and curiosity for acting, singing, dancing and stagecraft through a series of master classes, intensives, read-

ings and theatrical presentations. Ponte Vedra Concert Hall / 904-209-3746 / 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 / KIDZ BOP Weekend at Legoland April 28, 12noon and 4pm April 29, 12noon and 4pm April 30, 12noon and 4pm The No. 1 music brand for kids will deliver three days of highenergy fun during this inaugural event exclusive to LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Come see The KIDZ Bop Kids live in concert at The KIDZ Bop Theater as part of their 2017 tour, including songs from the forthcoming “KIDZ BOP 34” album and their version of the LEGO NINJAGO®theme song, “The Weekend Whip.” Tickets for Legoland start at $73 plus tax. Legoland / 1-877-350-5346 / 6000 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven, FL 33884 / Community Activities & Resource Expo April 29, 10am to 2pm Join, Operation New Hope, and Duval County Public Schools for a Community Activities & Resource Expo. The event will be held from 10am to 2pm at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. Families are invited for a day of games, music, bouncy house, & more. Jacksonville Fairgrounds / 904-354-4673 / 510 Fairground Place, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / St. Augustine Family Fun Fest April 29, 10am to 8pm The 2017 Family Fun Fest will take place at Francis Field in St. Augustine. Activities include live entertainment on two stages, appearances by the Jacksonville Giants and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Be the Hamster, Jumperamas, giant bubble extravaganza, field day competition, scavenger hunt, hands-on activities, various vendors,food trucks, and more. Admission is $5 Adults; $3 seniors and military; youth 12 and under are free. Wristbands for jumperamas $10 pre-sale; $15 day of event. This evenit is a fundraiser for Alpha-Omega Miracle Home, a 501(c) 3 non-profit, which offers supportive housing to young mothers, their children, and senior women. Parking is $10 all-day around the festival, and is also available at the Parking Garage next to the festival field, where all-day parking is $12. Francis Field / 904-823-8588 / 29 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32084 / Bowl for Kids’ Sake April 29, 11am-1pm; 3pm-5pm; 7pm-9pm Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida hosts their Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser event on Saturday, April 29 at Bowl America – Mandarin. The theme this year is Comic Bowling, and all participants are asked to come dressed as their favorite comic book superhero. This year’s fundraising goal is $95,000. All donations will be used to support the mission to match local youth with dedicated and passionate adult mentors. Visit website for details on how to participate. Bowl America – Mandarin / 904-727-9797ext 1104 / 10333 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32257 / City of Jacksonville Beach Sandcastle Contest April 29, 1:30pm Annual Sandcastle Contest on Jacksonville Beach. Held on the beach south of the Red Cross Life Saving Station. Jacksonville Beach Lifeguard Station / 904-247-6236 / 2 Ocean Front North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / www. Opening of the Beaches Parade April 30, 2pm Celebrate the Opening of the Beaches with the 71st Annual Opening of the Beaches Parade. Held in Downtown Jacksonville Beach; address below is for reference only. Jacksonville Beach Oceanfront / 904-247-6236 / 503 1st St North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 /

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dates, times and locations are accurate at time of publication; events and activities listed in this guide are subject to change without notice. Visit for updated information and more events! APRIL 2017 • •

Page 31

WE’RE READY FOR YOU IN RIVERTOWN Tour 6 Brand New Model Homes Welcome Center: 90 Lanier Street, St. Johns, Florida 32259 Phone: 904-601-1009

After our incredibly successful Grand Opening, Mattamy’s affordable, family-friendly community of RiverTown is now open and we can’t wait for you to see what all the excitement is about. Visit our Welcome Center and fall in love with the stunning designs and natural surroundings of RiverTown, the only master-planned community on the St. Johns River. Amenities like a lap pool, recreational pool with corkscrew water slide, several community parks and playgrounds including a dog park, tennis courts, fitness center, miles of biking and walking trails and more make RiverTown perfect for active families who want the most out of life. Also, our highly anticipated state-of-the-art RiverClub amenity on the St. Johns River is under construction. With homes starting from $239,990, RiverTown is the best value in St. Johns county. Don’t miss the chance to see why RiverTown is a place people are proud to call home.


Mattamy Jacksonville LLC: Richard Egger – License No. CGC1523769, Scott Paige – License No. CGC1523142, David Koon – License No. FRO6526 Mattamy Rivertown LLC: D.J. Smith – License No. CGC1517223 All illustrations are artist’s concept. All dimensions are approximate. Prices, specifications, terms and conditions subject to change without notice. E.&O.E. Builder #CGC1523769

MATJACKSON-Rivertown-JAX4Kids_10_625x11_25.indd 1

2017-03-17 4:13 PM

Jax4Kids April 2017  

Spring is a wonderful time of year - summer is just around the corner, there are lots of spring time events happening around our city, Easte...

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you