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Community Profile: Micah’s Backpack���������������������������������������������������������������������� 4 Mom’s Night Out Events ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������5 Valentine’s Day Events ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������6 Most Anticipated Kids Movies ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������6


here are some REALLY cool events coming up in February! Heard of the Spartan Races? They’re the hugely popular obstacle course races held worldwide and they’re coming to Jacksonville February 23 - 24. There are over 200 races in 42 countries for everyone from the most elite athletes to novice adventure seekers. Kids will run, climb, jump and get muddy as they run the Spartan Kids Race obstacle course. The Kids Race is for ages 4 – 13. See page 13 for more information and register online at www. Note: There is a Special Spartans race for kids with intellectual, and/ or developmental disabilities, and those with cognitive, learning and/or vocational delays December 7-8 in Mulberry, Florida (near Lakeland). Visit www.spartan. com for more information. Jax4Kids is sponsoring the superb new exhibit at MOSH called Backyard Adventures. The exhibit opened January 19th and offers an exciting experience for all. Kids will never look at the outdoors the same again! They’ll learn the fascinating science going on in their backyard in this hands-on exhibit. Turn to page 15 and read more about Backyard Adventures’ Featured Exhibits. Author R.L. Stine has sold over 300 million copies of his Goosebumps book series for young readers. That makes him the best-selling series author in history, according to the Guiness Book of World Records. You can meet him at the Jacksonville Book Fest on February 22nd and support your Jacksonville Public Library. Turn to page 21 for details. There are two excellent events planned that can inspire your kids. The Compassion Experience will be at Southside United Methodist Church February 8 through 11. Your children will learn what life is like in other parts of the world. This free event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. Each child's story starts in poverty but ends in hope. Seattle Seahawks Linebacker and amputee Florida’s Shaquem Griffin graduated from UCF and was the first onehanded player drafted into the NFL. On February 9th,

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INFANT & TODDLER DNA Sequencing Can ID Problems�����������������������������������������������������������������������������7 Things to Do: Infant & Toddlers����������������������������������������������������������������������������������7 Safely Soothing Teething Pain in Babies����������������������������������������������������������������������9 Starting Reading at 2 Years Old����������������������������������������������������������������������������������9

SPECIAL NEEDS he will host Celebrate Independence – a free event that features inspiring individuals, family activities, demonstrations and valuable information – all in the name of living life to its fullest. Turn to page 30 for more information on these events. We are giving you the chance to see the highly anticipated new family-friendly movie – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – before it opens in theaters on February 22nd. The private, advance screening will be at The Regal Avenues Theater on Tuesday, February 19th. For your chance to win a family 4-pack of passes, visit by February 14th. We are also giving you and your sweetheart a one hour couples massage at Massage Green Spa Jax-Intracoastal. If we’re not Facebook friends yet, Like us @jax4kids and look for contest details before Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, turn to page 6 for some ideas and visit us online at for a complete list of area Valentine’s Day events. Happy Valentine’s Day! Until next month, Alison Peters-Carlson Editor

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Disability Access Maps Need Some Crowd Help��������������������������������������������������������10 Things To Do: Special Needs�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������10


The Good, The Bad and The Very Sweet�������������������������������������������������������������������11 Chocolate and Caramel Cavity Protection������������������������������������������������������������������11 Things To Do: Eating Well����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������11 Healthy Snacks Boost Performance��������������������������������������������������������������������������12 Let Them Eat From The Rainbow������������������������������������������������������������������������������12


Veggin’ Out�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������13 Spartan Kids Race���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������13 Lifesaving Lessons��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������14 Flu or Common Cold?����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������14 A Hidden World of Science is Waiting to be Discovered in the Backyard���������������������15 Healthy Life Books for Kids���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������15 Keeping Your Kids’ Teeth Healthy������������������������������������������������������������������������������16 Free Dental Care for Children�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������16 Things To Do: Health & Safety���������������������������������������������������������������������������������16 Effects of Hearing Loss on Development�������������������������������������������������������������������17 Follow the Light at the End of the Tunnel�������������������������������������������������������������������17 Safer Cleaning Products������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������18 Test For Deadly Radon���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������18


Volunteer for the River, Be a St. Johns Riverkeeper����������������������������������������������������19 Things To Do: Nature����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������19


Jax Book Fest ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 21 Things To Do: Education ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 21 Cyber School Not Good For Pre-K ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� 22 Spring Break Camps ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 22 A New Years Resolution: Improve Health by Reading������������������������������������������������� 23 ROWITA Fellowships Available���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 23 How to Raise a Reader �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 24 Duval County School News��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 25 St. John’s County School News�������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 26 Clay County School News���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 27


Student Hits Environmental Hole-In-One ������������������������������������������������������������������28 Things To Do: Teens������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������28


Your Pet Should Be Your Workout Buddy������������������������������������������������������������������ 29 Things To Do: Pets������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 29


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Community Profile: Micah’s Backpack


icah's Backpack, Jacksonville is a grass-roots, community-based, neighborhelping-neighbor outreach to help feed hungry children in four area schools that is sponsored by Highlands United Presbyterian Church. The children are identified by their teachers, school principals or guidance counselors as frequently coming to school hungry. The children receive school lunches during the week but for many of them, their lunch on Friday may be the last meal they eat until breakfast at school on Monday morning forcing them to come to school hungry. Hunger affects a child's physical and social development and a hungry child cannot learn. The name Micah's Backpack was inspired by Micah 6:8, an Old Testament book of the Bible: "The Lord has told you what is good and this is what He requires of you... Act Justly, Love Mercy and walk Humbly." To help meet the needs of these children, volunteers gather on Thursday evenings to pack bags for the weekend. Each bag contains enough food to feed a child, and maybe a young sibling, on Saturday and Sunday. The bags are filled with two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, snacks, and juice and milk boxes. Three times a year the children also receive a new toothbrush. On Friday mornings volunteers deliver the bags to the school and the students pick up their bags before they go home.

2. Convenience and ease of preparation: Because parents may have a job that requires them to work on the weekend, a child may be alone and must prepare her own meal. For this reason, we look for food that is simple to open and easy enough for a resourceful child to prepare. Not an ideal situation, for sure, but we try to accommodate the needs of our families. 3. Weight: We pack food for 6 meals, plus snacks and cartons of milk. That gets heavy! We consider the packaging and combinations of food each week and try to keep the weight of the bags manageable for a small child. We found the bags were getting too heavy last year, so we are making some changes in the sizes of the products we pack. 4. Appealing to a child: The children who receive Micah's Backpacks are children and we always keep that in mind. Kid's palates are simple, so we keep the food choices simple...Chicken Noodle Soup, not Cream of Broccoli, Spaghettios instead of Beef Stew... Additionally, because we are helping children we include kid-favorites like a container of shelf stable pudding once in a while and a jar of peanut butter (or peanut butter substitute if a child is allergic to peanuts) at the beginning of the month. A package of popcorn is included every week for family sharing.

Foods We Use • Chicken Noodle Soup – 10 3/4 oz As of January, 133 children at 4 elementary • Chef Boyardee Pasta can – 15 oz schools are receiving healthy food every weekend • Tuna Fish – 5 oz during the academic year. • Spaghettios – 15.8 oz with added Calcium if available The cost to feed one child every weekend when • Mac 'n' cheese individual packets or cups school is in session is $240.00. That breaks down • Instant Oatmeal, individual packets to $40.00 each month or $8.00 for a weekend • Instant Grits, individual packets backpack. • Dry Cereal individual boxes, cups, packs • Cheerios "on the go" (at BJs) Financial donations are allowing an additional 10 • Shelf Stable Milk "white" – 8 oz children at a new school. They have 3 schools in • 100% Fruit Juice boxes – 8 oz mind, but their need is volunteers to deliver the • No fruit punch. food. • No added sugar • No artificial sweetener To volunteer as a delivery driver, a packer, a • Granola Bars shopper, a speaker, or to host of a fundraiser or to • Fruit Cups – No artificial sweetener donate money or food see: • Peanut Butter – 18 oz • Individual bags of pretzels or crackers Website:, • No cookies or chips Email: • Microwaveable Popcorn Highlands United Presbyterian Church, 10900 • Shelf-Stable Pudding cups McCormick Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225, • Saltine Crackers (we divide the boxes) 904-641-9622. • Small boxes of Raisins • Go-Gurt squeezable tubes of fruit/ The foods packed by Micah's Backpack are veggies and yogurt j chosen for very specific reasons. 1. Nutritional Value: Processed, packaged food is not as nutritious as fresh food, but we do look at the nutritional values for each selection and make the best choices possible.

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Wine Wednesday at the Renaissance Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 5:30pm to 6:30pm Adults are invited every Wednesday evening to World Golf Village, in the Villagio Lounge from 5:30pm to 6:30pm for complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvre tasting. Sample red and white wines from around the world and savor a chefinspired appetizer to complement the wines. This is a perfect event for a mom's night out. World Golf Village, Villagio Lounge / 904-9408623 / 500 S Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, FL 32092 /

Adult Class. Joann / 904-642-2557 / 10261 River Marsh Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246 /

Women's Bike Chains and Derailleurs Workshop • February 21, 6:30pm to 8:30pm Join REI's expert bike techs for a workshop on how to care for and maintain your bike's derailleurs and chain. They will tune derailleurs, adjust barrel adjusters, and diagnose common chain issues. Along the way, you'll learn best practices for care and cleaning surrounded by like-minded women. You'll get plenty of get-your-hands-dirty chances Cheese Lovers Class at Rype & Readi to practice. Bring your own bike or practice February 10, 6pm to 7:30pm on one in the store. Cost is $40 for REI Rype & Readi invites adults for a Cheese members, and $60 for non-members. Space Lovers Class. A variety of cheeses will be is very limited, to ensure a small class size. sampled and discussed, including wine pairing. Register online in advance. REI Jacksonville This demonstration style class will be held at / 904-996-1613 / 4862 Big Island Drive, the Rype & Readi Golf Bistro. Participants will Jacksonville, FL 32246 / receive a knowledge and recipe book to take home with you. Tickets are $45/each and are Girls Night: The Musical available online. Rype & Readi Golf Bistro February 21, 7:30pm; February 22, 8pm; / 904-209-0360 / 4900 Cypress Links Blvd, February 23, 4pm and 8pm Elkton, FL 32033 / This 'tell-it-like-it-is' musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female Women's Camping Basics friends. The show features familiar songs February 12, 6:30pm to 8pm such as “It’s Raining Men,” “Man I Feel Like A Join REI for this supportive class where women Woman,” “I Will Survive,” “We are Family” and will learn what you need to have an enjoyable more. Tickets are $55 each and are available overnight camping trip. Presenters will cover online. the basics including how to be warm, dry and Times Union Center, Terry Theater / 904-632comfortable camping, gear and equipment 5000 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL necessities, ideas for fun activities, and great 32202 / local areas to try. Free to attend, but register in advance so they know ow many to expect. Ladies Night Out at Doing Dishes Pottery REI Jacksonville / 904-996-1613 / 4862 Big Studio • February 22, 6pm to 9pm Island Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / Ladies Night is a fun night to paint what you want/how you want and socialize with your friends. Ladies Night is for adults 18 and Cricut T-shirts at Joann up. Just make a reservation, pay the $8 February 20, 2pm; February 23, 6pm non-refundable deposit and bring your own Learn how to customize a project in Design beverage. Snacks and prizes will be provided. Space, how to select and manipulate text and This month's Ladies Night Out is a Friends fonts, how to cut and apply an iron-on design theme. to fabric & how to use an easyPress. Class Doing Dishes / is 1 session for 2.5 hours. Visit website to San Jose Location / 904-730-3729 / 5619 San see supplies that are required for the class. Jose Blvd, Jacksonville FL 32207 Class cost is $35, which does not include the Saint Johns Location / 904-824-7774 / 2220 supplies. This is a Skill Level 1 : Beginner CR-210 W Suite 309, Saint Johns, FL 32259

“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.” – Abraham Lincoln

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Valentine's Day Events

2019 Run 4 Love 5K & 10K Thru February 28 Run 4 Love is the fourth annual virtual event for Valentine's Day. For this event, you get a medal set, which includes two medals (one is a key and one is a heart). Keep one half of the medal for yourself and give the other medal to someone you love for Valentine’s Day. Run can be completed anytime in February. February is heart month, so at least 15% from every registration will be donated to Heart to Heart International, an organization that strengthens communities through improving health access, providing humanitarian development and administering crisis relief worldwide. Registration cost is $25. Moon Joggers / Valentine Stamp & Card Making: Block Printmaking • February 2, 2pm to 4:30pm Flow Studio Art Center hosts a Valentine Stamp & Card Making: Block Printmaking class. Participants make handmade Valentine's Day cards by drawing and hand carving stamps to use on blank cards. No experience needed. Cost is $40 and includes 4"x6" stamp rubber, 8 cards and envelopes, carving tools, stamp pads, and instruction. Register in advance. Flow Studio Art Center / 904-403-3413 / 1112 3rd Street, Suite #11, Neptune Beach, FL 32266 / 3-D Printing Pens for Valentine's Day February 4, 4pm to 5:30pm A 3-D printing pen is an easy–to–use and portable way to create 3-D objects. Learn some of the ways to use 3-D Printing Pens from drawing on flat surfaces to creating in air. Special templates for Valentine’s Day will be used. Free. Jacksonville Public Library, Regency Square Branch / 904-726-5142 / 9900 Regency Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225 /

Story Time at Doing Dishes Pottery Studio “Click, Clack, Moo I Love You” February 5, 4pm and February 8, 10am Doing Dishes offers a Story Time at both locations. Class is once a month, Tuesdays at 4pm and Fridays at 10am. For $18, your child will hear a story and then paint a corresponding piece. Your child will also receive a snack and a drink. This class is designed for you and your child to create a scheduled project together.

Smaller children will need guardians help. Reservations are required. This month will feature the story "Click, Clack, Moo I Love You". Following the story, kids will paint a heart tile. Doing Dishes / San Jose Location / 904-730-3729 / 5619 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville FL 32207 Saint Johns Location / 904-824-7774 / 2220 CR-210 W Suite 309, Saint Johns, FL 32259 Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids February 7, 3:30pm to 5pm Kids are invited to the library to make Valentine's Day cards and crafts for all their Valentines. Construction paper, scissors, glitter and glue will be provided. Free. St. Johns County Public Library, Bartram Trail Branch / 904-827-6960 / 60 Davis Pond Blvd., St. Johns, FL 32259 / Valentine Love Notes For Young People February 9, 2pm to 3pm Join the Argyle Teen Advisory Board (TAB) for a Valentine's Day craft activity in which you have an opportunity to express your feelings through notes to yourself and others. You will have the chance to make origami heart messages, edible messages, jeweled messages, etc, that you can give to someone special or keep for yourself. For ages 5 to 18 years old. Free. Jacksonville Public Library, Argyle Branch Library / 904-5733164 / 7973 Old Middleburg Road S, Jacksonville, FL 32222 / www. Love Bandit Painting Event February 16, 12noon to 2pm Pinot's Palette hosts a Love Bandit painting event for Valentine's Day. Cost is $35 per painter, and registration is available online. Pinot's Palette / 904-996-3665 / 4890 Big Island Drive Ste. 3, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / St. Augustine Teen Night Valentine’s Party February 16, 6pm to 9pm Teens are invited for a Valentine's Day themed night for middle school students. Activities include games, music, and snacks. This program is free and open to kids grades 5th through 8th. Students must have their school I.D. to participate. For more info and to register, contact Stephanie Taylor at sntaylor@ or 904-669-6612. Ketterlinus Gym / 904-669-6612 / 60 Orange Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084 /

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy

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Most Anticipated Kids’ Movies Movie-loving families, clear your calendars. Whether you’ve been waiting two years for the next Star Wars or almost 10 years for the next Toy Story, the anticipation is almost over. Kids (as well as the young at heart) will be clamoring to see this year’s big blockbusters, popular sequels, and live-actionremakes, like Frozen 2 and the reboot of Aladdin.  The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Feb. 8)) Best for: Kids What’s the buzz? The sequel to The Lego Movie likely will be another hilarious brick-building adventure with optimistic everyman Emmet (again voiced by Chris Pratt) and his masterbuilder friends. We’re expecting lots of laughs (and plenty of product placement). How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Feb. 22) Best for: Kids and tweens What’s the buzz? There are sure to be positive messages and fantasy action galore in the third and final film in DreamWorks’ adventure trilogy. You can look forward to an exciting story and the return of the talented voice cast from the previous two movies. Dumbo (March 29) Best for: Kids and tweens What’s the buzz? This live-action remake of the 1941 Disneyt animated classic likely will have impressive visuals and great messages about family and appreciating differences. But thanks to director Tim Burton, it also might have a potentially surreal or darker tone. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (May 10) Best for: Tweens and teens What’s the buzz? The popular Franchise also gets a live-action twist in 2019 with a wisecracking wannabe detective Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds). Although it’s based on a kid-friendly Nintendo game, this movie likely will be edgier than its source material and earlier animated Pokémon movies and series. Aladdin (May 24) Best for: Kids What’s the buzz? It’s a whole new world for lovable scoundrel Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and his friend the all-powerful genie (Will Smith) as another Disney classic gets the live-action remake treatment. This updated version likely won’t stray far from the original, but it could be more intense. Toy Story 4 (June 21) Best for: Kids What’s the buzz? It’s been nearly a decade since the release of Toy Story 4, but Pixar’s beloved series is finally getting a new chapter. Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim

We’ve rounded up some of the kids’ movies we’re most looking forward to this year, along with our best guess on their age-appropriateness so you can plan ahead.

Allen), and the gang embark on a new adventure in what’s sure to be a funny, heartwarming family film. The Lion King (July 19) Best for: Kids What’s the buzz? The “hakuna matata” crew gets a realistic CGI update in this Disney remake. This version features a talented voice cast of primarily African American actors, including Donald Glover, Beyonce, and James Earl Jones, but the memorable songs and original story likely will stay the same. Artemis Fowl (Aug. 9) Best for: Tweens and teens What’s the buzz? Based on the bestselling series by Eoin Colfer, this sci-fi fantasy adventure could be the next big tween/teen franchise on the level of Harry Potter or the Hunger Games. It tells the story of Artemis Fowl (Ferdia Shaw), a 12-year-old genius and the descendent of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he dives into the dark, hidden world of magic and fairies. Frozen 2 (Nov. 22) Best for: Kids What’s the buzz? Disney fans can’t wait for this upcoming sequel to the Disney blockbuster that taught us all to “let it go.” Although details of the movie haven’t been announced yet, it’s safe to expect the return of Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzell), Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), and Olaf (Josh Gad), as well as great music, strong female role models, and kid-friendly fun. Star Wars: Episode IX (Dec. 20) Best for: Tweens and teens What’s the buzz? The Star Wars Sywalker saga finally comes to a close with the third movie in the most recent trilogy. Although the movie’s plot details are some of the best-kept secrets in the galaxy, it’s safe to say that many of the movies’ heroes and villains will be back. Hopefully this intense, action-packed sci-fi adventure will provide a satisfying conclusion to the iconic series.

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DNA Sequencing Can ID Problems


program that maps out the genes of newborns has allowed researchers to identify risks for some inherited childhood conditions, many of which can be prevented. The so-called BabySeq Project discovered that slightly more than 9 percent of infants carry genes that put them at risk for medical conditions as they reach childhood. "The BabySeq Project is the first randomized trial of sequencing in newborns and the first study to fully examine the wealth of unanticipated genetic risk information in children," said Dr. Robert Green, co-director of the study and a professor at Harvard Medical School. "We were stunned by the number of babies with unanticipated genetic findings that could lead to disease prevention in the future," he said. DNA sequencing can identify risks for a wide range of disorders that may not be detected otherwise, the study authors noted. Finding these mutations early may lead to helping newborns live better lives and ease the worries of their families.

mutation that increased the risk of a disorder that arises or is manageable during childhood, or a mutation that conferred a moderate risk for a condition for which treatment during childhood might prevent devastating outcomes later in life. Mutations included those linked to several heart conditions that affect how the heart functions, according to the report. These conditions can be monitored, and families have been referred to cardiac specialists. One newborn had a risk for biotin deficiency, which can lead to skin rash, hair loss and seizures. That child's diet is now being supplemented with biotin, which should prevent any symptoms, the researchers said. Senior study author Alan Beggs explained that "sequencing results have potential to raise questions that may be upsetting for parents, but could also lead to helpful or even lifesaving interventions." Beggs is director of The Manton Center of Orphan Disease Research at Boston Children's Hospital.

For the study, Green and his colleagues randomly assigned 128 healthy newborns and 31 ill infants to have their DNA sequenced.

"Only time will tell how the costs – both financial and in terms of extra medical testing and family stress – balance out against the benefits. That's what we're really trying to find out," he said. j

Among all the babies, 9.4 percent had a gene

Infant & Toddler

Infant Foundations Mondays, February 4, 11, 25 10:15am to 10:45am A low key, foundational storytime for infants from birth to early walkers, designed to teach key early literacy skills and reinforce the bond between infant and caregiver. This special storytime includes simple songs, rhymes, bounces, and more. Older siblings are welcome to attend, but it is strongly encouraged that you bring a doll or stuffed animal friend for big brother or sister to follow along with. This storytime is followed by a short stay & play session, before the Romp & Rhyme Storytime begins at 11am. Free. St. Johns County Public Library, Southeast Branch / 904-827-6900 / 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL 32086 / Wiggles and Giggles February 5, 8:45am to 9:45am Come prepared to “wiggle and giggle” as you learn about and participate in movement activities designed for preschool children. This course is through the OPEN Early Childhood program and will provide developmentally appropriate physical activity experiences for preschool children. 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. S.P. Livingston Primary Learning Center / 904-390-2960 / 1128 Barber Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209 / Toddler Time at Bravoz Entertainment Center Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26 9:30am to 11:30am Bravoz Entertainment Center hosts Toddler Time, every Tuesday morning from 9:30am - 11:30am. During this time, the facility is reserved for the exclusive use of kids ages 5 & under. One adult is admitted for free with each child’s $8 paid admission. A valid waiver & Grip Socks are required for all participants. Bravoz Entertainment Center / 904-300-0070 / 14985 Old St Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32258 /

EVENT INCLUDES Ice Skating with Princesses Meet-n-Greet

Photo Ops and more!

They’re so sweet, they’ll melt your heart!


Pre-Registration: $10 At the Door: $12 Includes Skate Rental Ice Skating session from 12pm-4pm and is included in your registration. Limited space available. At the Door tickets not guaranteed. No other discounts apply.

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Sing & Play Discovery Day February 9, 10am and 11am Experience a free music program for young children to learn and share with their parents or caregivers. Each child, with their parents, will experience singing, creative movement, simple instruments, finger plays and more with the help of a rich collection of traditional songs and rhymes. The program is for children ages 18 months to four-years old. Register online in advance. 10am - For ages 18 months - 3 years and 11am - For ages 3-5 years. Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church / 904-3531636 / 4001 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / Mini Moments at Jacksonville Country Day School February 15, 9am to 10am Jacksonville Country Day School invites you to visit the campus for a fun experience and a glimpse into their Pre-K program. Designed for two and three-year-olds along with a parent

or caregiver, Mini-Moments are your chance to participate in an interactive event with your child, make new friends, and learn about the school. This month’s program is Learning Centers -- You and your child will have the chance to explore different materials in an open center time just like the children do in the Pre-K classes at JCDS. There will be light exploration, artistic centers, building centers and more. Jacksonville Country Day School / 904-6416644 / 10063 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / tag! You’re a Creative Scientist: Experimenting with Art February 16, 9am to 10am Join artist Morgan Kelly and the tag! Team of mad scientists to conduct art experiments. Children will explore with water colors, salt, oil, and ice to design works of art and will head home with their very own lab coats. Parents are welcome to stay or drop-off. For ages 3 to 5. Cost is $12. tag! Children's Museum of St. Augustine / 904647-1757 / 76 Dockside Drive Suite 105, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / 2nd Annual Love is in the Carrier 2019 February 16, 11am to 1pm First Coast Babywearing & The Carrying On Project host Love is in the Carrier: A Lending Library Social. The Full Lending Library will be present and available for you to explore. Come and see all the carriers in the library and check out what’s new. You don’t need to be a Lending Library member to attend. In addition, there will be prize drawings for attendees, activities for the kids, and free carrier fit checks. Jacksonville Public Library, Regency Square Branch / 904-726-5142 / 9900 Regency Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225 / www. “T” is for Toddlers and Technology February 26, 3:15pm to 4:15pm This workshop will provide parents and caregivers with strategies, activities, and information on using technology with toddlers. 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. Hyde Grove Early Learning Center / 904-3902960 / 2056 Lane Ave. S., Jacksonville, FL 32210 / Preschool Power! Raising a Self-Reliant Preschooler February 26, 5:30pm to 6:30pm Young children who learn to be self-reliant are more successful in preschool and better prepared to take on challenges. This session will explore practical strategies and suggestions easily incorporated into a busy life. 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. St. Stephen Child Care and Learning Center / 904-390-2960 / 1525 N Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209 /

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Safely Soothing Teething Starting Reading at 2 Years Old W Pain in Babies T eething is normal but may be a painful experience for infants and toddlers. Too often, well-meaning parents and caregivers who want to ease a child’s pain turn to medications and products that could be harmful.

Soothing children’s gums with prescription or over-the-counter drugs, homeopathic drugs, or teething jewelry marketed for relieving teething pain may seem like good options. But those products can be dangerous and can lead to serious injury or even death. This also applies to older children with special needs who may use teething jewelry for sensory stimulation. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends alternative ways for treating teething pain, including rubbing infants’ gums with a clean finger or providing a teething ring made of firm rubber to chew on. For children with sensory stimulation needs, parents and caregivers should talk to their child’s health care provider about safer options.

offer little to no benefit and are associated with serious risk.

Benzocaine — a local anesthetic — is the active ingredient in several OTC oral health care products such as Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Hurricaine, Orabase, Orajel, and Topex. These products should not be used for teething because they can be dangerous and are not useful because they wash out of a baby’s mouth within minutes. The use of benzocaine gels, sprays, ointments, solutions, and lozenges for mouth and gum pain can lead to a serious — and sometimes fatal — condition called methemoglobinemia, in which the oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood cells is greatly reduced.

If your child’s gums are swollen and tender, gently rub or massage the gums with your finger, or give your child a teething ring made of firm rubber to chew. Make sure the teething ring is not frozen. If the object is too hard, it can hurt On average, children begin teething around 4 to 7 your child’s gums. Parents should supervise their months, and have a total of 20 “baby teeth” by children so they don’t accidentally choke on the age 3. According to the AAP, occasional sympteething ring. toms of teething include mild irritability, a low-level fever, drooling, and an urge to chew Parents and caregivers of children with special something hard. needs who may require sensory stimulation should talk to their child’s health care provider Teething jewelry includes necklaces, bracelets, about safer options and treatment. Jewelry and other jewelry worn by either an adult or child, marketed for relieving teething pain and to used by parents and caregivers, and is marketed provide sensory stimulation can lead to serious to relieve an infant’s teething pain. It may also be injuries, including strangulation and choking. marketed for use by people with special needs, such as autism or attention deficit hyperactivity The FDA continues to closely monitor the use of disorder, to provide sensory stimulation or teething jewelry and other teething pain relief redirect chewing on clothes or body parts. products and is evaluating whether other actions are necessary to address the risks associated The beads of the jewelry may be made with with these products, as part of its commitment to various materials such as amber, wood, marble, protecting public health – especially when it or silicone. Jewelry marketed for teething is not comes to the health and safety of children. the same as teething rings or teethers, which are made of hard plastic or rubber and not wearable Safer Ways to Soothe a Teething Baby: by an adult or child. There are serious risks • Chew toys. Plastic and rubber toys are great. associated with using jewelry marketed for • Cold things. For help numbing and easing the relieving teething pain such as choking, stranguache and inflammation, try using damp lation, injury to the mouth, and infection. Other washcloths that have been twisted and frozen concerns include potential injury to the mouth or (tie one end in a knot for better gnawing). infection if a piece of the jewelry irritates or • Massage. A light, gentle rub or massage pierces the child’s gums. might give your little one a lot of relief. Remember to wash your hands, then Parents and caregivers might also look to relieve massage the sore areas in your baby's mouth a teething baby by rubbing numbing medications with your finger or knuckle. j on the child’s gums. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns against using any sort of topical medication to treat teething pain in children, including prescription or OTC creams and gels, or homeopathic teething tablets. They

e know that early learning can set up a child for success. A study done by researchers at Penn State University found out just how early that learning should start – by age 2.

For this study, parents filled out surveys about how many words their 2-year-olds knew, and then the researchers checked in with them three years later when their children were in kindergarten. The toddlers with a large vocabulary were more likely to start kindergarten ready to read and learn math. It turned out that they also paid more attention in class and were better behaved. This may also be why some kids do better than others in school. Building that vocabulary stems from very early and frequent interactions with mom and dad. It takes only simple things to engage baby, such as talking and reading. In fact, it's hard to overstress the importance of reading to babies. A separate study done at the University of Iowa found that babies respond more to reading than to even toy- or puppet-play and, in turn, learn more from it. A very young baby may only babble in response to hearing your voice as you read, but when you respond back by repeating or expanding on his or her sound or offering a word with

that sound, this back-and-forth interaction helps with language development. Other tips:

• Snuggle up with a book – When you hold your baby close and look at a book together, your baby will enjoy the snuggling and hearing your voice as well as the story. Feeling safe and secure with you while looking at a book builds your baby's confidence and love of reading. • Choose baby-friendly books – Books with bright and bold or high-contrast illustrations are easier for young babies to see, and will grab their attention. Books made of cloth or soft plastic (for the bathtub) or "board books" with sturdy cardboard pages are easier for a baby to handle. • Keep books where your baby can reach them – Make sure books are as easy to reach, hold, and look at as toys. Remember, a baby will do with a book what he does with everything else — put it in his mouth. And that's exactly what he's supposed to do, so you may only want to put chewable books within reach. j

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.


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Disability Access Maps Need Some Crowd Help


ccupational therapist turned disability rights activist Alanna Raffel has spent her career thinking about accessibility. So for her 30th birthday two years ago, she turned her passion into action. Raffel had worked with disabled clients for years in Philadelphia. It wasn't till late 2016, however, when she became more involved in advocacy, that she learned how difficult it was to find meeting spaces that could accommodate people of varying abilities. It's particularly challenging in an old city like Philadelphia, where many of the buildings were built more than 200 years before the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed. So she hosted a mapping event in which her family and friends downloaded the Access Earth app and scoured area businesses answering questions, like whether a storefront or restaurant has a step-free entrance or an accessible restroom. The goal: find out what is and isn't wheelchair-accessible in the Center City district of Philadelphia. The experience was eye-opening. "When I want to go to a bar or restaurant, I search on my phone for the menu or location," she said. "I don't need to check if I can use the bathroom there, or if I can reach the bar or a table. But that's what my friends who use wheelchairs have to do." Laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act require businesses and public facilities to make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, but they aren't always followed or enforced. Many older places are exempt. What this means for someone with a disability is that it's harder to get around and know what's accessible and what's not. "It's like playing the lottery," said Michele Lee, a 35-year-old wheelchair user living in Chicago. Lee has moved about via wheelchair for the last 15 years following a spinal cord injury from a car accident. "You never know whether train stations have working elevators or if sidewalks are free of construction or whether the restaurant I want to go to has an accessible bathroom." But apps such as Access Earth are hoping to make life a little easier for the disability community by providing better information. And often, they're created by people with first-hand knowledge of the problems they're trying to solve. AccessNow, which shares accessibility info, was created by Maayan Ziv, who was born with a type of muscular dystrophy and who uses a wheelchair. Jason DaSilva, a filmmaker with multiple sclerosis, founded AXS Map, which lets you rate locations for their accessibility. Matt McCann got the inspiration for Access Earth

while on a trip to London. Even though he searched the web for a hotel that was accessible, when he arrived he realized there were steps in the lobby to get to the elevator. "This was clearly not accessible for me," said McCann, who was born with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. These apps provide a welcome change for the roughly one in seven people in the world who consider themselves disabled. The figure is actually higher in the US, where at least 20 percent of the population identifies as having a disability. Developers such as Ziv and McCann say crowdsourcing is crucial to providing useful information for these apps, which is why their programs offer a place for users to share their experiences. Crowdsourcing also brings a diverse approach to solving what is actually a universal problem. "Realistically, you need contributors from all different perspectives," Ziv said. "But it's also important to create awareness that access is an important feature in our lives whether you have a disability or not." Mark Bookman is a doctoral candidate at University of Pennsylvania who created an app called the Accessibility Mapping Project that maps accessibility on UPenn's campus. He says his app is useful for students on campus. But there's a larger purpose. He plans to use the data he's collected to push university administrators to make improvements. Bookman, who uses a wheelchair because of a rare genetic condition similar to ALS, said it's not enough for universities, such as UPenn, to simply comply with basic ADA requirements. They need to go beyond that to ensure the entire campus is accessible to all students, he says. Raffel also believes it's important to create awareness, which she hopes will result in societal changes. That's why she wanted her friends and family to experience the mapping event she organized for her birthday. Instead of simply telling people what the problem is, she wanted to show them. Ziv has also hosted and helped other civic groups and companies organize "map missions" using her app to do the same thing. "It's a great way to show people what accessibility means …," she said. "It's creating awareness through actions, which can be powerful and fun."


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Things to Do Special Needs Events

Jumpstreet Special Needs Event February 2, 9am to 11am Jumpstreet hosts a special event for children with special needs and their siblings. The semiprivate event will be held the first Saturday of the month. From 9am to 10am, the event is private; from 10am to 11am, the event is open to the public. Cost is $8 for children 5 and up; $4 for children 4 and under. Parents/guardians are free. Jumpstreet / 904853-5721 / 1214 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / Sensory Sensitive Sundays February 3 Two area Chuck E. Cheese's locations offer Sensory Sensitive Sundays. On the first Sunday of every month, these locations will open two hours early, specifically for children with autism and other special needs. There will be reduced lighting and noise, food and games offered, and trained and caring staff. Chuck E. Cheese's / / 6065 Youngerman Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32244 and 10320 Shops Lane 32258, Jacksonville, FL 32258 All Abilities Night at iFLY Jacksonville February 4, 5pm to 8pm All Abilities Night at iFLY is a unique event that makes the dream of flight a reality for those in the special needs community. This program has been custom designed for those with physical and cognitive challenges to create an environment of support and inclusion, while focusing on making what seems impossible, possible. For more details and to reserve your spot, contact iFLY at 904-712-3388 or sales@iflyjacksonville. com. Everyone in the special needs community is welcome to participate. Event package includes a pre-flight training session, and all the necessary flight gear (suit, helmet, goggles). Each flyer will be assisted by specially trained Flight Instructors during the event with extra attention and accommodations based on participant needs. Each flyer receives 2 flights (1 minute each) for $39.95 and a free video. iFLY / 904-712-3388 / 10579 Brightman Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / Sensory Art Class at Sensory Towne Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, 10am to 12noon Sensory Fun Art Class every Wednesday morning at 10am. Regular admission includes 1 hour of open play after art class. There will be a new project and sensory fun each week. Register online in advance. Sensory Towne / 904-551-6443 / 8380 Baymeadows Road Suite 6, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / UF Sibshops February 16, 12:30pm to 3:30pm Sibshops are engaging and interactive workshops that offer support and guidance, while allowing siblings to share the challenges and celebrate the joys of having a brother or sister with a developmental disability. For kids ages 8-13 who have a sibling with a developmental disability. Registration is required. These events are at no cost to the individual or family. For more information contact

Williams Family YMCA / 10415 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32257 / Girls’ Circle Support Group February 19, 5:30pm to 6:30pm Girls Circle is a support group and informational session, facilitated by Anne Wilson and Audrey Bringman, designed to engage young girls ages 14-19 with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The sessions will include discussions of topics such as personal grooming and hygiene, self-esteem, healthy friendships, social media safety, nutritious eating, and more. This group will be a forum to learn valuable independent living skills and to enhance social skills. They will also invite guests from partner agencies to offer advice, training, model good practices, and provide helpful tips. Girls must be active CARD Constituents. A minimum of 3 girls will be required to hold each session. Parents will be notified on the Friday before the group is scheduled if there are not enough constituents registered. If parents are not going to remain in the wait area, please leave a good contact number with the front office and please return promptly at 5:15pm to pick up your child. Contact: Anne Wilson at Anne.Wilson@jax. or Audrey Bringman at Audrey.Bringman@ Free. UF Jacksonville Center for Autism and Related Disabilities / 6271 Saint Augustine Road, Suite 1, Jacksonville, FL 32217 /

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The Good, The Bad and The Very Sweet


hen Valentine’s Day comes around, you can

another name that is very familiar – Nestle. guarantee that the stores will be overflowing with chocolate treats for kids and adults alike. And The Good and the Bad let’s face it, we love the stuff. Milk chocolate, hot • Sugar: The cacao bean contains mostly starch, chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. A very small chocolate-flavored creamer in our coffee and little proportion is comprised of simple sugars. Sugar chocolate “kisses” to make the day better. We pour is added during the processing of chocolate. the delightful stuff over pretzels, potato chips and One miniature chocolate bar has about a bacon. We make gift baskets of chocolate to share teaspoon of sugar – that doesn’t sound like with loved ones, and why not? It’s delicious! much until you consider that adults should limit Chocolate manufacturing is estimated to be more sugars to no more than 6-9 teaspoons per day than a 4-billion-dollar industry in the U.S., and the and children no more than 4 teaspoons per day average American consumes at least half a pound of according to the American Heart Association. the sweet per month. The sugar from chocolate adds up quick, so be mindful. The world’s love affair with chocolate began long, • Antioxidants: Cacao beans contain long ago. Throughout history, chocolate has been polyphenols (components like those found known as a symbol of luxury, wealth and power. in wine) that possess antioxidant properties. Historians estimate that cacao has been consumed These antioxidants are found in the nonfat as far back as 4,000 years. In the Americas, cacao portion of the cacao bean. Antioxidants go about was an important part of the Mayan and Aztec the body gobbling up free radicals - destructive civilizations. The Mayans worshipped a god of molecules that can be associated with heart cacao, and it was used in sacred ceremonies. In disease. Dark chocolate has more of these fact, the origin of the word “chocolate” can be antioxidants. But that isn’t a blank check to eat traced to the Aztec word “xocoatl” which referred to as much chocolate as you want – as previously a drink brewed from the cacao bean. The cacao stated, moderation is key. beans were fermented, roasted and ground into a paste and then mixed with water – the result was a • Essential Minerals: Cocoa beans are also rich bitter drink – although if available, the addition of in several essential minerals including calcium, vanilla, honey and chili pepper could be added to iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, potassium and make a mildly sweet and spicy beverage. manganese. The term "cacao" refers to the plant or its beans • Theobromine: Never share your love affair of before processing, while the term "chocolate" refers chocolate with the family pets! This component to what we know as the sweet indulgence after of chocolate is a very mild stimulant and is what sugars have been added. Today, "cocoa" generally makes chocolate toxic to animals like dogs, cats refers to chocolate in a powdered form. The Latin and horses. name for the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, means "food of the gods." So, when you open your sweet gift this Valentine’s Day, remember that the tradition of sharing cocoa/ We can thank a Dutch chemist for inventing the chocolate is not a new one. Enjoy a small treat! j cacao press in 1828 which paved the way to making what we know today as solid, sweet Aurea Thompson RDN, CSP, LDN chocolate. Forty years later in 1868, a little Pediatric Nutrition Specialist company called Cadbury marketed boxes of Wolfson Children’s Hospital chocolate candies in England. Milk chocolate also hit the market a few years later, pioneered by

Chocolate and Caramel Cavity Protection


t's well known that bad bacteria living in dental plaque convert sugars from the diet into acids. Over time, these acids eat away the enamel and can eventually cause a cavity. BasicBites do the opposite. They help the plaque make tooth protecting buffers while fortifying the enamel. Dental school researchers discovered beneficial bacteria living in plaque too. These bacteria make buffers, not acids. BasicBites contain key nutrients that nourish these good bacteria while enriching the enamel. Just two BasicBites a day were clinically shown to help maintain enamel health in children. BasicBites contain no artificial sweeteners, flavors or preservatives, are gluten and dairy-free and are an excellent source of calcium.

Dry mouth can damage your teeth by creating an acid oral environment that also favors harmful bacteria. BasicBites work differently than other dry mouth products; they coat teeth with saliva mimicking technology. BasicBites has recently released their Caramel flavor. Both the chocolate and caramel flavors are available at and on Amazon. A two month supply is $38.95 per 120 count bag. j

Things to Do Eating Well

Big & Little Chef: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner February 2, 10am; February 6, 6pm; February 23, 10am Big Chef, Little Chef series classes are designed specifically for a guardian/parent, older sibling (18 or older), etc. paired with a young chef. Each pair will work together (along with the rest of the students) to create delicious recipes that are appropriate for adults and kids alike. Big Chef must be 18 or older, and the Little Chef age range should be 5–12 years old. The menu features Bacon-Cheddar Drop Biscuit Egg Sandwiches; Pepperoni Pizza Empanadas; Chicken Pot Pie Loaded Baked Potatoes; Baked Chili con Carne with Cornbread Crust; Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse Parfaits. Cost is $75 for each parent/child combo. Publix Aprons Cooking School / 904-262-4187 / 10500 San Jose Blvd Ste 36, Jacksonville, FL 32257 / Tangible Taste at the Market February 9, 10am to 12:30pm The St. Augustine Ampitheatre Farmers Market hosts a monthly cooking demonstration called Tangible Taste at The Market. This educational series is hosted by Amy Rupert Secol, Holistic Nutrition Educator, Health Supportive Natural Chef and Real Food Advocate. All ages can come by on the 2nd Saturday of each month and watch

a live cooking demonstration, enjoy samples and get the recipe to make your dish at home. St. Augustine Amphitheatre Farmers Market / 1340C A1A South, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / Kids and Parents Cook Together February 15, 10am to 12:30pm Come enjoy the day off from school and cook a meal in the Jax Cooking Studio kitchen. Kids will learn the important life skill of cooking. Come hungry because participants will eat what they prepare. The menu will include Ground Turkey Sliders; Sweet Potato Fries; and Chocolate Chip Cookies. The price is $65 for one parent/child team. Register for one and place the name. Jax Cooking Studio / 904-742–5906 / 14035 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / 1st Annual Food Truck Rally February 23, 11am to 6pm Bordley's Bistro hosts the 1st Annual Food Truck Rally. There will be a wide assortment of food trucks available to purchase food from. Some of the food trucks that will be there include Best Burgers Jax, Hot Shot Bakery and Cafe, Fried Chicken Kitchen, Manny's Cuban Food Truck, Best Philly, MaineRockStarLobster, and PetWants(Pet Food Truck). Admission for the event is free to attend. Francis Field / 904-853-0917 / 25 West Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084

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Healthy Snacks Boost Performance


ealthy snacks are an essential part of a growing child’s diet. Childhood is a critical time for growth and development, and snacks provide important nutrients that your child needs between meals. During the week, this means children should have a nutritious midmorning and midafternoon snack at school to meet the nutrient demands of their growing bodies and brains. Learn about the benefits of healthy snacks at school and how to pack nutritious snacks your child will enjoy. Children have higher nutrient demands than adults, to support their healthy bone growth and brain development. The absence of snacks at school or choosing unhealthy items to snack on can have a major impact on various aspects of your child’s health. Children need a steady supply of nutrients to fuel their bodies and brains so that they grow and develop properly. It’s recommended that children have at least two nutritious snacks each day. Be aware that most schools sell snacks and beverages, but these items may not supply the nutrients your child needs. Check your state’s regulations and school snack policies. When it comes to snacking at school, you may want to consider having your child skip the vending machine unless it offers healthy snacks like fruit. Nutrition and academic performance are linked. Healthy snacking provides your child’s brain with the nutrients it needs, and missing out on healthy snacks can negatively affect school performance. Children who snack on healthy foods like fruit perform better in school, according to a study published in the journal Medicine in 2016. On the flip side, children who snack on sugary foods, sugar-sweetened beverages and other unhealthy

foods like instant noodles and fast food don’t perform as well academically. This study suggests that healthy eating and snack habits support academic success. Healthy snacking contributes to your child’s emotional and physical well-being, and this is another area where fruit wins out. Snacking on fruit lowers anxiety, boosts mood and lowers emotional distress, say researchers of a study appearing in the 2014 edition of the journal Frontiers in Nutrition. Unsurprisingly, scientists found that snacking on potato chips increases fatigue, poor mood states and cognitive difficulties. This means healthy snacking is not only important for your child’s physical health, but emotional health as well. Well-timed snacks help control your child’s hunger, supply fuel and boost nutrition. When the selection is left up to children, they often choose sweet, less healthy snacks to munch on during school time. Make snacks at home to take to school as the best way to manage the snacks your child eats while away from home. Some nutritious and delicious snack ideas include sliced apples with almond butter, cinnamon and sliced dates; Greek yogurt with fresh berries and a sprinkle of your child’s favorite nuts; homemade granola bars and parfait cups with layers of yogurt, granola, berries and nuts. These yummy snacks will keep your child satisfied at school and contribute to overall nutrition. j

Let Them Eat from the Rainbow Build your child’s interest in vegetables by letting them make a colorful snack! 1. Start with one whole-wheat tortilla – lay it out flat. 2. Spread reduced-fat cream cheese over the tortilla (choose Neufchâtel if available). 3. Set out a variety of veggies to try – encourage colors of the rainbow! If your child is old enough, they can help cut the vegetables beforehand, so they are ready to make this snack later. Here are some examples of veggies you could try: Red • Sliced red pepper strips • Tomato slices Yellow • Sliced yellow squash coins • Canned corn • Sliced yellow pepper strips Green • Sliced bell pepper strips • Green beans • Sliced zucchini coins

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• Avocado slices (technically a fruit, but it’s so good!) • Shredded green cabbage • Purple • Sliced beets • Shredded purple cabbage Encourage your child to pick a veggie in each color group and lay them on the tortilla. Roll up the tortilla and cut in half – enjoy! Sponsored by


Veggin’ Out T he 8th Annual Northeast Florida Veg Fest returns Saturday, March 2.

addition to the kids zone, there will be cooking demonstrations every hour, on the hour to learn how to make healthy vegan meals at home.

Grab your kids, your neighbors, friends and family because the Northeast Florida Veg Fest returns The speaker tent will also be corralled in the for its eighth year Saturday, March 2 from 11 a.m. entertainment zone. The speakers will have to 6 p.m. at Riverside Park in Jacksonville! 45-minute presentations on a variety of subjects including one from Tiffany Bess, Apple Rabbit The Northeast Florida Veg Fest is annually Compost founder. Bess will present a composting presented by The Girls Gone Green – a local 101 session for beginners or for attendees who nonprofit group devoted to environmental, animal have questions about recycling their food waste. and health issues in Northeast Florida and beyond – with the goal of aligning the best local Throughout the day will be a scavenger hunt sustainable, eco-friendly, compassionate, organic, where festival-goers who sign up can have a healthy and humane organizations and busichance to win prizes by saying a special keyword nesses for a day of education, enlightenment and to various tables. socialization. Another popular fixture is the annual pie-eating “We have presented the Northeast Florida Veg contest. Participants are chosen at random to Fest for eight years with each one showing take the challenge of who can eat a vegan pie the tremendous success and growth,” Julie Watkins, fastest. executive director of The Girls Gone Green said. “We truly feel that the very first Veg Fest brought But one of the main components of the festival is together a community interested in the three the food. Ever wanted to try vegan food? There things we stand for: a healthy planet, animal will be plenty of opportunities at the NEFL Veg compassion and a healthy lifestyle.” Fest. From local favorites like The Hot Dog Party to out-of-town treats like Chicago-based These The 2018 festival was the largest to-date, and it’s Wingz, there’s truly something for everyone. growing. Everything at the NEFL Veg Fest is 100 percent Flying Saucer Presents - a long standing, vegan – from the food vendors to the cooking independent, area promoter - is delighted to have demonstrations and even the beauty products joined up with The Girls Gone Green to provide and other items for sale. music artists for this year’s festival. The festival is also dog-friendly for those who The Saucer says he has "chosen fun bands want to bring their well-behaved, leashed best groups with big time chops - acts for all ages friend. Adoptable dogs will be on site from area with a strong variety of sounds. The bands on rescue organizations. Sanctuaries and other board for this year’s festival are boss – they’ll animal rescue groups will be present with catch your ears and your eyes.” information about their causes and how to get involved. The headliners include the bluesy sounds of Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, the alternative “We have seen positive change being made in beats of Speedy Ortiz, the ultimate recycler and our community since 2010 as people continue to one-man-band, The Suitcase Junket – who plays build happier and healthier lives based on what’s on instruments made from reclaimed, thrifted or presented at each festival,” Watkins said. “We recycled materials to create a unique sound – hope to see everyone March 2!” and OHMME, the duo of Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart, multi-instrumentalist singerFor more information about the Northeast Florida songwriters. Veg Fest, visit j Vendors are a mixed bag of nonprofit, for profit, food vendors and animal rescue organizations. The family-friendly event features a kids zone where children can make free eco-friendly crafts or bounce and play on the giant, inflatable slide. This year, the kids zone, sponsored by Jax4Kids, will be part of the “entertainment zone” planned for the open field of grass located adjacent to the John Gorrie Dog Park at Riverside Park. In

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Spartan Kids Race S partan is the leader in global obstacle course racing (OCR)- one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Spartan Kids is designed to build upon the popular adult races.

recommended for 10-13 yr old. Race heats are scheduled throughout the day so that parents can schedule their children’s race to best fit their schedule when they register online.

Much like it’s adult counterpart, Spartan Kids was built with the aspiration of reinforcing the importance of a modicum of physical fitness and heathier eating in the lives of children and their families. As importantly, Spartan Kids creates the possibility of a bolstered self-esteem, confidence and sense of accomplishment all wrapped up in a truly fun experience. Studies show that kids are less fit and active today than their parents were as kids. We are dedicated to helping make HEALTHY the new normal for the next generation. Active kids benefit from better physical health, are at lower risk of developing depression and earn higher grades than their less active piers. Spartan believes that kids should run, climb, jump and get muddy.

Young athletes will earn a Finisher medal, a Finisher t-shirt and be given a numbered head band with matching parent / guardian wristband and 2 free spectator passes with each kid’s entry purchase. We’re bringing it back to basics.

Oriented to the 4-13 year old age demographic the Spartan Kids race is broken into three distances: half mile; recommended for 4-6 year old, 1 mil; recommended for 7-9 year old, and 2 mile;

The Spartan Kids Race will be held February 23rd and 24th at WW Ranch Motocross Park, 1439 Otis Road, Jacksonville, FL 32220. Register at www. j

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Lifesaving Lessons: Year- Flu or Common Cold? F round swim lessons can save young lives


t’s every parent’s worst nightmare — a missing child, a frantic search, and a shadowy figure at the bottom of the pool. “In 2017, 40 children were treated at Wolfson Children’s Hospital as a result of being submerged, and all of those incidents were preventable,” said Cynthia Dennis, RN, coordinator of Safe Kids Northeast Florida, an advocacy coalition that teaches safety precautions to parents in the community. “Drowning is a silent event and it takes two minutes or less for a child to lose consciousness when submerged.”

lu season is in full swing and it’s time to educate ourselves on the influenza virus, the differences between the flu and the common cold, prevention tips and the importance of the flu vaccine. The flu and cold are often confused with each other because of the similarity in symptoms: fatigue, body aches, cough and perhaps a fever. Flu season usually starts in the fall and ends in the spring. The flu virus is common and unpredictable, and it can cause serious complications and death, even in healthy children. Each year, on average, 5 – 20% of the US population gets the flu and more than 20,000 people are hospitalized from complications.

In addition, experts on child safety say the time passing between seasonal swimming lessons can even cause children’s swimming skills to regress, meaning they must refresh those skills before they can build new ones. Unfortunately, yearround swimming lessons are more relevant in Florida than any other part of the nation. Children younger than five years of age – especially “Our highest population drowning statistic nationwide is children under the age of 5 years old,” Zeal said. “Unfortunately, Florida ranks No. 1 in the nation.” “Since we live in Florida, where there are so many pools and natural bodies of water, as well as warm weather for much of the year, it's especially important for children to have continuous reinforcement of their swimming skills to keep them safe,” said Dennis.

Wolfson Children’s Hospital is the region’s leader in pediatric health care, and is also home to THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health, which leads Safe Kids Northeast Florida. Safe Kids Northeast Florida promotes many methods of water safety, including parents learning CPR, active supervision Year-round lessons in Northeast Florida are by adults when children are around water and available at the following locations: adding barriers around pools to hinder kids’ access. Another key to water safety is keeping • Aqua Swim Schools children in year-round swimming lessons. 904.775.9400, • Splash Jax Swim School Janet Zeal, president of Safe Kids Northeast 904.608.4775 Florida and a swimming instructor who has been teaching swimming and survival skills for 42 • Swimming Safari years, has seen the benefits of such lessons 904.260.1836, firsthand. She said children who stay in lessons • Swim Lesson Club USA the entire year swim better than those who take 833.794.6777, lessons for just a month or two over summer. • YMCA “Just as an Olympic athlete trains all year to Visit for each location’s contact achieve peak performance, children who stay in information and whether they offer year-round swim lessons year-round continue to hone their swim lessons. skills and never see a lapse in their performance,” said Zeal. “That increases their chances For more information on water safety from Safe of surviving a water accident. There is no 100 Kids Northeast Florida, visit wolfsonchildrens. percent guarantee; even seasoned adult swimcom/watersafety. j mers drown, but it puts the advantage on the child’s side.”

those younger than two years old – are at risk of serious flu-related complications including viral pneumonia, secondary bacterial pneumonia, middle ear infections, respiratory failure, seizures and even in some instances death. There are things your family can do to help prevent contracting the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises: • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. • If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a feverreducing medicine. • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after

you use it. • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. • If an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs, follow public health advice. This may include information about how to increase distance between people and other measures.

It is critical for both adults and children to get the flu vaccine to protect against infection and help prevent the spread of seasonal flu to others. The flu vaccine is safe, effective and could potentially save your life or your child’s life. We recommend the vaccine for anyone over the age of 6 months, including pregnant women. The flu vaccine is offered in many convenient locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, retail stores, pharmacies, health centers and by many employers. We encourage you to take advantage of the flu vaccine whenever and wherever it is offered. It is never too late to vaccinate – get your flu shot. j 1714 Main Street Jacksonville, FL 32206 904-354-6868 4972 Town Center Parkway Suite 301 Jacksonville, FL 32246 904-642-6100

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A Hidden World of Science is Waiting to be Discovered in the Backyard!


re you ready to step into a garden of wonders to experience the fascinating science that’s literally in our own backyard? Get ready to discover the outdoors from the perspective of a bee, take a walk through a digital garden to see plants growing in super time and investigate the creatures that only come out at night. The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) hosts a fun and interactive exhibition Backyard Adventures, created and developed by Scitech science museum in Perth, Australia and produced by Imagine Exhibitions in Atlanta, GA, that emphasizes the importance of staying healthy and active by showing visitors how much fun awaits them outdoors and that there is more to your backyard than you imagine. The exhibition consists of interactive science displays such as Night Vision, Bee’s Eye View, Giant Pumpkin Bonanza, Critter Calls, Giant Skipping Rope, Backyard Sports, Garden Golf and Augmented Reality Garden Bed. These interactive displays engage visitors with science and technology and enable them to continue discovering the wonders of their own backyard even after they leave the exhibition.

MOSH is very deliberate about the traveling exhibitions we choose to bring to Jacksonville, and in a recent poll, our visitors selected Backyard Adventures as an exhibition they’d most like to see,” said MOSH curator Paul Bourcier. “The diversity of subject material in this exhibition will appeal to children and adults alike, whether they are interested in gardening, zoology or physics, or just having fun in a familiar environment, with engaging experiences that are available to them in their own homes or neighborhoods.” In the exhibition, visitors will learn and experience that the backyard is full of science from the biological interactions between plants and insects, the zoology of nocturnal animals, the horticultural know how that goes into growing giant vegetables, the mathematical genius needed to lay pavers and the feats of construction that can go on in the shed. Featured Exhibits: Garden golf Try your hand at the backyard–themed mini golf. Be warned - you’ll need more than good putting skills to get around this course!

Night vision Investigate the creatures that live in your garden at night. What do they do when you go to sleep? Try to find the animals in their own environment. Augmented reality garden bed Dig down in the ‘dirt’ and see if you can spot the different layers of soil. Use your hands to make it rain and see the effects. Nectar collector Jump on board the flying bee for a bee’s eye view of the garden. Try your luck at pollinating flowers and collecting pollen for honey production. It’s not as easy as it seems! Food web pond Explore the intricacies of animal-insect-plant interactions at the pond. Investigate which creatures rely on other creatures to survive in this frog-eat-insect world. The garden shed The everyday garden shed; a haven for power tools, ladders and lawn mowers. Step inside the shed and see what you can create with the tools and objects on the work benches. Walk through the seasons Plants grow very slowly. Take a walk through our digital garden and observe plants growing in super time. Can you spot the changes that usually take months or years to happen? Backyard sports How fast can you throw a ball or kick a soccer ball? Check your speed and compare with your friends. A radar speed camera will record the speed of your throw and display it on a digital screen. Backyard Adventures is created by Scitech and produced by Imagine Exhibitions. The traveling exhibition is supported locally by Jax4Kids, City of Jacksonville, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. The exhibition runs through May 12, 2019, and is included with Museum admission. For tickets and information, visit or call 904.396.MOSH (6674).


Amy L. Chamberlin Director of Communications & Marketing Museum of Science & History

Healthy Life Books for Kids Me and My Amazing Body By Joan Sweeney What exactly can your body do? A beloved bestseller that helps children understand anatomy, from their eyes to their toes. What is under your skin? Why do you have bones? What do your muscles do? Where does the food that you eat go? This playful introduction to anatomy explains all the important parts of your body. Easy to read and easy to understand, Me and My Amazing Body helps children appreciate everything their bodies can do. The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums By Edward Miller Taking good care of your teeth and gums is an important part of maintaining overall health. After all, you need your pearly whites to eat, smile, and talk. Full of straightforward advice and animated, colorful art, as well as some bite-sized bits of history and lore. The Care and Keeping of You, The Body Book for Girls For girls ages 8 and up, this book features tips, how-tos, and facts from the experts. (Medical consultant: Cara Natterson, MD.) You'll find answers to questions about your changing body, from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to bras, periods to pimples, and everything in between. Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys By Dr. Cara Natterson This book provides the answers that will help boys take care of themselves better, from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to shaving, acne to voice changes, and everything in between. With tips, how-tos, and facts from a real pediatrician. This Moment Is Your Life (and So Is This One): A Fun and Easy Guide to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga By Miriam Gates This hands-on guide to meditation, mindfulness, and yoga is a perfect introduction for tweens and teens. Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids By Carol McCloud Teaches young readers valuable lessons about giving, sharing, and caring using a simple metaphor of a bucket and a dipper. When we choose to be kind, we not only fill the buckets of those around us, but also fill our OWN bucket! Conversely, when we choose to say or do mean things, we are dipping into buckets. All day long, we are either filling up or dipping into each other's buckets by what we say and what we do. When you're a bucket filler, you make the world a better place to be! Winner of 24 awards. For more information on bucket filling or free downloadables and resources, please visit Turtles All The Way Down By John Green A tender story about learning to cope when the world feels out of control; a story of of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship. Aza is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. Written by John Green, award-winning author of The Fault in Our Stars.

Paperweight By Meg Haston From Jacksonville’s own Meg Haston, This young adult novel delves into the devastating impact of trauma and loss. Paperweight follows seventeen-year-old Stevie’s journey as she struggles not only with a life-threatening eating disorder, but with the question of whether she can ever find absolution for the mistakes of her past…and whether she truly deserves to. Finding Perfect By Elly Swartz To twelve-year-old Molly Nathans, perfect is: - The number four - The tip of a newly sharpened No. 2 pencil - A crisp white pad of paper - Her neatly aligned glass animal figurines Everything becomes harder as new habits appear, and counting, cleaning, and organizing are not enough to keep Molly's world from spinning out of control. In this fresh-voiced debut novel, one girl learns there is no such thing as perfect. Ideal for children with OCD. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key and Joey Pigza Loses Control By Jack Gantos For those growing up with ADHD or ADD... Joey Pigza's got heart, he's got a mom who loves him, and he's got "dud meds," which is what he calls the Ritalin pills that are supposed to even out his wild mood swings. Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. He learns the hard way that he shouldn't stick his finger in the pencil sharpener, or swallow his house key, or run with scissors. Joey ends up bouncing around a lot - and eventually he bounces himself all the way into the district special-ed program, which could be the end of the line. As Joey knows, if he keeps making bad choices, he could just fall between the cracks for good. But he is determined not to let that happen. Gantos captures the humor, the off-the-wall intensity, and the serious challenges that life presents to a kid dealing with hyper-activity and related disorders. The Invisible Boy By Trudy Ludwig This gentle story shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish. Any parent, teacher, or counselor looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find The Invisible Boy a valuable and important resource. Includes backmatter with discussion questions and resources for further reading. Girling Up By Mayim Bialik, PhD Growing up as a girl in today’s world is no easy task. Juggling family, friends, romantic relationships, social interests and school…sometimes it feels like you might need to be a superhero to get through it all! But really, all you need is little information. Using scientific facts, personal anecdotes, and wisdom gained from the world around us, Mayim Bialik, the star of The Big Bang Theory, shares what she has learned from her life and her many years studying neuroscience to tell you how you grow from a girl to a woman biologically, psychologically and sociologically.


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Keeping Your Kids’ Teeth Healthy


ebruary is National Children’s Dental Health Month. This designation is meant to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Why is this type of celebration—and year-round attention to children’s dental health – important? Despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. The good news is there are safe and effective preventive measures that can protect teeth. Here are some tips for parents to help keep kids’ teeth healthy: • Be a role model. Kids like to imitate those around them, so be a good role model and demonstrate good oral health habits for them. • Brush and floss with your kids, rather than sending them into the bathroom on their own. Instead of treating it as a chore, make it part of the daily routine. • Teach them. Show kids under age 3 how to use a rice-size amount of toothpaste. Once kids are able to understand how to spit, rather than swallow the paste, they can use a peasize amount. When teeth have grown to touch each other, kids can floss and rinse with mouthwash daily.

• Keep dental appointments. Keep a regular routine of visiting the dentist twice a year, and involve your children. By keeping your appointments, you make it a normal activity, and they will make it a ritual. Your child should have their first dental appointment within 6 months of their first tooth or their first birthday, whichever comes first, and then twice a year after that. • Talk. Talk to your kids about what they can expect at the dentist. At their dental visit, talk to your dentist about any concerns you have such as crowding, thumb sucking, losing teeth, mouth guards, and whatever else concerns you. • Eat healthy foods. Avoiding sugary drinks and foods not only helps overall health but it can create a discussion about cavities. When sugar is allowed to sit on your teeth, it can create decay. • Use Rewards. Let kids choose their own toothbrush (within reason) and consider a goal chart to track their progress on a goal that leads to a reward such as going to a movie, or taking a trip to the toy store. j

Free Dental Care for Children


he Jacksonville Dental Society and Florida State College at Jacksonville are offering free filings, cleanings and extractions for children up to 18-years-old. The services are offered at FSCJ’s north campus at 4501 Capper Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218 on Saturday, February 2, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pre-screenings are highly recommended in order to reserve an appointment time during the Saturday event. Pre-screening will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, January 30 and 31, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the FSCJ North Campus dental clinics. The Give Kids a Smile free dental care event will be held on Saturday, February 2, from 8:00 am 5:00 p.m.

For an appointment contact jaxdentalsociety@ or call 904-513-8234. j

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will also be Sprint and Super distances for teens and adults. Kids races start at 9am, with adult races beginning earlier. Character Counts! 6 Pillars 6K and 3K Run/ Walk WW Ranch Motocross Park / 1439 Otis Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32220 / February 2, 9am The annual Character Counts! in St. Johns County run/walk returns to Palencia Elementary 2019 Velobrew-FSCJ Crit Series February 24, 7am to 12noon School. There will be a 6K distance and a VeloBrew Racing hosts a series of three cycling 3K. The course begins and ends at Palencia races for juniors and adults. Registration opens Elementary School. The event is open to all at 7:15am. Kids ages 10 and under can race ages. Entry fees for the 3K range from $25 for free, but must fill out a USAC Waiver. Juniors to $30; entry fees for the 6K are $30 to $35. race registration is $10. One Day USAC Licenses Awards will be given for males and females in available for $10. Annual Licenses also available. the 3K and 6K for ages 1-9, 10-14, 15-19, and adult categories. The event is a member of the FSCJ Cecil Truck Driving Range / 5640 New World Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32221 / Run St. Augustine Race Series. Palencia Elementary School / 904-547-7504 / 355 Palencia Village Drive, St. Augustine, FL Superhero 5K Walk/Run, Destiny Kids Dash 32095 / and Super Loop February 24, 8:30am Living My Best Life: Parent Edition The Superhero walk/run will feature a chip timed February 13, 6pm to 7pm 5K. The Destiny Dash is for walking-VPK age This is the first course in a series geared kids and Super Loop is K-3rd Grade. Fees for the toward personal and individual growth for 5K range from $30 to $35 and $15 for students. parents and caregivers. This course will help Participation in the Destiny Dash or Super Loop guide participants on the journey of discovery races is free. Proceeds from this event will by helping them unearth their unique passions and talents. Within this course, participants will benefit Palm Coast Community Child Center – a explore self-care techniques and be challenged 501 (c)(3) organization. Central Park at the Palm Coast Town Center / to develop a mindset of self-care and appreciation for themselves while experiencing 386-986-1876 / 975 Central Avenue, Palm Coast, FL 32164 / inner peace and happiness. Free and open to the community. Community CPR and/or Basic First Aid: St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church / 904-390Blended Learning 2960 / 3738 Winton Drive, Jacksonville, FL February 27, 6pm to 8:30pm 32208 / Blended Learning Courses combine online learning with in-person instruction and the Ortega River Run certification exam. For either of these courses, February 23, 8am to 11am Community CPR/AED and/or Basic First Aid, For over 40 years, St. Mark’s Episcopal Day after registering (within 24 hrs) you will receive School has held the Ortega River Run. A Grand an email with your online course link. You can Prix sanctioned event, this is a great event for the whole family. Proceeds benefit the financial select just Community CPR/AED, just Basic First aid and scholarship program at the school. Both Aid, or both. You will need to complete your online course prior to your in-person session races start and finish at St. Mark’s Episcopal date that you are registering for. The online Day School. There will be a 1 mile fun run at 8am, followed by a 5 mile run/walk at 8:30am. course will teach all of the course information Strollers are welcome, and will start at the back and the in-person session provides the hands-on practice and instructor interaction, as well as the of the race. There will be a family street fair at administration of the certification exam(s). Upon start/finish with food, activities, and more. The successful completion, both course provide a cost for the 1 mile is $20; fees for the 5 mile two-year official certification from the American run/walk range from $30 to $40. Safety and Health Institute. Community CPR/ St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School / 904-388AED (Infant, Child and Adult certification) – 2632 / 4114 Oxford Avenue, Jacksonville, FL Includes instruction in CPR for all ages, use of the 32210 / Automated External Defibrillator and how to help a victim who is choking. Spartan Kids Race Basic First Aid – Class topics include: Response Februray 23-24 preparation; Recognizing an emergency; The Spartan Kids Race is where kids are encouraged to jump, run, get muddy, help each Consent; Patient assessment; Bleeding control; Injuries, shock and poisoning; Common first other, and have a good time while conquering aid situations – bites and stings, heat and cold obstacles. The kids race is for ages 4 to emergencies, burns and more. Registration is 13. Each kids registration includes 2 adult $40 for Community CPR/AED; $40 for Basic First spectator passes, a t-shirt, and finisher medal. Aid; or $70 for both. Jacksonville Public Library Registration starts at $25. Participants can choose from different race distances, including - South Mandarin Branch / 904-434-6032 / the 1/2 mile race, 1 mile race, 2 mile race, and 12125 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223 / the competitive 2 mile race. There will also be the option for a Kids Trifecta pass, where kids can complete three races and earn the unique Visit for a complete list of Kids Trifecta medal. During the weekend, there

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earing is critical to speech and language development, communication, and learning. Children with listening difficulties due to hearing loss or auditory processing problems continue to be an under-identified and under-served population.

include them in their speech. Thus, speech may be difficult to understand. Children with hearing loss may not hear their own voices when they speak. They may speak too loudly or not loud enough. They may have a speaking pitch that is too high. They may sound like they are mumbling because of poor stress, poor inflection, or poor rate of speaking.

The earlier hearing loss occurs in a child's life, the more serious the effects on the child's development. Similarly, the earlier the problem is Academic achievement: Children with hearing identified and intervention begun, the less serious loss have difficulty with all areas of academic the ultimate impact. achievement, especially reading and mathematical concepts. Children with mild to moderate There are four major ways in which hearing hearing losses, on average, achieve one to four loss affects children: grade levels lower than their peers with normal 1. It causes delay in the development of hearing, unless appropriate management occurs. receptive and expressive communication Children with severe to profound hearing loss skills (speech and language). usually achieve skills no higher than the third- or 2. The language deficit causes learning fourth-grade level, unless appropriate educational problems that result in reduced academic intervention occurs early. The gap in academic achievement. achievement between children with normal 3. Communication difficulties often lead to social hearing and those with hearing loss usually isolation and poor self-concept. widens as they progress through school. The 4. It may have an impact on vocational choices. level of achievement is related to parental involvement and the quantity, quality, and timing Specific effects of the support services children receive. Vocabulary: Vocabulary develops more slowly in children who have hearing loss. Children with Social functioning: Children with severe to hearing loss learn concrete words like cat, jump, profound hearing losses often report feeling five, and red more easily than abstract words like isolated, without friends, and unhappy in school, before, after, equal to, and jealous. They also have particularly when their socialization with other difficulty with function words like the, an, are, and children with hearing loss is limited. These social a. The gap between the vocabulary of children problems appear to be more frequent in children with normal hearing and those with hearing loss with a mild or moderate hearing losses than in widens with age. Children with hearing loss do those with a severe to profound loss. not catch up without intervention. Children with hearing loss have difficulty understanding words What you can do with multiple meanings. For example, the word Recent research indicates that children identified bank can mean the edge of a stream or a place with a hearing loss who begin services early may where we put money. be able to develop language (spoken and/or signed) on a par with their hearing peers. If a Sentence structure: Children with hearing loss hearing loss is detected in your child, early comprehend and produce shorter and simpler family-centered intervention is recommended to sentences than children with normal hearing. promote language (speech and/or signed Children with hearing loss often have difficulty depending on family choices) and cognitive understanding and writing complex sentences, development. An audiologist, as part of an such as those with relative clauses ("The teacher interdisciplinary team of professionals, will whom I have for math was sick today.") or evaluate your child and suggest the most passive voice ("The ball was thrown by Mary.") appropriate audiologic intervention program. Children with hearing loss often cannot hear word endings such as -s or -ed. This leads to misunTo find an audiologist in your area, contact the derstandings and misuse of verb tense, pluraliza- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association tion, non-agreement of subject and verb, and (ASHA) by calling 800-638-8255 or use the Find a possessives. Professional service on ASHA's web site. j Speaking: Children with hearing loss often cannot hear quiet speech sounds such as "s," "sh," "f," "t," and "k" and therefore do not


his strange-sounding problem has nothing to do with the kind of tunnels you drive through. When someone has carpal (say: KAR-pul) tunnel syndrome, or CTS, the "tunnel" of bones and ligaments in the wrist has narrowed. This narrowed tunnel pinches a nerve, causing a tingly feeling or numbness in a person's hand, especially in the thumb and first three fingers. Someone with carpal tunnel syndrome may have trouble typing on the computer or playing a video game. In fact, repetitive motions (doing the same thing again and again) from those activities may be to blame for causing the carpal tunnel syndrome in the first place. WHERE IS THIS TUNNEL? Take a look at the palm of your hand. Under the skin at your wrist is the tunnel we're talking about. Nine tendons (tough bands of tissue that join a muscle with some other part of the body) and one nerve pass through this tunnel from the forearm to the hand. The bottom and sides of the carpal tunnel are formed by wrist bones, and the top of the tunnel is covered by a strong band of connective tissue called a ligament. The tendons that run through the tunnel connect muscles to bones and help you use your hand and bend your fingers and thumb. The nerve that passes through the carpal tunnel to reach the hand is the median (say: MEE-dee-un) nerve. It's pretty tight inside the carpal tunnel. In fact, there's barely enough room for the tendons and the nerve to pass through it. If anything takes up extra room in the canal, the median nerve gets pinched, which causes numbness and tingling in the area of the hand where the nerve spreads out. Swelling can happen when someone does the same thing over and over, like typing. This swelling can pinch the nerve. WHO GETS IT? Millions of Americans have CTS. Kids can get it, too, but it's not as common. Most people who get it are over 30, and more women than men have it. In fact, three times as many women as men have CTS. Computer operators, assemblyline workers, and hair stylists are at risk because they repeat the same hand movements over and over again.

computer or playing video games or a musical instrument for long periods of time. Broken or dislocated wrist bones or even sprains that cause swelling around the carpal tunnel may lead to CTS, too. CTS is also more common during pregnancy and in people who are overweight. HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED AND TREATED? Did you ever wake up and your hand is still asleep — all numb and giving you pins and needles? Sometimes, with CTS this tingling starts in the palm of the hands and fingers, especially the thumb, and the index and middle fingers. A brace or splint can help mild cases of CTS. It is usually worn at night and keeps a person's wrists from bending. Keeping the wrist straight opens the carpal tunnel so the nerve has as much room as possible. Resting the wrist will allow the swollen tendons to shrink. Medicines like ibuprofen can also help reduce the swelling. PREVENTION Though not many kids get CTS, it's a good idea to develop good habits now that can prevent this problem in adulthood. When you spend a lot of time on the computer or when you text, be sure to take breaks and not overdo it. Just getting up to stretch or do something else for a while can help. You might even set an alarm clock or a kitchen timer to go off every hour or so to remind you to take your breaks. At the computer, be sure your work area is comfortable. Use a chair that can be adjusted for your height so that you aren't sitting down too low or up too high. Your chair, computer screen, and keyboard should all be in line. And try to follow these rules while sitting: • Hold your elbows at your sides with your wrists in front to set the keyboard height. • Keep your forearms and wrists straight and don't bend your wrists up. • If you use a wrist pad, don't press into it when you type. • Place things you use a lot within close reach, with no item farther than an arm's length away. When you take these steps, you're treating your wrists just right. And if you ever get CTS, remember that there's always light at the end of the carpal tunnel. j WHAT CAUSES IT? Anything pressing on the median nerve can cause CTS. The tendons passing through the carpal tunnel can become swollen from doing the same movement over and over, like typing on a FEBRUARY

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adon is a naturally occurring gas that hides invisibly in homes yet is the nation’s second-leading cause of lung cancer. The American Lung Association is raising awareness about radon and addressing common myths around this deadly gas. “Hidden in far too many homes is the secondleading cause of lung cancer, radon. Lung cancer remains the nation’s leading cause of cancer deaths, so people need to be aware of and take action on radon,” said American Lung Association Director of Advocacy, Ashley Lyerly. “The good news is that testing for and reducing the high radon levels is straightforward and effective. We encourage all families, schools and daycares to test for radon to protect everyone’s health and save lives.” Myth #1: Radon is not really harmful. Fact: Not only is radon invisible, it’s also radioactive. While you can’t see it, exposure to high levels of radon over time can cause lung cancer, and radon ranks as the nation’s second-leading cause of the disease. Radon-related lung cancers are responsible for an estimated 21,000 deaths every year in the United States. Myth #2: Radon is rare and doesn’t impact our

community. Fact: The reality is that radon is found at dangerous levels in an estimated 1 in 15 homes nationwide. Your home can have elevated levels of radon while your neighbor’s home does not. It doesn’t matter in what part of the country you live, because radon comes from rock and soil, it can be found anywhere. It then enters the home or building through cracks in walls, basement floors, foundations and other openings, and can exist at dangerous levels. Myth #3: Testing for radon is expensive. Fact: The only way to detect dangerous levels of radon in your home is to test the air. Various forms of do-it-yourself test kits are simple to use and inexpensive. Professional testing is also available, often for under $300. Myth #4: Our schools are safe. Fact: Testing for radon in schools is not required in most states, nor is fixing the problem. Not only children, but teachers and other staff who work in schools can be exposed to dangerous levels of radon. The last nationwide survey of radon levels in schools, completed in 1993, found that nearly one in five schools had at least one classroom with dangerous levels of radon. j



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Community Events: Staff the St. Johns Riverkeeper information table and help distribute educational materials, raise awareness about the river and our organization, Event Planning: Help us plan, organize, and execute fundraising and outreach events. The St. Johns Riverkeeper is a privately-funded, Fundraising: Assist with membership recruitindependent and trusted voice for the River and ment and retention activities, event sponsorships the public to whom it belongs. It is a 501(c)(3) and in-kind contributions, and grant research and organization and relies on the support of writing. members, donors, and volunteers to accomplish Education: Assist Education staff with field trips, its mission. boat trips, clean-ups, lesson plans, education projects and more! There are numerous volunteer opportunities, from Speaking Engagements: Give presentations to joining the River Patrol to event volunteering and local groups or at local events or help lead guided writing letters. Plug in and discover new ways to boat trips. help the river. Administrative Assistance: Help with monthly renewal mailings, thank-you notes, phone calls, UPCOMING VOLUNTEER ORIENTATIONS filing, organizing supplies and database mainte• St. Johns River cleanup with Central Florida nance. Recon, Sanford, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday, Write Letters: Write letters to the editors of local Feb. 3. Volunteers needed for cleanup. publications or to elected/public officials to raise • Rising Tides General meeting and Social, awareness and address critical issues impacting Jacksonville, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. Meet us the health of the river. to see how you can help. • McCoy’s Creek Cleanup, Jacksonville 10 a.m. CURRENT PRIORITIES to noon Sunday, Feb. 17. Volunteers needed Water Policy – The St. Johns Riverkeeper Water for cleanup. Policy Group advocates for policies that better protect our water resources and for water • Northeast Florida Veg Fest, Jacksonville. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. conservation and reuse as urgent public prioriCome help us raise awareness for the river at ties. our Outreach table. Water Withdrawals – They continue to oppose • Florida Springs Fest, Silver Springs, 10 a.m. to plans to withdraw millions of gallons of water a 1 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 3., Come day from the flow of the St. Johns River. help us raise awareness for the river at our Nutrient Pollution – Since inception, they have Outreach table. been involved in efforts to establish protective • River Patrol General meeting and Social, nutrient limits to significantly reduce the amount Jacksonville. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mar. 19. of nutrient pollution that is poisoning the St. Come meet us to see how you can help. Johns River and triggering seasonal algal blooms • Florida Wildflower and Garden Festival, and fish kills. Deland, 9 a.m. to noon and noon to 3 p.m. Sedimentation – They routinely respond to Saturday, Mar. 23. Come help us raise citizen complaints to help reduce construction awareness for the river at our Outreach table. run-off and sedimentation in our rivers and • Water Festival, DeLand, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and streams. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Come help us Bacteria in the Tributaries – St. Johns Riverraise awareness for the river at our Outreach keeper works with regulatory agencies and table. wastewater treatment companies to reduce fecal coliform bacteria pollution in our rivers and Email megan@st, if you are streams. interested in volunteering for any of these events Education and Outreach – They develop and provide high quality educational resources and OTHER WAYS TO VOLUNTEER programs to schools and the public, such as a Cleanups: Participate in river cleanups or River Friendly Yards program, an interactive become a Site Captain with the Get Out the Litter virtual tour of the St. Johns River, produced 3 Program. award-winning documentaries (The Green Citizen Science Projects: Report algae blooms Monster, Revenge of the River, and My St. Johns in the river with the Get the Green Program or River – Our Responsibility), released a 170-page sample and analyze for microplastics in our guidebook for exploring the river (Get Your Feet waterways with the get Out the Plastics program. Wet), developed lesson plans and curriculum for River Patrol: Join this on-the-water "neighborteachers, and offer regular eco-tour boat trips. j hood watch" program that helps us monitor the river and document and report problems that may be encountered. elp St. Johns Riverkeeper by becoming a volunteer. The Riverkeeper mission is to be an independent voice that defends, advocates, and activates others to protect and restore the St. Johns River.

Things to Do Nature Events

Wildlife of Our World February 2, 10am to 11am Meet and greet the animals who make coastal Georgia their home in this informative live animal presentation. Learn about their behaviors, why they look and live the way they do and gain a better understanding of why they are so important to our world. Admission is $2 and parking fee is $5. Crooked River State Park / 912-882-5256 / 6222 Charlie Smith Senior Highway, St. Marys, GA 31558 / Beach Walk and Fossil Hunt February 2, 2pm Join a park ranger for a walk on the beach as they explain the importance of undeveloped beach habitat, including many interesting facts about sea creatures and common shells and fossils found on the shoreline. Bring sunscreen, bugspray and water. The program will take place at North Beach pavilion area on Little Talbot Island State Park. No reservations are necessary and the program is free with $5 vehicle entrance fee. Little Talbot Island State Park / 904-251-2320 / 12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226 / Little-Talbot-Island Birds of a Feather Festival • February 7-10 The 4-day birding and nature festival invites everyone to enjoy a weekend of birding, photography, workshops, social events, and family activities. Join National Audubon Society’s David Ringer for a free keynote event. Also enjoy free beginner bird walks every 2 hours on Saturday and stay for Saturday Evening at the Community Center for the Meet the Experts event. There are dozens of different events and activities. They are held at various locations, and have varying registration fees. Visit website for the list of events and to register. Palm Coast Community Center / 386-9862323 / 305 Palm Coast Parkway Northeast, Palm Coast, FL 32137 / www.palmcoastgov. com Owl Prowl at Canopy Shores February 14, 6pm to 8:30pm Participate in a unique opportunity to explore a county park after dark with a County Naturalist. Those who attend will learn about the creatures of the night, including the resident owls. Guided walk is free, but please register online, so they know how many to expect. Canopy Shores Park / 904-209-0333 / 804 Christina Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32086 / Marineland Mini Camp February 15, 9am to 3pm Marineland hosts a mini day camp when kids

are out of school. Kids ages 7 to 12 are invited for a Seaside Eco Adventure. They can meet the sea turtles and the people who take care of them, interact with a dolphin during the poolside touch and play program, and more. Cost is $75. Space is limited. Register in advance to reserve your spot. Marineland / 904-471-1111 x103 / 9600 Oceanshore Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / Jacksonville Manatee Festival February 16, 10am – 2pm Join the Zoo in celebrating one of Florida's most beloved and endangered residents at the Manatee Festival. There will be live music, food, manatee education, Mad Mana-tea Party in Range of the Jaguar, games on the Great Lawn, and more. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens / 904-757-4463 / 370 Zoo Parkway Jacksonville, FL 32218 / Rising Tides: McCoys Creek Cleanup February 17, 10am to 12noon The community is invited for the monthly cleanup on McCoys Creek led by Rising Tides. Be sure to bring a reuseable water bottle, hat & sunglasses, wear closed toe shoes (rain boots, work boots, or waders are extremely helpful), and bring heavy duty gloves (if desired). Extra supplies that would be helpful include grabbers, shovels, rakes, rope, and saws. Gloves and bags will be provided by City of Jacksonville and Keep Jacksonville Beautiful. McCoys Creek / 904-563-5160 / 3153 Green Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205 / www. Dune Ecology • February 26, 2pm to 3pm Our beaches are dynamic and unique ecosystems. Learn what makes our dunes important habitats and why we should protect them. Join Park Naturalist Kelly Ussia for an engaging talk about one of our most precious natural resources. Seating for this event is firstcome, first-served. This program is free. St. Johns County Public Library, Anastasia Island Branch / 904-209-3730 / 124 Sea Grove Main Street, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / www. Kids: Timucuan Technology – Fishing February 27, 2:30pm to 3:30pm Fish and other coastal resources were a crucial part of Timucuan diets. Archaeologists can learn about prehistoric fishing through artifact like fish hooks and net gages as well as finding the fish remains themselves. Students will explore various artifacts and fishing techniques through hands on activities. Free. St. Johns County Public Library, Anastasia Island Branch / 904-209-3730 / 124 Seagrove Main Street, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080 /

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Education Events

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Lunch & Learn at Riverside Presbyterian Day School • February 6, 11:30am Riverside Presbyterian Day School hosts a Lunch and Learn event. Families are invited to learn more about the school and tour the campus. RSVP in advance so they know how many to expect. Riverside Presbyterian Day School / 904-3535511 / 830 Oak Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204 /


ega-selling authors R.L. Stine and Mike Thaler headline the Jacksonville Library’s 3rd Annual Jax Book Fest. Set for 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Main Library in downtown Jacksonville, 303 N. Laura St., the fest will feature presentations and signings by authors of both national and local acclaim, book sales, children’s activities and more. The Jacksonville Public Library Foundation is hosting an evening with “Goosebumps” author Stine on Friday, Feb. 22. Enjoy a dinner, a meet and greet, and a dramatic storytime. Tickets for this event can be purchased at

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Stine’s “Goosebumps” series for young people has sold over 300 million copies in this country alone and has become a publishing phenomenon in 32 languages around the world. “The Guinness Book of World Records” cited him as the best-selling series author in history. Mike Thaler has produced over 200 published books for children and is known as "America's Riddle King." He has also been called "The Court Jester of Children's Literature." Mike has produced many well known and beloved characters in children's literature. There are 55 books in the “Black Lagoon” school series by Thaler and illustrator Jared Lee. He was also the creator of "The Letterman" for the PBS Electric Company series. j

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Understanding the Florida Standards Assessment: Elementary Reading Grades 3-5 • February 7, 6pm to 7:30pm This course will provide helpful strategies that can be used at home to assist elementary school students in the area of reading on the Florida Standards Assessment. 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. Beauclerc Elementary School / 904-390-2960 / 4555 Craven Road W., Jacksonville, FL 32257 /

questions. You are welcome to bring children and family members to the open house event. J. Allen Axson Montessori School / 904-992-3600 / 4763 Sutton Park Court, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / Preparing for the Mathematics Florida Standards Assessment: Grades 3-5 February 19, 5:30pm to 6:30pm -- Lake Forest Elementary School February 28, 6pm to 7pm -- Parkwood Heights Elementary School This course is designed for parents of students who are currently in grades 3-5. Parents will explore Test Item Specifications for the FSA and engage in solving sample math problems that students may be tested on, as they are aligned to the Math Florida Standards. 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. Duval County Public School Parent Academy / 904390-2960 / Lake Forest Elementary School / 901 Kennard Street, Jacksonville, FL 32208 Parkwood Heights Elementary School / 1709 Lansdowne Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32211

Achieving Success in Reading: Grades 3-5 February 21, 8:45am to 9:45am--Normandy Village Elementary Duval Charter School at Southside February 28, 6pm to 7pm -- Don Brewer February 9, 10am to 11am Elementary School February 21, 9:30am to 10:30am This session will familiarize families with Achieve Duval Charter School at Southside hosts a series of info sessions for parents interested in becoming 3000 and iReady, two of the online reading programs used in schools. They will answer the a part of the DCSS family. Open enrollment for questions, “What are these programs?” and “How the 2019 - 2020 school year begins January 14, do they support students in reading?”. The Parent 2019. Duval Charter at Southside is conducting Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a family information sessions for new and potential resource designed for parents, caregivers, and families. Learn about how to apply for the community members. All Parent Academy courses upcoming school year and the documents you are free of charge. will need to enroll. Other topics will include class sizes, curriculum, enrichment programs, electives, Duval County Public School Parent Academy / 904390-2960 / security, and teachers. Normandy Village Elementary School / 8527 Herlong Duval Charter School at Southside / 904-4235348 / 8680 AC Skinner Parkway, Jacksonville, FL Road, Jacksonville, FL 32210 Don Brewer Elementary School / 3385 Hartsfield 32256 / Road, Jacksonville, FL 32277 J. Allen Axson Open House February 9, 10am to 12noon J. Allen Axson Montessori School will have an Visit for a complete list Open House on Saturday, February 9. Families will be able to tour the school and see classrooms. of Education events. There will be Axson staff available to answer

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Cyber School Not Good for Pre-K T he recent growth of online preschools, already in existence in at least eight states, gives states an inexpensive way to deliver pre-K education. But it is a sorry substitute for the whole child, play-based early childhood education that all young children deserve to have. Cyber schools have been increasing over the last 20 years, and most programs are marketed by for-profit companies. The more recent emergence of online preschool programs opens the door for cyber education businesses to cash in on the estimated $70 billion per year “pre-K market.” In an education reform climate that has redefined education as academic standards and success on tests, online pre-K programs are an easy sell. Parents are ready to buy into computer-based programs that will get their kids ready for kindergarten by drilling them on letters and numbers. The programs teach discrete, narrow skills through repetition and rote learning. The truth is that for children to master the print system or concepts of number, they have to go through complex developmental progressions that build these concepts over time through activity and play. Young children don’t learn optimally from screenbased instruction. Kids learn through activity. They use their bodies, minds and all of their senses to learn. They learn concepts through hands-on experiences with materials in threedimensional space. Through their own activity and play, and their interactions with peers and teachers, children build their ideas gradually over time.


Cyber schools have grown most rapidly in poor, urban and rural districts. Virtual schools have abysmally low test scores and graduation rates, but the companies that market them earn staggering profits gleaned from taxpayer dollars. As states begin to put money into preschool education, virtual schools can easily become the option of choice allowing states to save money and claim they are offering pre-K education, albeit a substandard one, while allowing for-profit companies to extend their reach to an even younger age group. Online pre-K will widen achievement gaps and increase inequality. Kids who get a screen-based pre-K experience will be at a disadvantage compared to their counterparts in wealthier communities who thrive in rich, activity-centered programs that support their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development—programs such as Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, and other quality, play-based preschool programs. Recently, more than 100 early childhood leaders and organizations signed a position statement objecting to online preshools. In it they quoted an American Academy of Pediatrics article stating that higher-order thinking skills and executive functions such as self-regulation and flexible thinking are best taught through unstructured and social (not digital) play. Preschool education is not learning letters and numbers on a computer screen. Children who are given this pseudo-preschool experience will not have the skills or knowledge of their peers who attend quality pre-K programs; the opportunity gap will widen at an even earlier age. States have a responsibility to provide high quality early childhood education to every child. Research shows its importance for success in school and in life. Promoting an online version of pre-K to families misleads them into thinking they are helping their kids and undermines our larger societal goals of equal educational opportunity for all children. j

Many of the online pre-K programs encourage parents to put their kids in front of computers to do academic drills even if they are in a preschool setting. But if parents really want to help their kids get ahead, whether they are in brick and mortar preschools or not, they would do best by reading lots of books to their children, having ongoing conversations with them, listening and asking open-ended questions that help kids think. Nancy Carlsson-Paige They might tell them stories, provide a place for children to play and materials to play with, such as building blocks and art materials that allow them to explore number relationships and use

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MOSH Discovery Camp March 11 - 15, 2019 9am – 3pm Extended Care: 7:30am – 5pm Rollie Robots & Crazy Coasters! Grades K-2. Looking for something exciting to do this Spring Break? Spring into Science at MOSH! Campers will get to drive rolling robots, construct the wildest roller coasters that they can imagine, and learn amazing engineering skills. Robots & Roller Coasters! Grades 3-5. Looking for something exciting to do this Spring Break? Spring into Science at MOSH! Campers will get to program robots to explore a gigantic map of Mars, construct crazy roller coasters, and take a field trip to Sally Corps, a local STEM Lab. Cost: $164 for MOSH Members / $205 for NonMembers / 904-396-MOSH / 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Theatre Jacksonville Spring Break Camp March 11 - 15, 2019 • 8:30am - 5:30pm Grades 2 - 12. Theatre Jacksonville's Spring Break Camps offer great fun for students on their annual Spring Break holiday from school. During each of our 1-week sessions our campers will get a chance to explore, be challenged, create, and express themselves in a fun and safe learning environment. With crafts, movies, games, theatre exercises and so much more, they will be kept engaged, entertained and inspired. Cost: $320/week / 904-396-4425/ 2032 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207 Jax Surf & Paddle Spring Break Camp March 11 - 15, 2019 • 9am - 3pm Age 6 – 16. Jax Surf Camp is a fun and safe way to advance a child’s surfing skills, ocean knowledge,

and comfort in the water. Campers will break into groups depending on age and skill. Intermediate level surfers are welcome as well as beginners. After completing the five-day surf camp, your child will have learned these fundamental skills: water safety, paddling, navigating the surf zone, and of course standing up on a board! Cost: Half Day – $210/week or $50/day. Full Day – $350/week or $100/day (lunch included). Camp Location: 7th St and Ocean Ave, Atlantic Beach, FL. 32233 / 904-435-7873 / 222 Orange Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266 First Coast YMCA Spring Break Day Camp March 11 - 18, 2019 - Duval County March 18 - 22, 2019 - Clay, St Johns and Nassau Counties 6:30am - 6pm For ages 5-12. At the Y’s Spring Break Day Camp, children have the chance to participate in themed games, stir up their imagination, get plenty of exercise, and make new friends. Activities include: Arts and Crafts, Field Trips, Team Sports, Games, Science Experiments and more. They will have fun just being a kid in a safe and enriching environment. Plus, you can sign up for any number of days. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend, so invite your friends. For more information or to register your child, stop by the Welcome Center at your local Y. Pricing may vary by camp location. Daily rates are also available. Visit website for details per location.

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A New Years Resolution: Improve Health by Reading he first quarter of a new year is often a time when people consider improving their health. Some (like me) make dental or medical appointments they’ve been putting off. Others start eating more vegetables or drinking more water. It’s also important to consider ways to build a healthy, strong mind. Reading is a value-packed option for kids and adults alike. Whether you and your kids prefer to read fiction or non-fiction, the health benefits of reading are numerous. I’ve listed a few here, but there are many more!

details to comprehend it. One way to help your students build mental focus in this way is to read with them (either silently or aloud) for a set time most days. I read with or to my daughter for 15-20 minutes every morning before we leave for school. We often discuss what’s going on in the book we’re reading on the drive to school. Benefits of Reading Non-Fiction

Reading non-fiction books on learning a skill or starting a hobby can prove very healthy. In the past few years, I read several books on knitting. I Benefits of Reading Fiction now have many hats and scarves I created from yarn, and I’m very proud of them. Current brain If you want to grow a healthy imagination in your- researchers, such as Daniel Amen, have found self or your children, read fiction. From picture our brains benefit when we learn new things. books to the latest novels by James Patterson Reading non-fiction can help us do this. or John Grisham, when we read fiction we build our ability to imagine places, people, and plots. Non-fiction is informational. The information we I recently read “The President is Missing” by learn from reading non-fiction can help us take James Patterson and Bill Clinton. The book built better care of ourselves and our families. Nonmy imagination as I read a scene where Presifiction books on cooking, Bible study, exercise, dent Jonathan Duncan goes to a baseball game being grateful, and many more topics can help us without his security detail protecting him. on our 2019 health journey. Reading fiction also helps readers build empathy with others. A study conducted in New York City at The New School by Emanuele Castano and David Kidd found that reading literary fiction enhances a person’s ability to tune into what others around them are thinking and feeling. Strengthening mental focus is a third benefit of reading fiction (or any genre). Reading is a complex task. In addition to decoding letters and transferring them into words, readers must make sense of the words and keep track of numerous

Finally, reading non-fiction helps us relate to others through history books or biographies. A few years ago, I read the biography of Steve Jobs. Reading about how Jobs designed his Apple products to have a distinctly human feel helped me relate to my husband’s work life in the computer field in several ways. j Nancy Lee Bethea is a National Board Certified English Teacher and a freelance writer. Currently, she teaches gifted and dual enrollment English classes in Callahan.

ROWITA Fellowships Available


he St. Johns Cultural Council is seeking applications for their Junior Recognizing Outstanding Women In the Arts (ROWITA) Fellowships. The $500 fellowships are available to all graduating St. Johns County high school women (public, private or homeschooled) who are entering arts based programs of higher education to advance their creative development.

Applicants must have either applied or been accepted into in a BFA program, a summer institute/ intensive, or an arts workshop in order to be considered. The Junior ROWITA Fellowship was started in 2011 to help support graduating high school women develop their artistic skills through continued study and training. There are three categories for the awards: Performing, Visual, and Literary Arts. In order to be eligible, candidates must have a 3.0 GPA, and

acceptance into a college level arts program or summer institute. They must submit a letter of recommendation from their arts teacher; write a letter describing their relationship with their arts, and provide a DVD of their work. The applications are reviewed by a panel of past ROWITA recipients. Deadline for applications is on the last day of February. Applications must be emailed to hala@, mailed, or delivered to the St. Johns Cultural Council Office located at 15 Old Mission Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084. For more information, contact the St. Johns Cultural Council at or call (904) 808-7330


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How to Raise a Reader K

ids become lifelong readers for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes there's one key book that captures a kid's imagination and opens him or her up to the exciting world of fiction. Other times, a teacher who assigns great books in class sparks a hunger for more big ideas and fine writing. In some cases, parents influence kids' appreciation of books by sharing their own love of literature and modeling reader behavior – always having a book to read, taking books on vacation, reading before bedtime, making regular trips to the library and bookstore, etc. Here are tips for nurturing a love of reading that can last a lifetime:

Read aloud: This comes naturally to lots of new parents, but it's important to keep it up. Kids will enjoy it longer than you think. When reading to babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kids in early grade school, it's wonderful to have a kid on your lap, snuggled next to you on the couch, or drifting off to sleep in bed as you enjoy picture books together. You may have to read your kid's favorite a hundred times, but just go with it. For second through fifth graders, read those rich and meaty books that might be missed otherwise, maybe classics like “Treasure Island” or “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Many parents think that as soon as their kids learn to read on their own, they no longer need to be read to. But kids still love it and benefit from it as they hear the rhythm of the language, learn correct pronunciation, and get to relax and just take it all in. Kids will get the idea that there's something worthwhile in books and that there's something special about time spent with a parent. Savor the series: It's common for kids to become book lovers for life after getting hooked on a series. And there are lots of good ones that keep kids hungry for the next installment. Grab onto a genre: Kids go through phases of genres they're passionate about, from girl detectives to science fiction and fantasy. Don't get hung up on whether it's considered great literature (although some genre books are). Be happy that your kid is devouring books one after the other. Feed the favorite-author addiction: Once your kids find a writer they love, they may want to read all of his or her books – a great excuse for a trip to the library or an opportunity for book swapping among friends and classmates.

Count on the classics: Books are called classics because they continue to engage readers generation after generation. There are no guarantees, but you could try introducing your kids to books you loved as a kid and see which ones click. Find books about the things your kid loves: If your kid adores horses, try “National Velvet” or any of the titles on our list of best books about horses. If he's wild about vehicles, check out our list of books about cars, trucks and trains. Booksellers, and Internet searches will help you find books on any favorite topic. Funny is fine: Some parents wrestle with letting their kids read “Captain Underpants,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and other edgy humor books about kids getting in trouble. Talk to your kids about the content, but keep in mind that kids like these books not because they want to imitate the characters' actions but because they can live vicariously through their bad behavior. Humor is a great pathway to book loving. Comics are OK: Graphic novels are among the hottest trends in children's publishing, and they can get kids hooked on reading. Kids may start with “Squish” and “Babymouse” and move on to “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” But these series can also lead to more sophisticated fare such as “El Deafo,” “Boxers and Saints,” and “This One Summer.” Engage with ebooks: Kids can cuddle up with a Kindle, Nook, or iPad before naptime or bedtime. Some recent studies say more than half of U.S. kids are reading digital books at least once a week. The electronic format has proved to be especially engaging for boys and reluctant readers, and you can download or access many books on an ereader or tablet, which make it a great choice for air travel and car rides. Make reading a family value: Actions speak louder than words. Take your kids to the library once a week or once a month to get new books, make regular outings to your local bookstore, hunt for low-cost books at used bookstores or second-hand shops, and show kids that finding a good book is like a treasure hunt. j

“Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.”

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Duval County Public Schools News Magnet and Special Transfer Option Schools Q&A Community Meetings to Discuss Condition of School Facilities

Duval has some of the oldest schools in Florida. The condition of school buildings impacts property values, local business development, and most important, student learning. Please join School Board Members and Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene to learn more about our schools and the process to improve the learning environment for our students and teachers. All meetings start at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, Paxon School for Advanced Studies. Hosted by The Honorable Warren Jones. 3239 Norman E. Thagard Blvd.

Here are answers to the top six most frequently asked: Monday, Feb. 11, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Hosted by The Honorable Ashley Smith Juarez. 2445 San Diego Road Tuesday, Feb. 12, Alimacani Elementary School. Hosted by The Honorable Elizabeth Andersen. 2051 San Pablo Road S. Monday, Feb. 25, Edward White High School. Hosted by The Honorable Charlotte Joyce. 1700 Old Middleburg Road. Wednesday, Feb. 27, Andrew Jackson High School. Hosted by The Honorable Darryl Willie. 3816 Main Street. Thursday, Feb. 28, Terry Parker High School. Hosted by The Honorable Cheryl Grymes. 7301 Parker School Road.

Duval Career Academy Showcase Auto Showcase Events on Tap

On Saturday, Feb. 9, Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology will host their annual Career Academy Showcase in conjunction with the Gateway to Florida Automotive Showcase. The event will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will provide a multitude of activities and events for visitors. The car show will feature many different models and makes of cars. Peterson’s Automotive Academy will host this portion of the showcase. For those who plan to stay the day, the Culinary Academy will serve lunch for visitors for a nominal fee. The Cosmetology Academy will be open for basic services such as manicures, pedicures and haircuts, again for a nominal fee. Also, the Early Childhood Education Academy will be hosting activities for preschool children. Peterson’s Automotive Academy will host a car show for their portion of the showcase. The categories are classic, antiques, American, imports, lifted truck, lowered truck and street rods. This event is rain or shine as the cars will be showcased in the

Parents and community members ask hundreds of questions about the magnet and special transfer option process.

school bays or under awnings, so visitors and participants will stay dry during the day. The prize for best in show is $100 and $100 for the most club participation. The cost for car registration is $25. Those interested in the car show can call 377-6093. Most importantly, this is an opportunity for the public to tour the school to learn more about this career magnet school. The Career Academy Showcase will provide tours for prospective students or interested individuals. Peterson’s student ambassadors will take visitors on tours of each academy and the school itself. Also, the showcase will be a signing event for prospective students. This event is free to the public. Any other questions should be directed to Nancy R. Yazdiya at yazdiyan@duvalschools. org or 573-1150 x2110 for the event or Cory Jeffords at jeffordsc@duvalschools. org or 377-6093 for the car show. Magnet questions can be directed to Frank H. Peterson at 573-1150.

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What is the difference between a magnet school and a special transfer option school? Both magnet and special transfer option schools offer a special theme, focus or program of study. The difference is mostly in why they were created. The district’s magnet program was created during the 1991-1992 school year as a way to promote diversity in our schools. On the other hand, special transfer option schools are neighborhood schools that have programs that were created in response to community or school interest in a special program. Every school in our district is either a magnet school or a neighborhood school that has a magnet program or a special transfer option. My child is currently enrolled in an elementary or middle school magnet program. How can I ensure continuity in that magnet program next year or when they progress to the next grade band? The short answer is that you need to complete a magnet application. We get this question from parents whose children are NOT magnet students, but are zoned for and attend a neighborhood school with a magnet program. This means they never actually applied to the magnet program, but the student is able to participate in the magnet program because she is zoned for that neighborhood school. The problem with this is that the child is not actually a magnet student, so she is unable to continue in that magnet theme when she is ready to transition to the next grade band, such as middle or high school. So if you want to ensure your child continues her magnet program path, just complete a magnet application for that program at that existing school. If your child is then accepted into the magnet program at the existing school, they have program continuity, which means they have the option of continuing in the magnet program when they are ready to promote to middle or high school. Please note that once you are “magnetized” you do not have to fill out a magnet application each time your child advances a grade within that school. However, you will need

to fill out a magnet application when your child promotes to the next grade band if you want to keep them in that program continuity. In other words, you will fill out a magnet application when your child transitions from elementary to middle, and then from middle to high. Bottom-line: Get your child magnetized if you want magnet choices for middle and high school. I have just created my Parent/Guardian Account online and my child is a current Duval County Public Schools student. Where do I go to verify my account? After creating your Parent/Guardian account online, you will need to go to the school where your child is currently enrolled. Once there, please notify the front office staff that you need to have your Parent/Guardian account verified. If the phone lines are busy, how do I get my questions answered? The School Choice office experiences a high volume of phone calls during the enrollment season. If the lines are busy, please email any questions you have to school_choice@ All emails will be answered within 48 hours. I want to know if a school my child is interested in has a specific sport or elective. Where do I go to find out more information about that school? There are multiple ways to find out information about our schools. You can visit the school’s website for information on unique programs and extracurricular activities offered at the school. You can also contact the school to request to meet with school leaders and take a school tour. Many schools offer tours throughout the week. Additionally, the 2019-2020 School Choice Reference Guide provides the school location and available programs for every school in the district. I see the application is open for magnet and special transfer option schools, but I don’t see the application for Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK). Where do I go to sign my child up for VPK? VPK is a program offered by the Early Learning Coalition, and does not open until later in the spring. Keep an eye out for the date the application does open, as it is first-come, first-serve. To see a list of schools that offer VPK, you can visit the district website


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St. Johns County School District News A Career Academy May Be the Right Choice It’s time to think about joining a career academy. Students have until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, to file a program of choice application. A career academy provides an opportunity for students to enroll in a specific set of courses associated with a designated career area. Each career academy has the following components: • A recommended sequence of courses. • A capstone project, a work site experience, a research project studying careers in the academy area, or some other experience in which students learn more about the career cluster with which the academy is affiliated. • A demonstrated need for employees within the career cluster. • An advisory board consisting of business leaders in the career cluster. • Specific rules established by the school system.

apply online through the student’s Home Access Center and directions can be found on the career academies website. Home school, private school or virtual school students who are interested in enrolling need to pre-register at the zoned school they would have attended in the school year. After registering as a potential student, the currently zoned school will provide you with a paper application to complete and return. The due date to apply is still Feb. 19. Only students residing in St. Johns County are eligible to apply for any of these programs. Students currently not attending a district school need to pre-register.

academic programs for students who live within their school zones only. These programs are not open for any students outside their school zones. Please contact your zoned school for more information concerning acceleration opportunities. ROTC Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is a program of choice designed to focus on leadership development, problem solving, strategic planning, and professional ethics. These programs are available in St. Johns County: Naval ROTC – Nease Air Force ROTC – Bartram Trail Army ROTC –St. Augustine

Eligibility to apply to the career academies and JROTC programs is open to all 8th or 9th graders who reside in St. Johns County who apply during the application dates. IB and AICE have academic See for more eligibility requirements as they are accelerated information. academic programs. Teacher recommendations forms must be submitted to the IB or AICE Coordinators at the schools for which the student is applying by Feb. 19. Each program of choice The most important reason to join is students become part of a group who share their interests has a limited number of space for new students, so applying does not guarantee acceptance in to and desire to learn about a specific career field. Students will be taught by teachers with expertise a program. An automated lottery system is used to select the students who will be accepted. All in the career field and excitement to engage families will receive email notifications by the end learning. of February as to whether their child has been Joining a Career Academy can also provide accepted into one or more programs or not for opportunities that may not be available to other the next school year. By law, students of active high schools students. Students may earn more military parents receive additional consideration. college credits or earn industry certifications through their enrollment, as well as become more Active military parents of applicants should go to their child’s current school office before Feb. 19 involved in local businesses. to update their status. Students participating in a Career Academy The academies and their host schools include: have a clear path for graduation. Each academy meets all graduation requirements and prepares students for postCommunications Academy.............................................Nease secondary education and/or the Stellar Academy of Engineering......................................Nease world of work. While in the academy, St. Johns Academy of Hospitality and Tourism................Nease Academy of Information Technology...............................Bartram Trail students have an opportunity to The Gamble Rogers Middle School Design Academy............................................................Bartram Trail participate in special activities robotics team won a first place in VyStar Academy of Business and Finance......................Bartram Trail and events that provide greater robot design at last month’s First Lego of Emerging Technology..................................Creekside awareness of the specific career area Academy League event in Jacksonville. Academy of Engineering and Environmental Science.....Creekside and opportunities within that area. Academy of Architectural and Building Sciences............Pedro Menendez Academy participants will be part VyStar Academy of Business and Finance......................Pedro Menendez of a small group of students with Flagler Hospital Academy of Medical & Health Careers...Pedro Menendez similar interests completing courses Academy of Biotechnology and Medical Research..........Ponte Vedra Academy of International Business and Marketing.........Ponte Vedra together. An advisor and business Academy of Information Technology...............................Ponte Vedra mentor will be provided to answer Friday Feb. 15 Teacher Inservice Academy of Law & Homeland Security...........................St. Augustine questions and help each student Student Holiday St. Johns County Aerospace Academy............................St. Augustine as they complete their high school St. Johns County Center for the Arts. . .............................St. Augustine Monday Feb.18 Presidents Day experience. Many programs offer St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachers...............St. Augustine Holiday industry certification exams. Those Academy of Coastal and Water Resurces.......................St. Johns Technical passed are listed on the high school Academy of Culinary Arts...............................................St. Johns Technical Thursday Mar. 14 Third Quarter transcript and may count as college Ends credits depending on the college/ Acceleration Academies Friday Mar. 15 Teacher university the student attends and the major the There are three acceleration academies in student pursues. Planning-Student St. Johns County: St. Augustine’s Advanced Holiday International Certificate of Education (AICE), Students currently in 8th or 9th grade who wish Monday-Friday Spring Break Nease’s International Baccalaureate program to enroll in one of the programs of choice for Mar. 18-22 (IB) and Pedro Menendez’s International the first time must apply before Feb. 19. Current Baccalaureate program. Bartram Trail, Ponte high school students already in programs do not Monday Mar. 25 Classes Resume Vedra and Creekside also have advanced need to reapply. Other current students must

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Get Set for Marine Science Summer The summer Marine Science Program is a

carefully designed experience for students who are interested in learning about our local marine environments.

Available to all students currently in grades five through seven, the program has been sponsored by the school district since 1982. Three eight day sessions are held at Gamble Rogers Middle School with bus transportation provided. The dates this summer will be May 29 through June 7, June 10 through June 20, and June 24 through July 3. Learning is “hands on” in the field with students kayaking, canoeing, boating, hiking, snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing, surfing, SUP, (stand up paddleboarding), etc. Small classes of 12-14 students are separated by grade level. All instructors in the program are St. Johns County School District teachers. Applications for the summer Marine Science Program will be passed out by science teachers at all schools during the week of Feb. 11. Applications will be due back to science teachers by March 5. Applications can also be downloaded at any time from the website http:// prior to April 12 and click on the Marine Science link. The link also will have a complete day by day curriculum for each grade level, parent information, and a video from last year’s program. Specific grade level activities and curriculum are attached to the applications and are also available from the website. For more information about the program email Kristina Bransford at marinescienceprogram@

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Clay County School News Band Honors

Winners Oakleaf’s varsity cheerleaders took a first place in last month’s Warrior Warm-up II Cheer Competition hosted by West Nassau High School.

Fleming Island seniors Luke Johnson and Jack Lyons participated in the Florida Music Education Association’s All-State Symphonic Band at the group’s annual professional development conference last month. The conference is one of the largest music education events in the country. In addition to approximately 250 clinic sessions and concerts, it was host to 22 All-State Ensembles featuring Florida's top Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Guitar, and Elementary Orff students conducted by worldclass conductors and teachers. It was attended by more than 10,000 people, including secondary music directors, elementary music teachers, music supervisors, college students, college music teachers, school administrators, K-12 students performing in the All-State ensembles, students and professional musicians performing with invited performing ensembles, exhibitors, and parents of performing students.

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Luke Johnson, Jack Lyons with Band Director Mara Rose Rose has received the Andrew J Crew Award from the Florida Bandmasters Association. This award is presented to high school band directors that have received a superior rating for 5 consecutive years at the FBA State MPA.

In other news, Fleming Island Band Director Mara

Computer Symposium A Hit For the second year in a row, Lakeside Junior High Digital Information Technology students have attended the College of Computing Symposium at University of North Florida.

Hair-raising W. E. Cherry 4th graders learned about static electricity from a science class last month with Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History (MOSH) staff. Students became scientists as they experimented in MOSH’s extreme science laboratory. Students learned that the processes of science can be fun in this exciting interactive program.

Mrs. Christine Ackerman’s students started the day with a full campus tour, which led to a meet and greet with Dr. Sherif Elfayoumy, the director of the School of Computing. Afterwards, they had lunch at the Osprey Café (always a crowd favorite), but the focal point of the day was the Computing Symposium. The symposium consists of undergraduate and graduate student course projects, thesis projects, and even faculty research projects. The Lakeside students were able to walk around, speak to presenters, and learn about the projects and the research that went into creating them. Each student was able to vote on his/her favorite projects, with the top three projects winning cash prizes. It was a wonderful experience for these students many of whom plan to study some form of computer science in the future.

State of Schools 2019 In his annual State of Schools address last month, Superintendent Addison Davis highlighted the district's achievements and gave a look-ahead at the work to be done. Davis said he aims to make the district one of the top in the state, citing progress since he became superintendent: The district was ranked 18th then and now it’s 8th in the state. He said steps in doing this include: • Developing quality and aligned instructional practice – The past year the district has worked to re-align curriculum guides to ensure that students have quality tasks in front of them. • Improving management of district wide operations and facilities – The district has enhanced security by increasing surveillance, adding school resource officers, and establishing single points of entries in all of the schools. Also the district has increased security funding by 220 per cent. The district has also increased technology use by 160%. • Establishing a respectful climate and culture that provides equity and access to all. Mental health awareness has been made a priority and more students have access to needed resources. • Creating an effective data system and train staff to leverage information to improve teaching and learning. The district has developed an early warning system that better tracks students who have attendance,

Calendar Monday, Feb. 18............................................... Presidents' Day Holiday Friday, Mar. 15.................................................. End Third Grading Period Monday, Mar. 18 thru Friday, Mar. 22................ Spring Break Monday, Mar. 25............................................... Planning Day, Student Holiday Tuesday, Mar. 26............................................... Classes Resume

academic, and behavioral problems. • Developing great educators and support personnel. Plans for the future include: • Expanding Pre-K programs. • Launching a parent academy and creating better support for parents/caregivers and students to assist with learning. • Expanding choice offerings in areas such as visual and performing arts, dual language and STEAM. • Implementing a superintendent-teacher advisory council and better acknowledging teachers’ accomplishments. • Launching a business partner “Principal for a Day” initiative. See the district website for a video of his speech. OP/Middleburg (904) 272-8100 Green Cove Springs (904) 284-6500 Keystone Heights (888) 663-2529 TDD (904) 284-6584


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Student Hits Environmental Hole-In-One


lastic pollution in the world’s oceans has become a global environmental crisis. Many people have seen images that seem to capture it, such as beaches carpeted with plastic trash or a seahorse gripping a cotton swab with its tail. As a scientist researching marine pollution, I thought I had seen a lot. Then in early 2017 I heard from Alex Weber, a junior at Carmel High School in California.

In total, we collected 50,681 golf balls from the shoreline and shallow waters. This represented roughly 2.5 tons of debris – approximately the weight of a pickup truck. By multiplying the average number of balls lost per round played (1-3) and the average number of rounds played annually at Pebble Beach, we estimated that patrons at these popular courses may lose over 100,000 balls per year to the surrounding environment.

Alex emailed me after reading my scientific work, which caught my eye, since very few high schoolers spend their time reading scientific articles. She was looking for guidance on an unusual environmental problem. While snorkeling in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary near the town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Alex and her friend Jack Johnston had repeatedly come across large numbers of golf balls on the ocean floor.

The toxicity of golf balls Modern golf balls are made of a polyurethane elastomer shell and a synthetic rubber core. Manufacturers add zinc oxide, zinc acrylate and benzoyl peroxide to the solid core for flexibility and durability. These substances are also acutely toxic to marine life. When golf balls are hit into the ocean, they immediately sink to the bottom. No ill effects on local wildlife have been documented to date from As environmentally conscious teens, they started exposure to golf balls. But as the balls degrade removing golf balls from the water, one by one. and fragment at sea, they may leach chemicals By the time Alex contacted me, they had retrieved and microplastics into the water or sediments. over 10,000 golf balls – more than half a ton. Moreover, if the balls break into small fragments, fish, birds or other animals could ingest them. Golf balls sink, so they don’t become eyesores for future golfers and beachgoers. As a result, this The majority of the balls we collected showed issue had gone largely unnoticed. But Alex had only light wear. Some could even have been stumbled across something big: a point source of resold and played. However, others were marine debris – one that comes from a single, severely degraded and fragmented by the identifiable place – polluting federally protected persistent mechanical action of breaking waves waters. Our newly published study details the and unremitting swell in the dynamic intertidal scope of this unexpected marine pollutant and and nearshore environments. We estimated that some ways in which it could affect marine life. over 60 pounds of irrecoverable microplastic had been shed from the balls we collected. Cleaning up the mess Many popular golf courses dot the central Game-changer California coast and use the ocean as a hazard or Thanks to Alex Weber, we now know that golf an out-of-bounds. The most famous course, balls erode at sea over time, producing dangerPebble Beach Golf Links, is site of the 2019 U.S. ous microplastics. Recovering the balls soon Open Championship. after they are hit into the ocean is one way to mitigate their impacts. Initially, golf course Alex wanted to create a lasting solution to this managers were surprised by our findings, but problem. I told her that the way to do it was to now they are working with the Monterey Bay meticulously plan and systematically record all National Marine Sanctuary to address the future golf ball collections. Our goal was to problem. produce a peer-reviewed scientific paper documenting the scope of the problem, and to Alex is also working with managers at the propose a plan of action for golf courses to sanctuary to develop cleanup procedures that can address it. prevent golf ball pollution in these waters from ever reaching these levels again. Although her Alex, her friends and her father paddled, dove, study was local, her findings are worrisome for heaved and hauled. By mid-2018 the results other regions with coastal golf courses. Nonethewere startling: They had collected nearly 40,000 less, they send a positive message: If a high golf balls from three sites near coastal golf school student can accomplish this much through courses: Cypress Point, Pebble Beach and the relentless hard work and dedication, anyone can. Carmel River Mouth. And following Alex’s j encouragement, Pebble Beach employees started to retrieve golf balls from beaches next to their The course, amassing more than 10,000 additional Matthew Savoca/Postdoctoral researcher, balls. Stanford University

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In order to encourage academically talented Duval County Public School students to be successful with their college applications, the University of North Florida is offering free Junior ROWITA Fellowships Deadline standardized test (SAT /ACT) preparation. High February 28 school juniors and seniors are welcome to sign The St. Johns Cultural Council is seeking up for one of these events to ensure they score applications for their Junior Recognizing the highest possible score on the standardized Outstanding Women In The Arts (ROWITA) tests that are often a college or university Fellowships. The fellowships are available to requirement for admission. Sign up in advance. all graduating St. Johns County high school When the class is full, they will close the section women (public, private or homeschooled) who for registration. Please note, this Test Prep event are entering arts based programs of higher is for Duval County Public School students only, education to advance their creative development. and registration is required. Applicants must have either applied or been University of North Florida, Hicks Hall, Building accepted into in a BFA program, a summer 53 / 904-620-2420 / 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, institute/intensive, or an arts workshop in order FL 32224 / to be considered. Deadline for applications is on the last day of February of each year. Presidents’ Day at the Nest Applications must be emailed to hala@ February 18, 9am to 3pm, mailed, or delivered to the Presidents’ Day at the Nest is a universitySt. Johns Cultural Council Office. wide open house designed to give prospective St. Johns Cultural Council / 904-808-7330 / undergraduate students the opportunity to learn more about their academic area of interest (major), admissions, financial aid and what life Be Smart With Your Kids' Smartphone as an Osprey is like. During this event, you'll February 5, 6pm to 7:30pm – Sandalwood be able to learn about the university by taking High School a tour of the campus, learn from informational February 26, 6pm to 7:30pm – Duncan U. sessions like Campus Life, Financial Aid and Fletcher High School New Student Orientation and attending panels to FBI Special Agents who investigate crimes hear from various students and staff members against children will reveal the latest technology about life as an Osprey. Already know what and social media apps that offenders are using college you are interested in? You will be able to target and manipulate local kids. This eyeto take tours of the different departments here opening presentation features real-life cases at UNF and hear from faculty and staff during from the Jacksonville area and will help parents/ college-specific presentations. Registration is caregivers know what to look for. Free and open required, so they know how many to expect. to the community. University of North Florida, John A. Delaney Duval County Public School Parent Academy / Student Union (Building 58) / 904-620-2420 / 1 904-390-2960 / UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / Sandalwood High School / 2750 John Prom Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246 Duncan U. Fletcher High School / 700 Seagate Pizza and Pages Adventure for Teens Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32266 February 23, 3pm to 4pm Wondering what other teens are reading? Come Teen Volunteer Orientation to the library for pizza, to meet new people, February 6, 4pm to 5pm share a book that you've read, and be ready Teens, the library is a great place to get your for a great discussion. No assigned reading volunteer hours. Orientation is mandatory and required. Free. counts as your first service hour. Class size is Jacksonville Public Library, University Park limited; interested teens may call 904-827-6960 Branch Library / 904-630-1265 / 3435 for registration information. University Blvd North, Jacksonville, FL 32277 / St. Johns County Public Library - Bartram Trail Branch / 904-827-6960 / 60 Davis Pond Blvd, St. Johns, FL 32259 / Teen Craft Hour: Sewing February 27, 4pm to 5pm Ace the SAT and ACT Teens, grade 6-12, are invited to sew their own February 12, 5:30pm to 6:30pm tote bags. Space is limited to 10 participants Teens are invited to explore the Gale Testing and for this special craft. Please visit the Reference Education Reference Center database for use in Desk or call 904-827-6960. Registration begins studying for the ACT/SAT tests. Customers can February 1 and ends February 22 (or when class choose to setup a free online account and take is full). Free. ACT/SAT practice tests. St. Johns County Public Library, Bartram Trail Jacksonville Public Library, Main Branch / 904Branch / 904-827-6960 / 60 Davis Pond Blvd., 630-2665 / 303 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, St. Johns, FL 32259 / FL 32202 /

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Your Pet Should Be Your Workout Buddy


e’ve become a nation of cooped-up couch potatoes. Two out of every three U.S. adults are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Over half our country’s dogs and cats were classified as too heavy by their veterinarians in a 2012 nationwide survey. Only 1.2% of Americans meet the seven cardiovascular health habits recommended by the American Health Association. The guidelines included healthy eating routines and walking for 30-minutes five times a week. While we were busy packing on the extra pounds, health officials witnessed a surge in weight-related diseases such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more in both people and pets. The good news is this slide into sickness can be reversed with some very simple lifestyle changes. 1. Equal Energy Burn In over 20 years of practicing veterinary medicine, I’ve rarely encountered a dog that didn’t jump for joy at the prospect of going for a walk. One of the reasons that dogs and humans are a perfect pair when it comes to exercise is the fact that we burn close to the same amount of energy per pound when walking or running. In general terms, dogs expend about 0.8 calories per pound per mile when moving at a brisk walk of 3.7 to 4.0 miles per hour (15 to 16 minutes per mile pace). Humans shed almost the same, about 0.73 calories per pound per mile, at a similar speed. This means a 150-pound person loses about 100 calories during a 1 mile walk while their 40-pound dog burns about 32 calories. Keep in mind that both you and your dog need to use 3500 calories to lose one pound of weight. This is why I say that weight loss for people and dogs is about 60-percent diet and only 40-percent exercise. It’s really hard to walk your way to weight loss. You need to exercise for the innumerable positive health benefits it provides to both you and your pet.

fashioned common sense. Now go take your dog for a walk. 3. Similar Speed Most dogs seem to enjoy walking at about a 15 to 17-minute per mile pace. That’s a brisk walk for you – arguably one of the best walking speeds to help you stay healthy. Talk advantage of your dog’s natural speedometer and encourage them to move along at a solid speed instead of stopping to smell the flowers every few steps. Hint: if your dog is pausing frequently, you’re probably going too slowly. If your dog continues to refuse to pick up the pace, it may need a little additional leash-walking training. 4. Social Creatures It’s really easy to go into lock-down mode in today’s life. You can order take-out, have practically anything delivered to your doorstep, and many people earn a living in their living room. Walking your pet forces you to break out of this compound-mentality and interact with others. The social benefits can’t be underestimated. You’ll see friends, catch up on neighborhood news, and be forced to see the world outside your windows. Dogs are just as needy – maybe more so – when it comes to staying connected to the outside world. Many of the behavior cases I see dramatically improve after I prescribe daily open-air excursions. Dogs that are constantly cooped-up indoors need environmental stimulation to remain physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy – and so do you.

5. Man’s Best Motivation There’s something deeply rewarding about spending time outdoors with your dog (or even leash-trained cats). Maybe it’s rooted in our genes; maybe it’s our long history together. Whatever the reason, the connection between sweaty people and panting pets is profound. Your dog longingly looks at you at wants one thing – you. Sure, you can redirect that desire by giving 2. Reduce Disease Risk your pooch a goodie, but what they really, really Regular aerobic exercise can help keep you and want is your interaction, your play, your time. I your pet healthier. Studies over the past 20 years think one of the greatest reasons pets are our have shown that maintaining lean body mass and best workout buddies is the fact that it’s our aerobic fitness reduce risk of developing diseases responsibility as pet parents. If you have any such as type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood questions or concerns, you should always visit or pressure, cardiovascular diseases, kidney call your veterinarian – they are your best diseases, respiratory conditions, and many forms resource to ensure the health and well-being of of cancer. Make it your goal to walk your dog your pets. j (and yourself) at least 30 minutes each day to reduce the chances of developing these tions. This isn’t rocket science; it’s good old

Pet Events

Conquer the Trails 5K Run/Walk A Race to Benefit SAFE Pet Rescue February 2, 9am The TrailMark neighborhood has a naturefirst approach, with miles of trails, parkland, wetlands and oak groves and hosts the annual Conquer the Trails 5K Run/Walk. The race is open to the public and all proceeds go to S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue. This is a professionally chip timed race by Florida Race Day. Race packets may be picked up at the TrailMark Welcome Center beginning at 8:00 am day of race. Orange Theory will host a pre-race warm up at 8:30 and the race/walk begins at 9am. Register by February 1. All participants get a race shirt, all finishers get a 5k Finishers medal. Plus finishers will be up for door prize drawings. Awards will be given out to fastest runners in male and female categories overall, ages 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, aged 60 and older. Cost for the race is $30 for Adults, $20 for kids 12 and under. To register for the 5K, visit For more information email lchambers@evergreen-lm. com or call 904-940-0687. TrailMark / 904-940-0687 / 805 TrailMark Drive St Augustine, FL 32092 /www.conquerthetrails. org Pit Sisters Pet Adoption February 2, 10am - 2pm Earthwise pets hosts an adoption event with Pit Sisters the first Saturday of every month. EarthWise Pet Supply / 904-372-7822 / 3846 3rd Street S, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / Repticon Jacksonville February 2, 10am to 5pm; February 3, 10am to 4pm The Repticon show returns to the Morocco Shrine Center. Repticon Jacksonville is one of Repticon’s fastest growing shows and will be packed with a great selection of reptiles and exotic pets, pet products, reptile themedmerchandise, and reptile-related fun. One day tickets are $12 (Adult), $5 (Ages 5-12), ages 4 and under are free. Two day tickets and online VIP Tickets are also available. Morocco Shrine / 3800 St. Johns Bluff Rd. S., Jacksonville, FL 32224 / Group Dog Training Class February 7-March 7, 6:30pm to 9:30pm 5-week group dog training class designed to help you better understand and work with your dog using science-based, effective training methods. Space is limited, as class size will be kept small. Classes will be held at Salty

Paws Healthy Pet Market. The first class is for humans only, and the remaining four classes will include your dog. Cost for the series is $200, and includes a training starter kit. Salty Paws Healthy Pet Market / 904-236-3780 / 677 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 / 14th Annual Spay-ghetti Dinner February 9, 5pm to 9pm The Flagler Humane Society hosts the 14th Annual Spay-ghetti Dinner. The evening will feature dinner, dancing, silent auction, raffles, and more. Tickets are $35. Elks Lodge #2709 / 386-446-2709 / 53 Old Kings Rd N, Palm Coast, FL 32137 / 5th Annual Bark For Life of Jax February 16, 11am to 2pm Families are invited for Jacksonville’s annual Bark For Life. The event is a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, honoring the life-long contributions of the canine caregivers, as well as survivors and canines who have been lost to cancer. There will be vendors, and other activities. Kanine Social / 904-712-6363 / 580 College Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204 / www. 2019 Love Your Pet Day 5K & 10K Virtual Run February 20 – February 28 February 20th is Love Your Pet Day. Celebrate by participating in the Love Your Pet Day 5K & 10K. This is a virtual race. You choose to complete a 5K or a 10K, and complete your race on your own and submit your time online. Your medal is shipped directly to you. 15% of each registration will be donated to Petsmart Charities, who are committed to end pet homelessness. Registration is $20, which includes your medal, official bib and shipping. The virtual run can be completed anytime in February. Moon Joggers / Nothing Tops DogFest February 24, 2pm to 6pm Canine Companions for Independence hosts a fundraiser event at TopGolf. Registration is $100 for each person and includes three hours of golf, heavy hors d'ouevres and bottomless soda, iced tea and water. There will also be a chance to win prizes at the raffle and silent auction. All proceeds benefit Canine Companions for Independence DogFest Walk'n Roll Jacksonville. Tickets are available online. TopGolf / 904-328-2002 / 10531 Brightman Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 /


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THINGS TO DO Godspell at Alhambra Theatre and Dining Thru February 10 Alhambra Theatre and Dining presents the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical Godspell. Tickets range from $38-$54, but through February 3, there is a Family 4-Pack of tickets for $129. Good for shows on or before Sunday, February 3. This familyfriendly show runs through February 10. There are no shows on Mondays. Alhambra Theatre and Dining / 904-641-1212 / 12000 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / Jacksonville Symphony: Cirque Musica February 1 - 2, 8pm This program blends the grace and skills of the world’s greatest circus performers with the stunning symphonic music of the Jacksonville Symphony. It’s a high-flying performance featuring aerialists, acrobats and contortionists. Tickets start at $19 and are available online. Times Union Center / 904-354-5547 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / 33rd Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire February 1-3 The Alachua County Fairgrounds is transformed into a bustling medieval marketplace for the 33rd Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire on January 26-27 & February 1-3. Step back in time and cheer on jousting knights, wander through the medieval marketplace where hundreds of artisans sell their wares, witness a battle on the living chess board, partake in olde world games and rides and feast on food fit for a king. Enjoy nine stages of entertainment where the forgotten skills of full-flight falconry, gripping aerial acrobatics and old-world magic come to life. Jugglers, knife throwers and gypsy dancers add to the excitement as they fill the streets of Hoggetowne. February 1 is School Day at the Faire. Alachua County Fairgrounds / 352-393-8536 / 2900 NE 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609 / www. Theatreworks: Henry and Mudge February 4, 10am and 12noon Theatreworks presents a musical adaptation of Henry and Mudge, based on the best-selling series of books by Cynthia Rylant. Admission is $8.50 per person, and the show is best suited for children in grades PreK-3. School groups, homeschool families, and individuals are welcome to attend. Florida Theatre / 904-3533500 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 /

homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child's story starts in poverty but ends in hope. Free to attend. Southside UMC / 3120 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / Kiwanis Character Breakfast February 9, 9:30am The Kiwanis Club of St. Augustine will be hosting its Second Annual Character Breakfast for all ages. Highlights of the morning will include a breakfast with real life Disney characters as well as Superman, Spiderman, Winnie the Pooh, Elsa from Frozen, Cinderella, Tiana and more. Characters will go tableto-table for hugs, high fives, photos, and autographs. There will also be activities for the little ones from a Princess Parlor to a Super Hero Corner, a Dinosaur Dig and a Dr. Seuss activity table as well as photo booth opportunities, a special auction, DJ, and more. Funds from this event will primarily be used to support the Service Leadership programs in local schools. The Kiwanis Club of St. Augustine has clubs at Crookshank, Osceola, and Ketterlinus Elementary schools, Murray and Gamble Rogers Middle Schools and Pedro Menendez and St. Augustine High Schools. Tickets are $15 for all ages, and children under 2 years old are free. Solomon Calhoun Center / 904-3154643 / 1300 Duval Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / Celebrate Independence 2019 featuring Shaquem Griffin • February 9, 10am to 1pm Brooks Rehabilitation hosts Celebrate Independence 2019 featuring Seattle Seahawks Linebacker and amputee Shaquem Griffin. Celebrate Independence will feature inspiring individuals, family activities, demonstrations and valuable information – all in the name of living life to its fullest. Event is free and open to the public. There is a Meet and Greet package available for $50, which include early venue access, individual pre-event autograph and professional photo opportunity with Shaquem Griffin, exclusive gift item, reserved seating for main event, and professional video recording of the main event. All proceeds from the Meet and Greet will be donated to St. Pete Nitro Track and Field, a nonprofit club for boys and girls in St. Petersburg, Florida, started by Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin. Flex Field at Daily's Place / 1 Daily's Place, Jacksonville, FL 32202 /

Florida STEM & Health Expo February 9, 10am to 2pm The STEM & Health Expo is Florida’s alternative to the New Shanghai Circus, Acrobats of China typical County Science & Health Fair. It allows students February 4-5, 10am and 12noon to get a chance to showcase their science work in a New Shanghai Circus is considered to be China’s most fun and unique venue, with learning opportunities for celebrated acrobatic company. Each year the troupe the entire family. This free, one-day event features adds new performers creating a revolving line-up science shows, STEM educators & scientists, handsof award winning favorites the Human Strength and on activities, robots, community health supporters, Beauty, Plates Spinning, Jar Jugglers, Diabolo, Magic doctors, health professionals, community workers, the Clock, Butterfly Lovers, Aerial Ballet, and more. Over fire and police department, vendor booths, and more. 40 Acrobats of China showcase dramatic interpretation This is a free event for anyone of any age and is open of classic Chinese dance and physical performance art to the public. There will be games, food, activities, with extraordinary and inventive feats of strength and and more. Parking will be across the street at RCSA skill, control and balance, grace and charisma. Tickets Elementary, 7450 Beach Blvd. are $8.50 each, and are available online. River City Science Academy Gymnasium / 904-855Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts / 904-632-5050 8010 / 7605 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216 / 11901 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www. Jacksonville Symphony: Young Person’s Guide to The Compassion Experience the Orchestra • February 10, 3pm February 8, 11am - 6:40pm; February 9, 11am From the violins to the triangle and the tuba to the 6:40pm; February 10, 10am to 5:40pm; February harp, the Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is 11, 11am to 6:40pm an enduring classic introduction to all the orchestral This free event features an interactive journey through instruments. Written in 1945 for a documentary, the true stories of children living in developing Britten’s stirring music has inspired generations of countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and young audiences. Pre-concert activities begin at 2pm. the Dominican Republic. In over 2,000 square feet Tickets are $10 and are available online. of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jacoby

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Symphony Hall / 904-354-5547 / 300 Water St., Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Becoming a Foster Parent February 12, 6pm to 7pm Interested participants will be provided with an introduction to the Jacksonville child welfare system, how it works, the steps in which they can take in order to become licensed foster parents, and the lifelong benefits it brings. Free and open to the community. First Baptist Church of Jacksonville Administration Building / 904-390-2960 / 124 West Ashley Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Jacksonville Symphony: Daphnis and Chloe February 15-16, 8pm As different as the music of Maurice Ravel is from Richard Wagner’s, the German’s influence on Daphnis et Chloé is unmistakable. Music from Wagner’s final, and by many accounts greatest, opera sets the stage for music from Ravel’s grand ballet. Tickets start at $19 and are available online. Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jacoby Symphony Hall / 904-354-5547 / 300 Water St., Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Stomp February 15, 8pm; February 16 at 4pm and 8pm The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with rhythms. Everyone, including infants and toddlers, must have a theater ticket for admission. Tickets start at $39 and are available online. Click here to purchase tickets. Times Union, Moran Theater / 904-632-5000 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Princesses on Ice at Jacksonville Ice February 16, 1pm to 3pm Experience Princesses on Ice at Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex. There will be ice skating with four princesses. They will be meeting everyone, skating, signing autographs and taking photos. Pre-registration is $10 and tickets at the door are $12. Space is limited. Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex / 904-399-3223 / 3605 Phillips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / Jacksonville Lantern Parade February 16, 5pm to 9pm The second Jacksonville Lantern Parade is an illuminated celebration of creativity, art, children and the St. Johns River. The event will take place the evening of February 16. The planned parade route will stretch along the Northbank Riverwalk, extending from the Fuller-Warren Bridge to the Jacksonville Landing. Food and activities begin at 5pm, with the actual parade beginning at 7pm. Fireworks will take place at the Landing at 9pm. Prior to the official start, participants are invited to come to the starting line and join in the fun with live music, kids games, food trucks and more. There also will be a kids activity park set up adjacent to the Riverside YMCA and music presented at the riverfront stage at the Jacksonville Landing. Northbank Riverwalk / Downtown Jacksonville / www. B-The Underwater Bubble Show February 17, 3pm Inspired by childhood standards like Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan, B-The Underwater Bubble Show is a modern fairy tale with one major twist. Ticket prices start at $19; Family 4-Packs are available. Thrasher-Horne Center / 904-276-6815 / 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL 32065 /

Northeast Florida Scottish Highland Games & Festival • February 23, 9am Northeast Florida Scottish Games and Festival are bringing a "Wee Bit o’ Scotland" to the Northeast Florida area. Each year residents of Northeast Florida and the surrounding areas gather and enjoy the athletics, music, food and fun of the games. Tickets can be purchased online here, at participating ticket outlets, or at the gate. If purchased online, tickets are $12/person, plus fee. Please note that all tickets purchased the day of the games at the gate are $15 each. All children 10 years of age and younger are free. Parking is free. Clay County Fairgrounds / 904725-5744 / 2497 State Road 16 West, Green Cove Springs , FL 32043 / Jax Book Fest February 23, 10am to 3pm The Jacksonville Public Library’s annual Jax Book Fest will feature children’s authors and illustrators, workshops and talks on a variety of genres, activities, book readings, book signings, and more. There will also be a presentation and book signing by Goosebumps and Fear Street author R.L. Stine, as well as storytime with Mike Thaler, author of The Teacher From The Black Lagoon Series. This event is free and open to all! No registration or ticket required. Jacksonville Public Library, Main Branch / 904-6302665 / 303 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / World of Nations Celebration 2019 February 23, 10am to 7pm; February 24, 10am to 6pm The annual World of Nations Celebration returns to Metropolitan Park. Experience more than 30 cultural destinations through educational aspects, authentic cuisine, crafts, dance, and many other traditions. Admission is $5 per person. Children 3 and under are free. Tickets are available online. Friday, February 22 is Field Trip Day. Field Trip Day gives students exclusive access to students. Upon entry to the park, students and chaperones will be given a World of Nations Celebration Tour Guide. This guide will provide interesting information about each country along with a travel map to assist students navigate to each country. It can also be used as a passport. Admission for students is $5 per student and chaperones are free. A "Meal & Drink" ticket is available for purchase for $5 per student. All attendees must be registered through a school to attend the World of Nations Field Trip Day. Field Trip Day is not open to the public. Metropolitan Park / 904-630-3690 / 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” Concert February 23, 2pm Join the Jacksonville Children's Chorus in celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All JCC choirs will perform. Also performing, will be guest choir: Tuskegee University Golden Voices. Doors open at 1:30pm. Tickets are $20. Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church / 904-353-1636 / 4001 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / Jacksonville Symphony: Star Wars: A New Hope February 23, 7pm; February 24, 3pm The Jacksonville Symphony presents Star Wars, as part of their Symphonic Night at the Movies. Tickets start at $31. Times-Union Center / 904-354-5547 / 300 Water St., Jacksonville, FL 32202 / 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!


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