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In this issue: Your Guide to Summer!


June/July 2017


MORE THAN A BYSTANDER. Kids see bullying every day.

In 2015, nearly 1 in 2 Duval County Middle School Students reported experiencing some form of bullying on school property.

Teach kids to: • Be a friend • Tell a trusted adult • Safely help the person being bullied get away from the situation • Don’t give bullying an audience • Set a good example

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June 2017

Dear Readers,



e hope this summer will be filled with great family time together and we are here with the resources to help you do just that! In this Guide to Summer you’ll find places to go, things to do, deals and much more. We begin with Summer Deals on page 12 including coupons to Adventure Landing, Kids Bowl Free, free admission to the Cummer, free donuts, ice cream, and smoothies. You’ll find a list of discounted movies on page 14, Sporting Events on page 15, and Theatre and Musical Events and Hands On Fun on page 17. Looking for a place to celebrate the 4th of July? Turn to page 21. Visit all summer long to find an always updated list of events and places to go and, check out our Deals and Discounts page online for more deals! There is some great family entertainment coming to North Florida stages this summer including Annie at The Alhambra from June 28th through August 13th. The Artist Series presents Cinderella June 13th through 18th at the Times-Union Center, Kidz Bop will be at Daily’s Place on August 5th and Cirque du Soleil OVO will be at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena August 2nd through 6th. Find information about these events and many more throughout the pages of this issue and online at Pandora is now open at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom! Read about this much anticipated new attraction on page 13. While you’re in Orlando, you can catch a movie in 4D. The Regal Pointe theater is one of only six screens in the country with 4DX technology that lets you experience the motion and environmental effects you’re seeing on screen. Read more about it on page 14.

Community Profile: Jacksonville Public Library ..........................................4

HEALTH & SAFETY Make It Quick and Healthy This Summer ...................................................5 National SAFE Day Can Save Lives ..............................................................6


ADHD: Amazing, Delightful, Happy Dreamer .............................................7 Things to Do: Special Needs .....................................................................7


Breath-Holding Spells ..............................................................................8 Things to Do: Infants and Toddlers ...........................................................8

EDUCATION June 4th has been designated National SAFE Day to raise awareness about gun safety and to prevent the tragedy of accidental death of children by firearm. Please take a moment to read about SAFE Day on page 6. Congratulations to Jacksonville Public Library Director Barbara Gubbin and her team on being named the 2017 Library of the Year by the Florida Library Association (more on page 4). Ms. Gubbin is retiring on a high note! In addition to this award, Director Gubbin earned the 2017 Ernest A. DiMattia award from the American Library Association. Thank you for your fine service to our community Ms. Gubbin. Happy Father’s Day, Dads! See a list of events celebrating Fathers on page 30. Enjoy your summer!

Military Families Keep United Through Reading .......................................10 Summer Learning: The Antidote to “Summer Slide” .................................11 Things To Do: Education ........................................................................11

SUMMER GUIDE Summer Deals ......................................................................................12 Pandora – The World of Avatar................................................................13 Summer Movie Events ...........................................................................14 See it in 4DX this Summer .....................................................................14 Sporting Events .....................................................................................15 Theatre and Music Events ......................................................................17 Hands On Fun .......................................................................................17 Dinosaurs In Motion at MOSH ................................................................18 Health Events ........................................................................................20 4th of July Events ..................................................................................21

DUVAL COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Summer Programs ..............................................................................22 Kindergarten Registration......................................................................23 One Life, Infinite Possibilities ................................................................24 Summer Driver Education Course Schedule ..........................................25


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

New Principals Named ...........................................................................26 Welcome Picolata Crossing Elementary ..................................................26 Volunteers of the Year ............................................................................26 Nease Scholarship Winners ....................................................................26


Recommended Summer Reading, Grades 1 to 3......................................27 Fleming Island Golfer Wins Again ............................................................27 Concert on the Green Winners ...............................................................27 Brain Brawlers Flying High .....................................................................27


Summer Job? Job 101 is the Way to Go!................................................28 Things to Do: Teens................................................................................28


Preventing Heatstroke.............................................................................29 Things To Do: Pets ................................................................................29


June/July Events....................................................................................30 Father’s Day Events ...............................................................................30 JUNE/JULY 2017 • •

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Community Profile: Jacksonville Public Library


ut of a field of more than 800 libraries in Florida, including public, academic, special and school libraries, the Jacksonville Public Library has been named the 2017 Library of the Year by the Florida Library Association. The award, which recognizes a library that has demonstrated outstanding service to the community it serves, comes on the heels of the American Library Association’s announcement that Director Barbara Gubbin earned the 2017 Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession. Gubbin said the award shows how relevant the library is today in our community. With a focus on priorities for educational success, technology success and economic success, the library’s innovative programs have measurable results and help change lives. She credits the efforts of the entire JPL team for winning the Library of the Year award. “This award is in recognition of our staff and what they do every day to make us a great library.” Gubbin said. “It is recognition of their dedication and talent.”   The award recognizes Jacksonville Public Library for many initiatives that impact the community in positive ways, including the Duval County Public School Student Card expansion, Project LEAP (Library Enhanced Access Program), Career Online High School for adult learners, and a new Jax Makerspace for community hands-on creation and collaboration. Through determined library leadership and fierce advocacy efforts, the library gained additional funding to restore hours—and provide more services—to more people throughout the city.   With a goal to ensure that all Duval County Public School students have public library cards and direct access to library resources, the library expanded its Student Card initiative for the 2016 – 2017 school year to provide virtual student library cards for nearly 130,000 DCPS students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The expansion resulted out of the library’s successful 2015 pilot program that initially provided virtual library cards to 60,000 DCPS students in kindergarten through fifth grade.   Adult learners are given an opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma through the Career Online High School at the library’s Center for Adult Learning. Now in its second year at JPL, COHS boasts

the first graduate in the state; 23 graduates who have earned diplomas and career certifications; and 85 students in progress. Through Project LEAP (Library Enhanced Access Program), a Jax Journey funded anti-crime initiative, the library partnered with community organizations to take early literacy, digital literacy, and adult literacy programs into neighborhoods with the greatest needs. LEAP had more than 6,500 participants in its first year, and the program continues into 2017. With a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), the library kicked off a 25,000 square-foot Makerspace where the community can explore, collaborate and create everything from art to robotics. Turn It UP! Thursdays turn up the fun with programs that run the gamut from cooking demonstrations to martial arts classes. The library also offers hundreds of technology classes including 3-D printing, web design, coding and more. Two Comic Cons drew more than 2,400 people, and more than 1,000 young adults attended the library’s Young Adult Job Fair.   The library is planning to celebrate the Library of the Year award in the upcoming months.  The Florida Library Association is a statewide organization that promotes excellence in Florida libraries by advocating strongly for libraries and providing high quality professional and leadership development for a diverse community of library staff, volunteers, and supporters. The award was open to all libraries in the State of Florida including but not limited to academic, public, special and school libraries. Libraries were evaluated on criteria that included significant expansion or enhancement of a service; demonstration of significant creativity and innovation in programming; and exceptional leadership in implementing programs that can be emulated by other libraries.   The mission of the Jacksonville Public Library is to enrich lives, build community and foster success by bringing people, information and ideas together. Last year, more than 3.4 million visits were made to Jacksonville Public Libraries, items were checked out more than 5.7 million times, and over 13,000 programs and services were offered to Duval County residents at the Main Library and 20 branch locations. For more information about the Jacksonville Public Library, call 630-BOOK (2665) or visit the library’s website at j

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Make It Quick and Healthy This Summer!


rying to stay cool by not heating up the kitchen this summer? I like to keep salads available in my fridge during the summer months for cool lunches and trips to the park. Not all salads are created equal! The key to making salads healthy is to limit the fats – croutons, bacon, mayonnaise and extra cheese add unwanted calories and fat to otherwise healthy ingredients. However, did you know that 1-2 tablespoons of full-fat dressing can actually help us absorb the carotenoids in our salad veggies? Carotenoids are what give vegetables their bright colors, but also act as antioxidants in our bodies. Plus, the oil in the dressing will help your body absorb vitamins A, D, E and K. So go ahead and choose the regular dressing, but limit your portion to 1-2 tablespoons.

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Mix your fruits and veggies for a colorful splash! Offering a mixed fruit salad including melons, berries and pineapple is one of the best ways to beat the summer heat - and makes for a healthy dessert. But did you ever think about adding variety to your regular green salad by adding a splash of fruit? Fruits give your salad extra vitamins, fiber and other phytonutrients than regular vegetables alone. Try berries, apples, oranges, pears, grapes, watermelon, nectarines or even pomegranate seeds. If your family likes raisins, try other dried fruits such as dried cherries, apricots or craisens for an extra bit of nutrition. Go Gluten-free!

Try this recipe with diced green and/or red pepper, or add a can of early sweet peas instead of beans. Experiment with the ingredients that your family likes!

If you are looking for a salad that will provide a little more substance than a green salad, and you want an alternative to regular pasta salad, check out what quinoa has to offer. Sometimes referred to as an “ancient grain”, quinoa (say “keen-wah”) is easy to prepare, contains ~5 grams of protein per serving and is a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium and fiber. It takes minutes to prepare and it can be mixed with beans and vegetables for a heartier salad. Check out the recipe below.

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2 medium tomatoes, diced 4 green onions, chopped (can use sweet onion as alternative) ¼ cup fresh cilantro Salt and pepper to taste

Directions Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan with a tight fitting lid. Add quinoa to boiling water, cover and reduce to simmer. Allow to cook undisturbed for 15 minutes. While quinoa is simmering, mix together vinegar, melted butter, olive oil, and sugar. Add dressing to cooked quinoa and then stir in remainder of ingredients (beans, tomatoes, onions and cilantro).

DON’T FORGET THE AVOCADOS! There has been a lot of excitement over the past few years about avocados and health. Avocados contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, vitamin E and fiber, which are all good things to include in your diet. The fat in the avocado acts like the dressing mentioned earlier which helps us absorb fat-soluble vitamins and carotenoids. Try this avocado dressing below for an extra dash of nutrition! Avocado Dressing Courtesy of Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN Ingredients • 1 avocado • ¾ cup water  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar  • 1 clove garlic  • ¼ teaspoon dried dill  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives  • Salt and pepper to taste

EASY QUINOA SALAD Ingredients • 1 ½ cups Quinoa • 2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar • 2 tablespoons melted butter • 2 tablespoons of olive oil • 1 teaspoon sugar • 1 can garbanzo beans (or black or pink beans)

Directions Blend everything in a blender. Store in a plastic squeeze bottle in the fridge. Experiment with salads this summer! Stay cool and healthy! j Aurea Thompson, MSH, RD, CSP, LD/N Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition Wolfson Children’s Hospital

Children’s Art Classes Summer Workshops • 904.612.7557 Baymeadows location Student name_________________________Age______Parent Name___________________________________ Cell Phone___________________________________ Home Phone_____________________________________ Mailing Address_______________________________________________________________________________ Email Address_________________________________________________________________________________ Workshops requested: June 12 - 16 ____ ____ ____ ____ June 19 - 23 ____ ____ ____ ____ (PLACE LETTER ON LINE) June 26 - July 3 ____ ____ ____ ____ July 10 - 14 ____ ____ ____ ____ Mail registration form and deposit to: Children’s Art Classes 9838 Old Baymeadows Rd. #330 Jacksonville, FL 32256

All workshops MEET at: 8411 Baymeadows Way Jacksonville, FL 32256 **You will be notified ONLY if your requested workshop is full**

Please use LETTER of workshop from summer workshop schedule (ex. A, B, C, ETC.) Up to four workshops each week may be selected. (Each workshop will meet Monday - Friday at given time.) Orange Park location Student name_________________________Age______Parent Name___________________________________ Cell Phone___________________________________ Home Phone_____________________________________ Mailing Address_______________________________________________________________________________ Email Address_________________________________________________________________________________ Workshops requested: June 13 - 16 ____ ____ ____ ____ June 20 - 23 ____ ____ ____ ____ (PLACE LETTER ON LINE) June 27 - 30 ____ ____ ____ ____ July 11 - 14 ____ ____ ____ ____ Mail registration form and deposit to: Children’s Art Classes 11250 Old St. Augustine Rd.#15310 Jacksonville, FL 32257

All workshops MEET at: 1406 Kingsley Ave Orange Park, FL 32073 **You will be notified ONLY if your requested workshop is full**

Please use LETTER of workshop from summer workshop schedule (ex. A, B, C, ETC.) Up to three workshops each week may be selected. (Each workshop will meet Tuesday - Friday at given time.) Orange Park 4-day workshop cost is $79 and Baymeadows 5-day workshop cost is $82, and includes all supplies.*unless noted $20 deposit per 4-day or 5-day workshop is due with registration BALANCE to be paid on FIRST DAY of workshop. CUT


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

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 12:45 - 2:00 p.m. 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

2017 SUMMER WORKSHOP SCHEDULE: ORANGE PARK JUNE 13-16 A. BEGINNING DRAWING ages 7 - ADULT B. DRAWING, PAINTING & CLAY: Art History ages 7 - ADULT C. CLAY for TINY HANDS!! ages 3 - 6 JUNE 20-23 D. PAINTING a Landscape in Water Colors! ages 7 and up E. STAIN GLASS for CHILDREN!!! ages 4-8 F. DRAW, PAINT, and CLAY: Art History ages 7 and up JULY 27 - 30 G. CHARCOAL DRAWING!! ages 7 - ADULT H. PAINTING for YOUNG ARTISTS ages 5 and up I. AFRICAN MASKS in CLAY!! ages 7 and up JULY 11-14 J. PAINTING ON CANVAS: COLORFUL CHAMELEONS! ages 6 - 10 K. “ALL ABOUT ME” COLLAGE!! ages 7 and up L. DRAWING WITH SCRATCH BOARD!! ages 7 - ADULT

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

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National SAFE Day Can Save Lives

Las Vegas, Nevada.

To the chagrin of her children, Brooklynn’s mom, Darchel, had visited the friend’s home to lay down some rules with the friend’s single father. When Brooklynn was visiting, she told him, there could be no boys. No alcohol. No going out after dark. If she ever got in a car, her seat belt had to be on. “I told him, ‘The girls are teenagers, and we have to work together to get them through being teenagers,’” Darchel remembers. “I was the captain of Brooklynn’s ship, and I was going to get her through the fog.”


y observing National SAFE Day (June 4) you may prevent a tragedy from repeating itself.

National SAFE Day was approved by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in 2016 from the lobbying efforts of The Brooklynn Mae Mohler Foundation, a group committed to ending senseless child deaths through education of responsible gun ownership.

An estimated 2 million children in America live in homes where guns are not safely stored or secured. Because of this, children in America are 16 times more at risk of being killed in unintentional shootings than their peers in other high-income countries. On June 4, 2013, 13-year-old Brooklynn Mae Mohler was the victim of a preventable shooting due to an unsecured firearm in a friend’s home in

She and her husband, Jacob, thought their bases were covered. But on the horizon was an issue they didn’t foresee: Firearms. They never thought to address that one. Now, the Mohlers want parents to ask if there are unsecured firearms in the homes where their children play. They want gun owners to pledge that they will safely store and secure firearms. And they want children to vow that they will stay

away from guns. One in three U.S. households has a firearm. Secure storage is vital to the safety of children and is the responsibility of the gun owner. There are many ways to secure a firearm that still allow for fast access, and there is no excuse to place easy access above child safety. Parents, whether gun owners or not, need to take steps to educate children and to ask the question when in homes where their children visit: “Are there any unsecured firearms in the home?” HOW TO OBSERVE S- Secure all firearms in the home A- Ask the question about unsecured firearms in the homes your child visits F- Frequently talk to your children about the dangers of firearms E- Educate and empower others to be SAFE Use #nationalsafeday. #bmmf, #askthequestion, #seaofpink, #safeguns, #justiceforbrooklynn to share on social media.

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ADHD: Amazing, Delightful, Happy Dreamer


y book Happy Dreamer was originally called “Amazing, Delightful, Happy Dreamer.” And yes, the initials do spell ADHD.

I wrote Happy Dreamer for kids (and grown-up kids) like me. This really is my story -- a peek inside my mind to share how my brain works in its own wild and wonderful way. It wasn’t always easy having a brain like mine. While I was never officially diagnosed with ADHD (the term wasn’t widely used until long after I was in school), I do believe that as a child I experienced many of its symptoms. Growing up, I was dreamer. A day dreamer. A night dreamer. I had a super-charged imagination that kept my brain very, very busy. I had SO many ideas, which was what made me grab a pencil and start to capture these thoughts and images on paper with words and art. Outside of school, it really wasn’t a problem. I grew up in a big family in a busy, noisy house and I loved it that way. I loved all the energy and buzz.

provided Oak Hill Academy / 6910 Daughtry Blvd S, Jacksonville, FL 32210 /

Special Needs

Jumpstreet Special Needs Event • June 3, 9am to 11am Jumpstreet hosts a special event for children with special needs and their siblings. The semi-private 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 4 and up; $4 for children 3 and under.  Parents/ guardians are free.   Jumpstreet / 904-853-5721 / 1214 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / Sensory Sensitive Sundays June 4, 8am to 10am • July 2, 8am to 10am Two area Chuck E. Cheese’s locations offer Sensory Sensitive Sundays.  On the first Sundayof 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 / 6065 Youngerman Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32244 10320 Shops Lane 32258, Jacksonville, FL 32258

The first spark of an idea for the book came to me while I was attending a conference on learning differences at Harvard University. Successful CEOs were sharing their challenging learning journeys, and making it clear that their achievements were made because of their brains, and not in spite of them. The panel host pointed out that this group had all described attributes of ADHD in themselves as children. Those attributes sounded very familiar to me. I thought for a moment, “I wish ADHD sounded like something you’d want to have!” I took a pencil and wrote “Amazing... Delightful... Happy... Dreamer.” I went home and wrote a poem by the same name, and that poem became a book.

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Recommended for Ages 4 - 8 please, so I did my best to comply and control my buzzy-brain, but it wasn’t always easy. Luckily, every so often, I found a teacher or an activity that tapped into that special brain of mine. When that happened, WHOAH! It was magic. Like when my 7th grade math teacher asked me if I could teach math by using art, story and animation. It was an AMAZING feeling. Happy. Delighted. My dreamer brain was engaged—and I was ME.

Believe Autism: Creative Movement Mondays, 3:30pm to 4:30pm June 5, 12, 19, 26 • July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Based in Jacksonville, Believe Autism supports, encourages, & implements positive behavioral patterns and learning skills for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder through music, dance, tutoring, support groups & community events. This Creative Movement Class is for ages 5 to 12, and is held on Mondays from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.  Visit website for pricing and registration.  River City Arts and Event Center / 704-277-1884 / 8535 Baymeadows Road, Unit 41, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / First Coast Autism Support • June 6, 6pm to 7pm First Coast Autism Support offers a free monthly parent support group for families raising a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Childcare is provided. A simultaneous Sibshop is also

Special Needs Gaming Party at Microsoft June 10, 9am to 10am The Microsoft Store hosts a Gaming Party for kids with special needs. XBox One consoles will be set up in the theater space for gaming. While the children are gaming, the parents have a breakout session on internet safety and parental controls.  Register online in advance.   This event is open to families with children with special needs and their siblings.  40 spots are available on a first come first serve basis. Microsoft Store / 4791 River City Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32246 /   Surf Quest 2017 • June 10, 1pm • July 15, 1pm This program is a free monthly event with trained volunteers who introduce adaptive aquatic recreation using specialized surfboards and flotation devices for anyone with a disability. All ages and abilities are welcome. This program allows family and friends to participate in outdoor recreation as ohana (family).   All events start at 1pm.  Crescent Beach Ramp / 904-824-7249 / Mary Street, Cresent Beach, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / CARD/FDLRS Satellite Clinic – Flagler County June 12, 9am to 3pm The UF-Jacksonville Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) and the UF-Jacksonville Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System Multi-Disciplinary Center (FLDRS-MDC) offer clinics to outlying counties in order to more effectively serve their constituents. Sign up for a consultative appointment with clinicians who specialize in child psychology, behavior therapy, academic interventions, Autism Screeners, Transition, and more. Appointments are at no cost to the family. Location: the Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway N.W. To schedule an appointment please contact chanel.baldwin@jax., (904)633-0816. Flagler County Public Library / 904-633-0816 / 2500 Palm Coast Parkway NW, Palm Coast, FL 32137 / Editor’s note: For more special needs events, visit

With Happy Dreamer, I want to send out a hopeful message to kids who are diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. You have a gift, not a label. Your minds are special. You are “delightful dreamers.” Your brains are capable of being flexible, generous, nimble, and inventive. Your kind of thinking is to be understood, nurtured, accommodated and CELEBRATED! I hope this book speaks to you, your family and friends. May it reassure you that good things are ahead for all of us dreamers. In fact, I believe that if we are going to solve some of the planet’s biggest problems—we can’t keep trying the same solutions. We must invite inventive, flexible minds to the table. And world problem solving aside, if this book encourages my readers to simply be happy with themselves, then I’ll sleep — and dream — better at night.

In school, however, it was a different story. I found it a shock to try to stay put in one chair for most of the day. Learning to focus on the lessons was a big challenge for me. I was not encouraged j to capture any of my racing thoughts on paper. I was, in fact, discouraged from doing it. Peter H. Reynolds, Author, Happy Dreamer “All eyes up front.” ….”Mr. Reynolds, do not draw in my class. You can do that after school.” ….”This is math class. Not art class. Put that away.”

Editor’s Note: A Happy Dreamer Classroom Kit is available for download at http://www.scholastic. com/pdfs/HappyDreamerKit.pdf and includes activities for the classroom and beyond.

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Breath-Holding Spells


bout Breath-Holding Spells

lying down until the spell is over.

Many of us have heard stories about stubborn or willful toddlers who hold their breath until they turn blue in the face. These might sound like amusing “terrible twos” tales, but they’re not funny to the parents of these toddlers. Breath-holding spells can be terrifying for parents because kids often hold their breath until they pass out.

If your child passes out for a brief time, stay calm and: • check your child's mouth for food or any object that could pose a choking hazard once your child regains consciousness • remove all objects or furniture within reach in case your child has a seizure

But these spells aren’t intentional — they’re an involuntary reflex, which means kids have no control over them. Although they’re upsetting to watch, breath-holding spells aren’t harmful and pose no serious health risks. A spell typically lasts less than a minute before a child starts breathing normally again.

Kids with breath-holding spells usually start breathing within a minute.

Breath-holding spells can happen in healthy children between 6 months and 6 years old, but are most common during the second year of life. They can be more common in kids with a family history of them.

If this is your child’s first breath-holding spell, get medical care. Although breath-holding spells aren’t harmful, it’s good to get your child checked out. A doctor can determine whether it was in fact a breath-holding spell or another medical condition that looks like one.

In most cases, breath-holding spells can be predicted and even prevented once triggers are identified. Kids usually outgrow them by age 5 or 6. Types of Breath-Holding Spells Breath-holding spells differ by cause and characteristics: • Cyanotic breath-holding spells happen when a child stops breathing and turns blue in the face. These spells are often triggered by something that upsets the child, like being disciplined. While crying, the child exhales (breathes out) and then doesn’t take another breath in for a while. Parents who have witnessed prior cyanotic spells know exactly when another one is about to happen because their child’s face slowly turns a shade of blue, ranging from light blue to almost purple. • Pallid breath-holding spells are less common and more unpredictable because they happen after a child has gotten a sudden fright or startle (like being surprised from behind). Unlike with cyanotic spells, kids turn very pale, almost white, during the spell. Both types of spells cause kids to stop breathing and sometimes lose consciousness for up to a minute. In the most extreme cases, kids might have seizures. Having a seizure does not cause any long-term harm or put a child at risk of developing a seizure disorder. If a Child Passes Out During a Spell Most of the time, you don’t need to do anything during a breath-holding spell. Your child should stay

Call 911 if your child remains blue or is not breathing for longer than a minute. When to See the Doctor

These spells are an involuntary response to strong emotions (like being angry, scared, or frustrated) and tend to happen in healthy children. Because they’re involuntary (not done on purpose), they’re not a behavioral problem. A doctor can help parents understand what triggers a spell in their child, how to prevent future spells, and how to deal with them if they do happen.

Things to Do Infant & Toddler Early Learning Coalition of Duval VPK Enrollment Early Learning Coalition of Duval is now enrolling for Voluntary Pre-K for the 2017-2018 school year.  The Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program – or VPK – is a free prekindergarten program for 4-year- olds who reside in Florida and were born on or before September 1 each year.   To be eligible to offer VPK, you must submit a complete.  For 2017-2018 program year, children living in Florida must be born between 9/2/12-9/1/13. A list of required documents and participating providers, as well as instructions on how to apply, can be found on the Early Learning Coalition website. Early Learning Coalition of Duval / 904-208- 2044 / www. Early Literacy for Happy Babies Class June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 July 6, 13, 20, 27 11:15am to 11:45am Every Thursday from 11:15am to 11:45am   Lapsit infants to pre-walkers and their caregivers are invited for rhymes, rhythm, and songs to help build early literacy skills (15-minute class, 15-minute post-play). This class is specifically designed to develop a love of reading with one-on-one interaction between caregiver and infant. Please Note:  For the safety of all babies attending, if you have active walkers, please come to the new Toddler Movement Class.  St. Johns County Public Library, Ponte Vedra Beach Branch / 904-827-6950 / 101 Library Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 /

….a program to help parents, grandparents, and other caregivers keep infants safe and secure during their first months. Northeast Florida has an infant mortality rate higher than the state or national rate. Kohl’s Ready, Set, Sleep is designed to address this concern because there is a lot you can do to

Preventing Future Spells

Your doctor can work with you to help you find coping strategies for you and your child. Try not to give in to tantrums and stubborn behavior — young kids need limits and guidelines to help them stay safe and become well-adjusted emotionally. With experience, courage, and your doctor’s help, you can learn to cope with breath-holding spells while providing a safe and structured environment until your child outgrows them. j

Paw Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” July 1, 10am and 2pm July 2, 10am and 2pm Paw Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” based on hit preschool series PAW Patrol, will visit the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.  Join Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest when they visit Jacksonville for four shows only.  The show includes two acts and an intermission, and engages audiences with Bunraku puppetry, an innovative costuming approach that brings the Paw Patrol characters to life on stage with their vehicles and packs. Tickets start at $19.50 and are available online, at the box office, or by phone.   Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts - Moran Theatre / 800-745-3000 / 300 W. Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 /

Nature’s Newbies at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens June 26 thru August 1

Sometimes, iron deficiency anemia might cause kids to have breath-holding spells. So a doctor might do a blood test to check for anemia. Treating the anemia may help reduce the number of the spells.

Once kids mature and develop better coping skills, they usually outgrow breath-holding spells. But in the meantime, parents can face a challenge greater than witnessing the spells themselves: finding ways to discipline their child that won’t trigger another spell.

Each Nature’s Newbies class will engage you and your child in free-choice play activities, a story, song, and more. For ages 1 to 3.  Programs will also feature a positive and engaging interaction with one of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors to allow for an up-close encounter during each class.  Programs are 45-minutes long . Registration for all programs will be processed online.     Individual Classes: $8 Members; $11 Non-members / Semester: $32 (Members); $44 (Non-members).  Fee covers one child and one adult per class. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, PepsiCo Foundation Education Campus / 904-757-4463, ext. 101 / 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218 /

help get your baby off to a healthy start! Pediatricians recommend infants sleep on their backs, close to their moms, but in their own separate, safe sleep environment. Other recommendations include breastfeeding, getting baby’s immunizations, and knowing infant CPR. If you need information about keeping your baby safe while sleeping or about other safety concerns for the first year, please visit our website,

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Military Families Keep United Through Reading


ven though he is active duty Navy and is deployed for weeks or months at a time, Rex Bobblett still reads to his four children every night before they go to bed. He might be thousands of miles away, but all that the children need to do is pop in a DVD and there he is, reading their favorite books to each of them in funny voices and asking them questions about the plot and characters. The Bobblett family participates in UNITED THROUGH READING, a national nonprofit program that helps ease the stress of separation for military families by having deployed parents read children’s books aloud via DVD for their kids to watch at home.

during family separations than children in the general population, which can impact their academic achievement. A RAND Corporation study found a strong association between children who have endured separations from a parent due to deployment and lower achievement in reading and math. “United Through Reading makes the distance between service members and their families during deployment seem a little less far while encouraging literacy skills and language development,” said UTR CEO Sally Zoll. Through the program, the service members record themselves reading a book at one of the more than 200 UTR recording sites worldwide, where UTR-trained volunteers guide them in selecting age-appropriate, stimulating books to send home along with a video-recording of them reading the book.

“When he’s deployed, the kids race to the mailbox each day hoping to find a new package with the United Through Reading sticker on it,” says Boblett’s wife Veronica. “Each time a new package arrives we immediately play the DVD and smiles instantly spread across the kids’ faces Parents are encouraged to ask questions and as they see what stories Daddy picked out.” engage the children with funny voices so that the children will play the UTR videos over and over again. Research shows that listening to one book read multiple times and engaging with that book by answering questions positively impacts language development and literacy skills and helps ignite a life-long love of reading.

During deployments, the DVDs became part of the family routine. Each night at bed time, the kids got a Hershey kiss as a goodnight kiss from their father, and then they’d listen to him reading a story while they followed along with their own copy of the book. It not only gave the kids a much-needed connection to their dad, it provided that “extra set of hands” Veronica needed to throw in some laundry or clean up the kitchen.

For the Bobblett family, the UTR recordings keeps the connection between Rex and his kids strong. Over the years, the family tried a lot of different ways to make connections. They used teddy bears with his voice recorded on them, they made “daddy blankets” with his picture on them, and they SKYPE when they can. But by far, says Veronica Bobblet, UTR has been the greatest tool in the family’s deployment toolkit.

“Not only for the kids but for Rex as well because it helps him to feel like he is still a very strong presence in the family by taking part in our everyday routine, and he loves knowing that he is helping me by giving me a break when I need it “It was like he was right there helping me like he by playing those videos,” she says. “We have always does,” she says. always read together as a family from the time they were born so they know it is important to us, One of the most difficult things a child can experi- so seeing that Dad is taking time out of his day to ence is having a parent deployed to a militarized read to them even though he is so far away just zone for an indeterminate period of time. And drives that point home.” j though it’s a routine part of life for military Cindy Long/ families, it takes a toll on kids. Research shows that children from active-duty military families experience higher levels of emotional difficulties

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Summer Learning: The Antidote to “Summer Slide” Sign-Up Begins June 1 at Jacksonville Public Library


ummer break calls for fun and a pause from the school routine, but parents need to be aware that students can lose up to two months of learned skills during that time. Studies have been documented and educators across the nation commonly refer to the loss or regression of learned skills over summer break as the “summer slide.” It doesn’t have to happen to your child. Jacksonville Public Library’s Summer Learning program is designed not only to give kids a fun-filled summer experience but also to help them avoid summer slide.

and comprehension, and enhance early literacy skills. Little ones will think it’s all about fun—and it is—but they’ll also learn valuable preliteracy skills.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) activities—the building blocks for the 21st century skills—are the focus for older children. School age kids can take part in a variety of programs such as thinking in 3-D, balloon twisting, collaborative art, magic, jazz, building with bricks, animal adventures, Zumba, zoo and many others. Programs also feature Ronald McDonald, Cotton Candy the Clown, and Curious Moon Puppets—always a favorite! Teens can explore This year’s Summer Learning with the theme Build a Better World provides free programs that run throughout special effects, building bots, improvisation, Spy vs. Spy, Dumbledore’s Army program, drumline mini-camp, June and July to build educational skills, confidence, fitness and fun, and other cool topics. Teens can also and social learning. With a reading challenge and awesome age-appropriate activities, Summer Learning delve into a six-week video challenge. ensures children stay engaged, entertained, reading, In addition to exploring high-interest events for two and using critical thinking skills so they will be better prepared to start school in the fall. Even more, Summer months, participants will really get into the Reading Learning challenges children to become lifelong readers Challenge. Suggested book lists have been created for every grade level. Children are asked to read 10 books and learners by encouraging them to read for enjoy(picture books and audiobooks are good), teens read ment over the summer. Adults can join in Summer three books, and adults read five books. The challenge Learning, too, and set a good example for children by is to meet your reading goals by July 31. It’s fun to track reading and tracking books the same way they do. your reading online, where you can also earn and collect different digital badges. You can challenge You may sign up the kids—and yourself—for Summer yourself to see how many you can collect. There will be Learning—free—at Jacksonville Public Library beginning June 1 online at weekly prizes and a free book for those who finish their reading goal, while supplies last. or at any library location. Summer Learning Kickoff Parties—everyone’s invited—will take place at Last year nearly 13,000 children, teens and adults read neighborhood libraries June 5 – 9. Be sure to check your branch for the exact date and time, but feel free to more than 139,000 books through the library’s Summer Learning program. Help us Build a Better World this year attend a party at the location of your choice. Everyone by signing up for Summer Learning. Find all details who signs up for Summer Learning will receive a unique Summer Happenings Coloring and Activity Book. about program/activity dates, times and locations, and how to track your reading progress, at jaxpubliclibary. org/summer beginning June 1. You may also visit any Summer Learning is for all ages. Children from birth to Jacksonville Public Library location for more informa5 years of age can talk, sing, read, write, and play, and tion. j enjoy animated story times that help build vocabulary

Things to Do Education

Homeschool Zoocademy 2017-18 Info Session June 2, 10am • July 6, 1pm Homeschool Zoocademy at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a unique experience for homeschooled students ages 5-15. Zoocademy covers a wide range of topics in Biology, Zoology, Environmental Science and Conservation, with lessons, activities, and crafts suited to each age group. Students will attend classes once a month from September 2017-March 2018.   For those interested in learning more, there will be two informational orientation sessions, one on Friday, June 2 at 10am and one on Thursday, July 6 at 1pm.  Attend one of the sessions and you will receive advance notification when registration opens.  If you have participated in Zoocademy in the past, you do not need to attend the orientation to receive advance notification, but you are welcome to come if you would like to hear updates for the upcoming year.  Please note that while children are welcome to attend to meet the teachers as well as see the classrooms, the orientation is primarily designed as an informational session for the parents.  There is no charge for the orientation; you do not

need to enter the Zoo’s Main Camp. Come directly to the Education Campus at the south end of the Zoo’s parking lot. Please RSVP online so staff can gauge attendance. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens / 904-757-4463 ext. 122 / 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218 / 2017 Home Education Expo July 21, 2pm to 6pm • July 22, 9am to 4pm HERI returns to the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville, Florida to host its 32nd annual home education expo.  This year, they are expanding the expo to include businesses that enrich, not just the home educating family’s life, but family life in general, with exhibitors catering to health, family activities, the arts, etc. The theme of the convention is Everything Starts at Home.  There will be vendors, exhibits, workshops, and  more.  Admission is $35/ family for HERI members and $45/family for non-members.  HERI is a non-profit organization run by volunteers and serving over 400 families in the northeast Florida region. Essentially, they are a support group of other smaller support groups, home-based private schools and individuals, and as such offer unlimited opportunities for serving and encouraging one another.   Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center / 904-783-8197 / 1000 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204 /


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SUMMER GUIDE Palm Coast: Palm Coast Lanes, 11 Old Kings Rd. North, Palm Coast, FL, 32137, 386-445-4004 Thru August 31 Monday, 9:30am -- 10pm Kids Bowl Free Tuesday, 9:30am -- 5pm Registered kids can bowl two free games every day Wednesday, 9:30am -- 5pm all summer. Age limit and lane times vary by Thursday, 9:30am -- 5pm location.  Shoe rental not included; standard shoe Friday, 9:30am -- 6pm rental rates apply. Discounted family passes are also Saturday, 9:30am -- 6pm available.  Sunday, 9:30am -- 10pm Jacksonville Beach: Beach Bowl, 818 Beach Brunswick: The Golden Isles Strike Zone, Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL, 32250, 904-249-9849 380 Millennium Blvd, Brunswick, GA, 31525, Thru August 21 912-265-6600 Daily, 11am to 4pm Thru October 31 St. Augustine: Anastasia Bowling Lanes, 3245 A1A Monday, Open -- 4pm S, St Augustine, FL, 32080, 904-471-3565 Tuesday, Open -- 4pm Thru October 31 Wednesday, Open -- 4pm Daily, Open to Close Thursday, Open -- 4pm Jacksonville: Batt Family Fun Center, 1838 Cassat Friday, Open -- 4pm Ave, Jacksonville, FL, 32210, 904-389-2360 Saturday, Open -- 4pm Thru September 8 Sunday, Open – Close Monday, 10:00am — 9:00pm Tuesday, 10:00am — 9:00pm Adventure Landing Wednesday, 10:00am — 9:00pm 100 tokens for $15 Thursday, 10:00am — 9:00pm FREE Go-Kart ride with the purchase of a single Friday, 10:00am — 6:00pm Go-Kart ride at regular price. See coupons below. Saturday, 10:00am — 6:00pm Sunday, 11:00am — 9:00pm Bruster’s Free Baby Cone and Doggie Sundaes Palatka: Putnam Lanes, 3834 Reid St, Palatka, FL, Participating area Bruster’s offers free Doggie 32177, 386-325-8795 Sundaes for all dogs, and a free baby cone for kids Thru October 31 40” or under (42” or under at the Jacksonville location). Daily, Open to Close Bruster’s /

Summer Deals

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Jacksonville Location / 904-221-1441 / 12224 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225 Mandarin Location / 904-886-1995 / 11701-60 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223 Oakleaf Location / 904-771-0722 / 9590 Applecross Road, Jacksonville, FL 32222  National Donut Day June 2 Dunkin’ Donuts celebrates National Donut Day by offering guests a free classic donut of their choice (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage on June 2. The offer is good all day on June 2 at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.​ Dunkin Donuts /

904-356-6857 / 829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204 / National Flip Flop Day June 16, 2pm to 7pm National Flip Flop Day® is Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s own holiday, every third Friday in June, when they celebrate their customers and kick-off fundraising for Camp Sunshine of Casco, Maine. All customers wearing flip flops will receive a free Sunshine Smoothie in the new limited edition 16 oz. 20th anniversary souvenir cup from 2pm-7pm. Area Tropical Smoothie Locations / Celebrate 31 at Baskin Robbins July 31 Baskin Robbins celebrates their iconic 31 with a sweet deal on July 31. Customers can get regular and kids size scoops for $1.50 all day.  Offer valid July 31st. Participation may vary. Waffle cones and toppings extra. Cannot be combined with other offers. This offer is available on any of Baskin-Robbins’ famous 31 flavors. Baskin Robbins /

Weaver First Saturday Free For All June 3, 10am to 4pm July 1, 10am to 4pm August 5, 10am to 4pm Guests can enjoy free admission, as well as art-making activities for all ages in the Cummer Gardens, live music, and a Docent-led tour at 2pm. The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens / 904-356-6857 / 829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, Velocity Air Sports FL 32204 / Get a free pair of socks from Velocity Air Sports Florida Blue Free Tuesdays at the Cummer Indoor Trampoline Park. See coupon on page 21. Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 4, 11, 18, 25 Offer expires August 13, 2017 Every Tuesday, enjoy free admission to the Cummer Museum and its historic Gardens. Guests can enjoy Visit’s Deals and Discounts page free admission to the Galleries and Gardens.  for more Deals The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens /


Pandora – The World of Avatar


new land awaits you this summer at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Pandora – The World of Avatar, at 12 acres the largest addition in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, immerses you in a mystical world of massive floating mountains and bioluminescent rainforests where you explore an awesome alien landscape, encounter a larger-than-life Na’vi shaman and soar over Pandora on the back of a fearsome mountain banshee. Based on Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron’s record-breaking box-office hit, “Avatar,” the new land welcomes guests to the lush world of Pandora long after the human conflict with the Na’vi has ended. The dramatic daytime beauty of the land transforms to glow by night when bioluminescent flora and intricate nighttime experiences add a dreamlike quality. The new world is a creative collaboration of Walt Disney Imagineering and Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment. The creative team employed exhaustive research to develop the realistic appearance of Pandora, a fictional exoplanetary moon mined by humans in Cameron’s movie. Set a generation after a great conflict, the Na’vi and humans are at peace, and the land is experiencing a rebirth. Pandora now welcomes Disney guests as eco-tourists. “We are taking our guests on a journey to this world in an experience that’s as realistic and immersive as possible,” says Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering portfolio creative executive. “In the movie, the world of Pandora is a setting for the action and characters whose story we follow. Here, guests are the primary characters immersed in an extremely vivid, authentic experience.” Guests to Disney’s Animal Kingdom cross the park’s Discovery River into Pandora and continue along a winding rainforest path for their first glimpse of the land’s iconic “floating mountains.” “When guests come across the bridge, they are transferred light-years away, to the Alpha-Centauri solar system and Pandora,” says Jon Landau, Lightstorm Entertainment. “It’s an otherworldly, fully-themed experience.” As guests explore the verdant terrain sprawling beneath mountains that appear to float in the sky, they see waterfalls cascading down the mountainside into meandering streams and pools, and they discover two thrilling new expeditions: Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. In Avatar Flight of Passage, guests will actually feel the banshee breathe beneath them as they soar

through the forest and past floating mountains. What was a rite of passage for Na’vi in Cameron’s film becomes a multisensory experience for guests seeking the ultimate adventure – an encounter with the most feared predator of Pandora, the Great Leonopteryx. On the family-friendly Na’vi River Journey, guests travel down a sacred river deep into a bioluminescent rainforest. Aboard reed boats, they float past exotic glowing plants and Pandoran creatures into the midst of a musical Na’vi ceremony. The journey culminates in an encounter with the breathtakingly realistic Na’vi Shaman of Songs who is deeply connected with Pandora’s life force and sends positive energy into the forest through her music.


“This is an attraction that the entire family can enjoy,” Rohde says. “We put you into a magical experience that comes to life through the bioluminescence, the plant and animal activity and the shaman’s music. There’s a wonderful harmony in the entire glowing scene during this lyrical, uplifting journey that builds to a really beautiful crescendo.” In addition to the bioluminescent plants of Pandora, with species names like Spiny Whip, Dapophet and Vein Pod, other wonders of the land include the creatures that guests encounter and, in some cases, interact with. “The landscape will be alive with creatures,” Rohde says. “We’re bringing to life everything from the largest creature you might encounter to the most microscopic. Animals will appear out of the underbrush – big Pandoran animals will appear at the edge of the forest, and you’ll hear the very complicated calls they issue back and forth.” The artful storytelling on Pandora continues as guests stop for sustenance at the land’s Satu’li Canteen (pronounced “Sa-too-lee”), a Quonset-hutstyle building with a spacious dining area that pays tribute to the Na’vi and their culture with special décor. The menu at this fast-casual restaurant is inspired by the healthful bounty of Pandora – wholesome grains, fresh vegetables, and hearty proteins. Guests can also grab a drink at nearby Pongu Pongu, where a friendly expat serves out-of-this-world beverages including a bioluminescent frozen cocktail and indigenous beers. There’s even a sweet snack that guests won’t find elsewhere. Windtraders is a shopper’s delight where guests can choose from Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits and more. Start your adventure by visiting disneyworld.disney. j JUNE/JULY 2017 • •

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Summer Movie Events Flashback Cinemas • June 4, 7, 11, 14 Flashback Cinema is a classic film program featured at selected theatres. There will be a different classic movie each week with shows on Sundays and Wednesdays. Flashback features play at 2pm and 7pm on Sundays, and 4pm and 7pm on Wednesdays.  June 4 -- 2pm or 7pm -- The Princess Bride June 7 -- 4pm or 7pm -- The Princess Bride June 11 -- 2pm or 7pm -- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  June 14 -- 4pm or 7pm -- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  Georgia Theatre Company Kings Bay Cinemas / 912-8827920 / 201 City Smitty Dr, St. Marys, GA 31558 / www. Georgia Theatre Company’s Summer Kid Show Series • June 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 July 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 The series will run from Tuesday, June 6th to Thursday, July 27th.  One feature will play each week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  Features start promptly at 10:00am and doors open at 9:15am.   Admission: $1.50; Drinks: $1.50; Popcorn: $1.50. In addition, the theatre offers a “sensory auditorium” during these shows - lights up, lower sound. Just let the cashier know when purchasing tickets that you’d like this option. June 6 and June 8 -- The Angry Birds Movie June 13 and June 15 -- Trolls June 20 and June 22 -- Kung Fu Panda 3 June 27 and June 29 -- Ice Age Collision Course July 4 and July 6 -- The Secret Life of Pets July 11 and 13 -- Sing July 18 and July 20 -- Storks July 25 and July 27 -- Kubo and the Two Strings Georgia Theatre Company / Glynn Place Cinemas, 551 Mall Blvd, Brunswick, GA 31525 GTC Island Cinemas, 44 Cinema Ln, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522 Kings Bay Cinemas, 201 City Smitty Dr, St Marys, GA 31558 Regal Summer Movie Express 2017 Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10am Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. June 6 and June 7 Kung Fu Panda 3 Ice Age: Collision Course June 13 and June 14 Trolls Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked June 20 and June 21 Monster Trucks Penguins of Madagascar June 27 and June 28 Rio 2 The Boxtrolls July 4 and July 5 The Secret Life of Pets Sing July 11 and July 12 Kubo and the Two Strings Ratchet and Clank July 18 and July 19 The Spongebob Square Pants Movie: Sponge Out of Water The Adventures of Tin Tin July 25 and July 26 Happy Feet 2

Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore July 25 and July 26 Storks The Lego Batman Movie Regal Beach Boulevard Stadium 18, 14051 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville FL 32250 Regal River City Marketplace Stadium 14, 12884 City Center Blvd, Jacksonville FL 32218 Regal Avenues Stadium 20 & RPX, 9525 Phillips Highway, Jacksonville FL 32256 / Ripley’s Free Summer Movie Series June 7, 14, 21, 28, 8:30pm July 5, 12, 19, 26, 8:30pm The Summer movie series has moved to a new home this summer. Ripley’s has teamed up with the St. Augustine Colonial Quarter and together will present a great movie line up starting June 7th. All movies begin at 8:30pm at the Colonial Oak Music Park located at 27 St. George Street. Ripley’s Red Trains will once again provide complimentary transportation from the parking garage stop and Ripley’s to the top of St. George Street for all guests. Shuttles begin at 7:30pm and run every 15 minutes until 8:30pm. They will resume following the film. All guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for seating. (No outside food or drinks are allowed at the Colonial Quarter).  ​​​​*Tips are appreciated for the Red Train drivers.  The movie schedule is as follows: June 7th: Secret Life of Pets - PG June 14th: Angry Birds - PG June 21st: Sing – PG June 28th: Fantastic Beasts – PG 13 July 5th: The Wild Life - PG July 12th: The Jungle Book - PG July 19th: Monster Trucks – PG July 26th: Finding Dory – PG August 2nd: Lego Batman - PG August 9th: Moana – PG Colonial Oak Music Park / 904-829-6545 / 27 St. George Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / Movies in the Park June 9, 8:45pm • July 14, 8:45pm The City of Palm Coast’s Parks and Recreation Department and Flagler Schools proudly present Movies in Central Park on the second Friday of each. The movie begins at dusk and admission is free. A different family feature is shown on the big screen in the stage area at the main entrance to the park. All movie goers are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, picnic baskets, bug spray and make plans to come early with your family, friends and neighbors. June 9, 8:45pm - Fantastic Beasts July 14, 8:45pm - Secret Life of Pets Central Park in Town Center / 975 Central Avenue, Palm Coast, FL 32137 / Dive In Movie June 23, 8pm • July 21, 8pm Families are invited to the Frieda Zamba pool for a family-friendly movie. Admission is $1 and limited to the first 350 participants. Gates open at 8pm (movie starts at approximately 8:30pm).   June 23, 8pm - Moana July 21, 8pm – Sing Frieda Zamba Pool / 386-986-4741 / 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast, FL 32164 / Jekyll Island Movie on the Green June 24, 8:30pm • July 29, 8:30pm The Jekyll Island Movie on the Green series features

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monthly movies at the Jekyll Island Beach Village Green. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to spread out on the Green. Various snack and dinner options will be available for purchase.   This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.   The series continues with a free movie the last Saturday evening of each month through November. Upcoming movies: June 24, 8:30pm -- The Jungle Book July 29, 8:30pm -- Finding Dory  Jekyll Island Beach Village Green / 912-635-3636 / Ocean View Trail, Jekyll Island, GA 31527 / Moonlight Movies at Jacksonville Beach June 30, 9pm Arrive early for the best seats in the house for a free family movie.  Shown on a huge screen on stage at the Seawalk Pavilion, movies start at 9pm.  Bring your lawn chair or blanket and a picnic to enjoy before the movie, visit the popcorn/candy/beverage vendor, or dine at one of the many restaurants in the downtown Jacksonville Beach area then catch the movie. Sea Walk Pavilion / 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / Summer Movie Classics Series July 9 – August 27 The Florida Theatre hosts a series of classic movies.  The cost is $7.50 per movie or a $45 series punch card.  A schedule of the G, PG, and PG-13 rated movies is below: July 9 - Casino Royale 50th Anniversary, Not Rated July 16 -  A League of Their Own 25th Anniversary, PG July 30 - Cool Hand Luke 50th Anniversary, PG August 6 -  The Jungle Book (animated) 50th Anniversary, Not Rated August 13 - Space Balls 30th Anniversary, PG August 20 - In The Heat of The Night 50th Anniversary, Not Rated August 27 - Dirty Dancing 30th Anniversary, PG-13 Florida Theatre / 904-355-5661 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Reel Fun Night June 16, 8:30pm • July 14, 8:30pm August 11, 8:30pm Come to Town Hall Park for a Reel Fun Night this summer.  Kids activities start at 6pm and the movie will begin at sundown (about 8:30pm). Be sure to bring a blanket to sit on.  There will be popcorn and other foods available for purchase. All movies are family-friendly. June 16 - Secret Life of Pets July 14 - Finding Dory August 11 - Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them Town Hall Park / 904-264-2635 / 904-264-2635, Orange Park, FL 32073 /

See it in 4DX this Summer


ovies are now no longer bound by their visual and aural limits. 4DX is the next step in the movie-going evolution taking audiences on a journey into the full feature film. Orlando is one of only four cities in the United States to have the 4DX technology that gives moviegoers a 4D experience including effects such as motion, vibration, mist, smoke, blowing air and rain. Inside every dedicated 4DX auditorium, motion chairs and environmental effects such as wind, bubbles, and scent work in perfect synchronicity with the action on screen. 4DX motion chairs are equipped with three base movements of heave (move up and down), roll (move left and right) and pitch (tilt backward and forward) which can create an endless expanse of possible combinations to mimic such actions as flying and driving. “Beauty and the Beast”, “Kong: Skull Island”, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “War for the Planet of the Apes.” are all films that have or will soon be released in 4DX. If you plan a trip to Orlando this summer and want to experience this fully immersive theater experience, visit The Regal Pointe Orlando 20 & IMAX online www. for 4DX show times and to purchase tickets. The theater is located at 9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL. Tickets for 4DX at Regal Pointe currently range from $17.77 for children to $21.18 for adults with additional discounts for students, military, and seniors. Besides the Orlando theater, New York City and Los Angeles have two 4DXs each and Chicago has one. If your travels take you abroad, there are 4DX theaters in 45 countries! j


Sporting Events Jacksonville Armada FC Games June 3, 7pm -- vs. Miami FC June 25, 6pm -- vs. Puerto Rico FC July 1, 7pm -- vs. FC Edmonton July 30, 6pm -- vs. San Francisco Deltas The Jacksonville Armada FC is Jacksonville’s official North American Soccer League club.  Games are played at the Hodges Stadium at UNF.  General admission tickets start at $20, with discounts for season tickets, and students.  Matchday parking is $5 in Lot 18.  UNF Hodges Stadium / 844-227-6232 / 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / Jacksonville Sharks Games • June 3, 10, 17, 7pm Arena football team the Jacksonville Sharks take on opponents at 7pm at the Veterans Memorial Arena.  Single game tickets start at $12.  Family packs of tickets are also available.   June 3, 7pm - vs. Dayton Wolfpack -- Theme: Pirates & Princesses June 10, 7pm - vs. High Country Grizzlies -- Theme: Christmas in June June 17, 7pm - vs. Monterrey Steel -- Theme: 80’s Night Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena / 904- 621-0700 / 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Montgomery Biscuits • June 4 – 8 The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Montgomery Biscuits.  Single game tickets start at $5, with multi-game and group packages available.  Public parking costs $7 and is controlled by the City of Jacksonville. Garage parking is also available next to the Veterans Memorial Arena for $7. Prices are subject to change depending on events at the Sports Complex.

June 4 - 6:35pm - Star Wars Night, Sunday Family FUNday June 5 - 7:05pm - Canines and Crustaceans (Bark in the Park) - The Jumbo Shrimp are happy to host all willing and able dogs at the Baseball Grounds, free of charge, for a fun day of Canines and Crustaceans. June 6 - 7:05pm - Two-For-Tuesday June 7 - 7:05pm - Date Night June 8 - 7:05pm - Teacher Appreciation Day Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos • June 14 – 18 The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.  Single game tickets start at $5, with multi-game and group packages available.  Public parking costs $7 and is controlled by the City of Jacksonville. Garage parking is also available next to the Veterans Memorial Arena for $7. Prices are subject to change depending on events at the Sports Complex. June 14 - 7:05pm - Date Night June 15 - 7:05pm  June 16 - 7:05pm - Friday Family Fireworks; Red Shirt Fridays-Join the Jumbo Shrimp players and staff by wearing a red shirt to all Friday home games. Buy your ticket at the box office and receive $1 off or donate that $1 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.  June 17 - 6:05pm - Inflatamaniacs; Jumbo Shrimp Neck Pillow Giveaway June 18 - 3:05pm - Boat Day; Inflatamaniacs; Sunday Family FUNday Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Mobile BayBears June 28 – July 3 The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Mobile BayBears.  Single game tickets start at $5, with multi-game and group packages available.  Public parking costs $7 and is controlled by the City of Jacksonville. Garage parking is also available next to the Veterans Memorial Arena for $7. Prices are subject to change depending on events at the Sports Complex. June 28 - 7:05pm - Date Night; Get JAX’d Night-Join the Jumbo Shrimp for a fun day of fitness at the Baseball

Grounds. With fitness contests all around the park, come on out and show off your talents. Can you do more push-ups than anyone else in the park? Prove it! June 29 - 7:05pm - Military Appreciation Night-Join the Jumbo Shrimp as we solute our military by admitting all active duty, retired military, veterans and their families to the game for free; Please present military ID at the box office for your tickets. June 30 - 7:05pm - Friday Family Fireworks; Red Shirt Fridays July 1 - 6:05pm - High School Reunion Night; Vince Coleman Raines Bobble Head Giveaway July 2 - 3:05pm - Sunday Family FUNday-Kids can feel like the pros before each Sunday home game, as families can play catch on the field at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Following the game, kids 12 and under can run the bases. Plus, Each Sunday will feature free face painting, balloon animals and your favorite popular kids characters roaming the park. July 3 - 7:05pm - Independence Day Fireworks; Patriotic Cap Giveaway

July 19 – 23 The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Tennessee Smokies. Single game tickets start at $5, with multi-game and group packages available.  Public parking costs $7 and is controlled by the City of Jacksonville. Garage parking is also available next to the Veterans Memorial Arena for $7. Prices are subject to change depending on events at the Sports Complex. July 19 - 7:05pm - Canines and Crustaceans (Bark in the Park) - The Jumbo Shrimp are happy to host all willing and able dogs at the Baseball Grounds, free of charge, for a fun day of Canines and Crustaceans July 20 - 7:05pm  July 21 - 7:05pm - Friday Family Fireworks; Red Shirt Fridays  July 22 - 6:05pm - Red Caps Negro League Jersey Giveaway July 23 - 3:05pm - Elmo is in the Park--Come join the Jumbo Shrimp for a Sunday FUNday with everyone’s favorite red furry character; Sunday Family FUNday Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville / 904-358-2846 / 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Biloxi Shuckers and Big Splash Day • July 9 – 12 The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp take on the Biloxi Shuckers. Single game tickets start at $5, with multi-game and group packages available.  Public parking costs $7 and is controlled by the City of Jacksonville. Garage parking is also available next to the Veterans Memorial Arena for $7. Prices are subject to change depending on events at the Sports Complex. July 9 - 6:35pm - Christmas in July; Sunday Family FUNday July 10 - 7:05pm - Charity Begins At Home July 11 - 7:05pm - Bike Night; Two-For-Tuesday July 12 - 12:05pm - Big Splash Day - The Jumbo Shrimp are transforming the Baseball Grounds into a water park for Big Splash Day. Bring your water guns, water balloons, wear your bathing suit and prepare to get wet!

Jacksonville Axemen 2017 Season June 17, 24 at 5:30pm • July 15, 5:30pm The Jacksonville Axemen Rugby League team invites fans out for their 2017 season. In additional to the excitement on the field, each game day includes full concessions, prizes given away at half time, team merchandise for sale, and the Axe-Maiden Cheerleaders. Complimentary programs are on hand to help newcomers learn the rules of rugby league, and the players greet the fans after every game to take photos and allow kids to collect autographs of their favorite players.   2017 Scheduled Home Games: June 17th – Jacksonville Axemen vs Tampa Mayhem June 24th – Jacksonville Axemen vs Atlanta Rhinos July 15th – Jacksonville Axemen vs Central Florida Warriors Hodges Stadium at UNF / 904-514-8503 / N Entrance Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32224 /

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Summer’s coming and so is S.E.A. Camp for kids age 7-12 and teens age 13-16. Join the crew at Marineland Dolphin Adventure for a fun-filled week of science, activities, exploration, beach combing and of course...DOLPHINS!

Sessions run M-F from June-Aug SPACE IS LIMITED






JULY 3RD MOVIE PACKAGE INCLUDES: « 1 Ticket to 7pm Transformers: The Last Knight « Popcorn and Drink « Complimentary Parking ($10 value) « Spectacular Fireworks After Show Movie Club Members: $15 General Public: $20

Marineland Dolphin Adventure is a 501c3, dedicated to the conser vation of aquatic animals. 904-471-1111 • 9600 Oceanshore Boulevard, St. Augustine

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Theatre and Music Events Music By the Sea Concert Series June 7, 14, 21, 28, 7pm to 10pm July 5, 12, 19, 26, 7pm to 10pm The series features 16 bands playing a wide variety of music including jazz, blues, classic rock, pop, reggae, disco and country. Each Wednesday evening will feature a different band, and a different restaurant. Dinner is always affordable with all items priced at $10 or less. After dinner enjoy a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade, soft serve ice cream, pretzel or boiled peanuts from Jasper’s Snack Shack. Remember concert admission is always free and dinner is optional.  Music by the Sea takes place in the oceanfront setting at The St Johns County Pier Park. Music by the Sea runs through September 6th with food service beginning at 6pm and the band plays from 7pm to 9pm.  Coolers and beach chairs are welcome.  Dogs are permitted as long as they are leashed.  Parking is limited in and around the Pier Park. Please use the Park, Ride & Dance shuttle program. Just park your car at St Augustine Beach City Hall (2200 A1A S) or Ron Parker Park (607 Old Beach Rd) and then hop aboard bright orange Sax Shuttle Bus. Civic Association members ride free! Non-Members pay just $1 and Kids 12 and under always ride free with a paid adult. The Shuttle is air conditioned and has plenty of room for your cooler and beach chairs. The shuttle runs a continuous loop from 5:45pm until 10pm. Park, Ride & Dance is the easiest way to get to and from Music by the Sea.  St Johns County Pier Park / 350 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / Legally Blonde at the Orange Park Community Theatre June 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, July 1, 8pm June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 3pm Orange Park Community Theatre presents a stage production of Legally Blonde.  Tickets are available online or by phone.  The show will run June 9 through July 2, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm.   Orange Park Community Theatre / 904-276-2599 / 2900 Moody Blvd, Orange Park, FL 32073 / City of Jacksonville Beach Summer Jazz Concert Series • June 11, 5pm to 9pm The City of Jacksonville Beach is proud to present the 16th Annual Summer Jazz Series. Admission is free and open to the public. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs. Headliner:  Kim Waters Middle Act:  Matt Marshak Opening Act:  Al Reshard Sea Walk Pavilion / 904-247-6100 / 11 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / www.jacksonvillebeach. org Cinderella June 13, 7:30pm June 14, 7:30pm June 15, 7:30pm June 16, 8pm June 17, 2pm and 8pm June 18, 1:30pm and 7:30pm Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be performed June 13 - 18 at the Times Union Center, Moran

Theater. Tickets range from $38.50 to $89.50. There is a Royal Ball VIP Treatment available for Friday’s performance only.  The package is $188.50/person, and includes an invitation to a pre-show Royal Ball at Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center (tea and cookies provided), a meet-and-greet with two costumed Cinderella cast members, One Souvenir Tiara, One Souvenir Poster, One Parking Voucher per order, Seats located in rows J-P of the first orchestra.   Times-Union Center - Moran Theater / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Theatreworks Free Summer Theatre: Doug Berky “Gems: The World’s Wisdom Stories” June 15, 11am and 1pm Doug Berky’s approach to storytelling is one that believes that stories should be seen as well as heard. Each story lends itself to a manner of revelation. With the tools of improvisation, mime, masks, voice, and puppetry, Doug works with the story to let it express itself.  In a performance of Gems, Doug weaves together many art forms to create the fabric of the stories. Masks, puppets, mime, drama, comedy, music, and storytelling are integral elements that help the audience to experience these treasures of wisdom. The performance includes the following stories two of Aesop’s “The Lion and the Mouse” and “The Blind man and the Lame Man”, and the Native American tale “The Drip Nose Boy”.    All ages are welcome, and admission is free. Two shows, one at 11am and one at 1pm.  Reserve your seats in advance online.  The Florida Theatre / 904-353-3500 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.theatreworksjax. com Theatreworks Free Summer Theatre: Doug Berky “No Show” • June 16, 11am and 1pm In many theatrical performances the play happens on a stage behind an invisible fourth wall. The characters of the play are unaware they are being watched by the audience. This is not the case in Doug Berky’s, “NO SHOW”. The premise of “NO SHOW” is that a performance has been scheduled. The stage is set. The audience is seated and waiting, but the actors are a “no show.” A “member” of the audience begins to search for the cast. When they cannot be found he discovers the set and all the props waiting to be used. Theatrical masks, juggling equipment, and a tutu are just a few of the items discovered. “NO SHOW” is a structured improvisation with audience interaction. It weaves together elements of mime, circus, masks and silent movie schtick. It is designed as a family show and is appropriate for all ages.  Free admission.  Two shows, one at 11am and one at 1pm.  Reserve your seats in advance online.  The Florida Theatre / 904-353-3500 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.theatreworksjax. com Acoustic Night June 25, 6pm to 8pm July 9, 6pm to 8pm Local artists fill the air in Bull Park with original Acoustic music and songs of choice. Be sure to bring chairs and blankets to sit back with friends and neighbors as Mike

HANDS ON FUN Shackelford hosts this monthly event a couple of blocks from the ocean. Food Trucks start serving at 5pm. Bull Memorial Park / 716 Ocean Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 / Annie at Alhambra Theatre & Dining June 28 thru August 13 The Alhambra Theatre and Dining presents the musical Annie.  Tickets start at $35, and can be purchased online or by calling the box office. There are evening performances, as well as matinees; no shows on Mondays.  The show runs June 28 thru August 13. There will be a special kids menu available for this show. Alhambra Theatre & Dining / 904-641-1212/ 12000 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www.alhambrajax. com Auditions For The King and I July 1, 12noon to 4pm The St. Marys Children’s Theatre is holding auditions for their upcoming performance of The King and I.  Auditions are for children 6 to 18, and will be held at Lisa Allen’s Dance Works.  Those interested in auditioning should prepare a 30-45 Second A Cappella song, preferably musical theatre (no selections from Beauty and the Beast), a 30 second monologue that shows aspects of your desired character (no selections from The King and I), be prepared to cold read from the script (provided at the audition), dress professionally (no jeans or t-shirts), bring a change of clothes/shoes for dancing, and if you have head shots &/or Performing Arts Resume, bring them.   Schedule: 12noon to 1pm - Auditioners last name A-E 1pm to 2pm - Auditioners last name F-K 2pm to 3pm - Auditioners last name L-Q  3pm to 4pm - Auditioners Last Name R-Z Lisa Allen’s Dance Works / 912-510-9700 / 10880 Colerain Rd, St. Marys, GA 31558 / Hans Brinker and the Quick-Silver Rocket Skates July 16, 2pm This musical version of the classic children’s story, set in the future, follows Hans as he uses his engineering ingenuity to invent Rocket Skates to beat the clock and help his ailing mother. Songs like “Make The Connection” inspire audiences to find their own direction and become creative thinkers.  Admission is free, but be sure to reserve your seats online in advance.  The Florida Theatre / 904-353-3500 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.theatreworksjax. com The Tortoise and the Hare July 30, 2pm Aesop’s fable gets a fun updated twist in this musical with audience participation. Bunni Hare wins every race, so how will Thomas Tortoise compete? The famous sports reporter Howard Crow-sel will be there to call the “play by play” in this fantastic fable with an anti-bullying message.  Free admission, but be sure to reserve your seats online in advance.   The Florida Theatre / 904-353-3500 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.theatreworksjax. com

Story Time at Doing Dishes Pottery Studio June 6, 10am or 4pm Doing Dishes offers a Story Time at both locations. Class is once a month at 10am and 4pm.  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 projects together. Smaller children will need guardians help.   This month’s theme is “Red, White and Boom”; participants can choose a American Flag handprint / plate OR 8” Tile. Doing Dishes Pottery Studio / 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 *Cake Decorating for Kids • June 10, 2pm Your child will learn how to decorate like a pro from Pastry Chef Jalyn Howard. Each student will take home the finished product and a complimentary beverage is also included. Class is $35. Important note: pre-registration is required and class size is limited so reserving early is recommended. Hot Shot Bakery and Café 904-824-7898 / 47 Cordova, St. Augustine , FL 32084 / Publix Aprons Cooking School Let’s Bake 2 June 20, 6pm Publix Aprons Cooking School hosts a Kids Let’s Bake 2 class for young bakers-in-training.  Kids will make Pistachio and Coconut Blondies; Strawberry White Chocolate Muffins; Salted Maple Pie; and Iced Lemon Sugar Cookies. Cost is $35.  Publix Aprons Cooking School / 904-262-4187 / 10500 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32257 / *Cooking: Make a Pretzel Class • June 24, 2pm Your child will learn how to make freshly baked pretzels. Each student will take home the finished product and a complimentary beverage is also included. Class is $35. Important note: pre-registration is required and class size is limited so reserving early is recommended. Hot Shot Bakery and Café 904-824-7898 / 47 Cordova, St. Augustine , FL 32084 / Make a Kids’ Donut Pillow • June 24, 12noon Learn to trace on fabric & machine sew with fleece & felt. Finished size 15”. Intended for children 8 years & older. Cost is $35 and registration is available online. A list of required supplies can be found online. Joann / 904-642-2557 / 10261 River Marsh Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / Publix Aprons Cooking School Teen Pizza Throw Down June 28, 6pm Join the Aprons chefs to compete against your fellow teens and try to come out the victor with your best pie.  Basic Pizza ingredients and toppings are provided; your teen chef will provide the inspiration.  Cost is $35.  Publix Aprons Cooking School / 904-262-4187 / 10500 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32257 / *Cooking : Make a Brownie Class • July 1, 2pm Your child will learn how to make a brownie. Each student will take home the finished product and a complimentary beverage is also included. Class is $28. Important note: pre-registration is required and class size is limited so reserving early is recommended. Hot Shot Bakery and Café 904-824-7898 / 47 Cordova, St. Augustine , FL 32084 / *Hansel & Gretel Cookie House Class • July 15, 2pm Your child will learn how to make a Hansel & Gretel Cookie House. Each student will take home the finished product and a complimentary beverage is also included. Class is $35. Important note: pre-registration is required and class size is limited so reserving early is recommended. Hot Shot Bakery and Café 904-824-7898 / 47 Cordova, St. Augustine , FL 32084 / *Cooking: Fruit Tart Class • July 22, 2pm Your child will learn how to make a fruit tart. Each student will take home the finished product and a complimentary beverage is also included. Class is $35. Important note: pre-registration is required and class size is limited so reserving early is recommended. Hot Shot Bakery and Café 904-824-7898 / 47 Cordova, St. Augustine , FL 32084 / *Cooking classes geared toward ages 8 - 14

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Dinosaurs In Motion At MOSH

Dinosaurs in Motion is a new, interactive and engaging STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) exhibition that is truly for visitors of all ages that engages and educates the visitor by using 14 magnificent, fully interactive, recycled life-size metal dinosaur sculptures inspired by actual fossils. The exhibit is open through September 10th and is proudly sponsored by Jax4Kids. Dinosaurs in Motion is an amazing blend of science, art and innovation. The life-sized metal sculptures captivate visitors while their exposed mechanics illustrate science and technology principles in a fun and engaging way. The exhibition weaves the science, art and innovation themes throughout and touches on each of these educational topics at each sculpture. The art portions highlight sketching, drawing, and sculpting; the science segments explore kinetics, biomechanics, and robotics; and the innovation areas encourage observing and experimenting. The visitor is taken on a highly interactive apprentice’s path that follows the story of the master artist, John Payne. The exhibition’s narrative is reinforced with experiential learning, as every dinosaur is available for visitors to touch and move. Visitors will have the unique ability to manipulate dinosaurs via lever and pulley systems, as well as with remote controls, offering large-scale dinosaur interaction unprecedented in a museum setting. Additionally, visitors will be able to test out their own artistic creativity and newfound technological inspiration with hands-on activities at the Innovation Stations, where they can create a variety of art and science projects of their own!

counterpart for accurate skeleton recreations. The hammered sheet metal and welded components show imperfections and artistry marks, adding to the beauty of the artwork and further illustrating the artistic process. “I don’t try to hide the hammer marks or the cutting marks or the welding marks,” Payne said. “They’re like the energy of the person who’s building it. It’s not a machine that’s building these, it’s a human being pounding with a hammer.” “Dinosaurs in Motion is the most unique dinosaur exhibition touring right now. No other exhibition using the dinosaur brand offers this level of interactivity in the areas of STEAM,” said Tom Zaller, CEO and President of Imagine Exhibitions. “We are excited to present these incredible works of art in a tactile way that really speaks to the most important educational topics in our culture.” About Imagine Exhibitions Imagine Exhibitions, Inc. is the global resource for all aspects of exhibitions and attractions. From design to creation, placement to presentation, marketing and operations, Imagine has the experience and inspiration to bring the best possible experience to any venue. Imagine is currently producing and touring more than 30 exhibitions in museums, science centers, zoos, aquariums, resort properties and non-traditional venues throughout the world. For more information, visit or visit its Facebook page.

The moving, human element to the exhibition lies in the story of the artist, John Payne, who truly is the heart of Dinosaurs in Motion. Through video and interactive components, visitors will walk away with Payne’s inspiring message: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” The exhibition is one that inspires guests to learn, discover and create! The dinosaurs, created from recycled metals and junkyard parts, were each born as a sketch. Payne carefully modeled each bone and joint after its real-life

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Health Events First Coast Kids Triathlon • June 4, 7am The First Coast Kids Triathlon will be held at Jacksonville University. The race will be held in two sessions: Juniors, (ages 6 to 10 as of 12/31/17) and Seniors, (ages 11 to 15 as of 12/31/17) will race at different times, but on the same day.  There will be awards for the top finishers in each age category. Custom medals and free ice cream for all finishers. The registration fee to participate is $50.  Every athlete must be a member of USA Triathlon; for those who are not USAT members, a youth annual membership is $10. New for 2017, there are 2 registration classes. The first is the general admission category which registers you for the race. There is an added 2nd category this year and it is called VIP Registration + Hunter Kemper Experience. This 2nd category includes your registration and also gets you an upgraded shirt, a personalized email from Hunter Kemper with some tips and training advice and a meet and greet session at the race and an autograph. You receive all of this for $60.  Jacksonville University / 2800 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL 32211 / Little Yoga Adventures Tuesdays, 11:30am to 12:15pm June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1 Yoga practice designed for the younger yogis. The session will feature gentle stretching and breathing exercises followed by a Cosmic Kids Yoga video and free play. No registration is required for this free class. Please bring a towel or mat with you. Little Yoga Adventures will take place on Tuesdays throughout the summer, with the exception of July 4, due to library closure. Supplies provided by the Friends of the Library. St. Johns County Public Library - Southeast Branch / 904-827-6900 / 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL 32086 / JTC Running’s 2017 Track Series June 10, 10am, July 8, 5pm  July 15, 10am, July 29, 10am JTC hosts a summer track series.  Events include long jump, 100, 1600, 200, 4x100, pole vault, and more.  Entry to all meets is free of charge to all pre-registered on line participants.  Free on line registration will close at 6pm the Friday preceding each meet. One time registration enters an athlete in all meets. Age groups: 0-5, 6-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19, and adult categories.  Those not pre-registered will be charged $5 for day of meet registration. Bib pickup and day of meet registration will open one hour prior to first event.  Awards: Medals will be given to the top three in each individual event. No medals for relay teams. All athletes age 12 and under will receive participation ribbons.   June 10, 10am -- The Bolles School, 7400 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32217  July 8, 5pm -- The Bolles School, 7400 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32217  July 15, 10am -- The Bolles School, 7400 San Jose

Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32217 July 29, 10am -- The Bolles School, 7400 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32217  JTC Running / Super Grom Surf Festival • June 17, 9am to 3pm The Florida Surfing Association’s 9th Annual Super Grom Surf Fest Series will be held on the south side of the Jacksonville Beach Pier.  The event is from 9am until 3pm, given acceptable surf conditions.  Each event  includes: lunch, a t-shirt, a medal and a goody bag for each participant.  The event is open to participants ages 10 and under.  A parent or legal guardian must accompany each participant at all times.  This is a great opportunity to learn to surf with the best surfers at the Beaches, while building confidence and self-esteem. Participation is limited to 300 entries per event on a first come first serve basis. Jacksonville Beach Pier / 904-626-9090 / 503 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / Jaguars Stache Dash 5K and Fun Run June 23, 6:30pm Start your tailgate in style by running the Jaguars 2017 Stache Dash 5k or 1 Mile Fun Run at Everbank Field on Friday, June 23rd. The 1 Mile Fun Run will begin at 6:30pm, followed by the 5k at 7pm. All participants will receive an official race shirt, 2 drink tickets for after the race, a custom finisher medal and the opportunity to cross a finish • line on Everbank Field. For non-season ticket holders, registration also includes a ticket to a Jaguars home game of your choice (AFC South opponents only).  There will also be appearances by Jaxon de’ Ville, the ROAR, and the Jaguars D-Line.  All participants can purchase additional game tickets to a game of their choice at a discounted rate per ticket for a Jaguars home game of your choice (AFC South opponents only) until Friday, June 23.  Entry fees range from $30 to $65.   Everbank Field / 1 Everbank Field Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Celebration 5K • July 4, 7:30am The race features a great course, chip timing, free food, including lots of watermelon, and fun for the whole family. Activities include a Watermelon Festival, Watermelon Eating Contest, Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest, Most Patriotic Costume Contest, and more. There is a 5K, and also a one mile fun run for the kids.  Be sure to pick up an American Flag at the starting line to run with to celebrate Independence Day.   Fees are $10 for the 1 mile fun run, and $35 for the 5K.  The 5k starts at 7:30am, followed by the 1 Mile Fun Run at 8:30am from the finish line, which is located behind the 1st Place Sports store. All finishers will receive a medal. Cotton shirts will be given to all mile participants at packet pickup. 1st Place Sports / 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32217 /

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4TH OF JULY EVENTS Special Admission offer at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens July 1 - 4 Buy one child or adult ticket and get one adult or senior general admission ticket free with coupon. Coupon available to download at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens / 904-757-4463 / 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218 / Movie & Fireworks at World Golf Village July 3, 7pm to 10pm World Golf Village celebrates Independence Day with its annual community fireworks on Sunday, July 3. The fireworks show is free, with a $10 fee for parking. Movie packages will also be available for purchase. The featured movie will be Transformers: The Last Knight. Movie & Fireworks Package Includes: 1 ticket to the 7pm showing of Transformers: The Last Knight, Popcorn & Drink, Complimentary Parking ($10 Value) and Spectacular Fireworks after the show. Price for the movie package is Members: $15 and General Public: $20. World Golf Village / 904-940-4133 / 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, FL 32092 / Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp vs. Mobile BayBears July 3 - 7:05pm Fireworks; Patriotic Cap Giveaway Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville / 904-358-2846 / 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 /

hometown charm plus a St. Mary’s Railroad / 912-200-5235 / 1000 Osborne Street, St. Marys, GA 31558 / parade and fireworks over the St. Marys River. Fireworks in the Park Other activities American Pride 4th of July July 3, 9pm include a fun run, July 4, 2pm to 10pm The community is invited to bring arts & crafts vendors, Moosehaven will host its Annual American Pride 4th an Independence Day picnic to entertainment of July event featuring guest country music artist, Central Park and enjoy celebrating throughout the day and Michael Ray and Runaway June. Free admission Independence Day with river cruise that offers the best seat in town for the for the whole family with a Kids’ Zone, arts & crafts games, and a fireworks fireworks display. All activities are held vendors, live music and fireworks over the river. display at dark.   along Osborne St. and the waterfront.  Moosehaven / 904-278-1200 / 1701 Park Avenue, Central Park in Downtown St. Marys / 912-882-4000 / Orange Park, FL 32073 / Town Center / Osborne Street, St. Marys, GA 31558 / Fireworks Over The Matanzas 975 Central Avenue, Palm Coast, FL 32137 / July 4, 6pm Middleburg Independence Day Parade The All Star Orchestra, a favorite of July 4th audiences, Celebration 5K returns to the Plaza de la Constitucion’s Gazebo, to July 4, 9am July 4, 7:30am kick off the evening’s activities with a two hour concert The annual Independence Day Parade will be held in starting at 6pm.  The concert is free and those The race features a great course, chip timing, free Middleburg at 9am.  The 2017 Theme - Salute to attending should bring lounge chairs for seating. food, including lots of watermelon, and fun for the Freedom.  Parade is viewed fromAdvanced Auto to whole family. Activities include a Watermelon Festival, Palmetto Street; viewed from Northbound sidewalks only.  Fireworks Over The Matanzas, the highlight of St. Augustine’s traditional July 4th activities, will begin Watermelon Eating Contest, Watermelon Seed Spitting Advanced Auto / 2603 Blanding Blvd, Middleburg, FL at 9:30pm.  Visitors are welcome to line the streets Contest, Most Patriotic Costume Contest, and more. 32068 / and sit anywhere along the Bridge of Lions and South There is a 5K, and also a one mile fun run for the St. Mary’s Railroad Patriotic Express Castillo Drive to view the fireworks from downtown.  kids.  Be sure to pick up an American Flag at the July 4, 12noon to 4pm Downtown St. Augustine / 1 South Castillo Drive, St. starting line to run with to celebrate Independence Celebrate America’s Birthday on a train bound for Augustine, FL 32084 / Day.   Fees are $10 for the 1 mile fun run, and $35 the year 1776. Teach your children the pride of being for the 5K.  The 5k starts at 7:30am, followed by the 4th of July Fireworks Celebration at Jacksonville Beach an American. Special At The Throttle Experience is 1 Mile Fun Run at 8:30am from the finish line, which July 4, 9pm available. (Must be 16 and up).  This once in a lifetime is located behind the 1st Place Sports store. All Fireworks will be shot from the Jacksonville Beach opportunity allows you to actually run an authentic finishers will receive a medal. Cotton shirts will be pier at 9pm.   1930s steam locomotive at the controls of the Lehigh Downtown Jacksonville Beach / 904-247-6100 / given to all mile participants at packet pickup. Valley 126. Must call 912-729-1103 for details and 75 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / 1st Place Sports / 3931 Baymeadows Road, to schedule an At The Throttle Experience.  All rides Jacksonville, FL 32217 / depart at 12noon, 2pm and 4pm.  Tickets start at Editor’s Note: For a complete and up to date listing of 2017 Independence Day Festival $11.  Children 2 and under are free, but must sit 4th of July events, visit’s online July 4 on someone’s lap.  For $50 each, two people can 4th of July Events calendar. The Kiwanis Annual Fourth of July celebration offers ride in the locomotive.  





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PROGRAMS Summer programs are an opportunity for students to continue learning and working towards academic success and our goal of college readiness. We offer a variety of programs for VPK through grade 12 for Duval County students. Page 22 • • JUNE/JULY 2017

Kindergarten Registration Through

September 1, 2017 Children entering kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year must be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2017. Parents must register at the intended school.


• Birth Certificate

2. Certificate of a school entry health examination performed within one year of enrollment

• Certificate of Baptism

3. Immunization record

1. Ev idence of child’s age which can be documented by one of the following:

• Insurance policy on the child’s

life, which has been in force for at least two (2) years

• Verified religious record of

child’s birth with sworn affidavit by the parent

• Passport or certificate of arrival in the United States indicating the age of the child

• Affidavit of age sworn by the parent and signed

4. Two (2) proofs of home address 5. Social Security Number (optional) 6. Parents will also be required to complete the kindergarten dismissal form

For more information about registration and enrollment, please visit

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Sme TO DO LIST:






Today’s youth are faced with many decisions every day, and sometimes the results are life-altering. The One Life - Infinite Possibilities campaign is designed to encourage students to think about their actions and consequences that impact themselves, family, friends, and community.


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6-DAY SESSIONS 7:30 A.M. - 3 P.M. Session I June 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15

Session II June 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27

Session III June 28, 29, July 3, 5, 6, 10 Session IV July 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19 Session V July 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 JUNE/JULY 2017 • •

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St. Johns County School District News New Principals Named

degree and certificate in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida.

Superintendent Tim Forson has named several new principals for 2017-18.

Kelly Jacobson, assistant principal at Bartram Trail High School, has been named the principal of Fruit Cove Middle School. She will replace Lynn O’ Connor who is retiring.

Steve McCormick, principal of Ponte Vedra High School, has been named the new principal of Creekside High School. He will replace Principal Randy Johnson who is retiring.

Jacobson started her career in 1997 in Pinellas County Schools first as a teacher and then acting assistant principal before she joined the district in 2005 as a dean at Switzerland Point Middle School. She has also served as an assistant principal at Pacetti Bay and Alice B. Landrum middle schools before joining Bartram in 2014.

McCormick has been employed with the SJCSD since 1995 and spent seven years as the principal of Fruit Cove Middle before becoming principal at Ponte Vedra. He also served as dean of students at Bartram Trail and Allen D. Nease high schools and as assistant principal at Landrum and Bartram Trail.

Jacobson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree from National Louis University.

McCormick holds a bachelor’s degree from The State University of New York at Cortland, a master’s degree from Indiana State University and a certificate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida.

Edie Jarrell

Traci Hemmingway

Steve McCormick

Edie Jarrell, principal at Wards Creek Elementary, has been named the new principal of Cunningham Creek Elementary. She will replace Principal Jud Strickland who was named the principal of Picolata Crossing Elementary School. Jarrell has nine years of experience in St. Johns County, serving at Wards Creek and as sistant principal at Cunningham Creek. Previously, she was a teacher of all elementary grade levels as well as a Media Spe cialist and Assistant Principal in Duval County. She is certi fied in Exceptional Education, Information Studies and Library Science, Educational Leader ship, and School Principalship. Jarrell holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida and master’s degrees from UNF and Florida State University. -

Volunteers of the Year

Three individuals have been honored as the district’s 2016-2017 Outstanding Volunteers of the Year.

Outstanding Senior Volunteer Thelma Ford, from Otis Mason Elementary School, has a desire for each student she works with to develop a love learning. She helps approximately 200 students each year to improve testing performance. Most of the students she works with see their scores increase by one or two levels. The students also become more independent in their ability to complete tasks, and their confidence is boosted at the same time. In addition, Ms. Ford organized a lending level library, increasing efficiency and saving time for both students and teachers. Offering her seamstress skills, she made superhero capes for the safety patrol students. Other activities include taking groups to the media center,

Traci Hemingway, principal at Timberlin Creek Elementary, has been named the new principal of Liberty Pines Academy. She will replace Principal Judith Thayer who is retiring. Hemingway has been with the district for over four years serving as the assistant principal at Pacetti Bay Middle School and the principal of Timberlin Creek. She also has more than 15 years of experience spent in Fairfax County, VA; Pasco County, FL; Fulton County, GA and St. Tammany Parish, LA. She began her career as a teacher and served as a literacy coach, reading specialist, curriculum coordinator and an assistant principal. Hemingway holds a bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University in GA, and a master’s being a test proctor, laminating, and decorating bulletin boards that align with themes and standards. Aaron Jett, an eighth grader at Sebastian Middle School, is this year’s Outstanding Youth Volunteer and was nominated by both Ketterlinus Elementary School and Sebastian Middle. He works with over 50 students at Ketyterlinus, tutoring math and spelling, and working on timed reading. The after school coordinator applauds him for displaying an eagerness to help others and responding to students who have behavior challenges in a calm and patient manner. As a talented guitarist, he helps new students at school acquire the skills needed to be successful musicians. Aaron has been volunteering for the last three years and, at just 14 years of age, has given 446 hours of volunteer service over the last 18 months to district students. Michelle Clark, from Creekside High School, is the district’s Outstanding Adult Volunteer as well

Forson said he will will gather input from staff and the community before naming the new principals of Wards Creek, Timberlin Creek and Ponte Vedra.

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Welcome Picolata Crossing Elementary The St. Johns County School Board has approved the name Picolata Crossing Elementary School for the school previously known as Elementary “M”. During community meetings held recently, new principal Jud Strickland collected input from the public and provided the suggested names to the school board. Picolata Crossing Elementary will open for the 2017-2018 school year at 2675 Pacetti Road. It is two stories and being built to Green Building Standards on an 18.5-acre site. With 871 student stations, the school will contain approximately 110,000 square feet and 43 classrooms. Movable walls will open to create flexiblesized classroom spaces and extend learning areas for collaboration opportunities. Featuring state-of-the-art technology, core facilities include a media center, cafetorium, playgrounds and physical education fields.

Nease Scholarship Winners Allen D. Nease High School NJROTC graduating seniors receiving appointments to the Unites States Service Academies or full ROTC scholarships at public universities include:

• Dane Barber of Ponte Vedra, who received a full Navy ROTC scholarship to the University of Colorado; • Ryan Berry of St. Johns, who received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy; • Christopher Berta of Ponte Vera, who received a full Navy ROTC scholarship to the University of Auburn; • Jaysa Ligon of St. Augustine, who received a full Army scholarship to the University of as the Florida Department of Education Region II Outstanding Adult Volunteer. This makes Michelle one of the top five adult school volunteers in the state. She has been extremely successful in raising funds for school needs. Her most notable and favorite activity is the Running of the Knights 5K which has raised $90,000 over

Alabama; • Brian Swicegood of St. Augustine, who received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy; • Cali Vaughn of St. Augustine, who received a full Marine Corps ROTC scholarship to the University of Auburn. the last five years for athletics, band activities and performing arts. Michelle was instrumental in implementing the Ambassador Program at Creekside. Through her efforts, high school tours were provided to new families, or those considering relocating to St. Johns County. She led a year-round tour schedule with ambassadors.

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

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Clay County School News Recommended Summer Reading, Grades 1 to 3 Kindergarten Entering 1st Grade • Big Dog Little Dog by PD Eastman • Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker • Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea • First the Egg by Laura Vaquero Seeger • Fly Guy (Series) by Tedd Arnold • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson • How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? (Series)by Jane Yolen • I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont • Is Your Mama a Llama? By Deborah Guarino • Jamberry by Bruce Degen • Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes • Little Red Hen by Jerry Pickney • Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta • No More Jumping on the Bed by Tedd Arnold • Otto the Book Bear by Katie Kaleminson • Pigeon (Series) by Mo Willems • Stick Kid by Peter Holwitz • When I Was Five by Arthur Howard 1st Grade Entering 2nd Grade • Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote by Herman Parish • Back to Front and Upside Down by Claire Alexander • Bink and Golly by Kate Dicamillo • Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa (Series) by Erica Silberman • Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff • Fancy Nancy (Series) by Jane O’Connor • The Fire Station by Robert Munsch • Franklin (Series) by Paulette Bourgeois • Frog and Toad (Series) by Arnold Lobel • Hey, Little Ant by Phillip Hoose • Katie Woo (Series) by Fran Manushkin • Knuffle Bunny (Series) by Mo Willems • Memiors of a Goldfish by Devlin Scillian • Mercy Watson (Series) by Kate DiCamillo • Mr. Wuffles! By David Wiesner • My Visit to the Zoo by Aliki • Parts by Tedd Arnold • This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

• Zack’s Alligator by Shirley Mozelle 2nd Grade Entering 3rd Grade • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Amazing Grace (series) by Mary Hoffman American Girl (series) Ant Cities by Arthur Dorros Beneath a Blue Umbrella by Jack Prelutsky Best Friends by Steven Kellogg Big Nate (series) by Lincoln Pierce Bill and Pete by Tomie dePaola Cam Jansen (series) by David Adler The Critter Club (series) by Callie Barkley Dirt on My Shirt by Jeff Foxworthy Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey Frederick by Leo Lionni George Brown, Class Clown (series) by Nancy Krulik Heidi Hecklebeck (series) by Wanda Coven How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long Katie Kazoo (series) by Nancy Krulik Kylie Jean (series) by Marci Peschke My Weird School Daze (series) by Dan Gutman Nate the Great (series) by Harry Allard Sly the Sleuth (series) by Donna Jo Napoli Stick Dog (series) by Tom Watson Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis

See for a complete list and other grades. OP/Middleburg (904) 272-8100 Green Cove Springs (904) 284-6500 Keystone Heights (888) 663-2529 TDD (904) 284-6584

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Fleming Island Golfer Wins Again Tyler Mawhinney is back on the road to Augusta.

The PGA of America – is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental The Fleming Island rising 4th skills employed in golf. By tapping the creative grader won the 10 -11 age divi- and competitive spirit of girls and boys ages sion in the 2018 Drive, Chip and 7-15, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship Putt Championship local qualifier provides aspiring junior golfers an opportunity held last month at TPC Sawgrass. Moving up a to play with their peers in qualifiers around the division, the 10-year-old scored 5 points better country. Participants who advance through local, than 2nd place finisher Jackson Byrd of St. Sisub-regional and regional qualifying in each age/ mons Island, the son of pro golfer Jonathan Byrd. gender category earn a place in the national Tyler tied for second in the 7-9 age division in the finals. There were 10 finalists in the boys division 2017 national finals at Augusta National Golf Club and 10 finalists in the girls division in each of the in Augusta, Ga., on the Sunday before the Masters four age groups at the championship. Tournament. Local qualifying for the 2018 championship will Other local winners included Jacksonville Beach’s continue throughout all 50 states during June, Miles Russell in the Boys 7-9 division and Garrett July and August. Top performers at the local level Roberson of St. Johns in the Boys 12-13 division. will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers with the top performers – 40 boys and Of the 210 junior golfers in attendance, 24 ad40 girls – earning an invitation to the national vanced – three in each of the four boys and girls finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 1, the age groups, to the sub-regional qualifier. eve of the 2018 Masters. Now in its fifth year, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship – a joint initiative by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and

See for a complete schedule and registering information.

Concert on the Green Winners The Concert On The Green provides offers has celebrated its 30th year organizing an annual event for Clay County families that combines a live symphony orchestra with a natural, beautiful outdoor family setting. The event provides scholarship opportunities to Clay County students through a music competition that gives talented students an opportunity to perform a solo work with the Jacksonville Symphony. The winners receive a $1,000 scholarship award that can be used toward music or college expenses. To be eligible, students must either live in Clay County or attend a school in Clay County. The 2017 winners were: SENIOR DIVISION Instrumental: First Place - Michael Houde, Vibraphone, Grade 12, Ridgeview High School. Vocal: First Place - Isabelle Scott, Soprano, Grade 11, Home-schooled; Second Place Ashlie Santiago, Clarinet, Grade 12, Douglas Anderson;Third Place - Brenna Rodriguez,

Soprano, Grade 11,Homeschooled. Honorable Mention: Ellison Whitehead, Viola, Grade 9, Homeschooled; Jack Lyons, Trumpet, Grade 10, Fleming Island High School; Jonathan Mirensky,Tenor, Grade 12, St. Johns Country Day School; Isabelle Scott, Harp, Grade 11, Home-schooled; Josh Stancil, French Horn, Grade 12, Home-schooled. JUNIOR DIVISION First Place: Ainsley Elgin, Flute, Grade 9, Bishop Snyder. Honorable Mention: Sydney Copeland, Soprano, Grade 9, Douglas Anderson; Joseph Shimko III, Baritone, Grade 9,St. Johns Country Day. See for information on how to get involved in this annual event.

Brain Brawlers Flying High The Clay High NJROTC Brain Brawl Team visited the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima at Naval Station Mayport after competing in the the NJROTC National Brain Brawl Championship at Jacksonville University in May. Clay High finished among the top ten teams in the nation. “It was a very tough and exciting competition,” said Lt. Berley Rodabaugh. Senior Naval Sci-

ence Instructor at Clay High. “Congratulations to all the cadets and the hard work they put into preparing and doing so well,” Team members include Elizabeta Smith (captain), Jett Johnson, Kevin Misiak, Evelyn Arevalo, and Zack Perry. Alternate team members were Gabriella Flores, Hunter Mackenzie, and Max Tashjian.

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Things to Do Teens


Summer Job? Job 101 is the Way to Go!


ummer for teens isn’t just about going to beach or hanging out with friends or going on vacation. All these things often require one thing – money! During this time of year, most high school students are ecstatic about being out of school. FREEDOM! 10 weeks of it, to be exact. Most students find jobs for various reasons, like saving up to buy a new car, saving for college, to gain responsibility or to work doing something they are passionate about. There are a million reasons to get a job. Students, do you have what it takes to get one? The journey to getting a job has several important steps.. Let me tell you how you can impress a hiring manager. You’ll need the 4 Ps – Preparation, Practice, Presentation and Passion. Preparation – First, you’ll need to figure out what you want to do. It takes research. Applying to several places and just getting a job for the sake of getting a job is short term. Once you have that job, your employer will expect you to follow through with your commitment. So, do what you like to do. The best way to find out what a job is like is by talking with current employees. They are the organization’s best advocates. Find out as much as possible. Look at the company website or Facebook page. Then, start putting together a resume if you haven’t done so already.   A resume is an official way of presenting yourself on paper before an interview.  And filling out an application correctly will show that you can write down information. Practice – Once you know where you’d like to work, it’s time to practice before the interview. I was once told it’s best to practice in front of a mirror. A mirror? Yes, it’s pretty revealing to see yourself ask a question and then hear and see how you answer back. It may feel a little weird at first, but you’ll see how you look when you answer a question. If looking at yourself is uncomfortable, then simply have a parent or friend ask you questions. The more practice you have answering interview questions, the more confidence you’ll bring to an interview. Practice makes progress.

reach your hand out….give a firm handshake. Remember that you are in control as much as the hiring manager. Once you are seated, assume a posture of sitting up straight (no slouching!) while staying as relaxed as possible. Face the hiring manager. If you brought any materials with you, have them on your lap. Think of it as a conversation. The manager is trying to get to know you. When I was a manager doing interviews, if I saw that the candidate could show up on time, tell me about him/herself, answer questions well, ask me questions, and lastly, SMILE…..then I considered the person a great candidate. And yes, smiling is important. It tells the manager that you are friendly and approachable. Confidence is key! Passion – I saved the best for last. Passion is crucial. But, you think, this is a summer job, not a career! Really? Yes. I was 19 years old when a friend introduced me to lifeguarding. Now I own my own safety company. You never know what you might become passionate about. If you’re not yet sure what you’re passionate about put passion into your job. Show the hiring manager why you want the job. I will hire a passionate, hard working person before I hire a person who just wants a job. As a hiring manager, I had to know that I was hiring someone dependable, reliable, self-sufficient, trustworthy, and personable and who had manners. Can you do these things that I mentioned above? Congrats! You’re on your way to getting that job!   j Bio Tukz Taaca is the co-owner of Safety First CPR & Safety Training. He’s had 30 years in the workforce. As a former hiring manager for a local company in Jacksonville, he’s seen the lack of preparation teens often bring to the interview room. That’s why he created a course called Job 101: Job Opportunity Basics for Youth.  To register for the Job 101 course that Safety First is offering this summer, go to Classes. Or if you have a group of students and are interested in holding this course, contact him at

Presentation – When the day comes for the interview, you need to dress professionally. Enter the room confidently, make good eye contact and

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Safe Sitter Class June 2, 9:30am to 4:30pm - Y Healthy Living Center Ponte Vedra June 7, 9:30am to 4:30pm - Y Healthy Living Center Mandarin June 24, 9:30am to 4:30pm - Y Healthy Living Center Riverside Safe Sitter® prepares students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting.  Students learn life-saving skills such as how to rescue someone who’s choking, and helpful information like what to do if there’s severe weather. The lessons are filled with fun activities and role-playing exercises. Students even get to use CPR manikins to practice CPR or choking rescue.   Upon completion of the course, each student will receive a certificate indicating they completed all course requirements as a Safe Sitter.  Cost is $50/student.   Class Requirements: Students will be kneeling on the floor for some sections of the course, so please don’t wear anything too short or tight. Baptist Jacksonville / Y Healthy Living Center Ponte Vedra, 170 Landrum Lane, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 Y Healthy Living Center Mandarin, 10415 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32257 Y Healthy Living Center Riverside, 221 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32202 Financial Aid 101 & 102 June 3, 1pm - Financial Aid 101 June 10, 1pm - Financial Aid 102 June 17, 1pm - Financial Aid 101 June 24, 1pm - Financial Aid 102 Financial Aid 101 is the first of 2 workshops. It covers the basics of what financial aid is, why it’s important to your college success, and where to find it. This workshop is held every 1st and 3rd Saturday throughout the quarter.  Financial Aid 102 is the follow up to Financial Aid 101. In this workshop, participants will cover the basics of scholarships, what they are, why they are important, and where to find them. This workshop is held every 2nd and 4th Saturday throughout the quarter. There are no ID or minimum age requirements, but the information is designed for parents, high school students and college students.  Free.   Strategic Passions Success Center / 904-586-8200 x103 / 11570 San Jose Blvd. Ste 18 / Jacksonville, FL 32223 / www.splearningacademy. org Teens Summer Reading:  Teen Art Club June 3, July 1, 2pm to 4pm Are you a rising 6th – 12th grader who loves to create manga or anime, to make collage art, or who simply likes to color? Bring your friends and come anytime during this event. Paper, magazines, glue, scissors, coloring instruments, coloring sheets, and art books will be provided.  St. Johns County Public Library, Ponte Vedra Beach Branch / 904-827-6950 / 101 Library Blvd. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 / Young Adult Job Fair June 6, 10am to 2pm It’s one stop for ages 16 - 24 to learn about prospective jobs in various industries — all in one location at the same time.  Come dressed to impress and bring a resume.  Pre-register online for the event and skip the lines at the door.   Jacksonville Public Library - Main Branch /

904-630-2665 / 303 North Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Teens Summer Reading: Summertime Middle School Book Talk June 14 & 28, 5pm to 7pm July 12 & 26, 5pm to 7pm “Build a Better World” by joining Book Talk events and exploring books and ideas with other readers. Rising 6th – 9th graders are invited to join Ms. Suzanne for the first-ever Middle School Book Talk events.  Pre-Registration is required. St. Johns County Public Library, Ponte Vedra Branch Branch / 904-827-6950 / 101 Library Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 / Free Poetry Class June 15, 6pm to 7:30pm Through a grant from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, local nonprofit Hope at Hope at Hand will host monthly poetry sessions to celebrate a poet born in each month. All sessions are free and open to the public and will offer a poetry lesson, punch and a birthday cake. Lessons are appropriate for ages 13+ and parents must accompany youth participants. Sign up is available online in advance, so they know how many participants to expect. Hope at Hand / 904-868-HOPE / 3886 Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / Kona 40th Anniversary Festival • June 22 – 25 The World’s Oldest Skatepark is celebrating its birthday. Bands, BBQ, Skate Legends and Skateboarding Competitions will fill four entire days of fun in the sun, and featuring skateboarding legends Tony Alva, Christian Hosoi, David Hackett, Steve Olson & Dave Duncan. The event will also feature special guest: Steve VanDoren of VANS Shoes. Skate events will include Bowl Riders Cup Pool Contest, Banked Slalom Racing, Tombstone Jam, Best Trick Events, and more. Sunday is “I Heart Radio” day. Admission is free on Sunday with canned food donation. Tickets are $10 daily spectator admission, and $20 daily skater admission (quantities limited). Kona Skate Park / 904-725-8770 / 8739 Kona Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32211 / Teens Herb Discovery Summer Camp July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, 2pm to 3:30pm Teens Herb Discovery Summer Camp at Green Lotus Studios.  Cost is $15 per class, or 4 classes for $45.   Green Lotus Studios, The Studios at Florida School of Holistic Health / 904-465-0985 / 1506-1508 King St, Jacksonville, FL 32204 / Teens Summer Reading:  Summer VolunTeen Appreciation Party July 26, 12noon to 2pm “Build a Better World” by becoming a Teen Library Volunteer (VolunTeen) helping readers of all ages find the books they want, assisting with programs, and so much more. Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library Summer VolunTeens:  the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library wants to thank you for all of your efforts this summer. Please come by anytime between 12noon and 2pm to enjoy a special pizza lunch and video gaming just for you.   St. Johns County Public Library, Ponte Vedra Branch Branch / 904-827-6950 / 101 Library Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 /

Things to Do


Preventing Heatstroke


eatstroke can have deadly consequences. The best way to keep your pet safe during the hot summer months is to avoid situations that can lead to heatstroke. Some of the more common causes of heatstroke that I have seen are: jogging with your pet during the heat of the day, taking your pet to the beach without providing shade or water and leaving your pet in the car.

not use extreme cold water or ice as they will inhibit the body’s ability to cool itself Contact your veterinarian immediately

Tips for prevention • Exercise your pet in the early morning or late evening: avoid midday activities. • Never leave your pet in a closed vehicle – even for a few minutes. • Take special care of any pets that are kept The following information can help you recogoutdoors, including rabbits. nize the signs of heatstroke and take action if • Make sure outdoor pets have access to you suspect this condition in your pet. Rememcool shelter, shade and plenty of water. ber, prevention is the best way to keep your pet • Consider a wading pool for outside dogs: safe! the water can be kept cool by filling a water jug or plastic soda bottle with water, Pets prone to heatstroke freezing it, and floating it in the pool. Make • Flat faced breeds of dogs (e.g., pugs, sure that the pool is not too deep for the boxers, lhasa apso, shih tzus, Boston terrier, dog. Pekingese) and cats (e.g., Persians) • Place a frozen water bottle inside your • Young puppies and kittens rabbit’s cage. • Older pets • Apply SPF 15 sunscreen on tender areas of • Overweight Pets your pets skin with light pigment or thin hair. Signs Avoid zinc based products in case the • Sticky drool animal licks it. • Bright red or pale gray, tacky gums • Encourage liquid and calorie intake by • Rapid panting mixing a jar of baby food with a bottle of • Weakness water. • Muscle incoordination Freeze into ice cubes as treats for your pet. • Vomiting • Watch out for asphalt and beach sand • Diarrhea because it can cause second degree burns • Rapid heart rate on your pets feet. • Collapse j • Shock • Seizures Dr. Anna Maxwell Ark Animal Hospital What to do if you suspect heat stroke • Try to cool the animal by either submersing 12585 Philips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL 32256 904-886-2751 him in cool water or placing a cool, wet towel on the abdomen and groin area. Do

Summer Nights At The Dog Café June 3, 5pm to 8pm The Jacksonville Dog Cafe hosts Summer Nights. The evening will feature adoptable dogs, $5 dinner menu, and live music. Jacksonville Dog Café / 904-610-0746 / 5535 Roosevelt Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32244 / www. Pet CPR & First Aid June 3, 10am to 1pm Pet Life Saver is offering a Pet CPR & First Aid class.  Topics covered will include restraining & muzzling, primary pet assessment, bleeding & shock management, snout-to-tail assessment™, choking protocols, canine & Feline CPR, rescue breathing, and more. Each student will receive a PetSaver™ handbook, and upon successful completion each student will receive a certificate of completion.  Cost is $149. $50 from each student to be donated to Swamp Haven. Sargeant Service Center / 904-635-3665 / 3550 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL 32086 / Dog Days Ravine Gardens State Park June 3, 9am to 11am Bring your friendly furry friend out to Dog Days at Ravine Gardens State Park for some treats, tricks, and more.  Meet up with other dog lovers and visit local representatives from the Animal Health Center, Crill & Palm Vet Clinic, Shelton Vet Clinic, Pet Supermarket, Dog Trainers, and Florida Fish and Wildlife’s K9 Unit. And come find your new best friend with Pet Adoptions provided by S.A.F.E.. Dogs must be on a leash for the entire duration of the event. Well behaved dogs only please. Free for Annual Pass Holders and with Regular Park Entry Fees: $5.00 per vehicle (2-8 occupants); $4.00 per single occupant vehicle; $2.00 per pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass. Ravine Gardens State Park / 386-329-3721 / 1600 Twigg Street, Palatka, FL 32177 / www. ShotVet Pet Clinics June 3-4 Lot cost pet vaccinations, given by licensed veterinarians.  No appointments are necessary.  June 3 8am to 9am -- Walgreens, 9700 Argyle Forest Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32222 10am to 11am --Walgreens, 5990 Townsend Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32244 11:30am to 12:30pm -- Walgreens, 3604 Blanding Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32210 1:30pm to 2:30pm -- Walgreens, 654 Cassat Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32205 3:30pm to 4:30pm -- Walgreens, 5340 Soutel Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32219 5:30pm to 6:30pm -- Walgreens, 11430 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 June 4 8am to 9am -- Walgreens, 390 State Road 13, Jacksonville, FL 32259 9:30am to 10:30am -- Walgreens, 2839 County Road 210 W, Jacksonville, FL 32259

Pet Events 11am to 12noon -- Walgreens, 5445 State Road 16, St Augustine, FL 32092 1pm to 2pm -- Walgreens, 2801 N Ponce de Leon Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32084 ShotVet / Canines and Crustaceans (Bark in the Park) June 5, 7:05pm • July 19, 7:05pm The Jumbo Shrimp are happy to host all willing and able dogs at the Baseball Grounds, free of charge, for a fun day of Canines and Crustaceans. Dogs are free, human tickets start at $5. Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville / 904-358-2846 / 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Canine Leadership Class June 7, 6:30pm to 8pm A Canine Leadership Class will begin on June 7 and continue through July 5.  The class will meet from 6:30pm to 8pm, every Wednesday. This class takes you from beginning to advanced canine handling and will include two leashes for each dog plus the graduation pack walk. Skills covered will include human and dog socialization, doorways, confined spaces, loose leash walking, and pack leadership. The cost is $200/family.  Email your reservation request to Greg at  Salty Paws Healthy Pet Market / 904-566-7625 / 677 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 / All Organic Pet Food & Treat Making Class July 8, 11am to 2pm All organic pet food and treat making class.  Participants can create organic and natural pet food and treats for dogs and cats.  There will be a class fee, and a separate supply fee.   Green Lotus Studios, The Studios at Florida School of Holistic Health / 904-465-0985 / 1506-1508 King St, Jacksonville, FL 32204 / Mega Pet Adoption Event July 14-16, 10am to 6pm Over 1,000 adoptable puppies, kittens, dogs and cats will be available from local shelters and rescues.  Adoption fee includes spay/neuter, microchip, vaccines, and city license.  Free entry and free parking.  Jacksonville Fairgrounds / 904-425-0005 / 510 Fairgrounds Place, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Canine Good Citizen Class July 15, 9am to 9:50am Six Week Group Class that covers all basic obedience commands such as heel, sit, down, come, stay, meeting and greeting others politely, not jumping up on people and the wait at the door command. This course is for all dogs 6 months and older. Reserve you space online in advance.  Payment is not due until the day of class. $120 for the 6 week course. My Pet Camp / 904-829-6165 / 1195 Thompson Bailey Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / www.

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THINGS TO DO Dinosaurs in Motion at MOSH Thru September 10 Dinosaurs in Motion is an interactive, engaging STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) exhibition that is truly for visitors of all ages. Dinosaurs in Motion engages and educates by using 14 magnificent, fully interactive, recycled life-size metal dinosaur sculptures inspired by actual fossils. MOSH / 904-396-MOSH / 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / Flight Night at Velocity Fridays and Saturdays, 9pm to 12midnight Velocity hosts Flight Night every Friday and Saturday night from 9pm to 12midnight.  The event features lasers, state of the art sound and lighting, and is open to all ages. Be sure to get your tickets in advance, as the event often sells out.  Cost is $14/jumping hour.   Velocity Air Sports / 904-551-4035 / 7022 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / 2017 Touch-a-Truck at the Orange Park Mall June 3, 9am to 1pm Clay County Emergency Management, in partnership with the Orange Park Mall, host the 2017 Touch-A-Truck event.  There will be service vehicles, construction trucks, and more.  There will also be representatives from different agencies that assist the community in times of disaster. The event is free and will be held in the Sears Parking Lot.   The first two hours of the event will be noise free, for sensitive ears. Orange Park Mall / 1910 Wells Road, Orange Park, FL 32073 / Be My Neighbor Day • June 3, 10am to 12noon Join Katerina Kitty Cat and her friends Clifford, Buddy the Dinosaur, Super Why and Princess Presto to celebrate WJCT’s first-ever Be My Neighbor Day and start something good in your neighborhood.  In honor of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and the new generation of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, we’re bringing together our friends and community partners in a fun-filled Saturday festival sharing with families how be be a great neighbor.  Decorate placemats to share with residents in assisted living facilities; Make your pledge to do something good for a neighbor; Meet a community helper and learn how you can help too; Plant a sunflower to give as a gift to a special friend; Learn simple step to take care of our biggest playground, the St. Johns River; Find a cool place in your neighborhood to explore this summer; and Ride the trolley for a behind-the-scenes visit to the newest neighborhood hot spot, Daily’s Place. All visitors to Daily’s Place must pre-register, before Be My Neighbor Day. No registration will take place at Be My Neighbor Day. This event is free, but please RSVP by June 2nd before 5pm. WJCT / 904-353-7770 / 100 Festival Park Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / St. Marys Chalk Art Walk • June 10, 9am to 1pm The St. Marys Chalk Art Walk will feature a chalk art contest, open to individuals or groups of four or less.  The event theme is “Love, Peace, and Community”.  There will also be arts and crafts, prizes, and food vendors.  Registration for the contest is $5 for individuals, or $10 for groups.  St. Marys Waterfront Park / 912-882-4000 / 120 St Marys St, St. Marys, GA 31558 / VyStar Nassau County Grand Openings June 24, 10am - 12noon Join Jax4Kids at the Grand Opening of TWO new VyStar Credit Union locations in Nassau County for free family fun, giveaways and more. 1900 South 14th Street, Fernandina Beach 463775 SR 200, Yulee /



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FATHER’S DAY EVENTS Home Depot Kids Workshop: Tic Tac Toe Game June 3, 9am to 12noon Offered the first Saturday of each month between 9am and 12 noon. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. This week’s project is a Tic Tac Toe Game. Once the project is complete, your child can personalize their game board and pieces with paint and stickers. Make it and present it to Dad for Father’s Day. Area Home Depot Stores / Dads & Donuts Painting Event June 3, 10am Doing Dishes hosts a fun morning filled with donuts and painting. Good Dough donuts will be served along with coffee and juice. Dads will assist children on painting the piece of your choice. Choose from either a donut box, I Love Dad mug or a donut bank. Additional pieces may be purchased at time of sign up for additional children attending. $25. Doing Dishes / 904-730-3729 / 5619 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / Michael’s Kids Club Father’s Day Frame June 17, 10am to 12noon Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. This week’s project is a Father’s Day Frame. Cost is $2. Michael’s / 13740 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / Father’s Day #1 Dad at Cookies & Canvas June 17, 10am to 12noon Cookies and Canvas hosts a Father’s Day #1 Dad painting event for ages 5 and up. Parents must stay with their children for the event. Parents are welcome to register themselves to paint with their children or just come along and watch. Cost is $20/painter. Wine and Canvas Studio / 904-445-0051 / 9119 Merrill Road Suite 15, Jacksonville, FL 32225 / Father’s Day Storytime - June 17, 11am Barnes and Noble hosts a special Father’s Day Storytime, featuring fun stories for you to share with Dad plus activities to follow. Barnes and Noble, San Jose / 904-886-9904 / 11112 San Jose Boulevard Suite 8, Jacksonville, FL 32223 / Father’s Day Weekend at KOA - Kids Camp Free June 17-18 Families are invited to make their reservation for Father’s Day weekend at KOA. All kids camp free during this special weekend. Also, all of the Moms that are serving both roles of Dad and Mom are invited to come out and enjoy this weekend too. All military Dads and Moms will received 10% off your stay. Please let them know when making reservations of your military service to receive this discount. Free breakfast, wi-fi, cable and use of the new fitness center are included in your stay. KOA Jacksonville North / St. Marys / 912-729-3232 / 2970 Scrubby Bluff Road, Kingsland, GA 31548 / Dad’s Swim & Play Free at Adventure Landing June 18 Dads get a free round of mini golf with the purchase of a round at regular price. And at the Jacksonville Beaches location, Dads can also swim free with the purchase of a full priced daily admission. Adventure Landing / St. Augustine Location / 904-342-1174 / 2780 State Road 16, St. Augustine, FL 32092

Jacksonville Beach Location / 904-674-8762 / 1944 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32250 Jacksonville Location / 904-844-0192 / 4825 Blanding Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32210 Father’s Day at the Jacksonville Zoo Special Admission Offer - June 18 Buy one child or adult ticket, get one adult or senior general admission ticket, free with coupon available online at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens / 904-757-4463 / 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218 / Father’s Day at TPC Sawgrass June 18, 9am to 9pm Join TPC Sawgrass for their Breakfast Buffet or Sunday Supper and let Dad have some fun in the Champions game room. To make your reservation, contact the Hostess in Nineteen at 904-273-3238. TPC Sawgrass / 904-273-3238 / 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 / Full Circle Eatery’s Annual Father’s Day Brunch June 18, 11am to 3:30pm Full Circle Eatery hosts a full service brunch in honor of Father’s Day. This one will of course be “Dad Inspired”, and offer hearty dishes like: Surf and Turf Gumbo, Chili Lime Chicken Wings, Grilled Pork Tendorloin, Roast Beef, Ribs, Roasted Chicken, Eggs Benedict, Quiche, and so much more. Previous holiday brunch events have been sold out, so be sure to make reservations in advance. Full Circle Eatery / 904-503-3829 / 8101 Philips Hwy, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / Father’s Day at the Hall of Fame June 18, 12noon to 6pm Celebrate Father’s Day at the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum with complimentary admission for all dads and their immediate families. Enjoy a complimentary round on the Hall of Fame’s 18-hole natural grass putting green and take a swing on the Challenge Hole – a replica of TPC Sawgrass’s famous 17th Island Green. The Hall of Fame Museum will be open from 12noon to 6pm. World Golf Hall of Fame / 904-940-4123 / 1 World Golf Place, St. Augustine, FL 32092 / Father’s Day Special at the Florida Museum of Natural History - June 18, 1pm to 4:30pm Bring Dad to the Museum of Natural History on Father’s Day Sunday. Buy one value admission to the Butterfly Rainforest and Frogs! exhibits at full-price and get Dad’s ticket to both for half-price. Equal or lesser value. Must mention this deal for discount. May not be combined with other offers. Valid Sunday, June 18 from 1pm to 4:30pm only. Florida Museum of Natural History / 352-846-2000 / 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611 / 2017 Father’s Day Virtual 5K – Jacksonville June 18 – June 30 The Moon Joggers host the fourth annual Father’s Day 5K virtual race. Participants can sign up, and do a 5K anywhere, and any time between June 18 and June 30. Then, log on, and record your time. Registration cost is $17, which includes a custom medal and bib that will be shipped directly to you. There is also a two medal option when signing up, so you can order an extra medal to give to the favorite dad in your life. Plus, at least 15% of each registration will be donated to Team Hoyt, which works to build the individual character, confidence and self-esteem of America’s disabled and physically challenged young people through inclusion in all facets of daily life. Moon Joggers /

Editor’s note: Visit’s Father’s Day Events page online for a complete list of Father’s Day events.

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