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In this issue: Holiday Guide


November 2017


Home Alone

It’s a Wonderful Life

November 25

December 22

Film with Orchestra

Film with Orchestra

cember 7- 10

Holiday Pops • De

First Coast Nutcracker • De cember 15-17


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Dear Readers,


t’s the most wonderful time of the year and in this issue you will find a Holiday Guide to help you plan for the season! On the cover, our friends with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra have some great family-friendly programs for you to enjoy! One of our family’s favorite traditions is the Holiday Pops concert. The movies have become really popular. They are shown on a giant High Definition screen and the orchestra plays the score live with the film. This holiday season, they’ll be showing Home Alone on November 25th and It’s A Wonderful Life on December 22nd. For a complete and always updated list of holiday events, visit us online and the South with the ad on page 15. If you haven’t been – it’s a great place to find unique gifts.

In the spirit of giving, Jax4Kids is bringing back our popular 30 Days of Thanks giveaways. Every day during the month of November, we will give away a prize. If you’re already familiar with 30 Days of Thanks, you know there will be some great prizes to win including trips, tickets to events, gift cards and more! We have a great time uncovering great prizes to give away. It’s our way of saying thanks to you – our readers and followers. Log on to our Facebook page ( every day beginning November 1st. You’ll find a few money-saving deals in this issue including 50% off a family registration at KidsPark – a great place for your kids ages 2 – 12 to go while you’re shopping for gifts or enjoying Mom’s Night Out. You’ll find the coupon and a list of Mom’s Night Out events on page 29. If your kids haven’t been to Sports Clips for a haircut, they can get a free cut (coupon on page 8) and if they have, get $6 off an MVP cut. Save $1.00 off admission to Christmas Made in

November 2017 Community Profile: Katie Caples Foundation.............................................4 Veterans Day Events ................................................................................5

EATING WELL Bring Them to the (Healthy) Table this Holiday!......................................... 6 Hit the Road for Tour de Farm.................................................................. 6

HEALTH & SAFETY Flu or Cold? Not Always Easy to Tell...........................................................7 Things to Do: Health & Safety....................................................................7 Wash, Wash, Wash, Wash….....................................................................8


Postpartum Depression - Breaking the Stigma, One M.A.M.A. at a Time.....9 Things to Do: Infant & Toddler...................................................................9 Extra-Gentle TV Shows for Preschoolers..................................................11 Let Your Little Learner See You Sweat......................................................11

Jax4Kids has supported Adventure Landing’s WinterFest from Day 1. We think it’s a great holiday outing for families. Before you go, pull out the coupon on page 19 for free ice skate rentals. WinterFest opens on November 18th.


We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Holiday Events..................................................................................13-19 Family-friendly Holiday Movie Releases....................................................14

Until next month, Alison Peters-Carlson Editor

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Art Aviators: A Morning of Creativity.........................................................12 Things to Do: Special Needs ...................................................................12


Quality Educational Options Are Varied ....................................................21 Things to Do: Education .........................................................................21 Parent Academy November Course List...................................................22 Print vs. Digital Divide Analyzed...............................................................23


Hurricane Irma Schedule Updates.........................................................24 Duval County Public Schools Choice Expo..............................................24

ST. JOHNS COUNTY SCHOOL NEWS Bartram Trail Spirit Run On Tap................................................................25 Cleanup ................................................................................................25 District Champions.................................................................................25 Bus Safety Systems Added .....................................................................25 Holiday Calendar....................................................................................25


Students to Train with Ambulance Service................................................26 Cross Country Speedster .......................................................................26 Winners.................................................................................................26 More County Schools Excel.....................................................................26 November/December Calendar...............................................................26 Oakleaf Student Reporters Part of PBS NewsHour Lab.............................26


Using Phone as Alarm Clock Will Deprive You of Sleep..............................27 Things to Do: Teens................................................................................27


Before Adding to Pack, Consider These Points ........................................28 Things to Do: Pet Events.........................................................................28


Things to Do: Mom’s Night Out................................................................29 November Events ..................................................................................30 NOVEMBER 2017 • •

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Community Profile:

Katie Caples Foundation: Family Tragedy Led to Life-Saving Program


he Katie Caples Foundation was founded by David and Susan Caples in the fall of 1998 after the death of their daughter Katie in an automobile accident. Katie had just turned 17 and as a new driver she had recently made the decision to register as an organ donor. This act of generosity saved the lives of five individuals (aged 9 to 62) and further enhanced the lives of several others. Since 2005 the Foundation has delivered the message of the impact of organ donation to more than 150,000 individuals in the northeast Florida area.

The foundation formed a partnership with LifeQuest, North Florida’s organ procurement organization, to provide funding for public education coordinators who develop powerful presentations aimed at educating high school students about organ and tissue donation and the impact of a life-saving decision. To date the partnership has educated over 140,000 students on the importance of organ and tissue donation. Those students are encouraged to go home and share this life-saving message with their parents.

Using Katie’s story, the foundation’s main thrust is The education program is mainly aimed at high providing education about organ and tissue school students who are at the driving age and donation and the impact of such a life-saving will be asked the question “Do you want to be an decision. organ donor?” The goal is to educate the students “Deciding to designate your wishes as an organ on who the recipients are, who the donors are donor is one of the most important decisions you and how the process works by using professional will make in your life. Sharing your life with videos to communicate powerful stories as the others so that they can live on not only impacts recipients and donor families from our local organ and tissue recipients but also their family, community share their journey. friends and community. We feel strongly that This process works. The number of teenagers providing education is the real heartbeat of the getting their license and saying “yes” to donation Katie Caples Foundation.” in our area leads the nation.



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Partnerships with Mayo Clinic, University of Florida, Shands Hospital, DMVs and Tax Collectors’ offices have furthered the foundation’s reach and in 2014 educational programming extended throughout 30 Florida counties. Since the creation of these programs, the number of young people between the ages of 15 through 18 who registered to become an organ donor increased by 381%. Additionally, the Donor Designation Rate (in this same service area) consistently exceeds the State’s rate by 20%. The foundation currently provides funding for two educators who deliver over 125 public programs each year, reaching more than 15,000 potential organ donor registrants in high schools and community centers across the region. The Caples have received numerous awards for their contribution within the organ donation, transplant and non-profit communities including the National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence presented by the United Network for Organ Sharing (2015), Communicator Award of Distinction for Non-Profit Video Content presented by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (2015), E. William Nash Jr. Community Partner of the Year Award presented annually by the YMCA Florida First Coast (2012), the James S. Wolf, M.D. Courage Award, presented annually by Donate Life America in recognition of significant contribution toward educating the public about the need for organ and tissue donation (2011), and the President’s Volunteer Service Award, awarded as

part of an initiative of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in Washington, D.C. (2005). Registration is now open for the foundation’s biggest fund raiser, the Katie Ride, a bicycle race held each year in April (National Donate Life month). The Katie Ride was created in 2005 to raise awareness about organ donation and to raise funds to support the Foundation’s expanding Organ Donor Registration Education programs. The fully-supported ride caters to cyclists of all abilities and includes a fun-ride, 18 miles, 36 miles, 62 miles, 100 miles and an off-road option. In 2009, a 5K and 10K walk and fun runs were added as another option for participants to support the cause. “Katie Spin,” an 8 hour marathon spin class for indoor cycling enthusiasts was created in 2014.. To build upon this success, the foundation welcomes like-minded individuals and organizations to partner in the funding of these programs and eliminating the wait for the more than 125,000 adults and children in need of a lifesaving organ transplant. To get involved contact: Katie Caples Foundation 910 S. 8th Street, Ste 101 Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 904-491-0811 See for more info.j


LIVING WELL Veterans Day Events Greenlight A Vet Ongoing America’s veterans are some of our nation’s bravest, hardest-working men and women. However, it’s hard to show them the appreciation they deserve when, back home and out of uniform, they’re more camouflaged than ever. Greenlight A Vet is a campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green. Change one light to green in a visible location-on your porch, in your home, or at your office-and keep it glowing every day as a symbol of appreciation and support for our veterans. Then, share your support by taking a picture of your green light and posting it using the hashtag #greenlightavet. Green is the color of hope, renewal and well-being. “Greenlight” is also a term commonly used to activate forward movement. The simple action of changing one light to green is intended to spark a national conversation regarding the recognition of veterans, and “greenlight” them forward as valued members of our communities. Greenlight a Vet / Grace for Vets: Free Car Wash November 11 Veterans are invited to receive a free car wash at participating locations. The mission of Grace For Vets, a non-profit organization, is to honor those who have served or are currently serving their country. This international program unites the car wash industry each year on November 11. Whether observing Veterans Day, Remembrance Day or Armistice Day, we unite together as a whole, and provide free car washes to all veterans and service personnel. Grace For Vets / City of Jacksonville Veterans Day Parade November 11, 11:01am Join the City of Jacksonville as we honor true American heroes - our veterans and active-duty military. This patriotic parade features more than 4,000 participants including grand marshals, senior military officials, active-duty and retired military, veterans groups, local high school marching bands, decorative floats, giant balloons, JROTC units and more. The parade route will begin at EverBank Field. The route will continue down Bay Street to Newnan Street, follow to Independent Street (which turns in to Water Street) and will end at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Parade watchers are encouraged to show their support by wearing red, white and blue, as well as by waving flags, banners and signs. The parade can be viewed from multiple places along Bay Street, from A. Philip Randolph to Newnan Street, near the Jacksonville Landing, and along Water Street. Downtown Jacksonville / 904-630-3690 / A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 /

Cirque Salutes Veterans November 11, 2pm Celebrate Veteran’s Day at the PCAF Pavilion with a Veteran’s themed cirque style show. There will be performances on Cyr wheel, power-skips, chair stacking, hand balancing, and teeter-board. The opening ceremony begins at 1:30pm, and the show starts at 2pm. Cost is $12 Adults, $10 children under 12 & PCAF Members, and $40 for Family Four pack. Free admission for Veterans; just show your ID at door. Be sure to bring your lawn chair. Palm Coast Arts Foundation / 386-225-4394 / 1500 Central Avenue, Palm Coast, FL 32136 / City of St. Augustine Beach Veterans Day Memorial November 11, 3pm to 4pm The City of St. Augustine Beach will host their annual Veterans Day memorial ceremony on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 3pm to 4pm at the Lakeside Park Veterans Memorial. The ceremony will be led by a City of St. Augustine Beach official and the event will include an honor guard, bagpipers, along with special guest speakers and veterans groups. The City of St. Augustine Beach recognizes this day to remember all those who served and to honor their commitment to our country. They would like to extend an invitation to veterans, active military and families to attend this memorial event. The observance to honor veterans is open to the public and refreshments will be served. Lakeside Park Veterans Memorial / 904-669-5670 / 2340 A1A South, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / www.

Free for Veterans on Veterans Day Many nationwide restaurant chains offer free meals or menu items to veterans on Veterans Day to thank them for their service. Chains include Applebee’s, Red Lobster, Denny’s, Chili’s, T.G. I. Friday’s, Red Robin, Outback Steakhouse, Texas Roadhouse, Long Horn Steakhouse, IHOP, Olive Garden, Starbucks, and Golden Corral. Visit us online at or for a complete list of participating area locations and specifics.

Palm Coast Veterans Day Ceremony November 11 Palm Coast commemorates the Veteran’s Day Holiday in a solemn service, with color guard, flag ceremony and honorable speeches. Heroes Memorial Park / 386-986-2300 / 2860 Palm Coast Parkway, Palm Coast, FL 32137 /

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Bring Them to the (Healthy) Table this Holiday!


ith the holidays soon upon us, many of us are gearing up for a hectic next few months.

with the family so much – it’s not only a time to visit with loved ones we haven’t seen in a while, but I think we all secretly desire to slow down and share a meal - which is becoming rarer these Holiday parties, family gatherings and schooldays. This is a perfect time to teach kids how to related activities make for a crazy, but memorable set a table properly, and get them involved in time of year. Food is an integral part of the meal preparation so no one feels left out. Instead holiday season. We see our children continue to of rushing into the holidays, why don’t we take a adapt to our ever-changing and evolving electron- step back and remember what this time of the ic world, but there is something to be said for year is for – reconnecting with the ones you love. unplugging and reaching out to each other in a And for those of us who are doing the cooking personal way – and food is a venue for that. this season, check out these recipe substitutions The family that eats together regularly is more so that if you find yourself in a pinch, you can likely to have better communication between substitute without missing a beat. parent and child and a lower risk of childhood ALLSPICE overweight/obesity. One study which looked at Amount: 1 teaspoon childhood obesity found that the dinner table Substitute: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus 1/2 indeed may be one place where social support and family communication meet—both of which teaspoon ground cloves relate to the BMI of children as well as parents. APPLE PIE SPICE Family meals and their rituals might be an Amount: 1 teaspoon underappreciated battleground to fight obesity. Substitute: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg plus 1/8 teaspoon cardamom What has become less of the norm for most households has now become something so BUTTER important to holding a family together and Amount: ½ cup important to raising healthy kids – eating together Substitute: as a family. It’s very easy for the family meal - ½ cup margarine (choose olive oil blend, no time to become replaced with food on the run trans-fat) and family members scattered in different - ½ cup plain applesauce (for baking) directions at dinner time. The art of meal prepara- An equal amount of oil can be substituted for a tion can be so easily lost on a generation of similar portion of MELTED butter if the recipe children that live “in the fast lane”, meaning that specifies using MELTED butter. Oil cannot be dinner is always from a restaurant or fast food. I substituted in an equal amount for solid fat since think that’s why people cherish the holiday time

the volume is different when melted. EGG Amount: 1 whole egg Substitute: - 1/4 cup egg substitute (examples include: Egg Beaters, Second Nature, Scramblers); check label for specific directions -1/4 cup plain yogurt (or I have even used Vanilla in a pinch) - 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (if used in cake batter). NOTE: If you type “mayonnaise cake recipes” into your favorite Internet search engine, you’ll find several recipes for cakes made with mayonnaise and NO eggs. This can help you decide if this substitution will work for your particular cake. - 1/2 teaspoon baking powder plus 1 tablespoon vinegar plus 1 tablespoon liquid (for baking use only) CHILI SAUCE Amount: 1 cup Substitute: 1 cup tomato sauce, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, dash of ground cloves and dash of allspice MAYONNAISE (for use in salads and salad dressings) Amount: 1 cup Substitute: - 1 cup low-fat sour cream - 1 cup plain yogurt (Greek yogurt will be thicker) - 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese pureed in a blender

- Or can use any of the above for part of the mayonnaise if you are scraping the bottom of the jar. PUMPKIN PIE SPICE Amount: 1 teaspoon Substitute: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus 1/4 ground teaspoon ginger plus 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice plus 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg CONFECTIONERS’ OR POWDERED SUGAR Amount: 1 cup Substitute: 1 cup granulated sugar plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch; process in a food processor using the metal blade attachment until it’s well blended and powdery. WINE, RED Amount: Any Substitute: The same amount of grape juice or cranberry juice WINE, WHITE Amount: Any Substitute: The same amount of apple juice or white grape juice.j Aurea Thompson, MSH, RD, CSP, LD/N Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition Wolfson Children’s Hospital


Hit the Road for Tour de Farm


t’s that time of year again.

Sponsored by Slow Food First Coast, this fall’s First Coast Tour de Farm celebrates the farms and food makers in our region by making it easy for everyone in our region to connect with local farms, chefs, and producers from more than 50 local farms, artisan food makers and chefs. Visitors will be able to ask questions and taste samples prepared by local talent and local provisions. So get your car pass, set your clocks and gas up for Sunday, Nov. 19, from noon to 5 p.m. See to get your pass.

ROUTE ONE (east of the river): Berry Good Farm Gyo Greens Beam Grace Garden UNF Ogier Gardens ROUTE TWO (north by northwest): Celestial Farms Congaree and Penn Down to Earth Farm Eat Your Yard Jax

Urban Folk Farm Traders Hill Farm White Harvest Farms ROUTE THREE (St Johns River south): Ben Wells Produce Frog Song Organics IFAS Hastings Rype & Readi Our local chapter of Slow Food challenges us to slow down and smell the rosemary (so to speak). Slow Food First Coast’s Tour de Farm offers people across Northeast Florida an opportunity to learn about our local food system. During the event, participants will see where food comes from, how it’s produced and meet the farmers whose hard work makes it all possible. They will also have the chance to sample delicious ‘farm to fork’ dishes prepared by local chefs and artisans. They welcome you to take part in their journey to strengthen the connection between local food, strong farms and healthy communities.

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The organization lists more than 80 “Snails,” local producers, purveyors, restaurateurs and artisans who contribute to the “quality, authenticity and sustainability” of the food and beverages on the First Coast. Anyone may nominate a business or organization for approval, but first, you are encouraged to read through their criteria then familiarize yourself with how the process works by visiting their website: Slow Food First Coast was established in 2007 as the local chapter of an international movement founded by Carlo Petrini in 1986, Slow Food First Coast is a proud member of Slow Food USA and joins a global network of chapters in more than 160 countries.j

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Flu or Cold? Not Always Easy to Tell


our child is sent home from school with a sore throat, cough, and high fever — could it be the flu that’s been going around? Or just a common cold?

Although the flu (or influenza) usually causes symptoms that make someone feel worse than symptoms associated with a common cold, it’s not always easy to tell the difference between the two. The answers to these questions can help determine whether a child is fighting the flu or combating a cold: Questions



Was the onset of illness …



Does your child have a …

high fever?

no (or mild) fever?

Is your child’s exhaustion level …



Is your child’s head …



Is your child’s appetite …



Are your child’s muscles …



Does your child have …


no chills?

If most of your answers fell into the first category, chances are that your child has the flu. If your answers were usually in the second category, it’s most likely a cold. But don’t be too quick to brush off your child’s illness as just another cold. The important thing to remember is that flu symptoms can vary from child to child (and they can change as the illness progresses), so if you suspect the flu, call the doctor. Even doctors often need a test to tell them for sure if a person has the flu or not since the symptoms can be so similar! Some bacterial diseases, like strep throat or pneumonia, also can look like the flu or a cold. It’s important to get medical attention immediately if your child seems to be getting worse, is having any trouble breathing, has a high fever, has a bad headache, has a sore throat, or seems confused. While even healthy kids can have complications of the flu, kids with certain medical conditions are at more of a risk. If you think your kid might have the flu, contact your doctor.j

You will never look back on life and think, “I spent too much time with my kids.” – Kimberly Mcleod

Things to Do Health/Wellness Events

“Run 4 Your Life” Scare Run November 3, 7pm - 10pm Conner’s A-Maize-ing Acres hosts the Walk/Run For the Love of Levi, which is a 2 mile scare run. Participants will run down two miles of trails in the dark woods. Event is recommended for ages 10 and up. Registration starts at $25. There will be a competitive and non-competitive run; be sure to specify on the registration which one you would like to do. Conner’s A-Maize-ing Acres / 904-879-5453 / 19856 County Road 121, Hilliard, FL 32046 / www. Cosmic Yoga For Kids November 10, 17, 3:30pm to 4:15pm Kids entering grades K-5 can practice Cosmic Kids Yoga with Ms. Colleen and Ms. Nicole. Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, lower stress, and improve energy. Learn to relax your mind and body with some simple, kid-friendly stretches, exercises and activities. Class starts promptly at 3pm. In order for participants to achieve a calm, fun practice certain steps are followed and program must be allowed to proceed without disruption. Please wear loose clothing and bring your own towel or mat. Space is limited to the first 15 participants. St. Johns County Public Library - Anastasia Island Branch / 904-209-3730 / 124 Seagrove Main Street, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / First Coast Kids Challenge Tri Series November 12 This is the final race in the First Coast Kids Tri Series. This event is for boys and girls ages 5 – 13 years old. Participants will receive a t-shirt and goody bag for registering. Cost is $20 for the first child, $10 for each additional child in the same family; $25 day of event. Proceeds from the event will help support children’s swim programs, summer camps, and after-school programs. Brooks YMCA / 904-854-2000 / 10423 Centurion Parkway North Jacksonville, FL 32256 / Healthy Holiday Eating November 14, 12noon to 1pm Join YMCA registered dietitian, Kelly Schooley, to discuss how to make better food choices during the holiday season while still enjoying your celebration. No cost to attend and YMCA membership is not required. Seating is limited, so be sure to reserve your space in advance. Y Healthy Living Center Ponte Vedra / 904-2025376 / 170 Landrum Lane, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 / Natural Medicine Cabinet November 17, 4:15pm to 8:15pm In this class you will learn the basic 10 preparations you should always have on hand at home for minor cuts scrapes, blisters & burns plus bruises, colds & flu and the basic herbal remedies for muscle aches and pain as well as sleeplessness. This class is very hands on and come prepared to take notes as well as assist in the creation process from scratch on all 10 of the remedies in class. You will leave with comprehensive recipes and the instructions to recreate these gems of health in your home so that you never run out. Cost of class

for non-members is $25. Supply fee of $10 will be due in class. The Studios at Florida School of Holistic Health / 904-465-0985 / 1506 King Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204 / Celestial Farms Fall Festival November 18, 9am to 3pm Celestial Farms hosts a Fall Festival. There will be artisans, hobbyists, and craftsman displaying their works, pony rides and train rides for $3 each, farm animals, and more. Donations are welcome and are used to help support and take care of the animals and the education building. Celestial Farms / 904-647-5265 / 13958 Duval Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218 / 8th Annual McKenzie’s Run November 18, 9:30am The McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation presents the 8th Annual McKenzie’s Run, 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, at EverBank Field. The aim of this event is to unite the community, and raise support and awareness for the Foundation. The fun run starts at 9:30am, followed by the 5K at 10am. Participants of the 5K will finish inside the stadium and see themselves cross the finish line on the world’s largest video screens. The cost of the fun run is $10; cost for the 5K ranges from $25 to $35. Everbank Field / 1 Everbank Field Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / 2017 Tour de Farm November 19, 12noon to 5pm This year’s Tour will showcase more than 50 local farms, artisan food makers and chefs in our region. The Tour celebrates local farms and local food and drink makers who maintain a commitment to good, clean, fair food for all. Visitors will be given the opportunity to spend a day on-site at multiple local farms throughout Northeast Florida, meeting farmers, chefs and artisan makers. You are invited to ask questions about food and farming and taste samples prepared by local chefs with local provisions. The Tour welcomes anyone with an interest in food production, farm operations, food sourcing and food advocacy to join the festivities. To participate in the 2017 Tour de Farm, visitors are required to purchase a one-day car pass, which grants access to every farm registered and open for the Tour. The Car Pass is $20 and can be found online. Slow Food Northeast Florida / 11th Annual Ponte Vedra YMCA Turkey Trot November 23, 8:30am All ages are invited to participate in a family run Thanksgiving morning, starting at the Mickler’s Landing parking lot, located at South Ponte Vedra Boulevard. All proceeds from the race will benefit the YMCA’s Safety Around Water Program. There will be a 1 mile fun run for ages 16 and under at 8:30am, followed by a 5K for all ages at 9am. Entry fees range from $15-$20 for the fun run, and $30 to $40 for the 5K. Mickler’s Landing Beachfront Park / 904-543-9622 / 1109 Ponte Vedra Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 /

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Wash, Wash, Wash, Wash…


id you wash your hands?”

How many times did you hear that today? Probably a lot. But why are adults so hung up on hand washing? Why are they so in love with lather? Washing your hands is the best way to stop germs from spreading. Think about all of the things that you touched today — from the telephone to the toilet. Maybe you blew your nose in a tissue and then went outside to dig around the dirt. Be honest: Do you always wash your hands after using the bathroom? Whatever you did today, you came into contact with germs. It’s easy for a germ on your hand to end up in your mouth. Think about how many foods you eat with your hands.

• after playing outside • before and after visiting a sick relative or friend Now you have the when and the why of hand washing. But did you know that a lot of people don’t know how to get their paws perfectly clean? The next time you’re told to step up to the sink and scrub up, remember these handy hints: • Use warm water (not cold or hot) when you wash your hands. • Use whatever soap you like. Some soaps come in cool shapes and colors or smell nice, but whatever kind gets you scrubbing is the kind you should use. Antibacterial soaps are OK to use, but regular soap works fine.

• Work up some lather on both sides of your You can’t wear rubber gloves all day long, but you hands, your wrists, and between your can wash your hands so those germs don’t get a fingers. Don’t forget to wash around your chance to make you or someone else sick. nails. This is one place germs like to hide. Wash for about 10 to 15 seconds — about So when are the best times to wash your hands? how long it takes to sing “Happy Birthday.” • when your hands are dirty (Sing it quickly two times or just once if you • before eating or touching food (like if you’re go nice and slow.) helping cook or bake, for example) • after using the bathroom • Rinse and dry well with a clean towel.j • after blowing your nose or coughing • after touching pets or other animals

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk. This year’s Great American Smokeout is November 16th.

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Daylight Savings Time Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. Don’t forget to move your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.


Breaking the Stigma, One M.A.M.A. at a Time M any women have preconceived ideas and expectations about transitioning to motherhood. Happy and serene images on social media show mothers and babies bonding and enjoying each other from the first breath. While the majority of mothers adjust well to this life change, 15-20% of women experience depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress during pregnancy and in the postpartum period (up to 1 year after birth), making Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) the #1 complication for maternal health. PMADs include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and psychosis.

10% of postpartum women will experience anxiety. Symptoms of anxiety can include constantly worrying, racing thoughts, trouble sitting still, overwhelming feeling that something bad will happen, and interruptions to sleep and appetite.

report in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 10 percent of men worldwide showed signs of depression, often referred to as paternal postpartum depression or PPPD. As a result, mood disorders can affect the entire family unit.

So how do we help the 800,000 women diagnosed each year with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders who may be ashamed to speak up? In Northeast Florida, is a new service that seeks to raise awareness through education and connecting women and families to local resources for support. Through counseling and the parenting workshop, Bringing Baby Home, Postpartum Jax focuses on lowering the Most mothers and families are unaware of the According to the Mayo Clinic, postpartum signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety in stigma of PMADs so that mothers can learn they depression can develop a few weeks to up to a the postpartum period and blame themselves for are not to blame for developing a mood disorder year after giving birth. Some symptoms include and with help and support, they can get well. changes in their mood, increased irritability, and depressed mood and mood swings, trouble Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are trouble coping. Their preconceived ideas do not bonding with your baby, excessive crying, intense match their new reality. This self-blame leads to treatable. offers screening irritability and anger, overwhelming fatigue or loss silent suffering, and fear that if they let others tools, a new mom checklist to take to your of energy. Untreated depression can eventually know how they are feeling, they will be labeled as healthcare provider, as well as, articles discussing interfere with your ability to care for yourself and a bad parent or worse, unfit to care for their baby. postpartum anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder and your baby. links to online support groups. Each week, their Women suffering from PMADs often feel alone and isolated from help and have trouble commu- Postpartum Jax Facebook page (www.facebook. Postpartum Support International (PSI) reports com/postpartumjax) headlines M.A.M.A. (Making nicating their needs to others. Postpartum mood that approximately 6% of pregnant women and All Mamas Aware) Mondays, identifying local disorders affect both men and women alike. A Postpartum Progress identifies some risk factors for developing PMADs include changes in hormone levels, previous history of depression or anxiety, changes in thyroid function, personality traits including high expectations of self and perfectionism, unrealistic expectations, traumatic births, and recent life crises.

support groups available that week, so women can connect, share their stories, and know they are not alone. Their hope is to lower the stigma surrounding maternal mental health and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, making it easier it to ask for help and seek treatment. Postpartum Jax’s goal is to educate mamas so they can advocate for themselves. Are you in need of help? Do you recognize symptoms of anxiety or depression in your own life? Author Amy Morin recommends starting with just 2 words, “I’m struggling.” Reach out. Let someone know how you feel. For local help and resources, visit us at Jenny Bowden, LMHC Licensed Mental Health Counselor Grace House Counseling

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Infant & Toddler Events Baby/Toddler Little Ones Classes November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10:15am to 10:40am Baby & Toddler Times are for children up to 18 months of age. There will be songs, stories, and more. St. Johns County Public Library System - Anastasia Island Branch / 904-209-3730 / 124 Seagrove Main Street, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / Toddler Time at Rebounderz November 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 9:30am to 11:30am Rebounderz offers Toddler Time from 9:30am to 11:30am for ages 5 and under. One adult is admitted for free with each child’s $8 paid admission. A valid waiver & Rebounderz jump socks are required for all participants. Toddler Time is not held on any school or federal holidays. Rebounderz / 904-300-0070 / 14985 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, FL 32258 / Story Time at Doing Dishes Pottery Studio November 7, 10am and 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 project together. Smaller children will need guardians help. This month’s project is Handprint Turkeys --kids will be making

clay handprint turkeys from wet clay. 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 MOSH Little Learners November 8, 9:30am - 11:30 Hop Along! Hop! Hop! Hop! Join us as we learn about our cold blooded friends: frogs! We’ll talk about where they live, what they eat and more! Doors open at 9:30 am for private Museum exploration, followed by Little Learners circle time, programming, and community learning activities through 11:30. Admission is $6 per person (ages 3 & up). This program is extremely popular, please pre-register online at Museum of Science & History / 904-396-6674 / 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / Mini Moments at Jacksonville Country Day School November 10, 9am to 9:45am Jacksonville Country Day School invites you to visit the campus for a fun experience and a glimpse into their Pre-K program. Designed for two and threeyear-olds along with a parent or caregiver,

Mini-Moments are your chance to participate in an interactive event with your child, make new friends, and learn about the school. This month’s activity is Storytime - You and your child will enjoy stories, songs, puppets, shaky eggs and much more. for a relaxing, fun morning in this age appropriate story time class. Jacksonville Country Day School / 904-641-6644 / 10063 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! King For a Day November 26, 2pm The live theatrical production of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will be in Jacksonville for one performance only. Join Daniel, Trolley, and all of his friends in a brand new family musical. Tickets range from $25 - $75 and are available online. A $75 ticket purchase includes a meet and greet with Daniel Tiger. Florida Theatre / 904-355-2787 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 /

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Extra-Gentle TV Shows for Preschoolers W hat do you do when your kids are extrasensitive to high-energy TV shows? Shows with loud noises, intense music, and jarring sound effects can stress some kids out or cause them to emulate any wild behavior they see on-screen. If fast-paced shows aren’t your preschooler’s style, here are a handful of alternatives that -- while still entertaining -- have a softer, quieter vibe. After a few episodes and a few deep breaths, both you and your kids can just ... chill. Clangers, 3+, Sprout There’s no dialogue here, save for William Shatner’s calming narration as he gives voice to what the Clangers, a pink alien family living on their own little planet, are up to in each episode. The stop-motion animation and pleasant soundtrack are very easy on the senses, and this space-set series is almost entrancing as it tells simple, sweet stories. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, 3+, PBS This peaceful series is a well-rounded choice for little ones who are learning how to deal with emotions. Daniel (the son of the original Daniel Striped Tiger from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) and his family treat each other with kindness and respect. Parents who have fond memories of Mister Rogers will enjoy revisiting his messages, too. Kipper, 3+, Sprout Kipper is a sweet British pup who spends his days exploring with his animal buddies Tiger and Pig. Together they work through conflicts that help preschoolers learn right from wrong and what true friendship is all about.

Lily’s Driftwood Bay, 3+, Sprout Lily and her laid-back, loving dad live in a little hut on the beach, where she explores her cute paper-cutout world and adventures with friends both real and imaginary. This imaginative Irish series can inspire your kids to explore their own worlds with curiosity. Puffin Rock, 3+, Netflix Irish actor Chris O’Dowd warmly narrates this delightful show about kindhearted, curious puffin Oona and her family. Kids will learn all about their island environment while following Oona’s sweet, never shrill adventures (gorgeously animated by the folks behind Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells). Tumble Leaf, 3+, Amazon Prime Vibrant animation and colorful characters, such as little blue bear Fig and his animal friends, will draw preschoolers to this gently paced series, where sweet animal characters make exciting discoveries about nature and the world around them. Molang, 3+, Disney Junior Adorable animation? Dialogue-free? Preschool parents should say yes, please to the simple, pastel-colored adventures of Molang, a little white bunny, and his friend Piu-Piu, a tiny chick. They do things like go to the beach, enjoy flowers atop a mountain, and try to entertain a goldfish, and the short episodes are easy and fun to watch for the whole family.j

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Let Your Little Learner See You Sweat Y ou’re at home trying to make fresh tomato sauce, but can’t seem to get the tomatoes out of their plastic container from the grocery store. The bottom latch is not opening, so you pull harder. After a minute of trying, you stop to consider the situation – should you keep pushing and pulling? Should you ask a friend for help? Should you give up on fresh tomatoes and just open a can? We make decisions like this all the time. How much effort should we expend on something? We have only so much time and energy in the day. Developmental cognitive scientists are interested in how we make decisions about effort. In particular, how do young children, who are constantly encountering new situations, decide how hard to try? If at first you don’t succeed, then what? The importance of effort extends beyond our daily decisions about time allocation. Recent studies show that children who think effort leads to achievement outperform those who believe ability is a fixed trait. Given the link between persistence and academic success, decisions about effort are particularly important in childhood. Yet relatively little research has explored how young children learn what’s worth the effort. We all know that infants are keen observers of the social world. But they’re not just idly watching; infants are tiny learning machines. They can generalize such abstract concepts as causal relationships and social roles from just a few examples. Even a 15-month-old infant can outperform a high-level computer in such tasks.

gave the babies the music toy and left the room. Then coders watched videotapes of the experiment and counted how many times babies tried to activate the toy by pressing the button. Across one study, babies who had seen an adult persist and succeed pushed the button about twice as many times as those who saw an adult effortlessly succeed. In other words, babies learned that effort was valuable after watching just two examples of an adult working hard and succeeding. Part of what’s exciting about this finding is that the babies didn’t just imitate the adult’s actions; instead, they generalized the value of effort to a novel task. The experimenter never demonstrated pushing a button or trying to make music. Instead the babies learned from different examples of effortful actions (opening a container or unlatching a carabineer) that the new toy probably also required persistence. However, most of the time when a parent is frustrated, he’s focused on the task at hand and not on trying to teach his child the value of effort. Can babies also learn the value of effort from adults who are not deliberately demonstrating to them? To address this question, we ran the experiment again, eliminating any pedagogical cues such as eye contact or child-friendly speech. Again, the infants tried harder on their own task after seeing an adult persist and succeed. However, the effects were much weaker when the adult didn’t use any cues. Learning tenacity by watching tenacity

Educators and parents want to know how to foster persistence when children encounter Could infants also make broad, generalizable challenges. Our study suggests that persistence inferences from a few examples when it comes to can be learned from adult models. Babies effort? If so, then maybe “grit” isn’t simply a attentively watch those around them, and use character trait. Maybe it’s flexible and adaptable that information to guide their own effortful based on social context. behavior. Just give up… or push through failure?

Yet babies don’t simply learn they should try harder at everything. Just like grownups, babies To explore this question, we showed 15-monthmake rational decisions about effort. If they old babies one of two things: an experimenter observe someone trying hard and succeeding, working hard to achieve two different goals they try harder. When they see someone effort(getting a toy out of a container and getting a lessly succeed, they infer that effort may not be keychain off a carabiner), or an experimenter who worthwhile. effortlessly reached each goal. Finally, this study suggests that parents don’t Then we introduced the baby to a novel “music” have to make things look easy all the time. The toy that looked like it could be activated by next time you struggle to open that tomato pushing a big button on top. (The button could be container, it’s OK, maybe even beneficial, to let pressed down but didn’t actually activate your child see you sweat.j anything.) Out of sight of the babies, we turned Dr. Julia Leonard, MIT/The on the music toy with a hidden button so that they heard that the toy could make music. We Kids really do say the funniest things! Please share your favorites with us by e-mailing your story directly to One entry each month will be turned into a cartoon to be published in the next issue of Jax4Kids. We’ll send you the original cartoon as a keepsake.

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Art Aviators: A Morning of Creativity M OCA Jacksonville is offering on-going family workshops through its nationally recognized Art Aviators, which is an educational initiative designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other exceptionalities.

While children with ASD struggle with verbal communication, social relations, and sensory development, creative art-making activities enable them to foster new means of self-expression and communication. Utilizing three educational components—art studio, galleries, and MOCA Jacksonville’s Art Explorium—the Art Aviators program harnesses art and art-making activities as means of promoting expression and social interaction among children with ASD and their teachers, caregivers, and peers. Created in 2007, this innovative program, previously called Rainbow Artists, and its results have been nationally recognized by museum associations and health care providers alike. The Museum of Contemporary Art invites autistic children to a morning of creating. This family workshop, organized by Anthony Aiuppy, head of Family and Children’s programs at MOCA, is organized to encourage children with Autism

Things to Do Special Needs Events

Adaptive Play at TNT Gymnastics November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 9am to 10am Join TNT Gymnastics for an open play time that will allow your child to explore new surroundings, enjoy soft landings, and get those wiggles and giggles out. This play time is designed for children with sensory needs or on the autism spectrum. Parent/Guardian is required to assist child as needed throughout the facility. Held weekly on Wednesdays from 9am to 10am. Cost is $5 cash or $6 card. TNT Gymnastics / 904-998-8681 / 2683 St. Johns Bluff Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www.tntgymfit. com The First Coast Walk for Apraxia November 4, 8:30am to 1pm The walk is being held to benefit the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA). All proceeds will benefit apraxia research and programs. There will be lots of food and fun. Registration fees: Adult Registration (Age 18 and up): $20; Child Registration: $10. The Bolles School / 7400 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32217 / Jumpstreet Special Needs Event November 4, 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,

Spectrum Disorders to get creative on their own terms. “Folks on the spectrum can’t always communicate verbally or through the written word,” says Aiuppy, “so giving them access to drawing and painting is a way for them to get their thoughts and feelings out in a really safe space.”

of the museum’s current exhibits. Aiuppy understands that children on the spectrum require “a large, open environment where they can play on their own terms.” The workshop’s activity tables allow Art Aviators to experiment with several mediums, such as screen printing, button making, marble painting, clay wheels, and many others. Educators from the MOCA team and With Art Aviators, the MOCA educational staff enthusiastic volunteers assist students in activity strives to appeal to children who fall onto the processes. They remain prepared for various spectrum in different places. “Everyone is so responses. “Some kids hate paint and that kind of different in their needs,” says Aiuppy. “We have to texture, and some love it,” says Aiuppy. “We have be able to gain trust immediately so we can give lots of space for mess and anticipate that some them the best experience possible.” The Art mess is going to occur, and that’s okay.” Aviators arrive to MOCA before the museum opens. By admitting the Aviators into exhibits Overall, he notes that maintaining flexibility is the prior to museum hours, an intimate environment key to working with children on the spectrum. develops. “Students on the autism spectrum Each step of the workshop is designed with sometimes have environmental sensitivities, so versatility. “We’re inviting people into our they don’t like too much brightness in a room,” environment, but we don’t know how they’re says Aiuppy. “Or—it’s so echo-y in the mugoing to react,” he says. “We just try to stay open seum—it’s nice and quiet when the museum is and welcome... I’m learning how to adapt to empty. So it feels safer to them. They can students on the spectrum and provide them with experience the museum in a way that is hard access to art making.” when there are a lot of people here.” Aiuppy’s favorite part of the workshop is the The family workshop entails time to create art, organic community-building that occurs. The navigate the Art Explorium, and experience a tour event builds camaraderie among families “that Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / Sensory Seeker Saturdays November 4, 9am to 11am November 18, 9am to 11am We Rock the Spectrum hosts Sensory Seeker Saturdays. This is a messy class for young minds to learn and explore through different sensory experiences. Classes will be held on select Saturdays and include themed activities that will help your young ones learn and grow. This is a parent led class with easy step by step activities, including circle time, centers, snack, open play, and more. Cost of class is $12. Please RSVP so they know how many supplies to have ready. Be sure to bring a change of clothes, as kids will likely get messy. We Rock the Spectrum / 904-330-0362 / 9357-3 Philips Highway, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / www. 15th Annual DSAJ Buddy Walk November 4, 10am to 3pm The Buddy Walk is a nationwide event created to celebrate Down syndrome and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. This year, the DSAJ has set the goal at $235,000 and 3,500 walkers. The donations that are received are used to enhance the lives of those with Down syndrome in Jacksonville and surrounding communities. Monetary donations are requested to help offset the costs of the Buddy Walk including entertainment, music, food, water, port-o-lets, security, etc. Registration opens at 10am, and the walk starts at 12:30pm on the beach. Seawalk Pavilion / 904-353-6300 / 1st North Street, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / Sensory Sensitive Sundays November 5 Two area Chuck E. Cheese’s locations offer Sensory Sensitive Sundays. On the first Sunday of every

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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 Special Needs Gaming Party at Microsoft November 11, 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 / Au-Maize-Ing Family Fall Festival November 11, 10am to 1pm A fall festival specifically for families with children of all ages who are on the autism spectrum or other developmental disabilities. Conner’s A-Maize-ing Acres will be closed to the general public for this event. Many community partners, who specialize in supporting children on the autism spectrum, will be on-hand to enrich your family’s play experience with welcoming smiles and practical support. The purpose for this event is to encourage your child to participate in a group activity by finding their way through a corn maze. Every child will be provided with opportunities to practice social interaction and teamwork. The entire family will get to enjoy close encounters with farm animals, hayrides, corn sensory bin and many more activities. Free to attend, but you must RSVP by email to Mandy Conner at; 6 guest or less per family. The event will be limited

are on the same path of life. They build each other up. They don’t feel like they’re alone. There’s a whole community of people that have kids with special circumstances.” Aiuppy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from the University of North Florida and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has previous experience teaching elementary art for Duval County Public Schools and drawing classes at Reddi-Arts. He has been an art instructor at MOCA Art Camp in 2015 and 2016 and an adjunct drawing and painting professor at UNF since 2014. Guest participating in the workshops will enjoy an early opening of MOCA, engage in staff-led art making activities, visit the Art Explorium, and attend gallery tours. Each workshop is free, but registration is required as there are limited spots. The next workshop dates are Saturday, November 18 from 10-11:30; Saturday, Jan. 20, 10-11:30 a.m.; Saturday, March 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and Saturday May 19, 10-11:30 a.m. See to register.j

to a maximum of 200 guests. Only guests with a reservation and a confirmation number will be admitted. Conner’s A-Maize-Ing Acres / 904-879-5453 / 19856 County Road 121, Hilliard, FL 32046 / Autism Birthday Wish Club Party November 12, 9:30am to 11am The second Sunday of every month is the Autism Birthday Wish Club Party for all kids celebrating their birthday in that month. Cost is $15 for ages 7 and up; $11 for ages 6 and under; $2/jumper for Velocity socks. One parent is free per child. Activities include one hour of jump time, 30 minutes of food/birthday cake, social skills for kids, parent connections and more. There will be five new vendors/service providers at every event. Waivers are required to participate, and can be downloaded in advance online. This private party is open to all families and friends of children of all ages with Autism. Come meet local providers and socialize with parents and children. Food and cake included. This event is hosted by Making Strides for Autism Inc. and Northeast Florida Advocates for Autism and Related Disabilities Inc. Velocity Air Sports / 904-551-4035 / 7022 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / www. Caring Santa at the Avenues Mall November 19, 8am to 11am Caring Santa provides a sensory-friendly environment for families of children with special needs, to safely experience the time-honored tradition and magic of Santa. The Avenues will host this special event prior to mall opening. Guests can register in advance online. Avenues Mall / 904-363-3054 / 10300 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 /

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Santa’s Arrival at The Avenues Mall November 4, 4pm – 8pm Join Jax4Kids at The Avenues Mall for Santa’s arrival and an afternoon of fun at The Avenues Mall. There will be holiday themed activities for kids and Santa’s arrival by helicopter! Avenues Mall / 10300 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / St. Johns Town Center Holiday Spectacular and Santa Arrival November 11, 2pm to 8pm The 12th annual Holiday Spectacular at St. Johns Town Center will kick off the Holiday season on Saturday, November 11 from 2pm to 8pm with a full day of festivities, culminating with the lighting of the tree by Santa Claus and a fireworks display at 8pm. Shoppers will enjoy holiday entertainment including a silent DJ, magicians, holiday photo opportunities, games, giveaways, interactive hot chocolate station, costume characters, and more. St. Johns Town Center / 904-998-7156 / 4663 River City Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www. Jekyll Island Skating Village

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November 17 thru January 7 Oceanfront “ice” skating is back for the 2017-18 season. Located on Beachview Dr., just south of the Holiday Inn Resort, the Jekyll Island Skating Villageoffers on-site skate rentals, concessions, and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Jekyll Island Skating Village / 655 North Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527 / www.

The Nights of Lights Lighting Ceremony, also known as Light Up! Night, takes place on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Locals and vacationers from all over join together to watch the City of St. Augustine flip the switch on three million white lights decorating the Plaza and buildings all over historic downtown. Leading up to the occasion is a free concert and a countdown, and the ceremony is followed by more live music. The large Christmas tree in the Plaza will also be turned Jax Illumination’s 5th Annual Drive Thru Holi- on so visitors can get photos for their holiday Christmas cards. day Light Show There is no designated parking. Meter parking November 17 through December 31, 6pm to is free after 5pm. Pay-to-park lots are available 9:30pm downtown. The Historic Downtown Parking FacilJax Illuminations features over a mile of Christity charges $12 per car for all-day parking, but mas lights, perfectly synchronized to holiday music. There will also be family treats, hot cocoa, handicapped parking is free. Plaza de la Constitución / King Street, St. Auguscandy canes, a sing along, photo opportunities, and competitions, such as find the elf and design tine, FL 32084 / a display. Admission is $20 for Cars, Trucks & St. Augustine Nights of Lights Family Vans (7 Passenger Maximum). November 18 thru January 31 Morocco Shrine Center / 904-316-5673 / 3800 The Annual Nights of Lights lights up St. AuSaint Johns Bluff Rd S, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / gustine with over three million lights. Nights of Lights is the winter holiday celebration in St. Augustine where each historic downtown busiLight-Up! Night Ceremony 2017 ness and many residents participate by lighting November 18, 4pm

up their buildings. The Nights of Lights celebration was chosen in 2011 and 2012 by National Geographic as one of the ten best holiday lighting displays in the world. The main plaza, called the Plaza de la Constitución, features lights draped around every tree. There’s also a Christmas tree in the center where photos can be taken. The view of the Bayfront from the Bridge of Lions during Nights of Lights is also a favorite photo opportunity. There are many tours and special events happening during Nights of Lights. Through January 31. Downtown St. Augustine / 904-829-1711 / 1 Cathedral Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / www. Cirque Dreams Holidaze November 18 at 8pm November 19 at 1:30pm Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up Jacksonville at the Times-Union Center with its 10th Anniversary National Tour for two performances, presented by the FSCJ Artist Series. This critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a Broadway musical, new cirque adventure, and family show. Tickets start at $38.50. Times-Union Center / 904-632-5000 / 300 Water

Family-Friendly Holiday Movie Releases November 3 Thor: Ragnarok, PG-13 In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!

November 17 The STAR. PG, Animated A small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

November 5 Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, NR, Animated Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! is an origin story highlighting Ash and Pikachu’s first meeting and their adventures as they search for the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh. The iconic pair encounter familiar faces along the way, new characters including Trainers Verity and Sorrel, and even a mysterious new Mythical Pokémon, Marshado

November 17 Wonder, PG August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

November 23 Coco, PG, Animated Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

November 17 Justice League, PG-13 Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this

December 15 Ferdinand, PG, Animated The story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.

November 13 ONLY Genesis: Paradise Lost, PG Genesis: Paradise Lost explores the history and context of this highly-studied and much-debated book of the Bible. So, what exactly happened at the “Creation,” at the “Beginning?” Using stunning visual effects and the latest in scientific research, GENESIS will come to life before your very eyes! We have heard the phrase “In the beginning” many times; now we get to see it on the big screen!

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November 22 The Man Who Invented Christmas, PG Using real-life inspiration and a vivid imagination, author Charles Dickens brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life in “A Christmas Carol,” forever changing the holiday season into the celebration known today.

December 15 Star Wars: The Last Jedi, NR Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII. December 20 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, NR In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji –Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…. December 25 The Greatest Showman, NR Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

HOLIDAY EVENTS Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Ripley’s Red Train Nights of Lights November 19 thru January 6 Ripley’s Red Trains offers special Nights of Lights Tours through January 6. Hours are 6pm to 8pm Sunday through Thursday and 6pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Prices start at $10.99 for adults and $5.99 for kids. All passengers will receive a pair of magical viewing glasses, to take in the special effects of the lights, and passengers are invited to participate in caroling while “lightseeing”. On Fridays and Saturdays, guests can also enjoy free holiday movies, a gift from Santa, balloons for the kids, snow, live entertainment, and a marshmallow roasting pit. Ripley’s Red Trains offers a “no waiting” option with a reservation-based VIP tour that’s available only on Fridays and Saturdays. The cost for VIP option is $14 for adults and $7 for kids. Combo options and Super Combo Tickets are also available for purchase. Tours depart from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum at 19 San Marco Ave. in St. Augustine. Tips are appreciated for the drivers. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum / 904-8241606 / 19 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / Holly Jolly Nights of Lights Trolley November 19 thru January 31 Old Town Trolley offers special Nights of Lights tours, nightly from November 19, 2017 – January 31, 2018. The trolley tours depart from 6pm to 9pm continuously. No reservations are required or accepted. Tours begin at the Visitors Information Center, located at 10 W. Castillo Drive, next to the downtown parking facility. There will be free live entertainment on certain nights. Tickets are $13.99 for adults and $5.99 for children (ages 3-12), while kids under 3 are free. St. Augustine Visitor Center / 904-829-3800 / 10 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / www. Christmas at Gaylord Palms November 21 thru January 7 During Christmas at Gaylord Palms, families can enjoy holiday displays that include more than 2 million twinkling Christmas lights and acres of larger-than-life decorations. Enjoy visits with Santa, Cirque Dreams UnWrapped Live Stage Show, ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World, Alpine Rush Snow Tubing, and more. Tickets for ICE! start at $14.99 for children and $28.99 for adults when purchased online in advance. Season passes, Florida resident discounts, and combo tickets are available. Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center / 407-586-4423 / 6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746 /

Ritz-Carlton Amelia / 904-277-1100 / 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, FL 32034 / Christmas Carole at the Alhambra November 22 through December 24 Bruce Allen Scudder’s classic holiday show returns to the Alhambra. Showtimes are Tuesday through Sunday and include some matinee performances, as well as evening shows. Tickets start at $49.95/person, plus tax. Children under the age of 5 are not permitted. Alhambra Theatre & Dining / 904-641-1212 / 12000 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / Publix Aprons Gingerbread Houses November 24, 10am, 2pm, 6pm November 25, 10am, 2pm, 6pm November 26, 1pm and 5pm December 2, 10am December 3, 1pm, 5pm December 9, 10am December 10, 1pm, 5pm December 16, 10am December 17, 1pm, 5pm December 23, 10am, 1pm, 6pm This class allows you and your children (up to three kids) to decorate your own gingerbread house. One adult is required for each family group; children should be at least 4 years old. Registrations are made on first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $60; Price is for family up to 4 participants, add one seat per family to the cart. Publix Apron’s Cooking School / 904-262-4187 / 10500 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32257 / Jekyll Island Movie on the Green November 24, 5:30pm The Jekyll Island Movie on the Green series features 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. This month’s movie is Elf. Jekyll Island Beach Village Green / 912-635-3636 / Ocean View Trail, Jekyll Island, GA 31527 / 31st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony November 24, 7pm The Jacksonville Landing hosts the 31st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Free and open to the community. The show will take place in the Landing’s Courtyard beginning at 7pm featuring live musical entertainment and the lighting of The Jacksonville Landing’s Christmas Tree. The Courtyard at The Landing will be standingroom-only for the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Therefore, the public is asked not to bring chairs. Jacksonville Landing / 904-353-1188 / 2 W Independent Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.

The S. S. Amelia Gingerbread Pirate Ship Arrives November 22 The Gingerbread Ship returns to the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Lobby with pirate characters sculpted from chocolate. A holiday icon, the Gingerbread Pirate Ship provides the perfect backdrop for your Annual Christmas Made in the South November 24, 9am to 6pm; November 25, holiday picture.

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HOLIDAY EVENTS 10am to 6pm; November 26, 11am to 5pm The Annual Christmas Made in the South will return to the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Vendors will be making and selling art, craft items, jewelry, food, pottery, and more. One admission is good for all three days, with a hand stamp. Adults - $7; Children 12 & Under - free. Prime Osborn Convention Center / 1000 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204 / Merry Shrimpmas November 24, 2pm to 8pm November 25, 10am to 8pm Merry Shrimpmas will feature shrimp and grits dishes, live music, and an artist’s market for holiday shopping. Younger festivalgoers can take in story time with Santa Claus and play in the kid’s zone. Festivities will culminate Saturday evening with the lighting of the great Jekyll Island Christmas Tree. Merry Shrimpmas will take place in the National Historic Landmark District on Jekyll Island. Admission to the festival is free. However, the Jekyll Island parking fee will be increased by $4 per daily or weekly pass. Annual parking passes are not affected. Jekyll Island Historic District / 912-635-3636 / 100 James Road, Jekyll Island, GA 31527 / www. Jacksonville Beach Deck the Chairs November 24 thru January 1 Deck The Chairs (DTC) is an annual lighted sculptural exhibit using the iconic red chairs of The American Red Cross Life Saving Corps. Free and open to the public. The lights will be on every night at 4:30pm. All net proceeds from DTC will benefit the Volunteer Life Saving Corps of Jacksonville Beach to help supplement funding provided by the American Red Cross and the City of Jacksonville Beach. Funds are needed for training and outreach programs, and maintenance of its oceanfront facility. Featured events include the Light the Beach Opening Night, with the First Coast Wind Symphony on November 26, 4pm to 8pm. Seawalk Pavilion / 904-716-3853 / 11 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / www. St. Marys Railroad Santa Express November 25, 10am to 4pm December 2, 9 The magic of Christmas comes alive at Santa Land where Jolly Old St. Nick himself boards the train for the return ride with gifts for all the good little boys and girls. There will be entertainment all along the way. Tickets are Adults $17, Children (3-12) $11, and Children 2 and under free.

Processing fee of $3 each will be added to ticket price. There is also an At the Throttle Experience available for $150. Must be 16 years or older. Rides depart at 10am, 12noon, 2pm, and 4pm. St. Marys Railroad / 912-200-5235 / 1000 Osborne Street, St. Marys, GA 31558 / www. 8th Annual Candlelight Tours at Villa Zorayda Museum November 25 thru January 6 The Villa Zorayda Museum hosts their 8th Annual “Candlelight Tours”. These tours are offered on select evenings during St. Augustine’s “Nights of Lights” Celebration. Visit website for schedule. The Villa Zorayda Museum is beautifully decorated for the holidays with a spectacular Christmas Tree decorated in the colors of the Zorayda – red and gold – located center stage in the “Court of Lions”. Over 100 candles are aglow throughout the Museum as the docents lead you by candlelight inside the beautiful former Gilded Age House built by Franklin W. Smith in 1883. The guided tour gives an in depth look at the historical significance of the building to the City of St. Augustine, the magnificent architecture, as well as descriptions of the many exquisite pieces that you will see. The candles, hanging brass lamps, and Christmas decorations along with the 98% original art and antique display create an amazing effect that can only be defined as “magical”. Reservations are required as space is limited. Refreshments of homemade cookies, coffee, and a special holiday punch are included with tour dates. Adult admission is $19.99 – children 7 – 12 are $ 9. Refreshments included. No charge for children ages 4 – 6. Tours which will not include refreshments will be offered at a reduced rate of $16.00 for adults, children 7 – 12 are $7.00. No charge for children ages 4 – 6. All of our Candlelight Tours are not recommended for children 3 and under. All prices subject to sales tax. Villa Zorayda Museum / 904-829-9887 / 83 King Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / 14th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour November 29, 8pm Three-time Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra will be in Jacksonville for retro holiday cheer with their Christmas Rocks! Tour. Ticket prices range from $49 - $79. Florida Theatre / 904-355-5661 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / 98° at Christmas November 30, 8pm Pop quartet, 98° return to the stage to perform

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HOLIDAY EVENTS Christmas classics from their soon-to-be released holiday album. Tickets range from $35 - $75 and are available online. Florida Theatre / 904-355-5661 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Christmas Carole at the Alhambra: School Matinees November 30, December 14, 21, 11:30am Bruce Allen Scudder’s classic holiday show returns to the Alhambra. Prices are just $29 per person (ticket + $2.50 gratuity) and include a plated lunch of baked chicken, macaroni and cheese and green beans. Doors open at 10am, lunch is served from 10:15am to 11:15am, and the show begins at 11:30am. Please note this version of the show has been adjusted for time. Alhambra Theatre & Dining / 904-641-1212 / 12000 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / 15th Annual Gingerbread House Extravaganza November 30 thru December 23 The Jacksonville Historical Society presents this beloved holiday tradition for three weeks each December. Visitors enjoy gigantic, creative gingerbread houses built by chefs, bakers, architects, engineers, culinary school students, families, young people and other individuals. The creations are placed on display at the Jacksonville Historical Society headquarters, historic Old St. Andrews, immediately across the street from the Veteran’s Memorial Arena. This is an important fundraiser for the Jacksonville Historical Society. The suggested donation for Adults is $5. For children aged 3-16, the suggested donation is $3. Weekday hours: 11am to 5pm; Saturday hours: 10am to 5pm; Closed Sundays. Jacksonville Historical Society / 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.

Enchanted Christmas Village December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 21-23, from 5pm to 10pm The Enchanted Christmas Village features crafts, local vendors, bounce houses, wagon rides through the Enchanted trail, pictures with Santa, yard games and photo op cut outs. And every hour on the hour, starting at 6pm, the 30ft Christmas tree performs a 10 minute light show. There will also be stage entertainment, a DJ, carolers, bands, solo artists, chorus groups, and more. General admission tickets are $19 per adult, $10 per child 17 and under. A family four pack is available for $50. Parking is $5 per car and $3 per golf cart. There will be special events on select nights. These events will have an additional charge. Enchanted Christmas Village - Hope Pavillion / 888-486-6413 / 895 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081 / Santa at the Rink December 2 and 9, 1pm to 4pm Santa will be stopping by the Jekyll Island Skating Village on December 2 and 9, from 1pm to 4pm. The Skating Village is located oceanfront and situated just south of the Holiday Inn Resort. Cost to skate is $5 per person, includes skate rental & 30-minute session. Concessions available for purchase on-site. Jekyll Island Skating Village / 655 North Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527 / www.

and drinks for participants from PDQ and Tropical Smoothie Cafe. 10k/5k runners receive a Tee with and custom medal. Dog treats provided for all furry finishers. (Please do not encourage canines to go after the Gingerbread Man). Participants are encouraged to donate unopened toys to local children in need. For each toy donated, receive one entry to a prize drawing. One entry per toy. There will also be a Kids Fun Run. All kids get a finisher medal and gingerbread cookie. Entry fees range from $20 to $30. The 10K starts at 8am, the 5K at 8:05am, and the kid run at 9:05am. World Golf Village / 500 S Legacy Trail St, St. Augustine, FL 32092 / Breakfast with Santa December 2, 8am – 10am Bring the kids to The Avenues Mall on Saturday, December 2nd for Breakfast with Santa. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 904-363-3054. Avenues Mall / 10300 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops December 7, 7:30pm; December 8, 8pm;

December 9, 3pm and 8pm; December 10, 3pm The annual Holiday Pops Concert returns on December 7-10. The shows feature the talents of the Jacksonville Symphony and Symphony Chorus, guest performers and the area’s only guaranteed snowfall. Tickets range in price from $22 to $84. Jacoby Symphony Hall / 904-354-5547 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www. A Garfield Christmas December 8, 10:30am and 7pm This holiday musical features timeless Christmas favorites such as “Jingle Bells”, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, “Deck the Halls”, and many more. Sing along as Garfield’s new friends all work together to bring light to Garfield’s Christmas. The school time performance at 10:30am is $13; general admission for the 7pm performance ranges from $13 to $33. A family four pack is available for a discount. Facility fee and service charge will be added at checkout. Thrasher-Horne Center / 904-276-6815 / 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL 32065 /

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HOLIDAY EVENTS Community Nutcracker December 8, 8pm; December 9, 1pm; December 9, 7:30pm The Community Nutcracker returns to the Florida Theatre. More than 200 children from Northeast Florida audition for and perform in the production. Additionally, The Community Nutcracker issues 2,000 free tickets to various Jacksonville agencies and organizations to attend a Community Service Night performance. Residents and clients from area nursing homes and nonprofit agencies are also able to attend the ballet. Tickets start at $30. “Cupcakes With Clara” -- Enhance the magical experience of dance for your entire family through the Cupcakes with Clara and Friends upgrade. This exclusive pre-show event makes attending The Nutcracker Ballet unforget table. With your purchase of a $52.50 or $40.00 ticket, and the Cupcakes with Clara (an additional charge of $20), you will receive early admission to the Florida Theatre for the event, a Sweet Pete’s cupcake and lemonade in the Barnett Room of the Florida Theatre, a “Meet & Greet” with Clara Stahlbaum and some of her special friends from The Nutcracker Ballet (pictures may be taken with you own camera), the opportunity to get autographs from the dancers (programs will be available at your table), and a commemorative ornament. Please note that the Cupcakes with Clara and Friends experience will run from 11:30am until 12:30pm. You may then be seated for the Matinee performance. This extra experience is limited to the first 64 tickets. There are also two school performances: December 7 at 10:30am and December 8 at 10:30am. The school performances are open to public, private and homeschool students. Florida Theatre / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Festival of Lights 2017 December 9, 6pm The Festival of Lights includes a 5K, 1 mile fun run, and a 5K walker/stroller friendly run. The Festival of Lights 5K will be held the same evening as San Marco’s Holiday Magic. The 5K and 1 Mile will both start and finish on San Marco Blvd. in the Square. The route will be lit with luminar ies. This event will feature Carolers, Pictures with Santa Clause, Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, Jugglers, Children’s Bounce Games, Toy Soldier Stilt Walkers, Food & Drinks, Christmas Tree Lighting, Lots of Christmas Music, Bell Ringers, The Little Train That Could, and Jingle Bells for your Shoes. Event fees are $12 for the fun run, and $15 to $35 for the 5K. Medals will be given to all chil-

dren 13 and under in the one mile fun run. There will also be a Kid’s area with many activities. San Marco Square / 1986 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / Trans Siberian Orchestra Ghosts of Christmas Eve December 14, 7:30pm Trans Siberian Orchestra returns to Jacksonville for their 2017 North American tour. There will be one show only. Tickets start at $28.75 and are available online. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a local charity. Veterans Memorial Arena / 904-630-3900 / 300 A Phillip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Jacksonville Symphony’s First Coast Nutcracker Ballet December 15, 8pm; December 16, 2pm and 8pm; December 17, 2pm The Jacksonville Symphony’s First Coast Nutcracker Ballet has been a tradition in North Florida for 40 years. The show returns to the Moran Theater for four shows only. Tickets start at $20 and are available online. Jim and Jan Moran Theater / 904-354-5547 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / See Santa, Watch Elf, and Feed Jacksonville December 16, 2pm First ACT, the nonprofit Florida Theatre’s young professional networking group, presents the film ELF, to benefit Feeding Northeast Florida. Admission is free for every adult and child with a gift of canned or nonperishable food. Doors open at 12:30pm. Come early and have your picture taken with Santa, have some hot chocolate, a sweet treat and make an ornament at the crafting area. Elf begins at 2pm. The food collected, will be received by Feeding Northeast Florida, our community’s food bank and a partner of Feeding America. Florida Theatre / 904-355-5661 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade December 16, 5:30pm to 7pm Santa has his sleigh, and Jekyll Island has golf carts. Join in the fun of the festive Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade, where golf carts don their Christmas best and jingle all the way to Beach Village. All participating golf carts and Red Bugs should meet at 4:30pm in the Great Dunes Park parking lot. The procession will depart at 5:30pm, travel along the oceanfront bike path, and conclude on the Village Green in Beach Village. Island guests

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and residents are encouraged to meet the parade in Beach Village to view the participants, enjoy live music, and work on your Christmas shop ping lists at the Beach Village shops. There will be prizes for the best-decorated golf carts. All entries must have lights to participate. Beach Village / Jekyll Island, GA 31527 / www. Saint Augustine Ballet presents The Nutcracker December 16-17, 1:30pm and 7pm Saint Augustine Ballet presents their annual production of the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker will be performed at Lewis Auditorium in St.Augustine. The multi-generational cast is comprised of student and professional dancers. Tickets are $25 to $30 and are available online. Lewis Auditorium / 855-222-2849 / 14 Granada Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084 / Handel’s Messiah December 16, 8pm; December 17, 3pm The Jacksonville Symphony and Chorus present Handel’s Messiah. Tickets range from $19 to $79. Jacoby Symphony Hall / 904-354-5547 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / First Coast Youth Orchestras Sounds of the Seson Concert December 17, 4pm Enjoy the sounds of the season performed by the First Coast Youth Orchestras. Ticket are $5 for students and $10 for adults and proceeds support the First Coast Youth Orchestras programs. Jacksonville University Terry Concert Hall / 2800 University Blvd North, Jacksonville, FL 32211 / JSYO Holiday Concert December 18, 7pm Enjoy a concert of Holiday favorites, performed by Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra musicians. Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children. Jacoby Symphony Hall / 904-354-5547 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www. Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular December 19, 7:30pm The Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular features glittering costumes, high kicking chorus girls, holiday songs, and more. Tickets range from $38.50 to $74.50. Times-Union Center, Moran Theater / 904-6325000 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 /

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HOLIDAY EVENTS A Christmas Carol December 21, 7:30pm The FSCJ Artist Series presents an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The show features a cast of 23 performers, live musicians, and Broadway-style scenery. Tickets range from $16 to $54. Times-Union Center, Moran Theater / 904-6325000 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Run Santa Run December 22, 5:30pm The Run Santa Run offers a 5K as well as a 1 mile fun run. The race will feature Christmas lights, decorations, and music along the course, a Candy Cane station, Hershey Kiss Station, Cookie Station, custom Santa finisher medals to all participants, and hot chocolate. All participants will also receive a Santa suit to wear during the run. Race entry fees range from $15 to $40. Henry J. Klutho Park / 204 W 3rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206 / A Charlie Brown Christmas Live December 22, 7pm Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the

rest of the Peanuts gang in a live stage production. The live-action musical is based on the classic television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Tickets range from $25 to $49.50. Florida Theatre / 904-355-5661 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / It’s A Wonderful Life Movie with Symphony December 22, 7pm See Frank Capra’s and Jimmy Stewart’s favorite film with its wonderful score played live by the Symphony and see it like never before. Tickets start at $26 and are available online. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall / 904-354-5547 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker December 27, 3pm Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker will be in Jacksonville for one performance. The show features larger than life puppets, nesting dolls, and hand crafted costumes. Tickets range from $31.50 - $178.50. Florida Theatre / 904-355-5661 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 /






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Quality Educational Options Are Varied T his year marks my 20th in teaching. I’ve taught English, creative writing, gifted, and even physical education to students in grades one through 12. This year, I’m teaching my first dual enrollment English composition class to high school juniors and seniors through a Florida university.

the relationships they build with their teachers and administrators. On the other hand, some private schools lack the resources for certain extracurricular activities.

Public Schools Public schools usually have more resources than private schools. Whether it’s more funding for In my years of teaching, I’ve never seen so many classroom sets of books or more space for quality educational choices for families. Whether sporting events, public schools have a lot to offer. you send your kids to a brick-and-mortar building Most public middle and high schools can offer or sit them in front of computer screens for an multiple sections of core courses, as well as a online education, you have great options. variety of elective classes. On the other hand, Informing yourself about your choices is a good some parents and students find the size of some first step. public schools to be overwhelming. In addition, some families find the various curricula studied I’m listing four educational choices here, but at public schools to be biased against certain there are others. Next month, I’ll take a look at faiths or cultures. charter schools, hybrid educational programs, and some specific online offerings. Online Schools Though I have not taught online classes, I have Private Schools taken them as an adult student. Online learning There are many private schools in our area. offers convenience and a chance to improve time Some are large, and some are small. One thing management skills. Several students I have most private schools have in common is a taught in the past five years have taken online student-teacher ratio smaller than what is usually courses during the summer to gain credits for found in public schools. In addition, private graduation. Though convenient, online classes schools have less governmental regulations as to can be daunting for kids with less than stellar their funding and curricular decisions. Since computer skills or serious attention deficits. many private schools foster an intimate learning Some parents worry about a lack of socialization environment, students and parents often value if their kids are on a computer all day for school.

For many online classes, though, students are required to conduct experiments, exercise, meet face-to-face with other students, or complete hands-on projects. Many parents I’ve talked to love the accessibility they have to their children’s online teachers. Home School I have never home-schooled, but I’ve taught many students who were home-schooled in the past. I’ve also tutored many home school students in writing and evaluated numerous year-end student portfolios. Parents who choose to home school their children make a huge commitment of time and money, scheduling their lives around their children’s educational needs. As a plus, home school students can move at their own pace, whether they’re above, at, or below grade level. For some families, though, finding teachers for certain subjects like chemistry or calculus can be a challenge. Still, home schooling gives families freedom to choose the curriculum they study. Whatever educational option you choose for your children, they can soar academically with your support and involvement.j

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Nature Nuts Series November 6, 9am to 10am Parents can join their children to learn about different animals and the environment. There will be story time, crafts, and a fun activity all about animals. Ages 2-5. $8. Linear Park / 386-986-2323 / 31 Greenway Ct, Palm Coast, FL 32137 / Kids Tour of the Arboretum November 11, 10am to 11am This tour is designed to teach kids the relationship between people and the environment. The group will be taken around the arboretum and shown what plants can be used for purposes such as food, medicine, fibers, culture, and environmental factors. Kids will learn that plants are essential to life as we know it. This free tour is designed for kids roughly ages 7-12. It will begin at 10am at the picnic area and will continue until 11am. This program will not only get the kids outside and letting out some energy, but it will also teach them facts and skills they can take to their families and schools. Please email arboretum4kids@gmail. com as spots are limited. Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens / 1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225 /

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Unlocking The Pieces Of Behavioral Health

A. Philip Randolph Career Academies

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Tues. 11/07/17

Credit Smart

Hope For Housing Inc.

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tues. 11/07/17

Understanding The Florida Standards Assessment: Middle School Reading And Writing

Mandarin Middle School

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Tues. 11/07/17

Speaking With Confidence

One Love Christian Center

6:00 - 7:00 p.m

Wed. 11/08/17

Understanding The Florida Standards Assessment: High School Reading And Writing

Terry Parker High School

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Wed. 11/08/17

Cuddles, Questions And Conversations: Promoting Preschool Language And Literacy Skills

S.P. Livingston Elementary School

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Wed. 11/08/17

Year Up, Join Up, Move Up

Florida State College Of Jacksonville, Downtown Campus, Suite 3001

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Wed. 11/08/17

How To Become A DCPS Parent Leader

Duval County Public Schools, District Building

12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Thurs. 11/09/17

Elementary Mathematics: Parent Partnerships For Success

Don Brewer Elementary School

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Thurs. 11/09/17

Is Dual Enrollment For You?

Florida State College Of Jacksonville, South Campus, Building U Room 135a

12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Thurs. 11/09/17

World Languages & Cultures

Hendricks Avenue Elementary School

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Thurs. 11/09/17

Dad All Day (Dad)

Edward Waters College Center For The Prevention Of Health Disparities Building

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Mon. 11/13/17

Strategies For Success On The High School Mathematics FSA/EOC’S

Edward White High School

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Tues. 11/14/17

Preschool Power! Raising A Self-reliant Preschooler

Ruth N. Upson Elementary School

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Tues. 11/14/17

How To Become A DCPS Parent Leader

Duval County Public Schools, District Building

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Tues. 11/14/17

Foundations To Financial Literacy

Hope For Housing Inc.

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Wed. 11/15/17

Breakfast Learning Series

Edward Waters College - Schell Sweet Community Center

8:30 -10:30 a.m.

Thur. 11/16/17

Prioritizing Milestones In High School

One Love Christian Center

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Thur. 11/16/17

Elementary Mathematics: Parent Partnerships For Success

Cedar Hills Elementary School

8:45-10:15 a.m.

Thur. 11/16/17

Story Time

The Center For Language And Culture (Clc) On The Campus Of Kings Trail Elementary

11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Thur. 11/16/17

Healthy Minds, Healthy Kids

Jacksonville Heights Elementary School

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Thur. 11/16/17

Credit Smart

Hope For Housing Inc.

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

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Women’s Circle

The Center For Language And Culture (Clc); On The Campus Of Kings Trail Elementary

10:00 11:30 a.m.

Tues. 11/28/17

Preschool Math And Science Around The Neighborhood

Greenland Pines Elementary School

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Tues. 11/28/17

Attendance Matters

Joseph Finegan Elementary School

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Thur. 11/30/17

How To Become A DCPS Parent Leader

Duval County Public Schools, District Building

12:00 -1:00 p.m.

MULTIPLE-DATE COURSE OFFERINGS Tuesdays Courses Begin The Week Of 09/05/17 And End 12/19/17 (Excluding Holidays)

Rosetta Stone: Learn English/Spanish

West Riverside Elementary School

4:00-7:00 p.m.

Every Third Monday Of The Month Beginning 08/21/17 And End On 12/18/17 (Excluding Holidays)

Economic Growth

Edward Waters College, Health Disparities Building

6:00 7:30 p.m.

Tuesdays 11/13/17 11/20/17 11/27/17


Pablo Creek Regional Library

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesdays 11/01/17 11/08/17

Prime Time Family Reading Time Mandarin Branch Library

Mandarin Branch Library

6:00-8:30 p.m.

Mondays Courses Begin The Week Of 09/11/17 And End 12/18/17 (Mondays Excluding Holidays)

The Immigrant Guide: What Every Immigrant Needs To Know

The Center For Language And Culture (Clc); On The Campus Of Kings Trail Elementary

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.

Tuesdays Courses Begin The Week Of 09/05/17 And End 12/19/17 (Excluding Holidays)

Rosetta Stone: Learn English/Spanish

The Center For Language And Culture (Clc); On The Campus Of Kings Trail Elementary

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.; 3:305:00 p.m.; and/or 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Thursdays Courses Begin The Week Of 09/07/17 And End 12/14/17 (Excluding Holidays)

Rosetta Stone: Learn English/Spanish

The Center For Language And Culture (Clc); On The Campus Of Kings Trail Elementary

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.

Every Third Tuesday Of The Month Beginning 08/22/17 And Ending On 12/19/17 (Excluding Holidays)

Early Childhood Program Support Meeting

Edward Waters College Center For The Prevention Of Health Disparities Building

4:00 5:30 p.m.

Every First And Third Thursday Of The Month Beginning 08/17/17 And Ending 12/7/17

Vision Keepers

Edward Waters College Center For The Prevention Of Health Disparities Building

6:00 8:00 p.m.

The First And Third Friday Of Every Month Beginning 08/18/17 And Ending On 12/15/17

Fit Fridays (Funky Fit)

Edward Waters College Center For The Prevention Of Health Disparities Building

6:15 7:30 p.m.

Every Second And Fourth Saturday Of The Month Beginning 08/26/17 And Ending On 12/09/17

Wellness Rx

Edward Waters College Center For The Prevention Of Health Disparities Building

9:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m

Every First Tuesday Of The Month Beginning 09/05/17 And Ending On 12/05/17

Wellness Rx Education

Edward Waters College Center For The Prevention Of Health Disparities Building

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Dates/times are accurate at time of publication.


Print vs. Digital Divide Analyzed T

oday’s students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and e-readers.

• Students judged their comprehension as better online.

Paradoxically, overall comprehension was better for print versus digital reading. The medium didn’t matter for general questions (like understanding Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology the main idea of the text). and have responded in kind. We’ve seen more But when it came to specific questions, compreinvestment in classroom technologies, with students now equipped with school-issued iPads hension was significantly better when participants read printed texts. and access to e-textbooks. In 2009, California passed a law requiring that all college textbooks be available in electronic form by 2020; in 2011, From these findings, there are some lessons that can be conveyed to policymakers, teachers, Florida lawmakers passed legislation requiring public schools to convert their textbooks to digital parents and students about print’s place in an increasingly digital world. versions. Given this trend, teachers, students, parents and 1. Consider the purpose: We all read for many reasons. Sometimes we’re policymakers might assume that students’ looking for an answer to a very specific question. familiarity and preference for technology Other times, we want to browse a newspaper for translates into better learning outcomes. But researcher have found that’s not necessarily true. today’s headlines. Researchers in learning and text comprehension As we’re about to pick up an article or text in a at the University of Maryland have focused on the printed or digital format, we should keep in mind why we’re reading. There’s likely to be a differences between reading print and digital media. While new forms of classroom technology difference in which medium works best for which purpose. like digital textbooks are more accessible and portable, it would be wrong to assume that 2. Analyze the task: students will automatically be better served by One of the most consistent findings from their digital reading simply because they prefer it. research is that, for some tasks, medium doesn’t Their work has revealed a significant discrepancy. seem to matter. If all students are being asked to do is to understand and remember the big idea or Students said they preferred and performed better when reading on screens. But their actual gist of what they’re reading, there’s no benefit in selecting one medium over another. But when the performance tended to suffer. reading assignment demands more engagement or deeper comprehension, students may be better For example, from a review of research done since 1992, they found that students were able to off reading print. better comprehend information in print for texts 3. Slow it down: that were more than a page in length. This appears to be related to the disruptive effect that In the third experiment, they were able to create scrolling has on comprehension. They were also meaningful profiles of college students based on the way they read and comprehended from surprised to learn that few researchers tested different levels of comprehension or documented printed and digital texts. reading time in their studies of printed and digital Among those profiles, they found a select group texts. of undergraduates who actually comprehended To explore these patterns further, they conducted better when they moved from print to digital. What distinguished this atypical group was that three studies that explored college students’ they actually read slower when the text was on ability to comprehend information on paper and the computer than when it was in a book. from screens. 4. Something that can’t be measured Students first rated their medium preferences. After reading two passages, one online and one in There may be economic and environmental print, these students then completed three tasks: reasons to go paperless. But there’s clearly Describe the main idea of the texts, list key points something important that would be lost with print’s demise. covered in the readings and provide any other relevant content they could recall. When they In our academic lives, we have books and articles were done, they were asked to judge their that we regularly return to. The dog-eared pages comprehension performance. of these treasured readings contain lines of text etched with questions or reflections. It’s difficult Some key findings emerged that shed new light to imagine a similar level of engagement with a on the differences between reading printed and digital text. There should probably always be a digital content: place for print in students’ academic lives – no • Students overwhelming preferred to read matter how technologically savvy they become.j digitally. Patricia A. Alexander, Lauren M. Singer – • Reading was significantly faster online. University of Maryland/The NOVEMBER 2017 • •

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St. Johns County School District News Bartram Trail Spirit Run On Tap The second annual Bartram Trail High School Band 5k Spirit Run is set for Saturday, Nov. 18, at 8am at the school, 7399 Longleaf Pine Parkway. St. Johns. A collaborative effort between school, parents, and the local community, the event is design to raise funds to support and improve the band program, and boost school spirit. The Bartram Trail High School Band boasts an ever growing program; currently reaching nearly 300 members. The band has had a history of musical success at local, state, and national level performances. Proceeds from this event will help the band purchase new music and instruments. The 5k Run is a good old fashioned 5k event open to runners and walkers of all abilities. Each participant will be chip timed and results will be available.

District Champions Ponte Vedra defeated Pedro Menendez 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 25-19, 25-13) to earn their 7th straight district championship. The Sharks won their seventh straight district title with a 25-21, 24-26, 25-19, 25-13 win over


A Centipede Race will also be held. Teams must have a minimum of five people finish the race together to be eligible for awards. Teams may have as many members as they want, but allmembers must run together and start and finish in a line as a Centipede. Teams will be ranked in order of finish of their first runner to cross the finish line. Regular Registration is $30. through Nov. 12. Late Registration: $35, Nov. 13-17. Day of Race Registration: $40 Awards include: Men - 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place; Women - 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place; Age Group Awards to top male and female ages 0-12, 1319, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 Plus.

Creekside environmental science students joined with St. Johns Technical students in a beach cleanup at Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve last month. The students collected 260 lbs. of trash. The GTM National Estuarine Research Reserve is a collaboration between Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Reserve covers 74,000 acres of coastal lands in northeast Florida from Ponte Vedra Beach to Palm Coast. The GTM Research Reserve is one of 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves around the country that focuses on research, education, and stewardship.

Event Times: 6:30am Day of Race Registration 6:30am Day of Race Bib / Chip Pickup 8am Race 1 – 5k Start 8am Race 2 – Centipede 5k Race Start 9am – Awards.

Special awards include: Fastest Centipede Team and Most Creative Team. Menendez in Green Cove Springs. Gabby Keller produced a season-high 19 kills to help Ponte Vedra (20-5) put away the Falcons in the District 5-6A final. Savannah Fowler recorded 55 assists to help the Sharks have a .350 hitting percentage on the night. Jordan Gregg had 11 kills, Paige Johnson added 10 more and Erika Hendrickson had nine. Sophia Ervanian and Eve Beech finished with 15 kills apiece.

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In other action, Nease won its first district volleyball title in four years with a 25-15, 22-25, 25-10, 25-16 win over Middleburg (10-15) in District 3-7A The Panthers won 25-15, 22-25, 25-10, 25-16 to improve to 17-11. The Broncos dropped to 10-16.

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Bus Safety Systems Added The Transportation Department implemented a new routing software known as Bus Planner for the 2017-18 School Year. The system significantly enhances safety parameters to ensure district school buses are routed in a manner which prioritizes student safety above all else.

just above the front and rear bumpers of the bus at a level approximate to a motorist’s eyes. Initial results indicate that motorists detect the buses sooner and accordingly decelerate vehicles quicker when approaching a bus loading or unloading students.

Also new this school year, the department has added a supplemental student light system to 10 buses as a state approved pilot of the technology. The pilot adds high intensity red LED lights

Furthering technology advancements and in synchronization with Bus Planner, the department is in the final stages of implementing a school bus GPS system on all district school buses fol-

lowing an 18-month pilot. Most importantly, the school bus GPS system will pin point school bus locations with three feet (latitude/longitude) and ten seconds. Given this capability, the depart-

ment will significantly improve response times to buses with emergencies on route while precisely projecting school bus arrival times at stops and schools.

Holiday Calendar

Friday, Nov. 10..................................................................Hurricane Makeup Day Wednesday, Nov. 22 thru Friday, Nov. 24...........................Thanksgiving Holidays Thursday, Dec. 21.............................................................Second Quarter ends Friday, Dec. 22 thru Thursday Jan. 4.................................Winter Break Friday, Jan. 5....................................................................Planning Day/Student Holiday

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Clay County School News

Students to Train Cross Country Speedster with Ambulance Service Students in the Emergency Medical Response program in the Academy of Health Science at Orange Park High School will soon be able to become fully certified before graduating. The district has partnered with Liberty Ambulance Service, Inc. to provide hands-on training and clinical hours needed for students to complete industry certifications.


Charlotte Googin from Coppergate Elementary and D.J. Robertson from Fleming Island High have been awarded the Commissioner’s Leadership Award by the Florida Department of Education. Both have excelled academically while overcoming significant obstacles and health challenges.

This is the first time Liberty Ambulance Service has partnered with a school district to assist students in completing their industry certifications. Requirements for the certification include a number of ride-along hours with EMTs and paramedics in the field. With this partnership, Orange Park Junior High 8th-grader Mei Chiang (green leggings) did it again at the annual Katie students will be paired up with training officers, Carples Cross Country race at Bishop Kenny High School. She took first place in the 13-14 Girls 3,000 travel on ambulances, and observe real emergen- Meter Run, beating her time last year by 9 seconds. cy calls. Students will begin training with Liberty Ambulance Service in January. “Liberty Ambulance is very excited to partner with Orange Park High School and the Clay County School District in this new endeavor, and bring a new generation into this field of work,” said Wayne Cain, Director of Training, Safety, and Risk Management for Liberty Ambulance Service. “This is a tremendous way for students to get a head start on their careers by graduating with their industry certifications. Our career and technical education programs and academies help students gain real-life experience in a variety of fields, and I am excited about the new opportunities this partnership with Liberty Ambulance Service will provide to current and future students,” said Superintendent Addison Davis.

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More County Schools Excel Clay County schools demonstrated a significant increase with the number recognized for increasing student achievement in the 2016-2017 school year. A total of 19 schools received the award compared to nine schools in 2015-2016. The District will be awarded more than $1.5 million through the program. The Florida Department of Education awards schools with funding through the Florida School Recognition Program. This year’s program award amount is $100 per full-time student. The distribution of funds will come from lottery funds appropriated for improving school grades. Schools and School Advisory Council committees are required to agree on how all funds are allocated while ensuring alignment with the School Improvement Plan. “This recognition shows that Clay County continues to excel academically. We have nine additional schools eligible to receive the Florida

School Recognition Award, which wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and commitment of our educators this past school year. This award is directly linked to school improvement and our faculty, teachers, parents, and students have worked extremely hard to move the needle academically in Clay. I am excited about the direction that our county is moving as we strive to become a systemic “A” school district,” said Superintendent Addison Davis. Schools include: Argyle Elementary, Bannerman learning Center, Coppergate Elementary, Clay Charter, Fleming Island Elementary, Fleming Island High, Green Cove Springs Junior, Keystone Heights Elementary, Lake Asbury Junior, Lakeside Elementary, Middleburg High, Orange Park Elementary, Orange Park Junior, Paterson Elementary, Ridgeview Elementary, S. Bryan Jennings Elementary, Swimming Pen Creek Elementary and Thunderbolt Elementary.

November/December Calendar Friday, Nov. 10

Veterans’ Day Holiday

Monday, Nov. 20 thru Friday, Nov. 24

Thanksgiving Holidays

Friday, Dec. 15

End Second Grading Period

Monday, Dec. 18 Christmas/New Year’s Break thru Jan. 1

Oakleaf Student Reporters Part of PBS NewsHour Lab Oakleaf High School is the 6th school in Florida to participate in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program. The national journalism initiative “connects middle and high school students with public media stations to produce, original, youth-focused news reports.” In total, there are around 120 schools participating in the program nationwide with 40 local partner PBS stations. Oakleaf High School’s television production teacher, Bernice Young, directed the application process last semester after learning about the program several years ago. Young’s students recently completed their first assignment of the year with the program, which surrounded conver-

sations about the role of quality journalism and misinformation. “I am thrilled about Oakleaf High School’s participation in this powerful, nationally recognized program. PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs provide hands-on experience that allows students the opportunity to become college and career ready. I am honored to have teachers and staff who are passionate and determined to see students succeed,” said Superintendent Addison Davis. According to the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Director, Elis Estrada, students will have

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the opportunity to create content for the national NewsHour site and the nightly broadcast, which reaches over one million viewers each night. Teachers will help program leaders develop curriculum to engage young people in news and public affairs, and ensure that the youth voice is active in the conversations about the critical issues facing the nation. “Passionate educators are the glue that hold this program together,” said program founder Leah Clapman. “Every year we discover new ways to expand and improve SRL, with the most innovative and effective ideas coming straight from the teachers on the front lines.”

Student Reporting Labs provides middle and high schools with a unique video journalism curriculum, teacher professional development, mentorship and relationships with local public media stations to produce original stories that explore how critical national issues impact communities around the country. OP/Middleburg (904) 272-8100 Green Cove Springs (904) 284-6500 Keystone Heights (888) 663-2529 TDD (904) 284-6584


Using Phone as Alarm Clock Will Deprive You of Sleep S omething is stealing teens’ sleep.

Many also told me that their smartphones were the last thing they looked at before they went to In a newly released analysis of two large national sleep at night. That’s a problem, because surveys, the Jean Twenge, professor of Psycholanswering texts and scrolling through social ogy at San Diego University, and her co-authors media is mentally and emotionally stimulating, found that the number of U.S. teens who reported which leads to disturbed sleep. Others told her sleeping less than seven hours a night jumped 22 that they also regularly reached for their phones, percent between 2012 and 2015. Sleep experts often just out of habit, when they woke up in the agree that teens need at least nine hours of sleep middle of the night. a night. But by 2015, 43 percent of teens reported sleeping less than seven hours a night There’s a physiological response as well: The blue on most nights – meaning almost half of U.S. light emitted by smartphones and tablets teens are significantly sleep-deprived. simulates daylight, inhibiting the brain’s production of melatonin, the hormone that helps us fall What could have raised sleep deprivation among asleep and stay asleep. teens to such unprecedented levels? Some factors are easy to rule out. For example, the And that’s if teens try to go to sleep at all. A 2014 researchers found that the amount of time teens study found that 80 percent of teens admitted to spent working, doing homework and participating using their phones when they were supposed to in extracurricular activities held steady during be sleeping – a practice some call “vamping.” those years. Some said they stayed up most of the night when their parents thought they were asleep. But there was one large change in teens’ lives between 2012 and 2015: More owned smartSome simple limits phones. Sleep deprivation can have serious consequences for teens. Those who don’t sleep enough perform It starts as an alarm clock… poorly and are at greater risk of developing obesity. Sleep deprivation is also linked to mental Today’s teens – Twenge calls them “iGen” – are health issues including depression and anxiety the first generation to spend their entire adolesamong both teens and adults. cence with smartphones. In their analyses, they found that teens who spent more time online and on social media were more likely to sleep less. Time spent watching television had a much weaker link to fewer hours of sleep, and teens who spent more time with their friends in person or on sports or exercise actually slept more. Time spent online, however, was the one teen activity that both increased during the 2010s and was linked to shorter sleep, making it the most likely cause of teen sleep deprivation. Smartphones – which the majority of Americans own – allow mobile and instant internet access. It’s difficult to prove what causes what in an analysis like this, but it seems much more likely that teens’ increased smartphone use led to less sleep than less sleep leading to more smartphone use. Why might smartphones cause teens to sleep less? Unlike other electronic devices such as TVs and desktop computers, smartphones (and tablets) are easily carried into the bedroom and held by hand in bed.

When conducting research for her book, Twenge found that iGen teens are more likely to be depressed and anxious than previous generations. If smartphones cause teens to sleep less, and less sleep leads to depression, sleep deprivation might explain why teen depression increased sharply after 2012 – exactly when smartphones became common, and exactly when sleep deprivation began to increase among teens. What can be done? Later start times at high schools have significant positive impact on teen sleep, but school start times aren’t something parents and teens can control. In contrast, limiting smartphone use before bed is a strategy that can be immediately implemented (ideally for the whole family, adults included). A “no phones in the bedroom after bedtime” rule can work. If your family uses phones as alarm clocks, buy inexpensive alarm clocks. Put an app on phones that shuts them down during certain hours, or leave phones and tablets in another room overnight. Also, suggest reading a book, taking a bath or writing in a journal in the hour before bed.

Most of the students Twenge interviewed for her book “iGen” told her they kept their phones within Your teens will probably get some more sleep – reach as they slept, in part, because they all used and they might find themselves healthier and happier as well. j it as their alarm clock. Jean Twenge/The

Things to Do Teens Events

Youth Quake Live November 3, 8pm to 10pm The doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at 8pm. Admission is free, but a donation is collected during the show to cover production fees. YouthQuake Live offers reserved seating for all events. For $3 per seat, youth groups & families have the opportunity to sit together & enjoy the event without worrying about the crowds. Reserved seating does not necessarily mean front row. Location of your seats is dependent on the event and the church layout. The Deadline to reserve seats is Tuesday at 1pm of event week. The Potters House / 5310 Lenox Ave # 1, Jacksonville, FL 32205 / R.A.D. Nights at Rebounderz Saturdays, November 4, 11, 18, 25 6pm to close For $30 per person, enjoy All Access Play on all attractions. Includes American Ninja Warrior Course, Trampoline Arena (Includes: Main Jumper, Dodgeball Arena, Foam Pit and Slam Dunk Basketball), Sudden Combat Laser Tag, The Vault Laser Maze, Interactive Mini Bowling, 3 Rock Climbing Walls, and Leap of Faith Jump Tower. Requires Rebounderz Jump Socks for Trampoline Jump. Attraction height, weight & shoe requirements apply. Rebounderz / 904-300-0070 / 14985 Old St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, FL 32258 / www. Child & Babysitting Safety Course November 4, 12:30pm to 5:30pm This course offers certification in Child & Babysitting Safety for youth (approx.) ages 11-16. Certification is through the American Safety & Health Institute. Cost is $45. Register in advance to reserve your spot. St. Johns Golf and Country Club / 904-434-6032 / 205 St Johns Golf Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32092 / Teen Cooking: Ultimate Grilled Cheese November 7, 6pm to 7:15pm Teens ages 12 and up will learn the basics of cleanliness, food prep, and food safety at this monthly program sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Registration is required for this free program. Call 904-827-6900 to reserve your spot. A parent or guardian must be present at the time of the program to sign a waiver. St. Johns County Public Library - Southeast Branch

/ 904-827-6900 / 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL 32086 / Is Dual Enrollment For You? November 9, 12noon to 1pm Can your high school student take college credit courses? This course provides an understanding of dual enrollment and its advantages in preparation for college. The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a family resource designed for parents, caregivers, and community members. All Parent Academy courses are free of charge. Duval Parent Academy / 904-390-2960 / Florida State College of Jacksonville South Campus, Building U Room 135a 11901 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / SAT/ ACT Prep November 9, 6pm to 7:30pm Get ready for success with free SAT / ACT Workshops for college bound students. The program will introduce you to the resources the library has to help you prepare, including where to find sample tests. It also presents an overview of test-taking tips and strategies. Pablo Creek Regional Library / 904-992-7101 / 13295 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / Women & Teen Girls Safety Course November 18, 9am to 12:30pm This specialty course is taught by highly trained law enforcement Swat Team officers/trainers who are a wealth of knowledge. They teach it in a way that the everyday woman and teen girl can understand and employ. The course offers important information about prevention and how to avoid becoming a victim, as well as teaches tactical maneuvers that can be used by persons of any size (using body leverage / Jiu Jitzu techniques) to escape from holds and fight back if being attacked. In today’s world, this is highly valuable information. This course is for teen girls, college students, moms, single ladies, senior ladies and more. This course is not for girls under the age of 13. Cost is $40. St. Johns Forest Clubhouse / 904-434-6032 / 100 St. Johns Forest Blvd, St. Johns, FL 32259 / 3D Design: Tinkercad Holiday Ornaments November 25, 11am to 12:30pm Teens are invited to design and customize their own holiday ornament using simple and free 3-D design software. Jacksonville Public Library - Highlands Regional / 904-757-7702 / 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218 /

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Things to Do


Before Adding to Pack, Consider These Points Y ou’re thinking about getting a second dog. Your current dog is aging. Maybe a younger dog will breathe some life into his old dog ways. Maybe a young dog won’t. Consider the following helpful, but often overlooked, tips when weighing the decision of your new dog’s life time.

1. Pack animals Sure it may seem obvious, but dogs are a pack animal. Wolves, hyenas, coyotes, and the rest, do not function without the other members of their pack. While it may not make sense to us humans at first glance, dogs like being part of a pack, even if they are the low dog on the totem pole, so to say. In a dog’s world, their pack brings order to their life, and that order brings security. You may not realize it, but your current senior dog may consider himself the low dog on the totem pole, and he is most likely fine with it. That’s right, your dog, the only dog you own, knows that he is not Alpha pack member. Why? Because you are a part of his pack. You and the other human members of your family or household are Alpha compared to him. He’s okay with that because he knows his place, even if he is the Omega pack member, or, in human terms, low dog on the totem pole. 2. Top Dog: Omega While the determination of who is top dog can go a variety of ways, the two extremes are worth mentioning. If your new dog recognizes that he or she is not top dog, all is well in your little pack. A new dog that immediately, or pretty quickly, recognizes that he or she is not top dog will not challenge the natural order in your house. Your senior dog will not feel threatened, or worse, put out to pasture. A new dog that is willing to take the Omega role can be a very important member of your pack. Perhaps the most stunning thing a new Omega dog can do is breathe some life into your senior dog. A new young, Omega will encourage your senior dog to play. The new dog

will not threaten your senior dog’s pack order, and the playing will be fun. A new Omega can help keep your senior dog active and healthy. 3. Top Dog: Alpha Not all dogs are so willing to become the Omega. Female dogs are stereotypically less willing to become the Omega to another female dog than males will with other males. If the new dog is unwilling to take the Omega position in your pack, your senior dog will feel threatened. The senior dog may try to defend his rightful position, or he may roll over and give the Alpha dog position to the new dog. This will have a serious, negative impact on your senior dog’s physical and mental health. Such pack order should not be encouraged. As the longest standing dog member of your pack, your senior dog should have the Alpha dog position. A new dog who is unwilling to submit to your senior dog may not be a good fit for your household. 4. Choosing the Right Omega If you want to get your senior dog a new pack member, the best selection is a dog willing to take the Omega position. Such a dog will not challenge, threaten or stress your senior dog. There are many, none totally foolproof, ways to select the best dog for your household. Many dog experts believe that spayed or neutered dogs of opposite sex often have less problems peacefully defining the order of their packs than dogs of the same sex do. Another good way to ensure a harmonious pack is to research the dog you plan on getting. Find out, if you can, what its personality is. Did the dog used to live in a house with other animals, if so what was his position in the pack structure. If you can’t get that information, look at the dog’s breed characteristics. Some breeds are much more laid back than others and often make good Omega dogs.j

Pet Events

AVS Paws For A Cause November 4, 9am AVS Paws For A Cause is a pet friendly 5k & 1-mile walk. This community event will have pet costume contests, a pet photo booth, pet adoptions, and more. Registration starts at 8am, and the race begins at 9am. The 5k untimed run/walk is $15 and the timed run is $25. Kids 16 and under are free. There will also be a 1 mile fun walk with pets. Nocatee Town Center / 100 Marketside Avenue, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081 / A Night with The Addams Family November 4, 6pm to 10pm Join Paw Paws Pet Rescue for a night filled with fun, food, drinks, a show, and a silent auction. Funds raised will support the Paw Paws Pet Rescue medical fund. Tickets are $65 each and are available online. Alhambra Theatre & Dining / 904-641-1212 / 12000 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / Jacksonville Community Pet Clinic November 4, 8am to 1pm Jacksonville Community Pet Clinic offers high quality, affordable veterinary care in a mobile clinic. 8am to 10am -- AgPro, 2520 County Road 220, Middleburg, FL 32068 10:30am to 11:30am -- Bassil’s Pizzas and Subs, 6251 Argyle Forest Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32244 12noon to 1pm -- Winn Dixie, 248 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, FL 32073 Jacksonville Community Pet Clinic / 904-694-0541 / Free Puppy Playtime Saturdays and Sundays, November 4-5, 11-12, 1819, 25-26, 1pm to 1:30pm This 30-minute session provides puppies ages 8 weeks to six months a safe and fun environment to learn social skills. Build a lifetime bond with your puppy while learning about puppy play and social development from a Petco Positive Dog Trainer. Petco Yulee / 904-225-0014 / 463713 State Rd, Yulee, FL 32097 / Keeping your Pet Healthy: Creating a First Aid Kit November 12, 3pm to 6pm Pets are a very important part of your family. When they are hurt or are not feeling well, you want to make them feel better. In this class you will make a First Aid Kit for that you can use for basic ailments. Please bring a plastic box or tote to use as your kit. It does not have to be big, but you can add to it as you make new recipes. Class Fee $30; Supply Fee $10. Sign up in advance. The Studios at Florida School of Holistic Health / 904-465-0985 / 1506 King Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204 /

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Pet Photos With Santa - Avenues Mall November 12, 5:30pm to 7pm The Avenues Mall hosts Pet Photo Night on Sunday, November 12 from 5:30pm to 7pm. Santa will be in the Lower Level Center Court. Avenues Mall / 10300 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / Pet CPR & First Aid November 18, 10am to 1pm Pet CPR & First Aid features training in 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. Pet CPR & First Aid / 904-635-3665 / 410 Jacksonville Dr, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / Paint Your Own Pet - Public Fundraiser November 26, 1pm to 4pm This is a special public Painting with a Purpose Paint Your Own Pet event where part of the proceeds from this class will go back to the Pitstop Pit Bull Rescue to help with their mission. Please send your best high resolution pet photo to by November 18th. Only one pet per painter. The funds raised from this partnership will go towards animal rescue/transport, medical spay/ neuter, and microchipping. Cost is $55/painter. Painting With a Twist, San Marco / 904-399-8399 / 1525 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / A Very Doggy Christmas November 26, 2pm to 5pm Celebrate the holiday season at the final Yappy Hour of the 2017 Season. The Landing Courtyard will be decorated for the holiday season, and there will be live entertainment. Deck your dog out in the cutest ugly sweater that you can find for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest. Dogs can also have their photos taken with Santa for a $10 donation to Friends of Jacksonville Animals, Inc. which benefits the animal care protective services of Jacksonville. Yappy Hour is a free dog happy hour for pups, their parents and dog lovers hosted by Jacksonville Landing. Please make sure your pup is up-to-date on their shots and have the appropriate identification tags. Jacksonville Landing / 904-353-1188 / 2 W. Independent Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202 /

MOM’S NIGHT OUT EVENTS Moxie Ladies Night Out Networking + Social November 6, 5:30pm to 8:30pm Grab a girlfriend for a fun night out of networking, shopping and mingling at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails. All women are welcome to attend the free Networking Socials but please register your ticket online. Vendors will be doing giveaways and raffles all night. Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails / 904-998-9744 / 4972 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / Strike - Women’s Self-Defense Workshop November 8, 7:30pm to 9pm A Strike Women’s Self Defense Workshop is a great way to be safer and better prepared. This 1-hour workshop combines self-defense education and hands-on practice using one of the easiest and most practical self-defense tools on the market. The Munio Designer Self Defense Keychain is a unique, attractive and effective personal safety accessory. Working hands-on in simulated attack scenarios, you will learn and practice easy and natural ways to use a Munio that can rapidly disable an attacker so you can escape. Learning to use the Munio can make your keychain a highly effective self-defense tool that’s right in the palm of your hand. Each student will receive a Munio Keychain of your choice with this class. Ages 14 and over. Cost is $65 each. The Women’s Defense Company / 904-655-7772 / 13241 Bartram Park Boulevard #405, Jacksonville, FL 32258 / Learn To Use Your Cricut® Explore November 11, 9am Learn to set up your machine, navigate the basic features of Design Space on your computer & make beginner projects. Cricut® mobile apps are not currently supported in this class. Supplies are required

for this class; visit website to download the supply list. Cost is $35. Joann / 904-642-2557 / 10261 River Marsh Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / Demo & Discuss: Holiday Desserts November 15, 6pm to 7:30pm A. Chef’s Cooking Studio hosts a Demo & Discuss: Holiday Desserts. Pastry Chef Suzi shares recipes your family will love. This event is for adults and perfect for a Mom’s Night Out. Cost is $50/person. A. Chef’s Cooking Studio / 904-827-1350 / 145 Hilden Road, Suite 119, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081 / Ladies Night Out at Doing Dishes Pottery Studio November 18, 6pm to 9pm Ladies Night is a fun night to paint what you want/ how you want and socialize with your friends. Ladies Night is for adults 18 and up. Just make a reservation, pay the $8 non-refundable deposit and bring your own beverage. Snacks and prizes will be provided. 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 Wilton® Make Your Own Icing Decorations November 27, 6:30pm to 8:30pm Learn how to use royal icing to make appliques and adorable figure piped decorations that will look great on any treat. Supplies are not included and may cost up to $42. This is an adult level class, perfect for ladies night out. Cost of the class is $15. Michael’s, St. Augustine / 904-829-9664 / 310 CBL Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32086 /

First Coast Youth Orchestras Inaugural Performance November 18th 5pm UNF Lazzara Hall Holiday Concert December 17th 4pm JU Terry Concert Hall Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Students (under 21)

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THINGS TO DO African Americans in World War II Thru December 10 MOSH’s newest exhibit features African Americans in World War II. The photo exhibition represents the work of more than 1.2 million African Americans who served in all branches of service and in all theaters of operations during World War II. The exhibit will run through December 10. Adult tickets are $12.50, and kids admission is $10 for ages 3-12. Under 2 are free. Museum of Science and History / 904-396-6674 / 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / The Sound of Music November 1, 7:30pm November 2, 7:30pm November 3, 8pm November 4, 2pm and 8pm November 5, 1:30pm and 7pm A new production of The Sound of Music will be performed at the Times Union Center from October 31 thru November 5, as part of a North American tour. Tickets for The Sound of Music start at $40, plus applicable fees. Times Union Center Moran Theater / 904-632-5000 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library Book Sale November 2-3, 10am to 5:30pm; November 4, 10am to 4pm Book sale at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. There will be kids books, videos, games, cookbooks, fiction/non-fiction, and more. Saturday is Bag Day-fill a bag for $10. Be sure to bring cash. Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library / 904-827-6950 / 101 Library Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 / Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair November 1-12 The annual Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair returns to the fairgrounds. There will be food, live music, agricultural shows and contests, live presentations, carnival rides, games, and more. November 1 -- Opening Day -- Gates Open: 5pm to 11pm. $15 armband, does not include admission; $3 gate admission / $3 rides November 2 -- Gates Open: 5pm to 11pm. $20 armband, does not include admission November 3 -- Senior Day -- Gates Open: 3pm to 11pm. Seniors 65 & Older are free $25 armband good all day, does not include admission November 4 -- Student Day -- Gates Open: 10am to 11pm. Students are free (kids 17 and under) 10am to 3pm / $25 armband, does not include admission, 10am to 3pm/$25 armband, does not include admission, 3pm to 11pm November 5 -- Gates Open: 10am to 10pm -- $25 armband, does not include admission 10am to 6pm -- free entry with Jaguars vs Bengals game day ticket or stub November 6 -- Gates Open: 5pm to 11pm - $20 armband, does not include admission November 7 -- Family Day -- Gates Open: 5pm to 11pm - One child admitted free with the purchase of a full price adult ticket / $10 armband, does not include admission November 8 -- Gates Open: 5pm to 11pm. 7pm - Collegiate Scholarship Contest $20 armband, does not include admission November 9 -- Military Day -- Gates Open: 5pm to 11pm Military and dependents admitted free with a valid military ID; $10 unlimited mechanical ride armbands available for military and dependents with a valid military ID Non-military: $20 armband, does not include admission November 10 -- Senior Day -- Gates Open: 12noon to 11pm. Seniors 65 & older are free. $25 armband good all day, does not include admission November 11 -- Student Day -- Gates Open: 10am to 11pm. Students are free (kids 17 and under) 10am to 3pm. $25 armband, does not include admission 10am to 3pm / $25 armband, does not include admission 3pm to 11pm

November 12 -- Gates Open: 10am to 10pm. $25 armband all day, does not include admission Free entry with Jaguars vs Chargers game day ticket or stub Jacksonville Fairgrounds / 904-353-0535 / 510 Fairgrounds Place, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Unlimited Flight Night at Velocity November 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 8pm to 11pm Velocity hosts Flight Night every Friday and Saturday night from 8pm to 11pm. Enjoy unlimited jumping, ninja course, Air-Slam Basketball, and dodgeball for $28. Must be 13 years or older to be dropped off or have parent if under 18 years old. After 9pm, must be 18 years old or with a legal guardian. Customers cannot leave and come back. Velocity Air Sports / 904-551-4035 / 7022 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / www. So You Think You Can Dance: Season 14 Tour November 4, 8pm The Top 10 Finalists from So You Think You Can Dance perform live on tour this fall. The all new tour, features finalists Dassy, Kaylee, Kiki, Koine, Lex, Logan, Mark, Robert, Sydney and Taylor plus All Stars Jasmin Harper and Marko Germar. Tickets start at $43. There are packages available including VIP Tour Package, Front Row Package, and a Meet & Greet Package. Thrasher-Horne Center / 904-276-6815 / 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL 32065 / Riding the Rails: Pablo Beach Train Day November 4, 9:30am to 3:30pm The Beaches Museum hosts the first annual Riding the Rails: Pablo Beach Train Day. Activities will include three operating model train layouts, a static display of historic model trains, antique cars from the early 1900s, and demonstrations of antique toys. Tours of the Museum’s 1911 steam locomotive, the 1900 Florida East Coast Foreman’s House, and the Mayport Depot will also be available during this event. Operation Lifesaver will demonstrate train safety and offer goodies for the kids. A small scale trackless train will run through the area from 9:30am until 3:30pm. Keynote speaker Tom Schmidt, retired Vice-President of Engineering with CSX, will explore Jacksonville railroad history from its early years through the decades in the Chapel at 1:30pm. Boy Scout Troop #37 will be selling hamburgers and hotdogs as local band, Double Take, plays live music from days-gone-by. The event is free and open to the public. Beaches Museum & History Park / 904-241-5657 / 381 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / Teddy Bear Affair November 4, 10am to 3pm Kids, bring in your favorite plush animal and receive free admission to the Zoo. Nemours will be performing ‘checkups’ for your plush friends in the Range of the Jaguar. No coupon required. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens / 904-757-4463 / 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218 / 2017 NAS Jax Air Show November 4-5, 10am The NAS Jax Air Show, Birthplace of the Blue Angels, will take place November 4 - 5, 2017 aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The gates will open at 9am and the show will begin at 10am. The show will feature military and civilian aircraft displays, food and beverage booths, a kid zone, and will conclude each day with a performance by the Blue Angels. The free kids zone will featurea rock-climbing wall, bounce houses, and more. Admission and parking are free; food and beverages will be available for purchase, cash only. Attendees can bring chairs, as long as they are not in a carrying bag. The Blue Angels perform at 3pm on Saturday and at approximately 2pm on Sunday. Naval Air Station Jacksonville / 6801 Roosevelt Ave,

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Jacksonville, FL 32212 / Conner’s A-Maize-Ing Acres -Farm Heritage Day & Movie Night November 4, 10am to 9pm Conner’s celebrates days gone by with the Farm Heritage Day. Exhibits and activities include old fashioned quilting, syrup making, honey bees, Native American Indian booth, butter making, bread making, antique farm making, goat farming, broom making, farrier / horse shoeing, and more. Trinity River Band will be showcased throughout the day. Also, at dark there will be a showing of the cartoon version of Charlotte’s Web. Admission: 0 to 23 months – Free; 24 months to 4 years old - $12 - tax included; 5 years old and up - $15 - tax included. There are some activities not included in admission. Be sure to bring cash for those additional activities and for the pumpkin patch. Conner’s A-Maize-Ing Acres / 904-879-5453 / 19856 County Road 121, Hilliard, FL 32046 / Paint with an Under the Sea Princess November 4, 10am and 12noon Doing Dishes Pottery Studio hosts a Paint with an Under the Sea Princess event. Each princess will paint and Ariel figurine, meet the special guest for pictures, and make a clay pendent. Cost is $35 plus tax, and includes the pottery, studio fee, meet and greet, and clay pendent. Held at 10am at the San Jose location, and at 12noon at the St. Johns location. Doing Dishes / San Jose Location / 904-730-3729 / 5619 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville FL 32207 St. Johns Location / 904-824-7774 / 2220 CR-210 W Suite 309, Saint Johns, Fl 32259 Lift Off! An Air and Space Adventure Family Concert November 5, 3pm The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra presents Lift Off!, a family concert. Your little space travelers will fly up, up and away with musical favorites inspired by the far reaches of outer space. Join Jax4Kids for pre-concert activities for the entire family beginning at 2pm in the lobby. Tickets start at $10. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall / 904-354-5547 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Mr. Molecule’s Bing, Bang, Boom Science Show November 7, 10:30am See Science come alive, when Mr. Molecule unleashes the power and excitement of science, all based on core science principals and created by Mr. Molecule right before their eyes. Students will see the 12-foot tall Foam Monster, the impossible Balloons in Orbit and the funny Bernoulli TP Challenge. Best suited for kids in grades K-8. Tickets are $12 each; there will be a $3 Facility Fee added at checkout. Thrasher-Horne Center / 904-276-6815 / 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL 32065 / The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses 2017 November 9, 7pm The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses will be at the Times-Union Center on November 9. The two-hour concert comes to life with a 57-piece orchestra, 20-person choir, and a reimagined score that draws from recent and requested Zelda games, including A Link Between Worlds, Twilight Princess, and the remake of Majora’s Mask, while still paying homage to such classics as Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past. The concert’s five-movement symphony regales ears with Nintendo composer Koji Kondo’s original music, recalling moments of Link conquering dungeons, running through forests, and struggling to decide what color tunic to wear. Throughout the evening, a video collage syncs up with the adventurous tunes to spotlight exciting moments from the venerable franchise. Tickets are $41.75. Everyone age 2 & up must have a ticket Times Union Center / 300 West Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 /

Young Frankenstein November 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 7:30 pm November 12, 19, 2:30 pm The Amelia Musical Playhouse presents Young Frankenstein. General admission is $20; Students: $15. Amelia Musical Playhouse / 904-277-3455 / 1955 Island Walkway, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 / MOCA Fall Family Day November 11, 11am to 5pm Celebrate MOCA Jacksonville and the arts, including activities. Free admission. MOCA Jacksonville / 904-224-0113 / 333 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / Kidpreneur Fest November 18, 11am to 4pm Kidpreneur Fest is a kid’s entrepreneurship expo. Kids 18 & under (high school & lower) will have the opportunity to pitch their businesses, sell their products or showcase their ideas & concepts. There will be cash prizes for best pitch, best presentation, crowd favorite and more. Investors will be on site and kidpreneurs will have the opportunity to seek additional funding for investment. Jessie Ball duPont Center / 904-240-4550 / 40 East Adams Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / First Coast Youth Orchestras Inaugural Performance November 18, 6pm The First Coast Youth Orchestra presents their Inaugural Performance. Tickets are adults $10 and students $5 ( under 21). University of North Florida, Lazarra Concert Hall / 904-515-5092 / 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224 / JSYO Fall Concert November 19, 5pm Join the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras for their first concert of the season. Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall / 904-354-5547 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / 2017 Fall Chapel Concert Series November 20, 7pm to 9pm The Fall Chapel Concert Series returns to the Beaches Museum & History Park. Individual tickets are also for each concert at a cost of $25 in advance or $30 day of the show. The Concert Series, held in the historic and intimate Beaches Museum Chapel, has boasted sold-out shows in the recent past. Tickets are available for purchase by phone or online. This month’s concert features Jon Stickley Trio. Beaches Museum and History Park / 904-241-5657 / 381 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra: Home Alone The Jacksonville Symphony presents John Williams’ score from the holiday movie Home Alone. The score will be played live to the film. Tickets start at $26, and can be purchased online. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall / 904-354-5547 / 300 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 /

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

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