USS Underwood Returns from Six Month Deployment

More than 200 Sailors stationed on board USS Underwood (FFG 36) and embarked helicopter squadron HSL 60 will return to Naval Station Mayport on Tuesday, October 5, after a six-month deployment to the Eastern Pacific in support of Counter-Illicit Trafficking Operations.

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14th Annual Mandarin Chili Cook-Off November 13, 2010

The Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Mandarin Council is a strong advocate for community outreach programs. Our members assist in funding various school and community projects through an initiative called “Community Support.” One of the main fundraising vehicles for our program is the Annual Mandarin Chili Cook-Off, which will be held Saturday, November 13, 2010 at Panera Bread which is loacted at 11111 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223.

Mandarin Park and Boat Ramp Closed Temporarily for Improvements

Mandarin Park and Boat Ramp will be closed to the public beginning Monday, Oct. 4 through the end of the year while the city makes improvements to the park and boat ramp.

Improvements include new ADA-compliant play equipment, new signage throughout the park as well as resurfacing and expanding the parking lot to add additional spaces. The park is expected to re-open early 2011.
 
During the closure, residents are encouraged to utilize other area parks and boat ramps which include:

(Parks)

  • Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road
  • Chuck Rogers Park, 1950 San Jose Blvd.
  • Alberts Field, 2073 Brady Road
  • Losco Regional Park, 10931 Hood Road
  • Julington Durbin Creek Preserve, 3130 Bartram Park Blvd.

 

(Boat Ramps)

SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular

Halloween meets the sea during SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular, featuring an underwater "fantasea" where children can trick-or-treat, meet amazing sea creatures, catch silly and spooky shows and help Sesame Street's Abby Cadabby through an amazing adventure to find her magic wand.

SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular takes place October 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, and 29-31. The daytime event begins at 12 p.m., leaving the littlest of trick-or-treaters wide-eyed for the fun-filled activities.  Visit SeaWorldSpooktacular.com for more details. 

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Haunt Nights: Northeast Florida’s Newest Haunted Attraction at the Adventure Landing Jax Beach

Adventure Landing has announced that they will be hosting a multi-day haunted event called HAUNT NIGHTS.  Haunt Nights is Northeast Florida’s newest haunted attraction and will debut at the Adventure Landing’s Jacksonville Beach location on Friday, October 9th.  Haunt Nights will continue on select dates through October 31.  A complete operating schedule is available by clicking this link:  http://www.hauntnights.com/schedule.html.

Haunt Nights features two unique attractions:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Youth Art Contest

Hubbard House announced September 20th the launch of its first-ever Domestic Violence Awareness Month Youth Art Contest in an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence among youth.

The contest, open to youth ages 5-12 living in Northeast Florida, runs from Sept. 20 through Oct. 21 and highlights Hubbard House’s newest prevention program WAVE (Working Against Violence Every day, Everywhere, Every time). The program teaches youth healthy relationship skills before abuse occurs, how to identify and prevent bullying and helps them gain a better understanding of how violence affects their lives.

Duval County Public Schools Requests Feedback on Draft Strategic Plan 2.0

Duval County Public Schools is looking for the feedback of students, teachers, employees and community members on its newly released Draft Strategic Plan.

Duval County is continuing our focus on the success of all students, and to support our efforts we have created an updated strategic plan that we are calling Strategic Plan Version 2.0.  This updated plan builds upon the successes of our original plan as well as increases our emphasis on areas for improvement.  The updated plan is an evolution of the original plan and leverages a lot of the good work which has already started.