Annual Pumpkin Patch Opens Saturday at Southside United Methodist Church

Hundreds of pumpkins will be hitting the town on Saturday, October 2nd as the youth of Southside United Methodist Church (SUMC) set up for the start of PUMPKINS ON THE POINT!   We invite the community to enjoy the fun as “the point,” between Hendricks Avenue and San Jose Blvd, grows one pumpkin at a time into a very sincere pumpkin patch.

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Artist Rodney Atkins to Play Free Show at Jacksonville Landing on October 8

Country music star Rodney Atkins is coming to Jacksonville, FL to perform a FREE show for the 99.9 Gator County Fall Concert Series on Friday, October 8.

Alhambra Actors to Join Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for "The Pirates of Penzance"

Actors from the nation’s longest running professional dinner theatre will take the stage with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for a special production of The Pirates of Penzance, set to invade Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts on October 1-3. Conducted by Michael Butterman, a stellar cast from the new Alhambra Theatre & Dining under the direction of Tod Booth will sing and dance to live music by the Jacksonville Symphony in one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s wittiest comic operettas.  Performances are Friday and Saturday, October 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 3 at 3 p.m. Information and tickets are available through the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Box Office at (904) 354-5547 or online at www.jaxsymphony.org. Ticket prices are $26, $31, $41, $56 and $66

Mosquito-Borne Illness Advisory

The Duval County Health Department (DCHD) is emphasizing the importance of protection against mosquito-borne diseases after laboratory tests confirmed a 45-year-old female Duval County resident had been hospitalized for West Nile Virus Disease. The individual has since recovered from the illness. This is the first confirmed human case in the county since 2005.

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Duval County Teachers get assistance with Math and Science Instruction through FSU Grant

Jacksonville, FL - A doctor records his patients' symptoms on a tiny laptop computer, receiving instant, expert feedback for his diagnosis.  A police officer gets a suspect's rap sheet in minutes, thanks to the cruiser-installed computer connecting her to critical public safety data. Even the cashier at the fast-food joint uses a high-tech system to process your order of burger and fries.
 
Yet the work of most teachers looks much the same as it did decades ago. Can technology transform teaching in the same way it has other key professions?

FairDistrictsFlorida Responds to AARP Endorsement

The AARP Florida today announced their endorsement of Amendments 5 and 6, adding one of the most wide-reaching and impactful organizations in the State to the list of supporters of the FairDistricts Amendments. AARP Florida will help educate its nearly 3 million members and 96 chapters across the state that a YES vote on Amendments 5 and 6 will create rules to stop politicians from drawing districts to favor themselves or their political allies. These FairDistricts amendments will require the Tallahassee politicians to make sure they protect voters’ interests rather than their own when they redraw Congressional and legislative districts in 2012 and every ten years thereafter.

Warm for a bit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We will warm to near 70 with gusty west winds, until a cold front arrives late on our Tuesday. Then back to the ice box with the threat of morning freezes and wind chill Wednesday and Thursday.