Community Spirit

674 Children in Need of Holiday Gifts

Episcopal Children’s Services is launching its annual Holiday Outreach program this week. With the help of the community, the program will provide 674 children and families in Clay, Baker, Bradford, Union, Nassau and Duval counties with Holiday gifts.

Hubbard House Announces Winner in Youth Art Contest

Mariah Blanton, an 8-year-old from Glen St. Mary, Florida, is the grand prize winner in Hubbard House’s first-ever Domestic Violence Awareness Month Youth Art Contest. She will receive a party for 10 at Jungle Quest, an indoor facility for kids that offers rock climbing, zip lines, tree houses and more.

Dance Marathon at the University of North Florida, November 20-21

University of North Florida students will gather together on November 20-21, 2010 to raise funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network.

October 20, 2010– If you were in college, wouldn’t you want to participate in the University of North Florida’s largest all night party for a cause?  November 20-21, 2010 will mark the third year that Dance Marathon at the University of North Florida has taken place on the First Coast.

MOSH: Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Nov. 11

The wait is almost over!  The Grand Opening Celebration of the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium is set for November 11th through 14th.  The opening will begin a new chapter in the Museum of Science & History’s 59-year history of space science programming.  

Jacksonville RollerGirls November Charity Bout

Jacksonville RollerGirls home teams First Coast Fatales and River City Rat Pack will battle it out in the name of justice. JRG held our first CrimeStoppers bout last year in memory of Somer Thompson and have since committed to an annual partnership with the organization with the goal of keeping our community safe. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first bout will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 in advance or $12.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Skate Bomb in Jacksonville Beach,, or from one of your local roller derby girls.

City Rescue Mission to Host “Turkey and a Tour” Turkey Drive

In preparation for feeding the homeless and needy this holiday season, City Rescue Mission is seeking donations to help feed more than 1,000 people on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. From 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 6, City Rescue Mission will host the “Turkey and a Tour” turkey drive at the New Life Inn on State Street in Downtown Jacksonville. Community members are asked to drop off a turkey to assist in serving thousands of hungry men, women and children who come to the Mission for help. 

St. Johns Town Center Holiday Spectacular Saturday, November 20th

Holiday shoppers and families are invited to make merry with a full day of free festivities at St. Johns Town Center, culminating with a spectacular tree lighting and fireworks show. Retailers will also offer great holiday shopping opportunities, in-store promotions and specials.