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Buy Produce & Help Sick Kids

Buy Produce & Help Sick Kids

Publix Super Markets throughout the area, are partnering with Produce for Kids® on the largest-ever annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign to raise money for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and to encourage families to cook together and eat healthier.

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

As a part of Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week, state emergency management officials are encouraging every pet owner in Florida to include their animals in their family disaster preparedness plan before the start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. By planning for the needs of your pets, it will greatly increase the chances of their survival during disasters.

6th Annual Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

6th Annual Hammerhead Ocean Marathon

Looking for a challenge?? Well, sign up for the 6th annual Hammerhead Ocean marathon!The swim marathon has two sepreate legs that are1.25 miles, and 2.5 miles respectively in OPEN WATER. It will be held on August 13, 2011 and begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the Jacksonville Beach Pier. Bring your swimming gear, and most importantly your endurance!!! For more information log on to www.hammerheadtriathlonclub.com. See you there! 

Pet Adoption Event Saturday at Murray Hill Branch Library

Pet Adoption Event Saturday at Murray Hill Branch Library

Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Murray Hill Branch Library will host the city's Animal Care & Protective Services (ACPS) division for "Happy Tails," a pet adoption event featuring local shelter cats and dogs available for adoption. The library is located at 918 Edgewood Ave. S.

Peterbrooke Helping Tuscaloosa Tornado Victims

Peterbrooke Helping Tuscaloosa Tornado Victims

All Jacksonville-area Peterbrooke shops including Fernandina and St. Augustine are collecting non-perishable items that will be donated to the Tuscaloosa, AL tornado relief efforts. 

The items will be picked up from each of the Peterbrooke locations and delivered to the Peterbrooke shop in Tuscaloosa, which has been acting as a key drop-off location since the tornado ripped the area last month.

First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to Host Census Rep

The First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FCHCC) is hosting a data services specialist from the Census Bureau at its May professional networking meeting. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss Hispanic population trends reported in the 2010 Census. The Census reported that Hispanics account for 56 percent of the nation’s growth over the past decade, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Florida has seen dramatic increases as well.

Mayoral candidate, Alvin Brown, will be attending the event to speak to guests and participate in a meet and greet.

The event will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2011, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Dr., and is free and open to the public. Visit http://www.fchcc.com/ for tickets or for more information.

JSO Employees Donate 1,700 Pounds of Pet Food to Animal Care and Protective Services

JSO Employees Donate 1,700 Pounds of Pet Food to Animal Care and Protective Services

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office employees this week donated approximately 600 pounds of dog and cat food and treats to the city’s Animal Care & Protective Services’ Pet Meals on Wheels program. The food will be distributed to senior pet owners who participate in the Meals on Wheels program and may have trouble affording pet food.

“Many times, these seniors are sharing their Meals on Wheels food deliveries with their cats or dogs,” said Christine Parker, community relations supervisor for ACPS. “This helps them to keep their beloved pets – and themselves – nourished.”

The food was collected during a month-long pet food drive at JSO locations across the city. The food drive, spearheaded by Officer Tanya Nelson, took place in March.