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Jacksonville Special Events July 2011

Freedom, Fanfare & Fireworks

July 4

Independence Day celebration, festivities include a majestic fireworks show over the St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville and other special engagements. 

 

Jacksonville Special Events June 2011

Moonlight Movies

June 3 and 10

A classic movie is shown outdoors under the stars in Jacksonville Beach.  Visitors bring picnic blankets and baskets, lawn chairs and pets to really make an evening out of it.  Vendors set up to sell food and beverages, as well as there is a kids’ entertainment zone for families.  Event is free.  Screenings begin at 9 p.m.

 

Jacksonville Special Events May 2011

Movies in the Park

May 6

Downtown Jacksonville’s series is returning to historic Treaty Oak Park Fridays in the spring. Hosted by Downtown Vision, Inc. and JaxParks, the series features four family-friendly movies shown under the stars, each beginning at dusk (around 8 p.m.) on the land that once served as the setting for numerous silent films. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic dinners ordered “to-go” from one of the many Downtown restaurants. Music and kids lawn games will keep moviegoers busy before each show. Vendors will also sell concessions onsite. Movie: The Wizard of Oz.

 

Jacksonville Special Events April 2011

Movies in the Park

April 8, 15 and 29

Downtown Jacksonville’s series is returning to historic Treaty Oak Park Fridays in the spring. Hosted by Downtown Vision, Inc. and JaxParks, the series features four family-friendly movies shown under the stars, each beginning at dusk (around 8 p.m.) on the land that once served as the setting for numerous silent films. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic dinners ordered “to-go” from one of the many Downtown restaurants.  April 8 – Cars, April 15 – The Neverending Story, April 29 – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Residents Invited to Donate Gently Used Shoes to Support Disaster Relief in Japan

In the wake of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, Jane Nation is calling upon local residents in its drive to collect at least 100 pair of shoes for Soles4Souls. The effort is part of the charity’s “11 IN 11” campaign to collect and distribute 11 million shoes in 2011 to people living in extreme poverty and recovering from natural disasters.

“Shoes are perennial favorites of most women — we love shopping for and commenting on each other’s shoes — online and off,” said Karen Moran, community manager for JaneNation.com, an online opinion-sharing community for women. “When we learned about the great work being done by Soles4Souls, we knew we could count on our Janes to literally step in to help. We all have a few pair of shoes taking up valuable closet space, and knowing that someone in need could benefit from them makes it easy to donate.”

Local United Way Announces 2010-2011 Turnaround Campaign Results of more than $25 million

Local United Way Announces 2010-2011  Turnaround Campaign Results of more than $25 million

United Way of Northeast Florida announced today 2010-2011 Annual Campaign results of over $25 million – a turnaround campaign with a three percent increase over the previous year. This marks a significant improvement in giving since the economic downturn began in 2008.  These strong results will help address the human service needs across our community including United Way’s focus on keeping more than 10,000 students on track to high school graduation.

Holiday Donations by Publix Customers Totals Over $100,000

Holiday Donations by Publix Customers Totals Over $100,000

The Salvation Army of NE Florida has been awarded a check for a whopping $100,169 from Publix Supermarkets for its hunger-serving programs. The donation will be presented to The Salvation Army by Dwaine Stevens, Media and Community Relations Manager for Publix, Jacksonville Division, at a luncheon at Metropolitan Park on Thursday, April 21.  The funds were donated at the holidays by Publix customers in an ongoing drive to support charities fighting hunger in the community.