Community Spirit

Jacksonville Couple Chosen for First Times Square New Year's Wedding

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- How many guests make for a "full house" at a wedding? One local couple will have about a million.

Bethany Philips and Geoffrey Dubie, who live in Jacksonville,  met in Iraq while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.  They live in Jacksonville.

They entered a contest to be the first people ever married in a ceremony at Times Square on New Year's Eve.

After looking through nearly 2,000 entries, Get Married Media chose Philips and Dubie to say "I do" as the ball drops with the world watching.

Philips, originally from Georgia, is heading to Florida State College Jacksonville to study nursing, and Dubie, from North Carolina, is studying at Jacksonville University.

The couple chose Jacksonville to start their life together after their service in the military.

Air Show at NAS Jacksonville this Weekend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Folks living along the river south of downtown will notice the sky is a bit more full than usual this weekend.

The 2010 NAS Jax Air Show is Saturday and Sunday, featuring, as always, the famous Blue Angels.

Gates open at 9 a.m. each day, and the action gets underway at 10 with flight demonstrations, aerobatics, a jet-powered truck and plenty of good old noise.

Drivers can enter at the NAS Jacksonville main gate on U.S. 17. 

Parking and admission are free, and there will be aircraft on display, merchandise and concessions and a Kid's Zone -- also free.

There will be five hours of speed and spins leading up to the Blue Angels at 3 p.m. The Air Show website has a complete lineup of aircraft and performers scheduled for the weekend.

Everyone attending will have to pass through a metal detector.

Halloween Buy Backs, Costume Parties and Fun

HALLOWEEN EVENTS:

'The Wizard of Oz' Showing for Free Saturday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In a bit of Technicolor irony, somewhere over the rainbow is somewhere under the bridge this weekend.

Saturday evening, the Riverside Arts Market is showing the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz" under the Fuller Warren Bridge in Riverside.

The fun gets underway at 6:30 when the entertainment cranks up and food sales begin.

The proverbial curtains go up at 7, and when the movie is over, music videos will play on the big screen as the crowd disperses.

The weather will be nice, not that it matters, since the bridge provides a roof for the showing. Temperatures will be heading into the 50s as the night progresses, but will likely remain in the 60s during the movie.

The movie is free and parking is free; bring your own chairs and blankets.

The 2010 Horror Film Fest at the 5 Points Theatre will open Friday, October 22nd at 7 pm

The 5 Points Theatre will hold it’s 2010 Horror Film Fest from Friday, October 22nd to Sunday, October 24th at 1028 Park Street in Riverside.  The festival features a mix of classic and new film designed to appeal to horror fans and general movie lowers.  The highlight of the festival will be the classic Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3-D, which was largely shot in nearby Wakulla Springs.  Many Jacksonville residents remember scenes from the sequel, Return of the Creature, being shot downtown at the old Lobster House restaurant.

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER recently launched an iPhone app to complement its Get Your Feet Wet guide

 St. Johns RIVERKEEPER recently launched an iPhone app to complement its Get Your Feet Wet guide to the St. Johns River. 

The “Get your Feet Wet, iPhone edition” guidebook app is a valuable resource that allows users to explore and learn about the St. Johns River from Palatka to the Atlantic Ocean with the convenience of their phone.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure - October 23, 2010

It's nearly time for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure!  It will be held on Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 at a new site-- the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.  (510 Fairgrounds Pl., Jacksonville, FL 32202)

You can register online until October 17th, and you can register at any 1st Place Sports location until October 16th.  After that, you may register at the AT&T Health & Fitness Expo October 21st-22nd, or register on Race Day.  All registered participants will receive a free event shirt!