Families

Sticky Little Hands Usher in Passover, Children Prepare with Matza Bakery

With the approach of Passover, Jacksonville’s Jewish community is in full pre-holiday-madness mode. So much has to be done – house cleaning, Seder preparation, shopping and more shopping. This year children will play a special role in ushering in the Passover Holiday with the Model Matzah Bakery.

Sponsored by CHS – Chabad’s Hebrew School , this unique event brings children together for a hands on, exciting educational journey exploring the history and significance of Passover and Matzah. In fact each participant will begin with stalks of wheat which are winnowed and then ground, drawing special well-water and finally, donning the full Matzah Baker Master Regalia – hat, apron, floury face and all, will bake a spectacular Matzah!

UNF English Department Presents Second Shakespeare-in-the-Park Season

UNF English Department Presents Second Shakespeare-in-the-Park Season

The University of North Florida’s Department of English, in conjunction with the City of Atlantic Beach, will present “The Tempest” outdoors and under the stars on the UNF Green Friday, April 8, through Sunday, April 10. All performances begin at 8 p.m. with music beginning at 7: 30 p.m. Participants are invited to bring chairs and a picnic supper for the outdoor performances.

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.

New Report Offers Detailed Look at Well-Being of Duval County Children

In an era of diminished public resources, the Jacksonville Children's Commission has a new tool to use as it makes decisions about future  investments and services to the community.

The Map of Child Well-Being in Duval County is part of a groundbreaking study of children in Duval County conducted by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University on behalf of the Children's Commission. The study was funded by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.