Community Spirit

Serendipity Springfield Home and Outdoor Living Tour

Serendipity Springfield Home and Outdoor Living Tour

SPAR Council’s 33rd spring time tour. This popular weekend event is a great opportunity for the public to get an inside look at several turn of the century built homes, beautiful gardens and other sights of interest in Historic Springfield, Jacksonville’s oldest neighborhood founded in 1869. Springfield was featured as the South’s #1 comeback neighborhood in the January 2010 issue of Southern Living magazine and described as having “a life of its own” in the December 2010 issue of Florida Trend.

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Students at Fletcher Middle Participate in the Opening of the Beaches Parade

Four students from Fletcher Middle School participated in the Opening of the Beaches Parade with Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA). The girls were asked to participate by the FOJA beach committee.

In addition to walking the dogs and hyping the crowd during the parade, the girls designed posters, flyers and decorations for the float. The theme was “Rock Star” and they gave the dogs names such as “Mick Wagger” and “Elvis Pawsley.” The girls continued volunteering at FOJA’s adoption event after the parade. Four of the dogs found potential homes thanks to students’ efforts.

This project began in December during a service-learning lesson in the classroom. During a unit on research and communication, the students studied and discussed pet overpopulation.

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.

FNFCG CARAVAN to the Clara White Mission Training Center & Garden

On Saturday, May 14th 2011, Clara White Mission Training Center & Garden will open its doors to the public and community gardeners. All are invited to come and tour the LaVilla Organic Garden and Clara White Mission Training Center.  Enjoy a tasting from the gardens provided by the Clara White Culinary Arts center.

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.

The Salvation Army of NE Florida Assists Alabama

The Salvation Army of NE Florida has deployed 2 mobile canteens and a team of volunteers and staff to help assist in the relief and recovery efforts in areas most affected from recent storms.

The Salvation Army canteen (kitchens on wheels) from Jacksonville left on Saturday, April 30 to assist with disaster relief and recovery in the raven stricken areas of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Disaster volunteers from Jacksonville are assisting the Jacksonville canteen. Staff and volunteers from The Salvation Army Orlando Area Command are manning the St. Augustine canteen which traveled to Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday to assist victims and emergency personnel affected by the recent storms. Salvation Army deployments are typically 14 days.