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Georgia-Florida Game Shows Reduced Economic Impact

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Many fans of both schools said this year's Georgia-Florida game at EverBank Field was the most exciting ever.

The bottom line disagrees.

Research released by Visit Jacksonville indicates spending was down this year compared to 2009.

About 21,500 hotel-room nights are attributable to the game this year, but in 2009 the number was 24,600.

The dollars spent and overall impact followed a similar downward trend, as direct spending fell from $13.4 million to $11.6 million, and overall economic impact fell from $23.9 million to $20.8 million.

The average hotel stay was two nights. Many factors could have contributed to the decline.

The 2009 game featured top-ranked, unbeaten Florida and hometown quarterback Tim Tebow.

The 2010 game featured two unranked teams with first-year quarterbacks.

Adoption . . . A Perfect Fit Fashion Show, Nov 13th

In celebration of National Adoption Month, Family Support Services of North Florida (FSS) is shining the spotlight on adopting children from foster care by hosting a fashion show, Adoption . . . A Perfect Fit, on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. in the Avenues Mall, 10300 Southside Blvd. More than 20 local foster children available for adoption will model fall fashions on the lower level of the mall, in front of Sears.

Haven Hospice to Host Inaugural Joes v. Pros Celebrity Softball Challenge

Haven Hospice and the Jacksonville Suns stadium will host the inaugural Joes v. Pros Celebrity Softball Challenge in Jacksonville.  Partnering with the University of North Florida baseball team, this fundraising event will be emceed by WJXT's Bruce Hamilton and will feature UNF’s Ospreys baseball team as the “pros” for the event.  This inaugural event will take place at the Jacksonville Suns stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.  Noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, December 5, 2010.

Tickets for the Mayor’s Holiday Festival for Senior Citizens are Now on Sale

Tickets for the Mayor’s Holiday Festival for Senior Citizens are now on sale.  Tickets are available for $8 each at the Mary L. Singleton Senior Center, 150 E. First St., and at City Hall at St. James, 117 W. Duval St., Suite 280 on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center,1000 Water St., from 2 - 5 p.m.

Community Conversation About School Reform in Jacksonville

As a follow-up to the recent release of education-reform documentary Waiting for Superman, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund is hosting a panel discussion with education leaders, followed by a community conversation to identify education reform priorities for the city.

The event will be held on Tuesday, November 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the conference center of the main branch of the Jacksonville Public Library, 303 N. Laura Street.

Bishop Kenny 26, Jackson 20

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Bishop Kenny has won it's first district title in football since the 70's as the Crusaders defeated the Jackson Tigers 26-20 on Friday night.

To watch highlights from this game, click on the video clip within this story.

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Presents Art Ventures: Supporting the Arts in Jacksonville

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens presents Art Ventures: Supporting the Arts In Jacksonville for 20 Years on November 18, 2010. The exhibition, on view through January 2, 2011, features 51 pieces from 31 artists, including paintings, photographs, mixed media, sculptures, video and poetry.  The Art Ventures initiative of the Community Foundation in Jacksonville has contributed to the success of 39 small arts organizations and 91 individual artists in Northeast Florida.  Thirty of these individual artists were selected through a juried process to be a part of this anniversary exhibition at The Cummer.