Community Spirit

Daniel Guiding Hearts Gala: Moonlight Masquerade Raises Money for Kids in Crisis

More than 300 First Coast residents experienced an elegant Venetian masquerade and raised more than $107,000 to help abused, neglected and emotionally troubled children at the Daniel Guiding Hearts Gala: Moonlight Masquerade presented by Enterprise Integration at the Modis Building in Downtown Jacksonville on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Gala guests enjoyed cuisine from top area restaurants including Capital Grille, TacoLu, TPC Sawgrass, Mojo Kitchen, Matthew’s, Heirlooms and more.  Unique performers, including 12-foot tall stilt walkers and musicians dressed in period costumes, entertained the crowd. 

Taco Bell Donation Campaign Will Benefit Local Military Families

More than 400 Taco Bell restaurants will participate in the second annual “Freedom Bells” fundraiser, in support of the Armed Forces Families Foundation.

One hundred percent of donations made from Nov. 10-23 will go toward projects to benefit military families in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. 

State Parks Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service will offer free day-use entrance to Florida State Parks on Thursday, November 11, 2010.

In honor of the services and sacrifices of United States veterans, their families and communities, day-use entrance to all of Florida State Parks will be waived to park visitors on Veterans Day. This offer does not include Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

For more information on Florida’s state parks or Veterans Day event details visit www.floridastateparks.org or www.twitter.com/FLStateParks.   

674 Children in Need of Holiday Gifts

Episcopal Children’s Services is launching its annual Holiday Outreach program this week. With the help of the community, the program will provide 674 children and families in Clay, Baker, Bradford, Union, Nassau and Duval counties with Holiday gifts.

Jacksonville Public Library Branch Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Branch is oldest continually-used library building in system

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 3, 2010 – The Jacksonville Public Library will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Willowbranch Branch Library with activities for all ages. Jacksonville City Councilman Michael Corrigan will serve as the keynote speaker for the program commemorating the opening of the library in 1930 and its importance to the community.

Saturday, Nov. 6  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Willowbranch Branch Library 2875 Park St. – 32205

Former and current residents are invited to share stories about Willowbranch and the neighborhood after the formal program in the library. Adults and teens will have the opportunity to play circa1930 parlor games while children can enjoy facepainting, art and crafts and other activities. Friends of the Willowbranch Library is sponsoring the celebration. 

 

Hubbard House Announces Winner in Youth Art Contest

Mariah Blanton, an 8-year-old from Glen St. Mary, Florida, is the grand prize winner in Hubbard House’s first-ever Domestic Violence Awareness Month Youth Art Contest. She will receive a party for 10 at Jungle Quest, an indoor facility for kids that offers rock climbing, zip lines, tree houses and more.

MOSH: Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Nov. 11

The wait is almost over!  The Grand Opening Celebration of the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium is set for November 11th through 14th.  The opening will begin a new chapter in the Museum of Science & History’s 59-year history of space science programming.