Community Spirit

Chocolate & Candy Shoppe Celebrates Halloween with Free Outdoor Movie

Sweet Pete’s, Jacksonville’s only all-natural sweet shoppe, founded by local confectioner Peter Behringer aka the “Peter” of Peterbrooke Chocolatier, will host a free outdoor viewing of a classic favorite movie, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory on Friday, October 22.

Jaguars Game Has Special Meaning for Russ-Doe's Sandwich Shop Owners

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- At Russ-Doe's Sandwich shop, between the hot sandwiches and cold salads, there is room for football, lots of football.

On the wall are a football jersey and a picture of a player wearing the jersey - No. 11.  "Oh yeah, that's his number, that was his number in college," said Russell Smith Jr.

Smith's son Rusty Smith is a first-year quarterback for the Tennessee Titans; 11 is his number. 

"He's a good kid. He's worked hard, I ran for a lot of passes in the front yard and the backyard," said his father.

It took hard work and strong discipline, he said, like working around the family's Eastside sandwich shop.

"When he was 7... I started him parking cars out there, picking up the trash," he said. "We just talking about that this morning, he has fond memories."

Upcoming Duval County School District Fall Festivals List

To help promote family and community involvement, the following DCPS' elementary schools will be hosting Fall Festivals.

When and Where: 

Friday, October 15, 2010
Jacksonville Heights Elementary, 4 to 7 p.m., 7750 Tempest St. S., Jacksonville, FL 32244, 904-573-1120.  Proceeds will benefit the Safety Patrol.

West Riverside Elementary, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., 2801 Herschel St., Jacksonville, FL 32205. Fun for the whole family, featuring games, food, prizes and a silent auction. All activities require tickets that can be purchased from the school's front office.

Saturday, October 16, 2010
Seabreeze Elementary, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1400 Seabreeze Ave., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. "Howl's & Haystacks" event with obstacle courses, huge slides, carnival foods and games, face painting, classroom booths and more! Bring your family, friends & neighbors… and come in costume, if you dare!

Jax India Fest on October 16, 2010 from 3PM to 11PM at the Metropolitan Park

Jax India Fest 2010 is being organized by the Hindu Society of North East Florida along with various Indian organizations of Jacksonville.  Jax India Fest 2010 is on October 16, 2010 from 3PM to 11PM at the Metropolitan Park.  Admission is free and it is open to all. 

Jax India Fest 2010 promises to be a fun filled event.  The event will have fifty-plus booths from a variety of regional Indian organizations and businesses that cater to the local population.  The booths will feature authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dresses, traditional Indian jewelry, and Indian art.  In addition, traditional Indian folk and classical dances will be performed.  The event will culminate in Navratri celebrations, which will include Garba Ras and Dandia-very popular traditional dance in which everyone participates.

City Encourages Participation in "Teal Monday" Events, Offers Free Parking at Select Facilities

Mayor John Peyton has proclaimed Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 as “Teal Monday” in support of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Monday Night Football game against divisional rivals, the Tennessee Titans. To create a fun environment for all to enjoy, the Jaguars and others will host festivities at various locations throughout downtown. 

Women Invited to St. Johns Town Center for a Night of Fashion and Fun

Grab the girls for a night of fashion, pampering, sweet treats, live entertainment, door prizes and much more! Ladies Night Out presented by St. Vincent’s Healthcare will take place on Thursday, October 14.

Christian Recording Artist Eva Pike To Record Music Video At Florida Baptist Children’s Homes

On Friday, October 15, 2010, up and coming Christian recording artist Eva Kroon Pike will be recording her music video “Grace That Chose Me” at Huguenot Park and also at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. Her video will feature adoptive families and also foster children living at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. 

“Grace That Chose Me” is a song about adoption. Eva has chosen adoption as her platform, since she herself was adopted at 10 weeks of age. The music video will also feature Eva with her adopted mother. She has chosen Florida Baptist Children’s Homes as her charity of choice.