Free Asthma Summit Wednesday

The Issue:

  • Jacksonville’s emergency room visits and death rate from asthma are significantly higher than the state and national average. 
  • Duval County has had the most number of pediatric asthma deaths in the past three years for all Florida counties.
  • Asthma is the leading cause of hospitalization for children in Duval County and the number one reason kids miss school, resulting in missed work for parents and mounting financial burdens.

Keep your social calendar busy with First Coast News’ My Community new events section!

Keep your social calendar busy with First Coast News’ My Community new events section!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?  Check out on the new events guide at the top of the page.  We’ve taken all the work out of finding out what’s happening in your community. 

Just click where you live and you have everything at your fingertips!  Looking for something to do with your kids?  We have a family friendly activities section. Interested in art?  We have exhibit listings.  Want to explore a different part of the city?  Click the neighborhood and we can show you what’s happening.

Planning your weekend has never been easier!


Belk Charity Event and a Good Reason to Go Shopping!

Belk Spring Charity Sale - Belk will hold its annual Spring Charity Sale this Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. to benefit local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 16-state market area.

A $5 charitable donation gains customers admission to a private sale with merchandise discounts ranging from an extra 20 to 70 percent off on items throughout the store, including special savings on rarely discounted brands. Customers will also receive $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at the event, and Belk cardholders will receive double Rewards points (and Belk Elite cardholders, triple Rewards points) for card purchases.

Ride the Beaches Trolley FREE on Sunday, April 17

The Beaches Trolley, a year?round service running between Atlantic Beach and Jacksonville Beach, including Neptune Beach, will be FREE on Sunday, April 17 in honor of the official Opening of the Beaches for summer fun. The Beaches Trolley will run from 5:46 a.m. to 12:43 a.m. Its route covers approximately five miles with nearly 40 stops in each direction including the Atlantic Village Shopping Center, Hugenot Park, Jacksonville Beach City Hall and the South Beach Regional Shopping Center. Hop on or off at any stop without paying a thing, and leave traffic and parking hassles behind!

"Show Your Library Some Love!" And Celebrate National Library Week April 10 - 16

Jacksonville Public Library customers saved more than $100 million last year by checking out library materials rather than buying them. Three times as many people visited the Jacksonville Public Library last year than attended all major Jacksonville live sporting events combined.  Nearly three EverBank Fields could be filled with the number of people who attended library programs last year. Librarians answered more than 1 million reference questions lending their expertise to help customers find the most credible answers quickly. For these reasons and many more, the Jacksonville Public Library invites the community to celebrate and take advantage of all the library has to offer during National Library Week.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District to host 2011 Safety Pays Workshop

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District Construction Division will host its annual Safety Pays workshop, May 12-13 at the Rosen Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Fla.  A special lodging rate of $104 per night is available for reservations made by April 20.

Animal Care & Protective Services Part of ASPCA $100K Challenge

Animal Care & Protective Services Part of ASPCA $100K Challenge

The City of Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS) Division is one of 93 agencies across the nation participating in the qualifying heat of this year’s ASPCA $100K Challenge. ACPS is competing for grants totaling $300,000 from the ASPCA, including a top prize of $100,000.

The 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters, and their communities, aiming to get more animals adopted or returned to their owners than ever before. The first phase is the qualifying heat, during which participating shelters compete to accumulate the most online votes from their supporters. The 50 shelters with the most votes become the official contestants for the 2011 ASCPA $100K Challenge.