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Foto Friday

A big yellow duck has come to Hemming Park for One Spark Jacksonville!

One Spark Jacksonville

Sculpture on display in Hemming Park at One Spark Jacksonville

For 5 days, April 17-21, One Spark  lights up downtown Jacksonville.  One Spark gives creators, artists , entrepreneurs and innovators a venue to showcase their work.  And there’s $250,000 to be distributed based on public vote.

You’ll enjoy speakers, food, music and entertainment.  So come downtown and join  the festivities!

Public Transportation, Part 5 – the Bus

Ride what? Yes, today’s blog is about the bus.  When was the last time you rode a bus?  Have you ever ridden a bus in Jacksonville? (Shuttles to the Jaguar’s games don’t count).

For me, the answer to this last question was “no”, and perhaps this is why I waited so long to complete the Public Transportation series.  But faced with a 6-hour wait in Baymeadows while my car was being detailed,  I decided to catch a bus headed to town.

A couple things I learned on this adventure:

  • Fares are $1.50, and exact change is required
  • A bus can get you just about anywhere in Jacksonville
  • The trip was comfortable and convenient

So, next time you’re thinking about driving the car, consider checking out the bus options.  Information is available at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority website.  More about my visit to town in a future article.


See Jake Shimabukuro this week!

He’s the undisputed master of the ukelele, and this Wednesday, March 20th, Jake Shimabukuro will be at the Florida Theater in Jacksonville.  Tickets are $30.  For a preview of what Jake can do with 4 strings, go to youtube.com  and search for “Jake Shimabukuro”.

The ukelele has become increasingly popular.  The ukelele is both affordable and relatively easy to play.  There are 3 sizes of ukeleles – the soprano, the concert, and the tenor – and  I have one of each.  Looking forward to this concert!

Lt to rt: Soprano, Concert and Tenor Ukeleles

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Cancer Survivors Park features scale replicas of each of Jacksonville’s bridges over a pond shaped like the St. Johns River.  This unusual urban park is located on the downtown campus of Florida State College of Jacksonville.

Take a Tour of Everbank Stadium

Everbank Stadium is the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Here are a few photos I took on a recent tour:

The field seems much larger when you are standing on it!

Here is where our players work out

Strategy sessions begin here!

Oh, no – my son is a Carolina Panther!  (Photo taken in Charlotte, NC)

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Bronze runners at sunset along the North Bank Riverwalk.  These life-size statues are part of Jacksonville’s Art in Public Places project.

First Wednesday Art Walk

Downtown Jacksonville comes alive each month at the popular First Wednesday Art Walk.  The event, held rain or shine from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm,  spans a 15 block radius in the core downtown area.  Over 30 galleries, museums and other cultural venues, restaurants, bars and businesses participate each month.

Hemming Plaza is a good place to start.  There you can pick up a map and check out the open-air artists in the plaza.  And when you are tired of walking, enjoy a free concert at the comfortable Hicks Auditorium at the Main library.  Programs vary, many featuring outstanding local musicians, and usually begin at 7:00 pm.

Best of all, the event and library performances are FREE!

Main Street at the First Wednesday Art Walk

Foto Friday – Mega Adoption Event

This adorable puppy is going to his new, forever home  – just in time for the holidays!

Photo taken at the “Home for the Holidays” Adoption event at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds, where over 1,000 dogs and cats will be looking for forever homes.  The event continues December 1st and 2nd.  More photos below:

Morton Perry, playing his soprano sax,  enchants a newly adopted dog.

An adoptable dog silently pleads “take me, take me”  at the “Home for the Holidays” adoption event in Jacksonville, Florida.

Cuddly kitties await their forever homes at the “Home for the Holidays” Adoption Event in Jacksonville, Florida.  Maybe someone will take both these best friends!



Home for the Holidays Mega-Adoption

First Coast No More Homeless Pets, Jacksonville Animal care and Control,  and the Jacksonville Humane Society and at least 15 other animal rescue groups are  once again teaming up to offer over 1,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens up for adoption.  “Home for the Holidays” will take place downtown at the Fairgrounds this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (December 2-4, 2012).  It is said to be the largest pet adoption event in the nation.

Last year’s event was so popular, that 946 pets were adopted, and we ran out of adoptable dogs and cats by the 3rd day.  This year, if the 1,000 pets are adopted, more animals will be brought in.  Having  volunteered at the event last year,  I  can testify that there are many amazing pets in shelters just waiting and hoping for loving homes.

Special thanks go out to two of our sponsors – Best Friends Animal Society and PetSmart Charities.  Through their support, Jacksonville is well on its way to becoming a no-kill city by 2014, or sooner.  I hope you’ll come out to this event and that these wonderful dogs and cats will find loving, forever homes.

Pictures coming later on Foto Friday.