Join Pottery Barn Kids for a Sing-Along at St. Johns Town Center

Featuring Silly Sam the Music ManJune 30 at 10 am & 11 am, Kids of all ages are welcome as we sing, dance and celebrate summer!

St. John's Town Center, Jacksonville, FL

Five Ideas for the Family Grill-master

Five Ideas for the Family Grill-master

Call it the Father's Day predicament. We want to honor the fathers in our lives. But on a nice June weekend, we often want to celebrate with a cookout, so Dad ends up manning the grill and cooking his own dinner. Is that fair? Perhaps not. But here are five ways to sweeten the deal and lighten the load for the hard-working grill-master at your house:

1. Double down.

Just because your dad has a grill doesn't mean he doesn't want, even need, another. "Consider making him a multiple grill owner," suggests Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbecue Bible and several other books on grilling. If he has a gas grill (about 70% of U.S. grill owners do), consider giving him a charcoal grill. Along with the added cooking surface, Raichlen says, you'll get a better smoker than you get on any gas model. You'll also be giving Dad the not-to-be-underestimated gift of literally playing with fire.

Miracle Children Bring Extra Thanks to Local Publix Store

Miracle Children Bring Extra Thanks to Local Publix Store

Jennifer and Dave Edwards are proud parents of 2 healthy twin boys, Jack and Luke.  At 16 weeks into their pregnancy, doctors told the parents-to-be that one of their babies had no amniotic fluid and to prepare for the worst. At just 19 weeks, Jennifer started having contractions and was immediately admitted into the hospital.  She made it to 32 weeks and delivered the two boys at Wolfson Children’s Hospital on September 7, 2007. Jack and Luke each weighed a little over 2 lbs. and were able to go home after 8 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).The boys were transported and treated with equipment that was purchased by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, with funds raised by their corporate sponsors such as Publix.

Beaches Summer Fest to Benefit MDA

A local family in Jacksonville Beach is pulling out all the stops to help raise money to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Dana and Jeffrey Smith will be hosting the first annual Beaches Summer Fest on June 18th at the Oceanfront Marriott Courtyard in Jacksonville Beach.

For a $30 donation, attendees will be able to taste beer from local breweries such as Bold City Brewery, Intuition Ale Works, Engine 15, Green Room Brewing, Ragtime and Brewers Pizza. The event will also feature live music and a sampling of local restaurants including North Beach Bistro, Ocean 60, Perfect Pear Catering, Dick’s Wings, and Taste.

Ken Jeong Suits Up in New "Stayin' Alive" Video


American Heart Association works with Crowdrise.com to raise awareness and funding 

  Ken Jeong combines his comedic prowess with his medical training in a new Hands-Only CPR video from the American Heart Association that uses the disco hit “Stayin’ Alive” to help people remember what to do in a sudden cardiac arrest. The video can be viewed at crowdrise.com/HandsOnlyCPR.

Father's Day Pet Adoption Specials at Animal Care & Protective Services

Father's Day Pet Adoption Specials at Animal Care & Protective Services

In honor of all the great dads across Jacksonville, the city's Animal Care & Protective Services Division is offering pet adoption specials for male dogs and cats throughout June. All male pets will be available for adoption for only $20, which covers the license fee.  That could mean a savings of up to $80 off regular adoption fees.  All animals adopted from Animal Care & Protective Services have been screened for heartworms, spayed/neutered, microchipped and given an initial checkup and shots, including the rabies vaccine.

License-free Saltwater Fishing Father's Day Weekend

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and one great way to celebrate is by planning a fishing trip off of the waters of Florida.  So if it has been awhile since you last wet a hook, or if it is something you’ve always wanted to try, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has provided a great opportunity to get dads and their families out on the water. You won’t need a saltwater fishing license anywhere in Florida during the weekend of June 18-19.