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FNFCG CARAVAN to the Hodges Boulevard Community Garden

FNFCG CARAVAN to the Hodges Boulevard Community Garden

On Saturday, June 25th 2011, the Hodges Boulevard Community Garden opens its doors to the public from 9:00am to 12:00 pm for a fun morning of tours, tasting and teaching!  At 10:00 am, Mary Puckett from the Duval County Extension Office will conduct a free gardening class, "Vegetables that can Handle the Heat".  Local chefs will prepare a tasting from the garden using local fresh fruits and vegetables.  Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens invites you to come out and meet your gardening neighbors!

Wedding Gift and Registry Workshops

Wedding Gift and Registry Workshops

Go to Potterybarn to learn more about the girft registry and let their experts help you create the home of your dreams!! This calss will be held on every Tueaday evening at 6 p.m. Contact your local store to RSVP.

How to Decorate With Color and Pattern

How to Decorate With Color and Pattern

Join Potterybarn for complimentary classes to learn helpful tips for decorating and entertaining. Get expert advice on choosing a palette and mixing colors with style and confidence. This class will be held on Sunday, July 17th at 10 a.m. Contact your local store to RSVP.

Jacksonville-area Animal Welfare Groups Offer Five Tips to Prevent Animal Cruelty

Jacksonville-area Animal Welfare Groups Offer Five Tips to Prevent Animal Cruelty

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has designated April as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.  In recognition of this designation, the City of Jacksonville’s Animal Care & Protective Services (ACPS), the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) and First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP) are offering five tips to prevent animal cruelty.

Florida Department of Agriculture Warns Residents About Termite Season

Florida Department of Agriculture Warns Residents About Termite Season

Warmer temperatures are not only a hint of Spring, but also a sign of termite swarming season. Swarming occurs when large numbers of termites leave their colonies to search for new nesting sites. In an effort to help consumers avoid termites, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services urges residents to take five simple steps to protect their home. 

1.      Remove wood piles and other cellulose sources from under and next to the home.

2.      Direct water sources, such as air conditioner drip lines and roof downspouts, away from the structure’s foundation.

Florida's Industry Leaders Unite to Attack Bed Bug Epidemic

With all of the press recently about hotel guests winning law suits it is clear that bed bugs are not an isolated problem that occurs in only the most heavily traveled major cities.

Bed bug infestations are wreaking havoc right here in Florida, with infestations being reported across the state daily. “Bed bugs are not a result of poor sanitation; they can affect anyone,” said John Cooksey, Entomologist and COO of McCall Service, Inc. These pests are primarily carried by travelers and are being reported in the transportation, retail and hospitality industries—with infestation being most prominent in hospitality.

Termite Swarms Spotted in Florida

According to McCall Service, termite swarms have been spotted in Jacksonville and people need to take warning. The annual cost of termite damage is greater than that of fires, hurricanes and tornadoes combined. Termites typically go unseen and sneak into your home. They can go undetected for months and if left untreated, they can cause serious damage to your Florida home.

If you think your home may be infested by termites, look for these signs: swarming termites or insects, dead termites, small holes in wood, damage to drywall, structural weakness and mud tubes. These wood destroying insects are very destructive to Florida homes as they damage the overall structure.