Community “Happenings” for Riverside, Avondale, Ortega and Murray Hill

This page includes local events and celebrations that the specific neighborhoods have going on throughout the month of the publication date. Keep an eye out for what’s going on in your neck of the woods.

Flappers in force at annual RAP ball

Flappers in force at annual RAP ball

There’s no better way to celebrate the Roaring Twenties than at the 5th Annual Bootleggers’ Ball, presented by Riverside Avondale Preservation and sponsored by Riverside Dental. Guys and dolls all spiffed up in ragtime garb posed next to Clementine, a Model A owned by Al Heyn, member of the First Coast Region Model A Restorers […]

Local men harness the power of pink to eradicate breast cancer

Why would men – real men – wear pink? One reason may be in honor or memory of a loved one. This month 29 leaders in the community are wearing pink to help raise awareness about breast cancer – and other cancers – and to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Here’s a look […]

Long-awaited park opens to yips and yelps of joy

Long-awaited park opens to yips and yelps of joy

Contrary to the dreary weather, which threatened the Jan. 22, 2016 groundbreaking, The John Gorrie Dog Park at Riverside Park officially opened on a sunny day nearly eight months later to loud cheers of “Open the park” from owners of dozens of dogs of all sizes. During the Sept. 17 ceremony in the acre-and-a-half park, […]

Sanctuary director leaves nonprofit in good hands

Sanctuary director leaves nonprofit in good hands

The Sanctuary on 8th Street’s annual Shindig, this year themed Heart and Soul, was a special one for Executive Director Vicky Watkins. After 15 years of putting her own heart and soul into making a difference in the lives of Springfield children, Watkins is turning over the reins later this month to Rick Cartlidge, program […]

Work begins on second phase to restore Memorial Park

Work begins on second phase to restore Memorial Park

The Memorial Park Association, in collaboration with the City of Jacksonville, began construction in Memorial Park Sept. 26 in Phase 2 of the capital improvement effort to restore the park in Riverside. This phase will be managed by the CMS Group, LLC. Work will be done primarily in the green of the center oval, to […]

Peace concert draws SRO crowd for annual 9/11 remembrance

Peace concert draws SRO crowd for annual 9/11 remembrance

A standing-room-only crowd gathered Sept. 11 at St. John’s Cathedral downtown for a Peace Concert to celebrate universal humanity and to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedies in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The Jacksonville Sister Cities Association (JSCA), OneJax at the University of North Florida and the […]

JSO approves new neighborhood watch group

The Memorial Park Neighborhood Watch area has been approved by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and will include the area between Goodwin Street and Lomax Street, between Riverside Avenue and the St. Johns River, plus the San Juline, Napier, and 1661 Riverside condominiums and Bell Riverside apartments, according to Tim Burleigh, a member of the Memorial […]

Affordable prices, new businesses spur Murray Hill revitalization

Residents and business owners in Murray Hill have more than a centennial to celebrate this month. While recognizing the 100th anniversary of incorporation in 1916 as a good reason to throw a party, the real news is what could be Murray Hill’s comeback. First platted in 1906, Murray Hill’s residential growth was steady for four […]