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Fine wines, great music highlight annual Red, White and Blues

Fine wines, great music highlight annual Red, White and Blues

Supporters of  the North Florida School of Special Education enjoyed another fine fundraising event, the 8th annual Red, White and Blues, Nov. 18 at the riverfront estate of Gary McCalla, who has hosted the annual food and wine event at his home many times and continues to show commendable dedication to the school’s mission. The […]

25th Anniversary Gala is pure silver for River Garden Foundation

25th Anniversary Gala is pure silver for River Garden Foundation

Shimmer & Stars was the theme for the River Garden Foundation’s Silver Anniversary Gala, held Nov. 18 at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. The black-tie evening honored Barbara Parker, who co-chaired the Foundation’s first gala in 1993 and chaired two additional galas, and recognized 25 years of Gala Chairs. It also featured luscious […]

Singing Christmas tree returns to San Marco

Singing Christmas tree returns to San Marco

For the first time in six years, Southside Baptist Church will host its popular Singing Christmas Tree Concert. The concert, which was reinstituted by the church due to popular demand, will take place in the church sanctuary at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening, Dec. 15-17. Each performance is free and open to the […]

Organist celebrates 50 years at Southside Baptist

Organist celebrates 50 years at Southside Baptist

In 1967, when Bette Mattox first became the organist at Southside Baptist Church, the Vietnam War was in full swing, the average price of a house was $14,250, salaries ranged around $7,300 a year, the price of gas was 33 cents a gallon, automobiles cost about $3,750, and movie tickets were $1.25. Since then, much […]

San Marco flood victims receive free furniture from California

Six San Marco residents who lost nearly all their furniture when hurricane floodwaters soaked their San Marco homes have benefited from the kindness of strangers from California. After watching Hurricanes Harvey and Irma lay a one-two punch on the people of Houston and Jacksonville, factory employees from Martin Brattrud, a furniture company in Southern California […]

Jacksonville sixth Florida city to establish Holocaust museum

Jacksonville sixth Florida city to establish Holocaust museum

In spite of blustery winds, more than 150 gathered under a large tent Oct. 29 to celebrate the grand opening of the 30,000-square-foot Alan J. Taffet Building and the centennial of Jewish Family & Community Services. The ceremony included a ribbon cutting and tours of the new building, which houses the Frisch Family Holocaust Memorial […]

Neighbors pitch in to help young family in need

Neighbors pitch in to help young family in need

It was a living demonstration of the Biblical adage, “Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself.” Out of the goodness of their hearts, 28 Colonial Manor residents spent the late afternoon Nov. 5 cleaning up and landscaping the yard at their neighbor’s Mapleton Road home. The neighbors were called to action by Suzanne Honeycutt, who learned that […]

Youth learns lessons in homelessness at 7th Annual Cardboard City

Youth learns lessons in homelessness at 7th Annual Cardboard City

For seven years, faith youth groups, families and individuals have gathered to create Cardboard City, held on Nov. 17 this year at CrossRoad United Methodist Church, Southside. The event raised more than $25,000 to benefit Family Promise of Jacksonville, which helps return homeless families to self-sufficiency. The agency reports that every Duval County public school […]