8th Annual Buddy Walk Benefitting The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville

The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville is excited to announce the 8th Annual Buddy Walk will take place this Saturday, October 2, 2010 at the Jacksonville Beach Pavilion.  The 1-mile walk is the largest fundraiser of the year for the DSAJ and the local chapter’s goal is to raise $150,000.  Brand new this year is the 5K run, which will immediately precede the walk @ 8am.

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Annual Pumpkin Patch Opens Saturday at Southside United Methodist Church

Hundreds of pumpkins will be hitting the town on Saturday, October 2nd as the youth of Southside United Methodist Church (SUMC) set up for the start of PUMPKINS ON THE POINT!   We invite the community to enjoy the fun as “the point,” between Hendricks Avenue and San Jose Blvd, grows one pumpkin at a time into a very sincere pumpkin patch.

Artist Rodney Atkins to Play Free Show at Jacksonville Landing on October 8

Country music star Rodney Atkins is coming to Jacksonville, FL to perform a FREE show for the 99.9 Gator County Fall Concert Series on Friday, October 8.

2nd Annual Balloon Fest

River Region's 2nd Annual Balloon Fest will be on Thursday, September 23rd , at The Jacksonville Omni Hotel, 245 Water St., from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will be a gala celebration of the agency's 38 years of service to the community. Admission is free.

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Alhambra Actors to Join Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for "The Pirates of Penzance"

Actors from the nation’s longest running professional dinner theatre will take the stage with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for a special production of The Pirates of Penzance, set to invade Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts on October 1-3. Conducted by Michael Butterman, a stellar cast from the new Alhambra Theatre & Dining under the direction of Tod Booth will sing and dance to live music by the Jacksonville Symphony in one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s wittiest comic operettas.  Performances are Friday and Saturday, October 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 3 at 3 p.m. Information and tickets are available through the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Box Office at (904) 354-5547 or online at www.jaxsymphony.org. Ticket prices are $26, $31, $41, $56 and $66

Mosquito-Borne Illness Advisory

The Duval County Health Department (DCHD) is emphasizing the importance of protection against mosquito-borne diseases after laboratory tests confirmed a 45-year-old female Duval County resident had been hospitalized for West Nile Virus Disease. The individual has since recovered from the illness. This is the first confirmed human case in the county since 2005.

DEP Recognizes 12th Marina in Duval County for Environmental Commitment

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), together with the Clean Boating Partnership formally recognized the City of Jacksonville Metropolitan Park Marina today with the presentation of the Clean Marina plaque and flag. Today marks the first day of National Pollution Prevention Week, a week dedicated to educating and recognizing the importance of stopping pollution at its source. Designation as a Clean Marina exemplifies the commitment of Jacksonville Metropolitan Municipal Marina to protect the environment and prevent pollution in Florida's waterways.