Spreading hope through 'Hope Squared' in San Marco


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you are traveling through the San Marco Square this weekend, don't be surprised if you see several businesses flying pink balloons.  Those balloons mean the shops or restaurants are taking part in "Hope Squared."

The idea behind "Hope Squared" is the 22 businesses participating Friday and Saturday will be donating a portion of their proceeds to The Donna Foundation.

The Donna Foundation was started in 2003 by First Coast News former anchor and three-time breast cancer survivor, Donna Deegan.

Her foundation uses the money to exclusively help Jacksonville women who are fighting breast cancer and need help making ends meet.

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MOSH After Dark to help discover Jacksonville architecture

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- People looking to learn more about the architecture of Jacksonville will have the chance October 25 during the Museum of Science and History's "After Dark" program.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium.

According to a release from the museum, one of Jacksonville's leading historians, Dr. Wayne Wood, will present a tour of 38 architectural wonders found in Jacksonville.

Dr. Wood's lecture will feature a number of illustrations to reveal little known facts about some of the city's most recognizable landmarks, in addition to other lesser known buildings.

Reservations for the lecture are required and can be made by calling 396-6674 or online at www.themosh.org, and clicking on the MOSH After Dark image on the homepage.

Tuesday is final chance to register for November election

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tuesday is the final day to register to vote ahead of the November election.  Many Supervisor of Elections offices will have extended hours to help accommodate the last minute rush.

"We see this always in a Presidential cycle," explained Jerry Holland, Supervisor of Elections for Duval County.    "We'll probably have between 30 and 40,000 people that will have registered in the last 30 or 40 days and so, it's exciting to see this many people get involved in it."

Extended Hours:

Duval County-open until 7:30 p.m.

St. Johns County-open until 7:00 p.m.

Clay County-open until 5:00 p.m.

According to Holland, voters do not need to bring identification to register, but they will need a photo I.D. on Election Day.  As of Monday, the number of voters registered reflected a more conservative population than in the 2008 election cycle.

Shop at San Marco Square this weekend, fight breast cancer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- By shopping or eating in San Marco Square this weekend, you can help fight breast cancer.

Participating restaurants and shops will be donating a percentage of all sales on Oct. 19-20 to The Donna Foundation, which cares for women living with breast cancer.

The following establishments are set to participate:

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For the Bruce: Friends rally for former basketball coach

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As an assistant basketball coach at Bishop Kenny High School, Bruce Kujawa was a mentor for many young men.  Now those same people are helping Bruce in his time of need.

Kujawa was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1999.  Because there is no cure for this disease, Bruce's health has been deteriorating the last few years.

Alan Helquist is a former Bishop Kenny basketball player who started a foundation to assist Bruce in his fight against MS.  This foundation has raised nearly $10,000.

Earlier this week, Alan and Casey White walked from Gainesville to Jacksonville to raise money for Bruce.  Their journey started at the 50-yard line at Florida Field and finished at the Mudville Grille in St. Nicholas where many of Bruce's friends gathered for a celebration on Saturday afternoon.

Blessing of the Animals to take place this weekend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This Sunday, pets will have the chance to be blessed at the annual "Blessing of the Animals" at All Saints Episcopal Church.

The blessings will take place in the San Marco church's courtyard at 6 p.m. on October 7.

Animals of all shapes and size and their owners are invited to attend the special gathering.

Pets must be on leashes or in kennels to receive a blessing from church leaders. Admission is free.

The special service is in addition to the regular 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services taking place Sunday.

Fr. Tom Deppe, rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, plans to bring his dogs, Pete and new puppy Andy, to the blessing.  His dogs are named after Peter and Andrew, among the first disciples to be called by Jesus in the Gospel of Mark.

Deppe said, "Pets are like family to our parishioners, and this service recognizes that.

At Tonight's Art Walk Hundreds Put Their Worst Face Forward

Local artist, Kedgar Volta, will present ǝɯ embellished tonight, Wednesday, October 3, at downtown’s Hispanic Art Walk from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. on the corner of West Monroe and North Laura Streets, across from the Jacksonville Public Library (333 North Laura Street). ǝɯ embellished is a public art project that challenges viewers to examine how self-perception aligns with public perception when we abandon our usual appearances.