Several Couples Renew Their Vows at Historic San Marco Church

Several Couples Renew Their Vows at Historic San Marco Church

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -  It's a church filled with nearly 125 years of history and plenty of love stories.

"Well it's quite a love story," said Tom Hall.

Tom Hall met his wife Barbara in 1960 while at a dance in Mayport.

He said, "We danced that evening and I said 'can I have another date?' She said 'yes, but you have to go to church with me'."

That church was Swaim Memorial United Methodist in San Marco.  Three years later,  they got married.

"In this church," said Barbara Hall, "married right here in this church."

So it's only fitting that nearly 48 years later, they returned to do it all over again.  The Halls were one of several couples to renew their vows during a mass ceremony at Swaim UMC today.

"It's very special to do it here in this church," said Tom Hall.

It was a way for the church to stand up for love.  Pastor Laurence Coles said that means in marriage and religion.

JCA Events and Activities in March

The Jewish Community Alliance announces the following upcoming programs and activities for March 2011. Unless otherwise noted, all events and programs will be held at the JCA, 8505 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida 32217 (on the corner of San Jose and San Clerc, one traffic light north of Baymeadows Road). For more information on these or other programs at the JCA, please call 904-730-2100 ext. 221.

Camp Cadet Kicks Off Application Period

Northeast Florida Camp Cadet, Inc. is kicking off the application period for a week long summer camp that begins on June 19th and runs through June 25th, 2011 at Camp Blanding (southern Clay County off SR 16).

The camp is for all youth, not just for troubled youth. Applicants must be 12 - 15 years of age.  Applications will not be accepted after April 9th, 2011.  Applications are available at the local police /sheriffs offices in the following counties: Clay, Duval, Bradford, St. Johns and Nassau.  There is no cost/fee for the camp and a maximum of eighty (80) youth will be accepted. 

For more information please contact Officer Kimberly Robinson at 904-274-0545 or email at flcampcadet@yahoo.com.

Rally to Stop the Cuts to Public Education

Save Duval Schools, the Duval County Council of PTAs/PTSAs, and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund are sponsoring a Rally on President’s Day, Monday, February 21, 2011 to highlight the effects the proposed cuts to Florida’s education budget would have on Duval County Public Schools.  The Boards of these organizations invite the community to join us as we send a strong message to Tallahassee that we will not accept these drastic and unnecessary cuts to our children’s public schools.

Shell Exhibit Opens at MOSH Saturday, February 12th

A new exhibit is opening in The Loft Gallery at the Museum of Science & History (MOSH) on Saturday, February 12.  The Shell: 530 Million Years of Inspired Design showcases the breathtaking beauty and incredible variation of shells found on the First Coast and throughout the world.

Upcoming Events at MOSH!

Through May 30 – Universe of Science – Experience science in all its hands-on splendor!  The Universe of Science is an interactive science exhibit comprised of individual science stations.  Children – and adults – can launch a hot air balloon, send a rocket soaring into the air, and more as they learn about sound, gravity, magnetism and other physical science principles.  Universe of Science is on display through May 30. 

Apply Now for Youth Quail, Turkey Hunts at Babcock Ranch Preserve

Ten lucky youngsters will be chosen for each of the two quail hunts and each of the two spring turkey hunts on the 16,612-acre Babcock Ranch Preserve in Charlotte County.  All hunters will be chosen by random drawing.  All hunts are Saturday-Sunday and will be guided. 

To be eligible for these hunts, applicants must be at least 12 years old by the first day of the hunt and under 16 years of age on the last day of the hunt for which they apply. Also, all youths must have passed a state-certified hunter safety course.