Friday, April 29, 2011

¡viva el centro!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Civil Rights Monument Unveiling in St. Augustine


Civil Rights Monument Unveiling, Public Reception
The St. Augustine Foot Soldiers Remembrance Project invites everyone to the unveiling of the Foot Soldiers Monument, which is dedicated to the many activists involved in the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement. The ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2011, in St. Augustine's Plaza de la ConstituciĆ³n.  Speakers will share the history of the 1960's events, and bands will provide entertainment.  Following the ceremony, there will be a public reception at A1A Ale House at 1 King St., St. Augustine.  Both events are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.  Questions: please contact Dr. Casey Welch (, 904-826-8544).

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

DEL THE FUNKY HOMOSAPIAN live at Lomax Lodge 4-7-11


The world famous Oakland, Ca. based rapper Del The Funky Homosapian has added a Jacksonville, Fl. date to his "Del Funk for Free" tour scheduled to stop at Lomax Lodge in 5 points on Saturday May 7th 2001.

Over his 15 year plus illustrious career Del has found success and acclaim as a member of Hieroglyphics, Deltron 3030 (with Dan The Automater), and most recently the multi platinum  super group The Gorillaz.

The most amazing thing about this tour is Del is doing the shows for essentially free to the public! There will be a $5 cover for those 18-20, however anyone over 21 can attend simply by leaving a cash donation with the door man. It could be $1 or $100- the customer chooses to pay what its worth to them.

Lomax Lodge's capacity is 165, so this show will definitely sell out. Doors are at 9pm sharp and we are highly recommending everyone gets there early.

HIP HOP HELL presents-
Del The Funky Homosapian
performing live with
Bukue 1, Project Lotus, D.A.R.Y.L., and the $BIG BUCKS$ Dj crew
Saturday May 7th 2011
at Lomax Lodge
822 Lomax St. (5 Points)
Jacksonville, Fl. 32204

press inquires and publicity requests can be sent to me directly-
Ian Ranne

Thanks for your time. Cheers!,

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St. Johns Riverkeeper - Important Message from Neil Armingeon


April 26, 2011
Upcoming Events
Saturday, April 30
10 am - 4 pm
at the Jacksonville Zoo

Wednesday, May 4
Art Walk: 5 pm - 9 pm
Fashion Show:  6:30 - 8 pm
Hemming Plaza, Downtown Jacksonville 

Saturday, May 7
10 am - Noon
Departs from Southbank
Riverwalk @ at the
Chart House Restaurant
RSVP:  904-256-7613 

Saturday, May 14
4 - 6 pm
Jacksonville U.
Marine Science
Research Institute
RSVP:  904-256-7095 

June 20-24  and
June 27 - July 1
8:30 am - 4:30 pm (M-F)
Marine Science
Research Institute
High school (ages 13-18)
 Change at the
Wheel in 2012
Dear Friends of the River,
I‘ve had the honor of being your St. Johns Riverkeeper for more than eight years. During that time, you have shown me support, love, commitment and compassion. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives. I am truly grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to work with citizens along the entire length of the magnificent St. Johns River. 
I want to share something with you. This will be my last year as your St. Johns Riverkeeper.  I plan to step down in February of 2012.  I’ve reached this decision with much thought and Nan’s input and support.
When I moved to Jacksonville and was named the St. Johns Riverkeeper, I believed the community was on the cusp of a historic shift related to its relationship to the St. Johns River.  Little could I have imagined the success and progress St. Johns Riverkeeper, and our community, would achieve in the succeeding years. Thanks to you, the St. Johns River is now our community’s centerpiece, and the commitment to its protection and restoration is shared by citizens, businesses, and elected officials along its 310 mile-length.
My original intention was to serve as the St. Johns Riverkeeper for two years. Your unwavering support and belief in our work made it easy to continue well beyond that tenure.
I believe now is the time for change in the Riverkeeper position. I’ve always said, “We’re an organization not a person.”  That statement has never been truer.
St. Johns Riverkeeper is entering a new and exciting phase in our development. Our programs have never been stronger, and under the leadership of Jimmy and with the help of Deb, Kelly, Greg and Barbara, our important work will continue. Our new office at the JU Marine Science Research Institute gives us unlimited potential for further outreach, programs, and progress.
I have some time before I step down. With your help, I intend to work tirelessly to seek a resolution to the Georgia Pacific pipeline issue. SAY NO TO THE PIPE!
I will continue to work with our statewide coalition to make sure the implementation of an effective nutrient reduction program reaches a successful end. I will continue to work with you to monitor the health of the St. Johns and to ensure compliance with environmental regulations. And, I will be working with our search committee to find the right person to fill this important position.
We have established a committee to conduct a national search for my replacement.  Several of the committee members served in this same capacity when I was hired.  Let me assure you that we will find the right person to serve as your new St. Johns Riverkeeper, and he or she will continue the work we began over a decade ago. Nothing will change, except for the face and voice of the river.
In closing, let me caution those reading this who believe my departure indicates a shift in St. Johns Riverkeeper’s commitment to protecting and defending the St. Johns River at all costs. It does not. We will continue to speak out in defense of the river, hold those who harm it accountable, and seek sensible solutions to issues impacting our river's health. That’s what we do, and that work will continue long after my departure.
I’m not going anywhere for awhile, and I will continue to send out occasional emails to keep you informed of our search process.
On a personal note, I’ve always believed change is a good thing, and I’m excited about the future.  I intend to continue to work to make our community a better place after I leave St. Johns Riverkeeper.   
Thank you again for your support and dedication to our work.  Words cannot express how honored I am to be your St. Johns Riverkeeper and to continue serving you and your river until I step down from my post in 2012.
For the River,
Your St. Johns Riverkeeper
P.S.  Click here to see a video announcement that we recently made regarding my decision.

Upcoming Events Details
Saturday, April 30th        10 am - 4 pm 
St. Johns Riverkeeper hosts scavenger hunts through the Wild Florida exhibit!  Come spend a day at the zoo and learn how to take care of our earth by visiting environmental and animal conservation booths while you are there!   
Wednesday, May 4th        5 - 9 pm (Fashion Show 6:30 - 8 pm)
Hemming Plaza, Downtown Jacksonville
Love Ur Mother is a blend of art, food and fashion in one location that is free to the public. This event will be part of the May Jacksonville Art Walk. Local restaurants that serve organic products will showcase their culinary delights.
Enjoy a unique fashion show as local models and celebrities strut the catwalk, modeling outfits by local designers that are constructed of different kinds of recycled materials. Laura Street in front of MOCA and the Main Library will be blocked off, where a huge fashion show runway will be located. The fashion show will take place from 6:30 – 8 pm.
We will have some of our River Friendly rain barrels on display, as well. Come out for an evening of fashion and fun that celebrates our river and our environment.
The event will in part benefit St. Johns Riverkeeper.
Saturday, May 7th           10 am -12 pm

Departs from Southbank Riverwalk @ at the Chart House Restaurant.  
Saturday, May 14th           4 -6 pm
This is an annual event held by JU's Marine Science Research Institute (MSRI) and St. Johns Riverkeeper to raise awareness about the St. Johns River and the work of Riverkeeper and the MSRI to protect it.  There will be food, a touch tank for kids, and boat rides on the S.S. Marine Taxi.  More Details
$20 per adult, children under 16 are free (cash and checks at the door)
RSVP:  Lauren at 904-256-7095 
June 20-24  and June 27 - July 1      8:30 am - 4:30 pm (M-F)
Marine Science Research Institute
high school students ages 13-18
The camps, sponsored by EverBank, will provide students the opportunity to explore marine science from the estuary to the coastal environment using field trips along the St. Johns River and NE Florida, as well as laboratory analysis of samples collected in the field. 
Students will gain hands-on experience with standard marine science collection and monitoring equipment, as well as laboratory analysis methods. Week One will focus on the St. Johns River and Week Two will focus on Northeast Florida coastal habitats. The camps are independent and students can attend one or both camps.
Camp sessions will be led by the Jacksonville University Marine Science faculty along with Duval County Public Schools and the St. Johns Riverkeeper staff.
Click here for a brochure and more information about registering.
If you would like to be removed from future email updates, please reply with UNSUBSCRIBE in the Subject Line.
Address postal inquiries to:
St. Johns Riverkeeper
2800 University Blvd. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32211

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Monday, April 25, 2011

5 Points Theatre Media Update 4/20/11

1.  The Princess Bride will be shown at the theater on April 29th at 11 pm and May 1st at 3 pm.  This is a rare chance to see this classic fairy tale on the big screen.  Tickets are sale at:

2.  The 5 Points Theatre will open a new French comedy called Potiche (or Trophy Wife) on May 6th.  Set in 1977, it stars Catherine Deneuve as a housewife who is forced to take control of her husband's company after he has a heart attack.  Gerard Depardieu also stars as a union leader.  It plays as sort of a French 9 to 5, with sets and costumes from The Brady Bunch, with an all-star cast.  The trailer can be found here:

3.  On Friday, May 13th at 9 pm, we are very excited to host the premiere of The Deadbeats, a new horror/comedy short film which was largely in the 5 Points Theatre and co-directed by our projectionist Jermey Tidwell.  The event will also include a band and party after the screening.  More details can be found here:

4.  The new adaptation of Jane Eyre will play exclusively at the 5 Points Theatre starting May 20th.  We're trying to arrange a press screening of some kind.  The trailer is worth checking out - it's cut like a horror film:

5.  The Rocky Horror Picture Show returns May 20th and 21st and midnight!  Tickets are available here:  The last few shows have seen a real resurgence of the crowd atmosphere which was missing from Jacksonville for many years.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

News Release-City of Jacksonville presents Starry Nights featuring The Four Tops Accompanied by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Tickets on Sale Now

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   

April 22, 2011



Christina Langston

(904) 630-3690





Jacksonville, Fla. - The City of Jacksonville will welcome the Motown group The Four Tops, accompanied by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, to Metropolitan Park for Starry Nights on Saturday, May 21. Tickets are on sale now. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert will start at 7:30 p.m. The symphony will begin the concert and will then be joined by The Four Tops.  Another Starry Nights concert will take place on Saturday, June 4 with a new featured artist, to be named soon, accompanying the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.


”For more than a decade, Starry Nights has been one of the city’s most popular events,” said Mayor John Peyton. “It brings the wonderful sounds of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and featured top entertainers outdoors to Metropolitan Park. This year, we are honored to have a performance by the world-renowned Four Tops, guaranteeing an excellent evening along the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville.


The Four Tops’ first Motown hit, “Baby I Need Your Loving,” made them stars. Their songs, soulful and bittersweet, were across-the-board successes. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” is one of Motown’s longest-running chart toppers and was quickly followed by a longtime favorite, “It’s The Same Old Song.”


They realized extraordinary success in the U.K., and have had hits spanning three decades including “Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got)” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There”. In the 1990s, they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 


Founded in 1949, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 60th anniversary season last year, as well as the tenth season of Music Director and Principal Conductor Fabio Mechetti. Having hosted some of the most renowned artists of the past century, including Isaac Stern, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman and Mstislav Rostropovich, the Jacksonville Symphony is poised as an American orchestra for the 21st century. The Orchestra’s superior quality and commitment to Florida composers “offered a timely reminder of how much interesting music-making goes on outside what are traditionally regarded as major music centres,” as reported by the “Toronto Star.” The Orchestra has performed twice at Carnegie Hall and has appeared on American Public Media’s “Performance Today.”


This year, those purchasing VIP table seating for Starry Nights will have the opportunity to participate in the Table Decorating Contest at each concert for a chance to win fabulous prizes. The Table Decorating Contest offers attendees the opportunity to be stars at their own tables by bringing tablecloths, candelabras and other decorations.    Attendees can also pre-order meals from Bogetta di Bella Sera and N’ Awlins Fusion for pick up on site at the event.


Ticket prices for Starry Nights per concert, per seat are $50 for VIP table seating and $20 for lawn seating, and applicable service charges will apply. Day-of-show VIP table seating will be $60 and lawn seating will be $25. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at or by calling the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Box Office at (904) 354-5547.


Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged for lawn seating. Picnic baskets with food and beverages (no glass containers or alcoholic beverages) may be brought into the park. In addition, strollers, diaper bags and “chairs in a bag” will also be permitted. All items are subject to search. A variety of food and beverages (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic) will be available for purchase in the park.


The following items are prohibited from being brought into the park: alcohol, glass bottles or containers, bags, backpacks or fanny packs larger than 8 ½” x 11”, still or video cameras of any kind, roller skates or roller blades, bicycles, pets and umbrellas.


Starry Nights is produced by the City of Jacksonville Office of Special Events and is part of the Make A Scene Downtown! series.  Clear Channel Radio’s Greatest Hits Station, Magic 107.3 is a proud sponsor of this event. Visit or call (904) 630-3690 for more information.



Christina Langston
Public Relations Manager
City of Jacksonville Office of Special Events
117 W. Duval Street, Suite 280
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Phone: 630-3690
Fax: 630-3693



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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Media Advisory: Metropolitan Park Boat Slip Reservation for Jaguars Season

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I wish I needed this info!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    Contact: Ben Pennymon, (904) 630-3426,





JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 21, 2011The City of Jacksonville’s Waterfront Management and Programming Division will open online registration on Friday, April 29 for boaters looking to reserve a marina slip at Metropolitan Park for the 2011-12 Jacksonville Jaguars football season.


Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may be made by visiting and clicking on the Online Registration link at the bottom of the page.


The marina features multiple slip categories with varying fees.  The fees are per game or event.


-          Up to 30 feet with a 12-foot beam = $25

-          Up to 34 feet with a 13-foot beam = $33

-          Up to 45 feet with a 16-foot beam = $40

-          Up to 55 feet with a 16-foot beam =   $50

-          Up to 80 feet with a 16-foot or greater beam = $70

-          Vessels over 80 feet must coordinate with the dock master for availability.


Rafting for boats up to 45-feet-long on wood docks is $20. Boats are rafted up to five deep coordinated by size. Boaters wishing to raft vessels greater than 45 feet must coordinate with the dock master on availability.


Car passes for boats with reservations are offered on a very limited basis.  No more than one pass per reserved boat will be offered and only as spaces are available.   


Reservations for other 2011-2012 events including the Florida-Georgia game, Gator Bowl and New Year’s Eve Celebration will be available as those events draw near.


For more information, contact Captain Jim Suber, consultant/dock master to Marinas and Waterways at (904) 630-0839 or visit




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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Call to Artists!

Another opportunity:

3rd Annual Right Whale Festival

Call to Artists/Graphic Design Students




The 3rd Annual Right Whale Festival will be held in Jacksonville Beach, Florida on Saturday, November 19, 2011. 


The mission of the festival is to is to celebrate North Atlantic right whales and their seasonal return to the waters off Florida and Georgia, which is the only known right whale calving area.  For more information, visit:


Need: Design 2011 Right Whale Festival Poster

(Design elements from poster will also be used for t-shirts, ads, and kid’s passports program.)


Submission Details:  Please submit a pdf your poster to Jessica Koelsch via email: by May 13, 2011. 

Include the following information in your submission email:

·         Name

·         Email address

·         Phone number

·         School

·         Year of Graduation

·         Major


Poster Design Requirements: 

·        11x17

·        Must include a mother and calf (baby) right whale. 

·        Physical characteristics feature of the right whales should be anatomically correct (ex. paddle shaped flipper vs. pointed flipper).  

·        Poster should include the Right Whale Festival logo either incorporated into the artwork or somewhere on the poster.  The logo is available on the festival website.

·        Component of the poster should be easily converted to two-color/ b&w graphic, as needed for advertisements and some t-shirts. 

·        Include white space for sponsor logos.

·        Text to be included: 

            2011 Right Whale Festival

                Sea Walk Pavilion

                Jacksonville Beach, Florida

                November 19, 2011




                Beach Clean-up 9-11am

                Beach Run 11am-12pm

                Live Music 12-4pm


                Celebrate the North Atlantic right whales' annual return to their only known calving area in the                 Southeast U.S.  With as few as 350 remaining, there are many local efforts to protect these critically                 endangered whales from extinction. Join us at the 3rd annual Right Whale Festival to learn how we     can lessen human impacts and bring peace to the right whales that share our coastal waters!


Other Requirements:

·        Artist must be willing to worth with a representative from the Right Whale Festival to create 1 color and 1 b&w ad for print advertisements, as well as, design for t-shirts, and other materials as needed.

·        Artist must provide designs files in Adobe Design Program used upon request.



·        Artists name will be included on the festival poster.

·        Artists will be called on stage during festival to receive formal recognition.

·        Artist will be provided with each item in which their design was used including posters, t-shirts, passports, advertisements, and any additional items. 



2009 and 2010 posters can be found on the festival website at

Please direct questions to Jessica Koelsch:


Links to right whale images and information:


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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Our First Test

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Ever since we advanced to the runoff two weeks ago, my campaign has put in long hours and immense effort.  We have gotten our field operation off the ground, met with every type of voter, and created a palpable buzz around Jacksonville.

Tomorrow is a crucial day in our journey.

In just over 24 hours, the biggest fundraising reporting period of the runoff election ends. As of this moment, we are just $10,000 away from reaching our goal.

Can you pitch in $25, $50, or $100 right now to help us get there?

We have a huge opportunity here -- this is our first chance to tell Jacksonville that our operation is strong and will take the Mayor’s seat next month.

Let’s show this city we’re here to win.

Can you contribute $25, $50, $100 right now so we can reach our goal?

Thank you,

Contribute Volunteer

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Paid for and Approved by Alvin Brown, Democrat for Mayor

P.O. Box 54301
Jacksonville, FL 32245

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

All we have to do


Is vote and get everyone we know to vote for Alvin Brown. The opponent isn't an out of touch fanatical career politician, its our own apathy and laziness. We can beat that back!

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