Health

Jinglebells ProAm December 7th, 2010

The Monique Burr Foundation for Children is hosting its annual Jinglebells ProAm golf tournament
on Tuesday, December 7th, at The Golf Club at South Hampton in St. Augustine.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Youth Art Contest

Hubbard House announced September 20th the launch of its first-ever Domestic Violence Awareness Month Youth Art Contest in an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence among youth.

The contest, open to youth ages 5-12 living in Northeast Florida, runs from Sept. 20 through Oct. 21 and highlights Hubbard House’s newest prevention program WAVE (Working Against Violence Every day, Everywhere, Every time). The program teaches youth healthy relationship skills before abuse occurs, how to identify and prevent bullying and helps them gain a better understanding of how violence affects their lives.

A Family-Friendly Ghost Walk: Saturday October 30, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

By the light of the silvery moon with the owls and frogs we’ll croon… and we hope you’ll join us!

On October 30th, the Saturday before Halloween, come with family and friends for a night hike to the Morningside Living History Farm where you will meet ghosts from 1870 and hear about their lives in rural Florida.

The program begins at 7 p.m. and goes to 8:30 p.m. The admission gate will close when the program begins so be sure to arrive on time. Bring insect repellant and a flashlight. Meet in the parking lot. Admission for this event is one non-perishable food item for each participant. Admission to the event is one non-perishable food item for each adult or child. The donations will be given to a local food bank.

The Living History Farm is located at Morningside Nature Center, 3540 E. University Ave., three miles east of downtown Gainesville.

Take a WALK on the WILDflower side with us!

The Jean Dorney Memorial Wildflower Walks begin Saturday, Oct. 9, at Morningside Nature Center. The walks will take place every Saturday in October and start at 9:00 am.

The walks are guided by a Morningside Nature Center staff member. During the walk, participants will enjoy the spectacular fall wildflower bloom at the park. Each week, the walks will be different in focus, participants are asked to please call the office if they would like to find out the theme for the dates they wish to attend.

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.

Clay County Health Department Issues Rabies Alert

The Clay County Health Department has issued a rabies alert for the Middleburg 32068 zip code, south of County Road 218 to State Road 16. This is in response to a raccoon that recently tested positive for rabies.  There is an exposure to a pet and no human exposure from this raccoon. Rabies among wild animals in this area continues to be a concern as this is the second rabies alert issued for this area of Clay County in 2010. The previous alert was issued in February.

FairDistrictsFlorida Responds to AARP Endorsement

The AARP Florida today announced their endorsement of Amendments 5 and 6, adding one of the most wide-reaching and impactful organizations in the State to the list of supporters of the FairDistricts Amendments. AARP Florida will help educate its nearly 3 million members and 96 chapters across the state that a YES vote on Amendments 5 and 6 will create rules to stop politicians from drawing districts to favor themselves or their political allies. These FairDistricts amendments will require the Tallahassee politicians to make sure they protect voters’ interests rather than their own when they redraw Congressional and legislative districts in 2012 and every ten years thereafter.