Events

Adventure Landing Hosting a “Be Water Aware” Water Safety Day

Adventure Landing Hosting a “Be Water Aware” Water Safety Day

Adventure Landing’s Shipwreck Island Waterpark is on a mission to make Northeast Florida “water-aware.”  May has been designated National Water Safety Month by the World Waterpark Association, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and the National Recreation & Parks Association.  As a WWA member, Adventure Landing is taking action to educate the public on how to prevent drownings, recreational water-related injuries and sun damage by offering educational information to the media during National Water Safety Month.

New Location: Final Movies in the Park Event

JaxParks and Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) will host the final spring 2011 JaxParks Movies in the Park event at a new location. “The Wizard of Oz” (rated G) will now be shown at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk hotel.
 
WHEN:          Friday, May 6
                        6:30 p.m., Movie begins at sunset
 
WHERE:       Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk
1515 Prudential Drive -- 32207
 
The event is free and open to the public and will be held on the hotel lawn.  Blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets are allowed.  A food vendor selling hot dogs and snacks will be on site.  No alcoholic beverages are permitted.
 

NEW: Giant Baby Shower Held at the Prime Osborn Convention Center

Jacksonville, Fla. -- Thousands of moms and moms-to-be gathered at the Prime Osborn Convention center for a giant citywide baby shower .

It's the 9th annual event put on by Memorial Hospital.

Moms were pampered with free giveaways from nearly 30 vendors. A fashion show was held displaying the latest trends in children's clothing, and clothing vendors were available to sale their wares.

Doctors were also on hand to answer questions at seminars, and Chef Robert, the Winn-Dixie and First Coast News Chef, also made an appearance.

He talked to parents about how to feed their children.

"I talked to this group about nutrition," said Chef Robert. 

"But more importantly [I talked to them about] learning how to cook."

Chef Robert says if parents learn how to cook making a nutritious meal will come easily.

Free Asthma Summit Wednesday

The Issue:

  • Jacksonville’s emergency room visits and death rate from asthma are significantly higher than the state and national average. 
  • Duval County has had the most number of pediatric asthma deaths in the past three years for all Florida counties.
  • Asthma is the leading cause of hospitalization for children in Duval County and the number one reason kids miss school, resulting in missed work for parents and mounting financial burdens.

Organizers Raise Awareness on Organ Donation for Donate Life Day

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- People headed out to the Jacksonville Landing for Donate a Life Day.

The event, seeks to raise awareness about organ donations.

It featured live bands, clowns, and face painters.

There were also people available to register attendees as organ, eye, and tissue donars.

The Donate Life Day Director, Steve Vandergriff says people should just take a minute and sign up to donate life.

"Nationally less than 35 percent of the population are registered donors. So our goal is to educate people and to build awareness that more people should be registered organ eye and tissue donars," says Vandergriff.

He adds that organ donation is recognized by every organized religion in the world as a final act of love and sharing.

NEW: Prince Foundation Holds First Easter Egg Hunt

Jacksonville, Fla. -- A new community center that opened in downtown Jacksonville held its first Easter Egg Hunt.

Children in the community came out to enjoy the festivities put on by the PRINCE Foundation.

That stands for People Reaching Inner City Needs for Community and Economic development.

The goal of the center is to be a mission for the community for parents and children to get involved.

The founder and owner of the PRINCE Foundation, Darlene Johnson says, "we're going to have after school programs and we're going to have after school tutoring, and just be a catalyst for community change."

The PRINCE foundation has been in operation for exactly one month.

They plan to hold their grand opening in June.

Over the summer they will have a youth program.

New Black Panther Party Rallies in Downtown Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Fla. -- The New Black Panther Party held a rally in Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville.

The rally was for the "national and International Day of Action and Unity."

About 100 people showed up for the demonstration led by Malik Zulu Shabazz.

The Chairman of the party discussed several topics including the crisis in Libya, corruption of local government.

He also had some harsh words for President Obama.

"He was a good man," says Shabazz. "But he went in and got bit by the virus. of the CIA. He got bit by the virus of multi-national oil company. He got bit by the virus of Wall Street and big-time bankers and super-capitalists. He got bit by the virus."

Shabazz also discussed cleaning up the image of Black communities.