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October 12
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    Aqua East GROM Fest Surf Contest

    8:00 am-12:00 pm
    350 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080

    Surf Contest – Saturday, October 12, 2019, 8:00 AM - Southside St. Johns County Ocean Pier

    (350 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080)

    Wake Tournament – Sunday, October 13, 2019, 11:00 AM –Palm Valley Outdoor Bar and Grill, ICW

                (377 S Roscoe Blvd Suite 2, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082)

    Awards – following each event

    VANS Clean-up – following each event with hats, bags and more swag for volunteers

    The competition will feature a variety of divisions including:

    Junior Open Division (17 & Under) sponsored by Quiksilver | Junior Women 15-17 sponsored by Roxy | Boys 12-14 | Girls 12-14 | Junior Boys 9-11 | Junior Girls 9-11 | 8 & Under Co-ed | Sandy Forsyth Longboard Contest (all ages) sponsored by Palm Leaf Dental | Wakesurf/wakeboard/wakeskate Contest sponsored by Tommy’s (all ages) | Free Fun Skate Jam | Photo Contest (all ages) | The Trifecta Challenge is for anyone that participates in all three surf, skate and wake events.

    Is this the year you LEARN TO SURF, SKATE & WAKE? Join the Aqua East crew on October 11th at Treaty Skate Park for one-on-one skate instruction at a park where all skills levels can learn to ride. Surf more your thing? Stoked to Surf is St. Augustine's best surf camp and the talented staff will be at the beach on Saturday, October 12th to teach you how to catch a wave.  Surf behind a boat, you ask?  Tommy's is the trusted Malibu Boats dealer for Northeast Florida and this is your chance to Learn to Wakesurf behind the industries #1 wake boat. and Facebook Page @aquaeastgromfest

    Second Saturday Arts and Farmers Market

    9:00 am-1:00 pm
    11924 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville Fl
    Second Saturday Arts and Farmers Market9AM-1PM First Christian Church 11924 San Jose Blvd.

    Mandarin Eastern Star's Henry’s Famous Fish Fry

    10:00 am-2:00 pm
    Mandarin Masonic Lodge Social Hall, 2914 Loretto Road, Jacksonville, FL 32223
    Mandarin Eastern Star chapter will be hosting Henry’s Famous Fish Fry on Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at the Mandarin Masonic Lodge Social Hall, 2914 Loretto Road, Jacksonville, FL 32223.  Tickets are $10 (includes tax) for a delicious fish dinner with two sides.  For tickets or information, contact


    10:00 am-12:00 pm
    Lowe’s of S. Jacksonville, 4040 Oldfield Crossing Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32223


     October 1, 2019 – In honor of Fire Prevention Month in October and to bring fire safety top of mind, First Alert is teaming up with more than 1,700 Lowe’s stores across the country in a joint effort to spread awareness about the importance of whole home protection. As part of this initiative, Jacksonville residents are invited to participate in a special safety education event with the Jacksonville Fire Department on Saturday, October 12, at local Lowe’s location. The focus of the event will be to educate attendees about how to protect their families and homes from the threats of fire and carbon monoxide (CO).

    Each year, nearly 3,000 Americans die from home fires, while CO poisoning claims approximately 450 lives, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The NFPA also reports that almost three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (40%) or no working smoke alarms (17%). Many of these tragedies could be prevented with the proper placement, number and maintenance of working alarms.

    “In order to help decrease home fire and CO poisoning incidents, people must be equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge,” said Tarsila Wey, director of marketing for First Alert, the most trusted name in home safety.* “Protecting homes and families is our number one priority, and by partnering with Lowe’s and local fire departments, we hope to help ensure the long-term safety of communities nationwide.”

    Store associates and fire officials will host fun, family-focused activities to teach families about equipping their homes with smoke and CO alarms, as well as planning and practicing a fire escape plan. Children will have the opportunity to build a wooden fire truck in a one-time kids’ workshop and will receive firefighter hats, coloring books and educational materials, while supplies last. In addition, smoke and CO alarms will be on display, including First Alert’s 10-year sealed battery alarms that provide reliable protection for a decade without the hassle of battery replacements. This event will take place on October 12, at the following Lowe’s locations from 10:00 a.m. to noon:

    • Lowe’s of E. Jacksonville, 9525 Regency Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225
    • Lowe’s of N. Jacksonville, 13125 City Square Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32218
    • Lowe’s of N.E. Jacksonville, 12945 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225
    • Lowe’s of S. Central Jacksonville, 8054 Philips Highway, Jacksonville, FL 32256
    • Lowe’s of S. Jacksonville, 4040 Oldfield Crossing Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32223
    • Lowe’s of W. Jacksonville, 5155 Lenox Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205

    To ensure your family and home are best protected from fire, follow the guidelines set by the NFPA and U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), which recommend that homes have smoke alarms installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement, and one CO alarm on each level and in or near each sleeping area. To put this into perspective, the average-sized home in America – a two-story, three-bedroom house – needs a minimum of five smoke alarms and four CO alarms.

    In many parts of the country, smoke and CO alarms are required by law. Local fire departments and building departments can provide relevant information, and additional information may be found at

     “Together, with Lowe’s and local fire departments, we can spread awareness about fire and CO safety nationwide and the importance of installing reliable protection that you can trust for your home,” added Wey.

    To learn more about protecting your family from smoke, fire and carbon monoxide, visit the First Alert website at You also can follow First Alert on Twitter (@FirstAlert) or “like” First Alert on Facebook.

    Italian American Club of Jacksonville 29th ANNUAL FESTA ITALIANA

    11:00 am-8:00 pm
    Italian American Club of Jacksonville, 2838 Westberry Road, Jacksonville, FL 32223
    Italian American Club of Jacksonville presents29th ANNUAL FESTA ITALIANASat. October 12, 2019 11AM – 8PMSun. October 13, 2019 Noon – 6PMAuthentic Italian Dinners Meatball & Sausage SubsHomemade Desserts Live MusicFREE admission and entertainment. Donations for food,beverages, desserts. Come for the homemade Italiano goodies,Stay for the festivities!Italian American Club of Jacksonville,2838 Westberry Road, Jacksonville, FL 32223(904) 586-2700

    Anatomy of a Sixteenth-Century Florida Expedition: Pedro Menéndez

    6:00 pm-9:00 pm
    Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach | 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
    A lecture by Dr. J. Michael Francis with introduction by Scott Grant
    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019
    6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL: On October 12, 2019, La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas ( will launch two exciting initiatives related to the founding of St. Augustine, Florida. In this talk, Dr. J. Michael Francis will introduce the first phase of a long-term project to identify the men and women who joined Menéndez's 1565 expedition. To date, roughly 550 individuals have been recorded in the La Florida database, revealing fascinating patterns of regional diversity, a unique window into the lives of the Europeans and Africans who joined Menéndez's 1565 enterprise.
    Local historian and author Scott A. Grant, will lead listeners into an intimate portrayal of Pedro Menéndez and his life in early northeast Florida.
    This discussion will take place at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with a light reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for members and $30 for the general public and can be purchased online at, by calling 904.280.0614, or by visiting the Cultural Center. Tickets will be available at the door.

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