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Pumpkin Patches Prepare First Coast For Halloween

Pumpkin Patches Prepare First Coast For Halloween

Fall has made a chilly arrival across the First Coast. With the arrival of October came the local Pumpkin Patches and the Halloween Attractions. Pumpkin patches and Halloween decorations are beginning to pop up all across the area and the is Oldest City gearing up for this spooky traditional holiday.

Children and adults alike enjoy the festivities of Halloween in the month of October. Everyone enjoys getting creative and dressing up in interesting and elaborate costumes. The children dress up go trick-or-treating in hopes of making out with lots of candy. The big kids go to the different costume contests at different locations and bars across the city in hopes of cashing in on their creative costumes. It is a great time for everyone in the Oldest City.

Many people decorate their yards and create haunted houses to keep the holiday as spooky as possible. One of the most creative and hands on way to celebrate, and decorate, is by carving pumpkins.

Habitat for Humanity Invites Event Sponsors


Habitat for Humanity is still offering sponsorships for the Annual Holiday Gala for Humanity, the highly anticipated event that kicks off the holiday season each year in St. Augustine. 

First Coast Man Rides Bike 500 Miles For Fundraiser

First Coast Man Rides Bike 500 Miles For Fundraiser

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A First Coast man is leading the charge to money for a little girl recovering from a heart transplant, using his bike to help ease the parents' financial burden.

Joe Mehm has always been a cycling enthusiast but he's never done a ride like this.

The daunting ride from St. Augustine to Key West was to raise money for the owners of Panama Hatties in St. Augustine, the Kivistos, and their baby Grace.

"Their baby had a heart defect, and was needing a heart transplant," Mehm said.

With the life-saving transplant complete, the medical bills piled in.

"Just decided I wanted to do something myself so I put together this Gears for Grace and put together a little website so we can take in some pledges," Mehm said.

Taking pledges from businesses, family and friends, Mehm left from Panama Hatties heading for Key West.

The 500 mile ride took six days.

Bike MS: PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore, Oct 1-2


The National MS Society, North Florida Chapter’s largest annual fundraiser, Bike MS: PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore, is coming up October 1-2, 2011. The 25th anniversary of the two-day ride will be the biggest fundraiser yet for the chapter.  

Bike MS is the National MS Society’s signature event and the single largest non-profit organized bike ride in the United States, including participants and funds raised.

Local Dr. Launches Essay Contest to Ask Students to Solve Public Education Problems


Scot Ackerman, M.D. of First Coast Oncology has announced his third annual essay contest for local high school students, “Students Who Care.”  The topic for this year’s contest is: “Plato said ‘Necessity is the mother of invention.’ In what innovative ways would you solve the challenges that the public education system faces today?” 

Churches Push to Bring Christian Film to St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Ralenda Johnson of St. Augustine was planning an outing for her Sunday School class to see the Christian film "Courageous".

But she found out that the movie was not going to play in St. Augustine theaters, possibly because St. Augustine was not considered a large enough city.

Johnson said, "I just couldn't understand how a movie like that would come to here."

Pirate Museum Voted Best Local Attraction by Community

Pirate Museum Voted Best Local Attraction by Community


The results are in! The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum was voted Best Local Attraction by the community in the St. Augustine Record’s 2011 Best of St. Augustine contest after its first year in the running and less than a year open.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that local residents and Record readers, who have visited the museum, think so highly of their pirate experience with us,” said executive director Cindy Stavely.