National Family Literacy Month Events Announced For Putnam and St. Johns Counties

National Family Literacy Month (NFLM) events are set for this November in Putnam & St. Johns Counties. National Family Literacy Month is a time to recognize the important role that family support plays in the success of reading and literacy. Children who are read to and learn to read from an early age are more likely to become better learners and succeed in other areas of their education.

Saint Augustine January Events

January 8


Relive the old tradition of celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany with a costume ball at St. Augustine's Government House.  Participants must be dressed in 18th century costume of any nation, as well as bring one pot luck dish and wine, if so desired.  Each attendee should also provide his or her own antique plate and eating utensils.  Turkey, ham and punch will be served.  Festivities begin at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $20 per couple or $15 for an individual.  For more information and advance ticket purchase, call 904.794.2507 or email chkdale@comcast.net

St. Augustine's Famed Nights of Lights Will Sparkle to Life Nov. 20th

The 17th annual edition of St. Augustine's famed Nights of Lights will sparkle to life at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 20 when the flick of a switch will illuminate the oldest city's historic district with the gentle glow of more than two million tiny, white lights. Selected last year by AAA as one of the 12 best places in the United States and Canada to experience holiday cheer and named this year as one of the top 100 events in the U.S. by the American Bus Association, the Nights of Lights provides a luminous setting for an exciting agenda of holiday events and fun through January 31.

During the nearly 250 years when St. Augustine served as the capital of Spanish La Florida, the residents marked the holiday season with a single white candle burning in a window at each home.  Today, the Nights of Lights continue that happy tradition in a grand style that reflects the city's 445 years of history. In addition to the enjoyment that comes from strolling the ancient streets lit by the glowing lights or enjoying the nightly reflection of lights on the waters of Matanzas Bay, both visitors and residents can enjoy a wide range of memorable events, including:

Smartphone App TrickorTracker Removes Parents' Worries-Kids Can More Safely Enjoy Halloween

Iconosys unveils a new Smartphone app that enables responsible parents to know the exact whereabouts of their trick-or-treating kids without requiring them to follow alongside in the family car (risking the lives of others that may stray into their paths, as they are distracted by the task of diligently watching their children from the car window). 

Iconosys, Inc., has created TrickorTrackerso that parents can safely monitor their kids via their Smartphone, while their children are out and about gathering treats.  TrickorTracker is free of charge for Halloween (it does expire afterwards), or can be purchased for $9.99 thereafter for full lifetime coverage of family members.

SJCSO Youth Services Unit conducted another "Alcohol Compliance Detail"

As a continuing effort to combat underage drinking in the county, members of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Youth Services Unit with assistance from Special Investigations Unit Detectives conducted another “Alcohol Compliance Detail” yesterday, 25 October.  The operation covered numerous establishments throughout the county.  

For this operation three males, ages 16, 18, and 19 attempted to purchase alcohol at 52 St. Johns County establishments.  The Aides were allowed to purchase alcohol at 7 of these businesses.

City of Palm Coast's Seafood Festival Nov. 6 & 7

Come to the City of Palm Coast’s new Seafood Festival on Saturday/Sunday, November 6 & 7 – you’ll cheer on hourly National Hermit Crab Races performed by the National Crab Race Association. Brightly painted crabs race across green wooden race tracks, scooting side-by-side to the finish line. Each shelled crab is numbered for identification purposes and each race participant picks a hermit crab from an aquarium and gives the crab a name.  All the fun is scheduled every hour, on the hour.

Aside from the crab races, visitors will enjoy two days of great eating, kids carnival with popular midway rides, Frisbee K-9 Dog performances, antique and new car show, radio controlled boat racing, art show, food demo with Hell’s Kitchen’s champion Danny Veltri and lots of fabulous music. The Saturday Night Decades of Rockin’ Oldies concert begins at

8:00 p.m. Admission is only $3 for the entire day, with kids under 12 and parking free of charge.

The Civil War in Jacksonville Living History Weekend at Fort Caroline National Memorial

November 20-21, 2010 Jacksonville, Florida

The Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve will present a special event entitled “The Civil War in Jacksonville.”  This living history weekend will be held at Fort Caroline National Memorial and will highlight how the Civil War affected Jacksonville and Northeast Florida.  The event will be open and free to the public 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Sunday.

The Civil War was fought in all southern states, including Florida, yet few people are aware of the battles and naval engagements that occurred in Jacksonville.  The Union Navy blockaded the St. Johns River and Union gunboats patrolled as far south as Green Cove Springs.