Families

St. John's County Superintendent Town Hall Meetings

The Superintendent is conducting a series of town hall meetings hosted by various School Board members during the next six weeks.

SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular

Halloween meets the sea during SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular, featuring an underwater "fantasea" where children can trick-or-treat, meet amazing sea creatures, catch silly and spooky shows and help Sesame Street's Abby Cadabby through an amazing adventure to find her magic wand.

SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular takes place October 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, and 29-31. The daytime event begins at 12 p.m., leaving the littlest of trick-or-treaters wide-eyed for the fun-filled activities.  Visit SeaWorldSpooktacular.com for more details. 

Haunt Nights: Northeast Florida’s Newest Haunted Attraction at the Adventure Landing Jax Beach

Adventure Landing has announced that they will be hosting a multi-day haunted event called HAUNT NIGHTS.  Haunt Nights is Northeast Florida’s newest haunted attraction and will debut at the Adventure Landing’s Jacksonville Beach location on Friday, October 9th.  Haunt Nights will continue on select dates through October 31.  A complete operating schedule is available by clicking this link:  http://www.hauntnights.com/schedule.html.

Haunt Nights features two unique attractions:

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.

Sneak Peak at New Pirate Museum

Out the outside, it looks like a generic warehouse.

Inside this as-yet-undisclosed location in St. Augustine, pirate museum props are overflowing the shelves and peeking out of boxes. 

Pat Croce opened a squeaky door at the warehouse and said, "This is our secret bunker." He smiled a wry smile.

"I had to rent 6,000 feet to put all this paraphernalia and items we shipped up from Key West. Where was I going to put it? The museum's not ready for it"

Shelves are lined with trunks, real and fake swords, and rusty lanterns.

An unfinished mural of a pirate ship stretches across one wall of the warehouse.

The museum's creative director creates clouds and waves with every stroke of a paint brush.

Another man cleaned a cannon on the floor.

Croce bounced around the warehouse showing off the items inside and explaining how they will be used in his museum.

Big Shoals State Park is hosting the Second Annual Pumpkin Fest

WHITE SPRINGS – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Big Shoals State Park is hosting the Second Annual Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, October 23, 2010.

Flagler College Film Festival to begin screening on Sept. 30

Flagler College will unspool its first edition of the Flagler College Film Festival (FCFF) Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, with 22 films from around the world and right next door.

Partially funded by the Arnold and Barbara Grevior Fund for Film Studies, FCFF will present films in five venues on campus and downtown St. Augustine.

The films will represent 11 countries.  Screenings will take place in the Flagler College Auditorium, Gamache-Koger Theater in the Student Center, The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, outdoors on the college's West Lawn and at the St Augustine Art Association Gallery, 22 Marine St.

Tickets are $3 with a current Flagler College ID, $7 for seniors and other faculty and $9 general admission. Admission to the children's film is $1 per child and $3 for accompanying adults. For the environmental film, "Turtle: The Incredible Journey," tickets are just $3 for children. The Festival accepts all major credit cards as well as checks and cash.