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Legislative History in Real Time!!

Have you seen the recent development in Florida concerning funeral protests?  There was an article in the Jacksonville Times Union describing a bill that has been passed in the Florida Senate that would affect those protests.  If you notice they give you a citation to that bill: SB 118.  If you want to keep track of how that bill makes its way through our legislature you can head over to the Florida Senate’s website at http://www.flsenate.gov/. Once you are there just put the bill number (118) in the search box at the top of the screen and you can see all the exciting things that have happened as the bill makes its way through the senate.  One of the options allows you to view the staff analyses of the bill which can often give you some insight into the legislative intent.  This is a great way to get comfortable with Florida legislative history research. (This can be very tough)  If you want to be notified any time there is activity concerning this or any other bill just sign up for Senate Tracker account. With a Senate Tracker account you can track items throughout the website, view the latest updates on the Tracker tab, and receive email notifications when those items are updated.  You can create an account here.  All you need is an email address.  Did I mention this is all free?  It is!

 

Trick or Treat or Where is Your Permit?

Are you planning to wear a mask with your Halloween costume?  Be sure you don’t need a permit!  At the Stupid Laws & Dumb Laws blog they have a list of Halloween specific laws that might affect you depending on where you plan to celebrate.  Click the link and see if they found a law that might affect you.

Note the disclaimer at the bottom of their page.  “The laws listed here are for entertainment purposes only. We have tried to cite specific references when available but, we make no guarantees on the validity of these laws and as such: the laws and regulations including the interpretation and commentary we have provided are for entertainment only.”  If you really want to see if your town or city has a law that might restrict your candy-collecting fun you should check out Municode.  A helpful tip: Start with the index if you can.  Happy Halloween! 

Labor Day Weekend! What to do around town Aug. 31- Sept 3

If you have any tips on things to do in Jacksonville and surrounding areas, feel free to send them to me to be included in future posts.

Labor Day weekend and the unofficial end to summer! Be sure to check the library hours, as we will have reduced hours on Monday!

All weekend –

Friday, August 31st –

Saturday, September 1st –

Monday, September 3rd –

What to do this weekend.

Welcome everyone! We hope your first week of school was a good one. If you need to unwind a bit this weekend, try A Walk in the Woods at the Jacksonville Arboretum on Saturday. There are two walks: one focused on fitness, beginning at 8:00 am, and one nature-oriented, beginning at 9:30. Both are fun and informative. Both are free and open to the public. See the link for details.

More of an indoor person? The Florida Theatre will be showing Some Like is Hot Sunday at 2:00 pm. This Oscar and Golden Globe winning film is considered an all-time classic. Take a break at see it in a theater. See this Florida Theatre link for location and time – only $7.50!

School Starts Soon! You Better Have Fun While You Can.

If you have any tips on things to do in Jacksonville and surrounding areas, feel free to let us know on our Facebook page!

If you want to know the weather report this weekend, take a look  here and plan accordingly. There is lots to do this weekend and here are just a few ideas:

Friday, August 3rd, Saturday, August 4th, & Sunday August 5th

  • LEND ME A TENOR The Limelight Theatre stages Ken Ludwig’s musical farce about two rival opera singers at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 5, 12 and 19 at 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $25; $22 for seniors; $20 for military and students. 825-1164. http://limelight-theatre.org/
Friday, August 3rd, Saturday, August 4th
  • GOD’S FAVORITE Amelia Community Theatre stages the Neil Simon comedy at 8 p.m. on Aug. 2, 3 and 4, 9-11 and 16-18, and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 12 at 207 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. 261-6749.
  • Pot Goes the Musical!  Players by the Sea sets the dangers of marijuana to music.“Reefer Madness The Musical” is staged at 8 p.m. on July 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 and Aug. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. General admission is $25. 249-0289. http://www.playersbythesea.org/performances/reefer-madness
Friday, August 3rd
  • Like comedy? Go check out Mad Cowford Improv Comedy! Show starts at 8:15 and the cost is only $5.  Get there easrly since this is their six year anniversary show and it is always popular!

Saturday, August 4th

Sunday August 5th

  • LOUDERPALOOZA 2012: AMMO, FFN, BOOGER, POOR RICHARDS, TOE IN THE TRIGGER, POWERBALL, XGEEZER, THE PINZ, SICKSICKSICKS and SHATTERMAT The noise starts at 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4686.

Saturday, August 4th, 2012 Markets

Beaches Green Market
Beaches: Jarboe Park, Neptune Beach
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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Farmers Market of San Marco
San Marco/Southbank: Parking Lot – Elizabeth Swaim United Memorial Methodist Church
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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Fernandina Farmers Market
Fernandina/Amelia: Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
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Mandarin Farmers Market
Mandarin: San Jose / Old St. Augustine Rd
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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Riverside Art Market (RAM)
Downtown Jacksonville: Under Fuller Warren Bridge
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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Old City Farmers Market
St. Augustine: St. Augustine Amphitheater
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
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Sunday, August 5th, 2012 Markets

Avondale Farmers Market
Riverside/Avondale: Historic Avondale at the corner of St. Johns and Talbot
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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Jacksonville Farmers Market
Downtown: Jacksonville Farmers Market
All Day
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What Should You Do This Weekend? What Shouldn’t You Do!

If you have any tips on things to do in Jacksonville and surrounding areas, feel free to let us know on our Facebook page!

It is late July and the living is easy! If you want to know the weather report this weekend, take a look  here and plan accordingly. There is lots to do this weekend and here are just a few ideas:

Click Continue reading for info on some of the Farmer’s Markets open this weekend (all free!) and other events.

Time Well Wasted!!

Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.

                                                                                                               –Bill Watterson

With the bar and finals approaching, most of you probably view the arrival of yet another weekend with both dread and delight! Dread that there are only a few more weekends between you and the exams; delight that you are almost done. Dread that there is so much more you have to study; delight that you might be able to do something fun or get some much needed rest. Dread that you are going to waste time this weekend, delight that you have time to waste this weekend….While it is important to be prepared for your exams, it is also important to pace yourself and take breaks—both physical and mental so that you do not burn out!!

With a little planning, your time can be both well-spent and well-wasted!

So, here are some fun choices….

For me, this weekend is all about Spidey! Watch the Amazing Spider-Man in action at a theater near you or the IMAX to enjoy spine-tingling special effects and rate your spider senses. However, if a masked superhero is not your cup of tea, how about a crusader of a different mettle? Learn what law and justice really means from Atticus Finch as he takes on the case of his life in the classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Enjoy the hot weather! Go to the beach and get some sun (don’t forget the sunblock), or take advantage of summer deals like the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ offer of tickets at half-price for those days that the temperature is predicted to hit 92 or higher.  Make sure you print the coupon from their website before you visit the Zoo. In addition, the grand opening of the Riverside Arts Market is on Saturday.

No matter what you decide to do this weekend, remember to spend some time well-wasted!!

Things to Do this Weekend

Need something to take your mind off bar studying?  Summer classes got you down?  Check out some of the cool things to do around Jacksonville this weekend.

All Weekend

  • Go to the theatre and enjoy Hot Mikado at 8pm on Friday and Saturday night, or catch the matinee performance on Sunday at 2pm.  It’s an update of the classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta at Theatre Jacksonville.

Friday June 17th

  • It’s opening night for the new movie-musical Rock of Ages!  Go see it in all its big-haired glory at the IMAX  or on a smaller screen.  Either way I’m sure you all can’t wait to hear Tom Cruise rock a power ballad.

Saturday June 16th

Sunday June 17th

 

Finals Finally Finished! Here’s What’s Going on May 11-13

Of course, the library hours will change, so be sure to check before coming in.

If you have any tips on things to do in Jacksonville and surrounding areas, feel free to send them to me to be included in future posts.

All weekend –

  • Local Bluegrass band Grandpa’s Cough Medicine is playing Friday night at Fly’s Tie Irish Pub in Atlantic Beach at 10 pm. They’ll also play Saturday with Fusebox Funk at Mojo Kitchen in Jacksonville Beach at 10 pm.
  • With headliners Erykah Badu and Doug E. Fresh (I think I just dated myself), Funk Fest looks to be an exciting place to be this weekend! Tickets are $65 for both Friday and Saturday, at Metropolitan Park at 6 pm on Friday and 5 pm Saturday.
  • Theatre your thing? After Ashley, a dark comedy produced by the Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, is at the Adele Grage Cultural Center Friday and Saturday nights at 8 through the end of the month. $15 cash or check only.

To see daily events, click on the Continue Reading link. Continue reading

Things to do this Weekend – the Harlem Globetrotters, Auditions, and Monster Trucks

If you weren’t able to get tickets to the now-sold-out Vagina Monologues, there are still other things to do this weekend in Jacksonville!

Harlem Globetrotters 
What: You think you know The Globetrotters? Think again because you’ve NEVER seen them like this. This year’s team will not only feature your favorite Globetrotters – Big Easy, Flight Time, Special K, Scooter, etc., but also a whole new exciting class of rookies that will have your family talking about this year’s show forever.
When: Friday, 3/2/12 at 7:00 PM
Where: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (Map)
Cost: Tickets start at just $22.
For More Information: Ticketmaster; The Florida Times UnionHarlem Globetrotters 2012 World Tour Preview

Twentieth Century Auditions
What: The Hecht-MacArthur comedy is set in the observation car of the Twentieth Century Limited, traveling from Chicago to New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Aboard the luxury train are egomaniacal theatre producer Oscar Jaffe, desperately in need of a hit, and his former paramour and protégé, temperamental actress Lily Garland (born Mildred Plotka), who abandoned him for a Hollywood career. Oscar is determined to sign her for his new show, and Lily is just as determined to ignore his advances, both professional and personal. AUDITIONS WILL BE COLD READINGS FROM THE SCRIPT.
When: Saturday, 3/3/12 at 1:00 PM
Where: Theatre Jacksonville (Map)
Cost: Free.
For More Information: Audition Notice

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam
What: Monster Jam will feature USHRA Monster Trucks including Grave Digger® driven by Dennis Anderson, Maximum Destruction® driven by Neil Elliott, El Toro Loco® driven by Chuck Werner, Monster Mutt® Dalmatian driven by Candice Jolly, Mohawk Warrior℠ driven by George Balhan, Advance Auto Parts Grinder℠ driven by Lupe Soza, Madusa, Stone Crusher driven by Steve Sims, Monster Magic driven by Bryan Wright, Bounty Hunder driven by Jim Creten , Scarlet Bandit driven by Dawn Creten, Gunslinger driven by Scott Hartsock, Raminator driven by Mark Hall, Rammunition driven by Mat Dishman, Predator, and Pouncer!
When: Saturday, 3/3/12 at 7:00 PM (Gates open at 5:00 PM)
Where: Everbank Field (Map)
Cost: Tickets start at just $20 (plus parking).
For More Information: Visit JacksonvilleThe Florida Times Union; Jax Events