St. Augustine to Host County's Largest Veterans Day Celebration

St. Augustine's annual Veterans Day celebration and ceremony - the largest event of its kind in St. Johns County - will be held in St. Augustine, Nov. 11.

The celebration begins with displays opening at 9:00am and a traditional military ceremony including a "Massing of the Colors," at the Special Events Field Thursday Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

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St. Johns River Blues Festival; Friday, November 19th thru Sunday, November 21st

An exciting two nights and two days of great, home grown blues is planned for Palatka during the 1st Annual, 2010

National recording artist and Jacksonville native, “Ben Robinson”, Kingsnake Records recording artist, from Savannah, “Eric Culberson”, Gainesville’s “Bridgett Kelly & Tim Fik” and from Ocala, The Delta Blues Legend, “Willie Green” headline the evening shows. The Kim Ricks Blues Band, The Blues-O-matics, Franc Robert, Rocco Blu, Lil Jake and the Soul Searchers, The Georgia Allstars, Blues Lightning, The A1A Blues Band, The SPHammond Band, The Alligator Cowboys, Tropical Whiskey, The Whiskey River Band, Out of the Blue, The Florida Tazers, The Wayne Johnson Band and Shelby and the Mustangs, compete for more than $6000.00 in prizes, bookings and concert appearances donated by The Arts Council of Greater Palatka, Downtown Blues Bar & Grill and Medusa Studios on our two downtown Palatka Stages.

Taco Bell Donation Campaign Will Benefit Local Military Families

More than 400 Taco Bell restaurants will participate in the second annual “Freedom Bells” fundraiser, in support of the Armed Forces Families Foundation.

One hundred percent of donations made from Nov. 10-23 will go toward projects to benefit military families in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. 

3rd Annual "Food for Fines" at the St. Johns County Public Library

The St. Johns County Public Library System will kick off its 3rd Annual “Food for Fines” program next week. Food for Fines permits patrons to bring one sealed, non-expired, non-perishable food item to the library in exchange for each $1 in overdue fines. The program will run November 8 – December 22, 2010. Last year, more than 10,000 food items were collected, surpassing the 8,000 items collected in 2008.

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State Parks Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service will offer free day-use entrance to Florida State Parks on Thursday, November 11, 2010.

In honor of the services and sacrifices of United States veterans, their families and communities, day-use entrance to all of Florida State Parks will be waived to park visitors on Veterans Day. This offer does not include Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

For more information on Florida’s state parks or Veterans Day event details visit www.floridastateparks.org or www.twitter.com/FLStateParks.   

FWC Seeks Input on Possible Changes to Red Drum Rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is continuing a series of public workshops to review its analysis of the latest red drum (redfish) stock assessment and discuss possible red drum rule changes.

The FWC wants to hear what people think about its proposals to create regional management areas for red drum and raise the daily bag limit from one fish to two per person in northern Florida.  The Commission also wants to receive comment on possible red drum rule changes in southeastern Florida.

Whole Foods First Friday Wine & Beer Tasting

Whole Foods invites you join us on the First Friday of every month for a free organic wine and beer tasting and networking event. For our November Mixer, we are meeting on Friday, November 5 at the Lifestyle Center which is located inside the Whole Foods Market in Mandarin.