USS Underwood Returns from Six Month Deployment

More than 200 Sailors stationed on board USS Underwood (FFG 36) and embarked helicopter squadron HSL 60 will return to Naval Station Mayport on Tuesday, October 5, after a six-month deployment to the Eastern Pacific in support of Counter-Illicit Trafficking Operations.

14th Annual Mandarin Chili Cook-Off November 13, 2010

The Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Mandarin Council is a strong advocate for community outreach programs. Our members assist in funding various school and community projects through an initiative called “Community Support.” One of the main fundraising vehicles for our program is the Annual Mandarin Chili Cook-Off, which will be held Saturday, November 13, 2010 at Panera Bread which is loacted at 11111 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223.

14th Annual Saint Augustine Senior/Retirement Expo Oct 23

The 14th Annual Saint Augustine Senior/Retirement Expo will be held on Saturday, October 23rd at Ponce de Leon Mall.

Retirement is on a lot of baby boomer’s minds lately & Saint Augustine is rolling out the “red carpet” for the 50+ age group looking to decide on a location to retire. Saint Augustine offers the sun, beaches, dozens of golf courses, “the oldest City in the United States” - which was established in 1565, shopping malls, historic sites, and tourist attractions such as: the formidable fort- Castillo de San Marcos overlooking the water just outside the city gates, the San Sebastian Winery, the World Golf Hall of Fame at the World Golf Village, the Lightner Museum, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in the USA, the St. Augustine Lighthouse, the Alligator Farm, the legendary Ponce de Leon Fountain of Youth, a trolley tour of Old City for an intriguing look at the country’s first permanent European settlement and the oddities of the Ripley’s Believe it Not Museum.

13th Annual Greek Festival Friday, Oct. 8 – Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010

Everyone can be Greek for the weekend at the 13th Annual Greek Festival hosted by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. 

Enjoy a delicious assortment of Greek foods, pastries and beverages along with nonstop entertainment performed by the Hellenic Band and traditional Greek dances led by the Nisiotes Dance Troup.  

There's even an Angora (Greek market)and Bakaliko (Greek grocery). 

Location: Francis Field

Directions: Located behind St. Augustine Downtown Historic Parking Facility

Hours: 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on  

Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday

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: