Firehouse Subs Introduces New Life-Saving Pickle Bucket

Renowned for hearty, oversized portions and piping hot subs, Firehouse Subs unveiled their new pickle bucket, showcasing Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The Foundation raises money throughout the restaurant chain to support fire fighters, police and EMS. All 395 restaurants sell their recycled pickle buckets for $2 a piece. Proceeds benefit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which gives back to public safety entities in communities, served by Firehouse Subs.

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CPK: Have you tried it?

The first Northeast Florida California Pizza Kitchen location opened at the St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville, FL. The 5,300 square foot restaurant is located near Barnes and Noble, at the intersection of Midtown Parkway and River City Drive. Hours of operation will be Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Keeping Critters out of Your Home

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- They can cause the kind of damage that can lead to costly home repairs. They are the four-legged critters looking for a place to stay warm.

"There are rodents, squirrels and raccoons always around this time of year looking for nesting sites," said Jeff Saylor.

Saylor, with Arrow Exterminators, said those nesting sites are in First Coast homes.

Saylor the entry points are easy to find; just look near the air conditioning systems.

"Service lines are easy access points for rodents to get into your home," said Saylor.

He said another weak spot is the soffit, the area under the eaves of the roof. 

"Rats can get through an area the size of a quarter, mice can get through about the size of a dime," he said.

Even a tree near your home can become an access point.

Saylor's advice is pay attention to the surroundings.

Upcoming Duval County School District Fall Festivals List

To help promote family and community involvement, the following DCPS' elementary schools will be hosting Fall Festivals.

When and Where: 

Friday, October 15, 2010
Jacksonville Heights Elementary, 4 to 7 p.m., 7750 Tempest St. S., Jacksonville, FL 32244, 904-573-1120.  Proceeds will benefit the Safety Patrol.

West Riverside Elementary, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., 2801 Herschel St., Jacksonville, FL 32205. Fun for the whole family, featuring games, food, prizes and a silent auction. All activities require tickets that can be purchased from the school's front office.

Saturday, October 16, 2010
Seabreeze Elementary, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1400 Seabreeze Ave., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. "Howl's & Haystacks" event with obstacle courses, huge slides, carnival foods and games, face painting, classroom booths and more! Bring your family, friends & neighbors… and come in costume, if you dare!

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Jax India Fest on October 16, 2010 from 3PM to 11PM at the Metropolitan Park

Jax India Fest 2010 is being organized by the Hindu Society of North East Florida along with various Indian organizations of Jacksonville.  Jax India Fest 2010 is on October 16, 2010 from 3PM to 11PM at the Metropolitan Park.  Admission is free and it is open to all. 

Jax India Fest 2010 promises to be a fun filled event.  The event will have fifty-plus booths from a variety of regional Indian organizations and businesses that cater to the local population.  The booths will feature authentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dresses, traditional Indian jewelry, and Indian art.  In addition, traditional Indian folk and classical dances will be performed.  The event will culminate in Navratri celebrations, which will include Garba Ras and Dandia-very popular traditional dance in which everyone participates.

City Encourages Participation in "Teal Monday" Events, Offers Free Parking at Select Facilities

Mayor John Peyton has proclaimed Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 as “Teal Monday” in support of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Monday Night Football game against divisional rivals, the Tennessee Titans. To create a fun environment for all to enjoy, the Jaguars and others will host festivities at various locations throughout downtown. 

The Pre-K Backpack Program Celebrates Community Helpers

Students participating in the Pre-K Backpack Program at S. P. Livingston Elementary will get an up-close view of a fire truck and fire rescue workers. The visit will provide these young students with the opportunity to become familiar with fire rescue workers should they ever be in a situation that requires rescue.

The Pre-K Backpack Program is a literacy family involvement opportunity for parents to interact with their students, and the fire rescue visit coincides with October’s theme of Community Helpers.

When:  Wednesday, October 13, at 1:30 p.m.

Where:  S.P. Livingston Elementary, 1128 Barber St., Jacksonville, FL 32209