Arts & Culture

Teen Launches Debut Novel in Young Adult Series

Jacksonville’s own Allyson Richards started writing her first novel when she was 15 years old. Currently 17, she is developing her supernatural fiction novels into a 4-part series that is sure to capture the hearts of readers, from early tweens to Twilight moms.

Toya Carter Essay Contest

Toya Carter Essay Contest

A Memorial Day Weekend, Family Affair with Toya Carter - Monday, May 30th, 2011; 11a-3p This will be an event in a local park in downtown Jacksonville where Toya Carter will address at-risk teens sharing her struggles in growing up as a teen without parents; and how she pressed on to become a successful author and celebrity. On her hit television show with 1.5 million viewers, “Toya: A Family Affair”, Toya is shown as having a beautiful home, good friends and pursing her dreams in fashion design. But her life has been full of peaks and valleys. Abandoned by her parents as a child, she was passed from family member to family member as her mother sank deeper into drug addiction. Feeling unloved and unwelcomed, Toya fell into the arms of a 15-year old rising musical star Dwayne Michael Carter, known these days as the rapper “Lil Wayne” and ended up pregnant at the tender age of 14.

Calling All Gleeks! Glee's Matthew Morrison in Jax July 14th

Calling All Gleeks! Glee's Matthew Morrison in Jax July 14th

Gleeks everywhere are busy making summer plans as “Glee” star and Mercury Records artist Matthew Morrison announced today a major summer tour that will feature songs from his forthcoming album along with many of the Glee fan favorites. In tribute to the great glee clubs across the country, the tour (in conjunction with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation) will offer regional glee clubs the chance to compete for the ‘opening act’ performance slot. The VH1 Save The Music Foundation which is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in our nation’s schools is a proud partner in the competition and entries can be submitted at

Jacksonville Arts & Culture Events, Spring 2011

Riverside Avondale Preservation society’s Spring Tour of Homes will be held April 16 - 17, offering visitors a rare opportunity to step inside several of Riverside Avondale’s most beautiful and interesting residences.  Featured tour stops include the first house built in the “new” Riverside subdivision, the oldest home in Avondale and a Henry J. Klutho masterpiece recognized as one of the 100 most historically and architecturally significant buildings in Jacksonville.  This year, the tour includes 11 homes, one business and two schools. The Riverside Trolley will be providing free transportation along the tour route. 


Jacksonville Special Events July 2011

Freedom, Fanfare & Fireworks

July 4

Independence Day celebration, festivities include a majestic fireworks show over the St. Johns River in Downtown Jacksonville and other special engagements. 


Jacksonville Special Events June 2011

Moonlight Movies

June 3 and 10

A classic movie is shown outdoors under the stars in Jacksonville Beach.  Visitors bring picnic blankets and baskets, lawn chairs and pets to really make an evening out of it.  Vendors set up to sell food and beverages, as well as there is a kids’ entertainment zone for families.  Event is free.  Screenings begin at 9 p.m.


Jacksonville Special Events May 2011

Movies in the Park

May 6

Downtown Jacksonville’s series is returning to historic Treaty Oak Park Fridays in the spring. Hosted by Downtown Vision, Inc. and JaxParks, the series features four family-friendly movies shown under the stars, each beginning at dusk (around 8 p.m.) on the land that once served as the setting for numerous silent films. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic dinners ordered “to-go” from one of the many Downtown restaurants. Music and kids lawn games will keep moviegoers busy before each show. Vendors will also sell concessions onsite. Movie: The Wizard of Oz.