Friday, April 3, 2020

‘Grumpy's’ Food Giveaway!

(Update: Monday April 6, 2020). The Giveaway was a complete success.  Please follow Grump's on their Facebook page for further news.  You may also order online by going to their website, or calling them at the number below.

April 3, 2020 kicked off Grumpy's 1st Annual Produce & Pantry Giveaway!  Every day they will set-up their Grumpy's Tent & Tables outside and give away Produce & Pantry items to their Orange Park Community, Staff Members, Friends, Family and Anyone In Need.

Grumpy’s would like to thank their food providers: “Chaney Brothers Foods” and “Sysco Foods”, for being kind enough to donate produce to our community and help kick start their giveaway.

Daily from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.!

Grumpy’s Restaurant
834 Kingsley Ave.

Orange Park, FL 32073
(904) 215-1956

'Alhambra Takeout': Food without the Drama3

Well, last week was such a success for everyone that the Alhambra Theater & Dining continues to help themselves through COVID-19, by helping you to some different meals this weekend.  Below is a new personal note from the Managing Partner – Mr. Craig Smith about their curbside dinner service.  Feel free to ORDER HERE from April 3 — April 5, 2020; and place your order the day before desired pick up.  Bon AppĂ©tit!

Hi Everyone!

In case you haven't heard, the Alhambra is included among the many great local places for take-home dining - and, as always, a place you trust for the caring we put into everything we do.  If you have not treated yourself to one of our made-from-scratch take-home meals, now is the time.  From the feedback we've received, we know you will not be disappointed.  For those of you have enjoyed our take-home dining and curbside delivery, thank you so much for the amazing support for our wonderful staff and our great theater.

Please take a look at the menu below, decide what you'd like for dinner, and click or call to order.  It will be ready for you here to pick up - and you don’t even need to leave your car!  Plus, every meal you have with us helps keep our staff employed and their families fed.

We look forward to serving you!


Click HERE to order online.

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212

Monday, March 30, 2020

JAX parents and teaches get FREE school assistance from ‘WJCT-TV’

WJCT (a Florida public media partnership) delivers at-home learning online resources and a new television schedule of educational programming for First Coast Teachers and Families.

As many schools and districts across Florida shift to online and at-home learning in an effort to lessen the spread of COVID-19, WJCT Public Media, in partnership with public media organizations across the state, has launched a new, weekday television schedule of educational programs aligned with state standards.  The new programming begins Monday, March 30, 2020 at 11 a.m. on TV Channel 7.1 (Comcast 8 and 440).  WJCT will also offer a suite of free digital learning resources accessible from home.  The service has been developed over the past two weeks in consultation with educators, including Duval County Public Schools.

“These school closures bring challenges for parents and teachers in keeping students engaged and learning,” says WJCT President and CEO, David McGowan.  “We are really pleased to be able to create this service and to restructure our educational offerings in ways that make them most useful to educators, parents, and children as we all confront schools being closed.  As Jacksonville’s public media organization, we have education in our DNA, so this is a natural way for us to help make a bad situation a little bit better.”
WJCT will dedicate its daytime weekday schedule on channel 7.1 (Comcast 8 and 440) to Florida standards-aligned educational programming.  The new schedule, airing from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., follows WJCT’s current block of programming for early learners (PreK through third grade) from 6 to 11 a.m., and includes specific blocks of time for high school content (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and middle school content (3 to 6 p.m.).  These new blocks will cover topics such as English language arts, social studies, science and math.  Programs can be incorporated into lesson plans for teachers, while providing parents and caregivers with quality, educational content to supplement their child’s academic studies.  More information on the schedule and available resources can be found HERE.

Each week’s program schedule will be shared with teachers across the First Coast, who can follow up with discussion questions, worksheets or hands-on projects and experiments when they communicate with their students.  Resources will also be integrated into the Duval County Public Schools’ Parent Academy.

“Duval County Public Schools’ Parent Academy, a free family resource traditionally offering face-to-face classes, has now moved to virtual courses, and soon can add television to our educational offerings,” said Regan Copeland, Parent Academy Supervisor with Duval County Public Schools.  “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with WJCT in providing our families with additional enrichment opportunities as a supplement to our Homeroom environment.”

This new programming builds upon WJCT’s education-focused initiatives, including the region’s pre-eminent professional development conference for teachers (TEACH, scheduled for Saturday, November 7, 2020) the PBS Kids Writing Contest, and additional resources available to educators and parents, such as:
Florida PBS Learning Media: WJCT and PBS have curated free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans and more for all Florida educators. Collections include videos, lesson plans and activities, sorted by grade level (PreK through high school), subject area and state standard.
WJCT Kids Connect Newsletter: WJCT’s new weekly e-newsletter provides engaging educational activities every Monday morning, with fun family learning ideas from sources such as PBS, The Fred Rogers Company and other local educational community partners.
WJCT World: Effective March 30, 2020, the public media WORLD Channel (WJCT 7.4, Comcast 212) will provide a five-hour At-Home Learning Service for students in grades 6-12 every weekday. Programs will highlight topics such as science, history and English language arts.
Support for Teachers: Through PBS LearningMedia, teachers can access webinars from PBS master trainers and educators about how to create engaging and effective distance learning plans.
WJCT-TV (Comcast 8 and 440): WJCT’s main PBS channel will continue broadcasting standards-aligned programs like: Nova, SciGirls, History Detectives, American Masters, Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed The World and Africa’s Great Civilizations weekdays from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m.

Many public media organizations across the country are providing enhanced at-home learning resources and revised programming schedules in response to the widespread school closures which have resulted from the Coronavirus pandemic.  More information on those initiatives can be found HERE.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens postpone reopening

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has decided to postpone its reopening, which was previously planned for April 4, 2020.

Out of an abundance of caution and in the best interest of its members, visitors, volunteers and team, the Museum will stay closed to the public until further notice.  The Museum will continue to monitor the situation.  Plans for the Museum’s reopening will be shared once government and health officials deem it is safe and appropriate.

During this period of closure, members of the community are invited to explore the many digital resources the Cummer has to offer, including: a resource guide, a guide to art making at home, downloadable coloring sheets, and an online gallery of works from the Museum’s permanent collection.  The Chef’s Garden Catering and Events, the business that operates the Cummer CafĂ©, is offering meal delivery services and virtual cooking classes.

Please visit the Museum’s website and social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for the latest updates.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
   829 Riverside Avenue
   Jacksonville, Florida 32204