With THE PLAYERS Championship well under way at TPC at Sawgrass, now is the perfect time to get in the golfing spirit at the World Golf Hall of Fame!

This week, guests can peruse tournament history and artifacts in the new exhibit “THE PLAYERS Experience.” Inside the 1,800 sq. ft. exhibit, guests will find stories, mementos and images from the tournament, which is celebrating its 44th year of play. The list of past winners includes 11 Hall of Fame members.

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There are plenty of beautiful public beaches all along the First Coast. However, as many locals will tell you, finding easy and convenient ways to access the beaches takes a little savvy. Here are the top five best places to access the beach all along the Northeast Florida coast:
ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH – St. Johns County Pier (350 A1A Beach Boulevard)
Pros: This is a great access spot for many reasons—plenty of parking, lots of activities and an abundance of soft, white sand. Also, while neighbor to the north Vilano Beach is more cramped due to crowds and vehicle access on the beach, St. Augustine Beach offers lots of space to spread out and throw around a football. Enjoy water sports, fishing, a beachfront splash park for kids, or stroll to one of several restaurants and bars near the pier.
Cons: Unless you live in or near St. Augustine Beach, getting to this spot on Anastasia Island may be a trek (especially on busy weekends).

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Halloween is a FUN night for families and friends and with a little planning, St. Augustine offers PLENTY of super spookilicious options for everyone’s style. The following is a list of community events and local attractions as well as specific neighborhoods that are especially welcoming to your little witches and warlocks.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm
October 27-29 5:30-7:00pm
999 Anastasia Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080

Kid-Friendly Halloween Movies at IMAX
October 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
October 29 @ 12:00
World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater, 1 World Golf Place
St. Augustine, FL 32092

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Get ready to Strut Your Mutt and “Save Them All” this Saturday, September 30th at Riverside Park in Jacksonville. Best Friend’s Animal Society’s Annual Strut Your Mutt dog walk and festival isn’t your average dog walk. Community members and their furry friends are invited to come together to support No More Homeless Pets and save the lives of shelter pets in our community by donating to non-kill shelters. Cities across the country are participating, too!

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St. Augustine is a special little town known for its Spanish architecture, history, shopping and outstanding restaurants. Davidson Realty’s Graphic Designer Matt Burkhart and I recently took a trip to the oldest city in search of the best happy hour spots in town. Luckily for us, the locals were happy to point us to the three best places to stop and wet your whistle during the day!

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Northeast Florida is known for its spectacular holiday lights, but none shine brighter than historic St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights celebration. In fact, Rachael Ray magazine named St. Augustine one of the Nation’s “Twinkliest Towns” in 2014. National Geographic also dubbed St. Augustine one of the Top 10 Places in the World to view holiday lights in 2012 and 2013.

This year’s event looks to be just as “twinklie” as previous years with more than 3 million lights going up through the town. The celebration will run from November 19 through January 31, 2017.

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The Holiday of Love is right around the corner and you probably aren’t any closer to figuring out the perfect way to “woo” your significant other. It’s tough coming up with new ideas every year. Mashable says the seven most popular Valentine’s Day gifts in the US are greeting cards, candy, flowers, an evening out, jewelry, clothing and gift cards. I guarantee you she doesn’t want a box of chocolates or a teddy bear that says “I love you” and he doesn’t want a tie. Let’s think outside of the box!

Groupon: Honestly Groupon has some GREAT deals/packages going on for Valentine’s Day. Search Valentine’s Day Jacksonville or St. Augustine and you will come across spa packages, Cigar Samplers, more than 50% off diamond stud earrings, discounted getaways, nights out and more! You can even have delicious Omaha steaks delivered to cook her/him a romantic meal.

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St. Augustine has been gearing up for its 450th birthday celebration for quite some time. Though the banning of food trucks and remnants from Hurricane Erika might have dampened some excitement, most Augustinians are ready to get the party started. Here are the major events queued up for the week:

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As St. Johns County students gear up to return to the classroom, parents are now looking for after-school activities for the fall. From football to drama classes, our area offers diverse options for all skill levels, talents and interests. Here are just some of the local activity options for your children:

Soccer by Amenity Athletics (Ages 4-13): Games are on Saturday mornings between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Heritage Landing amenity center.

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Mother’s Day can be hard to plan for…what to do? Where to go? What to buy her? Luckily, this year there is a LOT going on right in our own backyard for the whole family to enjoy. Make this Mother’s Day a “staycation”!

Black and Blue Grill: Did you know Black and Blue Grill just won Best Family Restaurant by the Taste of St. Augustine? They are offering a delicious Mother’s Day menu from noon to 9 pm on Sunday, May 10th. Reservations recommended! Find more information on their Facebook Page.

The King & Bear Clubhouse: Enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch buffet at the King & Bear Clubhouse from 11 am to 3 pm. The buffet includes everything from an omelet station to raspberry glazed salmon and a prime rib carving station! Non-members welcome. Reservations required – (904) 940-6207.

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