Easter is here, which means baskets filled with colored eggs and a day filled outdoor family fun! To celebrate this year, St. Augustine is gearing up for a hopping good time with exciting festivities. Here is a sampling of local events to consider on Easter Sunday, April 20.

Easter Sunday Brunch at Villagio Italian Grille

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — The Renaissance WGV Resort

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The verdict is in: the First Coast is THE place to ring in 2014 on New Year’s Eve! Whether you feel like dancing all night in your tux or ball gown, or you just want to relax and enjoy some music, St. Augustine and Jacksonville provide no shortage of New Year’s entertainment to suit all interests. Here are just some of the destinations to consider on New Year’s Eve:

St. Augustine’s Beach Blast Off – Rated by Florida Travel & Life among Florida’s top 10 New Year’s Eve events, St. Augustine’s signature affair is the Beach Blast Off. The two-day event (Dec. 30 & 31) goes down at the St. Augustine Beach Pier and Pavilion and is free to everyone. Partygoers will enjoy live music and entertainment, a dunk tank, chili cook-off, ice sculptures, beer and wine, and more than 30 food vendors.  A Kids’ Zone will feature 10 inflatables, face painting, and Human Hamster Balls.  Things heat up as the New Year approaches when a fantastic fireworks display lights up at 8:30 p.m. followed by more music and fun.  Get more information at 904-829-5681 or www.beachblastoff.com.

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Davidson Cares’ first event of the school year, Novemberfest, was a huge success racking in over $8,000 for Wards Creek Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, Palencia Elementary and Pacetti Bay Middle School! World Golf Village parents, teachers, residents and friends had a great time at Mile Marker Brewing rocking out to Dos Gringos, enjoying the Moe’s Southwest Grill Taco Bar and bidding on amazing silent auction and raffle items all for the St. Johns County Schools.

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If you are like many us and suffer from allergies or sinus problems, you well know the value of an Otolaryngologist – also known as an Ear, Nose & Throat doctor. One of the premier ENT physicians in Northeast Florida is Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, DO.

Dr. DePasquale and her staff at St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat have garnered a reputation for stellar personalized care from highly trained and experienced professionals. With a staff of nine full-time employees, St. Augustine ENT serves St. Augustine, South Jacksonville, northwest St. Johns County, Palm Coast, and Palatka.

We recently caught up with Dr. DePasquale to learn more about her and her practice.

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We would like to extend our gratitude to the $500 Davidson Cares sponsors for the 2013-2014 school year! Last year’s sponsors enabled us to donate $11,300 to several local St. Johns County schools, which include Mill Creek Elementary, Wards Creek Elementary, Palencia Elementary and Pacetti Bay Middle School.  This year is looking even better and we are aiming to double that amount with the help of local businesses that serve as partners in our mission to help local schools. Our sincere gratitude goes out to the following $500 Davidson Cares sponsors:

  • Arthur Rutenberg Homes: Offering luxury custom-built homes in Northeast Florida, Arthur Rutenberg Homes invites the public to stop by and check out its exquisite model home in Palencia! The company is also building in Glen Kernan, Pablo Creek Reserve, Queen’s Harbor, The Plantation at Ponte Vedra and World Golf Village.
  • The Salameh Group: In addition to working with the top rated insurance carriers in Florida, The Salameh Group is committed to offering its clients the best insurance plans possible and providing top-notch customer service.

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When it comes to top quality craft brews, great times with friends, and live local music in St. Augustine, Mile Marker Brewing has truly made a name for itself.

As the only full-scale commercial brewery in America’s oldest city, Mile Marker and its micro-brewed beers have earned a reputation for unwavering quality.  In fact, earlier this year, brewery owners attended the 2013 Best Florida Beer Championships in Tampa, and brought home a gold medal for Mile Marker Zero Blonde Ale, silver medal for Mile Marker 1565 Ancient City Red Ale®, and bronze medal for Mile Marker 70 Palm Beach Coconut Porter .

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We are thrilled to announce the launch of Davidson Cares 2.0! Davidson Realty and the Davidson Companies’ successful corporate giving program demonstrates our commitment to local education, and this year’s program promises to have an even greater impact than last year.

Our program provides financial support to schools in the World Golf Village area, including Mill Creek Elementary, Wards Creek Elementary, Palencia Elementary and Pacetti Bay Middle School. During the 2012-2013 school year we raised a total of $11,300 in less than six months for the four schools. This year’s bar is set even higher!

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Calling all our female World Golf Village neighbors and friends! Get ready for Davidson Realty’s Third Annual Women’s Mixer on Thursday, April 25th at 7 pm. This awesome girl’s night out will take place at Mile Marker Brewing located at 3420 Agricultural Center Drive near the outlet malls on SR 16. There’s a lot to look forward to – more vendors than ever before, lots of delicious treats, and Mile Marker beer and wine! Everyone is invited to attend this free event and a gold buyer will be on site so you can cash in your unwanted gold for cash on-the-spot!

This year there are over 20 vendors offering a variety of products for sale. You won’t want to miss the chance to browse, shop and get expert advice from this all-women group of vendors:

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craig spezialeWhat do the new virtual school requirements mean for your student?  What’s the difference between AP and Honors courses?  Which high school classes offer college credit?  How do help prepare your middle school student for high school?  To answer these questions and more, don’t miss the free Davidson Speaker Series event on Thursday, Sept. 27th at 7 pm.  Open to all World Golf Village residents and neighbors, the new Speaker Series season kick off with an important Back to School topic geared to parents of current middle school and high school students.  Craig Speziale, Principal of Ponte Vedra High School and a seasoned academic administrator, will discuss getting students ready for high school and post-high school, including changing academic requirements that may impact current middle school and high school students. Says Speziale, “Successfully managing the transition from middle school to high school and from high school to college or other post high school opportunities can be a great advantage for students.  With recent changes in academic requirements in the state of Florida, we want to help parents understand the changes and be aware of the resources available and what the St. Johns County School District is doing to help prepare students.” 

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Old City Farmers MarketFarmers markets are great community staples offering the freshest local produce, baked goods, meats, and even fine art that the area has to offer. Luckily, St. Augustine is home to a variety of conveniently located famers markets to keep you cooking with the best organic ingredients!

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