It’s finally autumn in Northeast Florida and that means two things: Everything is pumpkin spice flavored and it’s time for fall festivals!

Everyone is invited to the Markland community this Saturday, November 9, for the Annual Fall Festival at Markland! Markland residents, families, friends and anyone seeking autumn time fun is welcome to attend the free event, which lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Enjoy crafts, face painting, carnival games, a balloon artist, bounce houses and slides, food trucks, live music, local vendors and much more. Also participate in the charity silent auction!

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There is no doubt about it—Americans love to travel. From dining and entertainment to hotels and transportation, U.S. consumers spent a whopping $761 billion on leisure travel in 2018 alone.

And if there is anything we love more than travelling, it’s getting excited about travel. If this sounds familiar, don’t miss out on the Florida Travel Expo! The free event will be hosted at the World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort this Sunday, November 3, from 12 to 5 p.m.

Even the most seasoned traveler will get a wealth of information at the Expo, which will feature helpful insights and advice on ocean and river cruises, airfare, resorts and hotels, tours, travel fashion, tips and tricks, deals and trends.

Seminars are also planned, helping travelers to learn about international travel, eco-tourism, online booking, traveling alone, being safe during travel and much more. Raffle prizes will also be drawn throughout the day.

This is North Florida’s largest consumer travel expo!

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Do you remember the last time you had an evening out without the kids? Taking time for yourself is important for a parent’s sanity and gives your kids a sense of self and independence. This is true no matter the ages of your children, as everyone can benefit from a little “me” time now and then!

Lucky for us, there is no need to go through the stress of finding, vetting and hiring a babysitter.

 

Instead, your kids can go to a “Parents Night Out” event at one of the several businesses that offer them around World Golf Village. These are great because the kids stay occupied with activities (instead of sitting in front of a screen at home) and get social time with their peers.

Parents Night Out at Little Lambs Playhouse 

When: 3rd Friday of each month (next session: October 18), 5-10 p.m.

Where: Little Lambs Playhouse, 112 Nonami Court in Samara Lakes

Ages: 12 months and older

How much: $40 per child for 4 hours and $15 for each additional sibling

Reservations: (904) 687-0006 or katie@littlelambsplayhouse.com(message Katie to reserve)

More info: This is a great option for parents with toddlers. Pizza and ice cream sundaes will be served in addition to arts and crafts, playtime and a movie. **At this week’s session, kids are welcome to dress up in their (non-scary) Halloween costumes and will be able to decorate mini pumpkins to take home.

 

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Lots of businesses are opening throughout the World Golf Village area and hosting events to celebrate, inviting customers to see the new digs, meet staff, learn about the business and even receive exclusive discounts on services. Here are a few of the celebrations around World Golf Village this fall.

Grand Opening!WGV Gymnastics (135 Center Place Way)

WGV Gymnastics will host a grand opening event for its new facility on Saturday, September 28 from 12 to 3 p.m.The event includes raffles and giveaways, games, bounce house, food truck and facility tours. Come enjoy a meet-and-greet with Olympic Silver Medalist Terin Humphrey. Also, sign up for two sessions at the event and receive half off your registration!

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The Greater World Golf Village Area, from International Golf Parkway (IGP), across S.R. #16 to C.R. #208 and from U.S. #1 to the St. Johns River, is on the cusp of another infrastructure boost.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is underway with design and engineering plans to build north and south Managed Lanes (aka, High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes) on Interstate 95 between IGP and I-295. The approximate 15 mile improvement will be toll-regulated, and like the recently completed segment of I-295 from I-95 to the St. Johns River, will be accessed through the Florida SunPass transponder system.

Since IGP will be the southern portal to the improvement, the I-95 / IGP Interchange (Exit 323) will also be improved by the FDOT, regards ingress, egress, stacking, signalization and vehicle flow. FDOT has nearly completed their ramp and signalization improvement designs. They have also taken care to save, in place, as many of the existing Southern Live Oaks as possible – coupled with a re-planting and treescape supplemental effort.

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Now that school is back in session, IMAX is offering the chance to extend learning beyond the classroom! Documentary Days at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater will kick off tomorrow, Friday, August 16 and run through Thursday, September 5.

To kick off the annual series, IMAX will introduce two new documentaries: Backyard Wilderness 3D and Superpower Dogs 3D.

On Saturday, August 17, S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue of St. Augustine will be on site at the IMAX for a special dog adoption event to help kick off Superpower Dogs 3D!

Other not-to-miss documentaries include Great Bear Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, Pandas, Amazing Mighty Micro Monsters, Dream Big: Engineering Our World, Extreme Weather, Hubble, We the People, Lewis & Clark, Under the Sea, Born to be Wild, and Flight of the Butterflies!

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Finding opportunities for professional networking in World Golf Village just got easier!  Davidson Realty just announced it has merged its monthly Networking Events with the Village B2B group headed up by local publisher David Permenter.

The newly combined group is set to become bigger than ever with as many as 90 professionals (or more!) coming together every month.

Event organizers (and Davidson agents) Terri Apodaca and Rebecca Schaffer are excited about teaming up with David, who publishes Between the Greens, a publication for World Golf Village residents. Both groups have been useful for lots of local professionals looking to connect with other pros.

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As the state’s healthiest county, St. Johns County provides residents with plenty of opportunities for recreation, access to healthful foods and medical care, and poverty-fighting initiatives.

And now, residents in World Golf Village have one more healthy option with a brand new YMCA! Located at the Flagler Health+ Village in MuraBella, the facility opened on July 2 to meet the growing demand in our community for more athletic and fitness facilities for all ages and ability levels.

The new YMCA includes a large area with cardio machines (treadmills, ellipticals, stair climbers, cycles and rowing machines) and weight training equipment and machines. Two spacious rooms host all kinds of group classes including Zumba, yoga and wide-ranging cardio classes. A large cycling studio is also available with ongoing classes.

The family-focused facility boasts a KidZone and Teen Center, in addition to hosting summer camps and youth sports leagues.

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Jacksonville Business Connections will host its 6th Annual Summer Craft & Vendor Event at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature 150 vendors and crafters offering jewelry, crafts, apparel, art, cuisine, skincare and cosmetics, vacation planning services, home decor and services, healthcare and chiropractic, natural and holistic products, pet care and much more.

Admission is free to the indoor event and the first 50 guests receive FREE swag bags!

Just some of the 150 vendors include national brands like Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Rodan + Fields, as well as many local boutiques and artisans.

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The golf world is excited for this year’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, which will take place at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, from June 20-23. This is a big year for the tournament, which is entering its 64thyear of play. Here are three reasons this year’s championship is one you can’t miss:

1. Park, Hataoka & Ryu all return after a big playoff in 2018. At last year’s tournament, Sung Hyun Park defeated So Yeon Ryu and Nasa Hataoka on the second extra hole to win her second major title and fourth LPGA career victory. This year, all three players are returning and looking for a title win. Americans Jessica Korda and Angel Yin, who tied for 4th last year, are also returning with an eye on the title. Competition will be fierce!

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