Home & Garden

JEA Announces Home Energy Makeover Contest

JEA is sponsoring a Home Energy Makeover Contest to demonstrate how whole house energy efficiency improvements can increase the overall comfort of a home and reduce energy bills.

FNFCG CARAVAN to the Hodges Boulevard Community Garden

FNFCG CARAVAN to the Hodges Boulevard Community Garden

On Saturday, June 25th 2011, the Hodges Boulevard Community Garden opens its doors to the public from 9:00am to 12:00 pm for a fun morning of tours, tasting and teaching!  At 10:00 am, Mary Puckett from the Duval County Extension Office will conduct a free gardening class, "Vegetables that can Handle the Heat".  Local chefs will prepare a tasting from the garden using local fresh fruits and vegetables.  Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens invites you to come out and meet your gardening neighbors!

Wedding Gift and Registry Workshops

Wedding Gift and Registry Workshops

Go to Potterybarn to learn more about the girft registry and let their experts help you create the home of your dreams!! This calss will be held on every Tueaday evening at 6 p.m. Contact your local store to RSVP.

How to Decorate With Color and Pattern

How to Decorate With Color and Pattern

Join Potterybarn for complimentary classes to learn helpful tips for decorating and entertaining. Get expert advice on choosing a palette and mixing colors with style and confidence. This class will be held on Sunday, July 17th at 10 a.m. Contact your local store to RSVP.

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Students at Fletcher Middle Participate in the Opening of the Beaches Parade

Four students from Fletcher Middle School participated in the Opening of the Beaches Parade with Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA). The girls were asked to participate by the FOJA beach committee.

In addition to walking the dogs and hyping the crowd during the parade, the girls designed posters, flyers and decorations for the float. The theme was “Rock Star” and they gave the dogs names such as “Mick Wagger” and “Elvis Pawsley.” The girls continued volunteering at FOJA’s adoption event after the parade. Four of the dogs found potential homes thanks to students’ efforts.

This project began in December during a service-learning lesson in the classroom. During a unit on research and communication, the students studied and discussed pet overpopulation.

Jacksonville-area Animal Welfare Groups Offer Five Tips to Prevent Animal Cruelty

Jacksonville-area Animal Welfare Groups Offer Five Tips to Prevent Animal Cruelty

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has designated April as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.  In recognition of this designation, the City of Jacksonville’s Animal Care & Protective Services (ACPS), the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) and First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP) are offering five tips to prevent animal cruelty.

Florida Department of Agriculture Warns Residents About Termite Season

Florida Department of Agriculture Warns Residents About Termite Season

Warmer temperatures are not only a hint of Spring, but also a sign of termite swarming season. Swarming occurs when large numbers of termites leave their colonies to search for new nesting sites. In an effort to help consumers avoid termites, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services urges residents to take five simple steps to protect their home. 

1.      Remove wood piles and other cellulose sources from under and next to the home.

2.      Direct water sources, such as air conditioner drip lines and roof downspouts, away from the structure’s foundation.