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WILD WONDERS - Last one of the season this Saturday!!
Now that's a "wrap"
Saturday, June 24th is your last chance to enjoy Wild Wonders "The Great Kapok Tree" with Mike Rossi and his furry and reptile friends at the Dutton Island Pavilion from 11 am - 12 pm.

Kids enjoy the educational experience with hands-on adventures and fun, and get a free activity booklet!

2nd Annual City of Atlantic Beach Photo Contest July 1 - August 15
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Last year's 2nd place entrant, Moody McCall
This year's contest theme to capture the winning photo is:
"Atlantic Beach Sunsets"

We have beautiful, unique and colorful sunsets in our own backyard. 

Capture the best photo and be featured on the 2018 Calendar of Events Brochure and our website.  Deadline is August 15thGood luck and show off your talents.  Beginner, advanced; no matter your level of photography, grab the best shot and win. 

Contest Rules:

* Maximum of Two original photos/One entry per person per email address is allowed
 * Entrant must be the original photographer
*  No digital enhancement
*  Winning photographer must be willing to sign photo release to COAB
*  Minimum 300 dpi
*  Winner will be announced on October 1st
*   Photos judged on:  1. Technical Merit (Focus, sharpness, detail, color &  contrast)
                                        2. Content
                                        3.  Impact

Permits from the Recreation Department
Permits for camping, beach or park events and/or Community or Cultural Center Rentals from the Recreation Office are issued Monday - Friday 8 am - 4 pm.

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2016 Photo Contest Winner
Thomas Heap
Photo taken at 15th Street
Atlantic Beach is your beach.  Please enjoy our beautiful beaches, keep it clean, and only leave footprints & paw prints behind.

The City of Atlantic Beach allows leashed dogs on the beach, except while in the water. Please respect your fellow beach goers.

Weddings on the beach require a permit issued at the Recreation Department.

Please dispose of all trash in the trash receptacles provided at each beach access.

Respect others while on the beach and be safe. 

Thank you for making "your" Atlantic Beach beautiful!

Eco Paddle Tour this Sunday!
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Next Paddle Tour, Sunday, June 25 @10 am
Contact 904-372-4653
Grab the paddles and head out to Dutton Island for a beautiful paddle to Tideviews Park (conditions permitting).  Explore our local marsh trails  as you learn about the natural eco system, view nature at its finest and enjoy the peace and quiet as you paddle the Intracoastal Waterway from Dutton Island to Tideviews Park by kayak or paddleboard with certified tour guides from Jax Surf & Paddle this Sunday, June 25th @ 10 am.  
$50 tour/rental OR $25 tour only. 

Daily Rentals available to rent kayaks, paddle boards or bikes.  Jax Surf & Paddle is now The City of Atlantic Beach provider for our parks.  They will deliver rental equipment to you in Atlantic Beach for your convenience by calling 904-372-4653 and reserve yours today.  Pricing available on their website.  Click here for details:

Upcoming Tour Dates @ Dutton Island kayak launch
June 25 @ 10 am

ACOUSTIC NIGHT w/ Food Truck this Sunday, June 25th!
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Serving 7 types of kebabs grilled over an open fire with sides.
Great way to picnic on the lawn while enjoying our local
What a great way to spend a Sunday evening.  Bull Park is the place....loaded with local talented performers entertaining outside for a free Acoustic concert.  Grab the chairs or blankets, bring the kids and mingle with friends and neighbors as Mike Shackelford and local musicians entertain.

Are you a musician interested in sharing your talents?  Contact Mike Shackelford at

Featured Food Truck for June:  Delish Kebabs will be available for food and drinks for purchase.  Give the kitchen a break, no clean-up required.  See you there!

Performance Dates:
Jun 25 - Delish Kebabs
July 23 - Pita Boss
August 27 Professor Panini
September 24- TBA
October 29 - TBA

Contact Marilyn Wilson for pricing at
904-334-5290 or email her at
No experience required, plan to be a part of Drumming the Chakras @ the Adele Grage Center July27 @ 6:30 pm.

"Creating circles of harmony using the universal language of rhythm and the unifying energy of sound is the Flower of Life.“ Express your inner beat, see, feel, and hear yourselves within. Drumming in a circle with others, brings healing to our hearts and minds.

Registration required in advance by contacting Marilyn Wilson at

Qigong "Grandfather to Tai Chi"
This week's Qigong class has been relocated.  Please contact Claire for relocation.

Energize, Refresh and Relax every Wednesday morning and discover Qigong/Tai Chi to improve your health, energy and relaxation - all at the same time! The classes emphasize Qigong, “the Grandfather of Tai Chi”. This blend of movement and mindfulness is easy to learn and easy to do without special attire, mats, or equipment. ... If you have reduced mobility, strength, or flexibility, Qigong is ideal for you, a customized approach can be made to fit your needs. All levels welcome.

Contact Claire Holland MD, LMT, Certified Qigong Instructor for pricing at 904.535.4779  or

Class location  for June 21 & 28 has been moved.  Contact Claire for location.

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No class Thursday, June 29th
No experience necessary!
MEDITATION CLASSES ..... Time to clear your mind, de-stress and take some time out for "you".

Certified Mindfulness Meditation Instructor, Melissa Stratford combines meditation with breath & body work that will leave you feeling revitalized and refreshed after Well-Being Wednesday, Wednesday evenings 7:30-8:30 pm & Thursdays 8:30-9:30 am @ the Adele Grage Center.

Bring your towel or yoga mat to get your "zen" on!  All levels welcome.

Contact Melissa Stratford @ 904-270-9760 or
for pricing.

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Wild Child Kids Yoga brings music, movement and meditation into the lives of little yogis.  A platform to inspire kids to move, relax, create and connect to each other with kindness and to their own true amazing selves while learning the science of yoga. 

Weekly classes held at the Adele Grage Cultural Center Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm for ages 4-8 & 6:30-7:30 pm for ages 8-12.
Sign up for YART Summer camps (June 19-23 & 26-30) now by contacting

Lindsay Strohecker at 904-377-3402 or   Yoga and art combination.

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Learn moves and definitions at a slower pace,
MONTHLY WORKSHOPS by pre-registration:
June 24 @ 9 am in the theater & June 25 @ 12 pm
July 8 @ 9 am & July 9 @ 12 pm
Call Kristen to register.

Begin the week relaxed by escaping to take Kristen Huth's Free Vinyasa Yoga every Sunday at The Adele Grage Cultural Center from 3:30-4:30 pm 716 Ocean Blvd. Atlantic Beach and Wednesdays 6-7 pm.  Kristen instructs Vinyasa Style Yoga w/ Therapeutic sessions.  Gratuities suggested.
All levels welcome.  Never tried it?  Now's the time to join Kristen and the gang.

Contact Kristen Huth at 904-660-8155 
or email:  

YOGA WORKSHOPS NOW AVAILABLE: Learn yoga moves and definitions at a slower pace.  Registration in advance required.

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The City of Atlantic Beach has a Facebook page for Recreation and Special Events. Visit us and "like" us if you would like to keep up to date of city's recreational events via facebook!
Sign-up for up to date notices by clicking on "Notify Me" to get current updated Recreation and Special Events notices via email/mobile alerts of Atlantic Beach events.

click here to sign up now:


Thursday, Juy 20th from 5-9 pm, The Beaches Town Center & Adele Grage Cultural Center fill the streets and center with artists (local and northeast Florida) of many mediums.  Come gather around Atlantic Blvd. /First Street & Ocean Blvd/7th Street. More than 20 locations feature artists and provide refreshments and music to the public.       

Make Adele Grage in Bull Park your first/last stop on the monthly North Beaches Art Walk at 716 Ocean Blvd. and meet the featured artist for July, Fernadina Beach's retired Mayor, Milt Shirley.  Free and open to the public 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rain or shine with light refreshments and snacks.

Call or text Beachside Buggies for a ride back and forth between the Adele Grage Center and Town Center during Art Walk at 904-887-4441.  They operate on tips only!  Don't lose your parking spot, just hop aboard.

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The Adele Grage Cultural Center welcomes back photographer and painter, Stacey Mayo.  Stacey is a self-taught artist who works intuitively and spontaneously, allowing her painting and illustrations to unfold.  She is prolific painter and does not limit herself to any one style or medium.

She is passionate about color and art and the healing effect it has. 

Her beautiful work is on display through June 30th.  Come enjoy the talents of Stacey Mayo. Visit the Adele Grage Gallery at 716 Ocean Blvd. Atlantic Beach from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday.

Upcoming Featured Artists:
July - Milt Shirley (Oil Paintings)
August - Jim Brady ( Photography)
September - Sandy Harrington (Water Color & Ink Art)
October - Neal Radford (Photography)
November - Dr. Susan Schuenke (Drawings)
December - Jack Zievis -(Photography)

SONGWRITERS' CONCERT - Fall & Winter Dates Announced
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Duo Tom & Natalie share beautiful music in the theater.

Sunday, July 9th - Adele Grage Theater
716 Ocean Blvd at 7th Street

CARAC SPONOSRED- Talent in our own backyard! Brought to you by the City of Atlantic Beach Cultural Arts and Recreation Advisory Committee. Enjoy the original sounds by local talent in the Adele Grage Theater.  Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Whether you write, sing, play or simply enjoy good music, plan on being with us. Hosted by Mike Shackelford, local performers transform the Atlantic Beach Theater from 6-8 pm with original music creations. Light snacks and refreshments served.

Seating is first come-first served for this admission-free, alcohol-free event.
Performers should call host Mike Shackelford at (904)610-7461. Prepare two original songs of 7-8 minutes combined maximum.

Upcoming Concert Dates 
July 9
August 6
September 10
October 8
November 19
December 17



Atlantic Beach loves our Senior Citizens!  Seniors, looking for something to do.....join us at the Jordan Community Center with your friends or make new ones:
Senior Chair Aerobics - Every Wednesday @ 10:30 am
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28 Aerobics 
5   Aerobics
11 BINGO                                            
12 Aerobics
19  Aerobics
26  Aerobics                 

All programs listed are from 10:30 am - 12 noon

Transportation is available by calling 904-247-5851 (please call 2 days in advance)
Call LaTrenia for further information about the senior programs at 247-5251.

ZUMBA @ The Jordan Center - FREE! every Wednesday Night
Licensed instructor, Aronette Gebhard gives free Zumba classes, providing cardio, muscle conditioning, balance & flexibility. Leave with boosted energy! Join your friends or meet new ones at the Jordan Center every Wednesday @ 6:30 pm.

Contact the Recreation Department for more information at 904-247-5828.
Jordan Center is located at 1671 Francis Ave. Atlantic Beach. 

Theater in Atlantic Beach
The City of Atlantic Beach fills the community theater with local talent of all ages. 

ABET The new Season Schedule is out!  Call 904-249-7177 for tickets.
Friday & Saturday performances 8 pm
Sunday performances 2 pm

FIRST ACT CHILDREN'S THEATER provides drama classes/showcases  for kids.  Saturday & Monday classes 
Summer Camp Going on Now: Weeks of June 19, 26, July 10, 24, 31.
Contact Aine Healy at 904-509-1472, or email 
to register.

24     Wild Wonders (last of season) @ Dutton Island Pavilion 11 am
         Yoga Workshop Part I @ Adele Grage Theater  9 am
25     Paddle Guided Tour Dutton Island to Tideview  10 am
         Yoga Workshop Part II @ Adele Grage Center 12:30 pm
         Community Yoga @ Adele Grage Center         3:30 pm
         Acoustic Night w/ Food Truck @ Bull Park        6-8 pm
26-30 YART CAMP @ Adele Grage Center               
27      Senior BINGO @ Jordan Center                     10:30 am
          Wild Child Kids Yoga @ Adele Grage Center     5:30 & 6:30 pm
         CARAC meeting @ Adele Grage Theater          6 pm
28     Senior Aerobics @ Jordan Center                    10:30 am
          Mid-Week Market @ Bull Park                         3-6 pm
         Yoga w/ Kristen @ Adele Grage Center            6 pm
         Zumba @ Jordan Center                                 6:30 pm
         Meditation w/ Melissa @ Adele Grage Center    7:30 pm





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800 Seminole Road • Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233 • Ph. (904) 247-5800 • Fx. (904) 247-5805