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Thank you to everyone who submitted beautiful sunset photos captured in Atlantic Beach.  Judges have determined that the winning photo, taken at Sunset Pier at Tideviews Park, is this year's winner which will be seen on our social media page, Calendar of Events and more.  Congratulations to Razvan Balotescu, this year's winning photographer. 

Thank you to this year's judges, Linda Olsen, Katie Rider and Linda Stewart.

Dutton Island is now open with limited hiking trail access and campsite availability due to continuing clean up from Hurricane Irma.  Please use caution and sensibility while visiting our beautiful preserves.

Permits are available by contacting the Recreation Department at 904-247-5828 or

3:30 Captain Character Ventriloquist Puppet Show
4:30 Disc Connected K9 Frisbee Performance
5:30 Martial Arts Performance
6:30 MOSH Science Lab Show
7:15 Disc Connected K9 Frisbee Performance
8:00 Bonfire and Movie begins
The storm is over, cooler weather is upon us and fall is just around the corner. 
Join friends and neighbors at Russell Park from 3-10 pm for this fun-filled adventurous day all for free!  

Live entertainment with Disc-Connect K9 Frisbee Dog Performance, MOSH Science Lab Live, Captain Character's Puppet Show and more.  Experience the Monkey Bounce, Face Painting, Train Rides, Animal Farm, and so much more.  Wrap up the evening with movie in the Park, showing "The Secret Life of Pets" with free popcorn.

Brought to you by the City of Atlantic Beach

Food Trucks will be at each side of Russell Park for food purchases 4-8 pm-
Erroll's Edibles & What's the Catch

3-5 Tent set up
3-6 Kid Zone open
3-8 Live entertainment
4-8 Food Trucks
8:00 Bonfire and movie
10:30 Lights out
7-9 am Breakfast served-concession stand
Join us for the 24th Annual Campout Under the Stars in Russell Park on Saturday, October 21 - Sunday, October 22.  Sites still available to reserve to camp in Russell Park for $20 with campfires. 

The fun begins with Family Fun Day at 3 pm. 
Campsite set up starts at 3 pm, no later than 5 pm. 
Must be 21 or older to reserve a site
Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Food Trucks will be onsite starting at 4 pm.

Live entertainment, games and rides for the children during the day, movie at night with popcorn, free pancake breakfast in the morning starting at 7 am. 

Space is limited - this event sold out last year so don't miss out and register early.  Registration going on now.
Register in person to select a campsite.  Electronic registrations will be assigned sites.

Click here for Application to Register

Movies outside under the stars with an oversized movie screen and free popcorn.  It doesn't get any better than this.....Bring your chairs or blankets, meet your friends and neighbors in the park and don't forget the kids for this month's movie, "The Secret Life of Pets."

In the streets of bustling New York, Katie rescues Max, an adorable and abandoned puppy, takes it and welcomes it to her apartment. Since then, everything is just peachy, however, Max's perfect little life is going to be over forever when, unexpectedly, his owner Katie introduces him to Duke, a giant, furry and sloppy stray dog which threatens to ruin the fine balance of things in an instant. But when both dogs lose their collars with their name tags, they find themselves in the city's sewers, the kingdom of Snowball, a spotless, fluffy, magician bunny and his army of flushed pets.

Come out to Russell Park to see if the animals find their way home.

RUSSELL PARK    Saturday, Oct. 21    The Secret Life of Pets  7:45 pm

NOTE:  Movie will play @ the backside of the soccer fields  

parent meeting @ Baker Center
Thursday, Oct. 19 @ 7 pm
Co-Ed Fall Flag Football Registration is going on now. Kids ages 5-12 are welcome to be a part of this year's Fall Flag Football teams, beginning play next month for $10 per child. Games will be played on Saturdays in Donner Park beginning October 21. 

Contact the Recreation Department for further information at 904-247-5828 or

Click here for Flag Football Application

TURKEY TROT - Thanksgiving Morning
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Participation tripled in size last year.
Limited to 2500 participants (200 for Fun Run)
Face Painting, Costume Contest, Live Music
Inflatables for the kids,
Food at the finish line for purchase - Don't miss out!
Let the turkey sleep in this Thanksgiving morning while you put the walking/running shoes on to travel the streets of Atlantic Beach to support the 3rd Annual Tony's Turkey Trot for Brain Injury Awareness on November 23rd.

5K run/walk or wobble - 8:00 am
1 mile Kid's Fun Run - 9:30 am (untimed)

Route begins at the intersection of Atlantic Blvd. and Ocean Blvd.

Early "Bird" Registration $25 by October 24th 
Click here to register:
Not a walker or runner?  Why not volunteer and still support the cause. 
Click here for volunteer information:

Leashed pets and strollers welcome
, this is a family event!  
  • Prizes from local restaurants and businesses such as Joseph's Pizza, Flying Iguana, Mshack and more 
  • Register Early
****Only participants that are registered and wearing their race bib will be allowed on the race course***********

Event takes place RAIN or refunds.  

Discount for Military and Children 4 and under are FREE. 

Purchase your pet bandana at Salty Paws Pet Store in Atlantic Beach.  Proceeds benefit Tony Meduri TBI Fund Inc for Brain injury survivors. 

Help raise awareness for Brain Injury Survivors like Tony Meduri who is a TBI (traumatic brain injury) survivor hit by a drunk driver, now requires 24/7 care and had to give up his home and life he once lived.  Help others like Tony who are in need of long term care support and services by participating.

Eco Paddle Tours - This Sunday, Oct. 22
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Next Paddle Tour
Sunday, October 22@ 11 am
Contact 904-372-4653 reservations required
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.
$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
Oct. 22
Nov. 5
Nov. 26

Don't miss the last one of this season
Bull Park 716 Ocean Blvd.
Sunday, Oct. 29
Last one for the season in Bull Park!  Spend Sunday evening, October 29th enjoying local talented performers as they entertain outside at this free outdoor 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 October is Hibiscus Hula: Give the kitchen a break, no clean-up required.  See you there!

Performance Dates:

October 29 - (last one this season) Food Truck - Hibiscus Hula

Photographed by Nancy Ruppert
2016 Photo Contest Submission
Photographed by Nancy Ruppert
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 and pet droppings 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!

Qigong "Grandfather to Tai Chi"
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

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No experience necessary,
all levels welcome.
Beginning Nov. 1, Wednesday classes
move to 7 pm
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 Wednesday evenings @ 6 pm & Thursdays 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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No classes October 31

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.

For Pricing, contact Lindsay Strohecker at 904-377-3402 or  

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Beginning Nov. 1,Wednesday classes
move to 5:30 pm

Begin the week relaxed by escaping to take Kristen Huth's Free Vinyasa Yoga every Sunday at The Adele Grage Cultural Center @ 3:30 pm 716 Ocean Blvd. Atlantic Beach and Wednesdays 7:30 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: Contact Kristen to pre-register

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Thursday, October 19 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 November is Dr. Susan Schuenke. 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.

Featured Artist @ Adele Grage Gallery
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Dove Orchid captured by
Ted Mikalsen

Remembrance of Images Past

Photography by Ted Mikalsen

 “Photography is a journey and visual translation of a series of intriguing subjects,” says photographerTed Mikalsen, who started out using the manifold aspects of urban life then transitioned to the soft organic forms of flowers and wildlife.

On display at the Adele Grage Center are graphic images of flowers from the Georgia Okeffee’s Gardens, which portray an appreciation of the boundless potential of floral myriad forms and colors.

 Upon retiring to Jacksonville, he was inspired by his wife's interest and knowledge of birding and the shear abundance of shore birds, wading birds, and raptors in Jacksonville’s marine environment.  Some of the photographs in the exhibit express the joy of capturing the special moments of wildlife.

 Continuing through the exhibit you will experience travels in Italy, which focuses on Tuscany.  Included in the collection are reminders of Venice, Cinque Terra, and selections from a recent series, “The Streets, Doors and Windows of the Maremma” (Le Strade, Porte e Finestre della Maremma) taken in the vicinity of the Town of Manciano in the southwestern region of Tuscany.  Additional works may be viewed on his website, .

Enjoy Ted's exhibit at the Adele Grage Gallery 716 Ocean Blvd.  Monday-Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm.

Upcoming Featured Artists:
November - Dr. Susan Schuenke (Drawings)
December - Jack Zievis -(Photography)
January - Alan Phillips
February - Richard Burgan

Welcome newcomer Lisa to Songwriters!

Sunday, November 19 - 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.  Come inside the theater, out of the heat, you'll be glad you did!  Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Whether you write, sing, play or simply enjoy listening to good music, plan on being with us. Hosted by Mike Shackelford, local performers transform the Adele Grage 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:
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
24  31 Card Game
25  Aerobics
26  Pickle Ball

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. 

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FREE of charge!
Contact 904-247-5828
M-F 8-4 to reserve
The City of Atlantic Beach provides Beach Wheelchairs at no cost to the community to enjoy our beaches and parks. 

Great for Senior Citizens, handicapped, or injured citizens who want to get some fresh air.  Reservations must be made in person, ID required no more than seven days in advance.  Contact the Recreation Department at 904-247-5828 for further information. 

Missing:  We currently are missing a yellow Beach Wheelchair, last seen at 19th St. Please contact 904-247-5859 if you see this chair out and about.  All other chairs are blue.  Thank you.

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
                       MOON MARIGOLDS, a drama
December      THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW, a comedy

FIRST ACT CHILDREN'S THEATER provides drama classes/showcases  for kids.  Saturday & Monday classes 

Contact Aine Healy at 904-509-1472, or email 
to register.


21     Family Fun Day @ Russell Park         3-10 pm
         Campout Under the Stars @ Russell Park 3-5 pm tent set up
         Movie in the Park @ Russell Park      8:00 pm (soccer field)
22     Campout pancake breakfast @ concession stand 7-10 am
         Paddle Tour @ Dutton Island kayak launch  11:00 am
         Yoga @ Adele Grage Center             3:30 pm
24     Senior 31 Card Game @ Baker Ctr  10:30 am
          Kids' Yoga @ Adele Grage Center     5:30 & 6:30 pm
         CARAC meeting @ AGCC Theater     6:30 pm
25     Qigong @ Adele Grage Center          9:30 am
         Senior Aerobics @ Baker Center     10:30 am
         Mid-Week Market @ Bull Park            3-6 pm
         Meditation @ Adele Grage Center     6:00 pm
         Yoga @ Adele Grage Center             7:30 pm
26     Meditation @ Adele Grage Center     9:30 am
         Senior Pickle Ball @ Baker Center   10:30 am
29     Yoga @ Adele Grage Center             3:30 pm
         Acoustic Night @ Bull Park                6-8 pm
31     Senior BINGO @ Baker Center       10:30 am
         Halloween - Please watch out for our children





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