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Donated by Mo & Jane Thrash,
Visitors to Atlantic Beach
The City of Atlantic Beach would like to thank Mo and Jane Thrash for the donation of a Beach Wheelchair.  Their generous donation allows our residents and visitors to enjoy our beautiful community no matter their physical well being. 

As visitors from Decatur, GA, Mr. Thrash wanted to enjoy our beach but was on crutches.  The opportunity to use a Beach Wheelchair was very much appreciated. 

After returning to Georgia, he called the Recreation Department and advised that they would be sending the new addition to our fleet as a thank you for what we provided.  Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Thrash for your kindness.

2nd Annual City of Atlantic Beach Photo Contest going on now!
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Last year's 2nd place entrant, Moody McCall
Submit your photos to
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.  Email your photos by August 15th @ 5 pm to Good 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

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2016 Photo Contest Winner
Scott 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!

Watch Moana ride the ocean waves
Friday, August 25 @ 8:15 pm
Bull Memorial Park 716 Ocean Blvd.
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 parks and don't forget the kids for this year's late summer/fall movies. 

BULL PARK          Friday, August 25     Disney's MOANA    8:15 pm
DONNER PARK    Friday, Sept. 29       Power Rangers Morphin' Time     8 pm  
RUSSELL PARK    Saturday, Oct. 21    Secret Life of Pets  7:45 pm

NOTE:  Bull Park @ the intersection of East Coast Dr. & 7th St.
           Donner Park on the basketball Court
           Russell Park @ the backside of the soccer fields  

Eco Paddle Tours
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Next Paddle Tour
Sunday, August 13 @ 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
Aug. 13 @ 11 am
Aug. 27 @ 11 am

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Andy on the ukulele,
First Timer @ Acoustic Night
What a great way to spend a Sunday evening on August 27th.  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 August: Professor Panini will be available for purchase with Jacksonville's only gourmet Panini Food Truck! Try one of their creative Panini's and famous asparagus, they have something for everyone to enjoy.  Give the kitchen a break, no clean-up required.  See you there!

Performance Dates:
August 27 Professor Panini
September 24- Delish Kebabs
October 29 - TBA

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

MEDITATION CLASSES - Wednesday & Thursdays
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No experience necessary,
all levels welcome.
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 9:30-10:30 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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MONTHLY WORKSHOPS by pre-registration Only:
August 12 - FLOW & GLOW (includes facial)
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: August is the month for Flow & Glow.  Learn yoga moves and definitions, then enjoy a facial with techniques.  Set aside some time on August 12th from 9:30-11 am.  You deserve it!  Registration in advance is 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, August 17 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 August, Photographer, Jim Brady. 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
"Marshes in Oils"
Milt Shirley

Last week to enjoy the beautiful and serene work of Marsh Oil Painter from Fernadina Beach, Milt Shirley, former Mayor of Fernadina.

Milt Shirley is inspired from salt marshes where he has lived near for the past 40 years of vast expanses of grass and skies.  He paints from memories, dreams and imagination.  His paintings are tranquil sunsets and sunrises across the marsh. 

Viewers feel the mood and drama in his paintings.  The Adele Grage Gallery is open for viewing from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday.

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

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Duo Tom & Natalie share beautiful music in the theater.

Sunday, August 6th - 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 and 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 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:
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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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
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First Act Summer Camp
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 July 24, 31.
Contact Aine Healy at 904-509-1472, or email 
to register.

25       Kids' Yoga @ Adele Grage Center                  5:30 & 6:30 pm
           CARAC monthly meeting @ Adele Grage Theater  6 pm
26       Qigong @ Adele Grage Center                       9:30 am
           Mid-Week Market @ Bull Park                       3-6 pm
           Meditation @ Adele Grage Center                  6 pm
           Zumba @ Jordan Center                               6:30 pm
           Yoga @ Adele Grage Center                          7:30 pm
27       Mediation @ Adele Grage Center                    9:30 am
           Community Yoga @ Bull Park                        7 pm
30       Community Yoga @ Adele Grage Center         3:30 pm

1          Kids' Yoga @ Adele Grage Center               5:30 & 6:30 pm
2          Qigong @ Adele Grage Center                    9:30 am
            Mid-Week Farmer's Market @ Bull Park       3-6 pm
            Meditation @ Adele Grage Center               6 pm
            Zumba @ Jordan Center                            6:30 pm
            Yoga @ Adele Grage Center                       7:30 pm
3          Meditation @ Adele Grage Center               9:30 am
            Yoga @ Bull Park                                      7 pm
6          Yoga @ Adele Grage Center                       3:30 pm
            Songwriters' Concert @ Adele Grage Theater  6-8 pm






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