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"Happy Thanksgiving” to our Atlantic Beach Residents!  The Recreation Department would like to thank you for coming out and supporting our events!  We enjoy providing activities for our families to be able to gather and mingle among neighbors and friends.  Have a safe and memorable holiday season.

Highlighted Events as we end the year:
Nov. 19 - Songwriters' Concert - Adele Grage Theater 6-8 pm
Nov. 23 - Turkey Trot - streets of Atlantic Beach 8 am
Dec. 2 - Tree Lighting & Santa Arrival - Beaches Town Center 3-8 pm
Dec. 7 - Artisans' Faire - Adele Grage Center - 5-9 pm
Dec. 8 - ABET Christmas play opens - Adele Grage Theater 8 pm
Dec. 17 - Songwriters' Concert - Adele Grage Theater 6-8 pm
Dec. 17 - AB Luminaria - Berkshire Hathaway @ dusk
Dec. 23 - Toy Party - Baker Center - 10 am

Toy Drive going on now at all Community Centers and Police Station
Ornament Wish List @ Adele Grage Center Nov. 21-Dec. 15

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.

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.

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December 7 from 5-9 pm
Join us for all the fun!
Free food, drinks and music
Artists will be selling their original works.
Artists have been invited to bring you this annual holiday shopping event in Atlantic Beach at the Adele Grage Center on Thursday, December 7th from 5-9 pm inside and outside and around the porch. Join us for a relaxing time with friends and neighbors, shop or browse a little, eat, drink and be merry all in one place. 

Free food, drinks, and live music provided by classical guitarist, Samantha Wells.

Show Pigeon Coffee Bar will be at your service outside in the Bull Park courtside serving Espresso, Coffee, Coffee Cocktails and Hot Chocolate - FREE! 

Artists scheduled to attend:
Alina Barron, Susan Bolenbaugh, Richard Burgan, Judy Craft, Steven Haley, Diana Halstead, Donna Hernandez, Dawn Hudson, Jeffrey Huebner, Sandra Jenney, Jennifer Keskinen, Betty King, Laird, Andrew Morse, Megan Peterson, Phil Rakestraw, Mike Roconscente, Dr. Susanne Schuenke, Donna Snider, Donna Stokes, Janelle Wagoner, Heather Yeloushan, Jack Zievis.

Sponsored by the Cultural Arts and Recreation Advisory Committee

Donate an unwrapped, new toy for ages 6 months-12 years to any of the Community/Cultural Centers in Atlantic Beach or at the Police Station between now and December 20, 2017.  Make children in our community smile with your gracious donation. 

Collection Sites:  Police Station - 800 Seminole Rd. @ 5 way stop 9 am - 5 pm
                         Adele Grage Center - 716 Ocean Blvd. @ flashing light (Bull Park)
                           8 am - 4 pm
                         Baker Center - 2072 George St. (in Donner Park) 10 am - 4 pm
                         Jordan Center - 1671 Francis Ave. (in Jordan Park) 2-5 pm
*NOTE: City buildings lock 12-1pm for lunch.

Toy Party recipients for Atlantic Beach children only.  Adult ID required day of event.


Eco Paddle Tours
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Next Paddle Tour
Sunday, November 26 @ 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
Nov. 26

Gift Giving Tree starts November 21st!
Stop by the Adele Grage Center and grab a gift tag or two
at 716 Ocean Blvd. Monday-Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm
Be an angel and help a child celebrate the holiday season by granting them their wish list. 

Ornament Wish list tags will be on the tree at the Adele Grage Center beginning Tuesday, November 21st.  Gifts will be collected until Friday, December 15th.

Children are delighted when they find the special tokens of your generosity.  On behalf of the Recreation Department and the City of Atlantic Beach, we thank you for making the holidays a special one for our children. 

Please contact the Recreation Department at 904-247-5828 or email

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2016 Photo Contest Submission
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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!

North Beaches Tree Lighting Festivities - December 2nd! TIME CHANGES
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December 2nd
Festivities start @2:30 pm
Tree Lighting @ 5:30 pm
Immediately following with Santa's Arrival
Festivities begin with a bike parade for all ages with prizes at 2:30 pm!
Crafts throughout the day, participating restaurants in the Town Center, live entertainment at the roundabout at the end of Atlantic Blvd.

Join Mayors of Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach as they come together to light the holiday tree to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus at 5:30 pm

Come early, grab a photo with Santa and have a good time with family and friends. 

Qigong Classes to Focus on Neck & Back Pain

Qigong class is the place to be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. for those who experience chronic neck or back pain.  Classes will focus on this healing energy Wednesday mornings in November and December @ 9:30 a.m.

Enhancing your Qi, the energy that powers your life, is a great way to reduce pain and improve mobility.  Qigong is an ancient Chinese art that integrates gentle physical activity with mindfulness to build Qi. The practice is so gentle that it can be used by people at any amount of mobility.

Relax, Energize, and Uplift with Qigong!

All levels welcome.

Contact Claire Holland MD, LMT, Certified Qigong Instructor

for pricing at 904.535.4779  or email:

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.
7 pm (No class Nov. 22)
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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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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Wednesday classes now 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, December 21 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 December is photographer, Jack Zievis.  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.

November Featured Artist @ Adele Grage Gallery
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"Give Me Wings"

Dr. Susanne Schuenke exhibits her
"Stories with a Brush" paintings

 The work of Susanne Schuenke aims to connect the observer with the intrinsic beauty of dwelling in colors and forms in which is richly formulated and detailed in the content of her paintings  by "telling stories with the brush."  
Originally from Dusseldorf, Germany, now a St. Johns County resident, Dr. Schuenke's works have been displayed across the world.

Visit the Adele Grage Gallery M-F 8 am - 4:30 pm at 716 Ocean Blvd. Atlantic Beach or call 904-247-5828.

Upcoming Featured Artists:
December - Jack Zievis -(Photography)
January - Alan Phillips - Paintings
February - Richard Burgan Oil Paintings

SONGWRITERS' CONCERT - This Sunday, November 19
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
January 14
February 11



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
21   Prepare Thanksgiving Baskets
28   BINGO
29   Senior Aerobics
30   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

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.

19     Yoga @ Adele Grage Center              3:30 pm
         Songwriters' Concert @ Adele Grage   6-8 pm
21     Gift Tags from holiday tree available for pick up @ Adele Grage Center
         Seniors Prepare Baskets @ Baker Ctr.10:30 am
         Kids' Yoga @ Adele Grage Center       5:30 & 6:30 pm
22     Qigong @ Adele Grage Center           9:30 am
         Senior Aerobics @ Baker Center      10:30 am
         Mid-Week Market @ Bull Park             3-6 pm
         Yoga @ Adele Grage Center              5:30 pm
         Meditation @ Adele Grage Center      7:00 pm
23     Turkey Trot @ streets in AB              8:00 am
         City Offices Closed - Thanksgiving
24     City Offices Closed - Thanksgiving
26     Eco Paddle Tour @ Dutton Island     11:00 am
         Yoga @ Adele Grage Center              3:30 pm
28     Senior BINGO @ Baker Center         10:30 am
         Kids' Yoga @ Adele Grage Center       5:30 & 6:30 pm
29     Qigong @ Adele Grage Center           9:30 am
         Senior Aerobics @ Baker Center      10:30 am
         Mid-Week Market @ Bull Park             3-6 pm
         Yoga @ Adele Grage Center             5:30 pm
         Meditation @ Adele Grage Center     7:00 pm
30     Meditation @ Adele Grage Center     9:30 am
         Senior Pickle Ball @ Baker Center   10:30 am





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