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WILD WONDERS IS BACK - Come out this Saturday, March 25th!
See you Saturday!
"The Great Kapok Tree" Join Mike Rossi and his furry and reptile friends at the Dutton Island Pavilion as they return with a new educational experience with hands-on adventures and fun on Saturday, March 25th from 1-2 pm.  This year's story is humorous and involves a Kapok Tree.  If you missed the first one, be sure to come out and enjoy this one. Fun for the whole family of all ages-FREE!

Upcoming Show Dates:
1-2 pm
March 25
April   8
May   13 (11 am time change)
June  10
         24  Final Show for season  

Permits from Recreation Department CHANGE
Please be advised, effective April 1, 2017, permits from the Recreation Office
will not be issued after 4:00 pm.  Hours to obtain a permit for camping, beach
or park event will be issued between the hours of 8 am - 4 pm. 

Sea Turtle Season
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Make way for the turtles and help protect them!
No lights on the beach/flash photography after dark.
Beach fire permits are no longer available until November 1st in Atlantic Beach.
As reported in the News 4 Jax March 1st article, "March is the beginning of Florida's sea turtle nesting season along the Atlantic Coast. 'Whether you are a resident or a visitor, remember to take beach furniture, boats and canopies off Florida’s sandy beaches at night, so these items won’t block sea turtles attempting to nest,” Dr. Robbin Trindell, who leads the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) sea turtle management program says “When departing at the end of the day, beach visitors should fill any holes dug in the sand so nesting and hatchling turtles don’t become trapped. Please be careful not to disturb nesting sea turtles by getting too close, shining lights on them or taking flash photos.”
At this time of year, FWC-authorized marine turtle permit holders and volunteers begin their annual ritual by walking beaches in the morning to look for crawls, resembling tire tracks. Crawls indicate a sea turtle has landed and nested on a beach the previous night. On some of the beaches, nests are marked with a yellow sign and plastic tape, since sea turtles and their eggs are protected. This monitoring continues through October, the official end of sea turtle nesting season.

Exactly when sea turtle nesting season starts depends on the location in Florida. While it begins in March on the Atlantic coast, it starts later in the spring, in late April or May along the Gulf coast. Yet, wherever people are in the state, what they do on the beach can make a significant difference on whether sea turtles nest successfully.

You can help sea turtles by reporting those that are sick, injured, entangled or dead to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline, 888-404-FWCC (3922), #FWC or *FWC on a cellphone, or text .

Go to for information on Florida’s sea turtles and how to get decals, and click on “Research,” then “Nesting” for more data on sea turtle nesting.

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Photo taken at 15th Street
by Scott Thomas Heap
2016 Photo Contest Winner
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!

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Contact 904-372-4653
Looking 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 for your convenience by calling 904-372-4653 and reserve yours today.  Pricing available on their website.  Click here for details:

ALSO AVAILABLE:  Want to explore our local marsh trails and parks?  Paddle the Intracoastal Waterway from Dutton Island to Tideviews Park by kayak, or paddleboard with certified tour guides from Jax Surf & Paddle.  Lesson and guided eco tour of local flora and fauna, meet new people .  $50 tour/rental OR $25 tour only

Upcoming Tour Dates @ Dutton Island kayak launch:
April 9th    11 am - 12:30 pm
April 23rd  11 am

PATHDRUMMER-Energy Infused Drum Meditation & Drum Circle
"Beverly" 3' Awakening Drum
Sunday, April 2nd from 1-2:30 pm following with a drum circle until 3:30 pm in Bull Park.

Guest, Thom Dandridge and his 3' Awakening Drum, Beverly, will guide drum meditation, which calms you and allows personal healing to help you prepare your way to new beginnings. 

Bring a yoga mat/blanket, no experience required.  Prepay by calling Marilyn Wilson at 904-334-5290. 

Event will be moved inside the Adele Grage Center if rain appears.

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Spring events are in full swing as local talented performers fill the air at Bull Park with Acoustic Music outside for free concerts.  Dust off the chairs, grab the blankets, bring the kids and mingle with friends and neighbors as Mike Shackelford and musicians entertain.

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

Monthly Featured Food Trucks will be available for food and drinks for purchase.  Give the kitchen a break, no clean-up required.  See you there!

Performance Dates:
Mar 26    Featured Food: Hot Diggity Dawgs & More
Apr 23
May 28
Jun 25; Jul  23; Aug  27

Qigong "Grandfather to Tai Chi"
Qigong classes are available Wednesday mornings at the Adele Grage Center 9:30-10:30 am. 

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!
MEDITATION CLASSES ..... Looking for a way to a calmer, relaxed, centered and more balanced way of life?

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. Gratuities suggested.
Free classes

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

Contact Melissa Stratford @ 904-270-9760 or
for more information.

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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. No Classes Feb. 21st.

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.
Summer camps, scouting events and much more also available. 

Contact Lindsay Strohecker at 904-377-3402 or

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to learn moves and definitions.
Slower pace, by registration.
Call Kristen to register. Next class
April 8th @ 9 am

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 at the Adele Grage Center 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:  
website:  kristenhuthyoga@toes2thesky

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Thursday, April 20 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 April, Gordon Russell.  Free and open to the public 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rain or shine.

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.


The Adele Grage Cultural Center presents Digital Photography artist, Melinda Bradshaw’s Beyond Photography digital art for the month of March.

Retired Atlantic Beach resident, Melinda Bradshaw has featured her digital art at First Street Gallery in Neptune Beach as well as in Tennessee, Ponte Vedra and the Cummer Art Museum in Jacksonville.  She teaches a continuing education class at the University of North Florida on Photo Art Techniques.  

After twenty five years as a graphic designer and photographer, Melinda has spent her days creating art from her extensive collection of photographs taken throughout the years.  She creates her work from the photos by extracting the images from the background digitally creating her own backgrounds and textures, then layers them using different filters and processes.  After several layering, she creates her “Beyond Photography digital paintings”.

Meet Melinda at the Artist Reception Thursday, March 16th from 5-8 pm at the Adele Grage Center before, during or after the Beaches Art Walk, and grab Beachside Buggies for a ride at 904-887-4441. 

Visit the Adele Grage Gallery at 716 Ocean Blvd. Atlantic Beach from 8 am - 4:30  pm Monday - Friday.

Upcoming Featured Artists:
April - Gordon Russell
May - Arts in the Park Winners
June - Stacey Mayo
July - Milt Shirley

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Brennen releases Jersey Devil Album

Sunday, April 2nd - 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 
April 2
May 7
June 11
July 9



Atlantic Beach loves our Senior Citizens!  Seniors, looking for something to do.....join us at the Baker Community Center with your friends or make new ones:
Senior Chair Aerobics - Every Wednesday @ 10:30 am
30  Senior Aerobics
31  Birthday Luncheon

 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, muscule 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
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4000 MILES
After suffering a major loss while on a cross-country
bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his
spirited 91 year-old grandmother in her West
Village apartment. Over the course of a month, these
unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately
reach each other.
The City of Atlantic Beach fills the community theater with local talent of all ages. 

ABET is celebrating their 25th Anniversary Season!  Call 904-249-7177 for tickets.
Friday & Saturday performances 8 pm
Sunday performances 2 pm
Upcoming ABET shows:
"4000 MILES" (Drama)- Mar 24-26 Last chance!
"THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS" (Comedy) -  May 5, 6; 12-14; 19-21

FIRST ACT CHILDREN'S THEATER provides drama classes/showcases  for kids.  Saturday & Monday classes 
Summer Camp Dates Announced: June 5, 12, 26, July 10, 24, 31.
Contact Aine Healy at 904-509-1472, or email her at
to register.

25  Wild Wonders @ Dutton Island Pavilion 1 pm
26  Community Free Yoga @ Adele Grage Center 3:30 pm
      Acoustic Night @ Bull Park 6-8 pm
28  Senior BINGO @ Baker Center 10:30 am
      Wild Child Kids Yoga @ Adele Grage Center 5:30 & 6:30 pm
      CARAC Monthly Meeting @ Adele Grage Theater 6 pm
29  Qigong @ Adele Grage Center 9:30 am
      Free Vinyasa Yoga @ Adele Grage Center 6 pm
      Zumba @ Jordan Center 6:30 pm
      Meditation Class @ Adele Grage Center 7:30 pm
30  Meditation Class @ Adele Grage Center 9:30 am


City of Atlantic Beach, FL - Official Seal
800 Seminole Road • Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233 • Ph. (904) 247-5800 • Fx. (904) 247-5805