News Briefs for the Week of March 23-29, 2023


Garden Center Day is today at Ribault Garden Club

Ribault Garden Club welcomes the public to Garden Center Day from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 23, to learn about the native vegetation effects within one of the largest park systems in North America.

Guest speaker Jolie Friedrich is a park naturalist for the City of Jacksonville. One of her passions is sharing her hands-on wildlife conservation fieldwork with the public.

Huguenot Memorial Park offers a naturalist-guided beach walk, led a long portions of the Great Florida Birding Trail where you can see and learn about wildlife and birds. At Jacksonville’s parks, you can enjoy a wide range of exciting and engaging experiences.

There are traditional neighborhood and regional parks as well as 22 community centers conveniently located throughout the city. 

The event will be held at Ribault Garden Club, 705 Second Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach. Admission is free. There will be refreshments, door prize and a raffle.

Tides and Tails benefits Jacksonville Humane Society

The Jacksonville Humane Society is hosting its first Tides and Tails fundraising event of the year. Tides and Tails is an upscale “yappy hour” for people and their pets. The event will include food, beer, wine and whiskey tastings; activities and treats for people and pets, an auction and more.

Tides and Tails is a fundraiser that supports the mission of Jacksonville Humane Society. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit its programs and help the organization continue to provide compassionate care to pets and people who love them in our community.

The event is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at One Ocean Resort & Spa, 1 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach.

Attendees are welcome to bring a pet to this event, limit one per person. Pets require their own tickets in addition to the attendee’s ticket. For tickets go to For information, go to

Southern Living names St. Augustine top small town in South

Dotdash Meredith's Southern Living announces the winners of its seventh annual South's Best Awards, recognizing readers' favorite Southern destinations and experiences.

St. Augustine was ranked number one Small Town in the South and is featured on the periodical’s flip cover.


Hike planned at Matanzas Inlet

A guided interpretive hike on March 28 around the Matanzas Inlet will be presented by Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve and the U.S. National Park Service. Participants will explore the ever-changing shoreline, tidal flats, beaches, dunes, dune vegetation, birds and wildlife there.

Participants are asked to wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. Hat, insect repellent, water and sunscreen are recommended. Hikers are encouraged to bring cameras and binoculars to record and observe a variety of birds, plants and animals. The event is free but online registration is required.

Go to and click on Matanzas Inlet Hike.

The Matanzas Inlet parking lot is at 8655 A1A South, St. Augustine.

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan