Chess Enthusiast Offers No Cost Kids’ Chess Club for All Skill Levels on Amelia Island

The kids' chess club meets at the Patio Place every week.

Thomas Rowan loves playing chess and always met up with local chess clubs wherever he lived. When he moved to Amelia Island, he couldn’t find a club — so he started his own. But when it came time for the club’s first meet-up, he was surprised most of the people who showed up were kids who […]

Fantastic Gymnastics Offers Mommy-and-Me Gymnastics Lessons in Yulee

One of the first Mommy and Me classes stops wiggling long enough for a group photo at Fantastic Gymnastics. / All photos courtesy of Fantastic Gymnastics.

If you think your toddler is good at gymnastic stunts at home, just wait until Fantastic Gymnastics gets a hold of him or her! For the first time that we know of, the beloved Yulee gymnastics program is offering a Mommy and Me class for kids ages 16 months to 36 months. It’s a great […]

Accomplished Music Professor Offers Piano Lessons in Fernandina Beach


A Nationally Certified Master Teacher is accepting piano students in the Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island area. Dr. Anita Boyle Renfroe’s studio is open to ages 6 to 60 and all experience levels. She conducts a free “interview lesson” before enrollment to assess a student’s musical aptitude, level and readiness for lessons. Renfroe, the recently retired Director […]

PBS’s “Family Travels with Colleen Kelly” visits Amelia Island

Colleen Kelly introduces Amelia Island to her audience from the balcony of her beachfront lodging, Katie's Light. / All photos courtesy of Family Travels with Colleen Kelly

Traveling with kids can be tricky when you don’t know where to go and what locations are truly “kid friendly.” Enter Colleen Kelly, a mama who loves to travel and who happens to also be very comfortable in front of a camera. Her show, Family Travels with Colleen Kelly, has become a hit as she […]

St. Marys Aquatic Center Now Open

St. Marys Aquatic Center water features

The beloved St. Marys Aquatic Center has opened its doors again for the summer. This small, popular waterpark has a great water play zone for little ones, a larger enclosed slide called “Orange Crush,” a lazy river and a lap pool. The center went through a huge makeover two years ago, with new lining in the […]

Talented piano teacher accepting students in Amelia Island-Yulee area

Marina Moffett

Marina Moffett hasn’t had to seek out students for her piano lessons in a very long time. Word-of-mouth was more than enough to keep her booked in Minnesota. With 26 years of experience, the classically-trained Russian piano teacher — who has a master’s in piano instruction — was in high demand. But Nassau County is very […]

Readers Share their Favorite Parts of Greatest Show on Earth

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present Dragons Circus is coming to Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 19-22, 2012.

Our region is so fortunate to have Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth perform in Jacksonville every year. In recent years, they have come to town every January to perform in Veterans Memorial Arena with their beautiful animals and incredible acrobats, clowns and stunt men and women. I don’t know if I […]

Donate your kids’ gently used items to our yard sale benefitting GP2C

Ingrid Harding, shown with daughter Sarah, is on a mission to cure Rett Syndrome, the most severe form of Autism, through her nonprofit, Girl Power 2 Cure.

Are you drowning in toys after adding your kids’ Christmas gifts to the piles of toys they already had all over the house? Do you have gently-used kids’ clothes that would be perfect for another child? Consider donating the items your kids have outgrown to our “all kids’ stuff” yard sale to benefit Girl Power […]

Congrats to the winners of FREE Family Four Packs to see LEGENDS Circus in Jax!

Hurry! All entries must be in by midnight Thursday, Jan. 9!

Note: This drawing is now closed. Congratulations to our winners, Brittnee Brice of Yulee, Wendy Michalak of Yulee and Dena Berbaum of Sanderson. If you would like to purchase tickets, get $5 off at with the code: JXBLG * This deal is not valid on Thursday or for the 3:30 p.m. show Saturday. It’s for […]

Meet the Elves! Local parents share their Elf on the Shelf Pics

Sammy takes a nap in the tissue box. / Tiffany Wilson, Yulee

There’s just something about Elf on the Shelf that children love. Many of us have “adopted” an elf into our families, meaning the elf magically appears in a new spot each morning after reporting to the North Pole each night to let Santa know whether the kids were naughty or nice. We asked readers to […]