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TOWN CENTER FEST

A bicycle parade, music, crafts and other free holiday attractions are scheduled for Saturday at Beaches Town Center, where Atlantic Boulevard meets the beach.

Starting at 3 p.m. with the bike parade, there will be musical and dance performances, face painting and "make your own and take it home" craft tables for all ages. People can jump on the hayride or join other activities. The mayors of Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach will light the community tree and Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by sleigh at 6 p.m.

People can bring canned goods for Dawson Pickett's annual drive for food, toys or money for the USO.

There will also be cookie decorating at Joseph's Pizza, an ornament-making party at 200 First Street, holiday bow making at The Red Daisy, face painting at Shorelines gift shop, balloons at Lee's Ice Cream and refreshments and photo opportunities at Sticky Fingers barbecue restaurant.

Entertainment starts at 3 p.m. with DJ Anonymous spinning holiday tunes and performances by Nancy Dance Studio and the Beaches Children's Choir.

FREE JOB FAIR

After a heavy response to November's free WorkSource/BEAM Job Fair, a second fair was scheduled for 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry offices at 850 Sixth Ave. S., Suite 300, Jacksonville Beach.

Job seekers should bring their resumes and dress for success. About 20 job hunters found employment at the November job fair, organizers said.

There is no charge to job seekers or employers. Businesses with employment opportunities are invited to participate at no cost. Jacksonville Legal Aid will answer questions about workplace concerns.

WorkSource and BEAM provide free employment services on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the BEAM offices. The services include resume and cover letter preparation, online specific job search using the state sponsored EmployFlorida network, researching specific occupations and accessing information about labor market trends, statistics and economic and demographic data.

For more information, call WorkSource at 798-9229, ext. 2212, or BEAM at 241-2326.

GUANA BROWN-BAGGER

The Guana Reserve will host its December brown-bag lunch lecture at noon on Friday at its Environmental Education Center auditorium.

Tara Dodson of the St. Johns County/Endangered Species Protection Program discusses this year's sea turtle season. Bring your lunch and questions. There is no cost for the lecture.

A live estuary animal interaction session will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Environmental Education Center. People can learn about animal habitats, behavior and food chains. Admission to the center for this event is $2 for adults, $1 for children aged 10 to 17 and free for children under 10. …

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