Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Journey

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Journey

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FREE ADMISSION TO FLORIDA PARKS SUNDAY

Florida's 160 state parks will offer free admission Sunday in honor of July, which has been recognized as National Recreation and Parks Month.

The state Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Park Service's free day includes Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, Buccaneer Bay and the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.

The state's 700,000-plus acres of parks offer hiking, natural springs, paddling in freshwater lake or river or soaking up the sun at beaches.

Sunday is also a good day to take children to a state park and start the 2011 Outdoor Challenge (www.floridastateparks.org/thingstodo/outdoorchallenge), which suggests families complete at least five activities on the website's list and send a photo of each completed activity to enter the contest.

All completed entries receive a day pass good for their whole family to go back to a state park. The contest deadline is Friday, Sept. 30.

150 YOUNG SURFERS TO LEARN THE WAVES TODAY

The Florida Surfing Association presents the second annual Super Grom Surf Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today on the south side of the Jacksonville Beach pier at 503 First St. N.

About 150 surfers, ages 10 and under, have signed up to learn water safety and how to surf with professional athletes and instructors, and receive a free lunch, medal, T-shirt and goodie bag. Visitors are asked to come out to support the young surfers.

A few slots are available for the final event on Saturday, Aug. 6.

For more information on these and upcoming events, visit www.floridasurfing.org.

ROTARY CLUB ELECTS NEW OFFICERS, BOARD

The Rotary Club of South Jacksonville has its first Asian president with the appointment of Odette Struys to head the club's 2011-12 lineup of officers.

Struys, 44, is from Singapore and has been an active Rotary Club member for 10 years, and a Jacksonville resident for 18. …

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