Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UNF Plans Yearlong 25th Birthday Celebration

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UNF Plans Yearlong 25th Birthday Celebration

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The University of North Florida will begin celebrating its 25th

anniversary next month, with plans to involve the community in

on-campus events.

The Southside institution, among the 30 largest employers in

Jacksonville, plans a yearlong celebration with lectures,

dinners, concerts and seminars. The public is invited to attend

most events.

Here's a look at plans for January:

Jan. 23 -- Renowned pianist and lecturer Karl Haas will speak

on "Music and Humanism" at 1 p.m. in the UNF Theatre, 4567 St.

Johns Bluff Road S. The event is free and open to the public.

Jan. 25 -- Haas, whose National Public Radio broadcasts of

Adventures in Good Music are heard around the world, will

perform in concert at 8:30 p.m. in the UNF Arena. Admission is

$15.

In February, in addition to Black History Month activities,

there will be several free concerts, including a jazz series.

UNF is one of 10 publicly funded institutions of higher

learning in Florida. It opened in 1972 with 1,992 upper-level

students. In 1984, freshmen and sophomores were added. This

year, enrollment is about 11,000.

CURTAIN TO RISE: The San Marco Theatre & Draft is scheduled to

reopen Jan. 8, according to new theater operator David Blue .

Blue and his wife, Sue, took over the lease and closed the

theater Dec. 2 for renovations. The Blues had hoped to reopen by

Christmas but couldn't make the date.

The Blues are painting the building, refurbishing seats,

improving the lighting, putting in new wall fabrics and

carpeting and adding new kitchen equipment.

The theater will continue to show second-run movies and serve

beer, wine and snacks. More items such as salads and pizza will

be added to the menu. There are also plans to open the theater

to daytime use for corporate and business meetings.

And there will be a new policy: No smoking.

WINTER WONDERLAND: Three homeowners in the Mandarin area got

$100 each for creating a winter wonderland in their yards. …

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