Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Communnity Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Communnity Notebook

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Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer

You can celebrate the summer at Westside parks by gazing at the stars, hiking for wildflowers, searching for snakes, studying birds, learning knotting strategies and making leaf art. The programs are free.

Stargazers can join members of the Northeast Florida Astronomical Society on an exploration of the night sky from 9 to 11:30 p.m. June 29 at Westside Regional Park, 7000 Roosevelt Blvd.

Then it's stop and smell the flowers time from 10 a.m. to noon July 26 at Ringhaver/Ortega Stream Valley Park, 5198 118th St. Meet at the playground.

The popular snake walk and talk is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 30 at Westside Regional's Nature Center. Though they inspire fear and loathing, snakes and reptiles are some of Florida's most valuable creatures.

Children and adults can also learn birding basics from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 6 at Westside Regional's Nature Center.

It's time to get knotty from 10 to 11:30 a. …

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