Florida Striders Memorial Day 5K

Get your Memorial Day (Monday, May 27) started with a nice run (or walk) in the Florida Striders Track Club Memorial Day 5K in Orange Park, Florida.

2013 Memorial Day 5K - Orange ParkThe race starts at First Place Sports in Orange Park, and finishes at the Orange Park Town Hall, including a tour along the tree-lined streets of Doctors Lake Drive.

  • The 5K race starts at 10 AM.
    • TECH Shirts for all pre-registered 5K runners, and medals for all finishers.
  • The FREE 1 Mile Fun Run starts at 9AM, with awards for all finishers.

And the Sunrise Rotary Club of Orange Park is holding a Pancake Breakfast.

  • Kids = $1
  • Adults = $2

Pancake Breakfast proceeds go to Honor Air.

For more information and to register, please visit the Florida Striders website.

Walk MS – First Coast

Walk MS is the rallying point of the Multiple Sclerosis movement, a community coming together to raise funds and celebrate hope for the future.

Walk MS charity logoEach spring, people in the Jacksonville, Florida area can join in the First Coast Walk and help by raising money to fund MS research, life-changing programs and service, and policy-sculpting advocacy efforts.

Those who participate in Walk MS help to raise the funds that give hope to the more than 7,000 people living with MS in our community.

The dollars raised are used to support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. The Walk MS event has been walking since 1988 and walkers have raised more than $10 million dollars to help support people living with MS.

Walk MS is approximately 3 miles in length, and is usually held in the morning.

The contributions of your time and money will help create to a world free of Multiple Sclerosis!

For more information about Walk MS, please visit the website of the North Florida Chapter of the National MS Society.

A Brush with Nature at Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens

Take the family to explore the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens, one of Jacksonville’s newest treasures, and enjoy seeing artists at work.

Jacksonville Arboretum & GardensEach year, the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens hosts a gathering of nature artists, painting their favorite scenes from locations throughout the park.

Visitors are encouraged to stroll the grounds to watch the artists at work.

Often, there is also food, music, artists’ demonstrations and a special art tent for children.

This event is free and open to the public.

All works of art will be for sale at the event and at a special Gala Reception and Sale, with proceeds benefiting both the artists and the Arboretum.

Learn more on the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens website and on the website for the A Brush with Nature organization.

First Coast March for Babies

The March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.

March for Babies in Jacksonville, FloridaThe First Coast March for Babies helps raise money for the Northeast Florida Division of the March of Dimes each spring, here in Jacksonville.

Lots of good Jacksonville people walk in the March for Babies each year, to give hope to the more than half a million babies who are born too early.

These kind and caring walkers help raise money to support programs in our community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

April 2010 March for Babies in Jacksonville, Florida.

If you’d like to help the March of Dimes support more moms having healthy babies, you don’t need to wait for the next March for Babies – the Northeast Florida Division can take donations any time of the year. You can make donations by cash, check or credit card. For more information call their office at 904-398-2821.

Do you have a baby or youngster?  Contact American Chiropractic for an appointment, so Dr. Hunziker can examine your child, to help assure their healthy development.


Gate River Run

Walking is good exercise, and the annual Gate River Run is a huge 15K race, with a variety of athletic events, with distances and for participants of all ages!

Each spring, tens of thousands of runners and walkers participate in the big, race day-featured events.

2011 Gate River RunThe Gate River Run is the largest 15K in the United States and often serves as the USA 15K Championship with America’s top Olympic athletes competing for national recognition and big prize money.

The day’s activities include other featured events, such as:

  • The Florida Times-Union 5K for Charity and the Adidas Junior River Run.

Each 15K participant often receive swag such as a technical shirt and a finisher medal.

Do you enjoy running or walking, and want to feel your best? Contact American Chiropractic to schedule an appointment; Dr. Hunziker can help you good and move better.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Jacksonville, Florida

Come to the Times Union Center – Riverwalk on Saturday, November 3, 2012, and join in the 2.7 mile Walk to End Alzheimer’s disease.

2012 Walk to End Alzheimer's diseaseThe Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is our Nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Walk is held annually in more than 600 communities across our Great Country. This inspiring Walk is an event that calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

You can Register for the Walk online, but on site registration for the Walk begins at 9AM, and the Walk will start at 10AM, after a short opening ceremony.

  • The Walk route is paved and mostly flat, with one incline.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome.  All Walk routes are handicap accessible.
  • For everyone’s safety during the Walk, bicycles, inline skates, wheelie footwear, skateboards and scooters will not be allowed.
  • Leashed dogs are welcome.
  • Light refreshments, coffee, and water will be served.

There is NO FEE for participating in this Walk to End Alzheimer’s, but Each participant who raises over $100 will receive an event T-shirt.

For more information, and to conveniently register online for the event, please visit the 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Jacksonville, Florida webpage.

Law Enforcement Memorial Bike Ride

Join in the Law Enforcement Memorial Bike Ride – from Brunswick, Georgia to St. Augustine, Florida, on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

2012 Law Enforcement Memorial Bike Ride - Fred (Fireball) Barber

This will be a Police Escorted Motorcycle Ride to raise money to benefit the families of Officers killed in the line of duty, Officers with terminal illnesses or Officers seriously injured while on duty.

Pre-Ride Activities Night Friday Sept 27th at 6:00 PM Stellar Conference Center – Quality Inn 125 Venture Drive – Brunswick, GA.

PreRegister online – on the Blue Knights GAXIV website –  with Register the day of the Ride – Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 8 AM at the Stellar Conference Center, near the Quality Inn, 125 Venture Drive, Brunswick, Georgia.

– Kickstands Up at 10 AM.

The Memorial Ride will feature a Police Escort and is planned to end at the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine.  A more detailed description of the planned route for the Memorial Ride is provided on the Blue Knights GAXIV website.

Blue Knights - Georgia Chapter XIVSponsors include the Blue Knights – Georgia, Chapter XIV, the Brunswick Georgia Police Department, and other dedicated people as listed on the Blue Knights GAXIV website.

For More Information, Visit the Blue Knights GAXIV website or Call 912-506-2340 (Danny Shepard) or 406-470-5033 (Andrea Gray)

The Blue Knights® is a non-profit fraternal organization, consisting of active and retired law enforcement men and women who enjoy riding motorcycles. As of today, the Blue Knights® has more than 635 chapters and 20,000 members in 24 countries.

The Blue Knights, Georgia Chapter XIV was formed in June, 2005.

Adamec Harley-Davidson - logoThis is another great motorcycle event shared by the good people over at Adamec Harley-Davidson, now with 4 area locations –

  • on Baymeadows Road and on Atlantic Boulevard in Jacksonville
  • on Wells Road in Orange Park
  • on St. George Street in St. Augustine.

Boselli Trail Run

The Boselli Trail Run, to be held on Saturday, September 21, is one of the annual events that the Boselli Foundation holds to raise funds to help Jacksonville kids face life’s obstacles.

2013 Boselli Trail RunDesigned for both the competitive and the casual fun seekers, the Boselli Trail Run has both a 5K course and a Kids Fun Run, something for everyone!

For those who aren’t into getting dirty, grab a seat in our spectator areas and watch your friends and family enjoy the professionally built obstacles and fun trail.

The Boselli Trail Run will be held at TPC Sawgrass, but participants will NOT actually be on the greens of the “World’s most majestic golf course”. The Trail course actually takes you through an adventurous path in the back woods and wilderness nearby.

  • 100% of the proceeds from Boselli Trail Run benefit the Boselli Foundation’s after school programs right here in Jacksonville.
  • For more information on the Boselli Foundation, visit www.bosellifoundation.com.

The Foundation’s two Youth Life Learning Centers (YLLC) provide both an after school program and a 6 week summer camp to children with limited financial resources on the Northside of Jacksonville.

To volunteer to help out or to find out more about the Boselli Trail Run, and to sign up for the event, please visit the Boselli Trail Run website.

Jacksonville Dragon Boat Festival

Join in the fun at the inaugural Jacksonville Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at the Jacksonville Landing!

Breast Cancer Survivors paddling their Dragon BoatThere will be multicultural performances, and activities for a family day of fun.  See local community teams and organizations get good exercise while they race their beautifully decorated Dragon Boats compete in exciting 400 meter (a little over 4 football fields long) races.

Each of the Dragon boats must be 40 feet in length and weigh about 550 pounds when empty. The crew of each Dragon Boat consists of:

  • between 14 and 20 paddlers, who sit in pairs, facing the bow
  • a drummer at the bow facing the paddlers
  • one steerperson at the rear of the boat

Dragon Boating is the fastest growing water sport in the world, with many teams racing in an ever growing number of Festivals.

All proceeds from this event will benefit In The Pink – local boutiques for women living with cancer.

Through research and experimentation, a Canadian doctor, Don MacKenzie discovered that strenuous exercise (like paddling a Dragon Boat) was beneficial to the recovery of breast cancer survivors. So there are now many teams of Dragon Boat paddlers who are breast cancer survivors all around the World.

Dragon figurehead on a Dragon BoatIn the Pink is currently hosting two co-ed teams who will race in the Festival:

  • One team, the Mammoglams, is solely for breast cancer survivors.
  • The other team, Saltwater Slayers, is made up of anyone over 14 years of age who is interested in learning how to paddle a Dragon Boat.

For more information about this event, please visit the Jacksonville Dragon Boat Festival website.

Yoga in the Park to fight Cancer

Yoga is a “a union of the mind, body and spirit in communication and awareness.”

Yoga in the Park 2011, for In the Pink“Yoga in the Park” is held each fall to raise funds for the non-profit 501c3 organization In the Pink, a boutique in Jax Beach that provides support and services to help women from all around the Jacksonville area who are living with cancer.

The focus of the day is to help people enjoy a relaxing Yoga session in a beautiful outdoor setting, located in the Jacksonville, Florida area, to pay tribute to all cancer survivors, and to participate in a peaceful discussion that will be interesting and helpful to everyone, regardless of religious or cultural background.

To find out more about this positive, annual Yoga event,  please visit the Yoga in the Park website.

Harley’s Heroes at Adamec Harley-Davidson

Harley’s Heroes are coming to town!

Harley's Heroes at Adamec Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Jacksonville, Florida

Orange Park Adamec Harley-Davidson – Thursday, August 22th, 9am until 5pm
Baymeadows Adamec Harley-Davidson  – Friday, August 23th, 9am until 5pm
Regency Adamec Harley-Davidson  – Saturday, August 24th, 9am until 5 pm

All veterans are welcome!  This event is also open to the public.

DAV (Disabled American Veterans) MSO (Mobile Service Office)

Free support and services to veterans.

You can show your support by getting your Harley Pin and Bracelet at any Adamec Harley-Davidson store.  All proceeds go to DAV.

For more information, please see the Adamec Harley-Davidson website, and the DAV/Harley’s Heroes web page.

Florida Sales Tax Holiday

2012 Florida State Tax HolidayJust before school starts each year, as you are getting your kids ready to go back to school, the state of Florida usually has a Sales Tax Holiday!

The Florida Sales Tax Holiday generally runs from 12:01 a.m. on a Friday in early August until midnight on Sunday.

During the Florida Sales Tax Holiday, Florida shoppers do not have to pay sales taxes on specified clothing items and school supplies. In 2013, electronics equipment was included in the exemption list.

Each year, you have to read the specific rules to see where the sales tax break will be applied.

It’s always good to save some money during this Sales Tax holiday, while getting your children ready to go back to school.

For more details on the Florida Sales Tax Holiday, please visit read the Florida Department of Revenue website.

Annual Painting of the Jacksonville Jaguars PawPrints

Stir up some paint and some football game spirit for our Jacksonville Jaguars.

Annual Painting of the PawPrintsIn the fall of every year, the team spirit soars and the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Council and Jaxson de Ville host the Annual Painting of the Jacksonville Jaguars PawPrints, from Bay Street to EverBank field.

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce usually can provide free parking for volunteer PawPrint painters in their parking lot.

And often, the community provides Free refreshments  to keep the PawPrint painters going.

At the completion of the PawPrint painting event, the community organizes a Celebration Event, to get our town ready for an exciting year of Jacksonville Jaguars football.

For more information, please visit the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Downtown Council website.

If you want to

  • Get more information,
  • Join a team,
  • Create your own PawPrint painting team,

Contact Bonnie Arnold  at bonnie@bonniesfloraldesigns.com  904-346-3300  or  904-699-0961

Bridge of Lions 5K

Each year in July, hundreds come to the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument to join the fun, get some exercise, and enjoy some of the historic sites in Saint Augustine, Florida.

Bridge of Lions 5K

Runners and walkers will be able to beat the heat during this race, because the race starts at 7:30AM!

The course begins at at the historic Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, goes over the Bridge of Lions and through Davis Shores. The race course ends at Oglethorpe Park.

For more information and to register for the race, visit the Bridge of Lions 5K website.

the Celebrate America Ride for Justice

Celebrate America - Ride For Justice - Adamec Harley-DavidsonOn Saturday, June 28, local motorcycle riders will join in a fun ride for a good cause: helping innocent victims of violent crime – the Celebrate America Ride for Justice to benefit the Justice Coalition.

This all-American ride begins and ends at the Baymeadows neighborhood store of Adamec Harley-Davidson in Jacksonville.

Registration includes a t-shirt and Lunch!

  • Registration at 8:30 at the Baymeadows Adamec Harley-Davidson, morning of the event.
  • Kickstands up at 10:30.
  • Duval County Sheriff will escort the bridge ride.
  • At the end of the ridethere will be a Best of Jacksonville Lunch, with food provided by Dick’s Wings and Grill and Carrabbas Italian Grill.

All proceeds from the ride go to benefit the Justice Coalition of Jacksonville.

Tickets are available at any Adamec Harley-Davidson location or at the Justice Coalition of Jacksonville website.

Flag Day

Every June 14, our Country celebrates Flag Day

Here are tips to properly display and honor your American Flag:

When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window, balcony, or a building, the union should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff.

When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag – of a state, community, society or Scout unit – the flag of the United States must always be at the top except that the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.

When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag’s union should be farthest from the building.

When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor – to its own right.
..The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger.
..No other flag ever should be placed above it.
..The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.

When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.

Are aches and pains keeping you from enjoying your life and being part of the celebration of the flag of our Great Nation? Call 904-674-0195 for the American Chiropractic Baymeadows office, or 904-694-1872 for American Chiropractic in Jacksonville Beach, and make an appointment to see Dr. Hunziker. Get started feeling and looking better.

For additional information and facts, please visit http://www.usflag.org/

Run for the Pies, Jacksonville

Mmmmm, Pie!

Run for the Pies - Apple PieThe Run for the Pies Open 5K will be held on the same day, same location as the Nike 5k Championship invitational race; Saturday, June 14, 2014, at the Jacksonville Landing.

Schedule for this year’s Run for the Pies evening:

7:00 PM – Nike Championship
7:30 PM – Open 5K Race
8:00 PM – Big Block Party begins
8:30 PM – Pie Eating Contest
8:40 PM – Prize Awards
8:50 PM – Gigantic Giveaway
9:00 PM – Pie Run Awards

The Run for the Pies Open 5K will be open to all runners and walkers except those who run in the invitational race,  to give more runners a chance to win in their age group.

Custom Designed Run for the Pies medals will be awarded to the top finishers in each assigned division (see the 1st Place Sports website for details).

After the Races, there will be lots more fun.  1st Place Sports will be giving away lots of prizes, include running clothes, running shoes, bags, and lots more. All you have to do is Enter the Race to be eligible to win, but you must also be present at the drawing to win the prizes.

Like the name of the Race implies, you can win one of 200 pies if you participate in the Race, based on your finish time (see details on the 1st Place Sports website).

Don’t let aches and pains keep you from enjoying your life and being part of fun activities! Call 904-674-0195 for the American Chiropractic Baymeadows office, or 904-694-1872 for American Chiropractic in Jacksonville Beach, and make an appointment to see Dr. Hunziker. Get started feeling and looking better.

To Register for the Race, and get more details about the Run for the Pies, visit the 1st Place Sports website.

Never Quit Beach Challenge

The Never Quit Beach Challenge at Jacksonville Beach on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

Never Quit Beach Fest, Trident Relay, and 5K run/walkThis annual Beach event has something fun for everyone:

  • 5K Run
  • TRIDENT CHALLENGE: a 5K run, a 500 Meter ocean swim, and a 1.5K surfboard paddle
  • 1 Mile Fun Run

Never QuitParticipants will receive a variety of awards and prizes, listed and displayed with each event, and on the Never Quit Registration page.

So many events, there are activities to interest everyone. Have fun -stay active, stay healthy!

Are aches and pains keeping you from enjoying your life and being part of the Never Quit activities?

Call 904-674-0195 for the American Chiropractic Baymeadows office, or 904-694-1872 for American Chiropractic in Jacksonville Beach, and make an appointment to see Dr. Hunziker.

Get started feeling and looking better!

To find out more about NEVER QUIT, visit the NeverQuitNever.com website.


Veteran’s Memorial Wall Ceremony 2014

Duval County Veteran's Memorial WallIn honor of the local heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country,visit the Duval County Veteran’s Memorial Wall, in downtown Jacksonville.

The Memorial Wall, which showcases the names of more than 1500 local military personnel who lost their lives while on active duty, is a testament to Jacksonville’s relationship with the military.

The 2014 Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Wall Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 26, 2014.
– – 8:30 a.m. Pre-Ceremony music will be provided by Navy Band Southeast
– – 9 a.m. Ceremony honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation at the Veterans Memorial Wall.

If aches and pains are keeping you from being able to get out and be part of civic events to recognize the many men and women who have given their lives to protect our families and our Country, Call 904-674-0195 for the American Chiropractic Baymeadows office, or 904-694-1872 for American Chiropractic in Jacksonville Beach, and make an appointment to see Dr. Hunziker. Get started feeling and looking better.

For more information and updates, call  (904) 630-3690 or visit the City of Jacksonville Military Affairs Department Events page.

Catty Shack Ranch Tours

Learn while you exercise as you enjoy an exciting Tour of Catty Shack Ranch.

Freddy the lion, at Catty Shack Ranch - Wildlife Sanctuary - Jacksonville, FloridaThe Catty Shack Ranch is a non-profit organization Wildlife Sanctuary, providing a safe environment for many great cat species endangered or threatened due to loss of natural habitat.

Animals such as lions, tigers, cougars, and leopards that are taken in by the Ranch have a loving home forever.

The Catty Shack Ranch is located on Starratt Road in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife SanctuaryReservations to visit the Ranch are not required, but:

There are daytime tours and special night time feeding events for the public as well as special school tours, with funds raised going to support the operation of the Ranch.

Don’t let aches and pains stop you from getting out to enjoy life with your friends and family. Contact American Chiropractic for an appointment, and let Dr. Hunziker start helping you feel and look better.

Interested parties may apply to volunteer to help at the Catty Shack Ranch.

Find out more at the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary website.