Arts & Culture

High Honors for Ad Agency

At the American Advertising Federation’s National ADDY competition, one small multicultural agency truly shined. Playing in the big leagues, Brunet-García Advertising won three gold and one silver national awards – the most of any agency in Florida and the Caribbean. Only one other multicultural/Hispanic agency received an award at the national level. The winners were selected from 1,382 entries from a full range of advertising agencies around the country.

BG received Gold ADDY awards for the Block x Block Illustrations, the Players by the Sea “The Full Monty” poster and the Players by the Sea poster series. A Silver ADDY was also awarded for the Players by the Sea building design.

As Airline Baggage Policies Change After Troop Luggage Controversy, One Vietnam Vet Reflects

As Airline Baggage Policies Change After Troop Luggage Controversy, One Vietnam Vet Reflects

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Several airlines have now changed their active duty luggage policy after a YouTube video of two disgruntled soldiers went viral.

The video shows the duo visibly upset with Delta for charging them $200 for an extra bag.

The clip has one local Vietnam Veteran reflecting on his long trip home in 1966.

"I was proud, I was a second leuitenant," said Reid Oxley. 

He was just 22 years old when he was shipped out to Vietnam in 1965. After a 13 month deployment, he says they were on their own to get home.

"We bought out own ticket, with our own money and we were put on stand by. So we just had to sleep there until a flight became available," he said.  

 When he finally landed on US soil, Oxley says he had to change out of uniform because the anti-war sentiment was so strong.

"As veterans coming home we were held accountable for even serving over there," he said.

Eco-Safari Themed Charity Event to Benefit North Florida Land Trust

Eco-Safari Themed Charity Event to Benefit North Florida Land Trust

The North Florida Land Trust, dedicated to preserving land for conservation in seven counties, will hold a memorable charity event on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the J.Johnson Gallery, 177 4th Ave. in Jacksonville Beach Fla.

The Eco-Safari themed evening will feature a live auction for an African Safari for two and other great prizes. Catering by Liz Grenamyer, a full bar, silent auction, live music and lots of fun and surprises all for a great cause.

The Celebrated War of 1812 Tall Ship LYNX Arriving in Jacksonville

The Celebrated War of 1812 Tall Ship LYNX Arriving in Jacksonville

All law-abiding and loyal citizens are urged to be vigilant and alert to the presence on your coast of the weatherly, fast, and heavily armed Clipper Schooner Lynx. The 122-foot square top sail schooner Lynx will be sailing into Jacksonville for the first time on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 11:00 am. Join the flotilla as she fires a salute from her main battery of 6-pounder carronades upon her grand entrance into Jacksonville.  The celebrated War of 1812 privateer square top sail schooner has arrived on the East Coast from Hawai’i & California and is scheduled for a five-year mission along the East Coast of the United States and Canada and will be participating  in the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner.

High School Students: Time to Enter Manatee Art Contest

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites high school art students across the state to participate in a contest to create a piece of manatee artwork that will be used on the 2011-2012 manatee decal.

Students in grades 9-12 in Florida should coordinate with their school’s art teacher to submit the artwork, because each school may submit no more than five entries. Home-schooled students also are eligible to enter the contest. Contest details and forms are available online at MyFWC.com/Manatee.

Jacksonville Fashion Week Hosts Model Casting Call

Jacksonville Fashion Week (JFW), a multi-event celebration of fashion on Florida’s First Coast, is hosting a two-day model casting call from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at Walkers (2692 Post St.) and Thursday, Nov. 18 at The Brasserie (Beach Plaza, 1312 Beach Blvd.). JFW officials will select a total of 100-125 models to grace the catwalk at the inaugural Jacksonville Fashion Week, March 23-26, 2011.