Upcoming Events

Our 15th annual Santa in the Courtyard at 200 First Street is a Beaches Town Center holiday favorite. This year’s outdoor Photo with Santa event will be held Saturdays Dec. 7th,  14th, and 21st, 9:00am- 1:00 p.m. and is hosted by the merchants of 200 First Street and Dunlop Photography. The $15 sitting fee includes a visit with Santa and a professional print. A digital file perfect for Christmas cards is available for an additional $15 donation to Smile Camp, a summer day camp for children with physical and intellectual disabilities.

For more info, call Dunlop Photography at (904) 610-5669.

Join us on Saturday, December 7th from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. for another year of holiday fun! Enjoy musical and dance performances, temporary tattoos and “make your own, take it home” craft tables for all ages. As tradition, the Mayors of both cities will light the community tree and Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by sleigh at 5:30 p.m.

Step into the holiday season with the gift of guest author readings at The BookMark! Join them as they host the following upcoming events:

CHILDREN’S AUTHOR EILEEN R. MEYER - 11/30

Children's author Eileen R. Meyer will appear at The BookMark on Saturday, November 30th at 9am, and present her new book, The Superlative A. Lincoln: Poems About Our 16th President  as part of the Small Business Saturday festivities. Her other works include Sweet Dreams, Wild Animals!  A Story of Sleep and Who's Faster? Animals on the Move.

In The Superlative A. Lincoln, the author introduces us to the personal side of Honest Abe (his LEAST FAVORITE nickname) through fresh and funny poems expressing his superlative nature.  Abraham Lincoln is famous for many extremes: he was the TALLEST president, who gave the GREATEST SPEECH and had the STRONGEST conviction. But did you know that he was also the MOST DISTRACTED farmer, the BEST wrestler, and the CRAFTIEST storyteller?  Nineteen poems share fascinating stories about events in Lincoln's life, while history notes go even deeper into how he excelled.

"… An excellent use of language and recognizable rhyme schemes make this title a wonderful teaching tool for the classroom. These well-researched poems hold readers' attention and could encourage them to explore additional questions. –VERDICT:  A good example of how poetry can also inform…" (School Library Journal)

Also on Saturday, November 30th, The BookMark  will celebrate SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY and invite everyone to stop by and enjoy the festivities!  There will be food, fun, give-aways, and as always, LOTS of lively conversation!  Let us show our appreciation to our wonderful and supportive customers!

So join us at The BookMark on Saturday, November 30th at 9am, and meet children's author Eileen R. Meyer and from 9am–5pm to celebrate SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY! 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR ELIZABETH BERG - 12/3
New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg will appear at The BookMark on Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 PM, to present  her new book, The Confession Club.  She is the author of many bestselling novels, including The Story of Arthur Truluv, Night of Miracles, Open House (an Oprah's Book Club selection), Talk Before Sleep, and The Year of Pleasures, as well as the short story collection The Day I Ate Whatever I WantedDurable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year. 

With over 4 million copies of her novels in print, Elizabeth Berg has proven to be a gifted storyteller, most recently captivating audiences with stories of love and friendship in the fictional town of Mason, Missouri.  The Confession Club invites readers on the most entertaining trip to Mason yet, as a group of friends gets more than they bargained for when they decide to start a monthly supper club. 

It began as a plan for congenial evenings—talking, laughing, and sharing recipes, homemade food, and wine.  Then one night, the mood abruptly changes course after one woman reveals something startlingly intimate. The supper club then becomes Confession Club, where the women gather weekly to share not only dinners, but embarrassing misdeeds, deep insecurities, and long-held regrets.  Iris Winters and Maddy Harris are invited to join, and for both women, the timing couldn't be better. The club offers exactly the kind of support they need to help them make some difficult decisions.

With The Confession Club, Berg delivers a charming and inspiring story about the power of female friendship and the lengths a few secrets can go towards bringing one another closer together.  As in The Story of Arthur Truluv and Night of Miracles, readers will find community and kindness on full display in Mason, Missouri.

"Berg is a natural storyteller, and creates a genuine group of women, old friends and new, for readers to cozy up to.  Even minor characters come to life with sincerity and charm. The Confession Club shows that family doesn't have to be defined in the traditional sense, home isn't where we expect it to be, and the love of friends is all we really need."  (Booklist)

Join us Tuesday, December 3rd, at 7:00 PM, at The BookMark—220 First Street in Neptune Beach, and meet author Elizabeth Berg!

BESTSELLING AUTHOR JEFF LINDSAY - 12/5
Bestselling author Jeff Lindsay  will appear at The BookMark on Thursday, December 5th at 7:00 PM.  He is the author of the wildly popular eight-book Dexter series.  The first book in the series, Darkly Dreaming Dexter became the basis for the hit Showtime  and CBS television series Dexter.  The show was critically acclaimed, award winning (Emmy, Peabody, and Golden Globe Awards), and aired for eight seasons.  He will be presenting his new thriller, Just Watch Me, which is the first in a new series.

In Just Watch Me, Jeff Lindsay delivers a new, mesmerizing bad guy readers can root for:  Riley Wolfe. A master thief, Wolfe is an expert at disguise and targets the wealthiest 0.1 percent.  First target: he will try to steal the Crown Jewels of Iran. Leant to the U.S. for diplomatic relations, the jewels are worth billions of dollars.  The collection is guarded by space-age electronics and two teams of heavily armed mercenaries. No one could even think of getting past the airtight security and hope to get away alive, let alone with even a single diamond from the Imperial Collection.  Riley's draw to the jewels isn't the potential payoff but rather that it can't be done. His answer to any challenge is "just watch me," and his heists are a stroke of genius. Just Watch Me is thrilling and promises to be a whole lot of fun.

"Another blockbuster from a can't-miss master.  Enjoy the ride." (David Baldacci, author of One Good Deed)

"With master thief Riley Wolfe, Jeff Lindsay gives us an anti-hero for our times, as morally-ambiguous and hard to resist as his serial killer Dexter." (Sarah Dunn, author of The Arrangement)

Join us Thursday, December 5th at 7:00 PM, at The BookMark—220 First Street in Neptune Beach and meet author Jeff Lindsay!

The BookMark is located at 220 First Street in Neptune Beach.

Public Parking
Public Parking is available on the streets within the Beaches Town Center: Parking is free in public parking spaces from midnight-11 am, with a 3 hour maximum time limit on all spaces during this time period (no parking is allowed in Atlantic Beach between 3am-5am).

Paid parking will be enforced from 11am-midnight 7 days a week. First 1/2 hour is free; $1 per 1/2 hour thereafter; $6 maximum charge until 5pm, rates repeat from 5pm–midnight (all Atlantic Beach spaces have a 3 hour maximum time limit).

Download the Flowbird parking app by clicking HERE.

Visit northbeachesparking.com for more information.

Pay to Park
A Pay to Park lot is available at the corner of Second and Lemon Street for $2.00 per hour for the first 3 hours and $5.00 per hour thereafter (Credit/Debit Card Only).  Pay to Park Hours are as follows:
Parking is free until 11am daily
Thursday: 4pm-2am
Friday: 4pm- 2am
Saturday: 11am-2am
Sunday: 11am-2am

Community Valet
Valet Parking is available every night starting at 4:30pm and Saturday/Sunday Starting at 11am between First and Second Street between Lemon Street and Atlantic Blvd. Valet parking is $15 for area visitors and is complimentary for customers of the following businesses (ticket validation is required):
Flying Iguana
North Beach Fish Camp
Ragtime
Mezza
Mshack
Island Girl
Doro
Hawkers
Jaffis

Beachside Buggies
Beachside Buggies provides FREE rides and recommendations to the residents and visitors of the beaches community. They operate environmentally friendly, zero emission, long-range, 8-10 seater electric carts and 14 passenger vans.

Website: www.beachsidebuggies.com

Hours Of Operation:
Monday-Wednesday 3pm-Midnight
Thursday-Friday 3pm-2am
Saturday 11am-2am
Sunday 11am-Midnight

The North Beaches Artwalk is held every third Thursday each month from 5pm-9pm. With over 55 participating artists, this event is a diverse art destination & shopping experience that features visual thrills and energetic live performers. Bring the whole family for free and enjoy what the locals have to offer!
Click here for more information.

Do some good with your daily brew. Starting this month, the 4th Tuesday of every month will be known as Jay Fund Tuesday at Southern Grounds! With every purchase made, 10% of proceeds made will go directly to the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation to help local families tackling childhood cancer! Help Southern Grounds BE THERE for the Jay Fund so they can continue to BE THERE for families in need!

For more information on the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, click here.

Maybe you’ve seen them at events around town or heard their founder, Anne Marie Moquin, on WJCT First Coast Connect-- wherever you look, it’s not hard to find traces of Beaches Go Green.
 
Founded by Moquin with a mission to save our environment in mind, BGG strives to provide information and awareness on Earth-friendly practices to not only the Beaches community, but all of Jacksonville. From preaching the perils of single-use plastics to hosting their ‘Movies That Matter’ series in the Courtyard at 200 First Street, they’re changing minds on what it means to ‘go green’.
Being centrally located between the Neptune and Atlantic beaches, a partnership between Beaches Town Center and Beaches Go Green only seemed natural. From educating merchants on greener practices, like refusing to offer plastic straws or making the move to recycled, all-natural shopping bags, we’ve paired with BGG to make our little area as eco-friendly as possible!
 
So what are some of the things BTCxBGG have accomplished so far? Keep scrolling to take find out!

North Beach Kick Off to Golf 2018
Striving to make this event as eco-friendly as possible, BGG supplied the crowds with hydration from their ‘Water Monster’- a giant vat that saves 1,000 plastic water bottles and worked tirelessly to make sure all recyclables made their way to the appropriate receptacles. In an effort to cut down on single-use plastic cups, we collaborated with them on SIC cups that were available for purchase and able to be used in the Craft Beer Village.
 
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The DONNA Marathon 2019
One of the official partners of the DONNA marathon, BGG was out in the streets working hard on recycle patrol and sent a huge amount of recyclables off to be reused!
 
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Coastal Carnivale 2019
THE party of the year was a huge success-- and green, too! BGG ensured that the event was plastic-free with reusable utensils and serving wares and all-natural bamboo stirrers for beverages. In addition to recycling and composting, BGG also donated 6 large tins of leftover food to Mission House, Inc.
 
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Lucky’s Bags for Change 2019
After a community vote and huge push from BGG, Beaches Town Center was excited to become one of Lucky’s Bags for Change for the current quarter! Anytime you use your reusable bag when shopping at Lucky’s, you’ll receive a wooden dime that can then be put towards raising funds for recycle receptacles to be placed around Beaches Town Center!
 
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To find out more about what Beaches Go Green does, who they are and how you can get better informed on good recycling practices, be sure to check out our new ‘GOING GREEN’ tab on our menu bar or check out BGG’s website here:

Clear your mind and get your body ready for the New Year with a little bit of Tai Chi! Learn the principles and benefits of this slow meditation in motion with Sheri Nicholson on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30a.m. to 7:30 a.m. in the Courtyard at 200 First St.

Sponsored by Southern Grounds, Boutique Unique, First Street Gallery and Red Daisy. For more info, call (904) 234-0038 or click here.

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