Upcoming Events

July is shaping up to be a busy month at The Bookmark! Check out what they've got coming up here:
 
TUESDAY, 7/23 - AUTHOR BIANCA MARAIS
From the author of the beloved Hum If You Don't Know the Words comes a rich, unforgettable story of three unique women in post-apartheid South Africa who are brought together in their darkest time and discover the ways that love can transcend the strictest of boundaries.
 
If You Want To Make God Laugh follows the life of pregnant seventeen-year-old Zodwa, who lives in a squatter camp outside of Johannesburg in desperate poverty, under the threat of civil war and a growing AIDS epidemic; across the country, wealthy socialite Ruth appears to have everything her heart desires, but it's what she can't have that leads to her breakdown; and in Zaire, disgraced former nun, Delilah, grapples with a past that refuses to stay buried.  When these personal crises send Ruth and Delilah back to their rural hometown to heal, the discovery of an abandoned newborn baby upends everything, challenging their lifelong beliefs about race, motherhood, and the power of the past.  As the mystery surrounding the baby grows, the complicated lives of Zodwa, Ruth, and Delilah become inextricably linked.
 
"A moving portrait of the choices women can make—and the ones we can't.  Beautifully crafted and powerfully drawn, this book had me in tears." (Jill Santopolo, bestselling author of The Light We Lost and More Than Words)
 
Join us Tuesday, July 23rd at 7:00 PM at The BookMark, 220 First Street in Neptune Beach, and meet author Bianca Marais!
 
SATURDAY, 7/27 - AUTHOR SHANNON GREENLAND
Stranger Things meets The Goonies in this suspenseful yet heartwarming adventure story about a group of friends who set out to find a crashed meteor…but find mystery and danger instead as their close relationships begin to fracture.
 
Annie, Beans, Rocky, and Flynn are the Scouts—best friends who do everything together.  It's 1985, and the summer before seventh grade is just beginning.  The Scouts decide to secretly climb Old Man Basinger's silo to watch a meteor shower, and when one meteor seems to crash nearby, the Scouts know they have to set out on their next adventure and find it.  But their fun overnight jaunt through the woods soon takes a turn for the worse when they discover a series of disturbing clues about the meteor—and suddenly find themselves on the run from the wild, violent Mason clan.  Bonds are tested when new kids join their adventure and the group's true feelings are revealed.  Will the Scouts survive this journey together—or will their unbreakable friendships prove vulnerable after all?
 
Join us Saturday, July 27th at 4:00 PM at The BookMark, 220 First Street in Neptune Beach, and meet author Shannon Greenland!
 
 
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:

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.

Free Public Parking
Public Parking is available along the street on Atlantic Blvd, First, and Second Street.

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

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.

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.

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