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Retailers, Restaurants Offer Veterans Day Freebies

Retailers, Restaurants Offer Veterans Day Freebies


Vets on a tight budget can put away their wallets over the next few days.

Some of the nation's largest retailers are offering a satchel full of freebies to veterans and active military members in honor of Veterans Day. Most of the freebies require proof of military service. Many are restricted to specific hours on Friday, but some of the giveaways begin earlier and have fewer restrictions.

Ripley’s Welcomes Law Enforcement Personnel at No Charge


Ripley’s Attractions of St Augustine, Florida will be hosting Law Enforcement Appreciation Days from November 1 through November 23. 

All Law Enforcement personnel currently employed in the state of Florida are invited to attend the following attractions at no charge during those dates: Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum, Ripley’s Red Sightseeing Trains and Ripley’s Bayfront Mini-Golf.  They may also purchase tickets to the Ripley’s Ghost Train Adventure for themselves and their guests at 50% off while also receiving discounts to over 100 shops and restaurants in the city with their Red Train sticker.   

Boorito is Back: Chipotle Hosts Halloween Fundraiser & Launches Short Film to Benefit Farm Aid

Boorito is Back: Chipotle Hosts Halloween Fundraiser & Launches Short Film to Benefit Farm Aid


Chipotle Mexican Grill  will raise up to $1 million to benefit family farmers through its annual “Boorito” Halloween fundraiser. Customers visiting any Chipotle restaurant in the US, Canada and the UK on Monday, October 31st from 6 p.m. to close dressed in a costume inspired by the family farm will be treated to a burrito, order of tacos, salad, or burrito bowl for only $2, and Chipotle will donate proceeds (up to $1 million) to Farm Aid and the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.

High school students invited to create bear-awareness video for FWC contest


High school students interested in conserving the Florida black bear and raising public awareness about bears are invited to create a 1-minute video.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is extending the deadline in its 2011 Florida black bear public service announcement (PSA) contest. Launched in May, the FWC-sponsored contest now has a deadline of Nov. 18.

Fabulous Fashions, Food and Fun for a Cause


The President of the Ponte Vedra Woman’s Club (PVWC) Sheryl Quinn announces that the Club is presenting a High Tea and Fashion Show, Thursday, October 6, 2011 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Marsh Landing Country Club. Members of the Club will be modeling ready-to-wear fashions from local boutique A’Propos, and Patchington, and evening wear from Saks 5th Avenue. The tea will include tea sandwiches, desserts, tea, coffee, and wine.

“This fashion show and tea will be an exciting event where ladies can view beautiful, new fall fashions, and enjoy some great food, and have fun while helping to raise money for our educational scholarships, and our other local charities. Everyone is invited to join in on the fun!” said Ms. Quinn.

The ticket price is $30 and the event is a fundraiser with proceeds going to help support the organization’s mission; "to enhance the quality of life through charity, education and community service”.

Come Get Muddy and Help Boselli Foundation

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Don't mind get a little dirty?  Or maybe really muddy?

You can support the Boselli Foundation to help at-risk children and run in the 2011 Jax Mud Fest.   The 5K has obstacles every mile.  In fact, organizers boast it has more obstacles than any other Mud Run out there. 

Organizers call it a "muddy playground."

The last day to register is Saturday, October 1st at $40.  Then the price goes to $50.

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