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Gainesville Memorial Day Events and Activities

With Memorial Day weekend approaching, we have put together a list of Gainesville Memorial Day events and activities! Florida Folk Festival Friday, May 24 -Sunday, May 2610 a.m.Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park This three-day event celebrates the music, dance, stories, crafts and food that make Florida the place we love! There will be

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Giggle’s 2024 Summer Camp Guide

Giggle's 2024 Summer Camp Guide is your resource for a wide variety of camps to keep kids of all ages busy and entertained. You can download a PDF version of the education guide by clicking here. Related articles Family Beach Day with Pets Hey Moms! It's Time to Put Yourself First The 6 Best Places to

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The Annual Newberry Watermelon Festival is This Weekend!

The Newberry Watermelon Festival is an old tradition in Newberry, 79 years old to be exact! This year, the festival will held on  Saturday, May 18, as the small town comes together for the 79th time! At the Newberry Watermelon Festival, you can expect live entertainment, vendors, food trucks, kids' activities and lots of watermelons!

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Updated School Calendar

ACPS Posts Updated School Calendar

Today  Alachua County Public Schools released the calendar for the 2024-2025 school year. That means time to updated those family calendars with all the important school dates and vacations times. This updated calendar reflects the current start date for all Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) which will be August 12. The last day of school

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Help Your Child Cope With Nighttime Fears

Monsters, darkness and ghosts are among the top 10 fears of children, according to “Fears Stress and Trauma: Helping Children Cope” by Edward Robinson. In his book, Robinson reports that these nighttime fears are a normal part of a child’s development. They typically start at a young age and may last until middle school. If

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Middle School Success: Getting Your Middle Schooler Prepared

You have done the tours and you have met the teachers. Now, with only a few days to go until your kiddo’s first day of middle school, how do we parents make sure the transition from elementary school is a smooth one? Listen with intent Do not dismiss your child’s feelings. Going from the top

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Is Your Child Being Exposed to Too Much Blue Light?

It’s a phone illuminating a dark bedroom. A tablet settled on a lap, casting a blue glow. Electronic devices surround our everyday lives. And for a child, it’s their greatest form of entertainment. But, are their eyes paying the price? In a world in which we schedule virtual work meetings and stream movies at a

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