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City notes: Jaxsons Night Market returns Thursday

Compiled by David Chapman

Jaxsons Night Market, Downtown’s newest monthly tradition, returns Thursday. The market is at Laura and Adams streets, next to the Laura Trio, from 5:30-9 p.m.

Jaxsons Night Market brings together local farmers, artisan and craft makers, street food vendors and fashion retailers. It is held the third Thursday of each month.

The market is the latest project from Mike Field who also started Jax Truckies, responsible for fueling the rapid growth of food trucks in North Florida, and the Jax Cash Mob, which focused on supporting locally owned small businesses.

A $20M year for United Way of Northeast Florida

With the help of a Jacksonville Transportation Authority trolley, the annual United Way of Northeast Florida unveiled the amount raised through its annual community campaign. It was the last campaign for United Way CEO and President Connie Hodges, who is retiring. Michelle Braun takes over those duties July 1. Hodges will remain a consultant through the end of the year. Frank Martire, chairman and CEO of FIS, was announced as the 2014-16 chair of United Way’s board of trustees. Pat Geraghty, chairman and CEO of Florida Blue, is the 2016-18 board of trustees chair-elect and the 2014 campaign chair. Anna Brosche will continue her two-year term as chair of the United Way board of directors.

CoWork Jax offering new plans

CoWork Jax has expanded its membership options to include night-only and weekend-only plans. For $125 per month, a member can access the shared CoWork Jax space after 5:30 p.m. on weekdays or all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

“We heard from more and more people that they needed a place to work on side projects or hold meetups and workshops,” said Paige Calvert, managing director of CoWork Jax.

For more information, visit coworkjax.com.

Young entrepreneurs finish iStart Jax’s E-Mindset Program

The first class of young entrepreneurs graduated from iStart Jax’s Entrepreneurial Mindset program.

iStart Jax put 23 young adults through the inaugural class and has a long-term objective of producing 1,000 entrepreneurial minds, together with Kauffman Laboratories for Enterprise Creation and local corporate sponsors, including Florida Blue and The Jaguars Foundation.

The first class ended with a graduation ceremony at Andrew Jackson High School in May, at which participating students Trevor Wright and Shodai Williams received Kindles as prizes for their projects.

Wright’s idea revolved around solutions to headphone issues and Williams focused on improving student engagement within high school English classes in urban communities and Title 1 program schools.

The next set of E-Mindset classes will be this fall and prospective participants, volunteers and donors can find more information at istartjax.com.

New citizen ceremony on Friday

Thirty refugees will become American citizens during an 11 a.m. ceremony Friday at the Main Library.

The annual event highlights the plight of more than 40 million refugees and displaced people across the globe and celebrates their achievements and contributions.

The Jacksonville Public Library’s Center for Adult Learning works with local refugee resettlement groups to provide English as a Second Language classes. The library has been involved with World Refugee Day for the past six years.

UNF hosting congressional update

The University of North Florida will host a Northeast Florida Congressional Update with U.S. Reps. Ander Crenshaw, Ron DeSantis and Ted Yoho from 10-11:30 a.m. June 28 in UNF’s Adam Herbert University Center.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include a panel discussion about top federal issues of the day. The public will have the opportunity to submit questions for the congressmen.

 

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