The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach houses free art exhibitions, lectures, and events for the edification of the local public, and membership in its hallowed halls allows a household reduced prices on classes, retail discounts, and invitations to openings and events. Seven-week classes and one-time workshops for kids (member prices $72–$120) and adults (member prices $65–$260) instruct the artistically inclined in electives such as acrylic and oil painting, watercolor, and digital imaging. For those who prefer to work in a fleshier medium, yoga and dance classes whittle muscles into works of art worthy of permanently encasing in glass or spandex.
As one of more than 95 offices across the country, Kids Against Hunger Florida Division works toward the umbrella organization's mission of ending hunger by packaging and shipping nutritious meals to hungry and malnourished children around the world and in the United States. To ensure children receive complete nutrition, the food packages, which require only six cups of boiling water to make a meal, include white rice, fortified soy, and a blend of dehydrated vegetables with 21 vitamins and minerals. The meals also were designed to be acceptable to the wide diversity of tastes and cultures around the world. To date, Kids Against Hunger has provided more than 162 million meals for children and their families in more than 60 countries.
Wanting to fly to the beat of a different drummer, a couple of flight instructors decided in 2009 to start their own training center and teach the skills their unique way. They laid the groundwork for their new business with cutting-edge safety features such as aircrafts boasting airbags and innovative weather and traffic advisories. Additionally, the duo acknowledges that cost often keeps those with sky-bound ambitions grounded, so they work with individuals to find an affordable training plan. Besides their pilot programs, the owners make their Cirrus aircraft and bundles of helium-filled balloons available for rent.
Established in early 2000 as a non-profit animal sanctuary, Northeast Florida’s oldest wildlife rescue began by saving and reintegrating large exotic cats that were originally kept as pets. Today, the sanctuary houses a slew of felines including Siberian tigers, lions, cougars, black leopards and bobcats, as well as coatimundis and arctic foxes. Most come from zoos that have shuttered, federal confiscation programs or private owners who can no longer care for the animals. Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary holds frequent events, tours, feedings and public school educational programs about these rescued animals as well. Tours of the facility are run in the afternoons and last approximately 45 minutes.
In 2009, Melissa Garnier opened a small produce co-op, seeking to save money on her grocery bill while providing her five children with healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables. Today, that co-op has grown into The Neighborhood Garden, a company that regularly supplies 200 Jacksonville families with fresh meats, local honey, dairy goods, and certified organic produce from Albert's Organics in Sarasota. Patrons can pick up pre-ordered edibles from 17 locations, or opt for delivery service.
The stylists at The Corner Salon beautify the entire family with hair- and nailcare services. Along with haircuts, highlights, and coloring, they update hairstyles with sew-in weaves and Keratin smoothing treatments. Acrylic or soak-off nails help make hands look as dazzling as a majestic eagle gliding across the skies with a road flare in its beak, and the staff also offers pedicures that focus on problematic feet and diabetic care.