The nonprofit Lowry Park Zoo has more than 1,500 animals living on nearly 60 acres of land. One way the Zoo maintains its animal habitats and conservation programs is to hold the annual ZooBoo fundraiser each fall, welcoming families for a slew of Halloween-themed attractions. The event’s spooky theme is evident upon arrival, as the Zoo’s walkways are filled with costumed youngsters. Haunted houses await to elicit giggles, gasps, or shrieks, and parents can easily determine which haunts are appropriate for their brood by consulting the Zoo's skull rating, which designates the scary level of each event, ranging from "all ages" to "scary to the extreme". Admission also includes free unlimited spins on rides such as the Batty Bumper Boats or Scary-Go-Round Carousel. After visiting with some of the Zoo's creepiest residents at the Flying Fox Bat House and Creepy Crawlers Lane, kids and adults can take in the dazzling light displays at the Little Beasties Bungalow or take a break and fill up on seasonal snacks at one of several concessions areas.
State Representative Helen Gordon Davis founded The Centre in 1977 to help women attain self-sufficiency through a variety of services, including professional and family counseling, job placement, and substance-abuse treatment. She based The Centre in the renovated Ward-Taliaferro House, a turn-of-the-century home with neoclassical architecture and a warm environment.
Since its founding, The Centre has gradually added additional programs to assist other demographics, such as providing home repairs for senior citizens and offering arts and literacy enrichment to girls. Today, its programs empower, educate, and inspire more than 3,000 women and families every year.
Produced by the Davis Islands Chamber of Commerce, the second annual Bluz & BBQ event sates senses with live music and barbecue from local vendors, contributing to the fundraising effort for the revitalization of the historic Roy Jenkins Pool, a Davis Islands landmark. Like any good roast-beef market, the currency at Bluz & BBQ comes in the form of Little Piggie Bucks, which are valid for a number of menu items including Yuengling drafts ($3), Cigar City Brewery drafts ($4), and barbecue plates ($6–$12). Event attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and a picnic blanket that doubles as a giant handkerchief to the event, ensuring comfort and cleanliness during six live blues performances from musicians such as Damon Fowler, a roots-rock virtuoso and Florida native.
The Lotus Room fosters a creative family atmosphere with inventive children's classes taught by energetic instructors and a spacious, naturally lit studio for private parties. Toddlers (ages 3–6) can frolic, pose, and sing pitch-perfect odes to bendiness in Kids Yoga Strong, which whimsically integrates storytelling, song, and games to increase flexibility and awareness. Instructors in the After School classes geared for older kids (ages 8–12) boost self-confidence by supportively encouraging young yogis to express their creativity through music, dance, and acrobatics, increasing body awareness more effectively than a life-sized holographic likeness. The Lotus Room caps all classes at 20 students to ensure individualized instruction and an accepting environment for meaningful conversations about existentialism.
Helmed by Captain Charles Davis, Flatmasters Fishing Adventures offers guided, all-inclusive fishing trips to anglers of all levels. For any of the company's half- or full-day excursions, clients climb into a kayak already loaded with necessary equipment, including rods, reels, and live or artificial bait. Out on the water, instructors divulge tips for reeling in catches and working around irked fish who sit and tap their "No Soliciting" signs. The company's educational opportunities stretch beyond fishing, too, with basic kayaking lessons.