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National Public Lands Day 2018: Get free admission to national parks Saturday

Want to experience the great outdoors this weekend? You're in luck: Hundreds of parks across the country are offering free admission Saturday, Sept. 22, for National Public Lands Day.

According to the National Park Service, the event, held each year on September's fourth Saturday, "celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation and general health." The event is marking its 25th anniversary this year.

>> See a list of participating parks here

Although participating parks will waive admission fees Saturday, they may still charge for concessions, camping, tours or other services, KGUN reported.

Several parks also will be holding volunteer projects. If you'd like to participate, "you will receive a fee-free day coupon to be used on a future date," the National Park Service said.

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Park-goers are encouraged to share photos on social media with the hashtags #NPLD, #FindYourPark and #NPSVolunteer.

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“Convoy Of Care” Donations For Hurricane Florence Victims

Cox Media Group and our family of Radio and TV stations are collecting bottled water for the victims of Hurricane Florence, and we need your help!

Please join us in donating to the Convoy of Care. This relief effort will send bottles of water to areas hit the hardest by the fatal hurricane that swept through the coast of the Carolinas.

We are partnering with the Salvation Army of Northeast FloridaSt. Johns Town Center, and others to help the flood-ravaged communities still trying to put their lives back together.

The effort to collect and send bottled water to the Carolinas begins Thursday morning and runs through the weekend.

Other key partners in making this effort work who are donating their services are:

What you can do:

  • Drop off cases of packaged bottled water only. 
  • Collections will be accepted Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Johns Town Center, and at the Salvation Army location on Adams St. through Sunday. 
  • Make a monetary donation HERE.

Drop off locations: 

  • Thursday, Sept. 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: St. Johns Town Center roundabout on 4663 River City Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32246. Click here for directions.
  • Friday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The Salvation Army office on 900 W. Adams St. Jacksonville 32204. Enter parking area on Lee St. and hit the call button on the code box to be let in. Click here for directions.

For those who are unable to make it to one of the drop-off locations and would rather make a monetary donation, CLICK HERE for details.

Art Walk 9.8.18

Big Ticket 2018 - The Bands


The Big Ticket is back this December 1st, with a new location: Daily’s Place Amphitheatre!

Over the last 9 years, the Big Ticket has morphed into the biggest Alternative festival in North Florida, and this year is no different! Check out who is scheduled to preform below!

Welcome To Rockville Announces Return in 2019!


Just like that, the rock gods have sent word from high in the metal clouds...

Again, the largest rock festival in the region is going to be taking over Duval for 3 days.

That would all-but guarantee that camping options will be available for the 2nd straight year as well as the standard hotel and commuter packages.

We had a blast at Welcome To Rockville this past year, and we brought our cameras with us. Click the gallery below to see if our lenses spotted you at the show!

Jumbo Shrimp 08.23.18

Hall of Fame Game 2018: What time, what channel, how to watch Bears vs. Ravens in NFL preseason opener

The 2018 NFL preseason officially starts Thursday, August 2 with the Hall of Fame game between the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears. 

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The Hall of Fame game will be broadcast on NBC at 8 p.m. at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

Oddsmakers are projecting a low-score, but tight game, Forbes reported

The Ravens are a 2.5-point favorite to win the first preseason game.

The 2018 Hall of Fame class will officially be inducted Thursday, WJZ reported. The class includes legends Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher and Randy Moss, among others.

Dispatch 7.29.18

The Performance

The Struts Announce Jax Date


X106.5 is very proud to welcome The Struts to Jacksonville on October 17th, 2018 at Mavericks!

Tickets go on sale for $23 to the general public on July 20th at this link.

The Struts are no strangers to Duval, as they’ve made a few visits to our city before. Check the gallery below from 2016’s visit!

In just a few years, The Struts have found themselves massively embraced by some of the greatest icons in rock-and-roll history.

Along with opening for The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Guns N’ Roses, the U.K.-bred four-piece was hand-picked by Mötley Crüe to serve as the supporting act for their last-ever performances.

Even Dave Grohl got in on the action when he praised them as the best band to ever open for Foo Fighters.

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