Shore fun ahead as preparations under way for spring boat show

Joe DeSalvo
 |  Special for the Times-Union

It’s been more than a year since Jacksonville has had a boat show, but the wait will soon be over for boating and outdoor enthusiasts as the Jacksonville Marine Association is busy preparing for its first Jacksonville Spring Boat Show. 

The inaugural event, hosted by the JMA and presented by VyStar Credit Union, will take place from Friday, April 16 through Sunday, April

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10 fun things to do at Butler County parks and beyond this winter

Where: Harbin Park, 1300 Hunter Road, Fairfield

When: Saturday, 6:30-7:30- p.m. and 7:45-8:45 p.m.

Cost: Free

More Info: 513-867-5835 or

Story Walk at California Woods

This self-guided tour blends fact and fiction. Read “Over and Under the Snow,” an adventure story about a father and daughter cross-country skiing in the woods, as you yourself walk the Ridge Loop Trail, a .6 mile, lightly traveled loop full of wildlife.


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Winter Wonderland brings cold-weather fun to Menomonie | Front Page

MENOMONIE — After months of seeing people cooped up inside to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Jake Farrah decided it was time to give residents a new option for outdoor activity.

It also was an opportunity to add a dash of fun to what otherwise promised to be a long winter amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s why Farrah, owner of Integrity Auto Care in Menomonie, worked all fall with

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7 ways to find your winter fun in Manistee

MANISTEE COUNTY, MI – Winter may have already arrived on our doorsteps, but unless you put a little planning into your next adventures, this season of deep powder and snow-covered forest trails might just zip by without you grabbing your chance to get outside and play.

Whether you’re a sled head ready to tackle new trails with your snowmobiling friends or a cross-country skier in search of some stride-and-glide bliss,

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913 acres in northern Minnesota bring out the fun in just about everything

BEMIDJI, Minn. — About five miles north of Bemidji, Movil Maze Recreation Area is a little known spot catering year-round to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, from hiking and mountain biking to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Featuring nearly nine miles of multi-use trails, the area showcases variations in scenery and topography as visitors make their way through its 913 acres.

Despite garnering its name from a network of cross-country

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10 Fun and Free Hobbies for the Restless Winter Months

Woman walking at the frozen lake.
Woman walking at the frozen lake.

It’s inevitable: After the glitz and festivities of the winter holidays, the rest of the winter can seem anticlimactic. But it doesn’t have to be.

Related: 35 Easy Ways To Save Money This Winter

As tempting as it might be to take up an expensive winter hobby — such as skiing or ice skating — to get through the slow winter months, you don’t

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These virtual stores make shopping fun again

By S. A. Applin7 minute Read

The virtual store is back—and it’s the best retail experience we could have gotten during a COVID-19 lockdown.

Rather than resembling a printed catalog transformed into online form, as most e-commerce sites do, virtual stores use either 3D renderings of an environment or Google Street-View-like sequences of stitched-together photographic images of a physical location. They replicate neighborhood shopping, letting you walk through aisles

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Bugatti Baby II first drive review: The most fun I’ve ever had on four wheels

Bugatti Baby II

I’m probably the first person to drive a Bugatti while wearing a Spice Girls mask.


While I’ve done a couple of autocross events and been a passenger on track in everything from a Mercedes-AMG GT R to a NASCAR Toyota Supra and Ken Block’s Hoonitruck, I’ve never actually driven on a race track before. At least I hadn’t until a few weeks ago, when I headed to Willow Springs

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5 Cheap Ways To Make Winter at Home More Fun

Home movie tonight.
Home movie tonight.

As COVID-19 cases climb and the U.S death toll hits over 300,000, restrictions are ramping up in numerous cities and states. As temperatures drop and parts of the nation brace for snow and other harsh weather events, a lot of the outdoor recreation we enjoyed in summer and fall become off-limits. Cabin fever, though not a medical diagnosis, is a real phenomenon. Being isolated

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Election overload? Fun ways to escape politics at home | Tech Talk & Innovation

(BPT) – The election season is a lot to handle no matter where you land on the political spectrum. It can be draining on many levels, which is why now is the perfect time to escape the political drama and make up your own political fun at home.

Idea 1: Embrace the household monarchy

Forget democratic decisions at home! Do your kids and roommates really deserve an equal vote anyway?

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Get fit in your house: Oregon PE teacher’s 10 fun tricks to shape up

People have gained weight during the pandemic. The Yale School of Medicine points to increased stress, comfort eating, upended routines and, during the first months of stay-at-home orders, gyms and parks were closed, forcing some to find a different form of exercise. Or they just stopped walking, jogging and working out.

Doctors are hearing from patients who have gained five, 10 and even 30 pounds, according to Yale Medicine. They

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5 fun things to do in Monterey right now

In pre-pandemic times, you could visit Monterey for the epic aquarium alone. A stroll on Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row was kitschy and fun — something to do at least once. And this touristy destination saw a resurgence and reboot last year that brought exciting new openings, offerings and expansions. Like everything else in our world, that all came to a shuddering halt with the California shutdown. But  Monterey County’s

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A Fourth of July to remember (but not because you did anything cool and fun)

People don masks while walking along Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs over the weekend. Health officials ordered bars shut down again, effective Tuesday, as cases of coronavirus spiked.
People don masks while walking along Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs over the weekend. Health officials ordered bars shut down again, effective Tuesday, as cases of coronavirus spiked.

Tune your TV sets to PBS for the annual Fourth of July extravaganza, because big IRL firework displays and parties are, for now, a thing of memories. And see how coronavirus cases are tracking in your ZIP code via USA TODAY’s

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