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Cold temps won’t put the big freeze on your Super Bowl weekend

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While the clouds and cold may have you pinned to the couch during the week, this weekend will actually be warm enough – if not exactly sunny – to get out and move around pre-Super Bowl.

From smart taxicabs to Mardi Gras, there’s something free and outdoors to do.

The house smells stale. You know this.

Dress for the weather.

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  • 28th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire Opening Day – Fri., Jan. 31 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Alachua County Fairgrounds, Gainesville, Fla. Admission: Adults $15, $7 Kids 5-17, Kids under 5 FREE. Step back in time and cheer on jousting knights, and wander through the medieval marketplace where hundreds of artisans sell their medieval wares. Enjoy olde world games and rides and food fit for a king. Eight stages of entertainment including magicians, minstrels & more. For information call 352-334-ARTS or visit gvlculturalaffairs.org.
  • Jack Webb Jacksonville City Council Charity Drive – Wed., Jan. 29, 7 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn, 145 Park Ave., Orange Park, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Jack Webb of Jacksonville who has helped the city council clear the way for the newest and hottest tech trend Uber, the smart taxi service, is giving back and helping Jacksonville residents once again. For more information, please call (904) 458-1577.
  • Pals N' Paws Agility Trials – Thurs., Jan. 31, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Sun., Feb. 2. See website for hours. Jacksonville Equestrian Center, 13611 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Dogs and handlers demonstrate the ability to work as a smoothly functioning team. For more information, please visit, palsandpawsagility.com.
  • Teen Wheel Throwing Class – Sat., Feb. 1, 9-11 a.m., repeats on Saturdays. Art League of Jacksonville, 4327 Kerle St., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: $60 for 4 Sessions or $80 for 6 Sessions, $40 materials fee, ALJ Member discounts available. Learn how to wedge clay and throw basic forms including bowls, vases, coffee mugs and small plates. Learn basic glazing techniques and decorative treatments. Rolling enrollment and flexible schedules –= Start when you want, come when you can. Materials fee includes clay, basic house glazes, tools & firing fees. For more information, please call 904-677-ARTS (2787) or visit artleaguejax.org.
  • Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation "Citizen Day" – Sat., Feb. 1, 10 a.m. Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve, 12713 Ft. Caroline Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. A day of fun educational nature driven events as well as data collecting, and hands-on activities with real scientists. Kayaking and tours of nature trails, so bring your water, snacks and sunscreen for an action packed day. For more information, please call Felicia Boyd at 904-251-3537 or email fboyd@fmb-environmental.com.
  • USS Hue City Memorial – Fri., Jan. 31, 2 p.m. Elks Lodge, 1855 West Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1046. A memorial for all those affiliated with the Battle of Hue. For more information or for reservations, please call 904-270-7969 or visit vva1046.com.
  • Yachty Gras Boat Parade – Fri., Jan. 31, 7 p.m. Jacksonville Landing, 2 independent Dr., Jacksonville, Fla. Admission: FREE & open to the public. Celebrate Mardi Gras on the St. Johns with the Jcksonille Sale and Power Squadron features a lighted boat parade showcasing vessels decorated with lights and beads in true Mardi Gras fashion. Parade followed by fireworks. For more information, please call 904-353-1188 or visit jacksonvillelanding.com.

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