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Fruit Trees for NE Florida

Landscape Matters
Wednesday January 25, 2017, at 10:00AM
Yulee Extension office at 86026 Pages Dairy Road

UF/IFAS Nassau Master Gardener Elaine Roblez will teach a class on growing and maintaining fruit trees in your landscape. The class will take place at the Yulee Extension office at 86026 Pages Dairy Road where the UF/IFAS Nassau Fruit Demonstration Garden is located. Growing there are a wide variety of fruit trees and shrubs, including: apple, pear, olive, nectarine trees, blueberry shrubs and grape vines. The class is open to the public.
For more information, call the Extension office at 530-6350.

Master Gardeners are on phone duty on Fridays, at 530-6350, press ‘1’ for the Yulee office.

Flowering Fernandina

Flowering Fernandina is a grassroots volunteer project to plant and water beautiful flowers on Centre Street.

Donations Needed
Please make donations to:
Flowering Fernandina c/o HFBA
P.O. Box 473
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035

For more information, please email: floweringfernandina1@gmail.com
Working together to make historic Fernandina Beach more beautiful

Writing and Selling the Op Ed Piece at Writers By the Sea

Writers by the Sea’s monthly presentation on January 19, 2017, will be Writing and Selling the Op Ed Piece.

Keep it relevant: Writing and selling the Op Ed Piece
At our Writers by the Sea January meeting, not one but two dynamic speakers will help fill-in the blanks for writers who desire to submit Op Ed pieces. Between the two of them, David N. Scott and Bill Pennington have over 70 years of professional writing experience. Continue reading

Two New Support Groups Offered FREE To Local Residents

Are you or someone you know in need of support to be successful in your recovery? Have you or someone you know recently lost a loved one and in need of comfort and support? Not sure where to turn or how to get help?

Beginning January 23, Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition (NACDAC) will be offering two new support groups for community members.

“Relapse Prevention” is a FREE support group being offered to individuals in recovery from any type of addiction. The group’s goal is to harbor a safe, confidential environment where one can gain support and skills to be successful in recovery and provide networking opportunities for continued future support.

“Living With Loss” is a FREE support group offered to anyone who has lost a loved one and needs a safe place for comfort and support. The group is designed to assist participants with healing methods, self-awareness exercises and give a sense of connectedness to others.

For more information, please contact Kerrie Albert, NACDAC Director of Prevention Services at (904) 277-3699 or email kerriealbert@nacdac.com.

Friends of the Library Offers FREE Presentation on Community Hospice

Friends of the Library is offering a FREE presentation led by Maureen Paschke, a specialist in social gerontology, who will inform participants about Community Hospice and its services for patient care and family needs.

Ms. Paschke is an expert in the non-medical aspects of aging and has led bereavement support groups for those who find themselves alone. Participants will also learn about palliative care and what that means for patients and their loved ones.

This FREE program is brought to the community by the Education Committee of the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library. It will be held in the Fernandina Beach Library’s Meeting Room at 24 North 4th Street, on Tuesday, January 17 at 10:30 a.m. Registration is not required.

For further information regarding this event, on joining Friends of the Library or to donate, please visit the Friends of the Library website at www.fernandinaFOL.org.

Beginner Genealogy Course in Fernandina Begins Soon

The Amelia Island Genealogical Society will hold its annual Beginner Genealogy Course five consecutive Saturdays starting January 7, 2017 at 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Classes will be held in the Fernandina Beach Public Library Community Room, 25 N. 4th St. $40 individual/$65 couple (includes 1-year AIGS memberships) or $15 existing member.

Class size limited – contact Marie Santry to register: 321-3460 or mcsantry@comcast.net.

Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner & Awards Gala

AMELIA ISLAND – Twenty-seven member organizations have been nominated for 2016 Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Businesses of the Year awards, while 15 individuals were nominated for 2016 Customer Service Professional of the Year, Business Leader of the Year, and Young Business Leader of the Year awards.

The awards will be presented during the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner & Awards Gala on Friday, January 6, 2016, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. In addition, the 2016 Chairman’s and Board of Director’s awards will be presented as will the Harry Halley Bowtie Award, which is bestowed annually on a longtime Chamber of Commerce supporter.

New this year is the Healthy Business Award, established to recognize a company which provides healthy workplace programs within their company and Leadership Nassau Outstanding Alumni Award presented by the Leadership Nassau Alumni Association.

Nominations are made by Chamber members and the community. Winners are selected by the Board of Directors, including a select nominating committee.

According to Donald Stamets, 2016 Chairman of the Board, “We are delighted with the number of nominees this year, many of which were submitted by customers. These award nominations are evidence of the commitment each one has to our community, business environment and the Chamber of Commerce.”

The 2016 nominees are:

Large Business of the Year (25 employees or more)
Day Spring Senior Living
Osprey Village
Publix Super Market #1406 (Yulee)
The Salty Pelican Bar & Grill
Quality Health of Fernandina Beach

Medium Business of the Year (11-25 employees)
Amelia River Cruises & Charters
Coastal Pizza
Magna’s – A Full Body Salon
Speakeasy Vaporium
The Palace Saloon

Small Business of the Year (10 or fewer employees)
Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen
P5 Productions
Precision Chiropractic
Publix Super Market Pharmacy #1406 (Yulee)
Select Tronix, Inc.
Shapiro Insurance Group

Nonprofit of the Year
Amelia Island Montessori School
Barnabas Center, Inc.
Family Support Services of North Florida
Micah’s Place
Nassau Alcohol Crime and Drug Abatement Coalition

Green Business of the Year
A1A Solar Contracting, Inc.
Color It Green
Fort Clinch State Park
Kayak Amelia
Select Tronix, Inc.
White Oak Conservation Holding, LLC

Customer Service Professional of the Year
Destiny Bramstedt, Select Tronix, Inc.
Shelby Burnsed, Precision Chiropractic
James Hiser, Speakeasy Vaporium
Ray Harrington, First Coast Payments
Lisa Leugers, John T. Ferreira Insurance

Young Business Leader of the Year
Kalia Eckers, The Palace Saloon
Dallas Hempstead, Northwestern Mutual
Dr. Kevin Lin, Precision Chiropractic
Carl Lindsey Jr., Select Tronix, Inc.
Dr. Jonathan Williams, Amelia Express Care

Business Leader of the Year
Kerrie Albert, Nassau Alcohol Crime and Drug Abatement
Lynda Dahl, Imetry, Inc.
Jason Hambrecht, Construction Solutions Inc. and Speakeasy Vaporium
Ron Heymann, Davis Capital Management
Gianna Suarez, Go Yoga Amelia Island

Mission Statement
The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based association of Nassau County businesses, professional leaders and individuals working together to provide leadership which will aggressively promote and defend responsible economic growth, employment opportunities, government and excellence in education and quality of life.

Responsible Beverage Server Training For Bartenders, Servers and Cashiers

Are you or your employees in the hospitality business? Do you operate a liquor or package store? Then this is important training for you and/or your employees and it’s FREE!

This two-hour course helps to develop practical ways retail establishments can prevent sales to minors and intoxicated persons.

The training is sponsored by the Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition (NACDAC) and the Fernandina Beach Police Department. Classes will be held at the Fernandina Beach Police Department Community Room, 1525 Lime Street, Fernandina Beach.

Two different training times are available for owners, managers, and employees of bars and restaurants on January 24; choose from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For owners, managers, and employees of package stores and/or gas stations, training is being offered on January 25; choose from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information, please call (904) 994-2502.

To register, contact Suzanne Bass, Fernandina Beach Police Department at (904) 277-7342 ext. 224 or email sbass@fbfl.org to ensure availability for the scheduled training dates.

Rotary Sunrise Continues an Active December

Rotary Sunrise Continues an Active December
Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently attended a festive program put on by Healthy Start for the families that are benefited by Healthy Start’s various voluntary educational and support programs.

They serve pregnant women and families with children under age three. There is also a teen program that offers classes for youth ages 12-18 to learn about reproductive health and related matters.

Pictured above are Rotarians Barbi Coyne, Pete and Carol Stevenson, Art and Theresa Shuster and Mark Cutshaw.

Rotarians Jim Weaver and Dan Westra
Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently assisted Barnabas financially and by providing 21 Rotarians to help at the Barnabas Empty Bowls fund raiser.

Barnabas helps citizens of Nassau County who are in need by providing crisis assistance, a food pantry and health services.

Pictured to the left, left to right, are Rotarians Jim Weaver and Dan Westra.

Nathan Walter, Director of Soccer/Player Development for Jacksonville’s professional soccer team, Armada, recently gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise. Nathan is a former professional soccer player from England.

Nathan Walter

Nathan Walter

Professional soccer in Jacksonville dates back to 1980 with the Jacksonville Tea Men franchise. After several years without a local team, the Armada was started here in 2015 as an expansion team.

Armada is active in promoting youth soccer with camps, clinics and school programs. They also support local soccer academies and clubs. There are over 11,000 members of soccer clubs in NE Florida.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets at 7:30 in the morning on Fridays at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

Crescendo Amelia Big Band Holiday Show

Get ready for a two night Crescendo Amelia Big Band Holiday Show at the Amelia Community Theatre with a 21-piece band performing holiday tunes with six singers and a number of additional acts.

Performances will be held on Tuesday, December 20th and Wednesday, December 21st at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring over twenty-one musicians with a variety of professional singers, entertainers and other acts, this family friendly holiday show is sure to get everyone in the spirit. Ask anyone that attended the last two years, and they will tell you this show is a “must-see” event.

This full theatre production will include all your favorite holiday songs, local celebrity singers, dancing, acting and a few surprises we can’t even announce just yet. And if you’re nice, maybe St. Nick will pay us a visit too!

Two dates to choose from, one incredible show!

Singer line-up: Marah Lovequist, Reed Meyer, Tyra Dant, Kim Reteguiz, Jeff Groden-Thomas & Robbie Eccles.

Bonus: Free holiday photo booth, concessions and drinks will be available for purchase.

CLICK HERE to get tickets.

Escape to the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Escape from the everyday routine to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Now through February 28th, 2017, guests receive a $100 Daily Resort Credit on the AMELIA BREAKAWAY PACKAGE. Relax with a signature spa service in The Ritz-Carlton Spa. Experience fine dining in our signature restaurants – COAST and SALT. Unwind with wine, cheese and a private chimenea under a star-filled sky.

The choice is yours when you book your return to Amelia Island this winter.

EXPERIENCE THE NEW LOBBY BAR AT THE RITZ-CARLTON

Join us on December 24th for the opening of Amelia Island’s next great culinary hotspot – The Lobby Bar at The Ritz-Carlton.

A curated list of small-batch spirits and custom infusions inspired by bourbon legends highlight the sophisticated Lobby Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The bar’s signature Smoked Old Fashioned and selection of handcrafted drinks underscore a relaxed, yet refined cocktail culture. Light bites – including freshly-prepared sushi and sashimi – and live entertainment make The Lobby Bar the premiere gathering spot.

Opening December 24, 2016
-Custom, house-infused bourbon blends served daily during “First Call”
-Reservations suggested for reserved seating – “Legends Table”
-Freshly-prepared sushi, sashimi and light bites
-Fireside, terrace seating offers ocean views

2016 Yulee Holiday Festival

The Yulee Holiday Festival will kick off this year with the Yulee Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 10th.

This year’s parade theme is “Toy Trains and Candy Canes”; the Parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. Families come from all around to see the parade march through the little town of Yulee, Florida. The street is the stage and members of the Fernandina Pirates Club will make a BIG impression at this fun, annual event.

There will be vendor booths, puppet shows, arts, crafts, food, local entertainment, bounce houses, and more – the festival is open until 4:00 p.m.

Find us on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at the Yulee Sports Complex, 86142 Goodbread Road, Yulee, FL 32097.

2016 Dickens on Centre

Travel back in time December 8-11, 2016 during the second annual Dickens on Center festival in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida, on beautiful Amelia Island.

Free to the public, this Victorian inspired holiday festival is as fun as the dickens for entire family. Enjoy costumed characters, themed entertainment and performances, visits from Saint Nick, and a variety of vendors selling seasonal gifts and wares.

Inspired by Charles Dickens’ novella “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens on Centre transform downtown Fernandina into a classic English village, sure to enliven your Christmas spirit. Think chestnuts roasting, carolers strolling, and readings of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. This Christmas, come make memories.

Friday, December 9th – 5-9pm
5pm – Candlelight Victorian Evensong, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church – Service includes prayers and music from the Victorian era, as well as Advent and Christmas music.
5pm – Amelia Island String Ensemble, Stage
5pm – 9pm – Fezziwig’s Courtyard – Enjoy festive, Victorian beverages with the local craft distillery, Marlin & Barrel!
5pm – 6pm – Story Telling, Kids Zone
5:30pm – Royal Amelia Dance Academy, Stage
6pm – Opening Ceremony with arrival of Saint Nick, Stage – Celebrate a Victorian Christmas during the 2nd annual Dickens on Centre! Welcome St. Nick to Amelia Island and enjoy the evening reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.
6:30pm – Charlie Walker Band, Stage
7pm – 9pm – Photos with St. Nick, Pocket Park – Boston Photography captures your holiday photo!
7pm – 8pm – Story Telling, Kids Zone
7:30pm – Dueling Pianos with Michael Murphy and Mike Vogelsong, Stage
8pm – Ebenezer: A Christmas Carol Musical, Amelia Community Theatre – A lighthearted musical interpretation of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol with music from all genres including gospel, country, rock and jazz. ameliacommunitytheatre.org

Also enjoy the sounds of Voices of St. Augustine Carolers, and Joey & Jeanie throughout the event.

Saturday, December 10th- 9am-8pm
9am – Yancy Clegg, Stage
10am – 3pm – Historic Walking Tours, Welcome Center – Celebrating Amelia Island’s storied past, join the Amelia Island Museum of History for complimetary tours of historic downtown Fernandina.
10am – Breakfast with St. Nick, Women’s Club – All aboard St. Nick’s Breakfast Express! Enjoy breakfast with St. Nick and see his magical Christmas village and train displays.
10:30am – Crescendo Amelia, Stage
11am – Parade of Paws, Welcome Center – Join the Nassau Humane Society for their annual Parade of Paws. 10am registration
11am – 1pm – Photos with St. Nick, Pocket Park – Boston Photography captures your holiday photo!
12pm – Ebenezer Performance by Amelia Community Theatre, Stage
12:30pm – 8pm – Fezziwig’s Courtyard, Enjoy festive, Victorian beverages with the local craft distillery, Marlin & Barrel!
1pm – Fernandina Beach High School Chorus, Stage
2pm – Fernandina Beach High School Band, Stage
2pm – 4pm – Story Telling, Kids Zone
3pm – 6pm – Photos with St. Nick, Pocket Park – Boston Photography captures your holiday photo!
3pm – Holiday bells by Pam Bell, Stage
4pm – Songspinners, Island Chamber Singers, Stage
4:30pm – James Kalal + Family, Stage
5pm – 8pm – Children’s Train Rides, Kids Zone
6pm – St. Nick Welcome & Reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, Stage
6:30pm – One Man Performance of A Christmas Carol by Jason Woods, Stage – Over 25 characters brought to life by one actor, and a story that faithfully endures and inspires.
8pm – Ebenezer: A Christmas Carol Musical, Amelia Community Theatre – A lighthearted musical interpretation of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol with music from all genres including gospel, country, rock and jazz. ameliacommunitytheatre.org

Sunday, December 11th – 11am-7pm
10am – 3pm – Historic Walking Tours, Welcome Center – Celebrating Amelia Island’s storied past, join the Amelia Island Museum of History for complimetary tours of historic downtown Fernandina.
11am – Yancy Clegg, Stage
11am – 1pm – Photos with St. Nick, Pocket Park – Boston Photography captures your holiday photo!
12pm – 4pm – Children’s Train Rides, Kids Zone
12pm – Dan Voll, Stage
12:30pm – 5pm – Fezziwig’s Courtyard, Enjoy festive, Victorian beverages with the local craft distillery, Marlin & Barrel!
1pm – 3pm – Story Telling, Kids Zone
1:30am – Crescendo Amelia, Stage
2pm – Ebenezer: A Christmas Carol Musical, Amelia Community Theatre – A lighthearted musical interpretation of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol with music from all genres including gospel, country, rock and jazz. ameliacommunitytheatre.org
3pm-6pm – Photos with St. Nick, Pocket Park – Boston Photography captures your holiday photo!
3pm – Nassau Community Band, Stage
4:30pm – Gabriel Arnold, Stage
5:30pm – King Guys Band, Stage
6pm – St. Nick Welcome & Reading of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, Stage

VENDORS:
Shop for holiday gifts at our vendors and artists along Centre Street and on Artist Alley on North 2nd Street – brought to your by the Island Art Association.

KIDS ZONE:
Hoop & Stick
Ornament Toss and Holiday Corn Hole
Letter Writing to St. Nick
Lifesized Chess, Checkers and Jenga
Ring Toss and Tic-Tac-Toe
Train Rides (Sat & Sun)