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National Pasta, Seafood, Vegetarian Awareness and More at Farmers Market

Autumn is a busy season and October traditionally kicks-off the start of the holiday season, but did you know there are a number of October specialties that are recognized and/or celebrated at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market? Continue reading

FSCJ Launches FSCJ Safe Mobile Safety App

Jacksonville, FL – Florida State College at Jacksonville’s (FSCJ) students, faculty, staff and visitors now have access to the new FSCJ Safe mobile app, designed to keep them safe throughout the College’s campuses and centers.

The free app, available to download on Apple and Android devices, offers real-time safety functions and features in one convenient location to help ensure the safety of those on campus at all times. To help users plan ahead and prepare before incidents occur, the comprehensive app provides important information on how to respond to emergencies such as active shooter situations, evacuations, severe weather and more.

Through the FSCJ Safe app, users can report information and receive emergency notices. In addition, the app offers campus maps, helpful resources and options to call 911 or report a tip to Campus Security if a user witnesses suspicious activity.

FSCJ Safe’s features include the Mobile BlueLight function, which allows on-campus users to send their location to and chat with Campus Security dispatch. The feature works similarly to the fixed positioned BlueLight boxes located throughout FSCJ’s campuses.

Using the Friend Walk tool, users can send their location to a friend or Campus Security, who can then watch the user walk to their destination via GPS. FSCJ Safe also provides a list of Campus Security contacts as well as phone numbers for JSO and the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office.

“We continue to strengthen any and all efforts to provide our faculty, staff and students with a safe and secure environment, knowing we cannot predict the unthinkable though believing the more prepared we are, the greater the prevention,” said FSCJ President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau.

All users are encouraged to submit feedback on ways to improve the FSCJ Safe app through the “About/Preferences” tab. Users can easily locate and download the app in Google Play or the App store by searching “FSCJ Safe.”

Learn How to Participate in Dickens on Centre 2016

Santa Claus vacationed on Amelia Island this year and has plans to return for the 2nd Annual Dickens on Centre. Check out his vacation video by clicking HERE.

If you are interested in participating in Dickens on Centre this year, please mark your calendar and come to the Historic Fernandina Business Association’s Dickens on Centre Merchant Meeting on Friday, August 26th at 10:30 a.m, in the City Hall commission chambers.

After the success of the inaugural Dickens on Centre festival, the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Board is diligently making plans for the second annual Victorian holiday festival in downtown Fernandina. Attend on August 26th to learn more about this year’s plans and how you can get involved in this festive community event.

The event is already already promoting the holidays on Amelia Island throughout the southeast with some extra help of a special visitor:

Save the Date for Dickens on Centre 2016
· Kicks off Thursday, December 8th with America’s Youth annual lighted Christmas parade
· Festival held Friday, December 9th – Sunday, December 11 (Just one weekend this year)

Join us at the merchant meeting to learn more about:
· Site plan, street closures and event schedule
· Vendor opportunities
· Décor, lighting and entertainment plans
· Ways for your business to get involved
· Promotional plans for Dickens on Centre and Amelia Island holiday events

As we may not have contact information for everyone that may be interested, please feel free to invite other businesses that may have an interest in this informative meeting about Dickens on Centre.

Learn About Vegetable Gardening

On August 3 at 10 AM, Master Gardener Joseph Smith will conduct a Landscape Matters class on vegetable gardening. The session will be held at the Yulee Extension office on Pages Dairy Road.

The class will review seasonal gardening for vegetables, including seeds and ‘starter’ plants, container gardening of vegetables, as well as what vegetables to grow during different seasons.

The session is free and open to the public.

For more information, access our website at http://nassau.ifas.ufl.edu/horticulture/landmatters/landmatters.html, or call the Extension office at 530-6350.

Small Farm Crop and Vegetable Irrigation Class

The Nassau County Extension office is offering a short course about irrigation selection for small farms vegetable and crop production. The class will be located at the UF/IFAS Extension office in Callahan, Florida (543350 US Highway 1), on Monday, August 1, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Topics being covered will be selection of proper watering systems, irrigation design and layout, irrigation system components, proper watering scheduling for crops, with hands-on demonstrations as well!

There will be a $5.00 pre-registration fee, or $15.00 at the door.

If you would like to attend, please contact Luke Harlow at (904) 530-6356 or by email at harlow1231@ufl.edu

Attached is the flyer with full information. Thank you and have a great week!

2016 Amelia Island Wedding Expo

2016 Amelia Island Wedding ExpoWe just passed the one year anniversary of my two oldest children’s nuptuals. The summer of 2015 was full of wedding planning, decorating ideas, planning musical playlists, preparing menus for my son’s wedding rehearsal, as well as menu planning for my daughter’s reception. All of the planning, for both weddings, went so well you could hear the birds singing Top 40 love songs, and practically watch the squirrels help hang decorative ornaments from tree branches. Indeed, love was in the air.

The weddings were held, one week apart, here on Amelia Island. It was quite fun to exclaim, “I’m the mother of the bride and the groom!” Though the phrase did require a bit of explanation to some.

Marriages take a lot of planning, and if you have one in your future, there is a fabulous Wedding Expo, benefiting the Cedar Haven Transitional Housing for Homeless Women, coming to Amelia Island in August, here are the details:

The Amelia Island Wedding Expo on August 14, 2016, sponsored by Coastal Engagements, is very intimate compared to the expo you would find held in a large Convention Center. This smaller setting permits brides and their parties the opportunity to spend quality time with each vendor in attendance. They will be delighted by the attention to detail showcased by the wedding professionals on Amelia Island. With so much to enjoy, expect to be wowed!

Benefiting the Cedar Haven Transitional House for Homeless Women, a transitional housing and education program to improve the quality of life for homeless women without children in Nassau County, the Amelia Island Wedding Expo will take place on Sunday, August 14, 2016, at the Atlantic Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Avenue, in Fernandina Beach from 1:00-4:00 pm. Admission is free. DONATIONS ARE WELCOMED.

The Expo will feature several vendors for that special day. Brides will find exactly what they need and save countless hours having to search for their perfect wedding vendors. They will see the best-of-the-best including Amelia Island’s top professionals and discover all that is new and different for weddings this season, in just one afternoon.

The Cedar Haven Transitional House seeks to assist women that have been challenged by homelessness in the Nassau County area in an effort to direct them towards permanent housing. They provide a 180-day transitional housing program and offer classes that will assist residents in becoming self-sufficient; improving the quality of their lives as they return back to society.

For more information on the Cedar Haven Transitional House for Homeless Women, please visit www.womenofpowerinc.org/cedarhaven.htm. To register for the free Wedding Expo, please visit www.AmeliaIslandWeddingExpo.com.