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Katie Caples Silent Auction

There will be a Silent Auction benefiting the Katie Caples Foundation on Tuesday, December 6, from 6pm to 9pm at Sliders Seaside Grill.

The event is free! Everyone is welcome.

Cash bar and menu. Reservations for those dining are recommended. Call Slider’s at (904)277-6652. Slider’s is located at 1998 S. Fletcher Avenue, Fernandina Beach 32034.

Just in time for Holiday Shopping you’ll be able to bid on Vacation Getaways, Jewelry, Art, Wine, Dining Experiences, Cooking Classes, Spas and Massage Packages, Cycling Gear, Apparel, Golf, Computer and Automotive Services and much, much more!

For more info visit www.katiecaples.org

Ebenezer at Amelia Community Theatre

Directed by Kristin Sakamoto, Ebenezer is a lighthearted musical interpretation of A Christmas Carol. The musical features music from all genres, including gospel, country, rock and jazz songs and traditional Christmas carols.

An original production, Ebenezer will make it’s NE Florida Premiere on our ACT stage.

The eleven Main Stage Performances are:
December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 at 8:00pm
December 4 & 11 at 2:00pm

Adult tickets: $25

Student tickets through high school: $15

Group discount not available for musicals.

Holiday Mailbox Decorating

Landscape Matters is holding a class on “Holiday Mailbox Decorating, Wednesday, November 30, at 10 a.m. at the Yulee Extension Office located at 86026 Pages Dairy Road.

UF/IFAS Nassau Master Gardener Carol Ann Atwood and avid holiday decorator Sylvie Baxter will conduct a Landscape Matters class on how to make your mailbox “holiday ready” using cuttings from your own yard like magnolia, spruce, pine, palmetto, pittosporum, palms, holly with berries, etc. and ornamental decor. They will decorate two mailboxes and participants will have an opportunity to win one for their own mailbox! The session takes place at the Yulee Extension office on Pages Dairy Road, beginning at 10 am.

For more information, see the Extension website at http://nassau.ifas.ufl.edu/horticulture/landmatters/landmatters.html, or contact the Extension office at 530-6350. Master Gardeners are ​on phone duty Fridays, from 10 am until 2 pm at 530-6350, press “1” for the Yulee Extension office

Submit Your Photos for the Library’s Rotating Art Show

You are invited to submit photographs for the Friends of the Library’s quarterly Rotating Art Shows. Art for both will be displayed January 2 through April 30, 2017 with the theme being “My Favorite Photo”.

Friends of the Library will be selecting art to be exhibited in the Library’s Community Room as well as the Children’s Room. Digital applications are due to mgorham@smacad.org by December 19. Artists will be notified by email of acceptance in the show. Artists will be required to bring their accepted artwork to the library on January 2, between 10 am and 12 pm. The library reserves the right to site all exhibitions.

To obtain more information and the Art Exhibit Application, please visit www.fernandinafol.org/events to download the application for artwork submission.

The Art Exhibition Application form and a digital sample (jpeg) of the artwork to be displayed should be emailed to mgorham@smacad.org by end of day December 19, 2016 to be considered for the exhibit.

A message to Small Business Owners from ScaleUp North Florida

Please note the ScaleUp North Florida 2017 application is open. Click HERE for the online link.

ScaleUp North Florida is an entrepreneurial growth program that is hosted by UNF and is fully funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. They help entrepreneurs increase sales, hire additional people, get government contracts, increase profitability and get access to the money they need to grow their businesses.

They’ve been doing this for two years and have graduated over 75 people from the program so far.

They accept up to 50 small businesses a year. The owners go through 24 hours of education and a business health assessment that gives them an action plan for their growth. Then, they connect each entrepreneur with a consultant from the Small Business Development Center at UNF who they work with closely to help them achieve their goals. The SBDC, also hosted by UNF, is also fully funded by the SBA and has been in business for over 30 years. They have a lot of experience!

The program is totally free to the participants but there are a set of qualifications they must meet. They must have been in business for a minimum of 2 years, have annual revenues of between $150,000 and $500,000 and be interested in growing. The next class will be selected in December of this year and start in January 2017.

For more information contact:
Yvonne Katzman
Administrative Assistant
ScaleUp North Florida
1225 West Beaver Street, Suite 116
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Phone (904) 265-0750, ext. 4011

VVA Chapter 1088 Annual Christmas Party

VVA Chapter 1088 Annual Christmas Party
“Open Party for Members, Family, Friends and Community”
(Celebrate the Greatest Season with all the Folks on Santa’s “Good List”!)

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
6:30-10 PM
North Hampton Golf Club
22680 N. Hampton Club Way, Fernandina Beach (In N. Hampton Subdivision)

Great Food-Sit Down Buffet Dinner, Appetizers, Deserts
Live Music (Dancing) by the “The Macy’s”
Cash Bar – Door Prizes – Special Guest**
(**Santa spends his summers at the beach in Fernandina…….he’ll be there for photos & fun!)
$30.00 per person

Call 904-330-4679 for Information/Tickets-Email:info@vva1088.org, or buy online at VVA 1088.ORG… they will mail or hand deliver your tickets to you.

Dream Girls Continues at Amelia Musical Playhouse

Amelia Musical Playhouse is showing the production “Dream Girls”.

Dream Girls tells the story of the up and coming 1960’s girls group and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. This hit Broadway musical won six Tony Awards including Best Book of a Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Actress in a Musical.

Remaining show dates are: November 18th and 19th at 7:30 pm, and November 20th at 3:00 pm. Tickets are just $20 general admission and $15 for students.

For more information call (904) 277-3455 or check online: http://www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com/events/dreamgirls/

Dayspring Village Secret Santa Program

I’d like to share a letter we received from a wonderful organization on the west side of our county that is looking for a little help from Santa this year:

“Dear Secret Santa,

Thank you for participating in the Dayspring Village Secret Santa Program. As a past program participant we would like to say thanks for your help in bringing the gift of Christmas to the mentally ill residents who call our community home.

I would like to invite you to participate again this year as we work to fill the needs this Christmas. Your participation or that of your family/church would help bring the joy of Christmas to many who otherwise would not experience the gift of the Giver of Life.

The needs of our residents are often simple and inexpensive. They include radios, sodas, undergarments, caps, jackets and socks. We have a list of the Christmas wishes for the residents and are now ready for “adoption” by a Secret Santa.

We will need help with music, Bible study, baked goods and arts and crafts this holiday season. Your help in rounding up homemade baked goods or asking people who have musical talent to come and perform for the residents would be helpful and bring joy to the season. All these efforts have an impact and help create a sense of well being which promotes recovery.

Dayspring Village, Inc. is a licensed limited mental health assisted living facility that specializes in serving the needs of adults with schizophrenia and schizo-affective disorders. Our mission is simple, it’s all about REDIRECTION. This is achieved through the collective impact of a targeted array of community-based services aimed at reducing symptoms and improving quality of life.

Truly the gift of Christmas is the gift of the giver. We are blessed to have had a chance to have you participate in our program in the past and we hope you will consider becoming a “Secret Santa” again this year. Please call ASHLEY TURNER OR KYLA GRAYSON at 904-845-7501 (ashleyt@dayspringvillage.org or kyla@dayspringvillage.org) or doug@dayspringvillage.org

Again, thank you for your help, love and support of these people who suffer the burden of mental illness. Your gift truly reflects the meaning of Christmas in that it tells each of us there is greater joy in giving than receiving. If I can ever be of help to you or your family, please feel free to call on me at 904-583-0134 or doug@dayspringvillage.org.

Douglas D. Adkins
Executive Director
Dayspring Village

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