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Book Signing at Golf Club of Amelia on April 27, 2015

Book Signing at Golf Club of Amelia on April 27, 2015Hosted by Books Plus, there will be a book event about Author Steve Berry’s, The Patriot Threat, on April 27, 2015, at 6:00 PM.

“The 16th Amendment to the Constitution is why Americans pay income taxes. But what if there were problems associated with that amendment? Secrets that call into question decades of tax collecting? In fact, there is a surprising truth to this hidden possibility.

“Cotton Malone, once a member of an elite intelligence division within the Justice Department known as the Magellan Billet, is now retired and owns an old bookshop in Denmark. But when his former-boss, Stephanie Nelle, asks him to track a rogue North Korean who may have acquired some top secret Treasury Department files, the kind that could bring the United States to its knees. Malone is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four hour chase that begins on the canals in Venice and ends in the remote highlands of Croatia.

With appearances by Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, a curious painting that still hangs in the National Gallery of Art, and some eye-opening revelations from the $1 bill, this riveting, non-stop adventure is trademark Steve Berry: 90% historical fact, and 10% exciting speculation. This provocative thriller poses a dangerous question, “What if the Federal income tax is illegal?”

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Imagine No Malaria

Imagine No MalariaThe United Methodist Church is calling its entire denomination to partner with our sisters and brothers in Africa to eradicate Malaria. Malaria is a 100% preventable disease transmitted through mosquito bites that steals a life every 60 seconds. Most victims are pregnant women and children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The United Methodist Church in Florida committed to raising $2.5 million of the $75 million goal of the “Imagine No Malaria” initiative. Imagine No Malaria hopes to achieve victory over this deadly disease through prevention, education, communication and treatment.

Imagine No Malaria achieves prevention mainly by distributing bed nets and teaching families how to use them. For the cost of just $10, a bed net protects multiple members of a family for up to three years. In addition, the program teaches simple means of avoiding malaria, such as eliminating standing water where mosquitoes breed.

Through the education initiative, Imagine No Malaria trains a grassroots network of community health workers. These community members are best-equipped to earn trust in reaching the local people and to ensure the information continues to be shared well into the future.

For communication, Imagine No Malaria distributes radios to village chiefs. These radios receive broadcasts regarding prevention, outbreaks, and treatment of the disease.

Finally, Imagine No Malaria partners with hospitals and clinics to improve diagnosis, case management and access to medication for malaria victims.

In honor of World Malaria Day, Memorial United Methodist Church will host a booth at the Fernandina Beach Market Place (North 7th Street) on April 25, from 9:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. Visit the booth to learn what you can do to stop this disease. You may make donations at the booth, or deliver them to Memorial United Methodist Church at 601 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Please make checks payable to “MUMC” and designate “INM” on the memo line.

For additional information, contact Sarah Flint at (904)261-5769 or see imaginenomalaria.org.

During the time it took you to read this, another life was needlessly lost. Will you do something about that?

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5 Top EDM Festivals You Must Attend

5 Top EDM Festivals You Must Attend EDM festivals take place in some of the best cities in the world. If you haven’t planned to visit some of these EDM cities this year, it’s time to contact your travel advisor to make your bookings. Your travel agent may also recommend you visit eventravelers.com, and their guide on EDM festivals.

Below are five of the best EDM festivals that you should plan to attend:

1. COACHELLA, California, USA, April
Paul Tollete founded Coachella festival in 1999 and it has grown to be one of the most popular and most profitable festivals in the USA. In 2014, 579,000 fans attended the 6-day festival.

The festival gets its name from its host destination, the Coachella Valley, which is a desert in California. Though EDM is played at the festival, you will also get to experience other genres such as rock, hip hop and indie music.

2. EXIT Festival, Serbia, July
During the 2014 EU festival awards, the exit festival officially received the title of the best major festival in Europe. It beat 360 festivals from 34 countries, including Tomorrowland, which has been famous for the longest time as the holy grail of electronic music.

The venue for Exit, the Petrovaradin Fortress, is one to behold. It is located on the Danube River, and overlooks the city of Novi Sad.

Exit takes place over 5 days, starting on the 2nd Thursday in July and has an estimated attendance of at least 200,000 people.

3. Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), Netherlands, October
amsterdam-dance-festivalADE started in 1996, and takes place every year in mid-October. The festival features 2200 artists performing in 450 venues all over Amsterdam.

Attendance for ADE is 350,000 every year, making it one of the most highly attended EDM festivals in the world. DJs such as Armin van Buuren, David Guetta and Paul Van Dyk have featured performances at ADE.

4. KAZANTIP, Georgia, August
Kazantip EDM festival launched in 1992 and takes place for 2 to 3 weeks in August. This is perhaps the longest EDM festival to be held anywhere in the world. Kazantip is held in an open air 15 acre piece of land, where 300 DJs play on 14 stages.

The festival is themed to mimic a republic (called republic Z), complete with a president (spelled preZident) and military guards. There are many sculptures on the grounds to go with this theme. Attendants are called ‘paradiZers’ and they need a visa (spelled viZa) to enter into the republic.

The venue for the festival has moved from Crimea to Georgia due to the instability in Crimea, so it is quite safe to attend.

At least 100,000 paradiZers attend each year. You should attend this party and be a part of this amazing republic. Make sure you prepare for a good time by reading creativetimes.co.uk’s guide on rock concerts.

5. Stereosonic, Australia, November and December
The first Stereosonic festival took place in 2007. This event is indeed so popular that in 2013, it attracted the attention of SFX entertainment, an EDM giant from the US, to purchase the company that organizes the festival.

Stereosonic takes place in November and December in five Australian cities. The event has received major awards since its inauguration, such as the 2013 award for Best Major Festival, awarded by In the Mix.

In 2012, the attendance for the festival, which took place in Perth, was at over an estimated 30,000. Each year, the lineup of performers keeps growing, and it will keep growing as the demand for the festival continues to increase.

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Fifi’s Mother’s Day $1,300.00 Giveaway

Fifi's Mother's Day $1,300.00 GiveawayFifi’s Fine Resale of Amelia Island has partnered with several local businesses to put together an incredible pampering package worth over $1300 that will be awarded to two lucky ladies just in time for Mother’s Day.

On Friday, May 8, 2015 the Grand Prize winner will receive:

• Mother’s Day brunch for four at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, valued at $250
• Shopping spree pass for ladies apparel and accessories from Fifi’s Fine Resale of Amelia Island valued at $100
• Cut & Color Hair package from Cormier Hair Studio valued at $120
• Makeup Application from Cormier Hair Studio valued at $55
• One complimentary haircut from Cormier Hair Studio valued at $45
• Day of Beauty including one hour Facial, and one hour Massage from Park Avenue Natural Day Spa, valued at $145
• Four weeks Beach Boot Camp package from Fizikly Fit Boutique, valued at $100
• Pearl necklace, earring, and bracelet set from Crawford Jewelry, valued at $75
• Jamberry Nails Mother’s Day Gift Set, valued at $45 (courtesy of Nicki Bergen)
• Amelia River Cruises certificate for two tours, valued at $44
• Fancy Sushi certificate, valued at $20
• The Loop certificate, valued at $20
• New York nails hot oil manicure, valued at $17
• Walking Tour of Fernandina Beach, priceless (courtesy of the Amelia Island Museum)
• Bottle of Merlot, valued at $9.99 (anonymous donor)
• Bottle of Pinot Grigio, valued at $9.99 (anonymous donor)

On Thursday, May 7, 2015 the runner up will receive:
• Shopping spree pass for ladies apparel and accessories from Fifi’s Fine Resale of Amelia Island, valued at $50
• One complimentary haircut from Cormier Hair Studio valued at $45
• One week unlimited yoga class pass to Centred on Yoga and a tee shirt, valued at $90
• One hour massage with Dorie Chauncey, valued at $75
• Great Harvest Bread Company certificate, valued at $25
• Mary Kay Cosmetics gift certificate for product & complimentary pampering session or facial, valued at $25 (courtesy of Lillie Marie Rogers)

To enter the contest, download the free Fifi’s Amelia Island app from iTunes or Google Play, or follow this link:
http://www.fifisameliaisland.4yourmobile.com.

In the bottom right hand corner of the app home page, you will see a page dedicated to the Mom’s Day Giveaway. Simply fill in the fields, attach a picture, and submit your nomination. If you don’t have access to the app, send an email to fifis.makeover@gmail.com. Self-nominations are allowed, or you may submit a friend or relative. In the body of the email enter the nominee’s name, size, approximate age, height, occupation, marital status and number of children if applicable.

Picture attachments are encouraged.

Send us your stories! Why should we select you to win this package? Describe her personality and style, and why you feel she is in need of a fashion update. If you have an interesting fashion story or facts about your nominee that will help her poor fashion sense stand out in a crowd, this is the time to share! First impressions truly intertwine with opportunity in this contest!

Submit your entries via email to fifis.makeover@gmail.com by Friday, May 1.

The winners will be start being announced on Thursday, May 7, with the Grand Prize winner being announced on Friday, May 8, 2015.

Please note that it will be the winner’s responsibility to provide transportation to and from each location.

If you are unable to submit an app entry or email your nomination, all of this information must be received at Fifi’s, 1853 S. 8th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 by May 1. Don’t forget to include all contact information such as phone number and email addresses.

Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel is a nationally recognized resale store that offers quality merchandise at great prices with exceptional service. You can now buy, sell, or trade at Fifi’s. Fifi’s offers cash on the spot, store credit for trade, or the option of consigning your underloved ladies apparel and accessories. Fifi’s Fine Resale is celebrating being a part of this community for over 23 years, and supports several local non-profit organizations including: Gerri’s Corner, Hope House/Salvation Army, Micah’s Place, Cedar Haven Transition House for Homeless Women, and Barnabas’ New to You. In addition, we are members of the Amelia Island Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Resale Professionals (NARTS).

Follow us on twitter at: www.twitter.com/ResaleRocks, and like us on facebook at www.facebook.com/Fifis.Amelia.

For information about resale shopping or guidelines on consignment, please contact Jessica Miller, Owner, at (904) 277-4430 or fifis.amelia@gmail.com.

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FSCJ Announces New Executive Director for Nassau Center

FSCJ Announces New Executive Director for Nassau CenterJacksonville, FL – Florida State College at Jacksonville is pleased to announce Donna Martin as the new executive director of the Betty P. Cook Nassau Center. Ms. Martin began her role in this capacity on Monday, April 6, 2015.

“I am excited to be coming home to where I began my career with FSCJ, the Nassau Center,” said Donna Martin. “I am looking forward to working with the dedicated staff at the Nassau Center to expand and improve the educational opportunities available to our students.”

Donna Martin began her career with FSCJ in 1999 and has since served in various positions at the Nassau Center, North Campus and Downtown Campus. She holds an Ed.S. degree from Appalachian State University, master’s degree from the University of North Florida and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. Ms. Martin’s background also includes dedicated service as the Board Chair for the Nassau County School Board for the past five years.

“Ms. Martin has an extensive passion for education and an abundance of experience in instruction, training, organization and management,” said FSCJ North Campus President and Interim Executive Director for Nassau County Dr. Sandy Robinson. “We are extremely fortunate to have Ms. Martin as a leader. With her talent and expertise, our students, faculty and staff at the Nassau Center are sure to excel.”

With this change, Dr. Sandy Robinson, interim executive director for the Nassau Center, will now transition to her role as North Campus president, following the retirement of longtime president Dr. Barbara Darby.

About FSCJ
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a public, nonprofit higher education institution that offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs to meet the education and training needs of more than 57,000 students per year.

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Amelia Island Named Best Travel Website of the Year by Developer

Amelia Island Named Best Travel Website of the Year by DeveloperAmelia Island, FL – AmeliaIsland.com, the consumer website of the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been named the best travel and events website of 2014 by Kentico, a content management system that runs more than 18,000 websites in 90 countries, including more than 450 dedicated to travel and tourism.

The annual Kentico Site of the Year contest seeks out the best Kentico CMS and EMS implementations and selects the top three from each category to be voted on by the public. The Amelia Island website, designed by SilverTech, was named a finalist in early March 2014, along with Visit Dublin and Australia’s Adventure World, before winning the public vote on March 3.

“We’ve gotten great feedback on the new AmeliaIsland.com website from visitors and from our colleagues in the Florida tourism industry,” said Amelia Island CVB President and CEO Gil Langley, “This recognition from Kentico and the results of the public voting further underscore the commitment of our team to successfully develop and maintain an outstanding website for the traveling public.”

According to CVB Director of Interactive Marketing Kate Harris, “This website allows us to reach travelers where they are in the journey from hearing about us to planning and booking, through enjoying their time here, to sharing their experiences with friends and family. Being singled out in a global competition is not only exciting, it’s a great opportunity to introduce Amelia Island to a worldwide audience.”

With the redesigned website, the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council (AITDC) and SilverTech worked to heighten the destination’s web presence and create a site that is easy for the team to update and manage. SilverTech, Kentico and the AITDC created the website, which emphasizes the beauty of Amelia Island, to generate awareness of the destination and create a helpful tool for visitors to plan and book their stay.

“We chose Kentico for our work on the Amelia Island website because of Kentico’s intuitive and user-friendly interface,” said Jeff McPherson, Chief Digital Officer at SilverTech. “We wanted to push the envelope with our design – so we focused heavily on photography that captured the spirit of Amelia Island. The Amelia Island Tourism Council is now seeing a 450% increase in conversions. I couldn’t be more proud of the team for designing and award-winning, effective website.”

About Amelia Island
Northeast Florida’s coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty. Amelia Island offers long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters. Upscale resorts with world-class spas, championship golf and exclusive dining blend effortlessly with a captivating collection of bed and breakfast inns and historic districts. The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions and eateries. Forget the everyday getaway; come make memories on Amelia Island.

For visitor information and online planning, visit www.ameliaisland.com.

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Ghost of the Blues at the Florida Theatre

Ghost of the Blues at the Florida Theatre “From Beale Street to Broadway, the Revival of the Blues.” That’s what Producer Randy Knight along with Co-Producer Jeff Malone, President of the Amelia Island Blues Festival and the Northeast Florida Blues Society, have cookin’ on their Ghost of the Blues production traveling nationwide with the next event at the Jacksonville Florida Theatre on Friday, May 8th, 2015 at 8:00 pm.

Ghost of the Blues is a musical revue featuring professional touring musicians paying homage to Blues legends that have passed on to Blues Heaven. “It’s all about celebrating the musical legacy of the Blues Pioneers responsible in producing the roots of American music today” said Malone.

ACT I takes place in a graveyard not far from where Robert Johnson made his deal with the devil in order to become the greatest bluesman ever. See Robert Johnson, and then progress through Blues history with John Lee Hooker and Etta James belting out the boogie and the hits that morphed the Blues into Rock n’ Roll.

ACT II changes the stage into a juke joint where Willie Dixon, Little Walter, Albert King, Koko Taylor and others entertain you with a spontaneous explosion of the Blues like you would see “back in the day” when American Blues ruled the world!

The outstanding cast is what makes the show. Staring Biscuit Miller as Willie Dixon, James Armstrong as John Lee Hooker, Stacy Brooks as Etta James, Bobby Wilson as Robert Johnson and more…

See and hear what it was like at an authentic blues revival, brothers and sisters of the Blues, when Ghost of the Blues comes to life on the stage of the Jacksonville Florida Theatre on Friday, May 8th, 2015.

This is the only appearance in Florida this season!

For tickets… visit: www.ticketmaster.com/event/22004D73C196729F, www.floridatheatre.com, or call the box office at (904)355-2787, or visit

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Fortune and Fate by Island Chamber Singers

Fortune and Fate by Island Chamber SingersFortune & Fate, Carl Orff’s is being presented by the Island Chamber Singers for two performances only!

Friday, April 17th at 7:00 PM, and Sunday, April 19th at 3:00 PM, you are invited to Amelia Plantation Chapel for an extraordinary display of musical talent.

The shows feature Sharon Barry and Deidre Singleton on piano with a five member percussion ensemble and flutist. The musical director is Jane Lindberg.

Tickets are only $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. All students, including college students, are admitted for free.

Call (904) 225-0575 for more information.

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President-elect of Property Appraiser’s Association is Mike Hickox

President-elect of Property Appraiser's Association is Mike HickoxNassau County, FL – Property Appraiser Mike Hickox has been selected by his peers to serve as the next President of the Florida Association of Property Appraiser’s.

The Florida Association of Property Appraiser’s (FAPA) is a statewide professional organization composed of locally elected, constitutionally authorized property appraisers. The mission of FAPA is to actively work with the Florida Legislature by providing technical assistance and advice in drafting ad valorem legislation affecting Florida citizens and property appraiser’s offices.

Hickox will take the helm in November and is ready for the challenges ahead. “My goal is to ensure that property tax policies will benefit citizens throughout the state. Our organization will do this by effectively advocating for residential and commercial property owners.”

Hickox currently serves on the organizations legislative committee where he meets
with legislators to voice concerns on policies affecting property valuation and
property tax exemptions.

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Edward Jones Ranks Highest in Investor Satisfaction

Edward Jones Ranks Highest in Investor SatisfactionFernandina Beach, FL – Financial-services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in a tie in investor satisfaction with full-service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power 2015 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study, the firms three Fernandina Beach financial advisors announced today.

The study measures overall investor satisfaction with full-service investment firms based on seven factors: investment advisor, investment performance, account information, account offerings, commissions and fees, website and problem resolution.

“We believe that our strong performance is driven primarily by the relationship our financial advisors have established with clients,” Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle said. “Our financial advisors strive to understand investors’ needs and goals, focus on the long-term relationships, and create a partnership.”

Edward Jones ranked highest in investor satisfaction by J.D. Power in 2012, 2010 and 2009, from 2005 through 2007, and in a tie in 2002, when the study began.

“Across our firm, everything we do is focused on serving our clients,” Weddle said. “Our success is built upon trusted relationships with clients that are the basis for offering them tailored guidance to help reach their long-term financial goals. We strive to deliver it all with exceptional service.”

The 2015 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study is based on responses from more than 5,300 investors who primarily invest with one of the 18 firms included in the study. The study was fielded from Jan. 5 through Feb. 3, 2015. For more information, visit jdpower.com.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015, is headquartered in St. Louis.

FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

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Choosing the Right Doors for Your Home

Choosing the Right Doors for Your HomeWhen you are outfitting your home with all the things it needs, one of the most overlooked elements are the doors. People often underestimate just how important it is to pick out the right doors for their homes. When you are choosing doors, there are many aspects you must consider in order to make sure that they are right for your home. To help you out, here is a smart guide to choosing the perfect doors for your house.

Take Care of Your Doors
If you take good care of your doors, they will last a lifetime. Make sure that you do take care of your doors well. They are one of the few things that is not covered by home warranties. If you treat them well and avoid using them roughly, your doors will look beautiful and stay undamaged for as long as you own your home.

Door Styles
The first thing that you have to think about when you are selecting the doors for your home is what kind of door style fits your needs and wants. Some people like French doors, which are two-piece doors that open down the middle. These can be perfect for areas where you know that you will want to move big items in and out of the adjoining rooms. Dutch doors divide horizontally rather than vertically, which is an old-fashioned look that can add a lot of style to a room.

Some people like gliding and sliding barn doors. They are certainly stylish and functional, but you need to make sure that you always select sliding doors that come from high-quality manufacturers. Anyone who has lived in a home with sliding doors that go off the tracks frequently is well aware how important it is to choose sliding doors of the highest quality to avoid frustrations later on.

Door Materials
Just as there are many different kinds of door styles, there are lots of different door materials that you have to choose from. Many people still like to go with traditional wood doors, but there are so many different types of wood that doors are made from. Many people like doors made from pine, ash and mahogany that are elegant and sturdy. For those looking for an even more stylish wood, going with a high-end option like cherry or oak adds an undeniable feeling of luxury to a door.

Of course, there are lower end woods that you can go with as well. Some people like to use alder wood, which give a causal feeling to a door. There are also doors made from particle board. They will be much less expensive than doors made from solid, more expensive woods, but particle board doors resist warping and are more fire-resistant than traditional wood doors.

Some people choose to use other materials for the doors in their homes. Aluminum doors are inexpensive, but they do not offer as much durability or energy-efficiency as other materials. Steel doors are a sturdy option that offer great protection, but they are also easily dented.

Accessories
You also have to think about the accessories that you choose for you doors. If your doors have windows, you should consider going with windows made from Low-E glass. It offers a high level of energy-efficiency and durability. The knockers, hinges and other hardware are also important.

When you are picking out the hardware, make sure that you choose styles that fit in with your home’s design scheme. Many people these days are choosing to use barn door hardware, which offers an old-fashioned charm that fits in with a wide range of designs. Both your hardware and the doors themselves must be chosen with care to ensure that they fit in well with the look of your home.

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Cassadaga, The South’s Largest Spiritualist Community

Cassadaga, The South's Largest Spiritualist CommunityFernandina Beach, FL – Just two hours southwest of Amelia Island as the crows fly, is Cassadaga, another island of sorts where truth seekers, psychics and mediums have flocked for over 120 years to communicate with spirits of the dead.

Author and photographer, Gary Monroe, will tell you all about this unique community on April 23, 2015, in a program sponsored by Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library with support from the Florida Humanities Council. His program will provide a humanistic and scholarly look at this fascinating but often sensationalized religion and community.

Cassadaga which borders the town of Deland, was established as a spiritualist community in 1894. According to its website, Cassadaga today consists of approximately 57 acres with 55 residences. “Those who reside here have chosen to share in a community of like-minded people where they can live, worship and work in harmony with their beliefs. About 25 of the Camp’s residents are mediums who offer counseling from their homes.”

gary-monroe-image-cassadagaThere is also a meditation garden, healing park, spirit pond and a bookstore with an information center where you can purchase tickets for tours including Nighttime Encounter Spirits (ORBS) Tours where you’re encouraged to bring your camera to take pictures to reveal energy orbs.

Monroe is the author of several books including Cassadaga: The South’s Largest Spiritualist Community, published in 2000 by University Press of Florida. A popular lecturer with the Florida Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau, Monroe documents socially unique aspects of Florida through photography and writing. His work has earned grants from the Fulbright Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. His 2001 book, The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters, is often credited for the rise in popularity for these overlooked artists and their artwork.

The event is Thursday, April 23rd and includes a reception with the author from 5:30 pm to 7 pm, and the program which starts at 7:00pm. Both will be at Café Karibo, 27 N. 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach.

Tickets are available at the Book Loft, located in downtown Fernandina Beach. Tickets for the entire event are $25 each: a limited number of free tickets are available for the program only.

Photos courtesy of Gary Monroe.

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Benefits of Nutrient Rich Seaweed Called Irish Moss

Benefits of Nutrient Rich Seaweed Called Irish MossSince cases of unknown diseases with unknown causes has surfaced, people have been blaming the food they consume, which consists mostly of processed food and other artificially-made delicacies. They are trying to look for a healthy alternative that will keep them away from cancers and other disease. One such discovery is the Irish moss, find out the facts about this food that has been the talk of the town lately.

What is Irish Moss?
Irish moss a type of red seaweed that thrives abundantly on rocks near coastlines. It has a soft, cartilaginous body that turns to jelly when boiled. This is because of its carageenan content which is mainly composed of polysaccharides. They are rich in iodine and sulfur and grow in different hues of red, purple and greenish-yellow. You can find Irish moss along the coasts of Europe, Ireland and Canada.

The origin of Irish Moss
Irish moss means moss of the rock in Gaelic. It was used by the Irish in ancient times to treat certain diseases such as tuberculosis and pneumonia and other respiratory diseases. It was also used as a source of nutrition during The Great Hunger for those living near the coasts.

Nutrients of Irish Moss
Irish moss is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It is also rich in dietary fiber, Vitamin K, Calcium and Copper. Other vitamins and minerals such as riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc and Manganese can also be found in Irish moss.

Health benefits of Irish Moss
1. Irish moss is very rich in antioxidants that helps keep your body fight off harmful free-radicals.
2. It is rich in iodine and great for people suffering from any thyroid problems like cold intolerance, slow heart rate and fatigue.
3. It is abundant in vitamins and minerals to keep the body strong and healthy.
4. It can also be used to treat radiation poisoning.
5. It is also found to be an effective treatment for peptic and duodenal ulcers.
6. Treats psoriasis, eczema and other skin-related problems when applied topically to the affected areas.
7. It can also be used to soothe irritated mucous membranes of the digestive tract.
8. It also has antibacterial and antiviral properties.
9. A great source of dietary fiber for good digestion.
10. Used in lotions and other moisturizers for its ability to treat dry skin.

Your other source for Irish Moss
If you don’t like eating it raw you can always enjoy having it in your daily diet through the “Irish moss drink“. They are known aphrodisiacs and usually used in cocktails in Jamaican bars. If you want to give it a try, there are available in grocery stores at the international aisle.

Irish moss has a lot of potential in modern medicine, and the health benefits you can get from it is no joke. There are plenty of recipes you can try with Irish moss, you just have to let your creative juices work its magic. Irish moss is one of the most nutritious food and you don’t want to miss it.

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Spring 2015 Book Sale to Benefit Fernandina Library

Spring 2015 Book Sale to Benefit Fernandina LibraryThe Fernandina Beach spring book sale that raises money every year for our local library branch will be selling periodicals, e-books, database subscriptions, books, DVDs and much more… and the sale is less than two weeks away.

April 9th, 10th and 11th are the dates of the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library Book Sale’

The sale will be held at the Peck Center Gym, located at 516 S. 10th Street, in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

You will find 20,000 books carefully organized into dozens of categories: CDs, DVDs, audio and children’s books.

New this year: The book sale will now accept major credit cards!

FOL Members Preview Sale: Thurs, April 9, 5pm – 7pm – this is for Friends of the Library members only; though non-members may join at the door.

The sale will be open to the public on April 10th, from 9:30am – 6pm and on Saturday, April 11, 9:30am – 2:00pm.

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2015 Laugh-In Review

2015 Laugh-In Review

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Back by popular demand, Amelia Musical Playhouse, Amelia Island’s newest theatre, has brought back Laugh-In Revue, the sold out show from last fall. This version of the musically comic blast from the past has added some new actors and musical numbers for a three night run April 9, 10, 11 at 7:30pm.

Directed by Linzy Lauren Kennedy, the variety show features an entertaining, nostalgic blend of comedy sketches and songs from the 60’s. This show bridges the generation gap while providing a wistful walk down memory lane featuring go-go dancers, soloists and our ensemble performing hits of that era.

The theatre is located at 1955 Island Walkway in Fernandina Beach.

Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for students.

Tickets are available at the theatre, or on the website www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com, or call the theatre box office at (904) 277-3455.

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