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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

Crawl For a Cure 2016 was a Huge Success

Crawl For a Cure 2016 was a Huge SuccessThe American Cancer Society is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization, and will hold its annual Relay For Life Fernandina Beach/Yulee event “Carnival For a Cure” in Fernandina next spring.

This past Saturday evening “Crawl For a Cure” was held in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach and raised just over $3,000.00. Amelia Island was transformed into Las Vegas while participants dressed for the occasion and crawled the streets visiting local establishments raising money to help win the war on cancer.

“Seven teams participated this year and we were thrilled to raise over $3,000.00 with about 100 ‘Crawlers’ and selling around 500 prize tickets.” Said Erica Watts who organized the event.

Relay For Life is an event that brings together teams from local businesses,
schools, churches and families for fun, food, music, entertainment and a night under the stars, while team members take turns walking or running on a track. Relay For Life begins with a Cancer Survivors Lap and a reception to celebrate life. The monies raised from this event will go toward the American Cancer Society’s research, education, advocacy and patient service programs.

Sponsors who helped with this great event included The Palace Saloon, Sheffield’s at the Palace, Amelia River Golf Club, Lili Thorns Hair Artistry, Monica Hayes Makeup, Stay Strong Fitness, the Red Otter, Quality Health, Carol Odell, Amelia Island Hospitality Group, Elements Salon, the Salty Pelican, Amelia Tavern, the Green Turtle, the Crab Trap, and Alley Cats.

For information about your local Relay For Life, call Dana at (904) 391-3627, or to learn more about cancer, call toll-free anytime 1-800-227-2345 or visit the American Cancer Society Web site at www.cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

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.

Sincerely,
Douglas D. Adkins
Executive Director
Dayspring Village
www.dayspringvillage.org”

2nd Annual Hit the Pin for Literacy Golf Scramble

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Photo: CBC National Bank is the Platinum Sponsor of this year’s “Hit the Pin for Literacy” Amelia Island Book Festival’s Golf Scramble. All the CBC National Bank employees at the local branch are “chipping” in. Recently, they held their monthly “jeans” day and raised $700 for Authors in Schools.

CBC is Major Sponsor of “Hit the Pin for Literacy” Amelia Island Book Festival’s 2nd Annual Charity Golf Scramble to Buy Books for Authors in Schools Literacy Program

Fernandina Beach, FL – “Literacy is vital at all levels of society and is the bedrock upon which communities like ours is built,” said Charles Wagner, President of CBC National Bank. “Celebrating and cultivating literacy by reaching every student in the Nassau County Public School System through this sponsorship is both a duty and an honor for our bank. The Authors in Schools Literacy Program is so effective and meaningful because it not only provides a free book to every student in Nassau County, it makes a personal connection to literacy for them through the interactions with the noted authors who meet the kids while delivering their books.”

This is Amelia Island Book Festival’s (AIBF) 2nd Annual Hit the Pin for Literacy Charity Golf Scramble supporting the Authors in Schools Literacy Program.

The setting is the beautiful, award winning, Omni Oak Marsh Golf Course, Friday, November 11, 2016, Veteran’s Day. Check-in starts at 11 am. After a special salute to our veterans, tee-off for the Shotgun Scramble format will be at noon.

“We are grateful to CBC national Bank for their support. The Bank’s corporate citizenship and community involvement is phenomenal. They not only donate, but they pitch in in every way they can. We urge all golfers of every handicap and those who haven’t played in a while to join in honoring our veterans while supporting our students. Aside from playing golf on a fabulous course enhanced by food and great prizes, there is tremendous satisfaction in knowing you are supporting literacy in our Nassau County Public Schools. That’s truly the top prize,” says, Fran Shea, AIBF Treasurer.

Board director Mary Jane Johnson says, “Everything from playing in the event to sponsoring a hole or becoming a major sponsor benefits our County’s students. The event is among several each year the AIBF puts on including a Murder Mystery Dinner, a kick-off luncheon featuring David Baldacci, ‘Lessons from a bestseller’ Writers Workshop with Steve Berry, and our Author Face-off Gala with live auction featuring a panel of NYT bestselling authors: R.L. Stine, Steve Berry, Mary Kay Andrews, Joseph Finder and Lara Adrian and more) all to raise the funds to bring an author and buy a book for every student in our Nassau County Public School System. Golfers are playing for a good cause, and having a great time in the process.”

“Our literacy program has been touching each of the 11,000 plus students in the county’s public schools for more than a decade,” says Marie Fenn, AIBF president. Just recently, our media specialists selected some fabulous children and young adult authors from an extensive list of applicants who responded to the Festival’s call. These select and noted authors are coming to present, entertain, and excite the kids about learning through books on Festival Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at their schools.

“In addition to the wonderful cast of authors, the Festival has the privilege of having R. L. Stine, a world renowned icon in children and youth books. He will present to all the fourth grades in the county. This is super exciting for both the educators and the students,” she adds.

“Come spend a relaxing day out in the fresh air-in friendly competition, while affording a local student a unique life-long learning experience,” added Fran Shea.

The tournament format is a scramble with lots of interesting twists. There will be a putting contest, a ‘kick, throw and mulligan’ package, gifts, prizes, raffles and much more. Registration includes greens fees, carts, range balls, cart baggie, buffet & awards. Prizes will be awarded to the Top Three Teams. Buy tickets on line or by mail. Registration for a foursome is $500, which buys books for one classroom; an individual player’s cost is $150, which contributes to the purchase of books for approximately ten students. A portion of the registration fee is tax-deductible.

To buy tickets for the Hit the Pin for Literacy Golf Scramble, our other community events, and to learn more about all the benefits AIBF affords Nassau County 15 public schools, visit www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org

The 16th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival promises excitement and delight for book fans and readers of every age!

The Amelia Island Book Festival is a not for profit 501(c)3 Corporation seeking to open up the world for people of all ages by promoting and celebrating literacy through books. With a mission to promote life-long learning through fostering an appreciation for books, we provide quality events featuring authors in engaging venues.

Farmers Market, Arts Market and Car Show in Fernandina This Saturday

October 15, 2016, brings the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market back to Amelia Island, and because we had to cancel both the farmers market and the arts market last Saturday due to Hurricane Matthew, this Saturday there will be a special “make up” edition of the Fernandina Beach Arts Market.

Never a dull place, Saturday morning will be alive with activity with the farmers market, the arts market, and the Amelia Cruizers 20th Annual 8-Flags Car Show.

This week we are showing off a couple of new vendors. One new booth you will see is local restaurant, The Patio Place. Stop and visit Amy and her crew while they serve up crepes this week as well as on October 29th. Another new vendor, Bluegrass to Sawgrass Gourmet Foods, specializes in beautifully packaged pecans that are glazed in a variety of amazing, handcrafted flavors. We encourage you to show them both a friendly Fernandina welcome!

In addition to these new vendors, this week there will be over 60 tents full of amazing vegetables, fruits, meats, seafood, dips, prepared dishes, olives, pickles, plants, trees, shrubs, rice, breads, pastries, jewelry, pottery, paintings, woodworking, apparel, home decor, furniture and so much more.

We are open rain or shine, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and your well behaved leashed pets are welcome. Music will be provided by the talented Spanish guitarist Dennis Fermin, and our Booth with a Cause will be The Ben Byrns Foundation. They will be sharing information about their annual 5K Runway Rally coming to the Fernandina Beach Airport on October 22, 2016, and you can learn more about their mission to educate and guide young adults to make good choices in their lives.

For the latest information be sure to find either market on facebook or the world wide web.

Storytellers Vie For Champion in Fernandina Library Fundraiser

Storytellers Vie For Champion in Fernandina Library FundraiserYou’ll giggle, laugh and maybe even cry when six area storytellers compete for the coveted title of Island Tales Story Champion on September 30 at Burns Hall, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in downtown Fernandina Beach.

This year’s theme ‘I Was So Embarrassed!” promises to be a rousing, hilarious storytelling event. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and libations first, then sit back and be regaled by some of the area’s finest storytellers.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with island-themed delights sponsored by Lulu’s Restaurant and a cash bar. The storytellers take the stage at 7:00 pm to entertain you and earn your cash votes.

The stakes are high as audience members will vote with cash for their favorite storyteller. Tickets for votes will be on sale during the event with proceeds helping fund the Friends of the Library Capital Campaign for the newly renovated Fernandina Beach Library.

Competing for champion bragging rights are: Doris Davis, a beach lover, actress and director of Christian education at First Presbyterian Church; Geoffrey King, a Scottish lad who found his calling on the theatrical stage; Frank O’Donnell, a champion for clean air laws who has appeared as a “talking head” on every major television network; Marsha Dean Phelts, a former librarian for the Duval County Public School system and Florida Genealogy Collection of the Jacksonville Public Library system; Thea Seagraves, a former mime and current Education Director at the Amelia Island Museum of History; and Doug McDowell serving as Master of Ceremonies, an accomplished amateur actor, struggling playwright, and all-around supporter of the arts.

“We’re delighted to have such great participation and impressive talent for our third year’s event,” says Dee Torre, FOL President and Capital Campaign chair. “Stories and libraries are such a natural fit.”

Advance tickets for the reception and storytelling slam are $50 for general admission and $65 for reserved seating. Tickets are available for sale at the Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N 4th Street, or online at www.FernandinaFOL.org.