Relay For Life Pub Crawl for a Cure in Historic Fernandina Beach

Relay For Life Fernandina Beach/Yulee teams are thrilled to wrap-up their 2017 season by announcing their 3rd Annual Pub Crawl For a Cure in historic, Fernandina Beach, Florida. The Pub Crawl For a Cure invites you to crimp your hair and find those leg warmers as we bring back the 1980s and crawl our way through seven of Amelia Island’s iconic restaurants, pubs, and saloons.

Fighting back against a disease that has taken too much, Relay For Life is an opportunity for communities to honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost. Fund raising continues year ’round and culminates in the Annual Relay For Life Event where teams set up camp and take turns walking or running around a track or path to continue the fight against cancer. Because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.

Here is the 411 – The Pub Crawl For a Cure will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Crab Trap on North Second Street, with an after-party starting at 9:00 p.m. at the Palace Saloon. Other sponsors include the Green Turtle Tavern, Pablo’s, Pajama Dave’s, Amelia Tavern, and the Salty Pelican. Participating venues and team members will be selling coupon books for $30.00 in advance or $35.00 at the door. Souvenier T-shirts and prize drawing tickets will also be available.

Team members, sponsors, and attendees can take pride in knowing they are working to create a world where cancer no longer threatens our loved ones. So Come on Eileen, Mickey, Billie Jean and Jessie’s Girl, and join us as we raise money to Beat It, and take a Sledgehammer to cancer.

For more information please find our facebook event page at facebook.com/events/142075753086679/ or call Erica Watts (706) 380-1362.

All proceeds benefit Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society.

Annual Fall Book Sale 2017

Press release: The Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library’s annual Fall Book Sale kicks off Thursday, November 16th, with a special FOL members-only preview and reception from 5-7 pm at Peck Center Gym, 516 South 10th Street. If you are not a member, you are invited to join at the door or online at our website before the sale and get first choice of thousands of books, vinyl records, CDs and DVDs for sale. Memberships are $15 for students, $35 dollars for individuals, $50 for a couple or $75 for a family.

Your membership dues help to off-set the cost of the many free events sponsored by the Friends over the course of the year, from classes on various subjects to lectures to art exhibits to children’s programs.

The doors will open to all on Friday, November 17th, from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, November 18th, from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Books are carefully organized for easy browsing in dozens of categories, including fiction, biographies, art, history, children’s books, sports, cooking, audio books and more. We also have a large selection of vinyl records, CDs and DVDs, including boxed sets, for this sale. We, of course, will once again have thousands of books for sale, with most priced at $3 or less. It is always the best book sale on the island!

All proceeds from the sale support the Fernandina Beach Library. 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.

Flowering Fernandina

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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

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.

Busy Season at Rotary Amelia Island Sunrise

healthy-startValerie Eldridge, Program Manager for Healthy Start, recently gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise. She explained that Healthy Start is a voluntary educational and support program serving pregnant women and families with children under age three.

Help includes parenting education, childbirth classes, breastfeeding support, smoking cessation, developmental screenings, case management, and discounted car seats.

Healthy Start also has a teen program that offers classes for youth ages 12-18 to learn about reproductive health, birth control options, prevention of HIV and STDs. The class also focuses on communication skills, problems solving and goal setting.

Valerie’s office number is 904-530-6753.

new rotary members

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise recently welcomed two new members. Pictured above from left to right are their sponsor, Bruce Heggenstaller, new Rotarians Pete and Carol Stevenson along with club president Stan Fishburn.

Pete is a retired senior engineer who was with IBM and Carol is a retired banker.

Rotary is an international service organization with over 34,000 clubs world-wide.

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

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.

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