Do You Want to be a Pirate?

Do You Want to be a Pirate?The Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc. is a lively crew with a very active presence and has received proclamations from both Nassau County, Florida, and the City of Fernandina Beach announcing them “Goodwill Ambassadors to the World.” Founded in October of 1973, to promote the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, the Fernandina Pirates entertain crowds at a variety of parades and events in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.

Although their primary focus is on promoting the annual Shrimp Festival, “We are also interested in the community at large, and try to do our part to better life in our charming little seaport town.” Said Club Captain (President) Lawrence Mackie. “Fernandina offers a slower paced, tourist driven community that was all about Pirates long before being a Pirate was cool.”

Behind the scruffy beards, the plumed hats, leather boots, and tight corsets, the Pirates are active members of the community with real jobs like realtors, nurses, business owners and retirees. These volunteers participate in a number of community and charitable events such as monthly Pirate Blood Drives, Katie’s Ride For Life, Joy to the Children, Relay For Life, Downtown Pajama Party, Fernandina Beach High School’s Homecoming Parade and football games, NAMI Walk, and more. The Pirates even offer their own scholarship to a high school seniors entering college, and a military scholarship, too.

With Shrimp Festival on the horizon, this is when the Pirates are often asked, “How do I become a Pirate?” First, you start off as a Swabbie. Being a Swabbie lets you participating in parades, working booth shifts at the Shrimp Festival or other events, help out at “work parties” where we may paint road worthy pirate ships, or simply decorate hats. This is an opportunity to learn how to walk, talk, act, and dress like a Fernandina Pirate. After attending three meetings, three in-town functions, and three out-of-town functions, we hope you have made new friends among the existing membership. You are then sponsored by a Pirate in good standing and nominated for Pirate membership, with full voting and black powder privileges.

If you are interested in becoming a Pirate, the Fernandina Pirates Club normally meets on the third Tuesday of each month, but in preparation of the Festival, they will be meeting on April 12th and 19th, at 7:00 p.m., upstairs, at 115 South Second Street, in historic, Fernandina Beach. Their April 26th meeting will be held at the waterfront.

The Fernandina Pirates Club is a non-profit corporation, with a board of officers, membership requirements and safety rules, too, but they are always looking for a few good ship mates! If you would like to learn more about the Pirates, please join them at an upcoming meeting, “like” them on facebook, visit, or call Judie Mackie at (904) 583-0659.

Bark for Life in Historic Fernandina Beach

Bark for Life in Historic Fernandina BeachCancer is an epidemic and affects the lies of so many people – mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, friends and coworkers. In fact, 1.6 million people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with cancer this year alone.

The American Cancer Society Bark for Life is a noncompetitive walking event and an irresistable way to partner with your canine companions who demonstrate unconditional love and compassion with no judgement of our appearance or abilities. Canine and human, together, can raise money and make new friends while helping the American Cancer Society save lives.

By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society “take a bite out of cancer” and move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

bark-for-life-bentley-500So bring your best canine friend and join us for a fun-filled morning starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games.

Bark For Life of Fernandina Beach will be held at the Waterfront Green in historic, downtown, on April 23, 2016. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:00.

Registration is $10.00 per dog in advance or $15.00 on the day of the event; this is a tax deductible contribution.

Contact Alexandra Davis at (904) 391-3646 for more information or to become a sponsor of this fabulous event.

2016 Spring Book Sale

2016 Spring Book Sale

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The Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library’s annual Spring Book Sale kicks off Thursday, April 7, 2016, with a special Friends of the Library “Members-Only” preview from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Peck Center Gym located at 516 South 10th Street, on Amelia Island.

If you are not a member, you are invited to join at the door and get first choice of thousands of books, CDs and DVDs for sale.

Memberships are $15 for students, $35 dollars for individuals, $50 for a couple or $75 for a family.

The doors will open to all on Friday, April 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Saturday, April 9, from 9:30 to 2:00.

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. Most books are priced at $2.00 or less.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit

4th Annual Wine and Food Tasting a Success

4th Annual Wine and Food Tasting a SuccessThe Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise celebrated the Fourth Annual Amelia Island International Wine & Food Tasting on March 5th with 300 guests at the Coastal Aviation Hangar at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport. The club partnered with volunteers and attendees of the Friends of The Library, this year’s beneficiary.

A Taste of Wine by Steve, located at 4924 First Coast Highway, sponsored the wine for the event. Steve and Donna Raszkin (pictured) hand picked the wonderful wines, and hosted the first ever Amelia Island International Wine Judging that was a highlight at the wine event. Please visit Steve to purchase the award winning wines.

Attendees were able to taste the delectible bites prepared by The Crab Trap, Café Karibo, The Golf Club at North Hampton, Horizons, Four Seasons Bistro, Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop, La Mancha, Ocean Club, Publix Aprons Event Planning & Cooking School, Sliders Seaside Grill, and Tres Leches Eatery while listening to the big band sounds of Crescendo Amelia and considering their purchases in the live and silent auctions. Guests were also spirited with tastes of kraft brew by Amelia Tavern and the famous pirates punch by the Palace Saloon.

Sponsors included: Platinum: First Coast Community Bank, and Florida Public Utilities, Gold: Baptist Medical Center Nassau and Bijoux Amelia, Silver: CBC National Bank, David Dully, Island Inspections, and Rick Keffer, Bronze: The Diamond Market, Greg Mattheus & Pam Field, Bosland Family Foundation, Fisher, Tousey, Leas & Ball Attorneys at Law, Christal L. Fish, Esquire, Tony Camarce, Norm and Mary Ellen Ledwin, Bobby and Carol Ferreira, and Springer Controls Company, and Berkshire Hathaway.

The Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Friday morning at 7:30AM at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about Rotary meetings or events, please contact president, Cindy Jackson, at

Submitted by Deb Cottle

2016 St. Michael’s Spring Carnival

The St. Michael Academy’s Spring Carnival is going on from March 10 to March 13, 2016, at Central Park in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Ride tickets are $25.00 per session and include unlimited rides.

Session 1 Thursday, March 10: 5pm-10pm
Session 2 Friday, March 11: 5pm-11pm
Session 3 Saturday, March 12: 12pm-6pm
Session 4 Saturday, March 12: 5pm-11pm
Session 5 Sunday, March 13: 1pm-6pm

Unlimited rides does not include Attractions and Game booths. Cash is accepted for Attractions and Game booths.

Delicious food will also be available for purchase on site.
Knights of Columbus
Thursday – Sunday

Islander Grill
Thursday – Sunday
Hamburgers, Hotdogs, French Fries

Friday Special
Fish Sandwiches

Saturday Special
BBQ pulled pork sandwiches

2016 Relay For Life at Main Beach March 5th

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In communities throughout Florida people are gathering together to help fight cancer at a unique event called Relay For Life. Relay is the American Cancer Society’s national signature activity that brings together teams of families and friends from local companies, schools, clubs, churches, and other organizations to walk around the track in relay fashion.

All proceeds raised from this event are used for cancer research, education, prevention and patient services. The five-year relative survival probability for all cancers diagnosed between 1999 and 2006 is 68 percent, up from 50 percent in 1975 to 1977. This survival rate can be increased through more research and greater community awareness of health issues. Relay For Life combines a way to share vital cancer education and programs with community members and a way to raise money to fund more cancer research.

The success began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma, Washington surgeon and
American Cancer Society volunteer, ran and walked on a local track for 24 hours, traveling a total of 81 miles and raising $27,000. Since Dr. Klatt’s one-man marathon, thousands of people nationwide have passed the “baton” and raised billions of dollars for Relay For Life’s battle against cancer.


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“Survivor – Let’s Vote Cancer off the Island” is the message of this year’s Relay For Life Fernandina Beach/Yulee, being held March 5, 2016 at Main Beach Park on Amelia Island. The 12-hour event is free and open to the public.

Opening ceremonies begin at 10:00 a.m. with a welcome from Mayor Johnny Miller, and a message of hope from cancer survivor Judie Mackie. The first lap of Relay For Life celebrates cancer survivors. Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer, whether currently undergoing treatment or in remission for 50 years, is invited to participate. Caregivers, and then participating teams, will be invited to the track.

Members from our community are encouraged to continuously walk the track representing how cancer never takes a break. There will be family games, activities, entertainment, and six live bands will perform throughout the event. Themed laps will occur at the top of each hour, and Relay teams will compete in “Tribal Challenges” to earn immunity and of course, bragging rights.

After dusk, the Luminaria Ceremony remembers all of those who battled cancer. Candles surround the track with bags marked with the names of those still fighting, those who won the battle, and those we have lost. This ceremony of light symbolizes our mothers, our fathers, our sisters, our brothers, our sons, our daughters, our friends and our loved ones. The lights remind us of hope, and our shared vision for a cancer-free future. Fernandina Beach Vice Mayor Robin Lentz, and cancer survivor Patti Jubell, will share their emotional stories, and every Relay participant is encouraged to find a way to fight back against cancer, by raising money, making a healthy lifestyle choice or speaking up for cancer patients through advocacy.

ALL proceeds from the day’s activities, as well as vendor’s booths, will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

For more information about Relay For Life Fernandina Beach/Yulee please contact Alexandra Davis at (904) 391-3643.

For information about Relay For Life or about cancer, call toll-free anytime 1-800-227-
2345 or visit the American Cancer Society Web site at

Giving Tuesday Supported by FSCJ

Jacksonville, FL – On Tuesday, December 1, 2015 in culmination of Florida State College at Jacksonville’s (FSCJ) 50th anniversary and in the spirit of giving back, FSCJ is hosting its Giving Back… Going Forward celebration in support of the Giving Tuesday global campaign initiative.

Through a generous tree donation from Green Releaf, a partnership between JEA and Greenscape of Jacksonville, a local nonprofit dedicated to enriching the city’s landscape through planting, protecting and promoting trees, on December 1, a total of 200 new trees will be planted on FSCJ campuses to improve the environmental surroundings and ecological impact of each campus.

The ceremonial tree planting event will begin at 10 a.m. at FSCJ’s Downtown Campus on the green between the Advanced Technology Center and Administrative Offices located at 501 West State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. The ceremony will include remarks by FSCJ President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau and Greenscape of Jacksonville Executive Director Anna Dooley, followed by the initial tree lowering and planting. While the official tree planting ceremony is taking place at Downtown Campus, planting ceremonies will simultaneously occur on each of the other FSCJ campuses.

To pay it forward and give back to the local community, FSCJ will be collecting various items for local nonprofits and charities on the First Coast from 6:30 a.m.-noon on December 1 at each of its campuses. See below for a list of campuses and corresponding organizations.

“Having this opportunity to give back to our students, faculty, staff and Jacksonville community is a true honor to show our appreciation for the decades of unyielding support and commitment shown to this institution,” said FSCJ President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau. “It is through the generosity of educational, community and business leaders, alumni, residents, employees and students that FSCJ has become the exceptional institution it is over the last 50 years and will continue to be for another 50 years. We are humbled to partner with and serve the great organizations of the First Coast on this Giving Tuesday.”

FSCJ faculty, staff, students and the general public are encouraged to join the global initiative and give back on this day. Those interested in supporting FSCJ’s Giving Back … Going Forward and #GivingTuesday campaign can:

· Drop off donated items benefiting local nonprofits on December 1, 6:30 a.m. to noon (See below for a list of campuses and corresponding organizations)
· Help support a scholarship by making a donation to the FSCJ Foundation’s General Scholarship Fund by visiting under General Scholarship
· Make a donation to Greenscape of Jacksonville by visiting their website at
· Make a special effort to do something thoughtful for someone else

Attendees, participants and supporters of Giving Back… Going Forward and #GivingTuesday should share their experience and giving opportunities on social media using #GivingTuesday.

FSCJ Campus Drop-Off Locations/Organizations:

Cecil Center, 5640 New World Ave., 32221
Roundabout in front of the flagpole
New, unwrapped toys for all ages (Benefiting Toys for Tots)

Downtown Campus, 101 W. State Street, 32202
Northeast corner of Downtown Campus parking lot 4 located at Laura St. and Bethel Baptist St.
New twin sheet sets (Benefiting Lutheran Social Services)

Kent Campus, 3939 Roosevelt Blvd., 32205
Campus entrances off Roosevelt Blvd. and Park St.
New, unwrapped toys for all ages (Benefiting Toys for Tots)

North Campus, 4501 Capper Road, 32218
Parking lot outside of Building C
New, unwrapped toys for all ages (Benefiting Wolfson Children’s Hospital)

Open Campus/Deerwood Center, 9911 Old Baymeadows Road, 32256
Upper-level parking garage
Nonperishable food items (Benefiting Feeding Northeast Florida)

South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., 32246
Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts parking lot
New baby blankets (Benefiting Community Connections)

Visit for more information.

About Giving Tuesday
Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

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Hit the Pin for Literacy

Hit the Pin for LiteracyFernandina Beach, FL – The Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF) proudly announces its Inaugural “Hit the Pin for Literacy” Charity Golf Tournament supporting the Authors in Schools Literacy Program. The setting is the beautiful, award winning, Golf Club of Amelia Island, (the Ritz-Carlton/Summer Beach Course), Friday, December 11, 2015. Check-in starts at 11:00 am with the Shotgun start, Scramble format starting at noon.

“There will be loads of fun, food and fabulous prizes, but the joy of knowing you have helped a child in our Nassau County Public Schools own a book presented by its author is the real prize,” says John Carr, AIBF immediate-past president and tournament team leader.

“Participants in the tournament can make a huge difference. This event helps to raise the funds to 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,” says Jim Weinsier, author, board director and tournament team member.

“For more than a decade our Authors in Schools Literacy Program has been contributing to the educational process. The program is all about the Festival’s goal to promote literacy and life-long learning, as it touches every student throughout the county’s public schools in the process,” says Raffaela Marie Fenn, this year’s AIBF Board president. “We have some fabulous children and young adult authors coming to present, entertain, and excite the kids about learning through books on Festival Friday, February 19, 2016 at their schools. Where else can a golfer spend a relaxing day out in the fresh air-in friendly competition, while affording a local student a unique life-long learning experience?”

The tournament format is a “scramble” with lots of interesting twists. There will be a putting contest, 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 ten students. A portion of the registration fee is tax-deductible.

To learn more about the Golf Tournament, visit

Led by Honorary Chairman and NYT and Number One International Bestselling Author, Steve Berry, the 15th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival promises new venues and formats designed to delight book fans and readers of all ages.

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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Micah’s Place Requests Assistance for Victims of Domestic Violence

Nassau County, FLThe holidays are fast approaching. But many victims of domestic violence don’t have the luxury of providing even the simplest of items for their children.

“We think everyone deserves a Christmas and to have something they can open up on this special day,” said Heather Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Micah’s Place, “Donations of new, unwrapped toys and gift cards are requested to stock the Micah’s Place Christmas Program and help provide Christmas to families in our shelter and outreach, who otherwise may not have one”.

As in past years, we are requesting the support of our community organizations like churches, clubs, and every one in between, to ensure that every child in our program receives a Merry Christmas.

Please consider purchasing a new toy or gift card between now and December 7th, and drop it, unwrapped, into one of the boxes at the following locations:
-Beech Street Bar & Grill.801 Beech St, Fernandina Beach
-Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate. 10 Amelia Village Circle. Fernandina Beach
-Villa Villakulla Neighborhood Toy Store. 5 South 2nd Street. Fernandina Beach
-Florida Farm Bureau. 463249 E SR 200. Yulee
-Purple Dove Resale Center. (Next to Dick’s Wings). 474311 E SR 200. Fernandina Beach

Micah’s Place will distribute every item donated to a child in our program. Monetary donations are helpful too, and are tax deductible. Checks may be made payable to “Micah’s Place Christmas Fund”. We could not do this important work without the amazing generosity of our neighbors.

Micah’s Place is a certified shelter and outreach service providing assistance to victims of domestic violence and their children in Nassau County.

For more information, please visit, or call our administration office at 904-491-6364, ext. 102.

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Crawl for a Cure 2015

Crawl for a Cure 2015Usually we fight to end cancer, but on November 21, 2015, we hope you will join us as we “Crawl for a Cure” in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach from 6 to 11:00 pm.

Crawl for a Cure is a pub crawl designed to raise awareness and funds for Relay for Life Fernandina Beach Yulee and the American Cancer Society. The next local Relay for Life will be held from 10 am to 10 pm, on March 5, 2016, at Main Beach on Amelia Island. Relay For Life is a team event with live music, dancing, vendors booths, food, themed laps, ceremonies and more to celebrate the lives of those touched by cancer. Each team continuously walks a track, relay style, displaying how cancer never rests.

Crawl for a Cure tickets are only $25.00 in advance! ($30.00 day of event)

There are seven great establishments to visit when you crawl with us:
The Crab Trab
The Palace Saloon
Dog Star Tavern
Green Turtle
Salty Pelican
Alley Cat
Lulu’s at the Thompson House

Tickets will be available from Relay for Life Committee Members, 2016 Teams, and participating sponsors of the event. Volunteers will be selling tickets on North Second Street from 5:00 to 6:00 pm Saturday evening.

A low country boil will be available from 5pm to 10 pm at The Alley Cat on Centre Street for only $15.00 – with $10.00 of each ticket being donated to Relay for Life – this event will sell out, so get your tickets early.

You may want to dress in “Relay Rewind” attire and be ready for the After-Party at Sheffield’s at The Palace. There is NO cover charge for costumed guests!

Souvenir T-shirts, designed by Electric Mermaid Tattoo, partially sponsored by Affordable Transportation, A Janet Lynn Hair Salon, and Changes Hair Salon, and generously printed for this event by P5 Productions are available for only $15.00 in advance! ($20 day of event)

Great prizes are being donated for our raffle-styled prize giveaway, and you DO NOT need to be present to win, so be sure to get your tickets for only $1.00 each or 25 tickets for $20.00.

All those who participate in “Crawl for a Cure” will receive a playing card at each stop and the best 5 card poker hand will receive a fantastic Grand Prize!!!

If you’d like to create a team for Relay for Life Fernandina Beach/Yulee, make a donation, or need tickets, please message us on facebook and one of our volunteers will get back to you as soon as we can!

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Fernandina Walmart Awards Grant to Micah’s Place

Fernandina Walmart Awards Grant to Micah's PlaceNassau County, FL – We are pleased to announce that the Walmart Fernandina Beach, Florida location has chosen Micah’s Place as the grateful recipient of a $1,500 grant to help support life saving domestic violence programs in Nassau County.

Pictured is Fernandina Beach store Manager, Carolyn Whitecloud, who expressed a keen interest in the services of Micah’s Place and of keeping such grant donations serving the Nassau County Community.

Micah’s Place is a certified shelter, and outreach services, providing assistance to victims of domestic violence and their children in Nassau County.

For more information, please visit or call our administration office at 904-491-6364, ext. 102.

Pictured: (Left) Carolyn White Cloud, Manager of Walmart Store, Fernandina Beach, FL and (Right) Heather Jones, Chef Executive Officer of Micah’s Place, Inc.

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Nassau Baptist’s Auxiliary Six Dollar Sale

Nassau Baptist's Auxiliary Six Dollar SaleBaptist Medical Center Nassau’s Auxiliary is holing a Stupendous $6.00 Sale!

This is the inflation version of the old “$5.00 Sale” however, this time it is more fun with some “high end” specials at up to 80% off the suggested retail price!

The sale will be held:
Friday, November 6: 7:00 to 5 PM
Saturday, November 7: 8:00 to 1 PM

Jazz Age Jubilee at the Lesesene House

Jazz Age Jubilee at the Lesesene HouseThe Amelia Island Museum of History is hosting Jazz Age Jubilee at the Lesesene House (on Centre Street) on November 14, 2015, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.

Built in 1860, this beautifully renovated home has been owned by the same family for seven generations. On November 14th, thanks to the generosity of the current owner, the house will be open to the public for the very first time to raise funds for the Amelia Island Museum of History.

This momentous occasion will be one you will never forget!

The ticket includes:
-Jazz from Crescendo Amelia
-Guests dressed for the 1920s-30s era (or suitable attire)
-A complimentary signature cocktail created by Marlin and Barrel Distillery
-Appetizers from Horizons Restaurant
-Display of artifacts from the home
-Special Guest Cameos adorning clothes from the attic
-Photo ops with Props – Twenties Style

Tickets are only $50.00, and are on sale now at the Museum on South Third Street.

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Read ’em and Eat 2015

Read 'em and Eat 2015Fernandina Beach, FL – Book lovers will have more than books to feast on when Friends of the Library (FOL) holds its next book sale, November 5-7 at the Peck Center on 10th Street. The Organized Firefighters of Fernandina Beach (OFFB) are cooking up smoked chicken dinners in tandem with the sale to help raise funds for library improvements.

James Tucker, OFFB president, announced the plan several months ago at a Fernandina Beach City Commission meeting in which the Firefighters presented a $500 check to the FOL for its capital campaign. “We are thrilled with this wonderful show of support,” said Bill Flynn, FOL president. “Firefighters are really at the heart of our community and they know how important good libraries are.”

The dinners include half a smoked chicken, cole slaw and baked beans. “The slaw will be similar to what we made for the cookout at main beach several months ago with pineapple in it. The chicken and slaw are unique recipes that go great together – we’ve never had any leftovers. It is a pleasure to continue our partnership with Friends of the Library and to see our beautiful library furnished.”

Tickets will be sold in advance at the Library on N 4th Street and at the Book Loft on Center Street. They will also be sold throughout the book sale. Dinners, $15 each or two for $25, will be ready to pick up on the last day of the sale, Saturday, November 7, from firefighters stationed in the athletic field by the Peck Center from noon to 2:30 pm.

The Book Sale kicks off Thursday, November 5, with a special FOL members-only preview from 5pm – 7pm in the Peck Center Gym. Non-members can join at the door and get first choice of thousands of books and DVDS for sale. (Membership is $15 for students; $35 for individuals, $50 for a couple or $75 for a family.)

Doors will open to all on Friday, November 6, from 9:30 am – 6 pm, and Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9:30 am–2 pm. Readers will find thousands of novels, biographies, histories, art, children’s books, sports, cooking and more, plus CDs, DVDs and audio books. Most are priced at $2.00 or less.

All books are donated and every penny raised provides the Fernandina Beach Library with new books, e-books, subscriptions, periodicals, network access and databases for job applications, resumes, certification tests for various careers, and more. In the past two years alone, FOL book sales have raised approximately $50,000 to supplement library collections.

Proceeds from Firefighters’ Dinners will go to FOL’s capital campaign to purchase furniture, equipment, collection upgrades and other items for the library. You can learn about FOL membership and how to donate and help, at, (904) 321-6529 or e-mail

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Care Kits Project Completed

Care Kits Project Completed
Fernandina Beach, FL – We of the Pod Yoga Studio heartily extend great appreciation to the participants and organizations involved in the Care Kits Project. Through their efforts, a dozen boxes filled with 131 kits comprised of basic hygiene supplies have been shipped to Heart to Heart International who will deliver them to refugees in Europe and other areas of crises. Quality hygiene items that did not meet the size or packaging criteria specified for the kits were sent to a relief organization for Syrian refugees and other refugees from around the world who are now living in Jacksonville. Thanks to Julie Pitois for organizing these “left overs”.

We extend our thanks to the following organizations for allowing us to place “Yogapod™ Bins” in their facilities in which clients, members, and customers donated items for the kits. We include in this list those organizations who offered hygiene supplies from their inventory.

-Amelia Dental Group
Amelia Styling Salon
-Centred on Yoga
-Community Yoga
-Dollar Market (new on 8th Streeet)
-Fernandina Beach Branch Library
-Fernandina Beach Middle School
-Fernandina Branch of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville
-Go Yoga
-Jewish Community of Amelia Island
-New Vision Congregational Church
-Pod Yoga
-Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

We give special thanks to the Student Council of Fernandina Beach Middle School who organized the collection of supplies from the students, to Jeannie Skully for her logistics expertise and great help in completing last minute tasks, to Janet Michea, and Beate Harle for cheerfully helping to prepare for the assembling of the packets, to Josie Barber for added effort during the packing process, and to all those who anonymously gave of their generous financial assistance for expensive shipping to HHI. We also appreciate all the businesses and organizations online and around town who publicized the project.

Finally, our deepest heartfelt appreciation goes to the “Care Kits Gang” who spent all Saturday morning on October 17 assembling the kits. The “Gang” was made up of four parent/child teams who with effervescence, dedication, and good humor got the job done: Joshua (“Rambo”) Barber, Josie (“Sunshine”) Barber, Julie (“Cupcake”) Jennejahn, Marnie (“Aurora”) Jennejahn, Julie (“Gorgeous”) Pitois, Laura (“Sparkle”) Pitois, Léa (“Princess”) Pitois, David (“Handsome”) Oberholzer, and Marie (“Pocahontas”) Oberholzer.

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