First Annual Murder Mystery Dinner to Support Authors in Schools

First Annual Murder Mystery Dinner to Support Authors in Schools

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Fernandina Beach, FL – Murder, mystery and mayhem will be the order of the evening, October 24, 2015, starting at 6:15 pm at the First Annual Murder Mystery Dinner sponsored by the Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF) to support its literacy program, Authors in Schools (AIS).

At the beautiful Golf Club of Amelia Island, the cast of the Fernandina Little Theatre (FLT) will entertain, regale and engage attendees with an evening of laughter, fun, familiar and obscure literary references. Coupled with a sit-down, gourmet dinner, replete with a mystery drink and dessert, it is sure to be a hit.

“It’s all to support our Authors in Schools literacy program that touches every student throughout the County,” says Marie Fenn, AIBF Board president. Now in its 11th year, Authors in Schools is a unique and highly effective program. “Kicking off our fundraising efforts at the start of the Halloween season is in keeping with our spirit of camaraderie and partnership. We are immensely grateful to FLT for lending us their professional talents to support the literary arts among kids. The Amelia Book Festival Board of Directors invites the community to join us in a scintillating evening that supports literacy throughout Nassau County,” adds Fenn.

For tickets to the Murder Mystery Dinner and to learn more about details of the February 18 – 20, 2016 Amelia Island Book Festival, visit us at www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org.

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 though fostering an appreciation for books, we provide quality events featuring authors in engaging venues.

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Walk for Freedom in Fernandina Beach

Walk for Freedom in Fernandina Beach
The #WalkForFreedom is a collective effort to heighten awareness of modern-day slavery and raise funds to take us one step closer to ending human trafficking in our lifetime. The Walk For Freedom will make its way around the world on October 17, shedding light on the 27 million men, women and children who are still in bondage. When we join forces in one single day, we not only catch the attention of our cities, but we combine our efforts to have a global impact.

There are more opportunities than ever before to make every step for freedom count! When you sign up for this year’s Walk For Freedom, we will send you all of the tools you need to influence your local community and make a difference. You will also get your very own fundraising page that you can personalize and use to spread the word and raise funds to help us abolish injustice in the 21st century.

https://www.facebook.com/walkforfreedomfernandinabeach

October 17, 2015, 9:00 am, Main Beach, Fernandina.

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Reggie Hunt Memorial Golf Classic

Reggie Hunt Memorial Golf ClassicSaturday, October 17, 2015, is the Reggie Hunt Memorial Golf Classic at the Amelia River Golf Course.

This is the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida’s biggest fundraiser of the year for Nassau County. It is held annually in memory of Reggie Hunt, a remarkable student athlete and six-year participant of the BBBSNEFL program.

Registration and breakfast are at 7:30, with an 8:30 am shotgun start. Awards and a prime rib dinner begin at 1:00 pm.

Contest include: Hole-in-one, longest drives, closest to the pin on four, par three holes; a “beat the pro” and a putting contest.

Prizes are awarded to top low gross team and top three low net teams. Individual prizes are awarded to the top three fundraisers.

For more informaton or to sign up please visit www.bbbsnefl.org, or call Rainey at (904) 485-0126 or Larrie at (904) 556-6903.

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Carey Dresser is Amelia Island Story Slam Champ

Carey Dresser is Amelia Island Story Slam ChampCarey Dresser took home the ‘Fern and Dina’ trophy but everyone was a winner at Friends of the Library’s 2nd annual Amelia Island Storytelling Slam in September at St. Peters Church where five local luminaries took to the stage to raise funds for the Fernandina Beach Library.

Dresser’s hilarious story about his New York stage debut at Lincoln Center edged out competing tales from Diana Herman, John Drew, Neil Frink and Dickie Anderson. Their stories concerned a rocky first meeting at a singles dance, a genuine American hero, the first African-American pogie boat captain, and memory lapses “I’ll never forget…”

A former ballet dancer who has performed with professional companies around the world, Dresser is active in Amelia Island theater productions and as a local realtor.

Emcee Arlene Filkoff, last year’s champion, entertained the capacity crowd with her own memorable story while votes for favorites were counted. Violinist, Will Howery, assisted on an instrument he built by hand.

To these talented speakers and the scores of others who participated, contributed, volunteered and voted with their cash, Friends of the Library gives heartfelt thanks for an extraordinary evening designed to help furnish the library. Plans for next year’s Story Slam, which may be even bigger, will soon be underway. Watch for information on more upcoming events in the library, 25 N. 4th Street, and on the FOL website, fernandinafol.org.

Photo caption: Storytelling Champion Carey Dresser describes an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction in his New York Stage Debut at the 2nd Amelia Island Storytelling Slam reception.

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Book Donations Needed for Fernandina’s Library Book Sale

Book Donations Needed for Fernandina's Library Book SaleFernandina Beach, FL – “Bring ’em on!” says Annie Sparkle, Chair for the Friends of the Library Book Sale scheduled for November 5th thru 7th at the Peck Center, in Fernandina Beach. “We have thousands of great books already, but we have room for loads more of every kind.”

As always, the sale will feature a broad assortment of books in dozens of fiction and non-fiction categories as well as hundreds of children’s books, audio books, CD and DVDs. For the best selection, come for FOL members only night, Thursday, November 5 from 5 pm – 7 pm. If you’re not a member, it’s easy to join at the door.

The sale is open to the public on Friday, November 6, 9:30 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday, November 7, from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. There will be special sales early Saturday afternoon.

The Peck Center Gym is located at 516 South 10th Street in Fernandina Beach.

Items to donate can be left in the collection box under the covered walkway in front of Peck Head Start at 511 S. 11th Street. For larger donations call Annie Sparkle (904-310-9290) or use the collection area in the Peck School located at 516 South 10th Street. Go in the front entrance (Fir Street between S. 10th and S. 11th Streets), turn right and look for the Friends of the Library sign on your left, next to the stairwell.

With most items priced at $2.00 or less, FOL’s spring and fall book sales generate approximately $20,000 annually for specialized databases, network access, books, e-books, periodicals, and other materials to keep the Fernandina Beach Library current.

As a separate project, FOL is conducting a capital campaign to help furnish the Library on N. 4th Street that opened last spring.

For more information, to join or donate, visit FernandinaFOL.org. or call 321-6529.

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How to Help the European Refugee Crisis

How to Help the European Refugee CrisisHelp is needed in the European refugee crisis! To assist the refugees presently pouring into Europe and for people in other areas of present crisis, the Pod Yoga Studio is collaborating with a variety of Amelia Island organizations in the Care Kits Project. “Yogapod” Bins have been placed at these organizations’ locations where people are encouraged to put basic (but very specific) hygiene supplies. The bins will be picked up on Thursday, October 15, 2016. Care Kits of the collected supplies will be assembled on Saturday, October 17 and mailed shortly after.

The organizations participating are: Amelia Styling Salon, Centred on Yoga, Community Yoga, Fernandina Beach Branch Library, Fernandina Beach Middle School (904-491-7938), Fernandina Branch of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville (904-235-8133), Go Yoga, the Jewish Community of Amelia Island (904-310-6060), New Vision Congregational Church, Pod Yoga, and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Google the websites for these groups or call the numbers listed for information on hours and location.

The specific supplies to be collected are: hand towels, wash cloths, wide-toothed combs, 5-15 oz. shampoo, individually wrapped soap bars, individually wrapped toothbrushes, 2-6 oz. toothpaste tubes, adhesive bandages standard size, one-gallon resealable plastic bags, sandwich-sized resealable plastic bags.

Financial donations (checks written out to Heart to Heart International for tax deduction) are welcome!

For more information, or if interested in assembling the Care Kits and/or donating towards the cost of shipping, contact bckayne@yogapod.net of the Pod Yoga Studio or leave a message at 904-548-3224.

The assembled care kits will be shipped to Heart to Heart International, a four star Charity Navigator NGO with a global reach of aid (www.hearttoheart.org).

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Relay for Life Fernandina Yulee Kick Off on October 1, 2015

Relay for Life Fernandina Yulee Kick Off on October 1, 2015Fernandina Beach and Yulee residents are invited to join the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life by signing up your team at our upcoming kick-off party or online. This community celebration is open to anyone who wants to learn more about Relay For Life and how to get involved.

Relay For Life is a community event that honors cancer survivors, current cancer patients and caregivers. Relay also pays tribute to those who have lost their battle with cancer.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a 12 hour community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, barbecue, dance and take turns walking around a track, relay-style, to raise funds to fight cancer. The event is scheduled for March 5, 2016, at Main Beach on Amelia Island.

At nightfall, participants will light hundreds of luminaria around the track in a moving ceremony to honor cancer survivors, as well as friends and family members lost to the disease.

WHEN: Relay Kick-off Rally – October 1, 2015, 6:00 pm
WHERE: Green Turtle, Amelia Island
HOW: To RSVP please contact Alexandra Davis at Alexandra.davis@cancer.org or call (904) 391-3643.

Find us on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Relay-for-Life-Fernandina-BeachYulee-198283593688233/

Sign your team up online at www.relayforlife.org/fernandinabeachfl

For more information about the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Sea and Swine Raises Money for Micah’s Place

Sea and Swine Raises Money for Micah's PlaceNassau County, FL – Join us at beautiful Littleberry Farm for the “Sea & Swine” event on Friday, October 2, 2015, from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Enjoy a dinner of Low Country Boil, Southern Pulled Pork BBQ and other regional favorites.

Tickets are just $55 per person or $100 per couple and includes dinner, dessert and a beer, wine, or nonalcoholic beverage. Additional Wine & Specialty Beer will also available to purchase.

Enjoy the live music of The Crazy Daysies, as well as local favorites, Bruce Beville and Laid Back.

Dress is Country Casual with comfortable shoes or boots.

Littleberry Farm is working farm and home to several show horses. This hidden treasure is located off of SR 200, just one mile from Amelia Island and features 18 manicured acres, has a 2 acre lake and 20 beautiful wooded acres. Access to ample free parking, the Club House, outdoor Fire Pit and horse Barn.

Hop on the hayride, try your hand at the “Wine Ring Toss”, or jump into the “Best Boots” Contest. Purchase raffle tickets in an attempt to win some great prizes – including 4 “Park Hopper” tickets to Disney!

Event tickets on sale now at the Purple Dove Resale Store, First Federal Bank on Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach, or online at www.micahsplace.org.

This event is sponsored by First Feral bank of Florida and Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise.

All proceeds support the programs of Micah’s Place, the only certified Domestic Violence Shelter and program serving victims, and their children.

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

Micah’s Place is 501 c3 nonprofit organization, serving victims of domestic violence in Nassau County.

2015 Diva’ Day Out

2015 Diva' Day OutDivas’ Day Out is a fun ladies’ day that benefits Girl Power 2 Cure. Get pampered on site by beauticians, watch on-stage features including aerial dance, a fashion show, dancing, fitness demos, women’s self defense, and more; shop our 30 vendor booths featuring makeup, jewelry, home goods, natural bath products and more; and take your “little diva” to our Diva Dress-Up Booth, then get a photo against our Diva backdrop!

We’ll have costumed characters and other kids’ activities, too!

Omni Amelia Island Plantation will even offer a FREE “Learn to Play Tennis” clinic for kids. There will also be tons of prizes in a massive giveaway that will benefit Girl Power 2 Cure.

Of course guys are invited, too! What better place to shop for the ladies in your life?!

Have fun while helping a great cause! Girl Power 2 Cure, a nonprofit headquartered on Amelia Island that is working to raise awareness and fight for a cure for Rett Syndrome. Rett is a devastating neurological disorder that robs girls of their motor skills for life. Scientists have proven it’s reversible in the lab, so the Rett community is full of hope that the cure is just around the corner!

$3 per-person, kids under 5 FREE

Diva’s Day OUt is on September 19, 2015, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach.

Book Loving Border Collie Raises Funds for Library

Book Loving Border Collie Raises Funds for LibraryJoey, the incredibly talented Border Collie, goes tubing, rides horses, helps out in the garden and even has her own Facebook page. She knows close to 200 tricks and now she’s adding another skill to her resume, fundraising for a favorite cause.

Joey was a star attraction at Friends of the Library’s Pony Up and Party fundraiser last year at Littleberry Farm just over the Shave Bridge from Amelia Island. There she met photographer and library supporter, Steve Leimberg, who asked her to model for him. In one photo Joey’s boning up on horses, perhaps to elevate her status in the Littleberry barn.

Joey and her trainer and companion, Fernandina Beach High School student Nichole Curry, are great fans of the local library. To help raise funds for new furniture, they will be adjacent to the downtown Fernandina Beach Farmers Market, Saturday, September 19. Joey will be selling and “pawtographing” her portrait, which includes a few of Nichole’s dog training tips on the back.

The Farmers Market is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Stop by the Friends of the Library’s booth and give this well deserving duo a pat on the back.

Hospital Auxilary Sale September 11, 2015

Hospital Auxilary Sale September 11, 2015I’ve learned of a new fundraising sale. This time the tables are full of specialty merchandise from “a high end department store that must remain nameless”.

Presented by the Baptist Medical Center Nassau Auxiliary, the sale is this Friday, September 11th, from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, in the hospital board room.

Items include handbags, perfume, makeup, watches, glasses, and more. And there is a $6.00 bargain table full of enticing items.

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2nd Annual Amelia Island Storytelling Slam

2nd Annual Amelia Island Storytelling SlamThe 2nd Annual Amelia Island Storytelling Slam will be held September 25, 2015, at Burns Hall on Amelia Island.

Serving as emcee will be last year’s storytelling champ, Arlene Filkoff.

This year’s competitors:
Dickie Anderson
Carey Dresser
John Drew
Neil Frink
Diana Herman

These storytellers will represent the intriguing worlds of dance, theatre, letters, business, education and community service.

Guests cast votes with cash for their favorite stories and help raise funds to furnish the Library.

Burns Hall is located at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach.

There will be a cash bar and a heavy hors d’oeuvres reception sponsored by LULU’s Restaurant beginning at 5:30, the show begins at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are only $50 each and they are available at the Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N 4th Street.

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New FBHS Golf Tournament Uses Soccer Balls

New FBHS Golf Tournament Uses Soccer BallsThe First Annual Pirate Soccer Golf Tournament benefitting the FBHS Men’s Soccer Team will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

Check-in begins at 2:00 pm, with a literal kick-off at 3:00 pm. The cost is only $20 per player, or $10 for children 10 and under.

Here is a quick video explaining the game:

You can pick up registration forms at Fernandina Beach Middle School or Fernandina Beach High School and payment can be made at the high school’s front desk in cash or by check. Forms will also be available at Current Running, or online by download at: http://1drv.ms/1NdWLz6

For more information please contact Katie Combs at katiemcombs@yahoo.com or Shirley Collins at shirley0130@yahoo.com

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Local Edward Jones Office Accepting Supplies for Nassau County Schools

Local Edward Jones Office Accepting Supplies for Nassau County SchoolsNassau County, FL – Brian Henning, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Fernandina Beach/Yulee, is supporting the teachers and students of Nassau County by using his office as a drop-off location for a school supplies drive.

Local residents and businesses may help by bringing in items to the Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“As our world becomes more global, competition within our younger generations continues to rise, emphasizing the importance of a quality education,” said Henning. “We’re proud to support the academic development of young minds in this community through this school supply donation program.

The items needed for the school supply drive include: copy paper, hand sanitizer, facial tissues, dry erase markers, index cards, band-aids, pencils, white board cleaner, letter size file folders, ziploc storage bags (quart and gallon size) and 3 prong pocket folders.

The branch address is 95766 Amelia Concourse, Fernandina Beach (before you reach North Hampton).

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. Member SIPC.

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Make Plans Now for the Nassau County Council on Aging Gala

Make Plans Now for the Nassau County Council on Aging GalaFernandina Beach, FL – What 1964 Frank Sinatra song was “the first music ever heard on the Moon” when played on a portable cassette player by Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin after he stepped onto its surface in 1969? If you answered “Fly Me to the Moon,” then you won’t want to miss the Nassau County Council on Aging’s 2015 Gala on Friday, October 2, 2015.

The theme of this year’s event is, as you probably guessed, “Fly Me to the Moon” and the evening promises to enchant guests with celestial surroundings at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation beginning at 6 p.m.

Guests can immortalize their evening at the Paper Moon Photo Booth and then enjoy a superb full-course dinner with wine. Only the Moon and the stars, and those attending the Gala, will know which of the night’s stellar entertainments will be most popular: The incomparable singing of Rick Davis and his playlist of nostalgic songs or the live and silent auctions featuring everything from jewelry to fine art, premier golfing packages to unique gift baskets.

Corporate and individual sponsorships for the Gala are still available. Ranging from the Crescent Moon level at $500 up to the $10,000 Sapphire Moon sponsorship – contributing to the Gala not only affords sponsors numerous promotional opportunities, but assists the NCCOA in providing home-delivered meals, home healthcare, transportation, adult day healthcare and more to Nassau County seniors.

So, mark your calendars now and join us for a memorable night of Moon magic at the Nassau County Council on Aging’s 2015 Gala, Friday, October 2 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Call (904) 261-0701 or visit the Events page of their website at www.nassaucountycoa.org for more information or to make a reservation.

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