Make a Splash with Artist Jose Garcia

Make a Splash is the newest exhibit at the Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery. Amelia Island resident, Jose Garcia, features beautiful art that will be on display from August 6 through September 10, 2016, at the Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery.

Garcia began drawing as a young man and soon developed a love of color that he used to paint the birds, fish and animals he saw on his world travels. Comfortable with a variety of media, he favors oil on canvas to paint his abstracts and tries to express emotion with each brush stroke.

The Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery is located at 94 Amelia Village Circle at The Omni Shops. Gallery hours are Tuesdays 9-1; Wednesday – Friday, from 11:00 a.m until 5:00 p.m., or by appointment.

These Two Couples Went to Italy

Fernandina Beach, FlThese Two Couples Went to Italy opens at Amelia Community Theatre! Sightseeing becomes a no-holds-barred competition as four American tourists in Italy strive to out-do each other as the savviest traveler in Amelia Community Theatre’s These Two Couples Went to Italy.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on August 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 and 2 p.m. on August 14 on the main stage at 207 Cedar Street.

The cast includes Judy and Jim Tipton as a married couple from Indiana, traveling through Europe in matching track suits and fanny packs. Catherine West and Doug McDowell play a New York couple who feel vastly superior to the Midwesterners. The two couples keep crossing paths with one another and brag and boast their away across Italy.

Michael Williams plays a mysterious Italian man, showing up in the most unusual places. Audiences will also be surprised to see some local celebrities traveling through Italy at each performance. These Two Couples Went to Italy is sponsored by Wallace Pierson Travel and directed by Peggy Strickland.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for students through college, available at ameliacommunitytheatre.org, or by calling 261-6749. The ACT box office is open from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 90 minutes before curtain on show dates.

Chicago comes to Amelia Island in August 2016

Amelia Musical Playhouse is currently in rehearsal for the upcoming August performances of “Chicago The Musical”. The Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb and John Kander collaboration won critical acclaim for the 1996 revival which won six Tony Awards.

The show features favorite songs such as “All That Jazz”, “Cell Block Tango” and “Razzle Dazzle”. The show has a cast of 19 and features a 15 member orchestra. It is being directed by Carey Dresser with Musical Direction by Mary Williams, and five choreographers contributing their talents to the show.

The story takes place in the late 1920’s and is a satire of the corruption of the criminal justice system and the concept of the “celebrity” criminal. Kailin Friedrich will be seen as Velma Kelly, Alexandra Carroll as Roxie Hart, Jill Dillingham as Matron Mama Morton, Bill Mayo as Amos Hart, Jeff Groden-Thomas as Billy Flynn. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. for performances on August 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 and a 2:30 p.m. matinee on August 14th.

Tickets are $20.00 for general admission, and $15 for students. Stop by AMP Monday-Thursday 8:30am-12:00pm/5:00pm-8:30pm Call (904) 277-3455 for more information.

New Vessel Law helps Officials Manage Florida’s Waterways

Press release – A new Florida law, approved by the Legislature and Governor during the 2016 Session, will enable county and local authorities along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to more effectively manage the state’s waterways. The new law (F.S. 327.4107) allows law enforcement officers to issue non-criminal citations to owners who allow their boats to become “at risk” of becoming derelict.

“This law allows officers to take action before a vessel crosses that line between at-risk and derelict, and hopefully prompts the owner to rectify any issues with the vessel before it reaches a state of disrepair,” said Phil Horning, FWC’s derelict vessel program administrator. “Prior to this law being enacted, officers had to wait until a vessel met the legal criteria for a derelict vessel before beginning any sort of official interaction with the owner.”

Under the new law, a vessel is deemed to be “at-risk” if any of the following conditions is observed:
-The vessel is taking on or has taken on water without an effective means to dewater.
-Spaces on the vessel that are designed to be enclosed are incapable of being sealed off or remain open to the elements for extended periods of time.
-The vessel has broken loose or is in danger of breaking loose from its anchor.
-The vessel is left or stored aground, unattended in such a state that would prevent the vessel from getting underway, is listing due to water intrusion, or is sunk or partially sunk.

If an officer observes a vessel with one or more of these criteria, a non-criminal citation may be issued that requires the owner to correct the problem or face stronger penalties after 30 days have passed. If problems are not fixed, non-compliant vessel owners can face additional fines issued every 30 days until they are.

Officials expect that this new law will decrease the number of vessels becoming derelict, a problem which continues to burden the state’s public waterways.

“Our goal is to keep Florida’s waterways safe and protect their environmental stability,” said Horning. “We are committed to protecting this valuable resource for the people of Florida and its visitors.”

Vessel owners are also reminded to sell their vessels properly.

“Many owners don’t realize that not only is the buyer required to get the vessel retitled in their name, but the seller is also required to notify the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles within 30 days that they have sold their vessel,” said Horning.

Failure to do so is a violation and may cause the prior owner of record legal troubles should the vessel become derelict at a later date. The FWC will be assisting state and local governments with derelict vessel removal grants that will be available soon. The grant funding was also approved by the Legislature and Governor during the 2016 Session. Interested applicants may contact the FWC Derelict Vessel Program office at 850-617-9540 or email DVGrant@MyFWC.com for more information.

Actors Night Out July 29th at Amelia Community Theatre

It is time for Actors Night Out, July 29, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at the main stage lobby of the Amelia Community Theatre. This is designed for actors 18 years and up, and there is no charge to participate.

Learn more about the shows selected for the 2016-17 season in an informal social setting, where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy refreshments. The beverage bar will be open.

You will have the opportunity to read a scene aloud from an upcoming play just for fun, plus meet directors, actors, and other volunteers at ACT. Learn about backstage volunteer opportunities too.

The Plays
Read from Silent Sky – Studio show in November
Learn a song from Ebenezer – main stage show in December
Plus, scenes from Calendar Girls – main stage show in February.

Amelia Community Theatre is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation, registered with the State of Florida.

Auditions & volunteer opportunities are open to all. Call us at (904) 261-6749 to arrange a time to check out a script.

Book Festival Announces Dream Team of Bestselling Authors

Fernandina Beach, FL – Mark your calendars for the “dream team” of literary superstars headed to Amelia Island, February 16 – 18, 2017, as the area celebrates the 16th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF).

Revel in the company of world-renowned and NYT bestselling authors Steve Berry, R.L. Stine, David Baldacci, Mary Kay Andrews, Joseph Finder, Lara Adrian and others, to benefit the Festival’s acclaimed Authors in Schools Literacy Program. The program brings noted authors to every public school in the county, gives the students an opportunity to hear and meet these authors, and the experience is highlighted by presenting that author’s book to each student.

The Festival is proud to announce that Steve Berry is returning as honorary chairman for a second year. The international number-one bestselling author, known for his trademark mix of fact, fiction, history and speculation, has just published his provocative new thriller The 14th Colony, making this number eleven in the famous Cotton Malone series. Steve is author of other bestsellers such as The Patriot Threat, The Lincoln Myth, The King’s Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with 20 million copies in 51 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists. It’s no wonder that Steve has just signed a new deal with Minotaur Books for four more Cotton Malone adventures!

Book Festival Announces Dream Team of Bestselling Authors
Pictured left to right are Steve Berry, Mary Kay Andrews, Lara Adrian, David Baldacci, Joseph Finder and R.L. Stine

In addition, he and his wife, Liz, will conduct their highly sought after, Lessons from a Bestseller Writers Workshop to support Authors in Schools. This is a terrific four-hour course on the craft of writing. Writers of all stages, from beginning to published, can benefit from the session. Through their History Matters Foundation, Steve and Liz are making a huge difference in communities across America. Winner of the AIBF’s first-ever Stellar Award and numerous other accolades, Steve has been a friend of the Festival for many years.

R.L. Stine is coming to Amelia Island! No matter what your age, everyone knows of Goosebumps and its beloved author. Stine is one of the bestselling children’s authors in history, stimulating young and old alike with his jovial style. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Goosebumps. His astounding list of accomplishments is mind-boggling—he’s written more than 300 books (130 books in the Goosebumps series alone); there are 400 million copies, printed in 32 languages, a TV series, a movie, countless accolades and awards, and a teen series called Fear Street, that just won the Chicago Tribune YA Book Prize and a movie from 20th-Century Fox based on the Fear Street series is scheduled for release in 2017.

On Authors in Schools day, Mr. Stine will visit three schools across Nassau County—in Callahan, Yulee and Fernandina Beach. He’ll also present on Saturday afternoon during the Author Expo/Readers Extravaganza being held at the Fernandina Beach Middle School.

David Baldacci is the featured keynote speaker at the festival’s kickoff luncheon, Thursday, February 16. Baldacci has published 32 novels for adults—all (including his most recent, The Last Mile) have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. He has also published five novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller The Finisher, which is in development for feature film.

By popular demand, AIBF is repeating last year’s favorite and signature event the Author Face-off Dinner Gala on Friday, February 17 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort with a new cast of top authors in the hot seats. Joining Steve Berry and R.L. Stine on stage are Mary Kay Andrews, Lara Adrian and Joseph Finder.

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Town, and many, many more. Her 24th novel, The Weekenders launched in May 2016. A former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she also has written ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her “real” name, which is Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Her mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards.

Joseph Finder is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels, most recently Guilty Minds. His books have won numerous awards, including the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for Buried Secrets (2011), the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for Killer Instinct (2006) and the Barry Award for Best Thriller for Company Man (2005). The Boston Globe has called him the “master of the modern thriller.” Two of his novels have been made into major motion pictures, including High Crimes, which was adapted into the hit 2002 movie starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman; and Paranoia, the basis for the 2013 film starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Liam Hemsworth.

Lara Adrian is the New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author of the Midnight Breed vampire romance series, with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed to more than 20 countries. Her books regularly appear in the top spots of all the major bestseller lists including the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Indiebound, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc. And, they have won several awards. Shee also writes as TINA ST. JOHN and her seven historical romances have won numerous awards including the National Readers Choice; Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice; Booksellers Best and many others.

All the AIBF fundraising events: The kick-off Luncheon, Writers Workshop, the Author Face-Off Dinner Gala and the pre-festival events such as the Murder Mystery Dinner, (set for Friday, October 28, 2016) “Hit the Pin for Literacy” charity golf tourney (set for Friday, November 11, 2016) contribute to the goal of buying books for the students in Nassau County Schools.

The three-day festival culminates on Saturday, February 18, with a free-all day line-up of guest authors. The Authors Expo/Readers Extravaganza features more than 100 noted authors, breakout sessions, activities for kids, food, fun and family festivities as well as some bestselling author presentations which require a reservation as space is limited.

“Without the help of Steve and Liz Berry, we would not be able to attract this awesome caliber of authors to our boutique festival,” says Marie Fenn, 2017 AIBF president. “Equally as important, we have an exceptional group of Board directors who are working diligently to make this our best Festival ever. This group is supplemented by a dedicated cadre of some 80 additional volunteers. You’ll be hearing soon from some of these folks regarding sponsorship opportunities and tickets to our fundraising events. This is a county-wide effort dedicated to helping students succeed.”

It all adds up to helping kids in our community get even more excited about reading. Be part of it and help us raise money as we aim this year to exceed our 2016 achievement and provide 8,000 books,” says Jim Weinsier, AIBF vice president.

The 2016-2017 AIBF Volunteer Board Officers and Directors are: Raffaela “Marie” Fenn, president; James Weinsier, vice president; Anne Read, secretary; Fran Shea, treasurer; and Wendee Ashmore, Barbara Heggenstaller, Lauree Hemke, Mary Jane Johnson, Bob Langert, Elsa Mitschele, Foy Maloy, Mandy Purvis, Terry Ramsay and Jamie Thompson. For continual updates to events, breakout sessions, author signups, tickets and sponsorship and donor opportunities, visit www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org. The Amelia Island Book Festival is a not for profit 501(c)3 Corporation seeking to open up the world through books. Our mission is to promote life-long learning and an appreciation for books by providing quality events featuring local area and world-renowned authors.

July 23rd at the Art and Farmers Markets

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charlies-art-july2016July 23, 2016, is the fourth Saturday of the month and that means the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market will be joined by the fine artists and craftsmen of the Fernandina Beach Arts Market. Located on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre in historic, Fernandina Beach, both markets will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.

Charlie’s Art is Artist Charlie Weisenborn who specializes in oil paintings. While she paints just about anything, at the Arts Market, she concentrates on 24 X 36 inch paintings, affordable minis with easel stands, coloring canvas packs, tees, aprons, tea towels and other reproductions of her original designs relating to farmers market items, and of course, shrimp.

Reverse Glass by Gail is painted glassware where the designs face both the interior and the exterior of the glass. This creates an unusual view that can be enjoyed from any angle. Non-toxic, permanent, dishwasher and microwave safe, these environmentally inspired works of art are original, hand painted, and make wonderful gifts.

La Soucique Studio Silversmiths is another exhibitor in the Arts Market and they take their inspiration from the sea creating pieces in the calming and vibrant hues of the sand and water. They like to use found objects (such as sea glass) and utilize hand forging techniques to create custom silver jewelry that highlights the timeless simplicity, tranquility and beauty of each piece of sea glass or gemstone.

One of the Market Place farmers’ markets weekly vendors is the Cross Creek Honey Company. Having spent over three years working with the Florida Department of Agriculture to adopt the first honey standard in the nation, they are pleased to announce they have a resupplied their Florida Everglades. This new batch of honey is very good tasting, a little sweeter, and a bit paler in color than what you have seen at their booth in the past. They have several new beeswax candle designs, too.

Weekly vendor, Percy’s Spice Pantry, is a family business operated by Percy and her daughters. They make uniquely flavored salts that can be used for cooking, rubbing, or finishing, and the salts make fantastic rimmers for your cocktail of choice.

July 23rd at the Art and Farmers MarketsTopsy Toffee’s Tucker Juan told me his fun logo represents the St. John’s River, and his family recipe for toffee is a delicious, natural product made from Florida sugar and Georgia pecans that will last for about 45 days, longer if kept in the fridge… but honestly, the toffee tastes so good it will be long gone before the end of the first week. Be sure to try his summer specialty, “S’mores of July”. Flavored with slivered almonds, graham crackers, melted chocolate, and topped with marshmallows, this is sure to be a seasonal favorite.

Florida State College at Jacksonville offers a Massage Therapy program and their students need practical hours of experience, and what better place for them to find subjects than a well attended farmers market? Stop by to learn more about the program, or to experience a supervised massage by one of their students.

Together the markets bring nearly 60 vendors to downtown Fernandina offering a delightful and unique outdoor shopping experience where friends and neighbors gather. This week’s music is provided by the toe-tapping sounds of Bruce Beville and Laid Back. For more information, please find both markets on facebook and the world wide web.

Save Me Dolly Parton

Save Me Dolly PartonFernandina Beach, FL – Anyone who has experienced or watched someone experience the “joys of new motherhood” should make plans now to attend Save Me Dolly Parton at the Amelia Musical Playhouse. The author, Megan Gogerty, who has made a career of stand-up comedy shares her experiences in this one woman show.

The new Mom, Megan, is played by Rachel Tyler who has a long history in our local theatres. Rachel has costumed several shows at AMP including most recently Spamalot and she has directed shows including Bad Panda and The Producers. Maybe you’ve seen her on stage in shows like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Vagina Monologues.

Now we are fortunate enough to see Rachel in her delivery of Megan’s new baby experience with all the love, surprises, self doubt and frustrations. She comes from a long line of very strong women and compares herself to all of them. She idolizes Dolly Parton and looks to her for inspiration. She looks to find herself again in the midst of sleep deprivation, juggling a career and a baby, What should she do? Where should she go? Come see the solution.

Get your tickets by calling (904)-277-3455, or by visiting www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com. Performances are at 7:30 on July 22nd and July 23rd. Save Me Dolly Parton is produced by special arrangement with Original Works Publishing. It is directed by Arlene Filkoff.

Amelia Island Jazz Festival Names 216 Scholarship Winner

 Amelia Island Jazz Festival Names 216 Scholarship Winner18 year old Thomas Milovac, a gifted bassist from Clermont, Florida, will be honored with a college scholarship from the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, it was announced today by AIJF Artistic Director Les DeMerle. A member of the Florida All State Band while attending East Ridge High School, Milovac will accept the festival’s annual award when he performs at the 2016 Amelia Island Jazz Festival, October 2-9, at various venues in Fernandina Beach. He will be introduced at a pre-festival Jazz Party featuring DeMerle’s trio, with vocalist Bonnie Eisele, at Horizon;s restaurant, August 12 and 13. Milovac will also be sitting in with them for the opening sets prior to headliner shows with Houston Person and Bria Skonberg on October 7 and 8, in the Parish Hall at St. Michael’s Academy. Additionally, Milovac’s quintet, along with Jazz Vocalist Lisa Kelly, will host and play the Friday and Saturday night jam sessions at Arte Pizza that will follow the main concerts.

“This kid is the real deal,” said DeMerle, “and we are positive that Thomas will do very well in the jazz world that awaits him. I very much look forward to performing with him during the festival.” For his undergraduate university training, Milovac plans on joining the highly regarded music program at the University of North Florida. He also hopes to attain a master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music following his work at UNF.

Proficient on both acoustic and electric basses, Milovac began studying music at age 11 and boasts a wide range of influences. “I’ve listened a lot to Charles Mingus, Ray Brown and Jimmy Blanton,” he said, “but I’m also into more modern bass styles by Christian McBride and Jaco Pastorius.” However his interests go way beyond the jazz greats. “I really enjoy delta blues, classical music, and even some New York punk,” he added, “and I incorporate some of those sounds into my playing.” Presently Milovac leads East Ridge High School’s first ever jazz combo and in the process he has become adept at running a band and writing arrangements. “After school I definitely want to hit the road, do some recording and make my mark as a jazz musician,” he said.

Now in its 13th year, the AIJF will take place at several locations in Fernandina Beach, Florida, from October 2-9, and will kick off with its annual free concert in Amelia Park on Sunday, October 2, with the 21 piece UNF Jazz Ensemble. Additional shows will include a Wednesday October 5 swing night, Jump Jive and Wail, that will feature The Dynamic Les DeMerle Little Big Band at Sandy Bottoms, a Latin Jazz Night October 6 with the sizzling hot, award winning, and internationally famous Trio Caliente, also at Sandy Bottoms and a Dixie to Swing Jazz Brunch at the Florida House Inn featuring the Spare Rib Six Dixieland Band with JB Scott on trumpet. For a full schedule and ticket information, please go to www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com. or contact the Festival Hotline at (904) 504-4772.

In addition to online, tickets may be purchased at the UPS Store, 1417 Sadler Road, in the Island Shopping Center, or at the AIFBY Chamber Of Commerce, Gateway to Amelia, A1A and Amelia Parkway. A not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival distributes proceeds toward its scholarship program to fund college educations for aspiring jazz musicians.

Volkswagens to Invade Amelia Island

 Volkswagens to Invade Amelia IslandVolkswagens, or VWs, are a top-selling German vehicle who made household names out of the Golf, the Beetle, and the Passat.

On Saturday, July 16, 2016, Dune Buggy Brothers have partnered with Townies Pizzeria and organized a ride around Amelia Island for Volkswagen owners.

Meet them at Townies, an eclectic pizzeria located at 819 TJ Courson Road in Fernandina, to hangout and meet other volkswagen owners, and bring your VW parts to sell or trade. Then jump in your ride for a sunset cruise around the island.

The event is planned for 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; for more information, or to RSVP, please copy and paste the following link into your url address bar: www.facebook.com/events/1567127566914826/.

Amelia Island Book Festival Brings R.L. Stine to Amelia Island

Fernandina Beach, FL – Mark your calendars for the “dream team” of literary superstars headed to Amelia Island, February 16 – 18, 2017 as the area celebrates the 16th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival (AIBF). Revel in the company of world-renowned and NYT bestselling authors Steve Berry, R.L. Stine, David Baldacci, Mary Kay Andrews, Joseph Finder, Lara Adrian and others, to benefit the Festival’s acclaimed Authors in Schools Literacy Program. The program brings noted authors to every public school in the county, gives the students an opportunity to hear and meet these authors, and the experience is highlighted by presenting that author’s book to each student.

The Festival is proud to announce that Steve Berry is returning as honorary chairman for a second year. The international number-one bestselling author, known for his trademark mix of fact, fiction, history and speculation, has just published his provocative new thriller The 14th Colony, making this number eleven in the famous Cotton Malone series. His books have been translated into 40 languages with 20 million copies in 51 countries. In addition, he and his wife, Liz, will conduct their highly sought after, Lessons from a Bestseller Writers Workshop to support Authors in Schools.

R.L. Stine is coming to Amelia Island! No matter what your age, everyone knows of Goosebumps and its beloved author. Stine is one of the bestselling children’s authors in history, stimulating young and old alike with his jovial style. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Goosebumps. His astounding list of accomplishments is mind-boggling—he’s written more than 300 books (130 books in the Goosebumps series alone); there are 400 million copies, printed in 32 languages, a TV series, a movie, countless accolades and awards, and a teen series called Fear Street, that just won the Chicago Tribune YA Book Prize and a movie from 20th-Century Fox based on the Fear Street series is scheduled for release in 2017.

David Baldacci is the featured keynote speaker at the festival’s kickoff luncheon, Thursday, Feb. 16. Baldacci has published 32 novels for adults—all (including his most recent, The Last Mile) have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. He has also published five novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller The Finisher, which is in development for feature film.

By popular demand, AIBF is repeating last year’s favorite and signature event the Author Face-off Dinner Gala on Friday, February 17 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort with a new cast of top authors in the hot seats. Joining Steve Berry and R.L. Stine on stage are Mary Kay Andrews, Lara Adrian and Joseph Finder.

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Town, and many, many more. Her 24th novel, The Weekenders launched in May 2016. Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards.

Joseph Finder is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels, most recently Guilty Minds. His books have won numerous awards, including the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for Buried Secrets (2011), the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for Killer Instinct (2006) and the Barry Award for Best Thriller for Company Man (2005). The Boston Globe has called him the “master of the modern thriller.” Two of his novels have been made into major motion pictures, including High Crimes, which was adapted into the hit 2002 movie starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman; and Paranoia, the basis for the 2013 film starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Liam Hemsworth.

Lara Adrian is the New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author of the Midnight Breed vampire romance series, with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed to more than 20 countries. Her books regularly appear in the top spots of all the major bestseller lists including the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Indiebound, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc. And, they have won several awards. She also writes as TINA ST. JOHN and her seven historical romances have won numerous awards including the National Readers Choice; Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice; Booksellers Best and many others.

All the AIBF fundraising events:
The kick-off Luncheon, Writers Workshop, the Author Face Off Dinner Gala and the pre-festival events such as the Murder Mystery Dinner, (set for Friday, October Amelia Island Book Festival “Hit the Pin for Literacy” charity golf tourney (set for Friday, November 11, 2016) contribute to the goal of buying books for the students in Nassau County Schools.

The three-day festival culminates on Saturday, February 18, with a free-all day line-up of guest authors. The Authors Expo/Readers Extravaganza features more than 100 noted authors, breakout sessions, activities for kids, food, fun and family festivities as well as some bestselling author presentations which require a reservation as space is limited.

For more information: www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org

Pub Night Social with EABC

The EABC (European American Business Club) meeting for July will be a pub night social at Pablo’s Mexican Grill and Cantina. This will be an opportunity to relax, visit with friends and network with new acquaintances in an informal setting.

They do not plan to have a speaker for this event, but do plan to hold a drawing for a nice bottle of wine or spirits, depending on how the spirit moves. We will also talk about our exciting August event (to White Oak Plantation) and provide some details of interest.

There is no charge for this meeting, so you’re on your own for refreshments and food.

With many people traveling on vacation and due to some difficulty in securing our original venue for July, it seemed natural to just have a relaxed, fun night for this month’s meeting. So come on out to Pablo’s and join the gang for a cool one. The group will likely be in the patio area, but check with the host/hostess when you arrive. It will likely be obvious where they are.

Pablo’s Mexican Grill & Cantina is located at 12 North Second Street in historic Fernandina Beach.

If you know someone who might enjoy our club, bring them along.

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 6 pm – 8 pm
Cost: Everyone pay-as-you-go
Please R.S.V.P. to info@eabcnetwork.com so we have an idea of how many to expect Send us an email if you are planning to attend. You are still invited should you decide to attend at the last minute without letting us know. …and feel free to bring a friend or two!

TED Talk Speakers Announced for TEDxFSCJ

TEDxFSCJ has revealed the presenters for its upcoming annual October event, which aims to elevate locally driven ideas.

TEDxFSCJ is a motivating one-day event inspired by TED and produced by a diverse group of FSCJ students, faculty and staff. This year’s theme of “Engage” challenges attendees to engage with ideas, social issues and different local Jacksonville communities.

TEDxFSCJ will feature talks from 10 speakers who directly or indirectly impact FSCJ and the Jacksonville community. Their presentations will convey thoughts and ideas that educate, ignite passion and leave a lasting impression. This year’s speakers and topics include:
* Ranna Abduljawad – “Raising a Muslim Daughter in America”
* Allishia Bauman – “Paying Positivity Forward with #withlovejax”
* Jen Deane – “Mutual Rehabilitation: Inmates and Shelter Dogs Socializing Each Other”
* Jessica Gregory – “Destigmatizing the Mentally Ill”
* Rebecca Levy – “The Importance of Dance in the Community”
* Marquiese Mervin – “The Importance of Diversity in Arts Education”
* Emily Michael – “The Confluence of Imagination and the Body”
* Travis Pinckney – “Moving from At-Risk to Action”
* Rachel Rippey – “Changing the Cycle of Systemic Exclusion of People with Disabilities”
* Jared Rypkema – “The Role of Storytelling in the Community”

Click HERE to to view the full bios of this year’s TEDxFSCJ speakers. For more information, visit tedxfscj.com.

WHEN: Saturday, October 8, 2016, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE: Florida State College at Jacksonville-Downtown Campus, 101 W. State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

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Post July 4th Beach Clean-Up Planned

Keep Nassau Beautiful and Wild Amelia invite you to participate in a beach clean-up on Tuesday, July 5 at 6:00 a.m. where volunteers will meet at Peters Point.

This clean-up is specifically for the purpose of getting fireworks debris off the beach before it washes into the sea at high tide, so we will get out at first light to begin to pick up what we can.

All you need to bring is water, if you wish. Bags, gloves, and vests will be provided.

There is no need to pre-register. Just show up with a willingness to help restore the health of our beach after the fun of the July 4 holiday weekend.

So many sticks, plastic caps and other small objects are always left behind on our beaches after the fireworks display.

Plan to sign in when you arrive and after a brief gathering for important information (and to receive your supplies), and a group photo for newspaper publicity, you will be free to walk south or north as you pick up debris. Your time is your own; you may leave when you wish and know we are grateful for your time.

Hometown July 4th Holiday in Downtown Fernandina

The City of Fernandina Beach Marina will Light Up Amelia along South Front Street in historic, downtown on July 4, 2016.

This all ages event is FREE and the fun begins at 6:00 p.m., ending after the fireworks show which begins at 9:00 p.m.

There will be several competitions including Patriotic Pooches at 6:30, Best Decorated Patriotic Bicycle at 7:00, and Pie Eating, and the Nassau Community Band will be playing patriotic music at 7:45 p.m. Bring your family and a comfortable chair, the City has arranged for vendors to be set up with food, drinks, and souvenirs.

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