Amelia Book Festival Kicks Off with Zara Phillips

Amelia Book Festival Kicks Off with Zara PhillipsThe 2015 Amelia Island Book Festival kicks off with a dynamic and engaging songwriter and singer, Zara Phillip’s strong lyrical themes and powerful melodies create music that is both thought provoking and entertaining.

She began her career working as a back up vocalist for Bob Geldorf, Live Aid Creator and toured extensively with him and with the group Bananarama.

Zara has written a one-woman show, Beneath My Father’s Sky, that debuted November 12, 2014 and produced a CD, When The Rain Stops, with Grammy Award winner, Ted Perlman.

In 2008 she produced an adoption documentary entitled Roots, Unknown that won Best Homegrown Documentary at the Garden State Film Festival in New Jersey. She then wrote her well-known book, Mother Me, about Zara’s journey to motherhood from an adoptee’s point of view, a compelling and personal memoir.

An Evening of Story and Song is pleased to partner with the Amelia Island Book Festival to present this talented singer, songwriter, and author for an evening of music and words on Thursday, February 19th.

The show will be from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

Tickets are $20.00 for members, and $25.00 for non-members.

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SearchAmelia Creates a Relay for Life Team

SearchAmelia Creates a Relay for Life TeamWe all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer. This year SearchAmelia.com is fighting cancer through Relay For Life Fernandina Beach/Yulee. (Find us on facebook.)

We have been posting articles and local events on SearchAmelia since 2008 and we hope you will join us by showing your support for our efforts by making a donation to Relay for Life — big or small — toward our fundraising goal.

Relay For Life will be held at Main Beach this year in Fernandina, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. This year’s theme is Hope Around the World and SearchAmelia has selected Kenya as our country to represent. Because cancer knows no boundries, Kenya also hosts their own Relay for Life events and our booth and its costumes and decorations hope to bring a bit of Kenya to Amelia Island. Other teams are selecting other countries like China, New Zealand and England.

There will be several bands performing, other live entertainment, themed laps, an activities zone for the children and much, much more.

The Relay movement gives everyone an opportunity to come together to honor cancer survivors, remember those lost to the disease, and raise funds.

The American Cancer Society is putting your donation dollars to work now, investing in groundbreaking cancer research and providing free information and services to cancer patients and their caregivers. With your help, we aren’t just fighting one type of cancer we’re fighting for every birthday!

As a volunteer on the committee, I will be putting the exciting details together for a press release to be published next week. But, in the mean time, we ask you to please join our team and make a small donation!

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Rotary Amelia Island Sunrise Announce 2015 Wine and Food Tasting

Rotary Amelia Island Sunrise Announce 2015 Wine and Food TastingFernandina Beach, FL – Rotary Amelia Island Sunrise is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the Third Annual International Wine and Food Tasting Event on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Amelia Island Museum of History.

This year, proceeds will benefit Arts Alive Nassau, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing arts opportunities and education to children in Nassau County who have limited access to the arts.

In addition to sampling a selection of international wines, provided by A Taste of Wine by Steve, guests will enjoy a variety of local craft beers-with thanks to the Amelia Island Hospitality Group. Local restaurants such as GG’s Bistro, Amelia Tavern, Sliders, The Crab Trap and the North Hampton Golf Club and are just a few of the area dining establishments that will be serving delicious hors d’oeuvres guaranteed to please the palate of event participants.

Classical guitarist Tom Jordan and popular local entertainer Dan Voll are among the musical offerings for the evening. As in year’s past, a silent and live auction are also part of the program. Last year, over $30,000 was raised and donated to Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

VIP tickets are $125 and tickets for the Main Event $65. Tickets can be purchased online at ameliaislandrotary.org, at a Taste of Wine by Steve (located at 4924 First Coast Highway) or by calling Rotary president Mark Cutshaw at 904-753-1272. Dress code is Black Tie Optional.

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about the club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please contact president, Mark Cutshaw at mcutshaw@chpk.com or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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Shrimp Festival has Food Booth Openings for Nassau Non-profits

Shrimp Festival has Food Booth Openings for Nassau Non-profits Applications are being accepted for additional food booths to set up during the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival until February 28, 2015. More food booths are needed in both the Kids Fun Zone and the main area of the Shrimp Festival. To be considered, you must be a non-profit organization within Nassau County, Florida. Many of our food booths make the majority of their annual budgets by being a part of this popular festival, always held the first weekend in May.

Fresh, local shrimp is a staple at the festival and with over 100,000 attendees to be fed, this is an excellent opportunity. The Kids Fun Zone has expanded into a larger area for 2015 and that also means more games, more rides, more entertainment and we are in need of more kid-friendly foods.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 North America best events. The street festival features fine arts and crafts, antiques, live entertainment, Blessing of the shrimp boat fleet, pirate invasions, family friendly contests, a Kids Fun Zone and of course, lots and lots of shrimp!

To be accepted into the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, all food booths must be organized, staffed and run by a Nassau County, Florida, non-profit organization. No commercial food vendors are permitted!

To apply for a food booth please forward your non-profit information/certificate/EIN number, contact names and phone numbers, and proposed menu and pricing to foodbooths@shrimpfestival.com.

The dates of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival are Friday, May 1, 2015, from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm; Saturday, May 2nd, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; and Sunday May 3rd, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Annual Pirates’ Parade will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 6:00 pm.

For more information visit ShrimpFestival.com.

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Community Emergency Response Team and Storm Spotter Training

Community Emergency Response Team and Storm Spotter TrainingNassau County is creating a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

The CERT Basic Course will be available to those interesed. This is a 24 hour course spread over three days, eight hours per day (Course structure in terms of delivery is subject to change as agreements are underway).

In a perfect world, a couple people from each Basic CERT course would agree to attend the CERT Train-the-trainer Course which is also a 24-hour course. This would allow them to then certify other citizens as CERT members. By this method, the CERT teams can continue to grow as each group certifies their own people in the CERT program.

For example: If someone from the Pirates’ Club attended both courses, they could then return to the Pirates Club and certify other members. This is a great option as it allows for internal coordination and likely provides the students and instructors more flexibility.

Think of CERT as neighbor helping neighbor!

Citizen Corps
By joining the Citizen Corps, members would attend specific training to a level that they can assist at the emergency operations center (EOC) during times of activation in specific positions. This obviously would be a larger time investment for each volunteer, but it is also quite rewarding to be able to staff the EOC when it is activated for an emergency or disaster situation.

Think of Citizen Corps as an emergency operations center force-multiplier.

NWS Storm Spotter Course
This is a two-hour course that is provided by the National Weather Service. Nassau County will host this class at the Nassau County Emergency Operations Center located at 77150 Citizen’s Circle, Yulee, FL 32097. The class is April 14th from 6-8 PM. The county does not have specific minutes on the course. This course is first come first serve because it is a hosted course, not one that is provide by our county. To register, simply RSVP to the email address at the bottom of this article by April 7th if at all possible.

For more information on either class, please contact Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Sean Card at (904) 548-0953 or by email at sacard@nassauso.com.

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2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction

2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction

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A new auction house is coming to Amelia Island for the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and Bonhams is a recognized name when it comes to fine auctions!

Bonhams Amelia Island Auction will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2015.

Preview Days are Wednesday and Thursday, March 10-11, from 10:00am until 5:00pm.

The auction will be held at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

Some auction highlights include Marlene Dietrich’s 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformable Phaeton, a 1911 EMF Model 30 Factory Racer, a 1936 Wanderer W25K Roadster, and a 1932 Stutz DV32 Super Bearcat Convertible – just to name a few.

The best source of info for folks is by far the website: Bonhams.com/Amelia. You will find all lot details, descriptions, estimates, pictures and post-sale results are or will be available there.

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2015 Valentine’s Day Artrageous Art Walk

2015 Valentine's Day Artrageous Art WalkSaturday, February 14, 2015 is the date of the 2015 Valentine’s Day Artrageous Art Walk and all of the galleries in Fernandina Beach will be open for your pleasure.

Island Art Association

The Island Art Association will be open from 5:00 – 8:00 PM in downtown Fernandina and will be presenting Susan Henderson as the February Artist of the Month.

Susan is a Florida painter and Fernandina Beach resident whose work is regularly shown in the Jacksonville Watercolor Society and the Women Painters of the Southeast exhibitions. In 2014 Susan exhibited in the 24th Annual All-Florida Juried Arts Show in Stuart. Susan paints landscapes and plant material from Florida and the American southwest.

The IAA show focuses on recent work from Florida in large format using images familiar to many locals with a different spin. Working in oils Susan captures the unique light and color found in local waterways and plant material.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ohio State University and has lived and painted in Fernandina since 2006.

The exhibition of Susan Henderson’s recent painting is on display at the Island Art Association at 18 N. 2nd St in Fernandina Beach through February 28. The opening reception is on Saturday February 14 from 5 – 7.

Also on exhibit through February at the Island Art Association is the annual juried Nassau County high school art show. At The Island Art Association, for the month of February, is the Annual Nassau County High School Student Art Show. Four High Schools in Nassau County are represented.

This is a juried show; the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners receive gift certificates, paid by the Art Association, for art supplies from Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff in Boone NC.

All winners receive “art goodies” from Joe Miller, owner of Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff. The judge for this show was Avery DeLuca, a history of art student at the University of Florida.

Come see the many talented students in this show!

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Rendezvous Festival’s Movie House Continues at Sheffield’s at the Palace

Rendezvous Festival's Movie House Continues at Sheffield's at the PalaceThe Movie House, presented by the Rendezvous Festival and hosted by Sheffield’s at the Palace, continues this Thursday evening, February 12th, with The Birder’s Guide to Everything, directed by Luke Matheny.

Crossroad Films sums up the movie, “David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he’s made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father’s remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history.”

Starring as David in The Birder’s Guide to Everything is Kodi Smit-McPhee, a young actor also seen in Twentieth Century Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Other actors in the film include James Le Gros, Daniela Lavender, Katie Chang, Alex Wolff and Ben Kingsley.

Director Luke Matheny received the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for God of Love. After the Academy Awards in 2011, The Calgary Herald reported, “We didn’t know who Luke Matheny was before he won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short for God of Love, but we fell in love with him the moment the mop-haired director opened his mouth… the young filmmaker’s enthusiasm was infectious, and even the Hollywood elite applauded when Matheny thanked his mother…” And with his mother’s ties to Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach applauded him, too.

Hide Your Smiling Faces, a film that has earned a variety of awards and nominations, will be featured at The Movie House on February 19th.

A new movie will be featured every Thursday night until the Rendezvous Festival opens on June 5, 2015. The doors to Sheffields open at 6:30, and the movie screenings start at 7:00 PM. Tickets are only $10.00 and include a bag of popcorn. Hola! Cuban Café’s menu is available for order, and there is a cash bar.

The Rendezvous Festival is named after a music club that once hosted famed musicians such as Louis Armstrong, James Brown, Billie Daniels, and Ray Charles in the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s. In 1964, the Rendezvous was hit hard by Hurricane Dora and everything was destroyed. The Rendezvous Festival is all about entertainment and brings artists and the community together for a nine day event.

For more information visit the website: www.rendezvousfestival.com.

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Yulee Cinema Preview Night Benefits Humane Society

Yulee Cinema Preview Night Benefits Humane Society
Thursday, February 12, 2015, is non-profit night at the new movie theater in Yulee, the night before the grand opening. Nassau Humane Society was selected to receive all sales from that night. The tickets, drinks, and popcorn are all $2.00 for the night.

Featured Films:

Top Five: Top Five is a 2014 American comedy film written and directed by Chris Rock.

John Wick: An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

Gone Girl: With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.

Whiplash: A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.

St. Vincent: A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.

Interestellar: A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.

Nightcrawler: When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

Penguins of Madagascar: Penguins of Madagascar is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated action comedy film,[10] produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox.

The Theory of Everything: The relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

Hunger Games: Mocking Jay – Part 1: Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.

The new theatre will be furnished with 10 screens and have total seating capacity for more than 1,700 guests. The BigD, Carmike’s own premium large screen format experience auditorium, will seat 357 patrons. All auditoriums in the leading-edge entertainment complex will be equipped with stadium seating with comfortable high-back rocking luxury seats, retractable armrests and convenient cup holders. The Coastal Cinema 10 will contain large, wall-to-wall screens, DLP digital projection and digital surround sound in all auditoriums.

The facility’s upscale lobby will contain multiple concession areas featuring self-serve Coca-Cola Freestyle drink centers, which pour more than 100 customized fountain drink varieties. One-stop ticketing will also be included in the lobby area so cinemagoers will be able to escape the elements and purchase tickets with their favorite concessions at the same transaction point. The new complex also provides special services for visually and hearing impaired patrons using Sony Closed Captioning glasses (CC) as well as descriptive and amplified audio (VI & HI).

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Five Years of Short Films at Fernandina Little Theatre

Five Years of Short Films at Fernandina Little TheatreFernandina Little Theatre will celebrate five years of bringing great films to downtown Fernandina Beach as it presents its Fifth Annual Oscar-Nominated Short Films Festival February 13-15.

The festival will again feature all 15 films nominated for Academy Awards for Best Animated, Best Live Action and Best Documentary Short Films, shown in four alternating groups of films at the theatre, located at 1014 Beech St.

Since its founding more than 20 years ago, FLT’s goal has been to be a home for the performing arts on Amelia Island, said Managing Artistic Director Kate Hart. And five years ago, the theater decided the time was right to expand its wide range of programming by showing films, too.

“We already were offering theatrical productions, concerts, readings and improv. Showing films just seemed like the logical next step for us,” Hart said.

First, the theater at Beech and South Eleventh Street added a state-of-the art digital projection system so it could screen films in HD and surround sound. Then, the search was on for its first film event.

Deciding its focus should be on bringing acclaimed contemporary films that typically didn’t make it to the island’s commercial film theater, FLT leapt at the opportunity to partner with Magnolia Films to bring the Oscar-Nominated Short Films Festival to Fernandina.

“There aren’t many opportunities to see short films in a movie theater, and showcasing great films that you normally can’t see anyplace else was a perfect fit with our ‘theater outside the box’ mission,” Hart said.

Since the first Oscar-Nominated Shorts Film Festival at FLT in 2011, enthusiasm and ticket sales for the festival have grown every year.

“These filmmakers aren’t constrained by the demands of the box office. The short films are usually more compelling, more experimental in their storytelling and more heart-felt than a lot of feature films. People really respond to them, and once they come that first year, they come back the next,” Hart said.

Since launching the shorts festival, FLT has expanded its film offerings to regular Sunday afternoon screenings as well as its annual DOCtoberFest documentary film festival, which will mark its third anniversary this October.

“The films have really expanded our horizons at the theater and our audiences’,” Hart said.

At the screenings February 13-15, FLT will include an opportunity for film-goers to pick the films they think will win the Oscar in all three categories. Those who correctly pick the three short films which win Oscars on February 22 will be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to an upcoming stage production at the theater, now celebrating its 23nd season.

Best Animated Short Films

The five animated short films, plus four animated films of note, will screen at 8:15 pm February 13, 4:15 pm February 14, and 1:30 pm February 15. Ratings guidelines: PG. Kids over 8 should not have a problem with anything here, but likely won’t care for the darker films (“Bigger Picture” and
“Footprints”).

A Single Life | The Netherlands | 2 minutes
When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life.

Feast | USA | 6 minutes
From from first-time director Patrick Osborne and Walt Disney Animation Studios, The story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.

Me and My Moulton | Canada/Norway | 14 minutes
One summer in mid-’60s Norway, a seven-year-old girl asks her parents if she and her sisters can have a bicycle. “Me and My Moulton” provides a glimpse of its young protagonist’s thoughts as she struggles with her sense that her family is a little out of sync with what she perceives as “normal.”

The Bigger Picture | UK | 7 minues
“You want to put her in a home; you tell her; tell her now!” hisses one brother to the other. But Mother won’t go, and their own lives unravel as she clings on.
Innovative, life-size animated characters tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent.

The Dam Keeper | USA | 18 minutes
“The Dam Keeper” tells the tale of a young pig encumbered with an important job, and the meeting of a new classmate who changes everything. The Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen of television’s “Forbrydelsen” (“The Killing”), and BBC’s “Sherlock,” narrates this timeless fable.

Plus Highly Commended animated short films
Sweet Cocoon” (6 minutes/France/Non-dialogue) A caterpillar about to undergo her metamorphosis finds her cocoon is much too small to squeeze into. Two helpful insects come to her aid.

Footprints” (4 minutes/USA/Non-dialogue) A gullible man goes on a quest to find a mysterious, destructive monster, only to arrive at a surprising revelation.

Duet” (4 minutes/USA/Non-dialogue) “Duet” tells the story of Mia and Tosh and how their individual paths in life weave together to create an inspired duet.

Bus Story” (11 minutes/Canada/English) Our protagonist dreams of becoming a bus driver in order to cruise down quiet country lanes and connect with nature, her young charges and their parents. But her idyllic view of her new job is sorely tested after she meets her surly boss, named Killer, and discovers that winding roads can prove treacherous in winter, especially with a faulty clutch.

Best Live Action Short Films

The five live-action shorts will screen at 12:15 and 8 pm February 14 and 5:15 pm February 15.

Aya | Israel-France | 39 minutes
Two strangers unexpectedly meet at an airport. He mistakenly assumes her to be his assigned driver. She, enchanged by the random encounter, does not hurry to prove him wrong.

Boogaloo and Graham | UK | 14 minutes
Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family.

Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak) | France-China | 15 minutes
A young itinerant photographer and his assistant offer to photograph some Tibetan nomads in front of variou backgrounds.

Parvaneh | Switzerland | 25 minutes
A young Afghan immigrant travels to Zurich where she encounters a punk named Emily.

The Phone Call | UK | 21 minutes
“The Phone Call” follows Heather (played by Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins) a shy lady who works at a helpline call center. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man (played by Oscar winner Jim Broadbent), she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.

Best Documentary Short Films

The five documentary shorts will be shown in two sessions. Ratings guidelines: R. Adult themes including cancer, slaughterhouse workers and an infant with a rare respiratory disorder. There are scenes in the latter two films (“The Reaper” and “Our Curse”) that are difficult to watch.

Group One
Screening: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14; 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 | USA | 40 minutes
This timely documentary spotlights the traumas endured by America’s veterans, as seen through the work of the hotline’s trained responders, who provide immediate intervention and support in hopes of saving the lives of service members.

Joanna | Poland | 40 minutes
With great visual poetry, “Joanna” portrays the simple and meaningful moments in the life of her family. Diagnosed with an untreatable illness, Joanna promises her son that she will do her best to live for as long as possible. It is a story of close relationships, tenderness, love and thoughtfulness.

Group Two
Screening: 10:30 a.m. & 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14; 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15

Our Curse | Poland | 27 minutes
The film is a personal statement of the director and his wife, who have to deal with a very rare and incurable disease of their newborn child – the Ondine’s Curse
(also known as CCHS, congenital central hypoventilation syndrome). People affected with this disease stop breathing during sleep and require lifetime mechanical ventilation on a ventilator.

The Reaper (La Parka) | Mexico | 29 minutes
Efrain, known as the Reaper, has worked at a slaughterhouse for 25 years. We will discover his deep relationship with death and his struggle to live.

White Earth | USA | 20 minutes
Thousands of souls flock to America’s Northern Plains seeking work in the oil fields. “White Earth” is the tale of an oil boom seen through unexpected eyes. Three
children and an immigrant mother brave a cruel winter and explore themes of innocence, home and the American Dream.

Admission to each individual screening session is $10; an Early Bird screening pass (good for the first two screenings on both Saturday and Sunday — a total of four film sessions) is $30.

Tickets and passes are available at The UPS Store in the Fernandina Beach Publix shopping center on Sadler Road. The Fernandina Little Theatre is an intimate space, and patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee seating availability.

For more information about the festival, visit www.ameliaflt.org or www.facebook.com/fernandinalittletheatre.

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Fashion Show Luncheon to Benefit Micah’s Place

Fashion Show Luncheon to Benefit Micah's PlaceMicah’s Place is the only certified domestic violence center serving Nassau County, Florida. Micah’s Place offers safe, confidential shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, and more to victims of domestic violence – all for free! This delightful fund raiser permits you to enjoy a fabulous lunch while viewing the latest fashions for spring by Chico’s and the Monkey Barrel of Amelia Island.

This Style Show and Lunch will be held at Osprey Village on Friday, February 13, 2015, at 11:30 am. Hosted by Osprey Village, an independent living, retirement center on Amelia Island, their professional chef has prepared a menu of tomato bisque, caramelized pear, walnut and Gorgonzola salad with grilled chicken, and a brownie with red berry coulis.

There will be an amazing wine selection, and raffle tickets will be sold for terrific prizes such as a $100.00 gift certificate to David’s Restaurant and Lounge, two nights at The Hoyt House Bed and Breakfast, a large basket of imported chocolates, and more.

Tickets are only $30.00 each and are available at the Purple Dove Resale Center, 474311 E SR 200 in Fernandina Beach, or on Amelia Island at the concierge office of Osprey Village, or at the Monkey Barrel in the Plantation shops located at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation on A1A.

All proceeds from this event will help provide prevention and intervention services, and provide education within our community to effect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence.

For further information about the Style Show and Lunch, please call (904) 491-6364, ext. 100.

If you, or someone you know, are currently experiencing emotional, physical, psychological, economical, verbal, or any other kind of abuse, or are in a controlling relationship, Micah’s Place can help you. Call (800) 500-1119, (904) 225-9979, or visit MicahsPlace.org.

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The Donna – A Race for a Good Cause

The Donna - A Race for a Good CauseBy: Caroline Blochlinger

Great outside sporting events are springing up in our area in the next few weeks. It is not often that we are able to welcome a local TV celebrity to speak at the EABC meeting. Well, we did it this time and Donna Deegan, author, breast cancer awareness advocate and former weekday television anchor on the First Coast News agreed to enlighten us about her cause. Did you know that Donna is an avid marathon runner who started “26.2 with Donna” the National Marathon to fight Breast Cancer? Imagine over 7,000 runners showed up at the inaugural run in 2006. If you are a marathon runner you may want to know how you can join for the next race which is scheduled for February 13-15.

Other than that it will also be interesting to hear Donna speak about some of the many awards and recognitions she received during her career. She received awards such as the Jacksonville Business Journal Women of Influence Award in 2004 and the Enterprising Women’s Leadership Award in 2005, just to mention a few. She might be able to give you some very valid pointers on how she went about and got to where she is in her career today.

Come join us for this exciting EABC meeting Tuesday, February 10 at the Amelia River Golf Club (4477 Buccaneer Trail – Amelia Island, FL 32034) at 6 pm.

You cannot make it that day or time? Well, this is probably the only time we have the opportunity to meet Donna and speak with her up-close and personal. However, we understand if you cannot make it to the meeting this time.

The EABC usually meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Amelia River Golf Club. We have to charge $12 admission so we can pay the bills. But the food is included in the cost and is prepared by the club’s chef. There is an open bar serving some of the best wines and liquor and beers. Coffee, tea and soft drinks are also available.

Everyone is invited to our meetings so bring your friends and guest for this fun filled evening of excitement, fellowship and yes, even gain some valuable business connections at the same time.

EABC speakers and topics are announced each month via email. For more information visit the website www.eabcnetwork.com.

Hope to see you at one of our meetings.

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2015 Home and Patio Show Benefits Multiple Charities

2015 Home and Patio Show Benefits Multiple CharitiesThe 2015 Amelia Island Home and Patio Show benefits several local charities this year including Big Brother Big sister, Micah’s Place, and Habitat for Humanity.

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Amelia Island Nassau County Association of Realtors will feature over 35 premier exhibitors from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Tickets are only $3.00 and $1.00 for children.

Vendors will include specialists in decorating, kitchen cabinets, bathroom products, flooring, paving stones, appliances, indoor and outdoor furnishings, and so much more!

There will be a special Kids Zone, a bounce house, face painting and lots of door prizes.

The 2015 Home and Patio Show will be held at the Atlantic Recreation Center near Main Beach, on Amelia Island.

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Amernet String Quartet Performs as Part of Chamber Music Festival

Amernet String Quartet Performs as Part of Chamber Music FestivalThe winter season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival continues in mid-February with performances by two outstanding ensembles: the highly acclaimed Amernet String Quartet on February 10, (followed by a lunchtime concert on February 12 by the Christiania Trio.)

The Amernet String Quartet, lauded for their “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on February 10. Their show, A Grand Tour of Europe featuring works of Wolf, Goldmark and Chausson, will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2600 Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach. The tickets are $40 per person.

The group has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets. Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami since 2004, the group was formed in 1991 while its founding members were students at the Juilliard School. The Amernet quickly rose to international attention after their first season, winning the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition. The ensemble was subsequently named first prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.

The Amernet’s busy performance schedule has taken the quartet around the globe. The group has collaborated with many of today’s most prominent artists and ensembles, including the Tokyo, St. Lawrence, and Ying quartets as well as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Robert deMaine, Andres Diaz, Roberto Diaz and Valentina Lisitsa. Among the Amernet’s notable engagements have been appearances at Ravinia, Lincoln Center and many festivals, including Mostly Mozart and Lucerne.

Tickets for these and other upcoming performances are available at www.aicmf.com or by calling 904-261-1779.

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DeMerle’s 17-Piece Orchestra Plays 2015 Big Band Bash

DeMerle's 17-Piece Orchestra Plays 2015 Big Band BashThe Amelia Island Jazz Festival is thrilled to present its fourth annual Big Band Bash Benefit Gala – Dinner/Dance, to be held on Valentine’s Day Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, in the ballroom at the Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation, Florida.

The popular Benefit Gala Dinner/Dance will feature The Dynamic Les DeMerle 17-piece Orchestra, with vocalist Bonnie Eisele and special guests,

Enjoy a sumptuous gourmet dinner and dance with your sweetheart to Big Band classics featuring tunes by greats like Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Harry James, with whom Les DeMerle played drums for several years.

Don’t wait until the last minute to purchase your tickets as the Valentine’s day Big Band Bash promises to sell out fast!

Plan to come early to meet and greet the musicians from 6:30 PM to 7 PM. Also check out the auction items, among them Jazz Art by the prestigious Park West Gallery.

Tickets for the Big Band Bash are priced at $85.00 per person, and the proceeds will benefit the Amelia Island Jazz Festival Scholarship Program.

For further information contact the Festival Hotline at (904) 504-4772.

Tickets are available at:
The UPS Store – Island Walk Shopping Center (1417 Sadler Road)

AIFBY Chamber of Commerce – Gateway to Amelia (961687 Gateway Blvd. Suite 101G)

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