February 28th at Fernandina’s Farmers’ Market

February 28th at Fernandina's Farmers' MarketFernandina Beach Market Place farmers market will be open on North Seventh Street in historic, Fernandina Beach from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on February 28, 2015 with over 40 exhibitors! Olives, pickles, pies, salts, candies, seasonal produce, fresh breads and pastries, local honey, beef jerky, gluten-free products, sauces, smoothies, coffee, tea and more is all available on Saturday morning under the cedar and oak trees of Amelia Island.

You will find delicious crab cakes from Lulu’s at the Thompson House, salmon patties, filets and scallops from All About U.S. Salmon, and tasty pink shrimp from Chesser Seafood.

Rose returns this week with her homemade Vietnamese egg rolls, and Seven Trees Nursery has beautiful blooming geraniums in pink, red and lavender.

butter-head-heartierBacon’s Select Produce is growing a heartier, red tipped butter head variety of lettuce, and Kings bell peppers are abundant in green, red and yellow.

Marge Powell, an herbalist for over 20 years, will be joining the Market Place this week with a variety of herbs and heirloom tomatoes in tow. Feel free to ask her about herbal medicines, soap making, cooking with herbs, and of course how to grow them. Marge has conducted hands-on workshops on a variety of herbal topics across the United States.

Entertainment this week will be provided by Bruce Beville and the Laid Back Band. Stop by the Relay for Life booth to learn more about the upcoming event, and cancer survivors are invited to sign up for the FREE breakfast being served on March 21st, sponsored by Sandy Bottoms.

Local business owner Rebecca McKinney, of A Hand to Hold Doula Services, offers important advice, pampering and supportive childbirth related services such as prenatal care, labor support, breastfeeding support, and one-on-one care beyond medical issues to help you through pregnancy and beyond.

Open rain or shine, the Fernandina Beach Market Place is located between Centre and Alachua Streets, on North Seventh Street. For more information please find us on facebook, or visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

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High School Rotary Youth Leadership Award Recipient Visits Rotary

High School Rotary Youth Leadership Award Recipient Visits RotaryMiss Cheyenne Roth, senior at Fernandina Beach High School, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise where she gave club members an overview of her participation in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) conference held last summer at the University of North Florida.

Cheyenne was chosen to attend the conference for high school juniors and seniors where they learn valuable life and leadership skills such as planning fundraisers, working on community projects, interviewing skills, and applying for scholarships.

Cheyenne said the conference changed her life in many positive ways! The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise will be sending two candidates to the RYLA conference in June 2015.

About Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise
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@fpuc.com or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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Miss Shrimp Festival 2015 Now Accepting Applications

Miss Shrimp Festival 2015 Now Accepting Applications Amelia Island, FL – Applications are now being accepted for the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by the Historic Harbor Front Hampton Inn & Suites. Entrants must be high school level juniors and seniors attending public, private, alternative and home schools. Eligible participants must reside in Nassau County, Florida, but may attend high school in another county to enter. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and the title of Miss Shrimp Festival. Scholarships will also be awarded to the First Runner-Up, Second Runner-Up, and Miss Congeniality.

The first rehearsal will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 3 p.m. at Bean School of Dance in Fernandina Beach. Contestants meet weekly to learn the choreography of the opening sequence of the pageant, and to prepare for this highly anticipated event. The competition starts with a judge’s interview and dinner catered by Chick-fil-A the Wednesday before the pageant. On Thursday night the contestants make their first appearance in the Pirate’s Parade, riding the route on boats furnished by Redmond Yachts. On Friday, May 1, 2015, Russell Colburn of Fox 30 News will emcee the pageant. The newly crowned 2015 Miss Shrimp Festival will make several appearances throughout the weekend, help with the Little Pirate Contest, the Beard Contest and participate as a judge in the Shrimp Boat Parade on Sunday.

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!

The Opening Ceremony for the Shrimp Festival begins Friday, May 1st, at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant at 7:00 p.m., though many sponsorship booths, the Kids Zone and the waterfront food booths open at 4:00 p.m. On Saturday May 2nd, the festival gets bigger with over 300 arts and crafts booths joining the fun from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 3, 2015, the festival is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

For more information please visit the official website at ShrimpFestival.com.

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Vietman Vet Gets Help with Critical Home Repairs

Vietman Vet Gets Help with Critical Home RepairsFernandina Beach, FL – Partners can make a difference. Late last year, Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) received a request from a Fernandina Beach resident for assistance. Mr. Bob Danker, a Vietnam War veteran, served as a member of a River Gun Boat team. Suffering from ill health, Danker needed assistance on a critical home repairs.

Pictured A volunteer helps paint the eaves of a house belonging to a local Vietnam Veteran. A large team of volunteers gathered at the home which was in disrepair, and worked together to bring the structure back up to code.
PHOTO by Frances Bartelt

NCCOA volunteers, supported by Home Depot’s Grant for Home Repairs for Veterans Outreach, completed the critical repair of his home in late 2014. However, there was much still to accomplish since the home had not been maintained for some time. This is where more local partners got involved.

During a recent tour of NCCOA’s Fernandina Beach Senior Center. C. A. McDonald, a Plant Manager at Rayonier Corporation, asked if two groups he is involved with, could help out. Bart Cormier, a COA volunteer suggested the groups volunteer and help complete the remaining work on Danker’s home.

The Alert Cadets, a father/sons organization, and members from the Redeemer Community Church tackled exterior pressure washing, siding replacement, fixing a leaky roof, demolition material removal, and a complete exterior paint job. Along with the Home Depot grant, Regional Community Church also donated some of the materials for this large home repair project.

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Pictured: Bart Cormier, NCCOA volunteer positioned in the lower right, poses with the entire team of volunteers consisting of members of the Alert Cadets, members from the Redeemer Community Church and others who took time to help out an aging local veteran. The materials for this project were paid for by a Home Depot grant, and the members of the Regional Community Church.
Photo by Frances Bartelt

According to volunteer Bart Cormier, Nassau County is full of neighbors looking to lend a hand.

“There’s no doubt that the hearts of many in Nassau County want to express their love of neighbor for those that need a helping hand. In this case, much good was accomplished and strangers are strangers no more,” he explained.

In a few short weeks, the Danker home has been restored to good order. Thanks to the partnership of NCCOA, Home Depot, Alert Cadets and the Regional Community Church, a significant difference was made in the life of one man and his home. The synergy of this partnership multiplied the individual efforts and lessened the burden for each along the way. The success of this type of informal partnership could be contagious and spread. We hope it does.

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SearchAmelia Represents Kenya at Relay for Life

SearchAmelia Represents Kenya at Relay for LifeSearchAmelia is gearing up for the Relay for Life event to be held at Main Beach on March 21, 2015.

Keeping with the theme, Hope Around the World, we have chosen Kenya as our country to represent. Kenya had their very first Relay for Life event in 2014!

70 People die of Cancer in Kenya EVERYDAY!

Here is their story:

“Kenya Cancer Association is a volunteer-run umbrella body of individuals (professionals, cancer survivors and members of the public) and organizations who share the commitment to address the cancer problem in Kenya through advocacy public education as well as awareness programs.

The recently enacted National Cancer Prevention and Control Act (2012) is the brainchild of Kenya Cancer Association. Cancer is the third killer disease in the country after infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases. According to Globocan 2012, it was estimated that the incidence of cancer in the country is 38,544 cases and out of that, 26,941 deaths have been recorded It is estimated that up to 70 deaths from cancer occur daily.

Our SearchAmelia booth will be offering Relay for Life Jewelry, ice cold waters, Kenyan cookies and desserts, bandanas and more during the 12 hour event with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

Please donate today by CLICKING HERE, then plan to join us for a lap or two around the track!

Thank you for your support!
Judie

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Les Miserables at Amelia Musical Playhouse

Les Miserables at Amelia Musical Playhouse
Les Miserables, the Broadway Musical Sensation, is coming to the Amelia Musical Playhouse in Fernandina Beach!

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter. The decision changes their lives for ever.

Shows are scheduled for February 26, 27, 28; and March 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 with a 7:30PM curtain. There are two Sunday matinees, March 1st and March 8th at 2:30pm.

Tickets are $20.00 for general admission, and only $15.00 for students.

Tickets are available on line here: www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com

Complimentary refreshments will be served at each performance.

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Amelia Island’s Rendezvous Festival Partners with Eurochannel

Amelia Island's Rendezvous Festival Partners with EurochannelRendezvous Festival and Eurochannel have entered a partnership initiating worldwide exposure to this nine-day movie, music, and gaming event being held all over Amelia Island in June 2015. Featuring movie screenings, talks, concerts, expositions, tributes and parties, the Rendezvous Festival is named after a music club on Amelia Island’s American Beach 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.

Eurochannel is dedicated to promoting European movies, documentaries, and music. Director of Programming and Acquisitions of Eurochannel Christian Poccard, has participated in the selection committees of Film Festivals such as Berlin and Rotterdam, as well as attending Film Festivals around the World like Cannes, Venice, Rome and others. Their branch into music permits viewers to find legends like U2 and Phil Collins performing alongside the hottest upcoming musical acts like Davie Guetta and Enrique Iglesias. Eurochannel brings viewers into the most important film festivals in Europe, and now Amelia Island, where the latest in independent films and music are being positioned to take the world by storm this June.

One highlight of the Rendezvous Festival takes place June 11th when Country Music Association recording artist the Shane Wooten Band takes the stage for a high energy, outdoor concert at Main Beach in Fernandina. Shane, from Ocala, Florida, is a CMA up and coming artist to watch in 2015. “Shane Wooten caught our attention with the numerous accomplishments he has gained so far in his career,” said Integrity Music Management President David Adkins.

The goal of the festival is to inspire the creativity and imagination of new and experienced filmmakers, gamers, and musicians by showcasing the talent of industry professionals.

The Rendezvous Festival takes place June 5th – 13th and is all about entertainment by bringing artists and the community together for an amazing event.

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

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Grief Support Seminar at Council on Aging

Grief Support Seminar at Council on AgingFernandina Beach, FL – Is there an area of your life where you are not feeling fulfilled? Are you struggling with overwhelmingly sad feelings that come with suffering a loss in your life? Are you ready and willing to take action and yet are not sure how?

Come to Nassau County Council on Aging for a free personal development seminar where you can learn ways to create feelings of fulfillment and abundance with tips and strategies overcome those unpleasant emotions. This event will be held at the NCCOA Senior Center located at 1367 S. 18th St. in Fernandina Beach, FL on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 at 2 p.m.

According to Janice Ancrum, NCCOA’s Executive Director, seminars on various topics of importance have a lot of value to the community, “We think a grief seminar is a great idea,” she said.

If you would like to attend, please call 815-748-4676 or email inspeakermode@gmail.com to register for this free event.

Barbara Ellison is a certified personal development trainer, She is certified by Peak Potentials Training, one of the fastest growing business and personal success training companies in North America. Part off their mission is to educate and inspire people to live a life of courage, purpose and joy. Barbara totally shares this mission believing that gender, age, ethnic background should not hinder anyone from living up to their own personal potential. She has studied extensively and has dedicated her life to bringing personal growth and fulfillment to men and women who have suffered loss through death, divorce, career,

In its 41st year of service to senior citizens, Nassau County Council on Aging’s mission is to improve the lives of older adults with a special focus on those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. We accomplish this through our Senior Life Centers, providing vital programs, services and compassionate care designed to improve the health, independence and economic security of Nassau County seniors and their families. We are partially funded by government grants, foundation funding and donations from private individuals.

Pictured: Certified personal development trainer, Barbara Ellison gives her 98 year-old father Malcolm Lunan a hug. She will be teaching a free seminar on overcoming negative feelings on February 23rd at 2 pm at NCCOA’s Senior Center.

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9th Annual Amelia Island Chili Cook-Off

 9th Annual Amelia Island Chili Cook-OffThe 9th Annual Amelia Island Chili Cook-off takes place this Saturday, February 21st, 2015, from 11:00am to 4:00pm, on North Second Street, in downtown Fernandina Beach.

There will be awards for Spiciest; Most Unique; Chef’s Choice; People’s Choice; Overall Best; and Best Booth.

Chili tasting open to the public and costs $10.00 per person. There will also be live music, arts and crafts vendors, and a Kid’s Zone.

Enjoy a day filled with food, fun and music while backyard and business teams whip up their favorite chili recipes and try to impress the masses and take home one of esteemed trophies.

Musical performances by The Crazy Daysies/Rebecca Day, Beau Littles, Yancy Clegg and Wes Cobb all day long!

The kids/entertainment zone will be free and features bouncers, slides, games and much more!!!

Proceeds will help benefit the Amelia Island Montessori School.

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Fill Micah’s Place Pantry

Fill Micah's Place PantryCan you help fill the Micah’s Place pantry? They are in need of the following items:

-Canned goods (vegetables, fruit, soups, tuna, and chicken)
-Cereals
-Snacks
-Gift cards for fresh produce and meats

These items can be dropped off at the Purple Dove Resale Center located at 474311 E SR 200 (Next to Dick’s Wings).

The Resale Center is open Monday – Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and from 9:00 to 5:00 PM on Saturdays.

If you have any questions, please call (904) 491-6364 x100.

Micah’s Place is a Certified Domestic Violence Center and the only one serving Nassau County Florida. Our mission is to provide prevention and intervention services to victims of domestic violence; and to provide education within our community to effect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence. We offer safe, confidential shelter, advocacy, a 24-hour toll-free hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups to victims of domestic violence. All of our services are free and confidential.

If you are currently experiencing emotional, physical, psychological, economical, verbal, or any other kind of abuse, we can help you. Please call 800-500-1119 or 904-225-9979.

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What’s Up Saturday at the Farmers Market

What's Up Saturday at the Farmers MarketHere is “What’s up” at the farmers’ market in downtown Fernandina Beach. First of all, the market has seen incredible support from our Fernandina Beach community and many vendors, while they continue to bring additional quantities of their products each week, are continuing to experience sell-out Saturdays! It is best you arrive early to make sure your favorite vendors have what you are looking for!

With nearly 40 vendors attending the Fernandina Beach Market Place each and every Saturday, we have a few vendors who join us once or twice a month like Steephill Vermont Syrup, White Hawk Farm, and River City Gourmet.

Steephill Vermont Syrup are Snowbirds Bob and Lynn who bring authentic, Grade A Fancy, Medium Amber and Dark Amber syrup from their Vermont farm. They also have Grade B Dark syrup and fresh Maple creme, along with their genuine, hard or soft, maple candies.

White Hawk Farm comes to us all the way from Yulee, Florida, and they bring fresh, raw goat milk and a variety of eggs. If the forecast continues to promise a gorgeous February day on Saturday, Andy will also bring his pet goat, Aruba. Aruba is a farmers market favorite for kids and adults alike.

River City Gourmet, formerly known as Dips 2 Go, sells homemade spice mixes and rubs. Having expanded their line of products they now carry gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegar. Owners Sherry and Mitch strive to bring you different, exciting and unusual flavors to enhance your cooking experience.

We will also have our regular vendors bringing seasonal produce, fresh baked breads and pastries, honey, dog treats, pasta, goat cheese, pies, candies, beef jerky, jelly, and much, much more. Music will be provided by the Hambone Stumps Band.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place is open rain or shine. We are open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., and are located on North Seventh Street, between Centre and Alachua Streets, on Amelia Island. To become a vendor or to learn more please visit www.FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

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2015 Book Festival Features Readers Extravaganza

2015 Book Festival Features Readers ExtravaganzaThe Amelia Island Book Festival features a Reader’s Extravaganza on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at the Atlantic Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

FREE ADMISSION
The year’s lineup of award winning, bestselling and memorable authors, both local and from far off places is dazzling! Whether you enjoy biographies, fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, sci-fi, a wide assortment of genre is all here for you to explore, enjoy and buy.

The Festival offers FREE events all day Saturday. All EXTRAVAGANZA authors’ breakout sessions, TEEN FEST and KIDZ FUN ZONE activities are open to the public and free.

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VYSTAR READERS LUNCHEON
Vystar’s Readers Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Carolyn Curry will also be held Saturday at the Woman’s Club, located directly behind the Atlantic Recreation Center, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Tickets are $25.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members.

Book lovers will not want to miss Curry’s moving talk on faith, hope and courage. Curry is the author of Suffer and Grow Strong, the Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas ( 1834-1907). Her husband Bill Curry will introduce Carolyn.

This is an intimate story of devastating loss and ultimate triumph. Carolyn Curry brings to life the perseverance and metamorphosis of a real life Scarlett O’Hara in the story of Ella “Gertrude” Clanton Thomas. This intelligent, spirited woman was born in 1834 to one of the wealthiest families in Georgia. Thomas began keeping a diary at age 14 and her accounts of life before, during, and after the Civil War filled 13 volumes with 450,000 words. The war and its aftermath changed her life forever. She experienced poverty, illness, and devastating family strife. She saw four of her 10 children die. She grew to question the “peculiar institution” upon which the antebellum South was built. Through it all, Thomas poured her thoughts into her diary and persevered. In her later years, she became a human rights activist.

Kevin-emerson-amelia-islandTEEN FEST
Another Saturday event, held from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, in the Teen Lounge at the Atlantic Recreation Center is Teen Fest… and Teen Fest offers FREE ADMISSION and PIZZA!

Authors will enlighten and entertain throughout the day and the winner of the TEEN FEST writing contest will be announced. This year’s expanded offerings include Kevin Emerson, musician, songwriter, educator, and author, has been writing since he was in elementary school, designing his own unique endings to movies and books. Today he is widely known by young readers as the author of Carlos Gonna Get It, The Atlanteans Trilogy, The Fellowship for Alien Detections, the Lost Code Series, and the Oliver Nocturne Series. He currently works for a nonprofit organization in Seattle, which empowers students to excel academically and write extensively.

Lead singer for the band, Central Services’ Board of Education, his songs are widely heard on college radio stations. He has recently released an album with the same name as his band. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio, has appeared in many schools across the country, and is a much sought after inspiration for young writers and readers.

Charles-bonoit-amelia-islandCharles Benoit, a saxophone player and award-winning author, has published three youth thrillers: You, Fall from Grace and his latest, Cold Call. In his new book he explores the importance of keeping your secrets safe and how anyone can be bullied or be a bully. The fast-paced story is a riveting tale about three teens from different high schools dealing with real life issues.

Benoit, who works as a senior copywriter and producer for a marketing, advertising, and public relations firm, also frequently teaches creative writing workshops around the country. Benoit has taught high school social studies in the Rochester City School District, where he and his wife, currently live, and at international schools in Kuwait, Trinidad and Tobago. His music, writing and engaging presentation talents are sure to regale.

Terry-dean-amelia-islandTerri Dean, Ph.D., is a dynamic speaker, and well-known local clinical psychologist. Her new book, Traveling Stories, Lessons from the Journey of Life, is drawn from personal adventures with people, travels, and work. Her engaging writing style will inspire young authors to use their own lives as meaningful springboards for writing.

Be inspired, entertained and enriched. Attend TEEN FEST!

KIDZ FUN ZONE
Saturday, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, also brings the Kidz Fun Zone to the Rec Center. Again, there in no admission fee to enter this special place full of fun activities for children of all ages and is designed to encourage the love of reading and celebrating books. Collaborating with the Festival is The Friends of the Library, offering crafts, author readings, storytelling and other special projects through the day.

UP-CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH BILL CURRY
Saturday evening, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the Fernandina Beach Golf Course Club is Up-close and Personal with Bill Curry.

This is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with Bill Curry, NFL player, coach, and author of the highly acclaimed Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle: Lessons from a Football Life. Bill Curry has spent his entire adult life as a communicator and leader.

Bill-curry-amelia-islandHis NFL career included two Super Bowl titles, and he served as head football coach for Georgia Tech (’80-’86), the University of Alabama (’87-’89), and the University of Kentucky (’90-’96). In 1989, he received the Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year Award. With awards too numerous to mention, Curry now helps motivate businesses, sports and organizations with his inspiring style.

The two-time Super Bowl winner, turned Georgia Tech and Alabama Coach, turned ESPN announcer turned motivational speaker and author will awe and inspire you.

“Bill Curry’s life is more than a football life. In reality, Curry is a humanitarian, scribe, ESPN analyst, an inspirational speaker on the dais and an engaging man about town who at the age of 65 has decided to build a first-ever football program at Georgia State University. He is the epitome of the Southern gentleman who just happened to enjoy knocking heads on the football field,” wrote one reviewer.

Curry also will be at the VyStar Readers Luncheon to introduce his author wife, Carolyn. She, in turn will be on hand at the early evening reception at the Fernandina Beach Golf Course Club to introduce him.

At this special reception you will not only get to mix and mingle with this fascinating man, but you will be among those few to share as he delivers some of the motivational presentations he gives to organizations.

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. Tickets are $60.00 for members, and $70.00 for non-members.

Amelia Island Book Festival is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization registered with the State of Florida dedicated to promoting literacy. Donations are tax deductible. Our mission is to support literacy throughout the community and to organize, manage, and produce annual book festival events for all citizens of Nassau County.

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2015 Meals on Wheels for Pets Chili Dinner

2015 Meals on Wheels for Pets Chili DinnerFriday, February 20th, is the 6th Annual Chili Dinner fundraiser for Meals on Wheels for Pets Nassau. Social hour begins at 6:00 pm, with dinner being served from 6:30 to 9:00 pm in Burns Hall at St. Peters Episcopal Church.

Tickets are $20.00 per person for hot chili, and cool music by the Palmetto Catz Duo, featuring Richard Stratton.

Proceeds are used to provide quality pet food to the beloved companion animals of senior citizens who receive Meals on Wheels in Nassau County.

Get your tickets early at the Nassau Humane Second Chance Thrift Store or the Nassau Humane Dog Park.

For more information visit www.MOW4PetsNassau.com.

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Amelia Musical Playhouse Presents Transitions

Amelia Musical Playhouse Presents TransitionsAmelia Musical Playhouse presents two one-act plays depicting seniors who are coping with transitions in their life, directed by Jan Cote-Merow.

The first half of the production is the scene Last Rights from the 5-act play Hitchhike by Joanna Pucci. It features two characters, the passenger, an 80-year-old man and the driver, of indeterminate age. As the scene progresses it becomes clear that this is more than a normal taxi ride since the driver speaks to the man about events in his life.

The second half is the play We Interrupt, written by local playwright Jane McAdams. About a widow, Lily, who is coping with the recent death of her husband, Joe, the play’s supporting characters include Katie, her teenage granddaughter; her handyman Douglas and his teen nephew; and her friend, Cynthia.

Transitions has number of songs and poems, which have to do with senior issues. Besides a thoughtful evening of drama, half of the ticket proceeds will help Nassau County Council on Aging’s various programs to continue to serve seniors in our community.

In its 41st year of service to senior citizens, Nassau County Council on Aging’s mission is to improve the lives of older adults with a special focus on those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. We accomplish this through our Senior Life Centers, providing vital programs, services and compassionate care designed to improve the health, independence and economic security of Nassau County seniors and their families. Partially funded by government grants, the foundation funding and donations come from private individuals.

Tickets are $15.00 and $10.00 for students.

Please call (904) 277-3455 for additional information, or visit www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com.

Complimentary refreshments will be served during intermission.

Amelia Musical Playhouse is located at 1955 Island Walkway, in Fernandina Beach.

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2015 Book Festival’s Writer’s Workshop is February 20, 2015

2015 Book Festival's Writer's Workshop is February 20, 2015Writer’s Workshop

The 2015 Amelia Island Book Festival’s Writer’s Workshop will be held this Friday, February 20th, from 9:00 am to 3:15 pm, at the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center The Lewis “Red” Bean Technical Center. Check-in is at 8:30. The cost is $65.00 for members and $75.00 for non-members. Registration includes a box lunch and refreshments.

The Writers Workshop is a scintillating day of sessions that brings together a cadre of stellar authors and presenters who will share their knowledge and skills. Immerse yourself in breakout sessions and panel discussions covering a range of topics about writing, editing, publishing and marketing. Whether you are looking for inspiration, are a published author, are seeking help in marketing your book, or have that manuscript nearly ready to go and want guidance on publishing and more, this year’s Writers Workshop has it all to help you get to that next step.

Workshop sessions address characterization, plot development, dialogue, editing, getting your work into print, working with agents and publishers, book design, book signing, branding, and tips and tricks to get booksellers to carry your work and on-line shoppers to buy it.

Some major highlights of the day from award-winning authors include lunch with Wendy Tyson, a lawyer turned mystery and thriller writer and whose novels have earned extensive accolades. Local author Chuck Barrett, whose work has been compared to Vince Flynn’s the international spy thriller novelist, will present a step-by-step workshop outlining the nuts and bolts of self-publishing, and, Nancy Blanton, author of historical fiction, will present a workshop on crucial aspects of historical fiction writing.

For a detailed schedule of workshop session and presenters go to www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org.

Authors in Schools
Also, Friday, February 20, 2015, the Festival presents its proudest offering. The Authors in Schools Program brings noted authors to visit thousands of students at Nassau County’s 15 public schools. Through this long-standing Festival tradition, students from kindergarten through high school will participate in lively talks, readings and programs all aimed at kindling young people’s interest in reading and fostering an enjoyment of books. Through Author-Link, a dynamic of private and corporate donations and grants, the Festival strives to purchase each visiting author’s book and provide them as gifts to the students to create a full-circle experience for them.

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