Form Your Future for College Bound Students

Press release: Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), in partnership with the University of North Florida, Edward Waters College, Duval County Public Schools, the Nassau County School District, Year Up Jacksonville, Earn Up and the JAX Chamber, is hosting Form Your Future, a free event that helps college-bound students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Form Your Future takes place Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at both the FSCJ Advanced Technology Center, located on FSCJ Downtown Campus, and the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center.

This annual event provides free, in-person, financial aid guidance to help all incoming students and/or their parents/guardians prepare for a smooth transition to begin college. Students who attend Form Your Future also have the opportunity to enter for a chance to receive scholarship money. Participating colleges and universities are giving away more than $35,000 in scholarships.

The addresses for each location are listed below:

FSCJ Advanced Technology Center (next to Downtown Campus, between Pearl and Broad streets)
401 W. State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center (just east of I-95 off of SR A1A)
76346 William Burgess Blvd., Yulee, FL 32097

Professional financial aid staff and counselors will be on hand at both locations to offer free help in all aspects of the application process. In order to complete the FAFSA, parents and students should bring the following:

* Social Security number, driver’s license or alien registration card
* 2016 IRS 1040 or latest tax return and W-2 statements
* Federal Student Aid ID (Don’t have one? Create one at fsaid.ed.gov.)

For more information, visit formyourfuture.org/.

The Craft of Writing

Press release: On November 16, 2017, “Writers by the Sea Presents… The Craft of Writing”
Fresh from the 2017 Florida Writers Association, Annual Conference, four of our Writers by the Sea authors will share insights and highlights from featured speakers: David Morrell (First Blood, Rambo); Steve Berry (2017, FL Writer of the Year); Michael Tabb (Full Sail Professor); Anne Dalton (Trademark Attorney); Mark Gottlieb (Publisher); and more. Our FWA conference participants were introduced to the craft of writing honed by these esteemed authors, agents, and publishers, and want to share the wealth with you.

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:
Writers by the Sea Panelists include Florida award winning writers: Nadine Vaughan D’Ardenne (Screenwriter), and Donna Jennings (Novelist); plus WBTS small group leader of “The Writer Within”, Marla McDaniels and 2018 WBTS Planning Committee member, Linda Guecia.

As always, we meet the third Thursday of the month, at the Amelia Island Museum of History, at 6:00pm, in Fernandina Beach, FL.

Holiday Mailbox Decorating Class

Landscape Matters will present a holiday mailbox decorating class on Wednesday, November 15, 10 am until 11:30 a.m. at the Yulee County Building (86026 Pages Dairy Road).
(Take US 17 North, pass over the railroad tracks, turn left on Pages Dairy Road. The building is attached to the fire station.)
 
Nassau Master Gardener Carol Ann Atwood and avid holiday decorator Sylvie Baxter will conduct a Landscape Matters class on how to make your mailbox “holiday ready” using cuttings from your own yard, e.g., magnolia, spruce, pine, palmetto, pittosporum, palms, holly with berries, etc. and ornamental décor.

Admittance is free. To “make and take” your own mailbox cover with materials provided by the instructor, the fee is $20. Checks should be made out to University of Florida. Registration deadline is Friday, November 10 by 5 pm. (It is a holiday for Extension but checks may be dropped in the mail slot at the offices either in Callahan or Yulee.) Late registration fee is $30. Only ONE mailbox cover per person.

To download registration form:
http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/nassauco/2017/07/25/holiday-mailbox-decorating/

For more information contact the Extension office at 530-6351. Master Gardeners are on phone duty Fridays, from 10 am until 2 pm at 530-6351, press “1” for the Yulee Extension office.
 

Friends of the Library Present: Medicare 101

Press Release: Friends of the Library’s Adult Education Program is sponsoring an informative presentation exploring the many questions that arise in navigating the “ins” and “outs” of Medicare. The program, entitled Medicare 101, will be held on Tuesday afternoon, November 7th at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N. 4th Street, Fernandina Beach.

Learn the basics with an experienced Medicare agent. Some of the many topics that will be addressed include Original Medicare and other options; the meanings of Medicare Parts A, B, C and D; enrollment deadlines; the extent of coverage Medicare provides and other medical insurance options.

This program is free to the public. Participation is limited, so register in advance by calling the library at 904-530-6500, Ext. 1. If you are not able to attend, please call the library to cancel so someone on the waiting list may participate.

For further information regarding this event, on joining Friends of the Library, or to donate, please visit the Friends of the Library website at www.fernandinaFOL.org.

Local Shrimping and Net Making History with Burbank Brothers

ShrimpNetsFriends of the Library is proud to present an informative evening with Mr. Billy Burbank III and his brother Frank Burbank who are part of Fernandina Beach’s renowned shrimping and net making family. Folklorist Dr. Peggy Bulger will interview the brothers in an informal and audience-participation evening that will explore Fernandina Beach’s history and heritage grounded in the shrimping industry.

Join Dr. Bulger and the Burbank Brothers on Monday evening October 16th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Fernandina Beach Library Community Room, 25 N. 4th Street. A slide show and video clips, as well as recorded interview clips with Dorothy Burbank Jones (age 94) will be part of the evening’s program.
Participation is limited, so register in advance by calling the library at 904-530-6500, Ext. 1. If you are not able to attend, please call the library to cancel so someone on the waiting list may participate.

For further information regarding this event, on joining Friends of the Library, or to donate, please visit the Friends of the Library website at www.fernandinaFOL.org.

FSCJ to Host Event in Observance of Constitution Day 2017

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) has rescheduled its observance of Constitution Day 2017 for October 18 after the original event, set for September was canceled due to Hurricane Irma.

FSCJ’s Public Safety and Paralegal programs welcome the community, students, College faculty and staff for “Hamilton Was Not the Only Hip Founding Father: Meet James Madison.” The Honorable Timothy J. Corrigan, United States District Court Judge, will serve as the keynote speaker and will lead the discussion.

This event is co-hosted by the FSCJ Theta Sigma Chi Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association. To register, email frando@fscj.edu.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at 6 p.m.
FSCJ Kent Campus Auditorium
3939 Roosevelt Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205

2017 Jacksonville National College Fair

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) invites high school students and their parents/guardians to attend the Jacksonville National College Fair to learn more about FSCJ programs, free college opportunities through FSCJ Promise and transfer options through UNF Connect. Attendees will also have a chance to meet more than 100 college and university representatives from across the nation and attend workshops to help in preparing for college.

FSCJ will be at booth 519 and FSCJ’s recruitment team will host three break-out sessions:

Oh the Places You’ll Go: Selecting the Right College
Presented by Terry Hollingshead, FSCJ Senior Associate Director of Student Recruitment
9 a.m., Room 106

Hot Jobs in the 21st Century
Presented by Terry Hollingshead, FSCJ Senior Associate Director of Student Recruitment
Noon, Room 103

FAFSA Completion Lab
Hosted by FSCJ
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., North Ballroom

To learn about the other workshops that will be available and to register for the
fair, visit nacacfairs.org.

FSCJ representatives will also be onsite to answer questions on program of study options, admissions, enrollment, tuition, student life and more.

Students can register in advance online which makes navigating the fair and collecting information from multiple colleges and universities much easier for students. By pre-registering students can print a bar coded confirmation to be used on-site at the fair as an electronic ID. Pre-registration is not required to attend the fair.

For more information or to register, students and parents/guardians may visit fscj.edu/nacac.

Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free admission and parking
Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center
1000 Water St., Jacksonville, FL 32204

2017 Fernandina Pirates Club Scholarship

The Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc. is calling for entries to their scholarship essay contest open to all Nassau County high school seniors. The gnarly scallywags offer two separate awards. One winner will be given some extra booty for college, and the other winner is chosen from the pool of students who enter the competition that have chosen to serve in our United States Armed Forces.

All contestants must submit a 750 word essay to the Pirates Club, by Monday April 10, 2017. The subject is to be about pirates or pirating: past, present or future, complete with proper citations and references. Eligible students may attend high school at home, in a public or private school, or in another county, but they must be a full-time resident of Nassau County, Florida.

The award for the college bound student is a check for up to $1,500.00 made payable to the winner’s chosen school upon acceptance, and must be applied towards tuition and/or books. The winning entry for the student entering military service will receive a check for $500.00 upon completion of basic training. Proof of completion is required.

The winner(s) must be available to join the Pirates on Sunday, May 7, 2017 on the Waterfront Stage during the “Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival” for a formal announcement, public relations photos and of course to grab the booty!

Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc.
P. O. Box 17243
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035

All entries must be submitted to the above address and post marked by April 10, 2017. For more information please visit FernandinaPirates.com.

NACDAC Offers Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition (NACDAC) is offering a free “Youth Mental Health First Aid” training which is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

This free eight-hour interactive course will be held on six different dates at the Full Service School, 86207 Felmor Road in Yulee, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Lunch will be provided at no charge. The one-day class is being offered on the following dates: Friday, February 17; Monday, February 20; Friday, March 3; Monday March 6; Wednesday, April 5; and Thursday, April 6.

For more information or to register contact Stephanie Basey at (904) 583-4306 or email stephaniebasey@nacdac.com.

The course introduces participants to the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, substances use disorder, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. At the end of the course, participants will be certified Youth Mental Health First Aiders (a three-year certificate).

For more information regarding NACDAC and its programs and initatives, please visit www.NACDAC.org.

White Oak Accepting Summer Camp Applications

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This summer, students will embark on a global journey into conservation! Each day they will learn about threats to nature on a different continent, connecting to not only animals – but people and places as well. This STEM camp will put them up close to wildlife, science and leading experts in conservation! 

The adventure begins on Sundays when campers arrive for their week-long experience. During the week, campers will spend time in our conservation center, veterinary clinic, and our world-class conference center. In addition to learning about wildlife, they will engage in classic camp activities such as boating, hiking, swimming, bowling and so much more. Campers depart on Friday evening after our parent event that tops off their week. 

Your student will leave camp with critical thinking and leadership skills that will enhance their ability to make decisions that benefit people and wildlife worldwide. While at White Oak, they will gain independence and make friendships and memories that will last a lifetime! 

To learn more, visit our website at www.whiteoakwildlife.org/summer-camp/ to watch a camp video, read the camp FAQs and start your application today. 

Preference for camp spaces will be given to:
-Applications submitted by March 30
-Camp alumni and their siblings
-Families that were on the 2016 camp wait list
-Students attending White Oak Education Partner Schools

Residential Week-Long Camps: $1100
Sessions begin the week of May 28 and end the first week of August!

Fruit Trees for NE Florida

Landscape Matters
Wednesday January 25, 2017, at 10:00AM
Yulee Extension office at 86026 Pages Dairy Road

UF/IFAS Nassau Master Gardener Elaine Roblez will teach a class on growing and maintaining fruit trees in your landscape. The class will take place at the Yulee Extension office at 86026 Pages Dairy Road where the UF/IFAS Nassau Fruit Demonstration Garden is located. Growing there are a wide variety of fruit trees and shrubs, including: apple, pear, olive, nectarine trees, blueberry shrubs and grape vines. The class is open to the public.
For more information, call the Extension office at 530-6350.

Master Gardeners are on phone duty on Fridays, at 530-6350, press ‘1’ for the Yulee office.

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