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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.

Vaccinating the Future, TEDxFSCJ

TEDxFSCJ Announces Upcoming Salon: Vaccinating the Future

TEDxFSCJ will host a salon exploring the critical role vaccines play in promoting public health.

Recent advances in vaccine research have laid the groundwork for addressing many of the key public health issues of the 21st century. Yet vaccines have also proved a source of popular misunderstanding, and ever-new outbreaks of infectious disease challenge researchers and practitioners alike to keep pace with a globally interconnected health environment.

The evening includes a panel discussion with Dr. Keith Knutson, a leading cancer researcher at the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Pauline Rolle, the medical director of the Florida Department of Health in Duval County. Co-hosted by Florida State College at Jacksonville professors Dr. Dianne Fair and Dr. Lourdes Norman-McKay, the salon will provide insight into how a vaccine is brought to market, how vaccines are tested for safety, the challenges of getting vaccines to the public and new hope for using vaccines to fight cancer.

Join the conversation with cutting-edge researchers and dedicated public health workers committed to growing healthy communities.

For more information, visit http://www.tedxfscj.com/.

WHEN: Thursday, January 12, 2017, from 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Florida State College at Jacksonville Deerwood Center-Performance Theatre, Room G-1709
9911 Old Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Friends of the Library Offers FREE Presentation on Community Hospice

Friends of the Library is offering a FREE presentation led by Maureen Paschke, a specialist in social gerontology, who will inform participants about Community Hospice and its services for patient care and family needs.

Ms. Paschke is an expert in the non-medical aspects of aging and has led bereavement support groups for those who find themselves alone. Participants will also learn about palliative care and what that means for patients and their loved ones.

This FREE program is brought to the community by the Education Committee of the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library. It will be held in the Fernandina Beach Library’s Meeting Room at 24 North 4th Street, on Tuesday, January 17 at 10:30 a.m. Registration is not required.

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.

Learn to Pilot Your Drone at FSCJ

YULEE, FL – In response to the rising popularity in drones, Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) will offer a course at the FSCJ Nassau Center designed to prepare students for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Remote Pilot knowledge test to earn their FAA Remote Pilot Certificate for commercial drone operation.

The course will be held on Saturday, January 14 and Saturday, January 28, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The class will meet for a total of 12 hours, six hours on each Saturday. Weather and time permitting, demonstration flights may be flown at the end of the classes.

Topics covered in the course include airspace, sectional charts, communications, aviation weather and reports, Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) safety, decision making and Part 107 rules governing commercial operations of small unmanned aerial systems.

Registration for the course is $95. The FSCJ Nassau Center is located at 76346 William Burgess Blvd, Yulee, FL. For more information or to register, contact FSCJ Continuing Education at (904) 357-8910.

About FSCJ
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a public, nonprofit higher education institution that offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs to meet the education and training needs of more than 50,000 students per year.

Beginner Genealogy Course in Fernandina Begins Soon

The Amelia Island Genealogical Society will hold its annual Beginner Genealogy Course five consecutive Saturdays starting January 7, 2017 at 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Classes will be held in the Fernandina Beach Public Library Community Room, 25 N. 4th St. $40 individual/$65 couple (includes 1-year AIGS memberships) or $15 existing member.

Class size limited – contact Marie Santry to register: 321-3460 or mcsantry@comcast.net.

Responsible Beverage Server Training For Bartenders, Servers and Cashiers

Are you or your employees in the hospitality business? Do you operate a liquor or package store? Then this is important training for you and/or your employees and it’s FREE!

This two-hour course helps to develop practical ways retail establishments can prevent sales to minors and intoxicated persons.

The training is sponsored by the Nassau Alcohol Crime Drug Abatement Coalition (NACDAC) and the Fernandina Beach Police Department. Classes will be held at the Fernandina Beach Police Department Community Room, 1525 Lime Street, Fernandina Beach.

Two different training times are available for owners, managers, and employees of bars and restaurants on January 24; choose from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For owners, managers, and employees of package stores and/or gas stations, training is being offered on January 25; choose from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information, please call (904) 994-2502.

To register, contact Suzanne Bass, Fernandina Beach Police Department at (904) 277-7342 ext. 224 or email sbass@fbfl.org to ensure availability for the scheduled training dates.

Community Emergency Response Team Classes Begin Soon

Nassau County Emergency Management has scheduled its next academy for Community Emergency Response Team.

CERT is a 9 week program which meets 1 evening a week, for 3 hours. It is scheduled to start Monday, January 9, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. and continue each Monday for the next 9 weeks.

Topics will include:
CERT Organization Disaster Preparedness Fire Safety
Disaster Medical Operations Search & Rescue
Disaster Psychology Terrorism and CERT

Interested in attending the CERT training academy here in Nassau County?
Please contact:
Mike Efferson,
Emergency Management Volunteer Coordinator
Office: (904) 253‐9767
Email: mlefferson@nassauso.com

Holiday Mailbox Decorating

Landscape Matters is holding a class on “Holiday Mailbox Decorating, Wednesday, November 30, at 10 a.m. at the Yulee Extension Office located at 86026 Pages Dairy Road.

UF/IFAS 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 like magnolia, spruce, pine, palmetto, pittosporum, palms, holly with berries, etc. and ornamental decor. They will decorate two mailboxes and participants will have an opportunity to win one for their own mailbox! The session takes place at the Yulee Extension office on Pages Dairy Road, beginning at 10 am.

For more information, see the Extension website at http://nassau.ifas.ufl.edu/horticulture/landmatters/landmatters.html, or contact the Extension office at 530-6350. Master Gardeners are ​on phone duty Fridays, from 10 am until 2 pm at 530-6350, press “1” for the Yulee Extension office

College Goal Sunday Makes Transition to College Easier

Jacksonville, FL – 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 and RealSense, a United Way-led coalition, is hosting College Goal Sunday, a free event that helps college-bound students and their parents or guardians complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

College Goal Sunday takes place Sunday, November 6, 2016, from 1-4 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 students and parents prepare for a smooth transition from high school to college. Students who attend College Goal Sunday also have the opportunity to enter for a chance toreceive scholarship money. Participating colleges and universities are giving away more than $20,000 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
*2015 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 http://www.collegegoalsundayfl.org.

When do They Close the Bridges?

I was curious at what speed the winds have to reach before emergency officials close the bridges in Nassau County.

Here it the answer I received from Nassau County Emergency Management:

Bridges are closed once tropical storm force winds (TSFW) are reached. TSFW are considered to be 39 MPH sustained. The way sustained winds are determined is by taking a one minute average wind speed reading.

Nassau EM remotely monitors wind speeds on the Thomas Shave Bridge. Once winds approach TSFW, they will be confirmed by personnel on the ground.

The best way to be kept in the loop and be notified of a bridge closure is to register for Citizen Alerts through the Nassau EM webpage or look for updates on their facebook page.