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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

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.

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