Katie Caples Silent Auction

There will be a Silent Auction benefiting the Katie Caples Foundation on Tuesday, December 6, from 6pm to 9pm at Sliders Seaside Grill.

The event is free! Everyone is welcome.

Cash bar and menu. Reservations for those dining are recommended. Call Slider’s at (904)277-6652. Slider’s is located at 1998 S. Fletcher Avenue, Fernandina Beach 32034.

Just in time for Holiday Shopping you’ll be able to bid on Vacation Getaways, Jewelry, Art, Wine, Dining Experiences, Cooking Classes, Spas and Massage Packages, Cycling Gear, Apparel, Golf, Computer and Automotive Services and much, much more!

For more info visit www.katiecaples.org

Dayspring Village Secret Santa Program

I’d like to share a letter we received from a wonderful organization on the west side of our county that is looking for a little help from Santa this year:

“Dear Secret Santa,

Thank you for participating in the Dayspring Village Secret Santa Program. As a past program participant we would like to say thanks for your help in bringing the gift of Christmas to the mentally ill residents who call our community home.

I would like to invite you to participate again this year as we work to fill the needs this Christmas. Your participation or that of your family/church would help bring the joy of Christmas to many who otherwise would not experience the gift of the Giver of Life.

The needs of our residents are often simple and inexpensive. They include radios, sodas, undergarments, caps, jackets and socks. We have a list of the Christmas wishes for the residents and are now ready for “adoption” by a Secret Santa.

We will need help with music, Bible study, baked goods and arts and crafts this holiday season. Your help in rounding up homemade baked goods or asking people who have musical talent to come and perform for the residents would be helpful and bring joy to the season. All these efforts have an impact and help create a sense of well being which promotes recovery.

Dayspring Village, Inc. is a licensed limited mental health assisted living facility that specializes in serving the needs of adults with schizophrenia and schizo-affective disorders. Our mission is simple, it’s all about REDIRECTION. This is achieved through the collective impact of a targeted array of community-based services aimed at reducing symptoms and improving quality of life.

Truly the gift of Christmas is the gift of the giver. We are blessed to have had a chance to have you participate in our program in the past and we hope you will consider becoming a “Secret Santa” again this year. Please call ASHLEY TURNER OR KYLA GRAYSON at 904-845-7501 (ashleyt@dayspringvillage.org or kyla@dayspringvillage.org) or doug@dayspringvillage.org

Again, thank you for your help, love and support of these people who suffer the burden of mental illness. Your gift truly reflects the meaning of Christmas in that it tells each of us there is greater joy in giving than receiving. If I can ever be of help to you or your family, please feel free to call on me at 904-583-0134 or doug@dayspringvillage.org.

Douglas D. Adkins
Executive Director
Dayspring Village

Friends of the Library Reception at Plantation Artists Guild

There is a a charity reception at Plantation Artist’s Guild & Gallery to benefit Friends of the Library on Friday, August 12, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Spa & Shops, 94 Village Circle.

A donation of $10.00 is requested at the door and this is a great opportunity to support Friends of the Library, view fine art by local artists, partake in refreshments, and possibly win a door prize!

Everyone is welcome and exhibited art works will be offered for sale.

For more information regarding Friends of the Library, membership or to donate, please visit www.FernandinaFOL.org.

Fifi’s Fine Resale of Amelia Island is Having a Party

Fifi’s Fine Resale of Amelia Island, Florida, is celebrating 12 years under Jessica Miller’s leadership with a party and a $12.00 “Stuff a Bag Sale” on Saturday, June 11, 2016. A portion of the proceeds from $12.00 stuffed bags will be given to Cedar Haven Transition House for Homeless Women.

Specially marked items throughout the shop can be stuffed into a plastic shopping bag for just $12.00. This sale event coincides with the 12 Year Anniversary of Jessica Miller buying Fifi’s. Treats will be served, and the feeling for giving towards a local charity will leave you feeling oh-so-good!

Fifi’s is open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday for the event. Fifi’s is stuffed to the rafters with amazing new items including every day brands like Chico’s, Ann Taylor, J. Crew, Talbots, and Banana Republic.

Cedar Haven is a Transitional House for Homeless Women in the Fernandina Beach Community. It is a Non-Profit organization dedicated to serving women by offering transitional housing and education to improve the quality of life for homeless women without children. Cedar Haven is a project of Women of Power Inc. Cedar Haven opened in March 2011 and provides a 180-day transitional program. In addition to providing housing, classes are offered that will assist residents in becoming self sufficient; improving the quality of their lives as they make a transition back into society. For more information, please call (904) 699-7477.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service 2016 Bar-B-Q

There is a super, incredibly delicious BBQ event is this week beginning at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, and going through Saturday night, when they run out of food!

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) works often with county and LE officials honing the operation of its network of communications operations that might one day be called upon in an emergency situation in which regular channels fail.

This is unquestionably a fundraiser, but you don’t just hand over your money; they give you back some fabulous BBQ Chicken and Ribs!!!

Quantities are “Huuuuuge”, but despite increases on the supply side, the prices to you remain the same as last year.

You can also learn about ARES, and there will be a chance to check out some cool radio gear. Some of you might already be thinking you should get involved in this organization, and that’s a good idea…. just because!

The Bar-B-Q is this weekend, May 19 – 21, 2016.

Located in the church parking lot across from Ron Anderson Chevrolet, your purchase helps raise money to support the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, a group that works with Nassau County’s Emergency Management to provide communications support in times of disaster.

Dinner Prices:
Chicken with 2 sides, and a drink $6.00
Ribs with 2 sides, and a drink $8.00
Combo with 2 sides, and a drink $10.00
Slab of ribs $20.00

Sides are: beans, potato salad, or cole slaw.

Amateur Radio Bar-B-Q

Pajama Jam Sunset River Cruise for Micah’s Place

Pajama Jam Sunset River Cruise for Micah's PlacePlease join the Pajama Jam Sunset River Cruise that benefits Micah’s Place Domestic Violence Center this Sunday, May 22, 2016, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.

Hosted by Captain Pajama Dave, with live music by the fabulous Jim Barcaro, tickets includ three hours of festivities! Your first hour, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., will be spent at the PajamaLife
Store, located at 2 South Second Street in Fernandina Beach, FL. The hour includes free BBQ from
the Happy Tomato, beer, wine and bottled water.

Next, head to the boat at Amelia River Cruise and Charters, (1 North Front Street) for a two hour sunset cruise, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., you are welcome to BYOB and any food for the cruise.

Enter the “on board Pajama Contest” (keep it clean) to win a great prize. Don’t forget to bring cash to buy your raffle tickets too. Prizes include 2 nights at the Omni Amelia Island
Plantation Resort.

Event tickets are $50 per person and all proceeds support Micah’s Place, and the victims of domestic violence, and their children.

To buy tickets: you can go by the Amelia River Cruise Office, or call and talk to
Angela or Melisa at 904 261. 9972, or click the link here. You can also get your Pajamas at PajamaLife – tell them you are going on the cruise, and they will give you a 10% discount on your purchase!

If you, or someone you know, are a victim of domestic violence and need help, call
the Micah’s Place crisis hotline – available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even on holidays, at 1-800-500-1119 or locally in Nassau County, Florida 904-225-9979.

Giving Tuesday Supported by FSCJ

Jacksonville, FL – On Tuesday, December 1, 2015 in culmination of Florida State College at Jacksonville’s (FSCJ) 50th anniversary and in the spirit of giving back, FSCJ is hosting its Giving Back… Going Forward celebration in support of the Giving Tuesday global campaign initiative.

Through a generous tree donation from Green Releaf, a partnership between JEA and Greenscape of Jacksonville, a local nonprofit dedicated to enriching the city’s landscape through planting, protecting and promoting trees, on December 1, a total of 200 new trees will be planted on FSCJ campuses to improve the environmental surroundings and ecological impact of each campus.

The ceremonial tree planting event will begin at 10 a.m. at FSCJ’s Downtown Campus on the green between the Advanced Technology Center and Administrative Offices located at 501 West State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. The ceremony will include remarks by FSCJ President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau and Greenscape of Jacksonville Executive Director Anna Dooley, followed by the initial tree lowering and planting. While the official tree planting ceremony is taking place at Downtown Campus, planting ceremonies will simultaneously occur on each of the other FSCJ campuses.

To pay it forward and give back to the local community, FSCJ will be collecting various items for local nonprofits and charities on the First Coast from 6:30 a.m.-noon on December 1 at each of its campuses. See below for a list of campuses and corresponding organizations.

“Having this opportunity to give back to our students, faculty, staff and Jacksonville community is a true honor to show our appreciation for the decades of unyielding support and commitment shown to this institution,” said FSCJ President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau. “It is through the generosity of educational, community and business leaders, alumni, residents, employees and students that FSCJ has become the exceptional institution it is over the last 50 years and will continue to be for another 50 years. We are humbled to partner with and serve the great organizations of the First Coast on this Giving Tuesday.”

FSCJ faculty, staff, students and the general public are encouraged to join the global initiative and give back on this day. Those interested in supporting FSCJ’s Giving Back … Going Forward and #GivingTuesday campaign can:

· Drop off donated items benefiting local nonprofits on December 1, 6:30 a.m. to noon (See below for a list of campuses and corresponding organizations)
· Help support a scholarship by making a donation to the FSCJ Foundation’s General Scholarship Fund by visiting fscjfoundation.org/ways-to-give under General Scholarship
· Make a donation to Greenscape of Jacksonville by visiting their website at greenscapeofjacksonville.com/donations/
· Make a special effort to do something thoughtful for someone else

Attendees, participants and supporters of Giving Back… Going Forward and #GivingTuesday should share their experience and giving opportunities on social media using #GivingTuesday.

FSCJ Campus Drop-Off Locations/Organizations:

Cecil Center, 5640 New World Ave., 32221
Roundabout in front of the flagpole
New, unwrapped toys for all ages (Benefiting Toys for Tots)

Downtown Campus, 101 W. State Street, 32202
Northeast corner of Downtown Campus parking lot 4 located at Laura St. and Bethel Baptist St.
New twin sheet sets (Benefiting Lutheran Social Services)

Kent Campus, 3939 Roosevelt Blvd., 32205
Campus entrances off Roosevelt Blvd. and Park St.
New, unwrapped toys for all ages (Benefiting Toys for Tots)

North Campus, 4501 Capper Road, 32218
Parking lot outside of Building C
New, unwrapped toys for all ages (Benefiting Wolfson Children’s Hospital)

Open Campus/Deerwood Center, 9911 Old Baymeadows Road, 32256
Upper-level parking garage
Nonperishable food items (Benefiting Feeding Northeast Florida)

South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd., 32246
Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts parking lot
New baby blankets (Benefiting Community Connections)

Visit fscj.edu/givingtuesday for more information.

About Giving Tuesday
Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

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