Things to do in and around the beaches
Supply campaign in Ukraine
The City of Atlantic Beach is holding a supply drive this weekend to collect household items to help Ukrainian refugees resettling in the Jacksonville area.
On Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a collection truck will be parked in the parking lot of Jack Russell Park, between the town hall and the tennis courts. Items needed include new or gently used bathroom and kitchen supplies, small appliances, linens and towels, baby supplies and car seats, cleaning supplies and other supplies which anyone might need to create an apartment from scratch.
For a complete list of supplies and more information, visit coab.us/ukraine.
Bereavement camp for children this weekend
Camp Healing Powers, a Community Hospice & Palliative Care therapy camp to help children cope with grief and the loss of a loved one, is scheduled for Saturday, April 23 at Marywood Retreat and Conference Center in North County of St. Johns.
The camp helps children identify and express their feelings while learning skills to help them navigate their grief journey in a safe, positive and fun environment. The goals of the day are to increase the camper’s comfort in talking about their feelings, educate them on common reactions to loss, teach healthy coping skills and ways to stay in touch with loved ones. and have fun. Camp activities are planned and led by mental health professionals who specialize in grief and bereavement.
This is the first camp to take place since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To be able to participate in the camp, the children must be between the ages of 7 and 17 and the death has occurred at least three months before the date of the camp but not more than two years. The Marywood Retreat and Conference Center is located at 235 Marywood Drive in St. Johns. Space is limited. Call (904) 407-7001 for more information or to schedule an appointment for a pre-camp evaluation.
Virtual Author Event Saturday
Children’s authors Rachel Isadora and Robie Rogge are showcasing their new picture book, “After the BUZZ Comes the BEE” via The BookMark’s Storytime Virtual Author Event on Saturday, April 23 at 9 a.m.
This charming gift book features four-inch thick cardstock flaps that reveal brightly colored animals. A group of adorable and diverse children follow the “hoot-hoot” through the woods to find an owl under a bright moon. Hearing “oink-oink”, a little boy finds a messy piglet hiding behind a vegetable bin. A pair of friends find a panda climbing a vibrant bamboo grove while saying “ar-ar-ar”.
An interactive guessing game in a large-format picture book with 10 fun flaps, toddlers will feast on fun sounds and find animals, both familiar and unusual, while learning pre-reading skills at the same time.
Reserve a spot for this event on Crowdcast at https://bit.ly/3JutIXF. For more information, visit BookmarkBeach.com, email [email protected] or call (904) 241-9026.
Library book sale ends tomorrow
The Big Spring Book Sale at the Beaches Branch Library wraps up Saturday with the hugely popular Bag Day. Shop for deals on a huge selection of thousands of used books, CDs and DVDs, most for $2 or less. The sale is taking place inside the Beaches Branch Library located at 600 Third St., Neptune Beach.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Beaches Branch Library (FOBBL), the sale is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shoppers can purchase a bag for $10 and fill it with anything on sale (except Better Books).
Customers can pay by cash, check or credit card. Proceeds from book sales will benefit FOBBL’s efforts to support the Beaches community by promoting and developing programs that enhance library services, resources and facilities.
For more information, check out the friends group on Facebook @FOBBL or call the library at (904) 255-2665.
Ukrainian benefit concert on Sunday
Talented young Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev performs Sunday, April 24 at 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church by-the-Sea, organized by Beaches Fine Arts Series. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit Ukrainian refugees through the United Nations World Food Programme.
The BFAS said it “stands with members of the artistic community around the world who seek peace, friendship and cultural understanding, including Russian artists”, such as Yakushev, and organizes the benefit at the request of the award-winning pianist.
Yakushev has performed at various prestigious venues around the world, including the Great Philharmonic Hall (St. Petersburg), Victoria Hall (Singapore), Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York), Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco ) and the Sejong Performing Arts Center (Seoul, Korea). His orchestral performances include those with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic, Utah Symphony and many more.
Anyone unable to attend the concert but would like to send a donation via BFAS to the World Food Program to benefit Ukrainian refugees can do so via PayPal at https://bit.ly/37h30ET. Checks can also be sent to BFAS with “Ukraine” in the memo area.
The church is located at 465 11th Ave. N. at Jacksonville Beach. Doors open at 3:15 p.m. and the concert starts at 4 p.m. Seating is first come first served and a reception follows the performance, featuring the art of Keith Doles. For more details, visit BeachesFineArts.org.
Acoustic music in the park tomorrow
Head to Bull Park with your lawn chair and some snacks to hear some acoustic music from local artists on April 24.
Flower show next weekend
Celebrate spring at the Ribault Garden Club Flower Show, Friday and Saturday April 29 and 30. Featuring displays of unique floral designs, horticulture, botanical arts, and educational exhibits, the show is open to the public and admission is free.
Club members have potted and propagated a variety of native plants over the past two years, and attendees will have the opportunity to purchase these beautiful arrangements.
This is a National Garden Club Standard Flower Show and designs are submitted by members of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. Members of the Ribault Garden Club reside throughout the Beaches area, Nocatee and west of the Intracoastal Waterway.
The hours are Friday, April 29 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The club is located at 705 Second Ave. N. at Jacksonville Beach. Call (904) 246-4641 for more information.
Conference: Prehistoric Obsidian
The Archaeological Institute of America – Jacksonville Society is meeting at noon on Saturday, April 30 in UNF Building 51 to hear a lecture by Professor Robert H. Tykot, University of South Florida. His lecture, “Use of Obsidian and Shipping in the Prehistoric Mediterranean”, discusses how obsidian was widely used for stone tools and traded distances up to 1000 km during the Neolithic period, 6000-3000 BCE. Our era.
Formed by volcanic activity, it only exists on a handful of Italian islands: Lipari, Palmarola, Pantelleria and Sardinia. Its presence elsewhere involves sea voyages to mainland Italy, southern France, Croatia, Albania, Tunisia, Spain and other places around the world. Non-destructive chemical analysis of obsidian artifacts was conducted on over 10,000 artifacts to identify their specific sources.
Free and open to the public, the lecture will be followed by free refreshments in the Physical Anthropology Lab. On Saturdays, parking is free, with spaces for staff, teachers and vendors accessible to all.
For more information, contact Melva Price at (904) 241-9411 or [email protected]
Fletcher reunion next weekend
The Beaches Museum is hosting the Fletcher All-Class Block Party on Saturday, April 30 from 6-10 p.m. A gathering for Fletcher graduates, faculty, and supporters from all decades, the party is a time to reminisce and celebrate the Beaches’ only high school, Duncan U. Fletcher High School.
Highlights will include local music, dancing, food trucks, classmates gathering and more. This year’s theme is “85 Years of Island Defence”. As the only high school on Barrier Island, Senators Fletcher have always taken pride in making this coastal community and its unique quality of life their own.
The reunion coincides with the opening of “Pride of the Beaches,” an exhibit that captures the images, stories and nostalgia of every generation of senators who have walked these purple-lined hallways. Plus, a special Boardwalk Talk, “Canneling Anna Fletcher” by Tim Gilmore, features the fascinating life of Anna Fletcher, wife of the school’s namesake.
While her husband, Duncan, has dedicated his life to the body politic, Anna has dedicated hers to the spirit world. She held seances, opened Fletcher House to spirit mediums, wrote books on spirit trumpets and ectoplasm, and championed the cause of spiritualism against Harry Houdini before Congress. Presenting Gilmore is the story of a woman who struggled to find a voice, exert her strength and purpose despite the restrictions of her time.
The funds raised support the work of the Beach Museum. For more information on tickets and sponsorship, visit BeachesMuseum.org or call (904) 241-5657.
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