674 Children in Need of Holiday Gifts

Episcopal Children’s Services is launching its annual Holiday Outreach program this week. With the help of the community, the program will provide 674 children and families in Clay, Baker, Bradford, Union, Nassau and Duval counties with Holiday gifts.

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Beards for Babies

For the next several months you may see some deputy sheriff’s sporting stubble on their faces. This isn’t a new fad, but a fundraiser within the Sheriff’s Office for the March of Dimes. For the fourth year in a row, St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar has allowed employees to sport beards with a donation of $50 each to the March of Dimes. The fundraiser will go through 31 January.

Veteran's Day Closings

All St. Johns County offices and St. Johns County Public Libraries will be closed on Thursday, November 11, 2010, in observance of Veteran’s Day. Normal hours at all locations will resume on Friday, November 12.

All garbage, yard debris and recycling in St. Johns County will be collected on its normal weekly schedule.

Family Fun Day at Marineland, November 27th

Save the Date! You and your family are invited to Marineland’s Dolphin Conservation Center on Saturday November 27th from 11 A.M. – 3 P.M. to enjoy an afternoon of fun and games.  A local band of young musicians known as “Penguin Teeth” will provide musical entertainment. Food will be provided by JT’s Seafood Shack.  Kid friendly games, crafts, educational activities, prizes, and of course DOLPHINS, will complete this afternoon of family fun.  Admission to Marineland is half price all day. Special activities will take place between 11 and 3.  We look forward to seeing you!

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Throughout the month of November, National Diabetes Awareness Month, the North Florida Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the world's largest charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research, is teaming up with local businesses as well as the University of Florida to increase awareness of type 1 diabetes and to raise funds to help accelerate research leading to a cure for the disease and its complications.

Hubbard House Announces Winner in Youth Art Contest

Mariah Blanton, an 8-year-old from Glen St. Mary, Florida, is the grand prize winner in Hubbard House’s first-ever Domestic Violence Awareness Month Youth Art Contest. She will receive a party for 10 at Jungle Quest, an indoor facility for kids that offers rock climbing, zip lines, tree houses and more.

"Harvesting the Wind" a Lecture at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum


Dr. David Switzer, a Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program Associate and Professor Emeritus at Plymouth State University, is delivering a free lecture entitled “Harvesting the Wind at Sea: Evolution of Sailing Vessels from Ancient Seafaring to the Twentieth Century,” in the Anastasia Gallery at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum today at 7pm.