Nelson and Associates Insurance invites you to participate in the 1st Annual Parade of Trees! All Nassau County Businesses are welcome to participate in helping light up the community and blessing local children this Christmas.
If you are interested in learning more or would like to sponsor a tree in your business, the deadline to sign up is November 19th. For more information and to participate, email katie@NelsonAndAssociatesInsurance.com or call (904) 326-3288.
Have you ever wondered how people get elected to local office or how to volunteer to help with a political campaign? Perhaps you are considering running for office yourself but don’t know where to start. The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Florida Institute for Political Leadership, an initiative by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, to host ‘Campaign School & Community Leadership Training’.
This three-part online training is free, open to everyone, and non-partisan. Participants are welcome to attend any or all days offered. Each session will include presentations by state and local political experts, university professors, elected officials, and community leaders. This event is highly recommended for candidates, and anyone interested in running for local or state office, serving their community, or managing campaigns.
The first session, Preparing to Run, is scheduled for Tuesday, November 16, 2021, from 5:30-8:00 PM; the second session, Organizing Your Campaign, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17, 2021, from 5:30-8:00 PM; the third and final session, Running Your Campaign, is scheduled for Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 5:30-8:00 PM.
To register online, please visit www.FIPL.org/register and for more information, call (850) 688-8940.
The Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan organization with a mission to promote and maintain a healthy business environment and quality of life for Nassau County.
Island Art Association announces winners of their October-November Nouveau show and sale. IAA exhibiting member, Marlene Strobach, chaired the show. Judging the show was Kathy Miller. Miller’s artistic talents are but one of her creative endeavors, which can be found at: kathymillertime.com. She expressed appreciation for the opportunity to judge the show, “Dance of Light.” She found the interpretations of dance and light as different as the participating artists themselves.
Best of Show went to Cindy Jenkins for her pastel, “Blue Hour Marsh.” Bernadette Burkkemper won First Place for her oil and wax, “Reflections.” Second Place went to Linda Speed, an alcohol ink titled “Blue Danube Dance.” Marlene Strobach was awarded Third Place for the watercolor “Sundown.”
Honorable Mentions were given to artists Sandy Castiaux, Susan Henderson, John Mandt, Louise Mozena, Lisa Williams, and Barb Wylie. Information, including how to participate in Nouveau shows, available at: islandart.org.
Story & Song
Submitted by Mark Kaufman
October 18, 2021
Purchase your $25 tickets in advance by calling 601-2118 or online at Eventbrite.
No one is able to capture life’s revelations quite like Beth Nielsen Chapman. Her songs reflect every turn in the tragic-and-triumphant road she has followed, having had to deal with the unexpected loss of her husband shortly after the birth of their child and treatment for both breast cancer and a benign brain tumor.
Her songs have been recorded by Faith Hill, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, and a number of other mega-stars. With 15 solo albums to her credit, Chapman has been twice-nominated for a Grammy and has already been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
Before Chapman launches another world tour, she will perform two shows at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro on Sunday, October 24th at 2 pm and 5 pm. Seating is limited to 50% capacity, and concert-goers must be vaccinated to attend. Purchase your $25 tickets in advance by calling 601-2118 or online at Eventbrite.
When you come to a Beth Nielsen Chapman concert, get ready to fasten your seat belt and experience a celebration of life and love!
October 18, 2021
North Florida Land Trust
The donor has committed $500,000 to help the nonprofit pay back a loan used to purchase the properties
Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 15, 2021 – North Florida Land Trust is one step closer to raising the money they need to pay off a loan used to purchase a portion of the Little NaNa Dune System in American Beach. An anonymous donor has committed $500,000 to NFLT to help pay back the loan taken out to purchase three parcels to keep them free from development and to protect the natural landscape of the historic town. The anonymous donation, donations from the community and a challenge grant issued by the Delores Barr Weaver Fund which has recently been met have brought NFLT closer to the $1.305 needed. The nonprofit must raise $150,000 more to reach its fundraising target.
“We are very grateful to the donor for giving us this large sum to get us closer to our goal. We also thank all others who have stepped up to help, especially the Delores Barr Weaver Fund,” said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. “Protecting this land was very important to maintain the history and culture of American Beach and to protect the natural landscape. It is an important habitat for gopher tortoises and migrating birds. We are asking individuals, businesses, foundations and other organizations to donate to help us raise the remaining money needed to pay off the loan and reach our goal.”
Protecting this portion of the Little NaNa Dune connects the 1.55 acres to the 8.5- acre NaNa Dune, the tallest dune in Florida which was added to the National Park Service’s Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve in 2004. NFLT closed on the three properties in January of this year and was given one year to raise the money to pay off the loan. NFLT typically fundraises and has the money in place before the acquisition but the agreement with the property owners required NFLT to close on the parcels within 90 days.
NFLT has been raising money through the Amelia Forever campaign which was created in 2019 to preserve the remaining natural spaces on Amelia Island. To donate, visit www.nflt.org/ameliaforever or send a check to North Florida Land Trust with the memo: Amelia Forever to 843 W Monroe Street, Jacksonville FL 32202. For more information about giving, contact the NFLT office at 904-479-1967 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Beach was founded in 1935 to give African Americans access to a beach during the days of segregation. In 2002, the original beach property was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and the American Beach Museum opened in 2014.
About North Florida Land Trust
North Florida Land Trust is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to protect the natural resources, historic places and working lands (farms and ranches) throughout north Florida. Founded in 1999, NFLT has preserved tens of thousands of acres of land through donation or purchase of land as well as conservation easements. NFLT is funded largely by private and corporate contributions and works closely with willing landowners and public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, and foundations. For more information, visit nflt.org.
Thursday, November 4th, 2021, is a special day for Keller Williams Realty on Amelia Island.
It’s the day they hold their 9th Chili Cook-off to support local charities, from 11am – 1pm, at the Keller Williams Realty location.
100% of this year’s proceeds will be donated to Nassau County 1st Responders in honor of Nassau County Sherriff’s Deputy, Joshua Moyers. This includes the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department, City of Fernandina Beach Police Department, and area Fire & Rescue.
Each $10 ticket includes the tasting of each Chili in the competition, (vote for your favorite), as well as Lunch with a bowl of Chili, sides and fixins', beverage, dessert and 1 raffle ticket.
You may even get a chance to meet 1st responders and see emergency vehicles. It doesn't get any better than that!
Tickets are available from any Keller Williams Realty, Amelia Island Agent, at their office and event location, (Keller Williams Realty, 4800 1st Coast Hwy, Suite #230 - just 2 doors down from Harris Teeter Grocery Store). You can also get a ticket at the door on the day of the event - or just drop by anytime to donate to this important cause.
Additional raffle tickets are available at the event as well and you do not need to be present to win. Prizes may be picked up in the following days when you display the winning ticket.
A small sample of raffle prizes: Ladies Leather Croc Style Braham Handbag, valued at over $450, Bourbon and BBQ Basket valued at over $200, tickets to area attractions, restaurant gift cards, artwork and so much more, for a total of more than $1000 in raffle prizes!
Keller Williams Realty, Amelia Island is a proud Community Supporter.
For the second Year in a row, First Federal Bank was named in Newsweek's America's Best Banks 2022 list as the Best Small Bank in Florida.
This distinction is the result of Newsweek evaluating its annual Best Banks rankings. With the assistance of LendingTree, Newsweek assessed more than 50 different factors from thousands of FDIC-insured banks and credit unions, including the savings and checking accounts they offer, to select the best-in-class institutions based on 26 different categories.
“We are honored by this recognition, especially because of the challenges banks have faced to continue creatively serving customers during the last year,” said FFB President and CEO John Medina. "It reflects our team members’ commitment to providing great service and financial solutions. As Florida’s only mutual savings banks, Newsweek acknowledged our ability to be more responsive to local customer needs. This accolade underscores our commitment to provide stability to our customers, employees, and communities.”
COVID has continued to change banking; in addition to convenience, safety has become a consideration for determining which institution serves customers best. First Federal Bank team members have continued to enhance solutions and services to ensure customers have the opportunity to bank safely: online, email, phone or in-person.
Wednesday, October 20th is National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day and we want you to help us celebrate!
Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and share your favorite thing about being a member of the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce. If we've ever helped your business, let us know by tagging us and sharing the Support Your Local Chamber Day image. Members who tag us online and help us celebrate will be entered to win various prizes from local businesses. We appreciate the support of our members, volunteers, and community as we work toward a better tomorrow for Nassau County.
10/14/21 @ 8:30 a.m. - In case you missed it! The Nassau County Department of Health issued a Press Release last week regarding an enhanced WIC benefit that increases vegetable and fruit vouchers for a period of three months. See Press Release for full details.
For more information on enrollment and eligibility for the WIC Program, call the Nassau County WIC Office at (904) 875-6111.
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10/12/21 @ 5:30 p.m. - If you received your COVID-19 Vaccine in the State of Florida and need a replacement card, you can obtain one from the Yulee Health Department located at 86014 Pages Dairy Road. Please note that you will be required to present a photo ID.
The Nassau County Department of Health has issued the attached FAQs further explaining how to get a replacement card. If you have any further questions, contact the Nassau County Department of Health at (904) 875-6110, Option 1.
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