The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival Announces A Free Virtual Concert on Sunday, September 20, at 2:00 pm
On Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT the AICMF presents The Christiania Piano Trio in our first Virtual Concert!, The trio will present selected romantic works of Schumann and Mendelssohn. This free concert will be available to view on the Amelia Island TV website (ameliaisland.tv) and the Festival website the (www.aicmf.com). Although you are welcome to watch for free, donations are encouraged to support the AICMF.
Recorded on September 8, 2020, at The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, this concert features violinist David Coucheron, concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO); Christopher Rex, the AICMF’s artistic and general director and retired principal cellist of the ASO; and Julie Coucheron, an acclaimed pianist who tours internationally.
For 19 years, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival has provided an increasingly bright light in the cultural landscape of Northeast Florida. As we anticipate the start of an exciting 20th Anniversary Season in 2021, we are working to continue to provide music to soothe our pandemic tired souls.
Please join us in this opportunity to enjoy beautiful music from The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival to you!
About the AICMF
Now in its 20th season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is one of the nation’s most respected music festivals. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For more information, please visit us at www.aicmf.com and Facebook.
Dr. Joe Marasco, Executive Director
Rayonier is hosting the OneBlood bus at Wildlight on Wednesday, September 16th from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM in front of the Rayonier building, located at 1 Rayonier Way in Yulee, Florida.
As you know, hospitals have resumed elective surgeries, triggering a surge in blood needs. Donors are needed now for critical patient care and community recovery that lies ahead. Donate Blood and find out if you have the COVID-19 antibody within approximately 48–96 hours*. The antibody test is authorized by the FDA and will indicate if your immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether you ever showed symptoms. Plus, all donors will receive a One Blood Cancer Awareness Socks, plus wellness checkup including COVID 19 antibody test, blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count, and cholesterol screening.
Click the link to make your appointment: OneBlood at Rayonier
Tips to a successful blood donation: Drink plenty of water regularly and 16 oz before your appointment. Also, eat a meal at least 2 hours before your donation; 10 days prior to donation include red meat in your diet (2-3 meals) and be sure to eat broccoli.
After donation: to avoid dizziness no heavy lifting or vigorous exercise the rest of the day, grab a healthy snack, and drink plenty of water.
538 Nassau County residents participate in the Nassau County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Keep Nassau Beautiful (KNB) and Nassau County Solid Waste Department thank the residents of Nassau County for properly disposing of Household Hazardous Waste
Nassau County residents showed strong support for the rescheduled spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection (HHWC) event on Saturday August 15. In addition to collection of hazardous waste, residents also supported Barnabas Food Pantry during the event with the donation of 1,068 pounds (1/2 ton) of non-perishable food items.
Volunteers donated time to help residents during the Household Hazardous Waste event. Left to Right: Kelley McCarter, Kile Bell, Laura Schulkins, Jules Ruppel, Jean Mauldin, Andrew Powell, Zach Stowell, and Rachel Woodcock. Not pictured: Lynda Bell, Jim McCarter, and Elders Spencer Garns and Jameson Savage.
Historically an average of 350 residents participate in each Nassau County HHWC event. This year’s event was an exception. During the same 4-hour period of 8am to Noon, 538 residents participated in the event making this the largest Nassau County event on record. The event was scheduled as a contactless collection; residents were asked to stay in their vehicles and allow volunteers and staff to remove approved items from their vehicles. For the first time in event history two residency verification stations were set up so two rows of vehicles could be processed simultaneously. Volunteers and staff worked through the sweltering heat at an average speed of 45 seconds per vehicle!
Twelve Keep Nassau Beautiful (KNB) Board Members and community volunteers, and approximately fifteen temporary staff were outfitted with masks and gloves to unload resident vehicles and sort approved items for proper disposal or recycling. The 12 volunteers donated more than 60 hours of time on the day of the event.
It may be more than 30 days before full reporting on the weight and type of items collected, until then it is estimated electronics and latex paint will once again be in the top 3 items collected. Lynda Bell, Executive Director for KNB, said, “Year after year one of the most popular items for disposal during the HHWC event is latex paint. Many residents aren’t aware they can dispose of latex paint throughout the year by following a few easy steps.” The steps include the purchase of any brand of cat litter. Add the cat litter to the latex paint can. Leave the lid off and give the mixture time to dry out and solidify. Once the mixture has solidified the latex paint is not considered a hazardous waste. The can and solidified mixture may be disposed of during regular trash collection which may allow tax dollars to be used for disposal of other household hazardous waste items.
Becky Diden, Nassau County Solid Waste Recycle Coordinator, reminds residents the Nassau County Solid Waste Department Tire Amnesty Day is scheduled for September 12. Said Ms. Diden, “While Nassau County residents may dispose of up to 4 tires per household per year, Tire Amnesty Day provides an additional opportunity to properly dispose of up to 15 tires per household with no fee for disposal.” Visit the Nassau County website for more information, http://www.nassaucountyfl.com/368/Convenience-Recycling-Center.
KNB and Nassau County Solid Waste Department appreciate Nassau County residents and community volunteers, Nassau County Road Department, Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, U.S. Ecology, Sensible Recycling, Barnabas Food Pantry, and Nassau County Sherriff’s Department for their participation in the collection and responsible disposal of household hazardous waste. The next Nassau County Household Hazardous Waste Collection event is already being planned. Signup for the Keep Nassau Beautiful newsletter for details, www.keepnassaubeautiful.org.
Keep Nassau Beautiful, Inc. is working to inspire, educate, and equip individuals, groups, businesses and governments to take action to make Nassau County a place where residents, visitors and wildlife can thrive and experience the beauty of Nassau County.
The Northeast Florida Fair Board of Directors has unanimously voted to cancel the 73rd annual Northeast Florida Fair that was to be held October 8-18, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The directors of the fair did not make this decision in haste. The public health safety and financial aspects of hosting the fair during this time time of a pandemic have been thoroughly discussed.
Information was obtained from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Nassau County Health Department. After reviewing the guidelines and regulations set forth by the CDC, the directors determined it would be nearly impossible to adhere to the social distancing protocols required to provide the necessary safe environment for attendees and animals.
The financial ramifications of hosting a reduced capacity Fair would be too great. The potential loss of revenue could challenge the fair's current sound financial standing and jeopardize the prospect of having a fair in the future.
This year, the Northeast Florida Fair will provide a modified plan for the annual Youth Market Sale. Because of the expense of raising a market animal, 4-H and FFA youth who weighed in market animals, in July, will be allowed to sell them with assistance from the fair association. Our youth invest their time, funds, and skills to raise market animals to sell at the annual fair and we acknowledge their hard work and determination to complete their project.
The Northeast Florida Fair Association is looking forward to welcoming guests back when it is safe for us to continue to host our most treasured tradition. The 2021 Northeast Florida Fair is scheduled for October 14-24.
Complimentary Webinar Presented by Community Hospice & Palliative Care
Want to know more about advance directives and advance care planning? Learn what goes into creating a living will and health care surrogate and “walk through” the Honoring Choices Florida document by attending our free webinar.
Wed., Aug. 19, 10 - 11 a.m.
Thurs., Aug. 27, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Click to register for August 19th Webinar: Advance Care Planning Registration
Click to register for August 27th Webinar: Advance Care Planning Registration
For more information on advance care planning visit HonoringChoicesFl.com or call 904.407.7024
As many of you know, child care is extremely beneficial, especially for parents with full-time jobs. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has created an entirely new set of challenges for both parents and child care providers.
While we're still focused on keeping Nassau County open for business, we also understand that parents can't get back to work without a safe, secure and open child care facility.
We are inviting all child care providers to a Zoom conference call to further discuss COVID-19, how it has impacted the childcare industry locally, the ripple effects of these impacts on the local workforce and discuss strategies to help.
We are meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, August 18th at 1:00 PM. If you are interested in attending please contact Nichole Causey at Nichole@NassauCountyFLChamber.com or 904-261-3248 ext 101.
Advance Care Planning Virtual Presentation Hosted by Community Hospice & Palliative Care and Nassau County Council on Aging
Conversations about advance care planning are in the news now because of the severity of the health crisis. Honoring Choices Florida, a program of Community Hospice & Palliative Care offers free advance care planning materials to our community. The Nassau County Council on Aging will be hosting and online virtual presentation to discuss your advance care planning options and ask questions about living wills and the designation of a healthcare surrogate.
Advance Care Planning: Have You Done Yours?
Our current health crisis has many people thinking about the care they would want if they became seriously ill. People considered high-risk for coronavirus-related complications are feeling especially vulnerable. You and your loved ones can have peace of mind by putting your healthcare decisions in writing using documents called advance directives. to discuss your advance care planning options and ask questions about living wills and the designation of a healthcare surrogate.
Please share this and help spread the word to our community.
Below is the link to join the presentation.
August 5, Wednesday, 11:00-12:00 pm
Presented by Community Hospice and Palliative Care and hosted by Nassau County Council on Aging
This presentation provides an overview of the importance of advance care planning for all adults, not just the elderly. The instructor will define advance care planning and offer ways to reflect on your own values, beliefs and experiences, which can help you discuss, decide and document your health care preferences for health providers.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87447681774?pwd=WjRDQXE1MFl6OXJ0NHFOZEFWMWh0UT09 – Meeting ID: 874 4768 1774 – Password: 08052020
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival today announced that the Spring Institute, scheduled for June 1-7, 2020 and featuring the Dover Quartet mentoring both the Balourdet and Ivalas String Quartets, has been rescheduled to June 2021.
Christopher Rex, Artistic Director, has said that the Festival is investigating whether coaching can be accomplished using either Skype or Zoom. In the meantime, plans are being made to celebrate the Festival’s 20th Season in 2021 with an outstanding lineup of musical talent.
About the AICMF
Now in its 19th season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is one of the nation’s most respected music festivals. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Visit us on Facebook.
Dr. Joe Marasco, Executive Director
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in multiple ways, including providing telehealth appointments for those who need help with mental illness, a mental health crisis, or overuse of substances. To help fund these outreach programs for our community, Starting Point is joining the Giving Tuesday Now initiative and asking community members to support our agency on Tuesday, May 5.
#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.
At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It’s a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.
You can donate online at https://www.spbh.org/support-us/.
Our current health crisis has many people thinking about the care they would want if they became seriously ill. People considered high-risk for coronavirus-related complications are feeling especially vulnerable. You and your loved ones can have peace of mind by putting your healthcare decisions in writing using documents called advance directives. Join Community Hospice and Palliative Care for a free webinar on April 16 at 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. to discuss your advance care planning options and ask questions about living wills and the designation of a healthcare surrogate.
To register, click here or call (904) 407-7024.
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