Community calendar 10/5/17

Clay Today
Posted 10/4/17

SPECIAL MAGISTRATE HEARING: Clay County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate hearing, Oct. 5 at 9:30 a.m., Board of County Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 4th floor, Administration Building, 477 …

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Community calendar 10/5/17


SPECIAL MAGISTRATE HEARING: Clay County Code Enforcement Special Magistrate hearing, Oct. 5 at 9:30 a.m., Board of County Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 4th floor, Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs. Open to the public.

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: Meets Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. each date in the Zoning Department Conference Room, 3rd Floor of the Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs. The meeting is open to the public.

NETWORKING: Nonprofit Appreciation Meet & Greet, Oct. 5 from 5-7 p.m., The Hilltop restaurant, 2030 Wells Rd, includes drawings for gift cards, gifts and other prizes. Sponsored by the Finally Friday Networking group of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce. Info, Kellie Collins, (904) 264-2651.

THERAPY ANIMAL EXPO: Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Schultz Center, 4019 Boulevard Center Dr., learn about therapy-animal training, registration and on-site programs. This humans-only event, except for service dogs, is $15 per person; $10 for 60 and older and for youth age 18 and younger. Tickets are available at

VVA MONTHLY MEETING: Vietnam Veterans of America Clay County Chapter 1059 meets Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Post 250, 3959 County Rd. 218, Middleburg. The VVA meets the first Saturday of each month.

AMERICANS UNITED: The Rev. Dr. Harry Parrott, Baptist minister and president of the Clay County Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State presents “The Assault on Church-State Separation in the Era of Donald Trump,” Oct. 7 at 10 a.m., Fleming Island Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd. All are welcome. For info, call (904)529-1496 or

YARD SALE: to benefit Waste Not Want Not, Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be held at Town Hall Park, corner of Kingsley and Park Avenues. Families can also rent space by calling (904) 505-5894 or registering online at

COMMUNITY OUTREACH: to assist Clay County homeless, Oct. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Springs Church, 317 Blanding Blvd. Free haircuts, lunch, HIV testing, food pantry on site, eye exams, blood pressure checks, tents and sleeping bags. For transportation help, call (904) 379-6208.

DOING A GOOD THING: 7th annual fundraiser to benefit Miriam’s Basket, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m., Orange Park United Methodist Church, Family Life Center. Tickets are $30 each and must be purchased in advance by contacting Linda Grabowski, executive director, at (904) 477-1975.

SCIENCE CAFÉ: Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. on the St. Johns River State College Orange Park campus on College Drive in Building D, Room 14. “The Birds, the Bees, and the Skeeters: Sex, Bugs and Disease.” Free and open to the public.

TAPS MONUMENT DEDICATION: Oct. 9 at 11 a.m., Historical Triangle, Old Clay County Courthouse, 915 Walnut St., Green Cove Springs. Unveiling of monument honoring 62 veterans who served in multiple wars from Clay County.

UNITY WORSHIP SERVICE: In response to the events in Charlottesville, Va., Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 245 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, including prayers for unity, peace and racial reconciliation. More info, Grace: (904) 264-9981 or St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church, (904) 446-7167.

JUST US GIRLS: Luncheon and vendor fair, Oct. 12, doors open at 10:30 a.m., lunch from 11:30-1 p.m. Bring quarters for the quarter auction, gifts, door prizes, lunch and inspirational speaker at Country Club of Orange Park. RSVP, Diane at (904) 993-2586.

BOOK SALE: to benefit Friends of the Middleburg-Clay Hill Library, 2245 Astor St. Oct. 13-14. Friday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friends members have special shopping Thursday 5 -7 p.m. with refreshments and Friday morning 9-10. Join Friends for $5 and $8 per family. Fill a bag for $5 on Saturday; bags cost $2. Info, (904) 254-7891.

PLANT SALE: The UF/IFAS Clay County Master Gardener Program will be holding its annual plant sale on Oct. 14 from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be many varieties of landscape plants available along with food and craft vendors, free workshops, and activities for kids. University of Florida/IFAS Clay County Extension, 2463 State Rd. 16 West, Green Cove Springs.

MAKING STRIDES Against Breast Cancer of Clay County, to benefit the cancer fight at The American Cancer Society, Oct. 14 with 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. opening ceremony, 9 a.m. 5K walk at Moosehaven Retirement Community, 1701 Park Ave., Orange Park. Info at

FALL FESTIVAL: Oct. 14 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Asbury United Methodist Church, corner of Blanding Boulevard and College Avenue, in conjunction with the Pumpkin Patch; crafters, vendors, bake sale, garage sale, live music, food, drinks, silent auctions, clowns, a bounce house, photo opps and storytelling.

BATS IN THE LANDSCAPE: “Bats in the landscape” offered by Clay County Extension; includes a bat house you can mount at home, Oct. 17 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Cost is $50 and register online at or call us, (904)284-6355.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: of Orange Park meets Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. 16 at the T.C. Miller Community Center, 440 McIntosh Ave. Guest speaker Larry Beaton will discuss “Steamboats of the St. Johns and Ocklawaha Rivers.”

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Meets Oct. 18 at 3:30 p.m. at the Clay County Library Administration Office, Fleming Island Headquarters Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd. The meeting is open to the public.

LEGISLATION DELEGATION: Speak your mind about upcoming bills in the 2018 Florida Legislature, meet Sen. Rob Bradley, Rep. Travis Cummings and Rep. Bobby Payne on Oct. 18 from 4-6 p.m., Board of County Commissioners meeting room, fourth floor, County Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs. Public is welcomed.

CHAMPIONS FOR MERCY GALA: to benefit Mercy Support Services, Oct. 19 from 6-8:30 p.m., Thrasher-Horne Center with guest speaker John Thrasher, president of Florida State University. Features dinner and a live auction; dress is business casual. $100 per person; limited seating. Corporate and table sponsorships available, (904) 297-4052.

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA: Jacksonville Society meets at noon on Oct. 21 to hear zooarchaeologist Vicki L. Rolland explain how identification of the condition of skeletal elements allows scientists to attempt to link preferences of prey age and size with appropriate capture methods and equipment used by St. Johns II (A.D. 900-1300) people in the estuaries of Northeast Florida. The lecture is free and open to the public. Info, Melva Price, (904)241-9411 or

FLORIDA GARDENING: University of Florida/IFAS Clay County Extension hosts an online seminar “Welcome to Florida Gardening” on Oct. 23. The course lasts 4 weeks; each week covers a new topic completed at the student’s own pace. or (904) 284-6355 to register.

FIRST COAST CARD CLUB: Oct. 25 at 1:30 p.m., Middleburg-Clay Hill Branch Library, 2245 Aster Ave., off County Road 218. Call Lea at (904) 829-0643 for more info and confirmation.

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL: Meets Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. in the Clay County Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room, fourth floor, Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs. Open to the public.

GARDEN CLUB OF ORANGE PARK: Presents "Alternative Gardening" by Master Gardener Sarah Harvey, Oct. 28 from 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the Orange Park Public Library on Plainfield Avenue. Light refreshments will be served. Come learn about alternatives to landscaped flower beds and consider becoming a member of the Garden Club.

MOONLIGHT OVER MAGNOLIA: The Historical Society of Orange brings local history to life Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. with 45-minute guided tours in period costume. Visitors can stroll through time with re-enactors who tell the stories of the cemetery’s permanent residents. Free parking is available at the First Baptist Church at 1140 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park. Admission is free but Society donations are accepted.

WALK LIKE MADD: To benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving Northeast Florida's local programs and victim services. Nov. 4, registration starts at 7:30 a.m. with walk at 8:30. River Road at Wells Road, Orange Park. $25 adults/$20 kids. Register by calling (904) 388-2455 or Vendor booth space also available.

JP HALL CHILDREN’S CHARITIES: Annual Christmas Party to fund programs and scholarships for children in need in Clay County, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m., Thrasher Horne Center. Cocktail attire preferred. Silent auction 6:30-7:30 p.m., followed by live auction at 7:30 p.m. Sponsorships available, (904) 707-1978.


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