Community Briefs 1/21/21

Clay Today
Posted 1/20/21

Art Guild of Orange Park’s ‘Going Places’ exhibit opens at Thrasher-HorneORANGE PARK – The Guild of Orange Park's exhibit "Going Places" will be on display and available to …

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Community Briefs 1/21/21


Art Guild of Orange Park’s ‘Going Places’ exhibit opens at Thrasher-Horne

ORANGE PARK – The Guild of Orange Park's exhibit "Going Places" will be on display and available to visit in the Thrasher-Horne Center Galleries from Jan. 15 to June 4.

Since 1973 the Art Guild of Orange Park has encouraged the advancement and interest of visual arts. They provide opportunities for development and enrichment of members through educational programs and workshops. Art Guild exhibits allow members to show and sell their works in many local venues like Thrasher-Horne Center.

The “Going Places” exhibit has its official debut on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This year’s theme for the juried art exhibit is appropriately named in honor of travel, which we’ve all missed doing.

“Going Places” exhibit is a free, open to the public, art event. Activities during this fun-filled event will include an award ceremony, stunning local artwork for purchase, and winning artist talk-backs.

The event will follow all Thrasher-Horne Center COVID-9 protocols. Thrasher-Horne Center galleries are free and open to the public weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More information on this and other events at Thrasher-Horne Center is available at or by calling (904)-276-6815.

The Thrasher-Horne Center is a performing arts venue and conference center owned and operated by St. Johns River State College. It is located on the Orange Park campus at 283 College Dr.

Nomination time for Shepherd’s Center Golden Years Gala running out

ORANGE PARK – Time is running out to nominate an outstanding senior volunteer for the 14th Shepherd’s Center of Orange Park’s Golden Years Gala Service Award.

The Gala recognizes senior adults for outstanding service in Clay County. It’s a way to say, “Thank you!”, by nominating someone who’s displayed extraordinary efforts in the extraordinary year of 2020. Nominations will be accepted until Jan. 31.

This year’s categories include: Volunteer Senior Man of the Year, Volunteer Senior Woman of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award. Senior adults are important to the community. They are a generation of high values, strong work ethic, commitment, integrity, generosity and loyalty. Seniors are a wonderful example of all, showing that true fulfillment is to share their time and talents through serving.

Nominees must be at least 60 years old and volunteer in Clay County.

To learn how to nominate a volunteer, call the Shepherd’s Center at (904) 269-5315.

This year’s Gala will be held at Sullivan Hall on Fleming Island on Wednesday, May 5. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. A live and silent auction also is part of the festivities, the awards program will follow breakfast.

The Gala benefits The Shepherd’s Center of Orange Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which provides services to adults in Clay County through award-winning educational programming and events focused on health and wellness.

Visit or call the Shepherd’s Center to purchase tickets or to make a donation.

Clay County Fair merchandise now offered online

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The Clay County Agriculture Fair now is accepting pre-orders from merchandise ahead of this year’s Fair from April 1-11.

The deadline to order is March 1, and merchandise will be delivered to the fair office during the week of March 15.

Fair merchandise will not be sold at the fairgrounds.

Included is the official T-shirt with this year’s logo, “What a ride! 35 years.” Adult shirts are $20 and children’s shirts are $15.

Also available is a camouflage hat commemorating 35 years for $25, a gray trucker patch hat for $20 and a pullover hoodie for $30.

To order, visit

Culver’s of Middleburg partners with Black Creek Lions Foundation

MIDDLEBURG – Since opening the doors of the first restaurant in 1984, Culver’s has been committed to being an active member in its local community. On Monday, Jan. 26, Culver’s of Middleburg, 1767 Blanding Blvd., will carry on that tradition by donating a portion of its sales to raise funds for Middleburg Black Creek Lions Foundation between 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Their mission is to serve those who are not served for many different reasons. The main goal is to improve the vision of those not served we support the community through food drives, disaster aid, feeding the homeless and finding ways to serve those less fortunate.

"We’re proud to call Middleburg home and doing our part to help just feels right," said Sophie Lichte. "We strive to make a difference in the community we share with so many others, and working with Middleburg Black Creek Lions Foundation allows us to help support individuals and families in our area."

Culver’s support of Middleburg Black Creek Lions Foundation is just part of its dedication to giving back to the community. From Culver’s founders to locally owned and operated restaurants, each franchise partner and team member understands the importance of serving those in need.


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