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Community Briefs 3/16/23

Posted 3/16/23

Garden Club of Orange Park sponsoring horticulture program

ORANGE PARK – The public is invited to the Garden Club of Orange Park’s annual spring horticulture program on Friday, …

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Community Briefs 3/16/23


Garden Club of Orange Park sponsoring horticulture program

ORANGE PARK – The public is invited to the Garden Club of Orange Park’s annual spring horticulture program on Friday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church, 2156 Loch Range Blvd.

This year’s theme is “Gardening as Therapy.” The line-up of speakers includes Carol Hixenbaugh, a member of the Heart of Jacksonville African Violet Society; Dr. Taylor Dlem, Nassau County Extension Director and Horticulture Agent II; Rachel Wright, Certified Horticultural Therapist; Rhonda Gracie, Horticulturist and Director of the UNF Botanical Garden; and, Kelly Tesiero, Landscape Designer with The Elegant Garden.

Learn how therapeutic gardening can be while enjoying light refreshments with other garden enthusiasts.  Our program also includes a plant sale, shopping tables, and various door prizes and raffles.

Bring your lunch. Tickets are available for $20 each on Eventbrite #gardening.

Additional information is available from Ann Lee at or at (904) 200-5162.


Hogs for Dogs to raise money for Clay Humane

ORANGE PARK – Riders are encouraged to meet at Adamec Harley-Davidson on Wells Road on March 25 for the start of a poker run to raise money for Clay Humane.

The ride starts at Adamic and ends at Whitey’s Fish Camp on Fleming Island, with stops at Crossroads Saloon in Palatka, Howlin Wolf Bar in Melrose, Watering Hole at Smith Lake in Keystone Heights and Saloon 17 in Green Cove Springs.

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and costs $30 a person. Those who preregister by March 16 will receive a gift bag containing T-shirt and goodies.

Dinner will be served at Whitey’s Fish Camp at 3:45 p.m.

The ride also includes food, music, 50/50 raffle and prizes for the highest and lowest dice roll.

For more information, visit or call (904) 276-7729.

Orange Park Chorale coming to Penney Farms, Orange Park Presbyterian

PENNEY PARK – The Orange Park Chorale invites the public to enjoy community voices joined together in song as the group presents its free spring vocal concerts, “Amazing Love” in two performances.

On Saturday, March 25, at 4 p.m., the chorale will perform at the Penney Memorial Church, 4465 Poling Blvd. The second concert is scheduled for Sunday, March 26, at 4 p.m. at the Orange Park Presbyterian Church, 1905 Park Ave,

Both concerts are free. Donations will be accepted.

Under the direction of Artistic Director David Holladay, “Amazing Love” concert selections will include sacred music such as Dan Forrest’s “And Can It Be,” Moses Hogan’s “Ride on, King Jesus” and “You Say,” arranged by Heather Sorenson and co-written by contemporary Christian performer Lauren Daigle.

Secular music includes a traditional Zambian song “Bonse Aba” arranged by Andrew Fischer and Thomas Morley’s “Now Is the Month of Maying!”

The Orange Park Chorale, founded in 1992, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

The group’s mission is “to provide opportunities for community participation in the area of choral music, by providing excellence in the choral arts; performing the works of living American composers; and enhancing the cultural life of communities in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.”

Throughout its history, the members of The Orange Park Chorale have been committed to maintaining the group’s core values of: musical excellence, fellowship, mutual respect, character and dedication.

For more information about the Orange Park Chorale or the group’s upcoming spring concerts, please contact Board Chair Harolyn Sharpe at (904) 553-8487 or visit

Mission of the Dirt Road offering free showers

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Adults can sign up for free showers on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Mission of the Dirt Road, 7790 State Road 100.

Adults can utilize the services from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Families with children can get free showers on Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. Showers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residents are required to sign up during the day of the shower. To make a reservation, call or text (601) 568-3473.

Thrasher-Horne: Show memorabilia on sale to fund future shows

ORANGE PARK –Signed posters, flyers and banners from recent acts at the Thrasher-Horne Center are on sale at the center’s box office at 483 College Dr. in Orange Park.

The money will go to the Thrasher-Horne Center Annual Fund to provide financial assistance for future programs.

Included in the items are items from the shows by Rumours, Always Patsy, Elvis, Craig Morgan, comedian Bill Engvall, Diamond Rio, Electric Light Orchestra Experience, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Pete the Cat, Ricky Nelson Remembered, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Young Irelanders and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Items range from $5 to $50, and they can only be picked up at the center.

The center also is selling tickets and gift certificates for upcoming shows

For more information, call (904) 276-6815 or visit


Shred For Good: Challenge Enterprises offers shredding drop-off

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Shred for Good hosts Residential Shred Drop-Off events for the benefit of individuals that don’t have an ongoing need for regular shredding service. During the drop-off events every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, participants may deposit their sensitive documents in secure and locked bins at 3530 Enterprise Way in Green Cove Springs. The bins are then securely transported to the Shred for Good facility, where it is destroyed.

After a six-month shutdown for the pandemic, Shred for Good rolled out a rebooted Residential Shred Drop Off Program in October 2020. On the first day, 92 households were able to destroy 5,116 pounds of sensitive materials in just two hours. Each one of these events is focused on convenience for the consumer and streamlined processes for the staff.

Residential consumers now follow the signs to the drop zone, complete a short form, donate and drive away without ever having to leave their vehicle. To save even more time, both the form and donation have been made available in advance online.

The average household drops off about 55 pounds and donates $14 a visit. Considering that most drop-off shred sites charge more than $.50 a pound; the Shred for Good’s Residential Shred Drop-Off Program at $.26/pound is a cost-effective alternative for the community it serves.

Business and Commercial Customers please call (904) 252-9786 to schedule a pickup using one of our secure bins.

Clay County looking to fill several job openings

CLAY COUNTY – The Board of County Commissioners is looking for a few good people – make that a lot of good people.

The county posted several job openings, including animal control officer, building inspector, deputy director of engineering, engineering specialist, equipment operator, firefighter/EMT, grants administration analyst, grounds maintenance technician, HVAC technician, kennel attendant, laborer, permit services technician, veterans’ services officer and 4-H young development extension agent (apply through the University of Florida).

For more information, click the Career Opportunities tab on the county’s website,