Execution Vigil at St Augustine Beach

Where do you stand on capital punishment?
An Execution Vigil took place in front of the St. Augustine Beach City Hall, corner of A1A and 16th Street, St. Augustine Beach on Thursday, February 22nd at 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.. The vigils also took place in Gainesville, Starke, Jacksonville and Bunnell on that same day. Some feel that the system that sends a person to the death chamber, is unfair, imperfect and too costly.

InterGen 2.0 – Adults and Youth Speak the Issues

An enlightening and encouraging panel of adults and youths met Friday evening at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center: “Intergen 2.0 – The Challenges Facing the Pursuit of Justice and Equality.”
Students from Creekside H.S., Ponte Vedra H.S., Nease H.S., and Murray M.S. joined adults to discuss their experiences and attempt to reach common ground and understanding on the issues of justice and equality. Mayor Nancy Shaver opened the event; Gayle and Floyd Phillips hosted; Dr. Dorothy Israel gave her inspiration; Derek Coghlan moderated; Jim Henry was videoing; Pat Chiapetta energized, Joe Chiapetta directed traffic; Amy Goldin helped staging; Gracie Best performed her show-stopping Slam Poetry; Elizabeth Erpelding-Garratt provided delicious hors d’oeuvres. Sue-Ellen Gamble Mosler, owner of Uppity Art, 67 S. Dixie Hwy., St. Augustine, sponsored the event.
First Coast.TV put these highlights of a fantastic three hour event together, so please enjoy.

Celebrity Guest Baker at The Sweet City Cupcakes

This month’s celebrity guest baker at The Sweet City Cupcakes was Adam Morley. Take a peek to see how he did among all those mouth watering cupcakes.

“INTERGENERATIONAL ROUNDTABLE 2.0” in St Augustine

The second Intergenerational session will be held at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center on Friday February 16. There will be a social hour from 5:006:00. The Roundtable discussion starts at 6:00, we have until 9:30.

The theme of the Roundtable is “The Challenges Facing the Pursuit of Justice and Equality.”

Here is a “roster” of Roundtable : Nease H.S. : Vivia Morley, Ajay Sarma, Fareeha Abrar. Creekside H.S.: Amaia Vargas and Lauren Maxam Ponte Vedra H.S.: Isabella Uribe, Jasmine Hurtt, Anna Auchter The Webster School : D. Wideman Alexius Ferguson : Community Partner School Director at the Webster School Andrea Clark : NAACP, Educator, Women’s March Carol Holtz : Vice-Chair, St. jJohns County Democratic Party; President, Hastings Democratic Club Daniel Carter : College Student, Community Activist Dr. Dorothy Israel : Educator, Author, Community Activist Felicia Proia : Certified School Psychologist, Secretary, St. Johns County Young Democrats Nyk Smith : Business Owner (The Corner Market in Lincolnville), NAACP Officer Mr. Derek Coghlan (Nease H.S. Faculty Member) ; Moderator.

Flash Mob Hits St Augustine 3 Times

A group of locals gathered on Saturday, January 6th (Three Kings Day) at 7 p.m. at the St. Augustine Visitors Information Center (next to the downtown parking garage) to FLASH MOB. They then went to the Lightner Museum, and then to La Plaza de la Constitucion. Three Flash Mobs in about an hour!

SJCC Free Biz & Accounting Workshop for Artists

St Johns Cultural Council is offering a free Business and Accounting Workshop for Artists and Arts Organizations of all Genres.

Saturday, January 6th 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

St. Johns County Public Library Main Branch

1960 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd., St. Augustine 32084

Topics that will be covered:

Do I need to form an entity (corporation, LLC, partnership).

What kinds of expenses can I deduct on my tax return for my business?

How would I keep up with all of this financial stuff during the year?

Are there any free apps or other tools that I can use?

What kind of taxes/returns am I responsible for? …..and much more.

Protesters Take to the Streets on Nights of Lights

Pastor Ron Rawls and hundreds of people were there to rally against two Confederate statues, and the city of St Augustine’s decision to keep them. Groups from Jacksonville also joined the march, which began at St. Paul A.M.E. Church and ended at the city’s main plaza during the Nights of Lights celebration. The protesters’ main goal was to be heard and impact tourism at perhaps the city’s biggest event of the year.

SOTA Awards 2017

The St Johns Cultural Council (SJCC) provides mini grants of up to $500 for arts and cultural activities within St. Johns County, FL. Funding is made possible through revenue from the sale of State of the Arts (SOTA) license plates in St. Johns County.  Priority will be given to proposals for activities that reach underserved audiences, arts education, and art in public places.

Organizations, artists and schools may apply for new or expanded programs in the following disciplines: arts in education, music, dance, folk arts, humanities, literature, film/video/media, theatre and musical theatre, visual arts, or the collection or exhibition of cultural or artistic works. Proposals are evaluated on uniqueness, quality and impact.

Flagler’s Adult Continuing Education (ACE) Keeps Expanding

Flagler College’s Adult and Continuing Education Program is designed to provide working professionals corporate training and development opportunities, and adult and retired learners opportunities to engage in intellectually stimulating, meaningful, and interesting activities. The program has three broad categories, Corporate Training and Professional Development, Lifelong Learning, and Test Preparation Center. It celebrated its second year this last Tuesday Oct. 17th, 2017 at the Markland House in St Augustine, FL.

A Day Without Violence

Once a year, St. Johns County students participate in an art and poetry contest sponsored by Betty Griffin Center to promote “A Day Without Violence”.  This annual contest focuses on peace in the home.  Pieces of art and poems are selected for their annual calendar known as “A Day Without Violence”.

The general public will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the top entries submitted to this contest that is sponsored by the St. Johns Cultural Council. The art will be hung in the Rotunda Gallery of the St. Johns County Administration Building. The exhibit can be viewed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

There was an opening reception for this exhibit on Tuesday, October 3, from 8:15-9:00 am, just before the Board of County Commissioner’s meeting.  All were invited to enjoy refreshments, while viewing the show.