Museum Gets Expert Help in Conserving Mandarin's Artifacts

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Byline: DAN SCANLAN

The city's only historic museum now has expert help in conserving Mandarin's artifacts, thanks to the donation of conservation books, DVDs and online resources from the Institute of Museum and Library Services' Connecting to Collections Bookshelf.

The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society was awarded the resource after it filed an application describing the needs and plans for care of its collections of artifacts from the Losco Winery and other sites.

The IMLS is the primary source of federal funding of the nation's museums and libraries, and is awarding 3,000 free sets of the IMLS Bookshelf by the end of 2009.

Its bookshelf program focuses on collections typically found in history or art museums and in libraries' special collections, and addresses topics like the philosophy and ethics of collecting, collections management and planning, emergency preparedness, and culturally specific conservation issues.

The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society is at 11964 Mandarin Road, with information at www.mandarinmuseum.net.

NATIVE SUN HOSTS BACK TO SCHOOL DAY IN ITS MANDARIN AND SOUTHSIDE MARKETS

Native Sun Natural Foods Market hosts a Back to School Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at its stores at 10000 San Jose Blvd. in Mandarin and 11030 Baymeadows Road on the Southside.

Children can partake in a storewide scavenger hunt that will teach them about the ingredients of a healthy lunch, and have a chance to win a free bicycle.

New children's drinks will be introduced at the juice bar, as well as a new children's menu at the deli. During this event and all during August, a percentage of sales from back-to-school items will be donated to The Bridge of Northeast Florida, a local non-profit agency providing educational, social and health programs to children, teens and families in need.

WOMEN'S CLUB TO TOUR FLAGLER COLLEGE

It's tour time for the River City Women's Club, when its next meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday includes a tour of Flagler College in historic St. Augustine.

The National Historic Landmark site, opened as the Hotel Ponce de Leon in 1887, is at 59 St. George St. in St. Augustine. Women's club members and guests should meet there by 9:45 a.m., when tickets costing $6 for adults and $4 for seniors will be bought for the group. After the tour, the group will have lunch at the Lightner Museum.

If anyone wants to carpool, meet at the Office Depot at 10601 San Jose Blvd. at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

JAMES CHANSLER TO SPEAK AT NEXT PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING

JEA Chief Operation Officer James Chansler is the scheduled speaker at the Southeast Citizens Planning Advisory Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, in Auditorium C at St. Luke's Hospital, 4201 Belfort Road.

The committee is one of six formed in the city more than a decade ago to allow residents and neighborhood representatives to meet with city officials to discuss problems. …