Notebook; Cultural Organizations Receive City Grant Money

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Byline: MARY MARAGHY

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Riverside Fine Arts and the Friday Musicale are among 24 Duval County organizations to receive some of $2.5 million in grant money for fiscal year 2009-10 through the Cultural Service Grant Program, which is funded through the city and administered by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.

Grants were made based on an organization's program excellence, fiscal and administrative management capability and community outreach and impact, according to a news release. The Cummer received $359,912 and the Friday Musicale $29,776. Here's a look at the other awards:

Florida Theatre, $262,841; Jacksonville Symphony Association, $355,957; Museum of Contemporary Art - Jacksonville, $159,485; Museum of Science and History, $304,737; WJCT Public Broadcasting, $379,388; Beaches Area Historical Society, $31,808; Beaches Fine Arts Series, $45,530; Cathedral Arts Project, $120,999; Players by the Sea, $53,322; Riverside Fine Arts Association, $44,520; St. Johns River City Band, $28,333; Theatre Jacksonville, $100,179; Theatreworks, $66,743; Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre, $7,337; City Kids Art Factory, $6,070; Jacksonville Ballet Theatre, $6,308; Jacksonville Children's Chorus, $46,081; Jacksonville Film Events, $14,596; Jacksonville Historical Society, $39,914; Mandarin Museum and Historical Society, $7,620; Ritz Chamber Players $40,717 and Stage Aurora $22,827. For more information, call 358-3600, or e-mail info@culturalcouncil.org.

DISABILITY FUNDRAISER DINNER

The 18th annual Dinner with Bill is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, according to a news release.

Tickets are $150 per person to this fundraiser for The Arc Jacksonville, an agency serving adults with disabilities. The Arc has an office on Wesconnett Boulevard on the Westside. Keynote speaker Randy Lewis, who has employed hundreds of people with disabilities throughout Walgreen's distribution centers in South Carolina and Connecticut, will discuss how to ensure a smooth workflow and environment conducive for its employees. For tickets, call 355-0155.

CONCERT TO BENEFIT CHURCH

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville, 7405 Arlington Expressway, is hosting a benefit concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in celebration of the 75th birthday of the church's music director Henson Markham, according to a news release.

The concert, titled Henson Markham & Friends, will honor Markham, who is a harpsichordist, organist, viola da gamba player, artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Good Shepherd, vice president of the Friday Musicale and former double bassist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Markham retired in Jacksonville following a career in music publishing and opera management in New York.

The concert will include works by A. Scarlatti, Sammartini and Bach, closing with the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. Admission is a suggested donation of $15 for adults, while children and students are free. Proceeds benefit the church's music program. For reservations, call 645-6774.

HEALTHY HOLIDAY FOODS

Healthy meal ideas will be presented at "Christmas Dinner - Fast and Festive," 10 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release. This program of the Duval County Extension Service costs $8. Call 387-8855 to make a reservation.

FESTIVAL WITH ARTWORK, FUN

Artists are invited to display their work at the second annual Midtown Fest, Family Art Fest & Salute to the Troops in historic St. …