St. Johns Briefs
palmer course design celebrates
Palmer Course Design is celebrating its 35th year creating designs throughout the world. The 15-member team has designed and constructed more than 300 courses, many of which have hosted prominent golf tournaments.
Later this year, Palmer Course Design will begin construction on its first golf course in the newly-launched Palmer Premier series, which will be exclusive to high-end developments. The design team has also been readying its course at The K Club in County Kildare, Ireland, for the 2006 Ryder Cup on Sept. 22-24. Founded on the philosophy and standards of excellence set forth by the game's ambassador, Arnold Palmer, Palmer Course Design applies fundamental design elements to any style of course and is committed to providing a great golf experience as the company continues to develop its exciting new designs.
For more information, visit www.palmerdesign.com or call (904) 285-3960.
single greatest night success
More than 300 guests raised $75,000 at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's ninth annual Single Greatest Night at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach. During the evening, Jacksonville's finest singles were honored for their commitment to the community and area charities.
Forty honorees were recognized for their success in raising money to fund cystic fibrosis medical research. Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing to live music by Boogie Freaks and an awards presentation hosted by Charlene Shirk of First Coast News and Shotgun of WROO. Additional funds were generated with the silent auction and the Bid For a Cure.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was established in 1955 to control the disease, improve the quality of life for those affected, and help develop a cure. For more information, visit www.cff.org.
Toast of Jax Toastmasters meets every Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn Mandarin, 3130 Hartley Road. Toastmasters is an international organization with the purpose of improving public speaking and communication skills. Guests are welcome. For more information, contact Dan Sizemore at (904) 230-1432 or visit www.toastofjax.org.
The 2006 Appraisal Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Flagler Hospital's Wolfe conference room, 400 Health Park Blvd., St. Augustine. Floyd Jones, international antiques expert and television appraiser from Appraise It, will be giving appraisals for $15 per item or set. All proceeds will benefit Flagler Hospital and the Pena-Peck House. For more information call (904) 819-4626.
italian-american of the year
Sons of Italy of St. Augustine Lodge No. 2780 will present the Italian-American of the Year Award to Alex Christine at 7 p.m. Saturday at Amici's Banquet Room, 1915 A1A South, St. Augustine. Tickets are $35 per person; space is limited and reservations are recommended.
Alex Christine is a local attorney who has given his time and talent to those in need in the local community. He has provided pro bono assistance, volunteered at St. Gerard House and assisted in adoption proceedings and is involved in many other community programs. For tickets and more information, call (904) 461-1384 or (904) 460-0975.
environmental youth congress
The seventh annual Environmental Youth Congress, "Down to Earth," will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the St. Augustine Lighthouse, 81 Lighthouse Ave. Event is free and open to the public.
A benefit dinner for the Florida Wildlife Federation will follow at 6 p.m. at the Lightkeepers house, catered by Manatee Cafe. Tickets are available at Graphics Ink, 835-C Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, or by contacting Jacob Hamilton at (904) 501-1681 or Jordan Whitmore at (904) 501-1004.
Special groups will include Pesticide Action Network of San Francisco, Florida Wildlife Federation, Union of Concerned Scientists, St. Johns River Keeper, Native Forest Council of Oregon, and the Clean Water Network. A series of discussions on current local and global environmental issues will be hosted by a group of local high school and college students. For more information, contact Bill Hamilton at (904) 471-0440.
st. johns reads
Bahaudin Mujtaba of Nova Southeastern University will present "History and Culture of Afghanistan," at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Southeast branch library, 6670 U.S. 1 South, St. Augustine. Event is free and refreshments will be served. Mujtaba will discuss Afghan culture, the war and what it was like to grow up in Kabul.
The lecture kicks off the St. John Reads The Kite Runner program, which runs through Sunday, March 19. The Kite Runner, a novel by Khaled Hosseini, is based in the political turmoil of Afghanistan. Throughout the month of February, the library will feature special films that coincide with the theme of the book.
For more information about the program, visit www.sjcpls.org or call (904) 827-6925.
super reggae sunday
Conch House Builders will hold a special charity event from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Conch House, 57 Comares Ave., St. Augustine. Admission is $3 per person, to benefit the Children's Miracle Network.
The charity event will begin another season of Reggae Sundays. Scholars Word, a Gainesville band, will provide entertainment. Participants will be able to watch the Super Bowl on big screen televisions on the party barge. Throughout the afternoon, drawings for prizes ranging from dinners, weekend trips, golf and passes to upcoming events will be available. Proceeds from the drawings will also benefit CMN.
For more information, visit www.conch-house.com or call 1-800-940-6256.
democratic women's club
The Democratic Women's Club of St. Johns County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Main library, 1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. This month's meeting will be a brainstorming session concerning membership, fundraising, and other important matters. For more information, visit orgsites.com/fl/dwcstjohns or call (904) 797-4030.
decorating tips seminar
Renee Lambing will present the seminar, "Lighting Up Your Room," 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bartram Trail branch library, 60 Davis Pond Blvd. Event is free. Participants will learn the importance of lighting placement in room design to help create drama and warmth. For reservations, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (904) 504-4084.
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at the New Century Buffet, 2185 U.S. 1 South, St. Augustine. A representative from Crime Prevention will speak. All active and retired federal employees and their spouses and guests are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Janet Warner at (904) 461-3245.
cafe night at the cummer
Join The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, for Cafe Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Members are admitted free and admission for non-members is $8. Enjoy win from Simon's Wine Bar, live music by The Alex Nguyen Trio, and works from the area's top creative minds. During the evening, The Cummer will host the 2006 ADDY Awards, the world's largest advertising competition. For more information, call (904) 899-6025.
garden club meeting
The Garden Club of Switzerland will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday. Chad Hutchinson will present "Sunlite Potatoes." The club is open to anyone interested in becoming a member. For more information, call (904) 287-9772 or (904) 287-0483.
notice of public meeting
A public meeting will be held to discuss items of interest to Florida 13 along with a meeting of the William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highway Corridor Management Council at 7 p.m. Thursday at the St. Johns County Service Center, 725 Flora Branch Blvd. The public is welcome to attend and participate.
The agenda will include a special presentation by Robin Moore, St. Johns County Historic Resource Specialist; a call for volunteers to plan the Designation Celebration Ceremony; name selection for the FDOT's Scenic Highways Program signage, and announcement of other volunteer opportunities. One or more county commissioners may attend and participate in the meeting.
For more information, call (904) 209-0575.
able parents group
ABLE School, a St. Johns County charter middle school, has formed ABLE Parents Group under the leadership of Director Melanie Clemons. The group will meet Friday, Feb. 10.
The parent group will be focused on informing St. Johns County families about the school's opening in the fall of 2006. Education will provided through project-oriented learning, emphasis on business and leadership, strong science and technology skills and a relevant integrated curriculum. There will also be emphasis on self-sufficiency, civic responsibility, and a passion for life-long learning.
For meeting information and location, contact Karen Keep at (904) 824-6510. School information is available at www.ableschool.org.
--compiled by dana david
The Palmer Course Design team poses for a photo at its office in Ponte Vedra Beach. They are (from back, left): Chuck Choiniere, Thad Layton, David Couch and Dale Winchester; Ron Howell, Liz McCarthy, Deborah Thode, Harrison Minchew and Eric Wiltse; and Victoria Martz, Erik Larsen, Ed Seay and Nancy Ingamells.…
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