Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beach Shorts

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beach Shorts

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Fletcher High School will host the Beaches Invitational Competition high school band event Saturday in the school's gymnasium on Seagate Avenue in Neptune Beach.

The event, which is open to the public, will feature winter guard and percussion ensemble performances from high school bands from throughout the Southeast, including Fletcher, Nease and Sandalwood high schools.

The competition will be from 2 to 9 p.m. The admission fee is $10 per person; children age 7 and younger get in free.

For more information, contact Fletcher High at 247-5905.


The Guana Reserve will host a beach walk from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Guana South Beach lot location.

People can join Guana Reserve Volunteer Rick Edwards for this "Beaches 101" experience; his walk and discussion will focus on the sand, the importance of the dunes and the animals that call the beach their home.

Reservations are required. Call 823-4500. Meet at the Guana South Beach parking lot approximately 2 miles north of the Environmental Education Center, which is at 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring water. Regular parking fees apply, $3 per vehicle; annual GTM pass holders get in free.


The Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset Rotary Club will hold a blood drive Saturday to benefit Mikey, a 12-year-old Landrum Middle School sixth-grader who may need a stem-cell transplant amid treatment for lymphoma.

The blood drive will be in conjunction with the rotary's first charity plant sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Players Championship, TPC parking lot, at Palm Valley Road and Florida A1A in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Walk-in blood donors are welcome, but to make an appointment, donors can call Steve Danzig at 273-6523.

The plant sale will have a variety of plants, including water-saving ground cover, as well as azaleas, arabicola, Aztec gold daylilies, bottlebrush, crape myrtles, crotons, ginger, Hawaiian tai, hibiscus, philodendron, roses and more. Master gardeners will be on hand to offer tips and advice, especially in regard to water conservation. …

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