Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beach Shorts

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beach Shorts

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GRANT FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT

The Jacksonville Beach Fire Department has received a $10,800 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Assistance to Firefighters Grants program is part of a coordinated effort to strengthen the nation's overall level of preparedness. The grants enable local fire departments and emergency medical services organizations to purchase or receive training, conduct first responder health and safety programs and buy equipment and response vehicles.

The grant is part of about $13 million worth of grants awarded nationally.

LEMON BAR LUAU SOON

The annual Lemon Bar Luau that benefits Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry and Beaches Resource Center is set for Saturday, Sept. 26, near the oceanfront between Atlantic Boulevard and Lemon Street in Neptune Beach.

The event, is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sea Horse Oceanfront Inn's Lemon Bar. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door (if not sold out), with a special $50 ticket package that includes one regular admission and one ticket for a teacher.

Major event sponsors include The Players Championship at the "Wahini" sponsorship level; Baptist Medical Center-Beaches and the St. Paul's Thrift Store at the "Trade Winds" level; and Scott and Becky Wiley and Eleven Atlantic: True Wealth at the "Aloha" level. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, call at 241-7437, ext. 1, or send a check to BEAM at 850 Sixth Ave. S., Jacksonville Beach, 32250. The fourth Annual Lemon Bar Luau benefits BEAM and Beaches Resource Center, both organizations helping Beaches-area families.

CAMPOUT UNDER THE STARS

Atlantic Beach has begun accepting reservations for the 16th Campout under the Stars, a popular family event at Jack Russell Park.

Campsites are $10 for a 12-by-12-foot site with shared fire ring and wood. A free breakfast for campers will be served Sunday morning. Campsites are limited, and reservations must be made before the event.

This year's Fun Day activities begin at noon, Saturday, Oct. 10, at Jack Russell Park field. The activities include Wild Wonders, Mad Science, Polynesian dance, Working Warrior, Jugglin' Jeff, with bounce house, climbing wall and family movie at twilight.

All afternoon and evening events are free and open to the public. Bring blankets, chairs and picnic basket and spend the day or bring your camping gear and spend the night under the stars.

Jack Russell Park field is at 800 Seminole Road and Plaza. Reservations for campsites can be made at the Atlantic Beach Recreation Office, 716 Ocean Blvd. Call 247-5828 or visit www.coab.us/events for more information.

GATOR CLUB SEASON KICKOFF

Sportswriters, football players and others are scheduled to speak at the Jax Beaches Gator Club's weekly meetings this year in Jacksonville Beach. …

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