Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Around the Region

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Around the Region

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Do you have something to share about your community outside Jacksonville? Send news-related tips to aroundtheregion@jacksonville.com or call (904) 359-4450.

1 FERNANDINA BEACH

AMELIA ISLAND BOOK FESTIVAL

The 14th annual Amelia Island Book Festival runs Feb. 19-21 at various venues, many free. Featured speaker Carolyn Curry speaks at the VyStar Readers Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at the Woman's Club, 201 Jean Lafitte Blvd., $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Her husband, Bill Curry, is the featured speaker at a reception at 5:30 p.m. that evening at the Fernandina Beach Golf Course Club, 2800 Bill Melton Road, $60 for members and $70 for non-members. For more, ameliaislandbookfestival.org.

2 BEACHES

BOWL-A-THON TO SUPPORT CHARITIES

The Exchange Club of Jacksonville Beach will host a "Bowl-A-Thon" to strike out child abuse and support Beaches charities at noon Sunday, Feb. 8, at Beach Bowl, 818 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach. For more, (904) 329-0663.

3 ST. JOHNS

HAWKE NEEDS DONATIONS

Humane Association of Wildlife Care and Education, a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation and education center in Elkton, is low on funding and would welcome financial donations. For more, hawkewildlife.org.

4 CLAY

FREE SATURDAY SCHOOL FOR K-5 STUDENTS

Orange Park Performing Arts Academy, 1324 Kingsley Ave., Building A, Orange Park, is offering free Saturday school focusing on reading, math and writing 10 a.m.-noon beginning Saturday, Feb. 7. For more, op-performingarts.org.

5 MIDDLEBURG

BINGO NIGHT

The Church of the Good Samaritan, 3813 Old Jennings Road, Middleburg, hosts bingo night 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Bingo cards are $1 each, and prizes are offered for each winning game. Event is open to the public.

6 MIDDLEBURG

SAFE ANIMAL SHELTER WELCOMES DONATIONS

SAFE Animal Shelter, 2913 Clay County Road 220, Middleburg, always can use donations of dry and wet cat food, dry grain-free dog food, cat litter, laundry soap, bleach and paper towels. Volunteers also are welcome. For more, (904) 276-7233.

7 BEACHES

NONPROFIT BEACHES WATCH WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS

Beaches Watch Inc. …

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