A Busy Time For Area Organizations





The 30th annual Great Chowder Debate continues from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Conch House Marina and Resort, 57 Comares Ave. Proceeds benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Free satellite parking is at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, with free shuttle service courtesy of the Red Trains. For information call 829-8646 or go to www.conch-house.com

More than 30 restaurants are donating their time and chowders for the event. Chowders are judged by an independent panel.


The 30th annual antique car show sponsored by Ancient City Auto Club is Nov. 22 on the campus of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, 207 N. San Marco Ave. Registration is from 8 to 11 a.m.  Trophies, for first through third places will be awarded at 3 p.m.

The show is open to the public at no charge. Vehicle registration is $15 in advance by Nov. 7; $20 the day of the show. For information, including registration, call 904-794-1941. For information on the various vehicle classes go to local.aaca.org/ancientcity/

In addition to a display of cars ranging in age from the early 1900s to 25 years old, entertainment includes line dancing, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes.


Tickets are now on sale for the 46th annual Christmas Tour of Homes, sponsored by the Garden Club of St. Augustine. This year’s tour, “Christmas in the Ancient City,” continues from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 7. Tea and a boutique are from 1 to 5 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Parish, corner of St. George and King streets.

Tickets are $25 and are available in advance at Carter’s Jewelry, Anastasia Publix Plaza; Flowers by Shirley, Ponce de Leon Mall; Leonardi’s Nursery, 902 Anastasia Blvd.; Southern Horticulture, 1690 A1A South; Tre Sebastian, 304 Anastasia Blvd.; Whetstone Chocolates, 13 Anastasia Blvd.; and Hammock Gardens, A1A, Palm Coast.

Tickets are also available by calling 904-825-4614. Will call tickets must be paid for in advance and are available from 1 p.m. at the tea and boutique at Trinity Episcopal Church Dec. 7. Early purchase is recommended because the tour is usually sold out before the tour date.


The Pilot Club of St. Augustine announces that love lights – luminaries -which will glow in front of the Lightner/City Hall building from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14, are now available for purchase. A fundraising project of the club, the love lights – candles placed in sand in white paper bags, are marked with the named of loved ones – both living and deceased. Donation is $3 for one, $5 for two. They may be purchased by calling 824-2486, 471-2246 or send checks, made out to the Pilot Club of St. Augustine and include names of those to be recognized to The Pilot Club of St. Augustine, P.O. Box 3761, St. Augustine, Fl. 32085.

Entertainment this year will be provided by the Children’s Community Chorus, Ancient City Slickers and St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church.



The Ponte Vedra Woman’s Club will host a fundraiser: “Being Thankful” fall fashion show for the family Nov. 15 at the Sawgrass Country Club Golf Clubhouse. Holiday boutiques and luncheon are also part of the day’s festivities, which continue from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Information: Chairwoman: Nanc Breznai, 708-7016, email: nbreznai@yahoo.com

Special events at  Elks Lodge No. 829, A1A South, include breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Sundays; Tiki bar events Saturdays and Sunday afternoons. Bingo is Thursdays; and dinner is served Fridays.

Haven Hospice Attic Orientation continues from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 21 at 2497 U.S. 1 South. Volunteers are needed for many tasks including taking donations, sorting and pricing, merchandising, running the cash register and coordinating donation drives. No experience necessary. All volunteers must complete a background check prior to volunteering. Call Kathy Furney 904-417-1280 for more information or to apply on line go to www.HavenHospice.org.

Two workshops for crafting pine needle baskets are coming to the Melrose Public  Library. These workshops, to l benefit the Melrose Library Association (MLA) and are planned from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Jan Beckenbach will be the instructor and will demonstrate several methods to start and complete your pine needle baskets. Bring your own lunch or snacks. All the materials for crafting, as well as drinks, will be provided.

The Melrose Library Association is providing the basket materials and drinks. If you wish to join the MLA or donate to their cause, more information will be available during the event. The MLA sponsors all sorts of fun, engaging, and educational library events for families and people of all ages. Any donations are greatly appreciated.

To sign up for the event, call or visit the Melrose Public Library. The library is located at 312 Wynnwood Avenue (behind the Post Office); the phone number is 352-475-1237.

The Friends of the Crescent City Library have another special guest for Lunch with the Greats! at noon Nov. 12. Christy Sheffield Sanford will discuss Libraries: Rare Books and Unique Charms. Explore a select sample of buildings and their holdings, from the Library of Congress to the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. So join the program and be inspired by the amazing variety of special collections.

The Crescent City Public Library is located at 610 N. Summit Street. Drinks will be provided; bring a bag lunch. For more information, call the library at 386-698-2600.





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