Community Events Range From CPR Training, Medical Information Meetings To Home And Garden Show

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CPR Training

Training in CPR will be available from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd. This is a free course open to the public, ages 11 and up.

Registration is required. Call 904-827-6950.

Home & Garden Show

The UF/IFAS Extension  St. Johns County is looking for sponsors and event venders with home and garden products, to participate in the 2015 UF/IFAS St. Johns County Home & Garden Show and Datil Pepper Festival Oct. 3 and 4  at the St. Johns County Agriculture Center 3125 Agriculture Center Drive. Call the UF/IFAS Extension Office in St. Johns County at 209-0430 for more information.

 Horticulture Competition

Enter your potted plants to see if you have the greenest thumb in the county. Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded.

Eligibility: Open to amateur and professional gardeners who are residents of or work in St. Johns County

Amateur- Hobby gardeners

Professional – Nursery operators, landscapers, landscape maintenance operators, horticulture instructors and consultants

The following divisions will compete independently of each other.

Youth Division: 18, or younger, as of Sept.1, 2015

Adult Division: 19, or older, as of Sept. 1, 2015

To enter your plants in the contest, please bring them to the UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County Wind Mitigation Building, 3111 Agricultural Center Dr., on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or to the UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns County office, 3125 Agricultural Center Dr., between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, please call Madeline, Horticulture Program Assistant, at the Extension office at (904) 209-0430.

Parkinson’s Support

This fall the St. Augustine Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will host notable speakers and friendly socials for people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. All events are free and open to the public.

“Anyone with Parkinson’s or who cares for someone with the disease will benefit from hearing the latest in research and treatments from our speakers as well as getting together in a safe environment at one of our socials,” said Melanie Lomaglio, a physical therapist who facilitates the support group. She is a certified neurologic clinical specialist and faculty member at the University of St. Augustine.

Upcoming speakers include:

Sept. 19, 2 p.m.: Guest speaker Margaret Bennett, a patient advocate for patients with Parkinson’s and their caregivers, will share resources and support services to provide patients and their caregivers with education, resources and support. Location: University of St. Augustine, Room 101, 1 University Blvd., St. Augustine. Oct. 9, 1 p.m.: Social at City Coffee Company, 1280 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd, St. Augustine, Florida.

Nov. 21, 2 p.m.: Guest speaker Dr. Zhigao Huang, a board certified neurologist from Baptist Neurology Group in Jacksonville, Florida, will host a question and answer session. Location: University of St. Augustine, Room 101, 1 University Blvd., St. Augustine. Dec. 11, 1 p.m.: Social. Location to be determined. Jan. 16, 2 p.m.: Guest speaker Dr. Natalya Shneyder, an assistant professor and neurologist at the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine in Jacksonville, will co-present with Karen Perrin, a nurse who leads the Parkinson and neuropathy program at UF Health Jacksonville, to share the services UF provides to patients. Location: University of St. Augustine, Room 101, 1 University Blvd., St. Augustine.

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Grand Opening

 Dr. Kalpana DePasquale, DO and founder of St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat  and Avanti Medical Spa will host a public grand opening and ribbon cutting at the newly opened medical practice in ear, nose and throat disorders (ENT), thyroid disease, and medical spa procedures. Sept. 30 from 4 to 7 pm, the new office at The Shoppes of St. Johns Oaks, 145 Hilden Road, Ste. 123 in Ponte Vedra will be open to the public with tours, hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, giveaways and raffles to benefit the 26.2 with Donna Foundation for breast cancer research and care. Donna H. Deegan, founder and president of the Foundation is scheduled to speak at the event at 6 p.m. about her non-profit and its mission. Advanced donations of $20 include six tickets and each donation of $5 buys one ticket to win prizes and gift baskets from the medical spa and local merchants. All donations will go to the local non-profit Foundation and its causes. The event is free and open to the public and there is no purchase required to attend the event. During the event, the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce will hold a formal ribbon cutting ceremony for Chamber members and guests. For more information, contact Brandie Kirkland at 904.461.6060 or email




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