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“The Mangroves Are Coming”

Topic: “The Mangroves Are Coming” Lecture by Dr. Michael Shirley

Have you noticed any strange-looking pods while walking on the beach lately? They could be mangrove propagules, seed-like advance troops for the northward march of these coastal trees more typical of south Florida. To learn more about what to expect as the warming climate brings these plants northward, attend the lecture by Dr. Michael Shirley at the Ribault Garden Club on February 20.

The lecture will form the program at the monthly meeting of the Ribault Garden Club at the Ribault Clubhouse, 705 2nd Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach, on February 20. Guests are welcome to enjoy refreshments at 9:45 AM before the 10:00 AM meeting and lecture. This event is free and open to the public. There will also be a flower show with submissions by the membership.

Dr. Shirley is the director of the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve headquartered in northern St. Johns County. He also serves as regional administrator for Florida’s East Coast Aquatic Preserve Program. He has been working in the field of coastal resource management for 38 years.

Mangroves, bushy coastal trees that thrive in frost-free locations at the very edge of salt water, have been observed as far north as Vilano Beach. Because they anchor the land at the water’s edge, they have been called protectors of the coast. However, although saltmarsh is typical along the intracoastal waterway and other salt and brackish locations in Duval County, mangroves are beginning to invade and replace the saltmarsh just a little farther south. This is because killing frosts have become rare in coastal Northwest Florida. The mangrove ecosystem is a valuable one, but if it replaces the saltmarsh, fishermen and homeowners will have to adjust to the change.

St. Johns County School District Mentor Fair

St. Johns County School District Mentor Fair

Mentors are vital within the SJCSD to promote academic success and good character in our students. Come lean and experience how you can be a mentor (drop in anytime between these hours)



Landrum Middle School Cheer Team Bake sale to Support SAFE Pet Rescue

The Landrum Middle School cheer team is having a Bake sale to support SAFE Pet Rescue as one of their community service projects. There will be pet adoptions, a bake sale and you can even bring your pet for a picture with the cheerleaders! All Proceed Benefit SAFE Pet Rescue S.A.F.E. is Saving Animals From Euthanasia! S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue, Inc. was founded in September 2008 with the goal of saving adoptable dogs and cats from euthanasia in Northeast Florida.

Pet Supermarket 880 A1A N. Ponte Vedra  Saturday January 25th 11AM-3PM




Deborah Lennon Discussing Current Events & the Economy at the YMCA

Deborah Lennon Discussing current events & the economy at the YMCA

Friday February 7, 2020 Light refreshment’s at 9:30am Discussion 10-11am. YMCA 98 Turin Terrace St. Augustine, FL 32092.  Hosted by: Deborah Lennon with Edward Jones.

We will be Discussing current events, the economy and investing, in a relaxed, informal setting, it is a great way to get to know one another in our community. Coffee & light refreshment’s are on us.



Free event with Darrell Green, two-time Super Bowl Champion and keynote speaker ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida (January 16, 2020) — Washington Redskins Hall of Famer, Darrell Green, will
share his story and reflections of life at three different forums during the first week of February. Green and other guest speakers will be at the following locations:
 Monday, February 3 rd at 2:00 p.m.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
4600 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, FL 32164
 Wednesday, February 5 th at 10:00 a.m.
St. Anastasia Catholic Church

5205 A1A South, St. Augustine, FL 32080
 Thursday, February 6 th at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
St. John Paul II Catholic Church
127 Stone Mason Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32081

The “Make a Difference in the World Forum” will also include featured speaker Frank Benischeck discussing how to increase your income, reduce your taxes, uncover hidden taxes, and leave more for your heirs and favorite charities. Darrell Green played for the Washington Redskins as a cornerback from 1983 to 2002. During his career, Green was known for his speed and was one of the fastest players in the history of the NFL. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and in October of 2019, Green was named one of the top 100 greatest NFL players of all time. In 1988, he Founded the Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation, a faith-based charitable organization with a mission to “help children develop into leaders who positively influence their families and communities.”
In addition to Green, guest speakers for the forum will include Frank Benischeck and John R. Crawford. Benischeck is the founder of Totus Tuus Consulting. He has appeared on CBS, FOX, and NBC morning shows and has been featured in Forbes Magazine. In addition, Benischeck has been a featured speaker at Harvard Business School and West Point Leaders Academy. Crawford is a board- certified tax lawyer. He was a past chairman for the Catholic Foundation Diocese of St. Augustine and named one of Florida’s super lawyers, an honor bestowed on only 5 percent of attorneys in the state.
For more information, contact Frank Benischeck, Founder of Totus Tuus Consulting, at frank.benischeck@ttcadvisors. Tickets for the free event can be found on