Twin Lakes Academy Elementary hosts Curriculum Night and Stakeholders’ meeting

Twin Lakes Academy Elementary school will give parents and caregivers the opportunity to review and discuss all aspects of the school’s curriculum at Curriculum Night, to be held on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This free school-wide event is open to all Twin Lakes Academy Wildcat students and their families.

Teachers have a variety of games, activities and displays in store for all grade levels. Attendees can solve a problem using a life size number bond made out of hula hoops, walk through a story map with their child or play a round of math bingo. Students can also try their hand at coding during the Hour of Code, a fun introduction to computer science.

Additionally, the annual Stakeholders’ meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 28 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s media center.

At this meeting, Principal Denise Robertson will present the mid-year state of the school report and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to provide input regarding what matters most to support student academic achievement in the school.

Twin Lakes Academy Elementary is located at 8000 Point Meadows Dr.

Stakeholder attendees should RSVP to Connie Brooks at by Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016.


National lecturers to discuss origins of early humans in the Americas

The Archaeological Institute of America – Jacksonville Society will meet at 12 noon on Jan. 23 in Building 51 at the University of North Florida to find possible answers to one of the most controversial subjects in American archaeology.

National Archaeological Institute of America lecturers Dr. Steven Holen, an archaeologist and geoarchaeologist, and his wife Dr. Kathleen Holen will discuss the controversy surrounding the topic of the first humans in the Americas and offer new evidence from their research that suggests that humans arrived earlier than previously thought.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments will be served afterwards in the Archaeology Lab. On Saturday, parking at UNF is free and faculty/staff/vendor spaces are open to everyone.

For more information, contact Melva Price at or 904-241-9411.


Host families needed

Education First Homestay, a non-profit division of EF Education First, is recruiting volunteer hosts for international students ages 13 – 18 who will be in the North Florida area in July 2016. Students need meals, a bed (they can share a room), weekday transportation to and from an EF bus stop and lots of English conversation.

International students attend English classes each morning and participate in activities in the afternoon. Evenings and weekends are spent with the host family. Students are from France, Italy, Spain and Taiwan.

EF Education First Homestay has arranged escorted group travel for over 140,000 international students since 1979. For more information or to start your host application, contact Ginger Manning at or call 904-446-5646.


Open auditions for North Florida Women’s Chorale

The North Florida Women’s Chorale will accept new members through Feb. 8. The chorale is a 40-member chorus that rehearses Mondays at 6:45 p.m. at Palms Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville Beach. Interested parties should contact director, Kerry Fradley (, in advance to schedule an audition.

Visit for more information.


Quilt group welcomes visitors

The All Star Quilt Guild will hold its February meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 15 at First Christian Church, 11924 San Jose Blvd. The program will include participants of the Twisty Mystery quilts plus show and tell of member projects. Visitors and potential new members are welcome. For more information, visit or contact Barbara Tyo at 904-502-5254.


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