Southside Newcomers Club seeks members. The Southside Newcomers Club welcomes members from the Jacksonville area. Prospective members can be new to the area or have experienced a lifestyle change. Activities include game days, Bunco, Mah Jongg, bridge and Canasta. Groups participate in beading, book clubs, movie outings, lunches, line dancing and dinner events. Upcoming day trips include a trip to the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens on March 17 and an overnight trip to Savannah on April 27 and 28. To learn more, check out their Meet Up group at or contact Margaret Walker at or 210-834-8764.

All Star Quilt Guild hosts show and tell. The March general meeting of the All Star Quilt Guild will be held on Monday, March 21 at 9:30 a.m., in the First Christian Church, 11924 San Jose Blvd. In addition to the program and show and tell, items will be collected for the Mandarin Food Bank. For more information visit or or contact Barbara Tyo at (904) 502-5254.

Lifetree Cafe hosts film festival. The Mandarin Senior Center will host the International Lifetree Film Festival on Friday, March 4. Creative short films from around the globe will be showcased with the overarching theme of people who are “doing life” or “doing good.” Short films include Guang, Spaghetti for Two, Meet Joel—My Last Days, Dancing Outside the Box, Unburden and Titanic Love.

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The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the films beginning at 7 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served at intermission and desserts and coffee will be served at the event social afterwards.

The Mandarin Senior Center is located at 3848 Hartley Rd. Tickets cost $10 per person. Seating is limited and reservations recommended; call (904) 262-7309. Visit for additional inforamtion and a video trailer.

Project SOS to hold gala. Project SOS will hold their annual fundraiser for youth, the Grand Anchor Gala, on March 5 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach. The cruise-themed dinner will feature comedian Jan McInnis. Individual tickets are available for purchase for $125 and all proceeds benefit Project SOS, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that is committed to strengthening families by empowering parents and educating youth to make healthy life choices. For more information, email or call (904) 296-9950. Visit to buy tickets online.

AARP TaxAide available at Southeast Regional Library. Seniors who need assistance with preparing their income tax returns can visit the Southeast Regional Library, located at 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., on Wednesdays in March from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. AARP TaxAide sites are serviced by IRS certified volunteers that provide free tax counselling and preparation services to millions of low- and middle-income taxpayers. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service. For additional information, call Lisa Buggs at (904) 630-4655.

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