The Beaches Museum’s next “Whistle Talk” is with local author Dan Schafer 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Beaches Museum Dickinson Gallery, 381 Beach Blvd. Schafer is a Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Florida, and will speak on the Minorcan Odyssey from Greece to what eventually became New Smyrna Beach and other Florida communities. The event is free for museum members and $5 for guests. For more information, visit www.BeachesMuseum.org.
Shop with Cops needs donations
The Fernandina Beach Police Department’s 11-year-old Shop with Cops program, which helps more than 150 local school children annually, need donations for the upcoming holiday season. The program sees a police officer shop with a child at the Amelia Island Wal-Mart, ensuring underprivileged children experience the joy of Christmas. Donations collected all year helps buy Christmas toys and needed clothing. The children are selected by local school guidance counselors. Donations may be sent to: Shop with Cops, Fernandina Beach Police Foundation, 1525 Lime St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.
Taste of Amelia to benefit Nassau County Volunteer Center
The Nassau County Volunteer Center’s 24th annual Taste of Amelia Island will be held 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 39 Beach Lagoon Road. The agency’s primary fundraising event will include culinary offerings from local restaurants and a silent auction to help the center, which mobilizes people and resources through volunteers to help community problems. This year’s theme is “Sharing the Harvest,” and guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the needy and be eligible for a drawing. Tickets are $50 and soon to be available online at volunteernassau.org.
Howard M. Rosenblatt guest cantor at First Congregation Sons of Israel
First Congregation Sons of Israel, a conservative, egalitarian synagogue, welcomes Cantor Howard M. Rosenblatt to lead services this weekend. He will lead 6 p.m. Saturday for Shabbat dinner and 7:30 p.m. service and a 10 a.m. service Sunday, followed by a light Kiddush lunch. For more information, or to make reservations for the Shabbat dinner, call (904) 829-9532 or e-mail at [email protected]
Holiday Shoppes at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Holiday Shoppes 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. For more information, go to ccpvb.org.
Fort Mose Florida Living History, Inc., with Fort Mose Historic State Park and Historical Society present Harvest Time at Fort Mose 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Forst Mose Historic State Park, 15 Fort Mose Trail. Visitors will experience harvest-time in colonial Florida, with Florida Linving History volunteers discussing and illustrating food and ways of harvesting and cooking them in 18th-century Fort Mose and St. Augustine. Event includes colonial cooking demonstartions, food samples and presentations. Event is free, but there is an admission fee of $2 to explore inside the museum.