Community News Briefs for Feb. 11, 2016


Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach seeks scholarship applicants

The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset Foundation will be awarding two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to two high school juniors or seniors who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service and exemplify the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.” Scholastic achievement is also taken into consideration when selecting scholarship recipients.
The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset is a member of Rotary International, an organization of business and professional people dedicated to humanitarian service and international understanding.
To be eligible, a student must be a junior or senior in good standing at Ponte Vedra High School or Allen D. Nease High School. The student should be planning to attend a four-year college, a two-year college, a trade school or a vocational/technical school with a program of study of one year or longer. Immediate relatives of Rotarians are not eligible for this scholarship.
All applications should be mailed to Ronald Mott, President, The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset, P. O. Box 612, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32004. Completed applications must be received on or before Feb. 27. Any applications received after the deadline will NOT be considered. Awardees will be announced on or during the week of March 30.
Applications must include a completed application, three letters of recommendation, the “Service Above Self” essay and a copy of the student’s high school transcript. For more information on the scholarship or joining Rotary, please contact President Ronald Mott at (904) 460-7092 or e-mail

Campbell documentary screening presented by Arbor Terrace

Arbor Terrace is hosting a community screening of “I’ll Be Me: A Family Story From The Heart” on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. The documentary is a journey through stages of dementia, allowing the screening, which will be hosted at Congregation of Ahavath Chesed, 8272 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville. RSVP by Feb. 15 to

Book Talk Cafe presents award-winner Patrick Kendrick

Florida Book Award-winner Patrick Kendrick is the featured author for this month’s Book Talk Café program at the Ponte Vedra Library. Kendrick, a former fire fighter and freelance writer, will appear on Monday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m.
Kendrick’s first novel, “Papa’s Problem,” an historical mystery, won the Florida Book Award. His second book, “Extended Family,” a dark thriller, earned a starred review on Booklist. His third book, “Acoustic Shadows,” was published by Harper Collins in June, and his first young adult book, “The Savants,” was published by Suspense Publishing in September.
Kendrick was a Florida state certified firefighter, paramedic, special ops technician, fire instructor and chief officer. Aside from his writing, he is the CEO of Fire O.W.L., a fire training and consultant company.
Book Talk Café is presented by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Library, and is free and open to the public. The author’s books will be available for sale and light refreshments served. For more information contact Vic DiGenti at

February Whistle Talk: Marlene Kenny, the “Room Rescuer”

On Thursday, Feb. 18, Marlene Kenny the “Room Rescuer” will be presenting a Whistle Talk at the Beaches Museum’s Chapel. The program will focus on helping attendees refresh their home, renew their style, and repurpose what they already have by incorporating it with new color and fresh ideas.
Attendees will learn about resources, including the Beaches Museum photo collection, to use family history, memories and memorabilia to make their home their own and to bring a cohesive style.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum’s Chapel the talk is free to members with a suggested $5 donation from non-members. For more information, call 904-241-5657 or visit

Sing into Spring at Palms Presbyterian

Palms Presbyterian Church announced this week the Fine Arts Series concert, Sing Into Spring featuring The University of North Florida Chamber Singers, Chorale and The Osprey Men’s and Women’s Choruses on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in its Sanctuary.
Since 2006, under the leadership of Director of Choral Activities Dr. Cara Tasher, The University of North Florida choral ensembles have toured to Italy, Portugal and South Africa, performed at the 2013 state American Choral Directors Association conference, the 2014 Southern division ACDA convention, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2009 and are regular collaborators with The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
All concerts are free, open to all and nursery is provided. For more information about Palms, visit or call, 904-246-6427.