News Briefs for the Week of Aug. 25-31, 2022


COA presents herbology at THE PLAYERS Community Senior Center

COA will offer a four-week course on herbology on Tuesdays in September at COA’s THE PLAYERS Community Senior Center in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Led by instructor James Carucci, the course is designed to show participants how herbs can be used to promote health and well-being by looking at specific health concerns and herbal solutions.

Classes will be 3-4 p.m. Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27. The cost to participate in the four-week session is $30. Registration is required, and space is limited.

To register and for more information, contact COA’s Amanda Jones at 904-209-3659 or via email at THE PLAYERS Community Senior Center is located at 175 Landrum Lane in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Coastal Friends to host September event

Coastal Friends, formerly known as Newcomers Alumnae, has announced that its popular monthly luncheon will be held on Sept. 7 at Marsh Landing Country Club, 25655 Marsh Landing Parkway, Ponte Vedra Beach from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This month’s guest speaker will be Nicole Woodsmall, donations manager at BEAM Thrift in Jacksonville Beach.

This luncheon is open to all members of Coastal Friends, their guests and anyone interested in joining the ladies’ social club, which has been in existence since 1998. Marsh Landing’s luncheon will consist of caesar salad, chicken parmesan with linguini and tiramisu for dessert.

The cost to attend the luncheon is $25 and reservations must be made in advance to reserve a seat by contacting the luncheon chairman ( as soon as possible since the deadline is Friday morning, Sept. 2.

For details on how to join Coastal Friends, contact or go to  

Health screenings coming to Ponte Vedra Beach

Local residents living in and around Ponte Vedra Beach can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with screenings by Life Line Screening. Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church will host this community event on Sept. 9. The site is located at 4510 Palm Valley Road in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Screenings can check for:

  • The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and overall vascular health.
  • HDL and LDL cholesterol levels
  • Diabetes risk
  • Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis
  • Kidney and thyroid function, and more

There is a charge of the screenings. Free parking is available.

For information, call 1-877-237-1354 or go to Pre-registration is required.

Workshop focus: dizziness, headaches, neck pain

John Goetze Physical Therapy is planning a free postural workshop for dizziness, headaches and neck pain in September. The workshop will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at 1400 Marsh Landing Parkway, Suite 112, Jacksonville Beach. To register, call 904-280-2001.

Junior Achievement of North Florida receives $800K donation

Junior Achievement of North Florida has received a gift of $800,000 from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. It is part of a total of $38.8 million donated to Junior Achievement USA and JA operations in 26 communities across the country. This is the largest gift from a single donor in the organization’s 103-year history.

“We greatly appreciate the incredible generosity of MacKenzie Scott for this amazing gift to our organization,” said Shannon Italia, president of Junior Achievement of North Florida. “We see this investment as a recognition of all the great work taking place in our community because of the passion and commitment of the business leaders, educators, volunteers and other partners who support Junior Achievement locally. This donation will allow us to make even better use of other community investments to positively impact the lives of the young people we serve.”

Junior Achievement of North Florida will use its portion of the gift to scale its impact in the region and accelerate the timeline for launching an integrated program model that provides young people with a pathway to work readiness and financial literacy.

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan