News Briefs for the Week of Feb. 22-28, 2024


Patrons donate 4,300 items for Food for Fines

St. Johns County Public Library System patrons donated more than 4,300 nonperishable food items to St. Johns County’s Health and Human Services Food Pantry through Food for Fines. The Food for Fines annual program enables patrons to donate food to local families in need and help pay down their overdue fines during the holiday season.

Health and Human Services provides a wide variety of services for approximately 10,000 people in St. Johns County throughout the year.

Food for Fines is one of several collaborative programs that the St. Johns County Public Library System participates in with other county departments, extending its reach to St. Johns County residents. To learn more about the library system and programming, go to

Democratic Club to meet

The Ponte Vedra Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting on Feb. 26 at the Ponte Vedra library, 101 Library Road. Chat and chew is at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 6 p.m. The featured speaker will be Nate Monroe, columnist for the Florida Times-Union. For more information, email

Palm Valley Market every Tuesday

The Palm Valley Market is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday inside the Palm Valley Community Center, 148 Canal Road. The market offers fresh produce, baked goods, local honey, tea, seasonal treats, soap, jewelry, plants and more.

PVPV Rawlings Spring Carnival is Saturday

PVPV Rawlings Elementary School will hold its PTO Annual Spring Carnival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. There will be games, auction baskets, face painting, balloon artists, a game truck, a teacher experience, auction food and more.

Pre-sale wristbands are $15 each for students in K-5. Admission on the day of the carnival is $20. Children age 4 and younger will be admitted free.

For further information, contact Jennifer Cleek at

Repticon returns to Jacksonville

Repticon is coming to Jacksonville with a mixture of vendors and breeders. This family-oriented, fun-filled event offers guests the opportunity to learn about animals not normally seen in local pet stores. Breeder-vendors are always willing to teach in their field of herpetology. 

Guests can also shop for a new family pet among the hundreds of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, arachnids and small exotic animals. Repticon Jacksonville is also the place to get merchandise, cages, supplies and both live and frozen feeders, as well as expert advice about caring for their new household member. 

This event, held at the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair & Expo Center, 510 Fairgrounds Place, offers a unique family outing suitable for all ages and for a very diverse range of enthusiasts.

Show Hours at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10.

Ticket options (sold online only): $15 Super Ticket (entry for both days), $12 Saturday (all day), $10 Saturday after 1 p.m., $12 Sunday (all day), $6 for children 5-12. Children age 4 and younger are admitted free.

To purchase tickets or for more information about the show, go to

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan