News Briefs for the Week of Feb. 29-March 6, 2024


Author to speak on creating interesting characters

Author Terry Shepherd has 10 books in print and numerous short stories in various anthologies. He authored the Jessica Ramirez Thrillers, a trilogy featuring a policewoman whose career is patterned after a real-life Latino cop. While Shepherd spends much of his time in front of a keyboard, he also gets out of the house to conduct interviews with authors, editors, agents and publishers. After a 50-year background in broadcasting, he has expanded his talents to podcasting and currently hosts the “In Conversation with Terry Shepherd” series.

He is also the author of the award-winning “Juliette and the Mystery Bug.”

Shepherd will speak at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at the meeting of the Northeast Florida Sisters in Crime, to be held at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd. His topic will be researching and writing authentic diverse characters.

The meeting is open to all. For further information, contact

Guana exploration hike offered

A guided exploration hike will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. Learn about the Guana peninsula's natural biodiversity, expansive cultural history, vital estuarine resources and current efforts to protect these resources. Meet at the GTM Research Reserve Trailhead Pavilion (west of Guana Dam), 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. To register, go to

The event is free but parking is $3 per vehicle. Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. Hat, insect repellent, water and sunscreen are also recommended.

Library to present jazz trio

On Tuesday, March 5, The Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Library will present the Doug Matthew’s Trio. Matthews chairs the piano department at LaVilla School of the Arts in Jacksonville, where he runs the piano lab and has been an instructor since the school opened in 2000. He is an active performer, composer and arranger. He studied under Gerson Yessin at UNF and was one of the first students to graduate from the acclaimed jazz program. The trio consists of Ricky Ravelo on bass, Rick Kirkland on drums and Doug on piano. Doors open at 6 p.m. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. The library is located at 101 Library Blvd.

MyEyeDr to hold grand-reopening

MyEyeDr will hold a grand re-opening from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, March 1 at 1854 3rd St South, Unit 350, Jacksonville Beach. There will be light fare, refreshments, prizes and giveaways.

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.

Estate planning is topic of seminar

Having an estate plan is crucial for individuals and families to ensure their assets and wishes are protected and carried out effectively.

From 1:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21, LippesMathias Attorneys at Law will present a Trusts & Estates Seminar at the Renaissance St. Augustine Historic Downtown Hotel, 6 W. Castillo Drive, St. Augustine.

For further information or to reserve a spot, go to

Admission is free.

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan