News Briefs for the week of Nov. 4-10, 2021


Overdose Awareness Seminar is Saturday, Nov. 9

Crosswater Community Church will host an Overdose Awareness Seminar from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9. The purpose is to bring awareness to the opioid addiction crisis and help communities, families and youth impacted by it.

Panelists include Superintendent Tim Forson, Fire Rescue Medical Director Dr. Kerry Bachista, Sheriff Rob Hardwick, Medical Director Dr. Michael Sorna and Florida National Guard Capt. Michael Coy.

Pastor Jack Millwood will also speak.

The event is free. The church is located at 211 Park Davis Road, Ponte Vedra.

Book sale planned at Ponte Vedra Beach library

The Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch of the St. Johns County Library will conduct a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, to Monday, Nov. 15.

Bargain books and CDs will be $1. Fill a bag for $10. Better books will be individually priced. A $3 coupon will be available at the check-in table from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 12.

Only cash and checks will be accepted for payment.

The book sale will be held in the community room of the library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach.

Blood drive set for Nov. 13 in Jacksonville Beach

Freedom Boat Club, in partnership with OneBlood, will host a community blood drive on Saturday, Nov. 13, in Jacksonville Beach. The bloodmobile will be set up at Beach Marine, 2315 Beach Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Each donor will receive a $10 eGift card and a OneBlood fleece blanket.

According to One Blood, every two seconds of every day, someone needs blood. Donated blood is likely transfused within two to three days, so the need is constant. Donating can not only save the lives of others in the community, but it also has health benefits for the donor. Donating regularly may help blood flow and result in fewer arterial blockages.

Every donor receives a free wellness checkup, which includes blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening.

Go to to schedule a time to donate or just stop by the big red bus at Freedom Boat Club’s Jacksonville Beach location on Nov. 13.

Fundraiser to help feed families in need

Proceeds from an upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser will help Feeding Northeast Florida serve local families in need this holiday season.

The Nov. 13 event will be conducted from 5 to 8 p.m. in tandem with the Jacksonville University Object Design Exhibition. The art exhibition, which features faculty and select student works, is free and open to the public. Exhibited works will include ceramic, glass and woodworking.

Bowl tickets are $25, and each ticket holder will receive a unique bowl made by a university student and a cup of gourmet chili. (Vegan organic and traditional recipe will be available.) Tickets can be reserved at or by going to

The event will be held at the Word Revolt Art Gallery, 1249 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach.