AROUND WEST AUGUSTINE: Breakfast, march to honor King’s legacy

The 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast will be held Jan. 15 from 7:30 until 10 a.m. at the Mark W. Lance Armory, 190 San Marco Ave. Tickets are $30 per person. The guest speaker will be Bryan M. Mahoney of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. As in previous years, there will be a march later in the morning from St. Paul AME Church to the Plaza de la Constitucion. The Democratic Party plans to join the march displaying their banner and hopes you can join them for one or both of the MLK Jr. Day activities. This year’s theme: “If I can help someone along the way … then my living will not be in vain.” For more information, visit


Serenity South @ West Augustine will host services every Sunday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Services are held at 271 W. King St. Come and partake of the anointed word as delivered by Pastors A. Dewey and Carol Britton or other designated minister.

• The local chapter of the NAACP meets at the Solomon Calhoun Center, 1300 Duval St. NAACP President Margaret Rickerson invites you to attend their monthly meeting on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Individual membership is $30 per year. For more information, contact Margaret at 904-687-4868.

• The West Augustine CRA Citizens Steering Committee community meetings are held on the second Monday of each month. The West Augustine Improvement Association meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month. Both meeting begin at 7 p.m. and are held at Collier Blocker Park, 10 North Holmes Blvd. Every Wednesday at noon, a community dialogue meeting is held at Collier Blocker Park. Residents brainstorm on how to positively enhance the community of West Augustine.

300 Concerned Citizens, a community group founded to encourage African-Americans to become involved in the electoral process, will host a voter registration cookout on Jan. 20 from noon to 3 p.m. at St. Paul Park, across from St. Paul AME Church, 100 ML King Ave. The event is free and all are invited.

300 Concerned Citizens was founded in 2014, and focuses on voting for candidates who will support community priorities including help for at-risk students, slowing gentrification in Lincolnville and West Augustine, and fostering the development of minority-owned small-businesses. Dr. King and his supporters devoted their energy – and their safety – to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 300 Concerned Citizens is committed to continuing his work by their efforts to encourage African-Americans to use the power of the vote to make improvements in the local community.

American Legion Post No. 194 is taking applications for its annual Boys State Program. The program is open to young men who will be high school seniors in the 2018-2019 school year. Boys State is a unique one-week summertime educational program for rising seniors that focus on participation and personal experience in a state model, complete with government bodies and elected public officials. If you know a young man who would be interested in this program, contact Derry Greene at 240-412-1325.

A Classic Theatre’s next production, “Intimate Apparel” by Lynn Nottage, is winner of the 2004 New York Drama Critics’ Circle and the Outer Critics Circle Awards. The production is directed by Patric Robinson. “Intimate Apparel” is an exquisite, emotional story of longing, love, and betrayal … a timeless story of woman’s strength and courage. The exceptional cast assembled for this production is headed by Lisa Lockhart as the seamstress, Esther; Melinda J. Morais as Mrs. Dickson; Elizabeth Myers as Mrs. Van Buren; John Grayauskie as Mr. Marks; Meredith Wolfe as Mayme; and Ben Douse as George. Don’t miss this production. Performances will be held starting in February. The venue will be at the Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Ave. For more information, visit, or call 904-501-5093.

Events listed in the West Augustine community column are open to all residents of St. Johns County. The deadline to submit information is 7 p.m. on Fridays. To contact Linda Y. Murray, email

The deadline to submit information is 7 p.m. on Fridays. To contact Linda Y. Murray, email