AROUND WEST AUGUSTINE: Come support Murray Middle’s basketball programs

Murray Middle School Basketball Coach Kevin VanDyke is excited to share the boys and girls game schedule. Come out and support the teams and the community.

 

The girls games begin at 5:30 p.m. and the boys games begin at 6:30 p.m. The January schedule is as follows: Jan. 16 at Gamble Rogers Middle School; Jan. 18 at home (Murray) vs. Pacetti Bay Middle School; Jan. 23 at home vs. Valley Ridge; and finally, Jan. 30 at home when the Bulldogs take on Switzerland Point Middle School. Go Bulldogs!

• The first planning meeting for the annual Senior Appreciation Day and West Augustine Easter Parade will be held at Collier Blocker Park today beginning at 6 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, participating, or sponsorship you are encouraged to attend.

• The Wildflower Clinic will host dental clinics on Wednesday 9 a.m. and again on Friday at 2 p.m. This will include exams, X-rays and extractions. Medical clinics are provided on a first-come, first-served basis on Thursdays at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Other clinic services offered include a womens clinic, physical therapy, chiropractic, mental health, dermatology, ENT, vision, smoking cessation, and nutrition. The Wildflower Clinic is located at 268 Herbert St. For more information on these and other services offered, call 904-829-1962.

• The West Augustine Improvement Association will hold its monthly meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Collier Blocker Puryear Park. The public is invited to this meeting. The WAIA is nonprofit, and W. Leon Cooper Sr. is president.

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.

• The West Augustine CRA will host a fundraising dinner where their 2018 visionary goals will be presented to the community. There is a $10 admission/donation fee which cover the cost of a BBQ dinner. The goals for each of the six components of the CRA will be unveiled to the community. The six components of the CRA include: affordable housing, blight and abatement, community policing, culture and quality of life, economic development and infrastructure. The guest speaker at this event will be Rontel Batie, a congressional candidate for the 5th District of Florida. Let’s Support Mr. Batie in his campaign of “Bringing Politics Back to the People.”

• If you are serving any senior citizens who are in need of food, you can refer them to Cathy Rabino at the Council On Aging and she will qualify them for the Pie in the Sky Senior Produce Program, which delivers fresh produce every two weeks to the homes of seniors in need. Cathy can be reached at 209-3670. If you would like more information on this program, call Malea Guiriba, director of Pie in the Sky, at 904-382-9939.

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.

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 lindaymurray@yahoo.com.


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


 

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