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‘American Beach’ Book Events Saturday

Author Heidi Tyline King is taking part in a trio of events on Saturday August 7, starting with The BookMark’s virtual story time on Saturday August 7 at 9 a.m., to showcase her children’s picture book, “Saving American Beach”.

Beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Ekua Holmes, this heartfelt biography tells the story of MaVynee Betsch, an African-American opera singer turned environmentalist, and the legacy she has preserved.

Written in lyrical prose, King’s text portrays Betsch’s life, from her days as a renowned performer to becoming an environmental champion. This true story highlights a hidden figure in history that is not often discussed in class, but whose impact has been lasting.

King will also appear live at the Beaches Museum at 11 a.m. for a read, and return to BookMark in person at 3 p.m. to sign and personalize copies of his book.

To reserve a seat for the virtual event, visit Crowdcast at https://bit.ly/3rCWka1. For more information on either BookMark event, visit BookmarkBeach.com or call (904) 241-9026.

The museum event is free to the public and pre-registration is required. For more details call (904) 241-5657 or go to BeachesMuseum.org.

Bereavement support

Community Hospice & Palliative Care continues its free program created to help those struggling with the loss of a loved one during these difficult times.

Understanding Grief is designed to help people help and hope after the death of a loved one. The 90-minute workshop will help participants: Identify normal responses to loss; identify coping skills that can be useful; and understand the importance of self-care in the grieving process.

The next sessions are as follows:

  • Tuesday, August 10 – 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (in person)
  • Tuesday, August 24 – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (online only)

All hospice and community-based hospice services are free and are available to anyone in the community for up to 13 months after the death of a loved one. Understanding Grief is designed to be most helpful for those who have experienced loss in the past 90 days and are at least 18 years of age.

The August 10 event takes place at the Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring, 4266 Sunbeam Road in Jacksonville. Space is limited for both sessions; call (904) 407-7001 to register or for more information visit CommunityHospice.com.

Conference on the preservation of the oceans

Join Parks Naturalist Kelly Ussia on Tuesday, August 17 for an engaging discussion about the vast expanse of our oceans, the benefits of our ocean habitats, and how we can ensure our oceans are there for future generations.

The event takes place from 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. via the Zoom platform. To register, visit the website of the departmental library at https://bit.ly/3rL15OM.

A series of monthly chair decorating workshops will be held starting August 17 for new attendees to Jax Beach Deck the Chairs.

Chair decoration workshops

New attendees to Jax Beach Deck the Chairs (JBDTC) are invited to attend a series of chair decorating workshops starting Tuesday, August 17. Participants will learn the six “do’s and don’ts” to create an entrance into the extravagance of the annual vacation.

All workshops start at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom on the following dates: Aug. 17, Sept. 21, Oct. 5 and Oct. 19. Construction of the chairs takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 14 at Latham Plaza and on Seawalk pavilion.

To receive an invitation link to the JBDTC Decorators’ Workshop, email [email protected]

AB twilight movies

Enjoy your favorite family blockbusters under the stars with Twilight Movies in the Park, presented by the City of Atlantic Beach starting Saturday, August 21. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, blankets, snacks, and bug spray for an evening of free summer entertainment.

The schedule is as follows:

  • August 21 – “Sonic the Hedgehog”, Bull Park, 716 Ocean Blvd., 6:30 p.m.
  • September 18 – “The Croods: A New Age”, Donner Park, 2072 George St., 7.45pm
  • October 16 – “Raya and the Last Dragon,” Russell Park, 800 Seminole Rd., 8 p.m.

All young children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at [email protected] or (904) 247-5828.

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