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Christmas and all the trappings arrive early this year as Newcomers Alumnae holds its monthly holiday luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Marsh Landing Country Club.

The festivities begin with a performance of traditional holiday carols from Cornerstone Classical Academy’s second-grade chorus. Club members and guests will then feast on a mouth-watering meal of hearty beef lasagna, Caesar salad and a special holiday dessert, topped off with a prosecco toast to ring in the holidays. After lunch, a number of gift cards and other prizes will be distributed.

Admission is $23 and reservations must be made by Friday, Nov. 26. Contact to reserve a seat.

The club is located at 25655 Marsh Landing Parkway in Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information, contact

Sip, shop and stretch

Enjoy a relaxing bit of holiday shopping with bubbly beverages on Friday from 9:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Titanium Yoga. Immediately following is a hot yoga session that can help you “Burn the Bird” with detoxifying twists, breathwork, core exercises and a serving of gratitude.

Sign up online at or visit for more details.

Holiday decor demonstration

Discover some festive new ways to dress up your surroundings during "Home for the Holidays," a home decor demonstration and morning tea hosted by the Ribault Garden Club on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

From 9 a.m. to noon, the event also includes a raffle and boutique. Checks, cash and credit cards will be accepted. Tickets are $15 and seating is limited. The club is located at 705 Second Ave. N. in Jacksonville Beach. For reservations and more information, call (904) 280-8487 or email

WWII exhibit ending

Honor the soldiers and sailors of World War II with “The Road to Victory in World War II by Land, Sea and Air,” an exhibit by Bob Burch at the Beaches Branch Library.

The exhibit includes models of U.S. military World War II planes, ships, vehicles, and trains that won the war. Three special displays also salute America’s Korean War veterans and America’s first Medal of Honor recipients, while related WWII/Korean War era books are included in each display.

The library is located at 600 Third St., Neptune Beach, and the exhibit will be on display throughout November. For hours, visit the Locations page at or call (904) 255-2665.

Give Back Award presentation

Beaches Watch will host a virtual event on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. to present its 2021 Give Back Award. Since 2010, the Give Back Award recognizes an organization that has a substantial impact on the Beaches communities. This year, the award goes to the Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (BEAM).

Established in 1985, BEAM provides rent, utility, food assistance and case management services for residents or workers within the Beaches area communities, which includes Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Mayport, San Pablo and Ponte Vedra Beach. BEAM will use the funds from the Give Back Award to support the food assistance efforts.

The meeting is open to the public, and participants can join using the Zoom platform. For more information call (904) 878-0435, email or go to

‘A Celtic Christmas’

Immerse yourself in “Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas,” hosted by Beaches Fine Arts Series on Friday, Dec. 10 at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.

Now in its 26th season of touring nationally, "A Celtic Christmas" recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas. Set in a remote farmhouse in his native parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in western Ireland in the 1950s, you’ll watch as neighboring families gather around the fire to grace the wintry night with traditional Irish Christmas carols, raise the rafters with joyouse music, knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances and fill the night with the laughter of their stories.

The evening also includes an art exhibit by Annelies Dykgraaf.

Admission is free and seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Masks are required as protocol of the venue.

The church is located at 465 11th Ave. N. in Jacksonville Beach. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty presents Luminaria 2021 on Saturday, Dec. 18, inviting Northeast Florida residents to light up their walkways and driveways for a good cause this holiday season.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty presents Luminaria 2021 on Saturday, Dec. 18, inviting Northeast Florida residents to light up their walkways and driveways for a good cause this holiday season.

Luminaria celebration

Northeast Florida residents are invited to light up their walkways and driveways on Saturday, Dec. 18 for a good cause this holiday season. Hosted by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, Luminaria takes place in Atlantic Beach neighborhoods surrounding the company’s Beaches office.

Luminaria events will also be held in the neighborhoods near Berkshire Hathaway branch offices in Ponte Vedra/Nocatee, St. Augustine/MuraBella and Fleming Island on dates to be announced by local neighborhood associations.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices sells Luminaria kits assembled by Pine Castle, a Jacksonville charitable organization that empowers adults with intellectual and developmental differences. Kits are $12 and contain everything to create 12 beautiful luminarias. Additionally, 100 percent of the proceeds from luminaria kit sales will be donated to local charities, including Pine Castle.

Luminaria kits will be available at the following branch office locations beginning Sunday, Dec. 5, while supplies last:

  • Beaches/Intercoastal West/Southside — 375-1 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, (904) 241-2417

  • Fleming Island/Orange Park — 3535 U.S. Highway 17, Ste. 10, Fleming Island, (904) 269-1716

  • MuraBella at World Golf Village — 196 Capulet Drive, Ste. 3, St. Augustine, (904) 802-0690

  • Ponte Vedra/Nocatee — 333 Village Main St., Ste. 670, Ponte Vedra Beach, (904) 285-1800

  • St. Augustine — 112 Sea Grove Main St., Ste. 210, St. Augustine Beach, (904) 471-6906

Visit for more information or call (904) 296-1906.

Phone calls from Santa

The St. Johns County Parks & Recreation Department is partnering with The North Pole to host the annual Santa Calls, Dec. 7-9. Parents with children age 8 and younger residing in St. Johns County can sign up to receive a free phone call from Santa Claus at their home this Christmas season.

Registration for the program is only offered online through the county website at After creating an account, parents must register each child individually and not a family as a whole. Calls take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call Ashley Brown at (904) 209-0379 or email

Holiday dog adoptions

Help a furry friend find a new home for the holidays on Saturday, Dec. 18, when SAFE Pet Rescue of St. Augustine brings its mobile adoption van to the Ponte Vedra Pet Supermarket store, 880 A1A N.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be lots of fun festivities to enjoy. Take your pet’s picture with Santa, enjoy some live holiday music by a local guitarist, sample tasty treats at the bake sale, browse some crafty items, sip hot cocoa and -- best of all -- meet and greet our wonderful rescue dogs who are hoping you will choose one of them to be part of your family this holiday season.

Invite your family, friends and neighbors to these dogs some much needed love while supporting SAFE Pet Rescue in its mission save animals from euthanasia. To learn more, go to

Lighthouse illuminations

Discover 21 uniquely decorated trees, each with a distinct theme, at this special after-hours event at the St. Augustine Lighthouse, which began Monday and takes place on select days through Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Visitors may explore the Keepers’ House and grounds illuminated by lights and festive garlands, as well as a sensational view of the lighthouse’s night mark.

Tickets are $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 12 and under. For more information regarding ticket availability and pricing, visit

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This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: LEADING OFF: Here's what's happening around the Beaches

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