Calendar

April 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18 Rumba & Samba Ballroom On Amelia offers Two for Tuesday group classes with Rumba at 7pm followed by Samba at 8pm. Tuesday classes $10 for one class, $15 for both pp. Dance workshop Thursdays 7 to 8:30pm $10pp. Ballroom On Amelia is located at 1897 Island Walkway at RAD
Studios. No partner or reservation is required. For more information, call (904) 624-0886 or visit www.ballroomonamelia.com.

April 3 Brown Bag Lunch The Amelia Island Museum of History hosts a Brown Bag Lunch presentation the first Wednesday of every month at noon, on a variety of subjects. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (904) 261-7378 or email joshua@ameliamuseum.org.

April 4 Books & Bites Senator George LeMieux and coauthor Laura E. Mize will discuss their book, Florida Made: Important Figures Who Shaped the State. 11am at the Fernandina Beach Library. Chronicles the impact of two dozen influential personalities on the history of Florida. Program is free. Registration can be made by calling The Book Loft at (904) 261-8991. For more information, visit nassaureads.com or call (904) 530-6500.

April 4 – 20 ‘Annie’ Broadway musical and winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. Directed by Marylee Long. Evening performances 8 pm April 4-6, 11-13, 18-20. Matinee 2pm April 7,14. Adult tickets $15; student tickets $10 call (904) 261-6749. Amelia Commuity Theatre, 207 Cedar Street. www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org.

April 4, 11, 18, 25 Nassau Community Band Rehearsals Play an instrument? Rehearsals held Thursdays, 6 p.m. in Yulee Middle School band room. For more information contact info@nassaucommunityband.com.

April 5, 7 East Meets West The Island Chamber Singers will be closing out their 15th season with the program East Meets West. The concerts will include from the East, Antonín Dvořák’s, Te Deum, Op. 103 composed in 1892. East then meets West with the singing of John Rutter’s Gloria composed in 1974. Orchestral accompaniment will include strings, timpani, brass, organ and piano and led by Island Chamber Singers Founder and Director, Dr. Jane Lindberg. Tickets are $20 for adults in advance, $25 at the door. FREE for all students. For further information and ticket locations, please call (904) 225-0575 on weekdays.

April 6 Candlelight Tour at Fort Clinch State Park Fort Clinch takes on a whole new appearance at night, lit only by candles and lanterns. Tour the fort without electric lights of any kind as it was in 1864. Fees include $6 per vehicle park entrance fee plus $3 for the tour. Tours begin 30 minutes after sunset 6:15pm-7:15pm. Call the Ranger Station at (904) 277-7274 to sign up. www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch.

April 6 Story & Song Bistro Bookstore Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen Canadian-American Roots-Folk duo Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen are lyrically refreshing and musically diverse. Seamlessly combining violin, guitar playing, compelling storytelling, dashes of harmonica and humor for a polished, engaging performance. Tickets $20 in advance in store or call (904) 601-2118.

April 6 Trunk Show with Gogo at Lindy’s Jewelry Come celebrate spring with a trunk show featuring the one-of-kind-jewelry of Gogo Ferguson at Lindy’s Jewelry. 1 – 6 pm. 110 Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. For more info, call (904) 277-4880.

April 6 All Things Abstract Artisan Village of Amelia monthly art shows presents Amelia ‘All Things Abstract’ 5-7pm Drop off your work Thursday April 4 and pick up works Thursday May 2. $15 entry fee 2/$25, ready to hang and for sale. www.artisanvillage.com 2188 Sadler Road (904)-491-2180.

April 6, 7 Living History at Fort Clinch State Park Visit with volunteers in Civil War-era attire portraying daily life at the fort as it was in 1864. 9am-12pm Fees include the $6 per vehicle park entrance fee, plus $2.50 per person Fort admission. For more info, call (904) 277-7274 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch.

April 9 Survivor of Suicide Support Group Open support group meeting intended for people who have lost a family member or close friend to suicide. Held 4:30 to 6pm at COA Life Center, 1901 Island Walkway. For more information, contact Bob Bolan at (904) 891-4302 or email SOSSGAmelia@aol.com.

April 9 Newcomers Club Coffee The Newcomers Club of Amelia Island hosts its monthly coffee on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Women interested in joining the club who reside in Nassau County (no matter how long they have lived there) are welcome to attend. For further information, contact coffees@newcomersamelia.org.

April 10 Women, Wealth & Wine An informal group of women who meet to discuss financial and related issues affecting us all. Come and ask the questions you have always wanted to ask and get insight into the questions you haven’t thought of yet. Financial answers and ideas over a glass of wine. Begins at 5:30pm. For more information, call (904) 305-2608.

April 11 Men Helping Men – Prostate Cancer Support Group Men Helping Men is an educational program developed to help men make informed decisions throughout their prostate cancer journey. Hels at 11:30am Baptist Medical Center Nassau – Board Room Hosted by Ackerman Cancer Center. Contact Lauren DeWitt at (904) 277-2700.

April 12 CABB Dance Series “A Night at the Oscars” Crescendo Amelia & Ballroom Amelia announce our dance series that we will start back up in April and run through October this year. They will all be themed events and held at Kraft Athletic Club. First dance is Friday, April 12th, 7:30-10 p.m. Doors at 7:15 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at crescendoamelia.com for $25.

April 12-13 15th Anniversary Katie Ride for Life The annual fundraiser is held on Amelia Island featuring routes of 100 miles, 63 miles, 34 miles, 18 miles and an off-road ride through Fort Clinch. The event was created in 2005 to raise awareness for organ donation and support the Katie Caples Foundations. Friday April 12th registration 7am Saturday 13th Ride starts 5am. Atlantic Recreation Center on Atlantic Blvd.

April 13 Second Saturday Artrageous Artwalk A free event on the second Saturday each month in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach from 5:30-8:30pm. Participating island galleries on island offer a diverse selection of art. For information, call (800) 226-3542, or visit www.ameliaisland.com.

April 15 Acoustic Sessions Amelia Community Theatre Studio 209 at 7:30pm All tickets are $15, available by calling (904) 261-6749 or by visiting www.ameliacommunitytheatre.org.

April 21 Easter Brunch Sunrise Cafe Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort Family friendly brunch with fresh baked selections, eggs made to order, seafood, desserts and more. 10am-3pm at Sunrise Cafe’ Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort 39 Beach Lagoon (904) 261-6161.

April 23 Reduce, Reuse, Refuse, Recycle Join our naturalists at the Nature Center and decorate your own reusable shopping bags. The average plastic bag is used for 15 minutes but can last in our environment for up to 1,000 years. By keeping reusable shopping bags in your car for everyday trips, you can keep an estimated 1,500 plastic bags out our oceans per family a year. Activity begins at 10 a.m. and costs $10 per person. Contact the Nature Center at 904-321-5082 for more information.

April 24 Artful Inspiration Single use plastic, it’s a whale of an issue. The public is invited to join the naturalists at the Nature Center to tackle this subject through a collaborative art installation. Participants will use recycled plastic bottles to build a whale sculpture while learning about the importance of eliminating single use plastics in their day-to-day lives and environmental safety practices for our ocean sea life. Program begins at 10 a.m. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. Contact the Nature Center at 904-321-5082 for more information.

April 25 Critter Talk Come hang out with the Nature Center residents and learn about their world. Fun facts will include: best places to find our wild animal friends, best practices when interacting with our local wild animals friends and ideal pets for our junior naturalists. Program begins at 10 a.m. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. Contact the Nature Center at 904-321-5082 for more information.

April 25 and 26 The Amelia Island Dance Festival Inaugural Event Performances start at 7:30pm at Amelia Community Theater, 207 Cedar Street, Fernandina Beach. Dance companies will include the following companies: East by North Dance Theatre, The Florida Ballet, Jacksonville Dance Theater and local companies Paradigm Flux, Body Works, Ballroom on Amelia and others. Live music provided by Amelia Music Studios, Solomon Johnson and Nathan Ealum. Tickets are $25 for Adult and $18 for students. Contact Susan Dodge at (646) 642-3121 or email dodgesuz@gmail.com.

April 26 Chamber Music Festival Season Finale Celebration Anne Akiko Meyers with Jason Vieaux. Held at The Ritz Carlton Hotel Amelia Island 7:30-9:30. Tickets are $65. For more, call (904) 261-1779 or visit ameliachambermusic.org.

April 26 Shoreline Restoration Workshop with Justina Dacey Join guest speaker Justina Dacey from the University of the Florida IFAS County Extension as she shares more about the oyster bed restoration projects happening in our area, how our team of naturalists is assisting our neighborhood and what you can do to help. Workshop is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. Contact the Nature Center at 904-321-5082 for more information.

April 27 How to Become a Citizen Scientist Enjoy an afternoon on Red Maple Lake as you work with our team of naturalists to monitor our wildlife and bird populations. Learn how Master Naturalists track and documents transient species, nesting patterns and a variety of species interactions. Class begins at 3 p.m. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. Contact the Nature Center at 904-321-5082 for more information.

April 27 Shrimp with a Wish Papermaking Art Workshop 1-3pmArtisian Village of Amelia Cost is $15 per student. 2188 Sadler Road (904) 491-2180 info@artisanvillageamelia.com.

April 28 Fish and their Ecosystems With our experienced naturalists, learn proper fishing techniques and best practices to help keep our fisheries in pristine health all while discovering the various ecosystems we have on property and what you can catch there. Class begins at 9 a.m. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. Contact the Nature Center at 904-321-5082 for more information.

April 28 Story & Song Bistro Bookstore “Trees and Compassion” The Wild Amelia Junior Naturalist children, in partnership with Amelia Tree Conservancy and Compassionate Fernandina, will offer a free, family-friendly program featuring Munsell McPhillips as the speaker, a reading of The Lorax, and a display of children’s artwork and photographs. (904) 601-2118.