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Book Talk 
Story and Song presents author Jodie Kirschner to talk about her new book, Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises. Kirshner, who teaches bankruptcy law at Columbia University follows seven struggling Detroiters as they navigate life during and after their city's bankruptcy. 3:00-4:30 p.m. Story and Song Bistro Bookstore, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118

Joy to the Children Toy Drive
Collecting toy donations through Wednesday December 18th. Please stop by the store to donate your brand new unwrapped gifts during normal business hours Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Amelia Mobility and Wellness, 474274 State Road 200. (904) 261-2111

S.S. Amelia Gingerbread Pirate Ship
Sweet holiday memories are made as the world's largest gingerbread pirate ship drops anchor in the Lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. This 17-foot culinary masterpiece is crafted with over 600 pieces of handmade gingerbread planking and adorned with sugar-sculpted pirates. Visit through December 29th 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island 4750 Amelia Island Parkway. Free and for all ages.

DECEMBER 2, 9, 16, 23
Tai Chi Classes
Movement for everyone. This class will help with balance, body awareness, joint stiffness and overall health. Mondays 9:30-10:30 a.m. $18 drop in or class passes available. Community Yoga and Wellness, 210 Beech Street. (904) 613-6345.

The Saltwater Table 
Story and Song presents lunch with Greyfield Inn chef Whitney Otawka and debut of her new cookbook. 1:00- 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $75 includes a copy of the book. Purchase tickets at the store or on-line Story and Song Bistro Bookstore, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118

Be Moved
Movement Music and Meditation class. This dance class is not just for the body, it is for your spirit. Class at 6:30-8:00 p.m. $18 drop in or class passes available. Community Yoga and Wellness, 210 Beech Street. (904) 613-6345.

Public Wellness Seminar
Nassau Health Foods sponsored free lecture with Terry Lemerond reviews natural medicines, how to use them successfully to treat common health issues without toxic side effects that some prescription drugs do. Complimentary wine and cheese 5:30 p.m. and lecture starts at 6:00 p.m. Nassau Health Foods, 833 T.J. Courson Road. Please call to rsvp at (904) 277-3158.

DECEMBER 3,5,10,12,17,19
Dance Review 2019
Participate in a complete review of the dances of 2019 with Ballroom Amelia. Nineteen lessons for the twelve dances of Christmas. Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at 1897 Island Walkway. Classes cost $10 per class. Call (904) 624-0886 more information or visit

DECEMBER 3, 10, 17
4-Week Beginner Yoga Class
Great for those new to yoga or wanting to kick start a yoga practice before the holidays. Cost $55 for all 4-classes. Held at Community Yoga and Wellness, 210 Beech Street. Register by calling (904) 613-6345 or visit

Brown Bag Lunch
The Amelia Island Museum of History hosts BBL first Wednesday of every month at noon on a variety of subjects. This BBL is ‘Chaos on Amelia’ Pirates Privateers and Revolutionaries. Bring your own bag lunch. Free and open to the public. Located at 233 South 3rd Street. For more information, call Joshua at (904) 261-7378 ext. 102 or email [email protected]

Public Consumer Lecture Hemp-Derived CBD
Nassau Health Foods presents Miles Sarill of CV Sciences. Miles guides you through the confusing and often conflicting information about CBD oils and the uses. Learn about the natural sources and differences between Hemp and Cannabis CBD oils. Discover the interesting science behind Cannabis and Hemp and how it could be helpful to you. Lecture starts at 5:00 p.m. Nassau Health Foods, 833 T.J. Courson road. Please call to rsvp at (904) 277-3158.

DECEMBER 4, 11, 18
Dance Review 2019
Participate in a complete review of the dances of 2019 with Ballroom Amelia. Nineteen lessons for the twelve dances of Christmas. WILDLIGHT classes RAD Studio 20 Homegrown Way Yulee. Wednesday evenings 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Classes cost $10 per class. Call (904) 624-0886 for more information or visit

Amelia Island Lighthouse Tours
Guided tours of the lighthouse are held the first and third Wednesdays of every month at 10:00 a.m. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under. Limited to 25 participants. Meet at Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center 2500 Atlantic Avenue. Pre-registration is required 24 hours in advance. For more information, call the Fernandina Beach Recreation Department at (904) 310-3358.

DECEMBER 5, 12, 19
Intro to Belly Dance 
Join Margarita Dodd instructing your next dance adventure in belly dancing.
Held at Community Yoga and Wellness, 210 Beech Street. $45 for all three classes. Register by calling (904) 613-6345 or visit

DECEMBER 5, 12, 19
Nassau Community Band Rehearsals
Play an instrument? Rehearsals held Thursdays 6 p.m. in Yulee Middle School band room. For more information, contact [email protected].

13th Annual Amelia Island Museum of History Holiday Home Tour 
The tour is back in the beautiful Historic Downtown district for 2019. Tour 5 Victorian homes tastefully decorated for the holiday season. This year we are offering a Special Combo Ticket for both the Holiday Home Tour and the 2019 Southern Living Idea House. Purchase Holiday Home Tour tickets at the Amelia Island Museum of History 233 South 3rd Street or at selected venues on Amelia Island. On-line at by 3: 00 p.m. on December 5. Tickets are $30 advance and $35 day of tour. Combo tickets available at $40. Tickets are available at Amelia Island Visitors Center inside the Old Train Depot 102 Centre Street, Coastal Cottage 1439 Sadler Road, The Plantation Shop in the Palmetto Walk Shopping Center 4828 First Coast Highway, Cape House 4810 1st Coast Highway. Call (904) 261-7378 x 105 or email [email protected].

Island Chamber Singers Christmas Concert
Christmas Joy will fill the air as the Island Chamber Singers perform their Christmas Concert in the Amelia Plantation Chapel 36 Bowman Road on December 6 at 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Also December 8 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. An opening night reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall immediately following Friday evenings performance. Tickets are $20 for adults when purchased in advance. Advance tickets can be purchased online at Tickets available from members of Island Chamber Singers, Amelia Island Visitor Center 102 Centre Street, Peterbrooke Chocolatier 1427 Sadler Road, AIFBY Chamber of Commerce 961687 Gateway Boulevard, Harrison’s Mercantile Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Tickets at the door $25. Tickets free for all students. For further information or to sing with the group, please call (904) 225-0575 on weekdays or email Jane Lindberg [email protected].

Get Closer
Linda Ronstadt tribute show featuring Ronstadts Christmas Album. Debbie Rider becomes Linda Ronstadt backed by a 7-piece band. 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $30. Story and Song Bistro Bookstore, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118

Candlelight Tour at Fort Clinch
Join your tour guide as they walk you around the fort without the use of electric lights of any kind, and see what the soldiers could see from the walls of the fort. Reservations can be made a week in advance and there is an additional charge of $3.00 for the tour. 2601 Atlantic Avenue. Tours begin 30 minutes after sunset 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Call (904) 277-7274 to sign up.

Breakfast with Santa
A Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island holiday tradition. Children will delight in whispering their holiday wishes to Santa and parents will cherish a keepsake picture. Indulge in the lavish buffet adorned with magical gingerbread houses and holiday decorations. Feast on all the breakfast favorites including a holiday cookie station. Breakfast begins at 8:30-10:00 a.m. $25 children ages 3-5 years $49 for adults and children ages 6 years up. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway. Call for more information at (904) 277-1100 or visit

Build-a-Gingerbread-House with Pastry Chefs
Create new holiday memories together as you craft a gingerbread house alongside Ritz-Carlton Pastry chefs. Built on a hardwood base, the completed house is packed and prepared for safe transport. Workshops available December 7, 14 and 21 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. $175 per group of five plus tax and gratuity. Reservations Necessary. The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway. Call for more information at (904) 277-1100 or visit

Santa's Storybook Tea
This Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island tradition includes a fireside holiday storybook read by Santa and afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, pastries, candy and cakes. Tea begins at 12:00-1:30 p.m. $25 for children ages 5 and under $55 per adult and child ages 6 and up. Reservations recommended.The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway. Call for more information at (904) 277-1100 or visit

Through the Lens of Hate: Antisemitism and the Origins of Hate
Searching for Identity Foundation presents Rebecca Jefferson, PhD, curator of the Library of Judaica at the University of Florida will offer a historical perspective on antisemitism. December 8 at 3:00 p.m. and December 9 at 4:30 p.m. Story and Song Bistro Bookstore, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118

Its a Dickens of a Christmas
Charles Dickens wrote more than A Christmas Carol. Voice actor Ron Kurtz will read selections from several other Christmas-themed short stories by Dickens at this unique story time. All ages welcome. Starts at 5:00 p.m. Story and Song Bistro Bookstore, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118

Women, Wealth & Wine
An informal group of women who meet second Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. to discuss financial and related issues. Contact Nicola Nichol CFA, financial advisor at (904) 305-2608 or email her at [email protected].

The A.L. Lewis Legacy Awards 
Honoring Dr. Johnetta Cole great-granddaughter of American Beach co-founder Abraham Lincoln Lewis. Hosted by award-winning actor, director and activist, Danny Glover. The evening will feature a distinctive jazz performance, a dramatic reading, guest tributes and a special performance and curated music by the vivacious vocalist Alyson Williams. Indulge in dessert and dancing as the evening concludes. Advance tickets purchase online $125 no tickets will be sold at the door. 6:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. Walkers Landing 11 Beach Lagoon Road.

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. Held at 11:30 a.m. at Baptist Medical Center Nassau Board Room. Hosted by Ackerman Cancer Center. Contact Lauren DeWitt at (904) 277-2700.

The Literary Book Club
Literary professors Norman and Marilyn Wesley facilitate the group to revisit significant books of the past and discover noteworthy authors and works. Meets the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Parlor Room at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Fernandina Beach. For more information, call (904) 530-6500 or email [email protected].

DECEMBER 13, 14, 15
Dickens on Centre
Festive Victorian themed holiday event hosting multiple stages along the historic downtown. Vendors and historic related activities line the streets and alleyways recreating the Victorian Holiday Season. Reenactors dressed in period clothing sing chorus and create merriment. Historic District downtown Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island from 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.There is even a Dickens After Dark for the adults at The Florida House Inn Friday and Saturday 5:00-9:00 p.m. More information is online Visit the Visitors Center downtown at 102 Centre Street or by calling (904) 277-0717.

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

Stretch to Song
Yin/Restorative Yoga to the relaxing Singing Crystal bowls of Valerie Brandt. Relax your body soothe your nerves with this special yoga class. 5:00-7:00 p.m. Session is $25.00 no experience in yoga necessary. Community Yoga and Wellness 210 Beech Street (904) 613-6345

Annual Lighted Christmas Parade
Join the island community for the Lighted Christmas parade on Centre Street in historic downtown Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. Parade route begins at Central Park and travels west down Ash Street to 2nd Street turns north to Centre Street turns east down Centre Street and ends back at Central Park. The parade has marching bands, dancers, floats and Santa Claus himself. Parade is organized by the America's Youth organization parade starts at 6:00 p.m.

Acoustic Sessions
Musical director Tom Leon brings local and regional musicians to Amelia Community Theatre's Studio 209 stage, 209 Cedar Street at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information, call (904) 261-6749 or visit

How the Big Band Stole Christmas
Featuring over twenty-five musicians. A cast of professional singers, entertainers and acts. This holiday musical is family friendly for all ages . Concessions and drinks available for purchase. Group rates, non-profit discounts and sponsorship opportunities available. For ticket information and more information contact Dennis Negrin at [email protected] or phone (904) 878-0037. Tickets are $35 Musical starts at 7:30 through 10:00 p.m. at Fernandina Beach Middle School, 315 Citrona Drive.

Christmas Concert
You are invited to an evening of music, singing and festivities at American Beach Community Center 1600 Julia Street American Beach. 4:00 - 6 p.m. Free admission reservations recommended register at Eventbrite, ‘Its a Christmas Concert’. Sponsored by Franklintown Community Church Amelia Island.

Silent Night
A program dedicated to this beloved holiday song and its composer, Bishop John Freeman Young. 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Story and Song Bistro Bookstore, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118

Black Women of Piano & Song
Nanette Autry pays tribute to some of her favorite divas who tickled the ivories as they sang some of our most memorable tunes. Tickets are $20. Program begins 9:30 -11:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at the store or on-line Story and Song Bistro Bookstore, 1430 Park Avenue. (904) 601-2118

New Years Eve Shrimp Drop
City of Fernandina Beach invites you to join the community in the annual New Years Eve celebration in historic downtown on the waterfront marina. Family friendly for all ages the evening events start at 5:00 p.m.with kids zone, vendors and fireworks.

New Years Eve Black and White Gala
Welcome the New Year with style as The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island celebrates the Sixth Annual with luxurious food buffets including a seafood ice bar, sushi station, living salad station, antipasti and appetizers. Reservations required. Overnight packages available. The evening starts at 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. $275 per person Includes service charge. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia 4750 Amelia Island Parkway. For more information, call (904) 277-1100 or visit on line