Fundraiser for child-abuse prevention

The Monique Burr Foundation for Children will host a “Night at Roy’s” to raise funds benefitting MBF Child Safety Matters, a bullying and child-abuse prevention education program, 6-9 p.m. Thursday at 2400 Third St. S. For more, (904) 562-1844.



Chickens take a back seat for now

The City Council has decided to wait and see how Jacksonville’s backyard hen pilot program works out before considering a similar one for Neptune Beach. Council members are expected to revisit the idea in June.



National Day of Prayer

Clay County will take part in the National Day of Prayer 8-9 a.m. Thursday at the Orange Avenue Baptist Church on U.S. 17 (across from McDonald’s) in Green Cove Springs. Scheduled to make comments include Sheriff Rick Beseler and Superintendent Charlie Van Zant.



Not a baby shower, but a kitten and puppy shower

The Safe Animal Shelter is having a Kitten and Puppy Shower noon-5 p.m. Saturday at 2913 County Road 220, Middleburg. Donate kitten and puppy formula, Purina Puppy Chow or kitty litter.



Early Learning Coalition donates book bags

The Early Learning Coalition of North Florida recently donated book bags filled with books for pre-school children at six Clay County child-care centers: Kidz Courtyard, Kidz Clubhouse, Just Kids, Kids World of Florida, Aurora’s Club House and Island View Child Care. The nonprofit relies on grants and donations for its book bag program. For more, (904) 342-2267.



Silver Pen scholarships awarded

Osprey Village presented its Silver Pen Scholarships during an award ceremony this month. High school seniors’ entries were judged by the retirement community’s Resident Advisory Council. First place went to Fernandina Beach High’s Isabella Hower; second place to classmate Clay Hewett; third place to Yulee High’s Robert Lusardi; and fourth to his classmate Michaela Bowen. The students received a total of $3,750 in cash prizes.



Book sale for the library

About 15,000 books, CDs, DVDs and audio are available at the Friends of Ponte Vedra Beach book sale at 101 Library Blvd. The preview night is 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday for members. The public is invited 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday for Bag Day.



Underwood’s partners with Take Stock in Children Underwood’s Jeweler’s at 330 N. Florida A1A will be hosting a reception and Roberto Coin Trunk Show to benefit Take Stock in Children at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at 6 p.m. Attending will Brynna Gill, Take Stock in Children’s Outstanding College Graduate of the Year. RSVP to tsicevents@fscj.edu or (904) 632-3315. The trunk show will continue through Saturday, May 3.



Character Counts! annual youth awards

The steering committee for Character Counts! of St. Johns County will host the annual American Youth Character Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Anastasia Baptist Church, 1650 S. Florida A1A, St Augustine. The event celebrates high school juniors and seniors for displaying the six pillars of character: citizenship, caring, responsibility, trustworthiness, respect and fairness.