Museum brown bag lunch
The next Brown Bag Lunch at the Amelia Island Museum of History presents “The Eight Flags of Amelia Island — Probably Not the Eight You Think” at noon Wednesday, at the museum at 233 South 3rd St. Speaker Tom Raymond will present facts and the art and science of the region’s banners posted over the island over the years at the free program. Information: www. ameliamuseum.org.
Beach renourishment comment period
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting public comment through Thursday, Sept. 11 about its draft impact study of a proposal to take new sand from an area 8 miles offshore and put it along the beach from the St. Johns River south jetty and the southern Duval County line. For more, saj.usace.army.
County Budget, Personnel and Policy Committee meeting
The county Budget, Personnel and Policy Committee will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday and Monday, Sept. 15 at the county Administration Building, 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs. For more, (904) 278-3724.
Ebola relief effort
Fleming Island United Methodist Church, 7170 U.S. 17, Fleming Island is collecting food and clothing donations from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 28 for Mission Harvest America to distribute to the Liberia area for ebola relief. The church has partnered with the American Red Cross, Mission Harvest America and the PODS Company in the effort. For more, (904) 644-7951.
Keep Nassau Beautiful Inc. and the Ocean Conservancy host the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup at 9 a.m. Saturday at Main Beach, Fort Clinch and Peters Point Park. Volunteers are sought to help clean up the waterways of Nassau County. People can’t make it to the beach cleanup sites are encouraged to collect trash wherever they can. Information: (904) 261-0165 or (800) 977-0162.
715 received donated bicycle helmets
The Greater Nassau County Chamber of Commerce fitted about 715 students with bicycle helmets at Hilliard Elementary School. The “PedBike” youth safety initiative was supported by the Florida Department of Transportation and funded with grants from The University of Florida and others. The students also received a backpack with educational materials relating to the safety program. Helmet fittings have been or will be done at area churches, other sites and Callahan Intermediate School and Bryceville Elementary School.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH
Water meter replacement begins
The St. Johns County Utility Department begin replacement and upgrades to about 10,000 Ponte Vedra Beach service area water meters in September to allow automatic meter reading, increase reading accuracy, reduce traffic in residential areas and result in more efficient water services operations. Each new water meter will transmit a signal to towers that collect the data and then relay it to the Utility Department computers. The work is projected to continue through July. Water customers will receive information in their St. Johns County Utilities billing statements. Information: www.sjcfl.us/Utilities and click on FAQs
A pre-school book drive is underway to build up the libraries of several St. Augustine child care centers.
Sponsored by the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, of St. Johns County, the drive runs through Sept. 11. Donations of new or very gently used pre-school books may be made to the RSVP office at 10 Hildreth Drive or the coalition office at 2450 Old Moultrie Road, Suite 103, both in St. Augustine. The coalition also seeks volunteers to read at child care centers once a week for an hour. A training session will be 1-3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the St. Augustine Record, One News Place, St. Augustine. To reserve a space, call Joan Whitson at (904) 342-2267.
Reach the Beach shuttle service for Labor Day weekend
St. Johns County is offering its free Reach the Beach shuttle service from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday and Monday to Mickler’s Beachfront Park. The shuttle will pick up and return riders to Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 Florida A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach. For more, sjcfl.us/beach.