Spring has sprung and West Augustine is celebrating with various events. Come join us.

The West Augustine Improvement Association meets Thursday (and the third Thursday of each month) at Collier Blocker Puryear Park at 7 p.m. The WAIA was established in 1956 as a community organization for the maintenance and upkeep of the local cemeteries. Currently, the 501(c)3 organization boasts a membership of almost 100 individuals and is active in numerous activities within the community. Willie L. Cooper Sr. is president.

• American Legion Post No. 194 will host Bowls of Soul beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday until the food is gone. Menu items will include $3 Bowls w/Rice, Lima Beans, Red Beans, Black-Eyed Peas, Collard Greens, Neck Bones, Pig Tails, and Chicken & Rice. Rice A Roni Bowls are $4. Fish sandwiches or three chicken wings can be purchased for $5. Combination bowls of two items will also be available including chicken wings or fish at $12 and combination bowls of three items for $14.

• Unity of St. Augustine will host a Sunday Dinner Sale on April 22 from 11am to 1 p.m. The meal includes turkey wings, dressing or yellow rice, macaroni and cheese, green beans, dinner roll, and desert. Donation per-dinner is $10. To place an order, call Dana Jones at 904-540-0153 or L’Ketchie Merrill at 904-501-0203.

• Since the new unanimous jury law passed in Florida, the Florida Supreme Court has been sending back death penalty cases for resentencing, but only if juries were not unanimous and the sentencing occurred after June 2002. This is an arbitrary cutoff date that has made cases decided prior to 2002 ineligible for resentencing, a totally unequal application of the ruling, and it has left many unconstitutionally sentenced inmates in limbo, bringing untold anguish to their families.

On April 25 at 7 p.m., a panel organized by Equal Justice USA will review this issue and others at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2487 A1A South, St. Augustine. A wine and cheese reception will follow. Panel participants include Christine Henderson, a national organizer for Equal Justice USA; Stephen Harper, executive director of Florida Center for Capital Representation; Mark Elliott, executive director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty; and special guest Ron Wright, Florida's latest exoneree (the 27th), released last year from Death Row. The event is sponsored by Equal Justice USA; Amnesty International USA, Local Chapter No. 662; Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty; and Compassion in Action, an initiative of Compassionate St. Augustine. For information, call Jo Anne Engelbert at 904-461-1190, or Nancy O'Byrne at 904-422-3618.

• The Black Family Summit will be held April 25 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the courthouse annex located at 4010 Lewis Speedway. Secretary Christina Daly of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, and State Attorney R.J. Larizza will be in attendance.

On April 28, Black Family Day will be held at the Webster School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be opportunity to interact with neighbors and professionals, build relationships, and progress together. This is an effort in building success for our families. Justice and advocacy, education and jobs, safety and health, finance and business representatives will be present. Come out, walk around the school and enjoy some light refreshments. Both these events are being hosted by the SJC Juvenile Justice Council Racial and Ethnic Disparity Subcommittee.

• The 2018 Street Light Program for all middle-school and high-school students is open on select Fridays through July at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval St., from 7 to 10 p.m. There is no charge for students to participate. School ID is required for admission. Dates currently scheduled include April 27; May 11 and 25; June 1 and 15; and July 13. Activities include music, dancing, basketball and socializing.

The program is sponsored and supervised by the St. Paul AME Church Men’s Ministry (Sons of Allen) and the St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department. The program seeks sponsors for financial support to continue to run the program at a positive level. We are seeking individuals and/or groups to Sponsor-A-Program Night. This sponsorship will provide 40-60 teens a night of recreation and food. For more information about the Street Light Program or sponsorship call 904-829-3918 or email Coordinator James Allen Jr. at allen443@bellsouth.net.

• Unity of St. Augustine will host its 13th anniversary party on April 27 at the National Guard Armory on San Marco Boulevard. Tickets are $10 in advance and DJ Hundred Grand will provide the sounds.

Events listed in the West Augustine community column are open to all residents of St. Johns County. The deadline to submit information is 7 p.m. on Fridays. To contact Linda Y. Murray, email lindaymurray@yahoo.com.