Happy Flag Day! After nearly three decades of state and local celebrations held across the nation on June 14 to celebrate the Flag of the United States, Flag Day was officially established by the proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson, on May 20, 1916. However, it was President Truman who signed an Act of Congress on Aug. 3, 1949, designating June 14 as National Flag Day.

The adoption of the flag of the United States occurred June 14, 1777, when the Second Continental Congress approved a resolution to do so. June 14, 1775, is the birthday of the American continental army, so the U.S. Army celebrates its birthday June 14 as well.

June 10 through 16 is National Flag Week. President Trump, whose birthday is Flag Day, will issue a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the week.

• Join in the fun at the Flagler Estates Park on Oliver Street on June 16 for the Father’s Day Hangout hosted by Buddies4Every1. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., bring dad, the kids, and all, for shishkabobs and root beer floats.

• Remember that Fridays at the Hastings branch library are for families. Storytime starts at 10 a.m. followed by Stay n’ Play until 11. From 1 to 2 p.m., Kids Summer Reading program, Hour of Code for Kids, is for kids who like computer games and want to learn how they are created. Recommended ages for this program is 8 and older and registration is needed for this eight-part weekly program that uses iPads to teach the building blocks of computer programming. Sign up by calling Ms. Michelle at 904-827-6976.

• June 19 is Kids Summer Reading: A Brief History of Rock ’n Roll. At 2 p.m., local musician Tom Santoni brings an active event featuring music from the 1950s and 60s. Find out where the term rock ’n roll came from and what instruments led the pack. Dancing is encouraged.

• On June 21, Ms. Rita is leading the Adult Book Club. The book is "The Italian Shoes/After the Fire," by Henning Mankell, and the program begins at 11 a.m.

• And, on June 23, teens and younger are challenged to build the most ridiculous robot possible in the Kids Summer Reading program Ridiculous Robot Challenge. Extra credit goes to the robot that produces the most laughter.

• June 26 is the first of four 4-H days planned at the library for the summer. Learn about Florida’s agriculture while sampling a variety of tasty summer produce. 4-H is the nation’s largest youth-serving organization, providing opportunities for friendship, lifelong skills and confidence-building programs. Program starts at 10 a.m.

All programs at the library are free to library card holders, so if you don’t have yours yet, stop by the front desk and get one. Children and adults should have cards. In addition to books and fun programs, the library has computers, CDs, videos, newspapers and magazines. The doors open at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

• The Lord’s Temple at 140 Gilmore St. is home to the Hastings Council on Aging group. Folks 60-plus are warmly invited to attend meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m.

June 18 is COA's Got Milk Day. That is followed by Hershey’s Holiday on June 20, with line dancing starting at 10:30 a.m.

June 25 is Wear Pink Day and that means everyone. On June 27, the group will celebrate Soul Food Day. For information, call 904-729-9161.

• Shepherd’s Haven, at the W.E. Harris Center, 400 E. Harris St., Hastings, is looking for volunteers to assist with checkout, bagging and stocking the shelves. If interested, stop by on Fridays after noon and see either Tom or Melvin. Food and monetary donations also gratefully accepted. For information, call 904-697-1951.

• Plans have been finalized for the Community Focus Hastings Back to School event July 21. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and close at noon, and all services and programs will be held at the Hastings Branch Library and the Town Hall property. Home ZIP codes served are 32145 and 32033, ID is required and the children receiving supplies must be present. School registrations will be accepted from South Woods, Gamble Rogers and Pedro Menendez. The School Supply Giveaway is sponsored by Hastings Friends of the Library. A parent or legal guardian is required to receive medical services.

Programs include St. Johns County School District resources, parenting education, public safety, car seat safety, fire safety, KidCare registration, bloodmobile, sport physical exams and pre-K exams, hearing/vision screenings, blood pressure checks, glucose and cholesterol screenings, school supply kits, socks and underwear, toiletry and dental supplies, and activities in the Kids Zone. Fabulous cool refreshments can be purchased from Kona Ice, on site. For information, call 904-827-6970.

 

Contact Nancy Quatrano at nancy@nlquatrano.com by 5 p.m. on Fridays if you have information for the column; please put “Hastings” in the subject line.