Be on the lookout for students as they return to school throughout St. Johns County
Students, teachers, aides, and other educational workers are headed back to school this week. That means children will be waiting for buses in the early morning hours and buses will be stopped for railroad crossings as well as picking up and discharging students. Please be aware of the resumed school traffic and keep a sharp eye out for students and those buses as you drive around during the day.
Polling place change
All voters in Precinct 209 be aware that the polling place has been changed again, this time from the W.E. Harris Center to the Hastings Branch Library at 6195 S. Main Street. And, voting has never been easier to do. All voters can request a Vote-by-Mail ballot, cast their vote during the designated Early Voting days prior to every election at any voting location, or can cast their vote in person at their assigned voting location from 7 am to 7 pm on Election Day. If you are not a registered voter, stop by your local library or post office, or go online and complete the Florida Voter Registration Application Form. Visit the website at www.votesjc.com. No computer at home? Stop in at the library and the staff can assist you.
Council on Aging
The Hastings Council on Aging meets at 10 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at The Lord’s Temple. Aug. 14 is Lemon Meringue Pie Day and Aug. 19 is Rock Around the Clock Day. On the 21st, the monthly birthday celebration takes place and it’s also Sunflower Day, so wear something with sunflowers on it. And, on Aug. 23, the group will celebrate the birthday of the Potato Chip before they meet with the Hastings Branch Library for media day – so be sure to bring your phones or tablets to get some instruction on how to use and care for them. For information and to sign up for the Hastings COA, call Lorain Vinson at 904-729-9161 or email her at LVinson@stjohnscoa.com.
The Rotary Club of Hastings will welcome 2019-20 District Governor Mike Darragh to their 6 p.m. Aug. 15 meeting. President Emily Fox will be officially welcomed by the DG and the club will learn more about the grants, goals and work being done all around the district. The club has a speaker meeting the at 6 p.m. third Thursday of each month and the public is welcome to attend. They meet at the Hastings Branch Library, Suite C at 6195 S. Main Street for meetings but can be found at the Chicken Koop on the fourth Thursday of each month enjoying dinner and/or ice cream at their monthly social. For information about the Rotary Club of Hastings send an email to HastingsFLRC@gmail.com or visit their website at HastingsFLRotaryClub.org.
Hastings Steering Committee
The next Hastings Steering Committee meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 19 at The Lord’s Temple, 140 Gilmore St., Hastings. There are now four community-member committees at work on a variety of projects requested at the last community meeting. Folks can send comments, suggestions and questions to the HSC via their email address at HastingsRevSC@gmail.com. The next Community Meeting is going to be held in October at The Lord’s Temple. Posters will be going up in the area shortly.
While things at the Hastings Library have calmed down now that the FOCUS Back to School event is completed and Linda M. Brandt’s Henry the Tulip Bulb visit is past, there are still plenty of things for all ages going on! Fridays continue to be Family Day with Family Storytime at 10 a.m. and Stay n’ Play at 10:30. Tuesday evenings in Suite C there is Yoga with Cyndi from 5:30 to 7. The library also has an adult book club, led by Ms. Rita which meets monthly at the library. Aug. 17 is Slime Saturday when kids can come and create their own "slime” – a fun event that begins at 12:30. At 3:30 on Aug. 21, there’s 3-D Coloring and Rock Painting for kids and teens. All events are free, and supplies are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Hastings Library group. For information regarding any of the many Hastings Library events or services, call them after 10 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 904-827-6970.
And speaking of Henry the Tulip Bulb, champion of the Attitude of Gratitude movement, he’ll be with creator Linda M. Brandt at the Georgia Nick Gallery on Aug. 25 because his new book is now out and for sale there along with the unique art of all sorts of local artists – including Linda M. Brandt, who is the 2018 Hastings Mowdown Queen. The event is free, and refreshments will be served.
Hastings Team Up
It’s not too early to be thinking about the fall and Christmas events that the Hastings Team Up members help coordinate for the community. October will include the Breast Cancer Walk and the Halloween Festival, and of course, the annual Christmas Parade is being planned and may include some fun, new components. Team Up will be setting dates soon and they’ll be shared when confirmed.
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