Friday, April 3, 2020

‘Grumpy's’ Food Giveaway!

April 3, 2020 kicked off Grumpy's 1st Annual Produce & Pantry Giveaway!  Every day they will set-up their Grumpy's Tent & Tables outside and give away Produce & Pantry items to their Orange Park Community, Staff Members, Friends, Family and Anyone In Need.

Grumpy’s would like to thank their food providers: “Chaney Brothers Foods” and “Sysco Foods”, for being kind enough to donate produce to our community and help kick start their giveaway.

Daily from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.!

Grumpy’s Restaurant
834 Kingsley Ave.

Orange Park, FL 32073

'Alhambra Takeout': Food without the Drama3


Well, last week was such a success for everyone that the Alhambra Theater & Dining continues to help themselves through COVID-19, by helping you to some different meals this weekend.  Below is a new personal note from the Managing Partner – Mr. Craig Smith about their curbside dinner service.  Feel free to ORDER HERE from April 3 — April 5, 2020; and place your order the day before desired pick up.  Bon Appétit!

Hi Everyone!

In case you haven't heard, the Alhambra is included among the many great local places for take-home dining - and, as always, a place you trust for the caring we put into everything we do.  If you have not treated yourself to one of our made-from-scratch take-home meals, now is the time.  From the feedback we've received, we know you will not be disappointed.  For those of you have enjoyed our take-home dining and curbside delivery, thank you so much for the amazing support for our wonderful staff and our great theater.

Please take a look at the menu below, decide what you'd like for dinner, and click or call to order.  It will be ready for you here to pick up - and you don’t even need to leave your car!  Plus, every meal you have with us helps keep our staff employed and their families fed.

We look forward to serving you!

Craig

Click HERE to order online.

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212

Monday, March 30, 2020

JAX parents and teaches get FREE school assistance from ‘WJCT-TV’

WJCT (a Florida public media partnership) delivers at-home learning online resources and a new television schedule of educational programming for First Coast Teachers and Families.

As many schools and districts across Florida shift to online and at-home learning in an effort to lessen the spread of COVID-19, WJCT Public Media, in partnership with public media organizations across the state, has launched a new, weekday television schedule of educational programs aligned with state standards.  The new programming begins Monday, March 30, 2020 at 11 a.m. on TV Channel 7.1 (Comcast 8 and 440).  WJCT will also offer a suite of free digital learning resources accessible from home.  The service has been developed over the past two weeks in consultation with educators, including Duval County Public Schools.

“These school closures bring challenges for parents and teachers in keeping students engaged and learning,” says WJCT President and CEO, David McGowan.  “We are really pleased to be able to create this service and to restructure our educational offerings in ways that make them most useful to educators, parents, and children as we all confront schools being closed.  As Jacksonville’s public media organization, we have education in our DNA, so this is a natural way for us to help make a bad situation a little bit better.”
WJCT will dedicate its daytime weekday schedule on channel 7.1 (Comcast 8 and 440) to Florida standards-aligned educational programming.  The new schedule, airing from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., follows WJCT’s current block of programming for early learners (PreK through third grade) from 6 to 11 a.m., and includes specific blocks of time for high school content (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and middle school content (3 to 6 p.m.).  These new blocks will cover topics such as English language arts, social studies, science and math.  Programs can be incorporated into lesson plans for teachers, while providing parents and caregivers with quality, educational content to supplement their child’s academic studies.  More information on the schedule and available resources can be found HERE.

Each week’s program schedule will be shared with teachers across the First Coast, who can follow up with discussion questions, worksheets or hands-on projects and experiments when they communicate with their students.  Resources will also be integrated into the Duval County Public Schools’ Parent Academy.

“Duval County Public Schools’ Parent Academy, a free family resource traditionally offering face-to-face classes, has now moved to virtual courses, and soon can add television to our educational offerings,” said Regan Copeland, Parent Academy Supervisor with Duval County Public Schools.  “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with WJCT in providing our families with additional enrichment opportunities as a supplement to our Homeroom environment.”

This new programming builds upon WJCT’s education-focused initiatives, including the region’s pre-eminent professional development conference for teachers (TEACH, scheduled for Saturday, November 7, 2020) the PBS Kids Writing Contest, and additional resources available to educators and parents, such as:
Florida PBS Learning Media: WJCT and PBS have curated free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans and more for all Florida educators. Collections include videos, lesson plans and activities, sorted by grade level (PreK through high school), subject area and state standard.
WJCT Kids Connect Newsletter: WJCT’s new weekly e-newsletter provides engaging educational activities every Monday morning, with fun family learning ideas from sources such as PBS, The Fred Rogers Company and other local educational community partners.
WJCT World: Effective March 30, 2020, the public media WORLD Channel (WJCT 7.4, Comcast 212) will provide a five-hour At-Home Learning Service for students in grades 6-12 every weekday. Programs will highlight topics such as science, history and English language arts.
Support for Teachers: Through PBS LearningMedia, teachers can access webinars from PBS master trainers and educators about how to create engaging and effective distance learning plans.
WJCT-TV (Comcast 8 and 440): WJCT’s main PBS channel will continue broadcasting standards-aligned programs like: Nova, SciGirls, History Detectives, American Masters, Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed The World and Africa’s Great Civilizations weekdays from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m.

Many public media organizations across the country are providing enhanced at-home learning resources and revised programming schedules in response to the widespread school closures which have resulted from the Coronavirus pandemic.  More information on those initiatives can be found HERE.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens postpone reopening

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has decided to postpone its reopening, which was previously planned for April 4, 2020.

Out of an abundance of caution and in the best interest of its members, visitors, volunteers and team, the Museum will stay closed to the public until further notice.  The Museum will continue to monitor the situation.  Plans for the Museum’s reopening will be shared once government and health officials deem it is safe and appropriate.

During this period of closure, members of the community are invited to explore the many digital resources the Cummer has to offer, including: a resource guide, a guide to art making at home, downloadable coloring sheets, and an online gallery of works from the Museum’s permanent collection.  The Chef’s Garden Catering and Events, the business that operates the Cummer Café, is offering meal delivery services and virtual cooking classes.

Please visit the Museum’s website and social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for the latest updates.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
   829 Riverside Avenue
   Jacksonville, Florida 32204

Friday, March 27, 2020

“Alhambra Takeout”: Food without the Drama


Well, last week was such a success for everyone that the Alhambra Theater & Dining is helping themselves through this pandemic crisis, by helping you to some delicious meals this weekend and next week.  Below is a personal invite to partake in their curbside dinner service and a personal note from the Managing Partner – Mr. Craig Smith.  Feel free to ORDER HERE from March 28 — April 2, 2020; and place your order the day before desired pick up.  Bon Appétit!

“Dear Alhambra Family,

I trust this email finds everyone happy, healthy, and settling in to a new routine this week. I never learned to cook, so you can imagine the last week has been interesting for me without Chef.  We have taken this time to work with our landscaper to freshen up the Harry Frisch Garden in front of the theater.  Take a peek when you are picking up your delicious take-home meals.

For 11 years, we have worked to make the Alhambra a place we all love to visit and where we can create memories that will last a lifetime.  Many of us have spent 20, 30, 40, even 50 years coming here.  One of the most important parts of the Alhambra is the 80+ people who greet you every time you visit, and these people are my responsibility.  This staff is made up of young people just starting out, single moms, and servers that have made a 40-year career here.  They are men and women from all walks of life.  As a business and as a family, we have to look out for them.

In an effort to protect and look out for our guests and our Alhambra family, we came up with the idea of serving our wonderful Alhambra food curbside at the theater.  With this in mind, our staff can continue to serve you the top-quality meals you have come to love, while still having the ability to support themselves and their families.  I am proud to tell you we sold almost 400 take-home meals last weekend and, more importantly, had 17 people back at work.  All the feedback from the meals were excellent.  With that success, we have decided to expand our program and add a few extra days.  I know we are all getting a little stir crazy, so now you have a reason to hop in the car and take a nice trip to the theater.  You have a great meal from Chef and his team to look forward to and you will get to see the smiling faces of the folks you have come to know as friends!  We will even have a nice surprise for you when you get here.  Rest assured, we are continuing to follow every precaution possible in terms of cleanliness and protecting everyone's health.

Thanks for reading on...

With prayers and best wishes for everyone's health and safety,

Craig”


Click HERE to order online.

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

‘Romanza Festivale 2020’ cancelled


The following information comes from St. Augustine, Florida:

Due to the COVID-19 emergency the 2020 St. Augustine’s Romanza Festivale of Music & The Arts is cancelled.  The Festivale has been scheduled 17 days from May 1 to May 17, 2020 with daily events all around St. Augustine, including 80+ concerts, shows, exhibits, and more.

Romanza regrets disappointing our many friends, fans and neighbors who delight in this annual showcase of St. Augustine’s abundant and diverse cultural scene.  Most Festivale Partner organizations have notified us that they as well are forced to cancel their own productions within the Festivale.  Not only are the crowd restrictions prohibitive, but several key performers may not be able to even get here from places like Australia, the UK, California, etc...

This complex festival, with so many Partners and productions, is difficult to schedule in the first place, so we do not expect to reschedule it in 2020.  Romanza believes in supporting the arts and our local artists. Romanza Festivale has been able to operate at a level of increasing support to our community artists and musicians through paid performances, stipends, sponsorships, Awards, scholarships, and significant promotion.

Now
Romanza has suffered a severe financial blow with the late cancellation of the Celtic Festival by our City.  Francis Field was completely set up by the time we were given the order to cancel. Romanza incurred huge expenses for rented equipment already delivered, contracted personnel already on duty, and supplies already purchased, etc.  Funds from Romanza’s savings account that were supposed to fund Festivale are suddenly not available.

Romanza Festivale and the Celtic Festival, as well as the St. Patrick Parade are produced by Romanza-St. Augustine, Inc. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.


Keeping ‘COVID - 19’ at bay

April 5, 2020 will be Palm Sunday.  Even churches of 20 or less should make use technology with the use of online congregating, corporate worship, and hearing God’s Word through the internet.  We need to safeguard ourselves, families, and others by following the suggestions of the CDC (a US government federal agency) and using common sense.  Even Jesus was subject to the government with taxation, nevertheless, Jesus was (and still is) part of the government (Isiah 9:6-7).

One of our churches Small Group Leaders has a relative (a beautiful young woman) who was recently removed from a respirator, due to the Corona virus.  It was through medicine and the prayers of the righteous that she is recovering.  This pandemic is REAL!  It is a fallacy to think that one race or another cannot be subject to the coronavirus, if we’re not careful.  Yes, anyone can get it, or be a carrier.  Take a look at Idris Elba & Tom Hanks.  This calamity is REALLY REAL!

No one suggests that you cannot go outside and get some direct sunlight (natural form of Vitamin D).  Take a walk & relieve your mind.  Be aware of the places where “Germs” can hide.  Safeguard yourself and those around you.  Wash you hands when touching other surfaces; disinfect those areas before you use them.  Keep your hands away from your face until you do sanitize.  Avoid large crowds and maintain a 6 - 10 ft. radius from other people.

Don’t ostracize people unless they’ve been tested positive for COVID-19, nonetheless, there are ways to still be in communications with them (video chat, telephone, text, email, and social media.  Just stay in touch without really touching.  For all the huggers out there - there’s an emoji for that too.

I recently celebrated a Birthday, and in my 70 years of experience, I thank God that He brought me through Hurricanes in Florida, Tornadoes in New Mexico, diseases in Philadelphia along with illnesses and other diseases overseas and in various parts of our United States.  God has brought me this far in life and He’s taught me that I must be wise and take care of myself so that I would be able to assist others when the need arose.

Unless there is a miracle or Jesus returns, there is no need to get new Easter outfits (save your money and cut down on online spending.  Churches should continue to keep their flocks safe.  Listen to the CDC and always use wisdom — not FEAR!  Let us not lay out a fleece for God (Judges 6: 36-40), this is not the time to test Him.

Those persons who still need to work outside of their homes, please be smart & use precautions.  We should keep our homes cleaner than ever before.
#CautiousButNotCrazy
#FaithOverFear
#WiseYetHarmless
#FactsAndFaith
#FactsNotFear
#PrayedUp
#TBR (Trust God, Believe in His Word & Receive every promise that He has given).

Ms. "V"s Website

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens board names Kerrie Slattery as Interim Director

WHAT: The Board of Trustees of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Board has appointed Kerrie Slattery, the Museum’s Chief Advancement Officer, as interim director.

WHEN: Effective April 2020

WHO: Slattery began her career at the Museum in January 2019 as Chief Advancement Officer. Previously, she held several leadership positions in the nonprofit, business and banking industries; most recently, she served as Chief Development Officer for Baptist Health Foundation.

WHY: The Museum announced on January 30, 2020, that Adam M. Levine, Ph.D., the Museum’s George and Kathleen Gibbs Director and Chief Executive Officer, would be departing the institution to return to the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA).

The Board of Trustees has formed an eight-member committee, led by vice chair Susan Towler, and engaged the executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim to complete a nationwide search.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
   829 Riverside Avenue
   Jacksonville, Florida 32204
   (904) 356-6857
   

Alhambra will have dinning on the go


Just in, now you can have an iconic dinner for you to take home and celebrate with some vino and a couple candles, in front of your TV while watching your favorite show or movie.  Take a look below, grab your credit card and give them a call:

“Dear Alhambra Family,

As you know, we have made the decision to cancel all shows through April 26, 2020.

For 11 years, we have worked to make the Alhambra a place we all love to visit and where we can create memories to last a lifetime.  Many of us have spent 20, 30, 40, even 50 years coming here.  One of the most important parts of the Alhambra is the 80+ people who greet you every time you visit, and these people are my responsibility.  This staff is made up of young people just starting out, single moms, and servers that have made a 40-year career here.  They are men and women from all walks of life. As a business and as a family, we have to look out for them.

In an effort to protect and look out for our guests and our Alhambra family, we came up with the idea of serving our wonderful Alhambra food curbside at the theater.  With this in mind, our staff can continue to serve you the top-quality meals you have come to love, while still having the ability to support themselves and their families.  I can imagine we are all going to get a touch bored and stir crazy in the coming weeks.  I want you to know that, with this program, you can still count on a great meal from Chef and his team, and you will get to see the smiling faces of the folks you have come to know as friends who will brighten your day!  We might even have a nice surprise for you when you get here.  Rest assured, we are following every precaution possible in terms of cleanliness and protecting everyone's health.

With prayers and best wishes for everyone's health and safety,

Managing Partner Craig Smith



Culinary Corner - Alhambra Dinner Pickup
How it Works: Starting Thursday, March 19, we invite you to call-in or place an order online (using the links below) to order the featured entree and dessert for pickup this Friday and/or Saturday.  Orders may be placed any time prior to 5 p.m. on the day before pickup.

We will serve food on Friday & Saturday of this week, but hope to be able to add more days in the coming weeks.  Curbside service will begin at 3 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m.  When you arrive to pick up your order using the drive-through drop off area in front of the theater, a service member will deliver your food straight to your car - fresh, hot and ready to go!

Menus: Each week (when we are able to offer this service), we will email you a menu with the option to place an order. Simply click the link below your desired day(s) to place your order online or call the box office and we'll take care of the rest. Each meal is priced at $20 (including tax).

The Alhambra’s service staff appreciates any gratuity offered.

This week’s Menu:

Fri., Mar. 20: Old-Fashioned Chicken & Dumplings with carrots, celery, and onions & Chocolate Cake with mixed berry sauce.  $20
OR
Sat., Mar. 21: Pork Ribeye with mashed potatoes, gravy, zucchini and squash medley & Traditional Chocolate Mousse.  $20.

Click
HERE or call the Box Office at (904) 641–1212.

Separate orders required for each day. Menu subject to change, based on availability.  Photos are not exact representation of meal. Question?  Please give us a call!  We are here to help.

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212


Monday, March 16, 2020

The Alhambra Theatre and Dining safeguarding the community

(Updated: March 17, 2020)

Consistent with the most recent recommendations by the CDC and Governor Ron Desantis, The Alhambra Theatre & Dining is cancelling its performances through April 26, including the remaining week of its current show, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” and its upcoming performances of “Singin’ in the Rain.”  For those who purchased tickets to these shows, The Alhambra will offer a house credit toward a future show.

Said Alhambra Managing Partner Craig Smith, “As we approach the rest of our lineup, we will make our decision of when to re-open based, again, on the suggestions of our health and governmental leadership.  In the meantime, we are also trying to protect the financial health of our staff, most of whom rely on hourly wages and tips as their income.  We recognize that live theater plays a role in the community as a means to escape and relax, so if we can be open, we want to provide that respite for our customers.  In no way will we consider re-opening if it is recommended not to do so.”  The Alhambra will continue to post updates on social media and to its audience as things change.

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212