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    Ortega River Boat Trip

    Wednesday, November 14 at 10 am

    Ortega River Boat Trip

    We have a terrific Field Trip planned for you and you’ll want to invite friends to join us. This is sponsored by the Home and Garden Club but anyone in the neighborhood is welcome. Come and see Jacksonville from a totally different perspective – from the water! The St. John’s Riverkeeper organization offers charter tours along the St John’s River, entering the Tillie Fowler Regional Park along the Ortega River and McGirts creek. We’ll be using one of the Jacksonville Water Taxis and will have our own captain and crew for our guided tour. A speaker from the St. John’s Riverkeepers will be telling us about the ecology and history of the river along with the issues impacting the river – such as stormwater, algae bloom and the impacts from dredging. Along the way we should see all kinds of wildlife: Osprey, Eagles, Kingfishers and other water fowl, dolphins and mullet jumping out of the water, and possibly manatees or alligators. The river is alive with all sorts of wonderful sights so bring your cameras and binoculars.

    A carpool will meet at the Deercreek Pool at 9am to drive to Friendship Fountain Park, where we board our Water Taxi and meet our Captain and Guide. The tour will last about 2 hours and then we are going for lunch at the River City Brewing Company which is next door and has parking. If you haven’t been here before, the view of downtown Jacksonville is gorgeous. I just checked out their menu and already know what I want for lunch! Mmmm. Please RSVP to Brenda Edwards as soon as you can. 629-0133 or Brenda.c.edwards@comcast.net. Our price depends on how many attend. We have chartered the whole boat for $900 so if 30 attend your cost is $30. But if you bring lots of guests and we have 50, then the cost goes down to $18. See, if you bring friends, not only do you have the pleasure of their company and a great outing, but the price gets better! And we have 65 seats available so let’s try to fill them up! We will cut off reservations on Monday November 12 so we can get a final price for you by e-mail. Make your checks out to DH&GClub and give them to Julia Watkins that day.

    Coming events: Tuesday December 11 is our Holiday Open House from 3-6 pm. Tuesday January 22 is our Game Day Fundraiser from 10 -3 pm with lunch included. Put them on your calendars! 

  • Identity Theft and Personal Safety

    Tuesday, October 23rd at 10:00 am

    National Crime Stop Program – a seminar on Identity Theft and Personal Safety

    We have seen so much in the news lately about gang shootings and senseless acts of violence that nobody could have predicted or prevented. We tend to think that living in a beautiful gated community will shield us from all that evil. But we would be wrong. We need to be aware that there are other, less obvious dangers out there.

    “Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America and with your credit affecting your ability to get insurance, interest rates and even potential employment. It is vital that you understand how to protect yourself from the crime that happens every three seconds. Did you know that criminals can now read your credit card information right through your handbag, pocket or wallet? Retrieve your credit card information from a discarded store receipt? See everything you input into your home PC, stroke for stroke? Advertise a product on a website site for sale and instead steal your bank info? Obtain, online, your personal identifiers including your DOB and social security number? Open credit card accounts in your name from any PC anywhere in the world?” Kevin Gilpin, Program Director, National Crime Stop Program.

    Kevin Gilpin founded the National Crime Stop Program in 1985 to battle the increasing crime rate in his community. The 1-Hour “How Not to Become the Victim of a Crime” workshop that he developed focuses on ‘Crime from a Criminal’s Perspective’ and details simple, practical and effective techniques to deter the crime before it happens. In 2004, Mr. Gilpin went through training with the Office of the Attorney General for the State of FL, becoming an advocate in Computer Crime and Identity Theft. He heads up a staff of trainers responsible for conducting hundreds of seminars each year. In 2015, his son, Chris, went on TV’s Shark Tank to pitch his new product, The Signal Vault, to block credit card interception after working with his father to prevent identity theft.

    I have seen his presentation before and it was powerful. We need to be jolted out of our complacency and reminded to do everything we can to thwart the cyber criminals out there. He also addresses personal safety and how to be more aware of people around us – in public or even those who enter our homes. Bring your husbands to the meeting. Bring your parents or aging friends. We all need to hear this!!

    We have seen so much in the news lately about gang shootings and senseless acts of violence that nobody could have predicted or prevented. We tend to think that living in a beautiful gated community will shield us from all that evil. But we would be wrong. We need to be aware that there are other, less obvious dangers out there.

    “Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America and with your credit affecting your ability to get insurance, interest rates and even potential employment. It is vital that you understand how to protect yourself from the crime that happens every three seconds. Did you know that criminals can now read your credit card information right through your handbag, pocket or wallet? Retrieve your credit card information from a discarded store receipt? See everything you input into your home PC, stroke for stroke? Advertise a product on a website site for sale and instead steal your bank info? Obtain, online, your personal identifiers including your DOB and social security number? Open credit card accounts in your name from any PC anywhere in the world?” Kevin Gilpin, Program Director, National Crime Stop Program.

    Kevin Gilpin founded the National Crime Stop Program in 1985 to battle the increasing crime rate in his community. The 1-Hour “How Not to Become the Victim of a Crime” workshop that he developed focuses on ‘Crime from a Criminal’s Perspective’ and details simple, practical and effective techniques to deter the crime before it happens. In 2004, Mr. Gilpin went through training with the Office of the Attorney General for the State of FL, becoming an advocate in Computer Crime and Identity Theft. He heads up a staff of trainers responsible for conducting hundreds of seminars each year. In 2015, his son, Chris, went on TV’s Shark Tank to pitch his new product, The Signal Vault, to block credit card interception after working with his father to prevent identity theft.

    I have seen his presentation before and it was powerful. We need to be jolted out of our complacency and reminded to do everything we can to thwart the cyber criminals out there. He also addresses personal safety and how to be more aware of people around us – in public or even those who enter our homes. Bring your husbands to the meeting. Bring your parents or aging friends. We all need to hear this!!

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    Congaree and Penn Farm and Mills

    Tuesday, September 25 at 10 am

    By Patty Tomka 

    Rice paddies in Jacksonville??? Yep. 30 minutes from downtown Jacksonville you will find four acres of rice paddies on Old Kings Road - along with orchards of new Mayhaw trees, fields of Muscadine grape vines, honeybees busy pollinating everything and ‘Fancy Chickens’ strutting!

    Scott Meyer is coming to our Home and Garden Club meeting to tell us about this new addition to the Farm to Table movement, how they got started, why they chose that name, and how he went from planning to be a ‘fish farmer’ to running a very successful Destination Farm. He was going to use the water from the fish to fertilize the rice plants and turn that into the Japanese drink, Sake. He planted the rice first before buying the fish, but the local restaurants bought up all the rice as soon as it was harvested and wanted more! Sake would have to wait! And so they expanded the farm and planted olive trees, blackberry bushes and grapes, with the thought of building a ‘Cidery’ to juice seasonal fruits into Ciders and Shrubs.

    “But Meyer is already looking far ahead, positioning the farm to be a crucial link in Jacksonville’s growing local food and drink scene, where Congaree and Penn can be marketed to an increasingly sophisticated audience.

    Congaree and Penn has already had some attention: In September it was featured in Food & Wine magazine, which highlighted the rice fields at what it called a “boutique operation here on the exurban fringe of one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.” From Matt Soergel’s article 11/17/17

    They have 210 acres along Old Kings Rd to work with and have lots of ideas for the future. But they are pretty busy already with opening the site to Weddings, Farm Dinners featuring famous chefs, Fish Fries, Tours and Workshops. When Scott comes to our meeting he will be bringing product from the farm that we can purchase – rice, grits, middlins, jellies and ‘shrubs’ to make cocktails. Mmmm. I can’t wait to try them all!

    Come to our meeting on September 25 and then plan to stay for lunch at the Club and get to know your neighbors. You don’t need a green thumb to be part of this group!

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